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Northern Lights Updates 3D Artifex Vol. 3

Plugins for Electric Image Universe get new interface, features By Dave Nagel
Northern Lights Productions has released an update to its 3D Artifex Vol. 3, a set of plugins for Electric Image Universe. The new version is cross-platform and includes improvements to the interface and offers new features. It's available now.

Included in the update are new versions of two plugins: Flock This! 2.0 and Cablecraft 2.0. Flock This! allows users to simulate flocks, herds and schools of objects and includes controls for avoiding obstacles, following the leader and velocity matching, among others. The new version adds the ability to follow terrain and improved obstacle avoidance, behaviors and multi-part objects.

Cablecraft is a plugin for creating animated, extruded splines for such objects as rope and springs. The new version now supports Natural Cubic splines and adds the ability to use effectors, lights and cameras as spline control points.

For users who purchased Artifex Vol. 3 after March 1, the update is free. Owners of Vol. 3 version 1 or Placer Deposit 2 Solo can upgrade for $99. Artifex Vol. 3 supports Electric Image Universe on Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows systems. For more information, visit

Contact the author: 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, Mac OS, 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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