e-on Software VUE Pioneer v2016 R4



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The Perfect Introduction to 3D

Create vast expanses of terrains, add trees, select the best point of view and render hyper-realistic images of your landscapes in moody atmospheres... in a few mouse clicks. VUE Pioneer 2016 is a great way to learn 3D. It's so easy to use that you'll be composing amazing 3D landscapes in no time.


VUE Pioneer 2016 includes free access to the Cornucopia3D community: get help, exchange tips and suggestions with other users, find inspiration by looking at their art, or show your own creations to the world!

Top reasons to get VUE Pioneer 2016

  • Easy to learn, easy to use!
  • Breathtaking 3D landscapes!
  • Photo-realistic results!
  • Wide selection of presets!
  • Unrivaled natural 3D creation power!
  • Renders at Full HD resolution!
  • Direct access to Cornucopia3D content!
  • Helpful user community!
  • It's completely FREE! (Click the download button on the right)

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Hassle Free

With VUE Pioneer 2016, you concentrate on your art. No need to worry about perspective, lighting or shadows: the software takes care of all this for you.

All functions are only a click away: one click to create a terrain, one click to grow a new plant, one click to add 3D text, etc.

You compose your scenes interactively, in real-time, and watch the result as a preview is rendered on-the-fly. When you're happy with your work, simply hit the Camera icon to create the final image.

Whether you're a newcomer to 3D or a seasoned 3D artist, you'll find your way around VUE Pioneer 2016 in no time!

Cornucopia3D, Your New Home

Welcome to Cornucopia3D, your new home!

After installing VUE Pioneer 2016, connect to your Cornucopia3D account at, and you can:

  • Get instant access to your personal resources,
  • Download free content for your 3D landscapes/worlds,
  • Talk with other VUE users, exchange tips and ideas,
  • Showcase your art in your own gallery.

Get Help
Not getting the results you were hoping for? Don't take your first steps in 3D alone! Talk to other users on the Cornucopia3D forums: you'll get help and invaluable suggestions.

Someday, you may even help out others too?

Find Inspiration
Visit the Cornucopia3D galleries and take a look at the work of other users for a refreshing breeze of inspiration! Upload your images to your own gallery and share with the community. If you like, you can even ask for others to comment on your work.

Download Content
Add spice to your creations! Easily find the perfect content to elegantly close your compositions. Browse by theme, popularity, release date...

Go Further
Improve your VUE-skills thanks to quality video tutorials directly accessible from your account. New videos are uploaded regularly, and you can view them as many times as you like.

Need stimulation? Pit your talents against other VUE-ers: enter one of our regular contests and win prizes!

What Can I Do with VUE Pioneer 2016?

  • Create your own amazingly detailed 3D Worlds in any style – photo-realistic, illustration, fantasy, abstract... No drawing skills required!
  • Produce images in superb photo-realistic quality and vibrant colors for print, web...
  • Bring to life your stories, comics and cartoons, poems or games!
  • Create still and animated backgrounds.
  • Illustrate your presentations and documents.
  • Simulate geologically realistic environments, from archeologically accurate worlds to a possible evolution of the Earth...
  • Easily create professional 3D titling effects for your own videos and DVDs.
  • Invent original wallpapers and screensavers, posters, postcards, calendars, stickers...
  • Represent yourself, your friends and family in the most exotic and fantasy worlds or funny situations - travel to deep and savage mangroves or desert islands lost in the ocean!
  • Design original websites!
  • Create dazzling animations - animate your entire world, from the smallest plant to the biggest cloud and walk, drive and fly through them!
  • The list goes on... where will your imagination take you?

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How Can it Be Free?!

VUE Pioneer 2016 is derived from the research e-on software makes for the high-end products it sells to large special effects studios.

By offering a product of such great quality as Pioneer for free, we are hoping to attract new users to the fun world of VUE. Because we know you'll love Pioneer, we expect that some of you will buy content from Cornucopia3D, or even decide to expand the product with the optional modules.

VUE Pioneer 2016 Limitations

  • Pictures carry a logo(1)
  • You cannot import 3D models(2)
  • VUE Pioneer 2016 is for home use only(3)
  • VUE Pioneer 2016 is provided "as is", without any technical support(4)

What's the Difference with the PLE?

VUE Pioneer 2016 is a real product. It's not a trial version and you won't get any watermarks on your renders (although you do get a logo*).

Unlike the Personal Learning Edition, the product can be upgraded to higher end versions of VUE, and you can exchange scenes with other VUE users.

If you upgrade or change your computer, you won't lose your scenes like you do with the PLE. You should only consider the PLE as a short term option, whereas you could go on using Pioneer forever!

  • (1) You can remove this logo with the RenderUp module.
  • (2) You can load Cornucopia3D locked content or create your own models using the program's modeling tools.
  • (3) Commercial use requires purchase of the RenderUp module or use of a higher product.
  • (4) If you need help, please visit the Cornucopia3D forums for assistance from other users.

Please note that, due to activation restrictions, VUE Pioneer 2016 is not fit for using in a classroom environment.


