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Premiere Pro CS5

Review:  Premiere Pro CS5

Ramp up video production with GPU-powered innovation in Premiere Pro CS5

10 ways to... be more creative

In-Depth:  10 ways to... be more creative

Whether it’s a blinding flash of inspiration or a reliable stream of functional ideas you can build on, creativity is something that no designer…

E-on Software Vue 8

Review:  E-on Software Vue 8

3D landscape-generation software Vue 8 has gone from strength to strength, continuing to innovate way past old competitors like Bryce.

Maxon Cinema 4D R11.5

Review:  Maxon Cinema 4D R11.5

Maxon’s modelling, animation and rendering software fills a technical and economic niche between the likes of quick modellers, such as SketchUp,…

Autodesk Softimage 2010

Review:  Autodesk Softimage 2010

The 2010 version of the formidable Softimage modelling and animation suite – formerly Softimage|XSI – runs faster, thanks to the updated engine,…

Autodesk Maya 2010

Review:  Autodesk Maya 2010

Compared to the raft of new additions in Maya 2009, this version might seem rather light in terms of groundbreaking features in the main package…

Microsoft Expression Studio 3

Review:  Microsoft Expression Studio 3

Expression Studio 3 adds some innovative tools for interactive design to the Microsoft suite's arsenal -- but can it match up to Adobe's Flash?

Poser 8

Review:  Poser 8

Poser 8 offers a quick way to create and digitally shape humans, animals and entire scenes in 3D for use in creative applications such as Photoshop.

Review:  Electric Rain Swift 3D v6

Adobe Flash has some basic tools for creating 3D animations and website elements, but Swift 3D takes it to the next level with a whole host of…

Review:  QuarkXpress 8.1

QuarkXPress 8 was a fairly thorough restructuring of the venerable DTP application. The 8.1 update, is mainly concerned with sorting out the workflow.

Luxology modo 401

Review:  Luxology modo 401

Already a great modelling tool, modo gets stronger in animation and particularly rendering with the 401 release, gaining a preset library and fur…

Game On

In-Depth:  Game On

The indie games market is booming, and creatives with Flash skills, talent and imagination are cashing in. You, too, can get on board the Games…

Bonzai3d 1.0 review

Review:  Bonzai3d 1.0 review

AutoDesSys’ Bonzai3d is a brand-new 3D sketching tool aimed illustrators and digital artists who want to mock up scenes in 3D, as well as 3D artists.

Adobe Director 11.5 review

Review:  Adobe Director 11.5 review

Director, Adobe’s tool for creating interactive content, for both online and standalone applications, gains several key features with version 11.5.

Be more creative

In-Depth:  Be more creative

Even in a gloomy economy, design remains a fantastic way to make a living. Here’s how to love your design career.

Autodesk 3DS Max 2010 review

Review:  Autodesk 3DS Max 2010 review

The newest version of Autodesk’s 3D suite contains some major interface changes. On opening 3DS Max 2010, you’ll immediately be aware of the new…

Review:  Sketchup Pro 7 review

Google’s 3D sketching software SketchUp offers a great way to lay out an initial design for a 3D scene or artwork, and the Pro version adds a lot…

Story Planner Pro 3.1 review

Review:  Story Planner Pro 3.1 review

Story Planner Pro can depict the action for a animation or video sequence in a series of panels, each with a sketch area and room for scene info,…

Web design trends for 2009

In-Depth:  Web design trends for 2009

Software advances are broadening the possibilities for online designers – what lies ahead this year and beyond?