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Preview ParticleIllusion Libraries

You can look AND touch these previews By Ko Maruyama
New 'View Review.  There's a new viewer for Mac users from wondertouch.  particleView 3.2 is a simple utility that allows you to see previews of the individual particles in your wondertouch library.  It's fun, easy, and free.

For those of you with particleIllusion from wondertouch, you'll be familiar with the hundreds of preset libraries that are free, and the great pro level content as well.  The libraries are small documents that fill up a directory in association with particleIllusion.   particleView allows for a quick and easy way to look at all of these emitter presets.

In addition to picking specific libraries to look at, and preview, there is a simple, yet effective Search Engine that will look through the libraries' content in order to sort out the specific presets based on their name.  Currently, there isn't support for meta data search, so you may have trouble finding "FLASHGORDON" under a "SCIFI" search, but wondertouch is always busy working on the 'next level' of the software, so I'm optimistic that new features will release soon.

This is a great resource for clients.  Want to give your clients something fun to do?  Sit them down at the client computer with particleView linked to all of your particleIllusion libraries.  (Make sure you're getting paid by the hour, because the client will be there for days, clicking, dragging, and maybe even saying: HEY, I COULD DO THIS WHILE YOU ROTOSCOPE....)

Here's a movie about the software, because you really need to see it in action:

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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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