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v1.0.29 Laubwerk Plants Kit 4 – Subtropical Trees

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Subtropical Trees

An impressive collection of Mediterranean and other subtropical tree species found across the world, planted along roads, in parks, and gardens including the iconic Mediterranean cypress, fascinating flowering trees such as the Japanese camellia and the world’s most popular palm, the Canary Island date palm. 10 subtropical tree species in 3 variants, 3 ages and 4 seasons each, for architects and CG artists working in 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, or Houdini.


Highlights

 

Includes 360 Models

All Laubwerk Plants in this Kit come in 36 variations per species, i.e. 3 variants, 3 ages and 4 seasons. Here are a few examples of the variety:

laubwerk plants kit 4 spring

Spring: 10 out of 360 subtropical tree models of Laubwerk Plants Kit 4.

 

laubwerk plants kit 4 fall

Summer: 10 out of 360 subtropical models of Laubwerk Plants Kit 4.

 

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Includes Free Laubwerk Player

The free Laubwerk Player plugin comes bundled with each of the Laubwerk Plants Kits.

Use the Laubwerk Player to easily load and control plant models inside Autodesk 3ds Max & Maya, MAXON Cinema 4D, SideFX Houdini, and Trimble SketchUp. Just drag-and-drop your 3D tree, set the shape, age, and season and level of detail control. Watch the lightning fast rendering with inbuilt and 3rd parts renderer support.

Laubwerk Player Plugin

Inserting, controlling and rendering great-looking 3D tree models has never been easier with the Laubwerk Player plugin! The Laubwerk Player provides immediate visual access to your Laubwerk plant library. You get multiple drawing options in the viewport (like simple hull shape or skeleton) for quick feedback and low memory usage while editing your scene. And when you're satisfied, watch the Laubwerk Player dynamically render fully-detailed plant models at amazing speeds, with automatic default materials and level of detail.

Plant Library Browser

The Plant Library Browser appears right in the 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, Houdini or SketchUp main menu and provides direct access to the Laubwerk Plants installed on your computer. Drag-and-drop your 3D tree species into your scene or replace existing trees. Loading the plants through the Plant Library Browser directly creates materials with basic shading and textures preassigned, saving you time and memory while you work.

Plant Object

The Plant Object represents a Laubwerk plant model in your scene by using low-memory hull or skeleton mode for easy placement. It dynamically loads the model's age and shape that you chose, creating a simple viewport approximation that allows you to apply model alterations and adjust level of detail settings. Laubwerk Plant Objects are fully scriptable using MaxScript.

V-Ray Support

Dedicated support of V-Ray saves you time and memory. Instead of manually converting Laubwerk Plant Objects into V-Ray proxies, the Plant Object detects when V-Ray is used for rendering and dynamically creates the model's geometry during rendering. This is the exact same process V-Ray uses for V-Ray proxies, just automatically applied without any manual setup.

Renderer Support

Materials and textures are created on the fly – for the built-in renderer or third-party renderers.

  • For 3ds Max, Maya, and Cinema 4D: mental ray, iray, Maxwell Render, Thea Render, Arnold, OctaneRender, and Corona Renderer.
  • For SketchUp: V-Ray for SketchUp and Thea Render for SketchUp.

Laubwerk Advantage

  • Plug and Play – One-click solution for architects and CG artists who need realistic 3D trees, immediately.
  • Fast and Fluent – Render-ready 3D trees minimize the need for finetuning that can otherwise interrupt your workflow.
  • Easy and Integrated – Drag-and-drop plants inside 3ds Max & Maya, and MAXON Cinema 4D, Trimble SketchUp, or use them in SideFX Houdini.
  • Intuitive – Simple settings are a mouse click away.
  • Smart Content – Go beyond static models! Choose the shape, age, season and detail of each tree.
  • High Tech – Laubwerk technology minimizes the usual compromise between high-quality graphics and efficient memory usage.

Realistic 3D Tree Models

Laubwerk uses a hybrid of procedural modeling and hand-detailing by botanist and 3D artists to make the most realistic CG trees.

  • Render-ready materials and textures are created on the fly – for the built-in renderer (3ds Max, Maya & Cinema 4D), or third-party renderers such as V-Ray, mental ray, iray, Maxwell Render, Thea Render, Arnold, OctaneRender, and Corona Renderer.
  • Leaves consist of more than just a single polygon, so they bend and catch highlights.
  • Textures are based on high quality photos from real trees.
  • Models maintain shape and density, regardless of detail level.

