In late 1999, Softimage signed a strategic agreement with Phoenix Tools to provide Phoenix products such as ParticleSuite with Softimage systems.
To begin, Phoenix’s ParticleSuite will be included free of charge as a plug-in with shipments of Softimage 3D ‘extreme.’ ParticleSuite is an advanced particle environment based on dynamics simulation modules and volumetric shaders.
The deal will also see ParticleSuite and Phoenix’s Cloth Extreme and Dynamics packaged with Softimage’s next-generation nonlinear 3D animation system, code-named Sumatra. The new package is scheduled for release in early 2000.
Current 3D ‘extreme’ users can download ParticleSuite software directly from Softimage’s website.
— playbackonline.ca, Dec 1999 Softimage, Phoenix deliver particle system