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TripleD Releases OS X Versions of Universe Filters

OS X shaders coming soon By Dave Nagel
TripleD Tools has updated several of its plugins for Electric Image Universe to support Mac OS X. These include PowerParticlesBasic, which is a free plugin, as well as PowerParticlesPro, aEdge and aFraktal. The company says its AG_Shaders package will also be ported to OS X soon.

The aEdge set is a collection of shaders for Universe, while aFraktal is billed as a "shading network" because it includes seven modules that work in concert to control surfaces. PowerParticlesPro is a particle system that includes an OpenGL preview that lets parameter changes be viewed as they're made. Previews in Universe can be viewed either as emitted objects, tokens, points or direction arrows. Previews can also be set to display a percentage of emitted objects you want to see. For example, you can achieve faster previews by viewing only 10 percent of the particles emitted, while still being able to determine position, direction, etc.

PowerParticles Pro has a relatively new tabbed interface that allows users to toggle between Emitter, Emitted Objects, Dynamics and Preferences. The Emitter Tab controls all emission functions. The Emitted Objects Tab controls specific parameters for the objects being emitted. The Dynamics Tab controls forces that act upon the flow of emitted objects. The Preferences Tab controls Electric Image preview and PowerParticles Pro preview settings.

The plugin includes Fans, which allow artists to blow particles around or to attract objects by using a negative intensity. Fans, according to TripleD, as set up just like EI's lights, and users can choose between Radial, Spot and Parallel types. It uses built-in Primitive Emission Emit Points, Spheres, Cubes or flat planes without providing a child object. They can grow and stretch over time as well.

PowerParticles Pro 2.0 also offers up to 100 colors and 100 alpha channel levels for the life of an emitted object. Colors and alpha channel grayscale values can be loaded from from PICT files, and the new version also provides tools to control color selection.

The full release runs $299, while the upgrade from 1.5 costs $149. An OS X bundle that includes PowerParticlesPro, aEdge and aFraktal is currently on sale for $488. 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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