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Vue 7: From the Ground Up: The Official Guide Paperback – April 23, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0240812267 ISBN-10: 0240812263 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (April 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240812263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240812267
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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The step-by-step tutorials are very good.
V. Hutson
You may expect by the title that this is only a book for beginners, or intermediate Vue users.
Peter Pohle
If you like the geekatplay tutorials, you are going to love this book.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Hall on May 20, 2009
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For those that want to learn Vue for use in their 3D art, you can do no better than Ami and Vladimir over at the web site. They seem like professionals both in dealing with them and in the quality of work.

Vue 7 - From the Ground Up is a new book from them which is a beginners guide to learning the "Vue 7" software available from This book is mainly focused on starting the user out from square one and building on the fundamentals to learning Vue 7 in a logical and non overwhelming manor.

Each chapter is laid out in an easy to read and understand format that will guide you a step at a time to understanding what Vue 7 is and how to use the basic skills of this software. At the end of each chapter is a learning tutorial for you to do (which I HIGHLY recommend). These tutorials, including some FREE add-ons that you will need for some of the exercises are available for download (again all free) from the book's web site. Personally, I would suggest you finish the learning tutorials on your own, even though the finished product is supplied on the web site and just use the materials required for the exercises where needed. That way you really get a feel of learning.

The book and chapters are well laid out and there are several color photos for you to refer to. However, I would have liked to seen a few more photos showing some key references in the book that were just talked about but not pictured. This is not a detraction in any way, just something I think there could be more of.

NOTE: while this book is mainly aimed at those wanting to get up to speed and learn Vue from the very basics on, I feel it remains a valuable resource for most anyone using this software regardless.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By V. Hutson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 16, 2009
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I've wanted to learn how to use Vue for the last year--and I finally found a fun and inexpensive way to do it!

1) BUY this book. It does a great job of explaining the features of Vue and how to use them. The step-by-step tutorials are very good. I have gotten lost a couple times, but I eventually was able to figure out what I either did wrong, or what the authors meant by the direction.

2) Visit the authors' website ( to view their free online video tutorials! I was very impressed with both the quality and quantity of videos. Most people don't give this much stuff away free--especially when it is this good. It definitely shows they are committed to helping others learn these skills. If you are interested in animation make sure you watch their video tutorial "Flying Over Clouds." (Number 121)

3) Download the free Vue 7 Infinite PLE (Personal Learning Edition) version from the e-on software site. It has all the features of the full version which costs $895, and it doesn't expire. Obviously, there are some limitations connected to the PLE version. One of the major limitations is that when the files are rendered they have the software's logo and watermarked applied to it. And, the files won't work with other editions of Vue. However, if your goal is to learn how to use Vue 7 without spending any money on the software this is a great way to do it.

(If you are a student or educator, you can purchase a one year Education Version of Vue 7 Infinite for $99. I ordered mine this morning. You can also download the totally free Vue 7 Pioneer version, but I don't think it has features you need for doing many of the exercises in this book.)

After a year of thinking about learning Vue, I'm actually doing it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anise on June 15, 2013
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So even though it's unlikely that too many people will still be reading these reviews, I have to chime in and say that this book is more than worthwhile, even though we're up to Vue 11.5 by now. ;)

First of all, a lot of graphics software that is *not* in the Adobe Creative Suite just doesn't have published resources updated for the latest edition. Adobe seems to do much better at this, but there's more out there than Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and After Effects, great as they are. So this really is the most recent published resource available, as far as I can well.

And as many have said, it really does cover the basics and also more intermediate things. Interface, materials, cameras, lights, objects, import... it's pretty much all there. And the more you work through this book, the more you'll understand all the reasons to get Vue in the first place, although the authors don't hit you over the head with it by any means. Even though Bryce is certainly a whole lot cheaper (and I've used it too,) Poser content creators and hobbyists will save themselves hundreds of hours of grief and miserable searches for zillions of texture files by being able to import.pz2 and .pz3 files directly. Vue has a quad view, which is so standard and so necessary for 3D programs that you can't understand how impossible it is to do without it until... well, until you have to do without it. Vue has a reasonably sized preview window instead of a miniscule postage stamp that people with the most perfect near vision still can't make much sense out of.

And these are things that really can't be understood without this book. Believe me, if you're trying to decide on software and thinking wistfully of how nice it would be to save a little money, it's just not worth it to not go with Vue. Download the PLE edition, get this book, work through it, and save your cash for the Vue Esprit-- it's $179 from some resellers.
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