 

Laubwerk Plants Kit 4 – Subtropical Trees

The following 10 tree species are included in the Plants Kit 4. Each species comes in 36 variations per species, i.e. 3 variants, 3 ages and 4 seasonal aspects, for a total of 360 models per Kit.

laubwerk plants kit 4 silver wattleSilver wattle
Acacia dealbata

Fast growing medium-sized evergreen tree or shrub with wide spreading branches and an overall rounded or pyramidal habit. Fantastic floral display in late winter through early spring. Abundant scented flowers are pale to bright canary yellow pompons, in round clusters arranged in a raceme. Fern-like, bluish-grey-green foliage is alternately arranged on the stems and bi-pinnately compound. Fruit is a green thin and twisted pod, reddish-brown at maturity. Smooth bark is gray to silver-gray or brown. Widely introduced in Mediterranean, warm temperate, and highland tropical landscapes. Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

 

laubwerk plants kit 4 silk treePersian silk tree
Albizia julibrissin

A short tree with a broad crown of level or arching branches. The tree is a popular ornamental tree due to its attractive bipinnate, fern-like leaves and clusters of thread-like pink and white flowers that last throughout the summer. It attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

 

laubwerk plants kit japanese camelliaJapanese camellia
Camellia japonica

Beautiful small evergreen tree or large shrub grown for it's magnificent display of fragrant rose-like blooms in late winter to early spring. Flower petals of wild plants are typically deep red with prominent cluster of yellow orange stamens. Fruits are nearly perfectly round before opening, starting out apple green and maturing into a purple-red. Simple elliptical to ovate leaves are deep green, leathery, and very glossy. Leaves are alternately arranged. Bark is of even gray color and smooth. In nature, it is subcanopy tree. It flourishes in shaded or semi-shaded positions, and sheltered in cold climates.

 

laubwerk plants kit 4 orangeOrange
Citrus x sinensis

Small to medium-sized evergreen, flowering tree of compact growing habit. Glossy dark green foliage with oval leaves, alternately arranged. Fragrant small flowers are waxy greenish-white. Round fruits consist of a leathery peel and are green when unripe, then turn bright orange or yellow-orange when ripe. The tree is a hybrid, possibly between pomelo (Citrus maxima) and mandarin (Citrus reticulata), which has been cultivated in China since ancient times. Nowadays, Orange trees have been the most cultivated tree fruit in the world widely grown in tropical and subtropical climates.

 

laubwerk plants kit 4 cypressMediterranean cypress
Cupressus sempervirens

Medium-sized to large coniferous evergreen tree with a conic, typically very narrow columnar crown. The dark green foliage grows in dense sprays. The seed cones are ovoid or oblong, green at first, maturing brown about 2 years after pollination. The dark green "exclamation mark" tree shape is considered as characteristic signature of Mediterranean landscapes. Trees are very long-lived.

 

laubwerk plants kit 4 cockspur coral treeCockspur coral tree
Erythrina crista-galli

Small showy tree or shrub with rounded or umbrella-like spreading shape. Woody trunk with irregular, spiny branches. Deciduous, with trifoliate dark green leaves that turn golden in fall. Big red, fragrant flowers with long blooming and strong flavored nectar that attracts insects. Fruits are brown pods fruiting in summer or autumn. National tree of Argentina and its flower is the national flower of Argentina and Uruguay.

 

laubwerk plants kit 4 new zealand pohutukaNew Zealand pohutukawa
Metrosideros excelsa

Magnificent large coastal evergreen tree with dome-like spreading shape. The usually multi-trunked tree produces a brilliant display of vibrant crimson color flowers made up of a mass of stamens in summer. Leaves that are a dark greenish blue on top and felted white beneath. The slow-growing but vigorous, easy to grow, and long-living tree even adapts on rocky cliffs. The tree is endemic to New Zealand, where its peak of the bloom is in mid to late December, hence has become an established part of the local Christmas tradition.

