RELEASED: Particle+ v1.0 - The first particle engine for AM

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RELEASED: Particle+ v1.0 - The first particle engine for AM

Postby ShadowHunter » Sun Jan 18, 2009 9:12 pm

Hello all,

After three months of hard work I'm proud to anncounce that Particle+ v1.0 is finally ready for release :D

1. What is Partcile+?

Particle+ is a new, dazzling plug-in for AdventureMaker that enables real time rendering of particles on your frames.

A particle engine can be compared to a volcano, but instead of erupting lava it erupt pixels, shapes or images in a controlled fashioned way.
Particle engines are used in almost every commercial game? fire, smoke, rain, fairy dust, water? all that is accomplished via the use of particle engines.

Since AdventureMaker does not yet feature a particle engine it was only a logical step to create it a plug-in for it :idea:

With Particle+ you can now create all of the above effects and more without writing a single piece of code, that?s right Particle+ features an incredible designer module that creates all the scripts for you while you watch and tune the desired effect in real time? a break-through technology for plug-configuration in AdventureMaker.

I hope you are as much excited as I am? if so come? on let?s explore more:

2. Why should I use Particle+?

With Particle+ you can create fantastic, real time effects without the need of large movie clips or pathetic 256 bit color GIF-sequences. Each effect is unique and feels natural ? be like a pro and add a touch of magic to your games.

For example:

? Fire
? Rain
? Snow
? Fairy dust
? Water
? Smoke
? Twinkling stars
? Noise
? Fire flies
? Flying insects
? Magic portal
? Scrolling credits

But that is not all? Particle+ offers you a way to add 32 bit color images with transparency to AdventureMaker and because each particle can be any image (unlimited in size) you can create effects like moving scenery in a train window... believe me when I say that imagination is the limitation of this plug-in.

Particle+ also features, besides "Click 'n Create" FULL scripting support for advanced users... allowing maximum control (over 41 properties :wink:)

Below a few other good reasons for using Particle+

? It's free !
? Anyone can use it in less than 5 minutes
? Full graphical interface with real time preview in AdventureMaker
? No manual scripting needed, the designer interface writes all the code for you, just copy & paste
? Almost every image type can be used as a particle or mask
? No limitation in effect size like previous plug-ins
? Light weight ActiveX component compared to movie clips (less than 400 kB)
? Does not use DirectX or DirectDraw, so no compatibility issues
? It?s fun to use!

3. What is included in the download?

I have done my utmost best to create a full covering user manual with screenshots as well as a all explaining demo project. Included is:

1. Plugin OCX and PL1-file
2. Full demo project with source code
3. Complete PDF user manual (34 pages) with TOC

Well I could continue writing about it but instead please find below some screenshots from the demo (of course you need to see the when animated) :wink:

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You can find all information and downloads on my website. www.shadowhunter.co.uk

To download your own copy right now please clickHERE

If you have any questions feel free to contact me 8)

I hope you will enjoy this new plugin!

With best regards,

ShAdOwHuNtEr
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Postby juhuwoorps » Sun Jan 18, 2009 9:25 pm

Yeah! Great news! :)
I've been very exciting of this plugin since I saw the demo!
The waiting has an end! :)

Going to download and test it!
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Postby Lyberodoggy » Sun Jan 18, 2009 9:50 pm

Couldn't find the download link. The flash thing doesn't load...

Could you please provide the link and a registration via pm?
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Postby ShadowHunter » Sun Jan 18, 2009 9:59 pm

PM sent :wink:
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Postby juhuwoorps » Sun Jan 18, 2009 10:09 pm

Downloadlink doesn't work in FF but in IE it works for me
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Postby ShadowHunter » Sun Jan 18, 2009 10:15 pm

Hi,

Thanks for the feedback juhuwoorps... must because of my ancient Flash tool :wink:

Guess it need some update...

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Postby reneuend » Sun Jan 18, 2009 10:18 pm

Hey ShadowHunter!

Thanks for making AM really shine! :)

I know you said this was free, but I'm sure donations at your website would keep you supporting us hungry AM users!

Thanks again for your hard work!
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Postby mercedes » Sun Jan 18, 2009 10:29 pm

I sent u a pm too for download link...:D I can't find it on the site at all..Or the one i did find. just send me down the page....:(


THanks for making this..I can hardly wait to use it...THis is a fantastic addition to AM..:D
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Postby ShadowHunter » Sun Jan 18, 2009 10:36 pm

Hi all,

THANKS GUYS (and girls of course) :D

I have updated the first post to contain a direct download linke... it seems many people cannot see the Flash animation on my website which contains a link to the download :?

