View Full Version : "best" plant generator ?

05-20-2006, 01:12 AM
I need advices :D

05-20-2006, 01:53 AM
I tried Xfrog some time ago, it seemed to do the job well...
It is a separate stand alone program with import/export to Lightwave and with a full version you can also animate those plants.

They seem to have a 30d trial version on the website (http://www.xfrogdownloads.com/greenwebNew/products/productStart.htm).

05-21-2006, 12:44 PM
I like Tree Druid a lot for trees.
It is very fast and efficient, and creates wonderful real trees.

Other than that.... Vue?

05-22-2006, 02:14 AM
I need advices :D

NatFX - It's expensive and only available for Maya and MAX as well as CAD programs but I consider it to be the best.

Onyx Garden Suite - very nice presets and good results. Heavy geometry, though.

XFrog - perhaps the most flexible solution. Lots of pre-made files and easily tweakable. It also includes very fine hires textures.

Polas TreeGenerator - flexible as you can control the tree shape with other geometry, but not very realistic.

Tree Druid - Umm, simply rubbish. Completely unrealistic and very limited control.


05-22-2006, 02:51 AM

05-22-2006, 10:26 AM
Hi titane357,

If you just want the trees for a cirtain job I'd go for the Xfrog pre made trees to buy the wole program is a bit OTT and it's not the simplest software to learn any one get nice results from scratch, my hat goes off to you.

If you do go for the program here are a few hints, and for every one reading this as well.

Xfrog models are VERY poly heavy!
To cut down on the ploys do the following

In the Xfrog program there is a little slider in the bottom left of the interface wind it down to 2/3 or 1/2.

Import model into modeler
Cut off all the roots that you will not see
Run Qemloss 3 (free downloadable) on the model
NOTE (you will not get away with running it more than TWICE).

Save your new lower poly model and your good to go.

05-22-2006, 10:43 AM
Yes a little heavy.
I tested http://web.inf.tu-dresden.de/ST2/cg/downloads/publicplants/

and I found that like a lot of plant generator, leaves are oversized to compensate its number... not really realistic.

I had several years ago (on mac) Onyx tree... :o

05-22-2006, 10:51 AM
The TreeCage Lscript makes nice tree models, but again they're a bit poly-heavy. There are some nice preset examples on the website. You have to do your own textures, but the results can be pretty nice if you need some high-rez trees.

TreeCage (http://perso.wanadoo.fr/dpont/plugins/TreeCage_Lscript.htm)

05-22-2006, 11:42 AM
Sorry, meant to edit the previous post, but didn't do it in time.
TreeCage actually generates low-poly trees, but they really look best subpatched.

05-22-2006, 12:00 PM
I tried treecage a long time ago but It crashed so many times that I give up.
I'll try it again.
I use Polas tree generator too. Like it because you can generate free form trees u want and used with HD instance it looks great from far.
But it lake twigs so for closed view it is not the top !

05-23-2006, 07:56 AM
I have to throw my hat into the ring for Polas Tree Designer... see link

Take a look at his animations.. if you like what you see...well there ya go :-)

this is a very powerful program ... along with all his other plugs.