[Editor's note: Alex Tait demonstrated Vue as a 3d application cartographers should be migrating to, away from Bryce, for creating 3d map scenes at his 2008 NACIS presentation in Missoula. E-on is starting to beta test a new version.]
Republished from MacNN.
e-on software has released an open beta of Vue 7 Pioneer, an application for creating 3D landscapes. Starting with an empty screen, users can grow trees, add terrain or water, make alterations to the atmosphere, and tweak colors or materials before animating the environment. Objects can also be either created or loaded into the software, and modeled to preference.
Using the virtual camera, creators are able to move anywhere inside the scene, zoom in or out, and change lens type to obtain a desired shot. Vue 7 Pioneer is available for free from the company website; any modules purchased for the open beta should work with the final release.