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Old 05-12-2013, 04:00 PM   #1
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The Plant Factory - new (procedural) plant modeler by E-on

Hi All,

Seems there hasn't been discussion on this one yet, so I thought starting it.
Some of you may have seen bits and pieces of this already in a recent FXphd class on SpeedTree modelling.

E-on software is developing this new stand-alone tool called "The Plant Factory" which allows you to model your vegetation using 3 methods:
  • by manually painting the shape of the plant you want
  • by assembling ready-made components
  • by constructing everything from scratch, using a graph of nodes

Release is planned for Q2 and there's no information on pricing available yet...
As said it's a stand-alone tool, so owning Vue is not a prerequisite although it will offer tight integration with Vue, and it comes with multiple export options.

For more info click HERE for their website.

I'm especially curious about the pricing and also about whether E-on will also tie the pricing with their infamous maintenance paths.

The examples show great functionality which definitely suggests SpeedTree might get some hard competition.

The pricing and first reviews will tell of course

Cheers,
Martin


Added some screenshots below, hope they show correctly
edit: opening them in a new tab will show them at 100% their size

Interface


Highly detailed vegetation, example 1


Highly detailed vegetation, example 2
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:53 PM   #2
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Looks really powerfull! I know there are a few similar things out there but if this is priced right then it could fill quite a gap in the market.
 
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:33 AM   #4
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Yeah it's absolutely unbelievably lame. No other words for it.

How disconnected can one be?
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i still can not belive that if you pay $995 you can not exchange your assets in other PlantFactory software. just WTF
 
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i still can not belive that if you pay $995 you can not exchange your assets in other PlantFactory software. just WTF


Yeah I thought that too, but by the looks of things they're open to suggestions at this stage. Package looks great - i bought grow .fx but this looks much more powerful. But why such complicated pricing structures and the restrictions.
 
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But why such complicated pricing structures and the restrictions.


e-on always had questionable package flavors and restrictions, Vue is another example. They seem to have listened to the reactions but for some potential users the 'damage' is done.
 
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e-on always had questionable package flavors and restrictions, Vue is another example. They seem to have listened to the reactions but for some potential users the 'damage' is done.

I have to admit that they've pretty well put a bullet in any interest that I had - I was quite excited when I saw the first post but now... Still, I will be checking in again in about a year or so to see if the pricing structure has gotten a little more sane.
 
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Has anyone tried this yet?
 
Old 07-06-2013, 07:14 AM   #10
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Yes I did, very briefly.

First of all, I was one of the persons who agitated heavily against E-on's senseless product line-up and restrictions.
I still find the restriction of only being allowed to sell your models exclusively through their shop Cornucopia3D a bit annoying, but in the end they lifted all the other creative restrictions which I was even more unhappy about.
So all in all that restored most of the lost faith and thus I bought it for the beta price of $395.

I spent a couple of hours with it.
I'm a Terragen user and familiar with node network workflow, so adopting TPF isn't a real issue.
There are some hierarchy oddities to the TPF workflow though.
For instance, you add branches by adding a node, but not all of the branche's parameters are controlled by that node, but also by the node prior to it.
It's something I have to get used to.

The main reason I haven't spent much time on it is that for now the software is still pretty useless, because the exporter is anything but good. Obj export has many issues.
The bridge to Vue seems to work, so if you have Vue you can render them directly.
However, exporting as obj and rendering it in other packages is in many cases still problematic.

This is still in beta development and has been said to be fixed/addressed, so I'm patient with this and will be waiting until it all works properly.
If it turns out in the end it doesn't work for me then I will probably easily find a Vue user to sell my cheap license to.
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Arrow GREEN GENE - The Plant Factory Website

Hi guys !

I am in the process of setting my website about The Plant Factory and other 3D vegetation modelling software. There is already some stuff there, but I am still adding more.

Maybe you have some suggestions what should I describe, or on what I should focus ?
What would you like to know about The Plant Factory ?
I know a bit about it - I worked on it for last 6 years :-)

Please, take a look : GREEN GENE
 
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