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NEWS • Oct. 08, 2001
Digital Anarchy Releases Geomancy for After Effects
Plugin generates geometric particles

by David Nagel

Digital Anarchy has released its second plugin for Adobe After Effects. The latest release, Geomancy, is a filter set thatís designed to create geometric shapes and lines. The company says the filter helps reduce the tedium of animating graphical elements like simple primitives.

Geomancy uses both a particle system and a grid system for the creation and animation of the shapes. The particle system generates the shapes and the grid system is used to control how they look and behave.

Geomancy includes three plugins, each of which is based on a common system. According to the company, the particle system should be familiar to After Effects users in that it behaves much the same way as any other particle system. The filters included in the Geomancy pack are:

  • GridSquares: A particle system designed to create squares, circles, stars, triangles and martini glasses. The particles are attached to the underlying grid system at birth, and then the grid can be used to control how they behave, or the particles can ignore it. The grid can be used to constrain the particles to a specific space in the grid or a specific area. It can also control the motion of the particles.
  • GridLines: This plugin uses the particle system to create random lines. By default, the lines follow along the grid and turn randomly at the intersections, but the motion can be customized or turned off.
  • HairLines: This plugin creates flowing lines, which are controlled and distorted by the particle system.

Geomancy is available now for $79 for Macintosh and WIndows. The introductory price will expire Oct. 31, at which point the price will go up to $99. A bundle package with Digital Anarchy's Elements of Anarchy: Text is also available for $149. A demo version of the new filter set should be available at Digital Anarchy's Web site later today. For more information, visit http://www.digitalanarchy.com.

Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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