I've used Visual Nature Studio over the years to produce hillshades, typically just overhead planimetric hillshades for maps. I can't say I've ever fully gotten the hang of it, and that's partly because I have a hard time finding documentation on it. I've used the tutorials by 3dNature as well as others that I did find, but there's not a lot out there on this program.
Well we're looking at having to upgrade it now. It will only run on an ancient XP computer, and I really need it to run on my main 64-bit machine. So I wanted to take this time to ask whether I should stick with VNS, or look to some other software?
I have ArcGIS, and I like the hillshades I get out of VNS better. I just wish it was easier to work with. I need a program that can use geo-aware file formats, Arc Grid, geoTiff, etc. I don't want to fumble around with trying to register layers later on and all that. And I'm not too keen on anything command-line driven, either. That's why I use VNS as it is.
Just wondering if you had any ideas. I've heard of Natural Scene Designer and some others.