French developer, e-on software, has released Vue 6 Infinite and Vue 6 xStream, the latest versions of its flagship natural 3D environment creation software.

The new versions of these products offer many new features and are available now. Many artists will benefit from improvements within the rendering engine, which the company claims to be faster by 130 per cent.

"With over 170 new features and product enhancements, we have capitalised on the breakthrough technologies introduced in version 5 and massively improved the benefits that Vue brings to CG studios around the world,", said Nicholas Phelps, president of e-on software.

Vue 6 Infinite

Vue 6 Infinite ($695) is a complete toolset for computer graphics artists. It's capable of creating natural environments, such as landscape, and is in use by a number of film studios, including Disney. It includes tools for scenery creation, advanced rendering and full-featured animation.

Vue 6 xStream

The $895 version of the application adds the ability to integrate and render natural 3D environments inside 3ds Max, Maya, LightWave or Cinema 4D.

New features in both applications include EcoSystem 2 technology for painting instances directly onto objects — this feature suppports graphics tablets.

The spectral atmosphere model has been improved, with new tools for creating plants and cloud formations introduced. High amplitude micro-polygon and one-click displacement mapping, an improved radiosity engine and advanced control over lighting also feature within this release, along with support for glaciation, alluvium and dissolve erosion effects.

An eight-minute video presentation of Vue 6 is available online.