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
Added some screenshots below, hope they show correctly
edit: opening them in a new tab will show them at 100% their size
Highly detailed vegetation, example 1
Highly detailed vegetation, example 2