thinkingParticles™ 4.0 is the next generation rule based particle system for 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design, offering unparalleled power to the user. thinkingParticles in its latest incarnation, Release 4, (R4) redefines Fluid, Rigid Body and Particle F/X simulation in a whole new way.
The advantage thinkingParticles delivers over event-based particle systems, (which works on triggers and time dependent events) made it the #1 choice of Uncharted Territory for creating Fluid, Rigid Body Dynamics and Particle Effects for their movie production of "2012." thinkingParticles was the key production tool responsible for driving the most prominent special effects in the movie "2012". Our latest additions to the software made it so powerful, it actually rendered the need for practical effects to zero!!
We trust, that you will find, by using thinkingParticles 4.0, that you will be able to create all the incredible effects that you have always wanted to create, but until now, have not been able to, due to the limitation of existing technologies.
Rule-based Versus Event-driven Particle Systems
Where does thinkingParticles stand? The difference between event-driven particles and rule-based particles can be summed up quite simply. An event-driven particle system usually works, based on "triggers" or events that must happen to activate an effect. This implies some kind of key frame related effects while thinkingParticles is totally independent of any timing and key framing!
thinkingParticles offers true Non Linear Animation technology. Rules and conditions control the particle effects, and not timers or events, that happen at certain key frames in an animation. A particle system created with thinkingParticles will always work, regardless of the timing or number of frames that may change in an animation.
We would like to remind you that besides cebas.com there are other resources of support and great ideas of how to use thinkingParticles.
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