By Michael Burns | on April 23, 2007
Price When Reviewed: 406 . 461 . 517 . 572
Pros: EcoSystem Gen II technology for painting instances directly onto objects. Spectral Engine and Metaclouds. Layered EcoSystems. Omni and directional wind ventilators. xStream provides tight integration with latest versions of 3D software.
Cons: Expensive compared to competition. xStream not available for Mac OS or Softimage|XSI. Complex workflow for production-level tasks, yet reference manual is basic.
Vue has had a bit of an overhaul in the interface department with version 6 Infinite. Gone is the recessed blue façade, to be replaced with a subdued brown background and clearer icons. The preview window has updated controls, but the World Browser, which organizes the scene components in a layered list, remains unchanged.
3D model creation and object translation is simple in Vue, as is the process of assigning materials. Several new shortcuts exist to speed up your workflow, including SmartDrop, which correctly aligns objects on the surface of terrain, rather than having to fiddle about in different views.