ShowIEL is a free utility that allows you to view particleIllusion effects. With the new version you can now load any particleIllusion emitter library, including the newer libraries created in particleIllusion 3.0. Version 3.1 now supports ELC files (created with discreet combustion) Although it was originally intended as just a simple means to view what particleIllusion can do, we found out that it was a lot of fun to just "play around" with the various effects. We like fun, but we also like useful tools, so in this new release of ShowIEL we've added a couple of features that make ShowIEL something you can create with. Besides adding a "grab" feature (that saves the current image to a TGA image), you can now turn off erasing, so the particles "paint" themselves across the window.