Prime Focus Software, formerly Frantic Films Software, showcased the latest versions of its software products at SIGGRAPH 2009. Attendees gained a sneak peek at Krakatoa 1.5, its high-volume particle renderer, and a prototype iPhone application for Deadline, Prime Focus Software's render queue management tool. Prime Focus also is inviting submissions to its Krakatoa image contest at SIGGRAPH. Artists are encouraged to submit an image or animation that follows the theme of "Earth, Wind, Air and Fire," with the winning work receiving a Prime Focus Software bundle worth $2500.
Prime Focus Software is unveiling Krakatoa 1.5, a revamped version of the compay’s high-volume, point-based particle rendering, manipulation, and management tool kit that enables VFX artists to create dust, smoke, silt, ocean surface foam, plasma, and even solid objects. The new release will include performance improvements and numerous feature additions, including a new voxel engine, Magma (a node-based channel editor), and Fume FX integration. Krakatoa 1.5 is now available.