ParticleIllusion (by WonderTouch)
Coming to the standalone programs, ParticleIllusion is a highly powerful special effects software that helps you in creating all kinds of special effects ranging from smoke, explosions, sparkles, fire, down to creatures, abstract artistic effects, space effects, motion graphics backgrounds, and much more than whatever you may dream of.
ParticleIllusion is basically a premium special effects software that is available as a free trial with limited functionality. But, even the free trial version is lot more powerful than many of the freeware program available online.
It is fast, easy, and powerful, featuring out-of-the-box special effects, thanks to its huge library featuring 1500+ effects. What’s more, a new library gets released every month, and all the premium users get free access to it.
So, whatever be in your mind, you can visualize it with the help of particleIllusion; explosions, waterfalls, fireworks, rain, sparks, sparkles, snow, puddle splashes, lava, flocks of birds, motion graphics backgrounds, waves, rainbows, light beams, and magic effects, are just few amongst them.
You can download free trial version of ParticleIllusion here.