Magic Particles is a small animation utility that can help you in designing and animating astonishing textured particles. After downloading a small ~ 4MB executable file and following the installer's steps, you can start the program and choose any sample file to know about the design process.
Everything is organized as "particle types": you can pick a texture, define your particle, nest particles and animate them later. But this excellent utility is not just about particles. There is also a great feature "quick animation on any text", which acts just like it sounds: type your text, select an animation and Presto! A superb animated text to use anywhere.
The program is equipped with comprehensive export preferences, you may choose to export the animation as an AVI file, or just a frame as a bitmap (tga, png, jpeg...make your choice!). In case you prefer an AVI file, you can choose the frame rate, video dimensions and the codec used for compress the video, to mention just a couple of options.