I'm really proud of Maxon's progression with Cinema 4D over the past several years. Being considered a software geared more towards motion graphics though, they seem to throw in features that elude to their attempt to compete with other packages offering, for example, more in the way of dynamic simulations and character rigging.
One thing desperately missing is any kind of fluid simulation and if you've ever tried to accomplish this with metaballs, you'll find yourself banging your head against the wall, only able to accomplish blobby-like goo without streaming fluid motion. If you scale down your source particle, lessen your hull and increase your number of particles, then your computer kicks the bucket.
I have seen Real Flow and DPIT Effex's ability to bring this much needed effect to our beloved software but not without a hefty price. Real Flow's price is simply ridiculous unless I'm doing fluid simulation as a career.
Do any of you insiders to Cinema 4D know of any plans to pursue a built in fluid simulation capability?
If not, how many other options are out there? DPIT is around $700 - Any feedback on DPIT? Anyone found something moderately priced that doesn't go overboard with settings but offers simple and basic fluid capabilities?
No idea if Maxon has any plans re: fluids, but I have DPIT FX and it's pretty good for both smoke/fire and fluids. Probably not quite up to RealFlow standards for fluid, but useful for lots of things.
It is pretty complex and hardware intensive, however. It's one of those things where I don't use it enough to really master it, so each time I go back to it I end up having to relearn a bunch of stuff.