Thank you, Sara16. But there is only one from me. I think the other examples are better.
Those other ones are from our friend Rashad, aren’t they? If so here’s two more great examples of his work and how good vegetation can look in Bryce. This one also shows Bryce can be competitive on the frequency of plants compared to Vue. I have heard though that Vue can handle large numbers of instances of things in a scene better then Bryce.
So, look at the renders made in each piece of software. Decide with you like the look of best. Try the software out and see how your renders compare to the ones you like. See if you can figure out - with the aid of tutorials - how you can improve your scenes. And repeat the process a few times. If you find that enjoyable, you’ve found your software, given time and effort on your part, you will eventually be able to make the kind of scenes you desire.
If however, you find you are fighting with the interface and not getting anywhere, then try the other software, and see how you get on with that following the same process.
My advice, if you are doing this for a hobby, choose the piece of software you like using best. If you choose Bryce you know where you can come to get help and advice.
Yes, I’ll be doing that. Merely thought it might help me form a better decision (and sooner) by soliciting the opinions of those who have tried both Bryce and VUE. Which did they like more, and why? Were there special things in Bryce they liked which they couldn’t find in VUE, and vice versa?
Real lovely forest/brook scene by the way, with all the wonderful god rays. Will have to get around to create a similar scene some time. By getting the DVD and following the tutes in it, perhaps.
And I shall continue waiting for that outrageous offer for us to download several of VUE’s modules for free, like DAZ 3D’s stuff.
Yeah but even if you selectively buy just what you need Bryce is still going to beat it because for now Bryce is free. There are few add on products one needs for Bryce. Most of them are things designed to give the beginner a head start. Whereas the version of view you’re considering sounds like a striped down version and you end up buying the parts they took out that you need. Then on top of that are all the add on products that give the beginner a head start.
Their PDF guide to VUE featuring a superhero is still pretty much cheaper than the Bryce DVD. Though I fully agree that on the whole VUE’s still going to cost more.
To be fair the DVD is not really aimed at beginners and tends to focus on more advanced topics. For free there are plenty of tutorials here http://www.bryce-tutorials.info/bryce-tutorials.html - of course these do not provide a structured approach to learning the software, but for that there are the beginners tutorials from the Bryce 5.0 manual that now reside in the artist guide documentation. I don’t know how things stand with Vue, but with Bryce it’s more a case of pick it up and start playing with it. That is how I learned from a computer arts magazine disc demo that came with no documentation and this was before the advent of an internet connection. This is the beauty of an interface - all be it somewhat long in the tooth - that was designed by an artist instead of a programmer.