In an attempt to reach out to the growing desktop visual effects community, Discreet has announced it is repricing the update to version 2.1 of its paint, animation and 3D compositing software combustion to US$995. Discreet's combustion technology has been used to produce visual effects in recent blockbuster films such as STAR TREK NEMESIS, HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS and both LORD OF THE RINGS films. Praised for its intuitive, artist-inspired interface and comprehensive toolsets -- including tracking and keying technologies, color correction, particles and rotoscoping tools -- combustion has received industry recognition including a 4 1/2 mouse rating from MACWORLD, a five-star rating from AV VIDEO/MULTIMEDIA PRODUCER, the Freakin' Awesome award from MACADDICT and a must buy rating from Creative Mac.com. Richard Torres of Black Box Digital, a boutique visual effects house that has worked on films such as SIMONE and MINORITY REPORT, said, "With the new price point, boutique shops and desktop artists will have a competitive advantage to complete sophisticated color corrections, keys and visual effects based more on raw talent than budget." Discreet combustion 2.1 for Apple Macintosh or Microsoft Windows is available in North America at a suggested retail price of US$995. Version 2.1 is available as a free update for combustion 2 customers at estore.discreet.com/combustion. For more information, visit www.discreet.com.