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Syflex Cloth Simulation Plug-In Now Available for Houdini

Side Effects Software, developer of the award-winning Houdini family of 3D software, and Syflex LLC, a leader in cloth simulation, announced a Houdini-compatible version of the popular Syflex cloth simulator. Available now as a plug-in for Houdini users on Linux and Windows, the fast and versatile software enhances the Houdini toolset for applications that require highly realistic cloth animations.

Syflex's technology allows artists to rapidly and reliably produce simulations that adapt to a character's movements. Artists can animate wide-ranging articles of clothing -- shirts, pants, aprons, skirts, jackets -- in a broad spectrum of materials and fabrics, such as cotton, leather and silk. Ease of use, a streamlined interface and superior processing speeds are hallmarks of the program.

"We are very pleased that the Syflex plug-in is now available to Houdini customers. It integrates seamlessly into our package and is very stable numerically. We expect that many of our customers working both in character animation and in visual effects will greatly benefit from this powerful technology," said Cristin Barghiel, director product development, Side Effects Software.

The Syflex plug-in for Houdini is available now at $2,200 for a floating license. For sales information, visit, or email

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Syflex is dedicated to providing the 3D animation market with superior simulation technologies. The company's cloth simulator implements a completely original and proprietary technique that positions it as the most sophisticated cloth simulator on the market.

The Houdini family of animation software offers digital artists an unprecedented level of power, flexibility and control based on award-winning technology. The comprehensive feature set includes modeling, animation, character tools, particle and channel operations, compositing, integrated rendering with Houdini Mantra and much more. All Houdini applications work together seamlessly and are available for the Windows, Linux, IRIX and Solaris operating systems.

Established in 1987, Side Effects Software is a world leader in the development of advanced 3D and 2D graphics and visual effects software for use in film, broadcast and game development. Today, Side Effects Software is on the cutting edge of non-linear animation with its unique, award-winning Houdini technology.