The Particle operator is different from all the other operators in one unique way – it uses OpenGL to create all the particle effects created within the operator. OpenGL is a programming language or application-programming interface (API) originally developed back in 1992 for simulations and real-time graphics applications.

At its core, OpenGL allows software programmers to write code that can utilize special graphics hardware (read: graphics cards). This hardware allows images to be very quickly drawn to the computer screen without first ...

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