 

laubwerk plants kit 4 date palmCanary Island date palm
Phoenix canariensis

Large solitary, tree-like palm with a stout trunk and a rounded crown. Long, deep green feather leaves are pinnately divided into many linear segments. Drooping panicles of creamy-yellow flowers are followed by small oval reddish-yellow drupes. Palms are often pruned and trimmed to enhance the appearance; then the bottom of the crown appears to have a pineapple shape. Because of its beauty, adaptability and hardiness is one of the most widely-planted palms on Earth. The palm has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

 

laubwerk plants kit stone pineStone pine
Pinus pinea

Attractive coniferous evergreen tree with a majestic broad crown with an almost mushroom like canopy that becomes broader and flatter in maturity. In youth, it is a bushy globe. Large clear trunk with an intense red bark at maturity. Adult needle-like flexible leaves are mid-green and longer than the glaucous blue-green juvenile leaves. The cones are broad and ovoid. The tree has been used and cultivated for their edible pine nuts since prehistoric times. This pine brings a distinctively different form to many landscapes and has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

 

laubwerk plants kit pomegranatePomegranate
Punica granatum

Attractive small fruit tree, sometimes a shrub that is much-branched, long-living, and deciduous. The green leaves are opposite, leathery, and glossy. The small, lanceolate leaf is red when sprouting, and turns a characteristic yellow before exfoliation. The flower is bright red, large, prominent and beautiful. The apple-like, edible fruit is at first green, and later basically yellow more or less overlaid with light or deep pink or rich red. The decorative fruit has a tough, leathery rind.

  • Autodesk 3ds Max (2010-2020), Autodesk Maya (2015-2019, Win & Mac, Linux on request), MAXON Cinema 4D (R15-20, Mac & Win), Trimble SketchUp (2014-2018, Mac & Win), or Sidefx Houdini (currently Apprentice 14-15.5 Win, Linux on request).
  • Additionally, Python (on Windows) for customers to build their own importers into applications compatible applications compatible with Python 2.2, 2.7, 3.3, or 3.4.
  • A computer that is capable of running your version(s) of 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, SketchUp, or Houdini.
  • 10MB of hard disk space and additional space for the Laubwerk Plants models.

Update 1.0.29 (April 2019)

Autodesk

  • Added 3ds Max 2020 support
  • Fixed an issue with opacity maps in Arnold Renderer for 3ds Max
  • Added Maya 2019 support

Update 1.0.28 (March 25, 2019)

SketchUp

  • Added SketchUp Pro 2019 support
  • Added V-Ray Next for SketchUp support
  • Improved UI design and performance
  • Fixed a bug that caused SketchUp to crash when rendering a startup model with Thea.
  • Added macOS support for our Python extension.
  • Improved macOS installers with installer certification, and better detection of  installed applications.

Update 1.0.27 (October 18, 2018)

3ds Max

  • Updated Octane material converter and Octane 4 glossy materials
  • Added the replacement behavior section to the help document

Cinema 4D

  • Added Cinema 4D R20 support
  • Fixed a bug with reflectance roughness was not being set properly in inbuilt renderers

SketchUp

  • Fixed a bug that caused V-Ray renders to fail with non-Latin characters in Windows usernames (e.g. "ü", "ñ", or "é").

What's new in plants kit 1.0.26? ( July 19, 2018)

SketchUp

  • Snappier Laubwerk browser
  • Added support for consistent copy & paste from another SketchUp instance
  • V-Ray 2.x support is back. Fixed a bug in the player extension
  • Fixed a bug in material quality selection. The selected quality is now always applied at render time
  • Fixed a bug in the player extension for SketchUp Japanese that prevented switching between model variants and seasons
  • Known issues: special characters in Windows user names prevent running the player extension (Ruby error)

3ds Max

  • Added support for 3ds Max 2019
  • Added Arnold 5 support
  • Fixed a bug in Laubwerk material creation for V-Ray RT
  • Fixed a bug that caused the ART renderer to crash
  • Fixed a bug that caused 3ds Max to crash when double-clicking inside the Laubwerk browser where there are no plants

Maya

  • Added Arnold 5 support
  • Dropped support for Maya 2014
  • Known issues: MacOS X Player plugin doesn't work with Maya 2018.2

Cinema 4D

  • Updated Arnold 5 support to Arnold core version 5.1
  • Dropped support for pre-R15 versions

Laubwerk Plants

  • Acer campestre (Kit Freebie) - improved the shapes (habitus) of several tree variants for a head-free crown base height

 

What's new in plants kit 1.0.25?

