TP Partio is a plugin for Cinema 4D that will let you cache Thinking Particle particles, write them to disk, share them with other applications and read them back. It will let you take a snapshot of a current frame of your simulation and let it continue from there. It'll let you play your sims backwards, while you can scrub through them on your timeline.*
This functionality has been missing from Cinema 4D for some time now and it has been bugging me for a while. You can now finally scrub through your sims without having to re-simulate from frame zero. You could even cache cloner positions this way by way of a Matrix object. Or, the other way around, feed the cached particles into a cloner.
The video is a short demonstration - please keep in mind that this is still an early version... you can now find it at aescripts.com/tp-partio/
TP Partio incorporates the partio library written and released by Disney Animation (disneyanimation.com/technology/partio.html), adapted to work within Cinema 4D.
*It is also an early release, so as a bonus feature, it will ocassionally crash too.
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