Wondertouch has released the first version of its particleIllusion particle effects software for Mac OS X. ParticleIllusion 2.0 SE is a cut-down version of the company’s flagship tool, particleIllusion 3.0, which is currently available for Windows XP and is due on Mac OS X in the next few months.

Previously, ParticleIllusion 2.0 SE was available only on Mac OS 8/9 and Windows XP. The application creates faux-3D particle effects in 2D. As the system runs in approaching real-time, it can be much faster than rendering full 3D scenes. Potential uses for the software includes creating smoke, fire, explosions, water effects, sparkles, colourful artistic effects, and even strange undersea creatures. The full version has been used on films such as The Manchurian Candidate, Van Helsing, Hellboy, and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.

ParticleIllusion 2.0 SE costs $99 (around £52), though until January 31 Wondertouch is offering it for $79 (around £42). Registered owners of the Mac OS 8/9 version can upgrade for free.

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