  • SketchUp: Support for SketchUp Pro 2018, support for V-Ray 3.6, support for MacOS X High Sierra (10.13). Bug fix with special characters in Windows 10 users names
  • Maya: Bug fix for Maya 2018 support
  • 3ds Max: Fix a bug that crashed 3ds Max when adding an empty Plant object to the scene on autosave, bug fixed a bug that a Plant replacement in the Browser did not refresh the viewport, improved behavior when a new Plant is assigned and all selected Plant objects are empty
  • Cinema 4D: R19 support, added support for Arnold 5

Laubwerk Plants Kits Update 1.0.24 is an important update for our users of Trimble SketchUp, Autodesk 3ds Max, and Autodesk Maya.

Highlights of the Plants Kit 1.0.24 update are:

  • SketchUp: Several improvements and bug fixes, e.g. Plants can be replaced through the Laubwerk Browser, editing of parameters of multiple Plants at the same time. Multiple material quality profiles.
  • Added support for Autodesk 3ds Max 2018 and Maya 2018
  • 3ds Max: Improved Laubwerk Browser, bug fix of the edit mesh modifier
  • Maya: Enabled color management for file nodes, bug fixes.
  • Cinema 4D and Houdini: No changes.

What's new in plants kit 1.0.23? (January 31st, 2017)

  • Added support Thea for SketchUp for Windows and OS X. Compatible with Skatter for SketchUp
  • Laubwerk Player plugin for SketchUp (2014-2017) with many bug fixes, improved RAM usage, performance, and user interface
  • 3ds Max: Fixed a major bug that V-Ray distributed rendering failed on slave machines
  • Maya: Bug fix for V-Ray high quality materials, improved Skeleton mode, faster rendering

What's new in plants kit 1.0.22?

SketchUp (new)

  • Introducing the Laubwerk Player plugin for SketchUp (2014 - 2017) for Windows and OS X and the latest versions of V-Ray 2 and V-Ray 3
  • Compatible with Skatter for SketchUp

3ds Max

  • Added a dialog box that asks whether a selected Plant(s) should be replaced or should a new Plant object be created
  • Added Arnold support
  • Improved Corona Render support, e.g. now Plant objects are derived from GeomObject instead of SimpleObject2
  • Improved speculars in Scanline renderer materials
  • Improved the behavior of the Laubwerk browser, now the window does not closes itself anymore when a Plant object is replaced or created
  • Fixed a bug that made 3dsmax crash when an empty Plant object is assigned to a Plant
  • Fixed a bug that in Skeleton mode crashed the measure utility
  • Fixed a bug that by replacing a tree through the browser reseted the variation setting

Maya

  • Fixed a bug with changing seasons and variant attributes, which did not update the user interface

Cinema 4D

  • Fixed a bug with Thea Render. Now, the texture group parameters for the base material are being set properly.

What's new in plants kit 1.0.21? (August 7, 2016)

Release 1.0.21 introduces:

Common

  • Improved the translation of specular highlight size and intensity for mental ray/iray

Maya

  • This version now supports Maya 2017 and 2016.5 (Extension 2) for Windows and OS X (Linux download on request)
  • Selecting a plant in the Laubwerk Browser with a plant node selected now replaces the species in the selected node
  • Added a search field to the Laubwerk Browser
  • The path to the plant library is now stored as an option variable
  • Fixed a bug with the Create Laubwerk Plant command
  • Fixed a bug with adding a plant from the Laubwerk Browser caused by backslash characters
  • Fixed a bug with the Laubwerk file->open command
  • Fixed a bug which by deleting unused nodes dropped all materials that weren't used in the convex hull mode. That had also caused wrong material assignments (only colored green) on trunk and some leaves

Cinema 4D

  • This version now supports Cinema 4D R 18 for Windows and OS X

Houdini

  • This version now supports Houdini 14-15.5 for Windows (Linux download on request)
  • Fixed a bug that the Laubwerk Browser panel failed to open

What's new in plants kit 1.0.20? (June 23, 2016)

  • Added support for Autodesk Maya (2014-2016) on Windows & OS X including materials for V-Ray, iray, mental ray, Maya Software, Arnold, Maxwell Render, OctaneRender
  • Added support for Autodesk 3ds Max 2017
  • Added a fifth free species to the Plants Kit Freebie, the Kentia palm (Howea forsteriana), a popular and elegant plant for subtropical and tropical climates and indoor
  • Improved look of two species of the Plants Kits Freebie: Improved habit of the twigs and inflorescence of the common broom (Cytisus scoparius) models and improved trunk material of the Turkish pine (Pinus brutia) models

What's new in plants kit 1.0.19? (January 26, 2016)

Cinema 4D

  • Added support for Otoy OctaneRender.
  • Added compatibility for Cinema 4D R17 Team Render.
  • Added compatibility for Thea Render 1.5.x.