@reneuend: Indeed a few bucks would help, last week the bill for my hosting dropped in the mailbox... ain't getting cheaper :cry:

I hope you enjoy the plugin :P

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Postby Mystery » Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:18 am

Wow Shadow, what a great plugin! :shock: :D
Thanks a lot :D
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Postby Lyberodoggy » Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:21 pm

Thanks for this great plugin

And as I mentioned in the pm, I use firefox but had no problem with the other downloads
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Postby Candle » Mon Jan 19, 2009 5:25 pm

Nice one man.
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Postby ShadowHunter » Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:02 pm

Hi all,

Thank you all so much for your kind words, enthusiasm and contributions :D

This is truly THE best community on the internet? I really mean it :wink:

Please let me know if you have any questions or request for help in using this plug-in.

Any feedback, error report or suggestions are very welcome.

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Postby ShadowHunter » Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:30 pm

Hi all,

Thanks for reporting the FireFox issue... I have update the Flash movie and tested it succesfuly with:

- Internet Explorer 7.0.5730.11
- Chrome 1.0.154
- FireFox 3.0.5

Please let me know if you still find it not working :wink:

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Postby Vairon » Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:56 pm

Great news! Your work and dedication are impressive. I'll try it now.
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Postby Mystery » Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:47 pm

I'm going to try it next weekend when I get time to breathe :lol: I'm very curious to see its possibilities!
Do we need a key for it? Didn't have time yet to check :?

Btw, it worked for me with Firefox 3.0.5 already when I did download it (when I posted my message) :)
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Postby Candle » Tue Jan 20, 2009 4:26 am

You will need a key.
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Postby ShadowHunter » Tue Jan 20, 2009 8:45 am

Hi Mystery,

You can use Particle+ fully without a key, no crippled functions or limitations... there will only be a small demo logo displayed randomly if used without a key.

The key will remove this little logo... the key is 100% FREE for use in freeware games :D

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Postby Zenoc2 » Tue Jan 20, 2009 11:38 pm

You tested it with Chrome too? And here I thought I was the only one...

Most of my time is taken up by creating backgrounds (well, sub-creating anyway) and writing. However, if I ever do get around to making my game, I'm sure I'll make good use of this. :D
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Postby ShadowHunter » Wed Jan 21, 2009 9:34 am

Hi,

Thanks for your intrest Zenoc2 :D

I think Chrome isn't that bad 8)

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Postby Imari » Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:07 pm

I can't wait to play with this plug-in, but it will have to wait until the weekend. Thanks so much for making it, ShAdOwHuNtEr! :D
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Postby ShadowHunter » Wed Jan 21, 2009 9:02 pm

Your very welcome Imari... I hope you will like it :D
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Postby Candle » Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:24 pm

I had an error with a missing file but dang i can't remember what the file name is now.
I know I had to task manager to kill it to get out of the demo.
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Postby juhuwoorps » Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:40 pm

This plugin is very very awesome! I like it much.
I'm going to play around with and everything I change gives new ideas to use plugin :)


A little tip for the beginning: Look at the demo and see the settings of an effect you want, so it's easier to built your own effect.

Has anybody figured out with wich other plugins this plugin works or not?
If anybody had made some experiences it would be nice to post this :)
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Postby 3dgamer » Thu Jan 22, 2009 8:11 pm

This looks cool, ShadowHunter! Thanks for offering it. Can't wait to check this out! :)

Cya!

--EDIT--

Okay, I just looked at the demo...SUPERB! There is definitely one effect I see that came in the nick of time that i would like to use. :)

Btw, who did the pictures for the demo? Great images! :)

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Postby ShadowHunter » Fri Jan 23, 2009 11:38 pm

Hi 3DGamer,

The pictures are not create by me, the effects do NOT represent the real deal in the real game (see legal disclaimer) from some I know their origin, others I just copied from a public website without giving it second thoughts, they just fitted what I had in mind:

* Movie The Ring (noise)
* Murder On The Orient Express (moving scenery and smoke)
* Grey Matter game (water)

Again, I code, I'm no artist :wink:

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Postby 3dgamer » Mon Jan 26, 2009 4:45 am

Well, I have to say that you did a great job of showcasing your plugin with the pictures you chose. Thanks for the additional information. :)
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Postby pennsteve » Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:23 am

Just a question. I know it doesnt belong in this thread, but I have never used plug-ins. I'd like to try this one. How do you use a plug-in with adventuremaker? If someone could post how to do it in the tutorial section, I'd appreciate it. :)
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Postby Mystery » Tue Jan 27, 2009 1:55 am

Hi steve,

You can find a detailed description on the bottom half of this page:
http://www.adventuremaker.com/plugins.htm

If anything remains unclear, just post :)
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Postby ShadowHunter » Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:54 am

Hi Pennsteve,

Complete step by step installation with screenshots is included in the help file of Particle+ too :D

Thanks for your intrest...

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