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Vue Pioneer for Mac

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Vue Pioneer for Mac provides extensive options for creating 3D terrains that are useful for advanced users who need a rendering program or for those who have the time to decipher a complicated interface. Its feature-rich capabilities and useful operations overcome some speed issues.

The program's download and installation take time due to its 700MB size. The user is prompted to enter an account from the developer's Web site, but this can be bypassed for a trial, which places a watermark on output. Vue Pioneer for Mac also gives the user an option to view a tutorial video, which is a great help since the menu is very complicated. The main window contains many buttons along the top and left side, none of which is labeled well. These allow for things like zooming and shape entry. This does not even include the drop-down features, which are extensive. Selecting a button allows the user to click and place it in the rendering screen, which takes a lot of trial and error to figure out. Ultimately the functions work well and cover most of the areas found in other 3D rendering programs. It took a while to figure out, but the images in the main window turned out well and were of good quality.

For those looking for a program to create 3D drawings, Vue Pioneer for Mac performs well, but requires patience to operate its complicated interface and features.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent program!"

    January 1, 2011  |   By CLSmeed

    Version: Vue Pioneer 9.0

    Pros

    Beautiful, professional-looking renditions. Good tech support.

    Cons

    A bit of a learning curve, but well worth learning.

    Summary

    You need a fair amount of patience to learn this program, but the results are professional-looking renditions. It does get easier as you work with it. I like the feebies offered by the developer and have amassed quite a collection of free and inexpensive additions to my graphics library. They have an amazing graphics store with objects easy to build on and around. Developer is pretty helpful and responds quickly.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "If only I was RICH..."

    August 18, 2009  |   By DragonWizard

    Version: Vue Pioneer 7.0

    Pros

    It has a nice render engine and for Imported poser stuff it works great..

    Cons

    If I was rich I could probably make some nice work with this, problem is it cost a fortune for a bunch of overpriced stuf that makes most POSER users PUKE.. why does everyone who makes files for this think their stuff is made of GOLD..

    Summary

    I got the Pioneer version as it is free (after having to go through HELL trying to register it) but I am afraid that is as far as I am willing to go. That's the problem with module style programs. They make the main program so it is PUNY unless you buy a bunch of stuff from them to use it.. ALSO.. everytime you upgrade you will have to upgrade your modules as well and it also is not free.. They SQUEEZE every drop of money they can out of this baby and you can't even get any support from the makers. You have to go to a forum site even to complain as they accept NO emails from anyone for any reason at the producers site. I MEAN NO EMAILS AT ALL.. Just try the site and you will get an idea how little support you will get.. Even the website runs you in circles till you want to pull your hair out so you can imagine how bad the support is... if anyone says diofferent then try the website yourself.. you WILL regret it!!!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Limitations make it useless"

    April 26, 2009  |   By Peet42

    Version: Vue Pioneer 7.0

    Pros

    It's a sound 3D package, with lots of content available. (At a price); good support forums.

    Cons

    Output has a logo superimposed. On Mac limited to two cpu cores. File selectors prefilled with paid content and the only way to remove this is first to pay £50 for the software (inc postage) and <em>then</em> pay another £90 for an "import filter".

    Summary

    If you want to do anything remotely "serious", forget it. The "T-Packs" upgrade for £30ish+p&P (actually works out at £50ish) looks like good value, but it takes every opportunity to push paid content in your face. Every file selector is teeming with things that will demand money if you click on them and the button to suppress this, mentioned in the manual, is only enabled if you spend the best part of £90 on an "import filter". When you do download the content you have paid for it seems to go out of its way to hide it. Most un-intuitive. (I downloaded this on a PC, found the logo restrictive and bought the Sci-Fi "T-Pack" for the Mac. All comments on pricing and restrictions are based on the Mac version, but there doesn't seem to be a difference according to the forums.)

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very nice program!"

    April 6, 2009  |   By CLSmeed

    Version: Vue Pioneer 7.0

    Pros

    Renderings are beautiful and professional-looking for a sized-down program.

    Cons

    The learning curve is a little steep for me. I'll have to spend some serious time on learning it. I'm an advanced computer user, but fairly new to graphics and rendering.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "great perform with easy and simple clicks"

    April 2, 2009  |   By teu2511

    Version: Vue Pioneer 7.0

    Pros

    I like Gizmo of scale and location. Boolean operation was confident.
    Rendering options are helpful, but I wonder multi-CPUs being used.

    Cons

    Lack of import contours of the map to make real site terrane.
    It was hard to export VUE trees to the BIM apps. I need other translation tools.

    Summary

    I expect the marriage of Vue and Artlantis, at least engagement.

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