Gugila Releases GroundWiz 1.2 - Terrain Map and Planter

A new version of GroundWiz has been released.
GroundWiz is a plug-in for 3ds max/VIZ for making nature scenes with ease and precision.
GroundWiz version 1.2 consists of two main parts: GroundWiz Procedural Terrain Map and GroundWiz Planter for 3ds max/VIZ.

The new version introduces GroundWiz Planter, a mass placement & instancing tool for 3ds max/VIZ. Handling millions of instances of 3D objects in 3ds max/VIZ at interactive speed, GroundWiz Planter merges vegetation, rocks and other nature elements and quickly creates realistic interactive scenes of nature/landscape.

Key Features of GroundWiz Planter :
- Optimized to handles a huge number of objects at interactive speed. GroundWiz Planter allows you to handle millions of objects.
- When used with Mental Ray, GroundWiz Native Geometry Shader is used that allows hundreds of millions of polygons to be rendered.
- Uses GroundWiz Terrain Map layers for mass placement to easily create forests and plant massive areas based on slope of the terrain, altitude, sun direction, etc.
- Brush mode is available for precise planting that allows painting plants over the terrain.
- LOD (level of detail) option so that far away objects don't waste polygons and rendering time.
- Objects can be drawn as normal 3d models or as billboards to reduce number of polygons required.

Also, the new version of GroundWiz brings new features to GroundWiz Terrain Map :
- Mental Ray support.
- Displacement map support (each layer can have procedurally controlled displacement).
- Layer channel data : except for the standard color and bump information, each layer can carry other channel data (displacement, specular color, glossiness, reflection).

For additional information about GroundWiz, please visit
Full Press Release can be found here:
GroundWiz Lite version is free for personal use and can be downloaded from Gugila web site.


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