Wondertouch has announced a new promotion, offering over 50 per cent off particleIllusion 3.0 for registered users of Discreet combustion 3. Valid until June 30, the offer enables combustion 3 owners to purchase the standalone version of particleIllusion 3.0 for Windows, at a reduced price of $179 (around £100), a saving of $220 (£120).

The particleIllusion 2.0 engine for sprite-based particle effects was integrated into combustion 2. The particleIllusion engine has not been upgraded to 3.0 in the current issue of combustion, and this offers users of combustion 3.0 an affordable way of taking advantage of particleIllusion 3.0’s advanced features.

"Although particleIllusion is still integrated into combustion, it is an older, less-capable version of the software," said Alan Lorence, president of wondertouch. "With this promotional offer demanding artists seeking to create quality effects quickly and easily will be able to immediately reap the advantages of the fully-featured standalone version of particleIllusion 3.0 - which include a host of productivity enhancements - at a fraction of the cost."

According to wondertouch, the standalone application of particleIllusion 3.0 offers combustion 3 users several advantages, including faster performance, forces to influence particles after they are created, super emitters, new colour options, library manager and new emitter libraries.

The wondertouch Web site had not been updated at the time of going to press.