3ds Max

  • Added support for Otoy OctaneRender.

What's new in plants kit 1.0.18? (October 25, 2015)

Cinema 4D

  • Fixed a Cinema 4D R17 problem with Help, which now opens correctly.

3ds Max

  • Added full Japanese language support.
  • Added support for iray mdl materials.
  • Set names of texture maps by texture names.
  • Fixed a bug with V-Ray materials in high-quality mode that now have the same brightness as in medium quality.
  • Fixed a bug for 3ds Max 2016 that now prevents crashes when using Forest Pack.
  • Fixed a bug for model files, which now get exported when saving as archive.
  • Fixed a bug with manual setting of asset paths.

What is New in Plants Kits 1.0.17:

Cinema 4D

  • Added support for Cinema 4D R17.
  • Fixed a bug with 2-sided materials in VRAYforC4D.
  • Thumbnails now use Retina resolution when available.
  • Enabled "Show custom parameters" option when creating Arnold tags.
  • Added support for integrated alpha channel when using latestet Arnold version (1.0.5.0 C4DtoA).

For all platforms

  • Textures are now delivered with straight alpha instead of premultiplied.

What is New in Plants Kits 1.0.16

Release 1.0.16 introduces, along with the regular set of fixes and improvements:

Cinema 4D

  • Improved integration with Team Render.
  • Added support for the Arnold Renderer.
  • Improved Maxwell material setups.
  • Added Maxwell material thumbnails.

3ds Max / 3ds Max Design

  • Improved Maxwell material setups.
  • Materials now use V-Ray 3 Opacity Mode when available.
  • Added a check for 3ds Max 2015 SP1 (Installer).
  • Fixed some problems with special characters in the Laubwerk Plants library path.
  • Fixed some problems with the browser not displaying correctly in some
  • cases.
  • Resolved some 3ds Max 2016 display problems.

What is New in Plants Kits 1.0.15

Release 1.0.15 introduces, along with the regular set of fixes and improvements:

Cinema 4D

  • Added support for Maxwell Render for Cinema 4D.
  • Change season, variant, or species of multiple selected plant objects at once.
  • Extended importer dialog.
  • Fixed bug in 1.0.14 where materials created with high quality had wrong reflectance type.

3ds Max / 3ds Max Design

  • Added support for Maxwell Render for 3ds Max.
  • Added support for 3ds Max 2016.
  • Extended importer dialog.

Houdini

  • Significant performance improvement loading plant objects.
  • Added Laubwerk Browser with drag-and-drop function.

 

What is New in Plants Kits 1.0.14

Along with the regular set of fixes and improvements for 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, Houdini, and Python (Windows) the new release introduces:

  • Ensured compatibility with Corona Renderer 1.0 for 3ds Max.
  • Added support for Thea Render for 3ds Max.
  • Added full German language support for 3ds Max (2015).
  • Fixed compatibility issues with VRAYforC4D.

What's New in version 1.0.13

  • Much more efficient rendering with many instances of Plant objects in V-Ray for 3ds Max.
  • Faster and more reliable Plant Library Browser.
  • Improved field maple (Acer campestre) with better looking branch tips (Plants Kit Freebie).
  • Added support for Thea Render for Cinema 4D.
  • Improved help documents.

CINEMA 4D

  • Added Czech localization for both the Plugin Player and all Plants Kits.
  • Added preliminary support for Corona Renderer. Currently, Corona has not yet addressed an issue to allow polygon selections and embedded alpha. Converting Laubwerk Plants to meshes is a workaround.
  • Improved file handling with Team Renderer, i.e. files are no longer been copied multiple times.
  • Improved handling of plant objects in animations, i.e. plant objects don't regenerate geometry for every animation frame.
  • Fixed bug on the Mac that accidentally delivered 1.0.10 binaries with 1.0.11.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause Cinema 4D to freeze when adding plants using the layer selection.

3ds Max / 3ds Max Design

  • Added support for Corona Renderer.
  • Added support for more Undo operations.
  • Improved Laubwerk Browser, which is now multithreaded, and caches thumbnails.

Python

  • Added support for Python 2.6 (Windows).
  • Added Houdini Player beta (Windows) to Plants Kit installer.

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