Next Limit has revamped the Learning Edition of RealFlow, removing the time limit and many of the restrictions.
Introduced earlier this year, the Learning Edition originally offered users a one-year licence of RealFlow 2012 limited to 100 Caronte rigid body dynamics objects and 100,000 particles.
The news received a mixed reception: while users supported the idea of an educational edition, it was felt that the simulation limits were set too low, particularly in a product for which Next Limit was charging $245.
Today’s announcement removes those limitations, offering Learning Edition users an unlimited licence, unlimited grid resolution and unlimited particle counts – and throws in a year’s maintenance.
The RealFlow RenderKit remains locked, as does XML import/export, and the learning edition still saves in its own proprietary format, incompatible with the commercial version.
However, the Learning Edition now looks a whole lot more viable as an educational tool – and a whole lot more attractive as a commercial product. The price remains unchanged at $245.
The updated RealFlow 2012 Learning Edition is available now for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.