ST. LOUIS (February 28, 2007) – wondertouch™, www.wondertouch.com, a leading software developer of high performance particle effects creation tools, today announced the release of three new libraries in its Professional Emitters (Pro Emitters) product line for particleIllusion™ 3.0 software – widely regarded as one of the most artist-friendly and powerful software solutions for creating high-quality, complex particle animations. Each library contains 30 emitters that are thematically geared to providing sophisticated, ready-to-use, motion graphics style particle-based effects. The latest addition to the Pro Emitters collection has been developed by Tom Granberg, senior technical artist at Rainbow Studios, http://www.rainbowstudios.com/, an early adopter of particleIllusion and beta tester to the wondertouch development team. The wondertouch Pro Emitters libraries are available for purchase individually or as a complete set on both the Windows and Mac platforms. (Editors‘ note: see pricing and availability section below.)
wondertouch introduced the Pro Emitters collection in February 2006 with six individual libraries to include real-world effects such as explosions, auroras, and breaking glass; motion graphics and artistic backgrounds; and, text and abstract effects. With today‘s library additions, the collection now offers a total of 270 particleIllusion 3.0 emitters arranged into nine themed libraries that allow a particleIllusion user to supplement the already impressive selection of more than 1800 different preset emitters that ship with particleIllusion 3.0 (as well as the additional emitters that the company releases free-of-charge each month) with a set of ready-to-use, extremely high-quality particle emitters. As with all of the company‘s particle emitter offerings, every emitter in the collection is completely customizable and can be tweaked to create a slight variant, or turned into a completely new emitter, affording limitless variations with little effort.
“Due to the popularity of the Pro Emitter Libraries that we released a year ago, we are pleased to offer this expanded collection of advanced artistic effects geared to motion graphics users and are confident that artists of all skill levels will benefit from the enhanced productivity that each library has to offer” said Alan Lorence, wondertouch president. ““Tom‘s mastery of particleIllusion‘s simple, yet powerful, engine in creating this new collection features hands-down some of the most original, spectacular and incredibly intricate particle effects ever developed for the application. I think our customers will be very, very pleased!”
Rainbow Studios, located in Phoenix, Ariz., produces some of today’s most exciting action game titles including: “MX vs. ATV Unleashed,” “MX Unleashed,” “ATV Offroad Fury 2,” and “ATV Offroad Fury.” Granberg introduced particleIllusion into the studio production pipeline in 1999. Since then he has used the software on every studio project for straightforward particle effects content, as a means to prototype effects for games, and to enhance aspects of film and video work.
“As a long-time user and a perpetual fan of particleIllusion, I continue to be blown away by its ease of use, versatility, and ability to tackle many of the studio’s most demanding visual effects projects. Like many busy professionals, sometimes I just don’t have the time or desire to create new or complex effects. Creating this latest collection of ready-to-use motion graphics emitters has been a labor of love that I hope will enhance workflow for all effects artists.”
Unparalleled Motion Graphics Effects Complexity
Each Professional Emitter Library contains 30 emitters that reflect Granberg‘s stylistic influences as follows:
Graphics Elements 1 contains “numbers and counters” and “data gizmos.”
Graphics Elements 2 contains “energy” emitters like atoms and pulsars, “readouts and displays”, and “texture” emitters to be used as backgrounds.
Extreme Graphics contains a wide variety of high-energy emitters: “nightmare”, “Xrays and scans”, and “letters and text.”
John Dickinson, website host of www.motionworks.com.au, a leading portal for broadcast design training, news and forums, and a senior broadcast designer at Foxtel, Australia, comments: ”The Pro Emitters are expertly designed and offer a huge selection ranging from blood splatter to complex text and X-ray animations that will be an extremely useful addition to a motion designer‘s toolbox. The ‘readouts and displays‘ have to be seen to be believed – you’d think each one was not particles at all but a multi-layered motion graphics project in itself.”
Pricing and availability
The new wondertouch Professional Emitter Libraries – Graphics Elements 1, Graphics Elements 2 and Extreme Graphics – are available for individual purchase for $39.00; the three libraries are available together for $90.00. wondertouch also offers the ‘Professional Emitters Complete‘ – a collection of all nine libraries offered – Graphics Elements 1, Graphics Elements 2, Extreme Graphics, Abstract, Text and Logo, Artistic Backgrounds, Graphics and Distortions, Eclectic 01, and Eclectic 02 , for $249.00. The Pro Emitter Libraries are compatible only with wondertouch particleIllusion 3.0, on both the Windows and Mac OS X platforms. The Professional Emitter Libraries are available directly from wondertouch at http://www.wondertouch.com/default.asp?loadContent=pro_emitters.asp.
wondertouch, headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., is an award-winning software developer specializing in particle effects for the visual effects industry. The company’s flagship product particleIllusion, a sprite-based particle effects application, is designed to provide the most comprehensive effects creation tool and efficient workflow. Considered one of the most popular solutions for effects creation, particleIllusion is now used worldwide by creative professionals working in film post-production and pre-visualization, standard and HD video, commercial broadcast, motion graphics and game content creation. Additional information on wondertouch can be obtained on the Web at www.wondertouch.com.
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