Digital Element Extends Its Building Nature™ Series with the Easiest, Most Powerful Plant Creation Tool

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At SIGGRAPH ‘05 in Los Angeles (July 31-August 4, 2005), Digital Element is introducing three exciting new products and upgrades to their flagship tools in the Building Nature™ series. Verdant Plant Mechanic, Verdant for Max, Maya, and SofImage|XSI, and WorldBuilder Knowledge Module #1 will all be introduced at the show, which is the world’s largest meeting of computer graphics professionals.Verdant Plant Mechanic, Verdant for Max, Maya, and XSI, WorldBuilder Knowledge Module #1 all released at graphics conference. Other product upgrades announced.

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Digital Element is excited about the summer of 2005. At SIGGRAPH ‘05 in Los Angeles (July 31-August 4, 2005), they are introducing three exciting new products and upgrades to their flagship tools. Verdant Plant Mechanic, Verdant for Max, Maya, and SofImage|XSI, and WorldBuilder Knowledge Module #1 will all be introduced at the show, which is the world’s largest meeting of computer graphics professionals.

The newest addition to Digital Element’s Building Nature™ series is Verdant Plant Mechanic (VPM). VPM makes it easy to build plants, either realistic or fantastic, that can be used in any of Digital Element’s Building Nature™ series of products, which includes WorldBuilder, Verdant, Aurora, Aurora Sky, and Aurora Water. It provides an advanced user interface with four modes of operation:

1.    The Render Layout Mode, which opens any Verdant plant, or one of the nine included plant presets, and enables alteration of textures and any part of the geometry.

2.    Plant Wizards to design custom trees and bushes in minutes.

3.    The Visual Plant Modeler, which creates any plant imaginable by combining plant parts, and adding joints and textures.

4.    Python plant scripts that Programmers and script professionals can easily modify.

VPM includes nine sample plants. It is available on the Windows platform and has a suggested retail price of $249

Also new at SIGGRAPH is the 3DS Max, Maya and SoftImage|XSI versions of Verdant, the revolutionary plug-in that allows users to randomize, rotate, scale, and place plants and trees in Photoshop. Verdant is a favorite of Photoshop artists around the world, and the new Verdant Max, Verdant Maya and Verdant XSI versions make this great plug-in available to the users of the leading 3D modeling software. In addition to all the standard animation effects, these new Verdant releases also provide support for realistic wind animation. Verdant Max, Verdant Maya, and Verdant XSI each carry the retail price of $179 for the download version and $199 on CD.

In addition to all this new software, Digital Element is also announcing Knowledge Module #1 for WorldBuilder at SIGGRAPH. Knowledge Module #1 (KM1) is the first of three tutorials for WorldBuilder that Digital Element will produce this year. It includes 9 video lessons, 5 projects, two free plants, a video of the beautiful visualization done for the Oakland, California Municipal Boathouse Renovation, and more. KM1 is intended for novices, KMs 2 and 3 will add useful information for more experienced users. The Knowledge Modules are priced at $99 each, and KKM1 is available now.

Digital Element also is introducing point upgrades of WorldBuilder, Aurora, and Verdant at SIGGRAPH. Digital Element plug-ins are compatible with the latest version of Adobe Studio, CS2.

Digital Element will be exhibiting in booth 2238 at SIGGRAPH. Contact them there for more information, or visit them online at http://www.digi-element.com.

About Digital Element

Digital Element, Inc. develops and publishes the Building Nature™ series of high-end software tools and plug-ins that recreate nature on the computer screen. Their products are used by 3D artists, architects, game designers, developers of interactive training materials, and dedicated hobbyists around the world.

WorldBuilder Pro™ and WorldBuilder Genesis™, stand-alone packages that create 3D scenes and animation, are industry leaders for detail, power, and ease of use, and exchange data with popular 3D modeling programs. Digital Element's Photoshop and After Effects/Final Cut Pro plug-ins, including Aurora™, Verdant™, and Modelshop™, allow Adobe and Apple users to create compelling nature effects easily within 2D applications. Digital Element may be reached at http://www.digi-element.com, or at 554 56th Street, Oakland, CA 94609, +1 510-601-7351.

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