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Impulse Releases Illusion for Mac

OS X support coming with version 3 release this summer By Dave Nagel
A couple weeks ago Impulse released Illusion 2.0 for the Macintosh, the first version of the 3D particle effects suite to function on the Mac. The company now says version 3.0 will be Carbonized for Mac OS X and released simultaneously with the Windows version some time in the "mid to late" summer this year. Version 2.0 is available now, and a demo version will be available on the company's site next week. A Mac version of IllusionRender is also in the works.

Illusion 2.0 works under Mac OS 9 and will also function in the OS X Classic environment. It offers a number of improvements over the earlier version, including:

  • Particle sizes up to 2,048 x 2,048, as well as support for non-square particles.
  • Particle import options now include resizing and cropping.
  • Image stencils, which allow you to use one image as a sort of mask for particle effects that can be overlaid on top of another image.
  • Area emitters for covering large areas of an image with particles.
  • Improved motion blur, which now supports blurring particle angles (such as spin) and size (such as when a particle changes size).
  • Motion blur is also now visible in the preview.
  • The ability to change the particle reference point for varying effects.
  • Ability to select multiple emitters.
  • Ability to remove "black halo" from images with alpha channels.

The Illusion Mac version runs $300. A crossgrade from the PC to the Mac version costs $100. For more information, visit

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

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