Eric ‘Mootzoid’ Mootz has released a beta of emNewton 2.0, his new Softimage ICE plugin for simulating the effects of universal gravitation on particle systems.
The release comes with a demo of suitably intergalactic scope, showing clouds of particles coalescing into solar systems, each particle attracting every other within the simulation.
Happily, simulation times are rather less astronomical: Mootz quotes calculation times (excluding caching) of 10 seconds per frame for a one-million-particle system for a single Intel Core i7-based machine.
emNewton 2.0 is available now, for Softimage 2011 SP1 and above, price €99 (around $125).
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(Includes download link for demo version)