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VUE Pioneer 2016 provides all the building blocks to easily create realistic 3D landscapes. Here is how you create images with VUE Pioneer 2016:

  • Start with an empty scene
  • Add Terrains
  • Grow Trees
  • Add water
  • Change the atmosphere
  • Load objects
  • Model your objects
  • Tweak colors and materials
  • Animate!


vue pioneer mountains

  • Build a mountain with a single click! Choose among the many terrain presets to automatically create very detailed mountains, hills, canyons, dunes, lunar surfaces...
  • Sculpt terrains in real-time using your mouse or a tablet thanks to Solid3D™ technology.
  • Switch to procedural terrains for an unlimited level of detail over infinite expanses of land!
  • Each terrain is created randomly, and is guaranteed to be unique!


vue pioneer water

  • Create ultra realistic water with one mouse click! Adjust the property of the water, from still moutain lake to stormy ocean with one single slider.
  • Render an animation, and watch the waves come to life with foam along the shores!


vue pionnier atmosphere

  • A romantic sunset, a grey winter morning, other-worldy skies... It's the atmosphere that creates the mood!
  • Choose from hundreds of atmosphere presets and instantly change the mood of your scenes. Design your very own atmospheres using real-world settings.


  • Select a species and click a button to grow a plant! Because plants are grown "inside" the software, no two plants will ever look the same - just like in nature!
  • VUE Pioneer 2016 ships with 13 unique plant species. If you need more, you can easily find additional species at


vue pioneer forest

  • Thanks to the beauty of e-on's revolutionary EcoSystem™ materials, you can create dense forests (or vast cities) in a few clicks!
  • Select a Forest EcoSystem material and assign it to your terrain. Millions of trees will automatically grow all over it!


vue pioneer planets

  • VUE's fractal magic lets you create entire planets: zoom out of your scene way up into the sky and admire the view from outer space!
  • Find daily cloud density maps on the internet and use them to create real-world skyscapes. You could even add cyclones by painting them in!

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What's new in Vue 2016 R4

  • 360/180 Degrees and Freeform Stereoscopic Rendering
  • 180 Degrees VR Panorama
  • Semi-transparent Material Multi-pass Rendering Improvements
  • Path Tracer Renderer Improvements
  • Procedural Terrains Speed Improvements
  • Compatibility with Alembic 1.7.3
  • Added Support for over 64 CPU Cores

What's new in Vue Pioneer 2016 R3

New Features in VUE 2016 R3:

  • UX/UI improvements
    • Major performance/responsiveness/stability improvements
    • All software titles are now available in English, French and German
    • Higher quality display in Render Scene preview for soft shadows
    • Better handling of editor window manipulations
    • Support for HiDPI screens on MacOS
    • Faster computing of Spline operations for HeightField Terrains
    • Application can now use up to 12 CPUs (requires the RenderUp module)
  • Optimized scene saving process
    • Up to 4x faster scene saving
    • Up to 2x smaller file size
    • 3 New scene saving modes: Default, Consolidated Archive, Network Rendering
  • HDR Rendering
    • Major improvements in dynamic range depth when using Spectral Atmospheres
    • New optional Sun Visibility parameter for Spectral Atmospheres
    • Automatic de-activation of Tone-Mapping when saving HDR pictures (.hdr or .exr formats)
  • Path Tracer renderer improvements
    • Adds support for Spectral Cloud layers
    • Support for Don't cast shadows and Disable Indirect Lighting material properties
    • New Translucent material type
    • Now supports Soft Shadows and Blurry Reflections/Refractions
  • Cloud Modulation
    • New Cloud Opacity modulation
    • Access local coordinates for color settings




VUE is a 64 bit application, designed for the Windows® 64 bits XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 and Intel Mac OS X platforms.

Like all 3D packages, it is highly demanding in terms of computer power. Although the application is totally multi-threaded to ensure the smoothest possible response, you have to realize that there is a lot going on when you work in Vue.

Please note that using Vue on a system carrying the below specification may result in slow response time and longer render times!

Please read further on for recommended minimal specification for an optimal Vue experience.


  • Mac OS X v10.8+ 64bit,
  • 2GHz Intel processor or faster,
  • 1GB of free RAM,
  • 200 MB of free Hard Disk space,
  • 1200x768 in 65K colors/16 bits (24+ bits recommended).


  • Windows 7,  8  and 10 64bit
  • 2GHz Pentium IV or better processor,
  • 1GB of free RAM,
  • 200 MB of free Hard Disk space,
  • 1200x768 in 65K colors/16 bits (24+ bits recommended).

Note: VUE Esprit 2016 installed on a multi-core CPU computer will use a maximum of 2 CPUs on a 64 bit OS.  (Lift this limitation, and use a maximum of 8 CPUs on 64 bit OS with the RenderUp module).

Recommended System Specs

  • Windows 64 bit (Windows 7 or Windows 8), Mac OS X v10.13
  • Multi-core CPU (Intel QuadCore, Core I7, or Mac Pro), AVX compliant (windows)
  • 8GB+ of RAM,
  • 4GB+ of free Hard Disk space (on the drive hosting the OS),
  • An OpenGL accelerated video board



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