thinkingParticles offers many Helper nodes which offer powerful tools to help in every day tasks. These flexible Helper nodes support the user in creating all kinds of new particle effects.
Path Position - The Path Position helper is the ideal tool to acquire a position on any kind of path. It allows for easy placement of any particle onto a path, or around a path. This path can either be defined by a spline or an edge selection within a mesh.
Std Emitter - The Standard Emitter helper node is used to create positional and rotational information for particle generators or particles in general. The main use of this helper node is in conjunction with the TD-Tool, to supply a position when an Emitter is used for a Custom created particle system.
Counter - The Counter Helper Node is a great tool to "count" things in a particle setup and output the "counting" numbers for processing by different nodes in a DynamicSet.
Intersect - The intersect Helper Node is used to get the next intersection point for a moving particle in space. This intersection test is performed by shooting rays in the travel direction or into any user adjustable direction vector, if needed. Many uses can be found for this Helper node, one being an effect that creates particles at a certain impact position on a surface.
Modifications of the VolumePos node offer more volume placement options than the previous version, opening up new possibilities to create special particle effects.