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Pricing, Licensing & FAQ

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On this page, you will find detailed information about our pricing and licensing systems, the difference between the Creator and Professional versions, system requirements and the most frequently asked questions. If you need further assistance, please contact our team.

PlantFactory & VUE Creator and Professional

 
PlantFactory is bundled with VUE. You can choose between PlantFactory & VUE Creator and PlantFactory & VUE Professional. Both Creator and Professional include all core features of each product.
 
In Creator, export of PlantFactory models to other applications than VUE is not available and render size within PlantFactory and VUE is limited to 4k without support for Multipass. The PlantFactory and VUE integration plugins are not included. Render Cows for network rendering of VUE scenes are limited to five. Creator is an affordable alternative to Professional if you do not plan to use assets created with PlantFactory outside of VUE.
 
Professional includes all export functionalities and integration plugins for both VUE and PlantFactory and it has no render size and Render Cow limit. Multipass rendering is also available. For a detailed comparison between PlantFactory Creator and Professional, check out the comparison chart below.
 
In addition to these two versions, we offer an Enterprise Solution which is a bundle of the Professional version of VUE & PlantFactory, 25 Rendernodes and full access to our PlantCatalog library. The PlantCatalog is a separate product and can also be purchased standalone at a later time with no financial penalties. For more information about PlantCatalog, please visit our PlantCatalog page here.
 
 

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Feature / Category Creator Solution Professional Solution Enterprise Solution
Modeling
Drawing, pruning and manual editing
Component creation and modelling
Geometry nodes
Import external geometry
Create leaf clusters
Loop nodes
Autogrowth
Advanced dependencies
Grow plants on objects
Link to Z-Brush
Texturing and UVs
Substance support
Node-based procedural materials
Stacked UVs
Unwrapped UVs
UDIM
Ptex
Customization
Infinite variations
Presets and preset variations
Maturity / Growth
Health
Season
Published Parameters
Autogrowth
Advanced dependencies
Topology and LODs
Quads and triangles
Different meshing modes
Manual meshing
LOD creation
LOD export to generic file formats
LOD export to VUE
Animation
Random gusts
Gentle breeze
Frond animation
Animation export to generic file formats
Animation export to VUE
Integration and export
Export to VUE (*.tpf format)
Share scene files and procedural species with other users
Export to generic 3D formats
Integration plugins
Rendering
Render with Raytracer yes (limited to 4k resolution max) yes (unlimited resolution) yes (unlimited resolution)
Render with PathTracer yes (limited to 4k resolution max) yes (unlimited resolution) yes (unlimited resolution)
Multipass & G-Buffer
PlantCatalog
Includes access to the full PlantCatalog optional optional yes

Licensing Options

 
We offer monthly and annual licenses for each of our solutions. This system is very flexible and easy to use, because it allows you to mix and match license types as needed without the need to deal with the difficulties of upgrades or sidegrades. For example, if you need a feature from the Professional version for a specific project, you can purchase a monthly Professional license while keeping your annual Creator license untouched and running. Each license you purchase is separate and does not affect any other already purchased license in any way.
 
Monthly licenses auto-renew each month until cancelled and are billed monthly. Annual licenses do not renew automatically after a year and cost less per year than monthly licenses. Annual licenses can be also installed on two distinct machines.
 
Annual licenses can be activated at any time. They are not tied to the day of purchase. This allows to purchase multiple annual licenses in advance and only activate them once you need them.
 
Licenses are available as both floating and node-locked.

VUE & PlantFactory Creator Solution

Includes VUE and PlantFactory with all creative features – an affordable solution for all artists who work, design and render mainly inside of VUE & PlantFactory. Available as node-locked license only.

Annual license
$199 per year
On Sale! Get 30% off until September 30th 2021.
Now just $139 per year.
Buy Creator Annual
Monthly license
$19.95 per month
Buy Creator Monthly

VUE & PlantFactory Professional Solution

Includes VUE and PlantFactory with export functionalities, unlimited render size, multipass and integration plugins – a solution for seamless pipeline integration. Available as node-locked license only.

Annual license
$750 per year
On Sale! Get 30% off until September 30th 2021.
Now just $525 per year.
Buy Professional Annual
Monthly license
$75 per month
Buy Professional Monthly

VUE & PlantFactory Enterprise Solution

Bundles VUE, PlantFactory, 25 RenderNodes Network Rendering licenses, and the PlantCatalog  an ever-growing library of vegetation species. Available as floating (upon request) and node-locked licenses.

Annual license
$999 per year
On Sale! Get 30% off until September 30th 2021.
Now just $695 per year.
Buy Enterprise Annual
Monthly license
$99 per month
Buy Enterprise Monthly

FAQ

 
We are currently updating our FAQs and will have PlantFactory-specific answers on this page very soon. In the meantime, please head over to our global FAQ section. There, you will find answers to both licensing and PlantFactory questions, including backwards compatibility with older versions.

System Requirements

PlantFactory is a 64-bit application, designed for 64-bit versions of Windows 8, Windows 10 and Intel Mac OS X 10.10+ 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 must realize that there is a lot going on when you work in PlantFactory.

 

Recommended System Specs

  • Windows 64 bit (Windows 8 or Windows 10), Mac OS 10.13-11*,

  • Multi-core CPU (Intel Core I7, I9, AMD Ryzen or Mac Pro), AVX compliant,

  • 8GB+ of RAM,

  • 4GB+ of free Hard Disk space (on the drive hosting the OS),

  • We recommend a graphics card containing at least 4 GB of VRAM with a 3D Mark score of 10,000 or better.

 

Compatible Hosts:

  • Autodesk MAYA 2016-2020 (Win/Mac)

  • Autodesk 3ds Max 2015-2021

  • Maxon Cinema 4D R16-R23 (Win/Mac)

*Please note that VUE and PlantFactory 2021.1+ will only run on the ARM based Apple computers through Rosetta 2 at this time.

Supported Render Engines

The PlantFactory plugin for 3DS Max, Cinema 4D and Maya supports automatic material creation for the following render engines:
3DS Max:

  • V-Ray 5 and older for 3DS Max
  • Arnold for 3DS Max
  • Scanline & ART renderer
 
Cinema 4D:

  • V-Ray 5 and older for C4D
  • Arnold for C4D
  • C4D standard and physical renderer
 
Maya:

  • V-Ray 5 and older for Maya
  • Arnold for Maya
  • Maya Software renderer
 
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