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Particles Get a Touch Up

Wondertouch's particleIllusion gets upgraded to 3.0.7 By Ko Maruyama
It's been a while since I've written about particleIllusion from wondertouch, so it was good news to see that the Mac OS X software got a minor upgrade that includes some necessary fixes and features.

And before you scroll down to the bottom to see the price for the updater, it's FREE. Yes, zero Alexes.  If you're a current user, check the website for the free update.

particleView was  new (to me) earlier this year, and I was pretty excited to see that libraries were now browse-able through a stand-alone application.  While the PC user base had the application for a while, Mac users really saw the particleIllusion libraries take more significance with version 3.2

The software is now installed in both particleIllusion 3.0 and SE, and is also a free download, which is really handy (and fun) for even those who aren't designing the particle animations. 

The two features that stand out above all, are the updating Library and HD rendering.

First the little one: AutoUpdating Library.

If you're a current user, you know that Alan and crew are busy creating free particle templates each month.  Most months, you're probably too busy to go search the site.  Maybe you've missed several months.  The auto-updater will now search for those libraries that you don't have.

Second is the ability to easily render HD.

Previously, rendering was simple enough (see rendering in 5 steps)

(  But because we need to render larger and larger animations, it's nice to have the ability to use the pIllusionRender for 3.0 large format output.

The new particleIllusion 3.0.7 is available now for free.  If you're a pI SE user, there's an update to 2.0.2 as well.

Check out the website for more information about how you can update your particle application for free.  Also, while you're there, be sure to check out the different emitters that are available.  Each month there are a ton of freebies that you'll want to make sure you don't miss.

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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