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E-on Offers a Better Vue E-on Software has upped the ante with Release 9 of its Vue product line, which, among other advances, introduces anti- fl ickering algorithms specifi cally engineered for rendering large, ultra-detailed natural environments. As a result of this rendering technology, the company believes the use of Vue will extend beyond the scope of matte paintings and into the realm of fully animated 3D shots. Like its predecessor, Vue 9 has been developed around the same three-tiered family structure. Vue 9 for CG Professionals (Vue 9 Infi nite and Vue 9 xStream) is the premiere solu- tion for creating exceptionally rich and realistic natural environments for seamless integration into any production workfl ow. Vue 9 for 3D Artists (Vue 9 Esprit, Vue 9 Studio, and Vue 9 Complete) provides 3D artists with modular applications to create rich 3D scenery and landscapes. Vue 9 for 3D Enthusiasts (Vue 9 Pioneer, Theme-Packs, and Vue 9 Frontier) features content- fi lled, easy-to-use scenic nature-creation tools for home and family use, with Vue 9 Frontier specifi cally dedicated to Poser and Daz Studio users. The Vue 9 Professional solutions will ship fi rst. Capitalizing on new technologies introduced in previ- ous versions, Vue 9 adds other new and extended features. Internal refactoring enables Vue 9 to render as much as 30 NEC Display Gets Ultra-Slim PRODUCT: DCC NEC Display Solutions of America announced the MultiSync EX Series for professional users looking for increased produc- tivity and sleek aesthetics. The introduction of the series begins with the 23-inch Multi- Sync EX231W, an LED-backlit LCD monitor with DisplayPort and DVI-I for full high-defi nition resolution. Ultra-lightweight at 9.3 pounds including the stand, the monitor sports an ultra-slim bezel (14.6mm width). A USB pass-through is located on the top of the monitor for quick connection of a Webcam or for simple fl ash drive access. In terms of ergonomics, the moni- tor has a built-in carrying case and fully adjustable stand with 110mm height adjust, pivot, swivel, and tilt. The quick-release 4 PRODUCT: MONITOR November 2010 stand makes the product especially suitable in fi nancial appli- cations that use multiple tiled monitors. The series features new technologies, including a human sensor, which detects user activity in front of the monitor and reduces its power up to 95 percent during periods of inactivity. Also, the monitor’s ambient light sensor detects external light sources and adjusts the display’s brightness accordingly, while its carbon savings meter calculates the reduction of green- house gas emissions. Users can adjust the sensor settings as well as the inactivity period. The MultiSync EX231W will be available at the end of the month for an estimated price of $339. percent faster than previous versions. Advanced data frag- mentation and caching distributes scenes to the renderer for completely interactive network rendering. The new version also contains an improved terrain editor with contextual brushes and fully customizable terrain brushes, automatic terrain reto- pology, sculpting, painting masks, a smear brush, and more. Its HyperBlob Technology, meanwhile, converts HyperTextured MetaBlobs to polygon objects with user-defi ned LOD for the creation of extremely rich and detailed rock formations. Custom interfaces let users create simplifi ed high-level controls and access these controls directly from the material editor, the terrain editor, or the object editors. The Auto Saving and Scene Snapshots feature automatically saves the scenes in the background while the artist is working, without interfering with workfl ow. Users of Vue xStream or Vue Infi nite under maintenance will receive the upgrade to the corresponding Vue 9 product at no charge. For others, Vue 9 xStream and Vue 9 Infi nite will ship this month.

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