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Review: 3DS Max 2009 review
For the first time, 3D package 3DS Max comes in two flavours: the plain 2009 version addresses the media and entertainment sector, while 3DS Max…
Review: FxFactory Pro 2 review
FxFactory Pro 2 is a collection of filters, generators and transitions for Apple’s Final Cut Pro, Motion and Final Cut Express, offering 122 effects.
The Graphics Suite X4 bundle combines vector artwork design, page layout and image editing in a single package that costs around a third of…
Final Effects Complete's first major upgrade since being brought into the Boris FX family three years ago keeps the same core 108 plug-ins, as…
Review: Antics V3 ProPack review
Antics is a scene-planning tool that creates a 3D animated previsualization of live action and animated productions in real-time.
Review: Autodesk Combustion 2008 review
Combustion has been idling in the Autodesk back room, but is now back for 2008, with some workflow improvements and the addition of the Colour…
Review: Modo 301 review
A hybrid modelling and painting tool in the tradition of ZBrush, Modo has evolved to introduce organic sculpting and some animation capabilities,…
Review: ZBrush 3.1 review
ZBrush allows you to sculpt and manipulate 3D models and paint and work with 2D images, but also combines both concepts in a unique ‘2.5D’ workspace.
Expression Design is a vector graphics creation tool, suited to producing content for Microsoft’s Web tools Expression Blend and Silverlight.
Review: Expression Blend review
Blend, formerly known as Sparkle, allows designers to develop user interfaces for applications and ships as standalone or part of Microsoft's…
Review: Softimage|XSI 6.5 review
Point releases in 3D packages generally don’t deliver the biggest new feature sets, but the big news with this update is that Softimage has…
Review: 3DS Max 2008 review
3DS Max 2008 is the tenth full release of the venerable Autodesk suite, supporting Windows Vista and XP in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
Review: Toon Boom Studio 4.0 review
Toon Boom Studio offers many advanced features for animation, particularly among the vector-drawing tools used to create the scenes.
Review: Autodesk Maya 2008 review
As with previous versions, Maya 2008 comes in two flavours: Maya Complete and the Unlimited version, which adds nCloth simulations, Fluid Effects,…
Review: Adobe Ultra CS3 review
Adobe Ultra is tool for keying, compositing and virtual set work derived for the most part from technology from the Adobe acquisition of Serious…
Review: Electric Rain Swift 3D 5 review
Swift 3D is a tool for creating 3D interactive Flash material for the Web and mobile devices, rendering 3D objects as vector files.
Boris Continuum Complete 5 (BCC) is a library of filters and presets for Adobe, Apple, Avid, Apple and Autodesk's editing and compositing suites.
Review: Strata 3D[in] review
Strata, on the other hand, is well known for 3D content creation and three of the latest plug-ins dovetail neatly with the Photoshop Extended's…
In-Depth: Light and magic
Digital art has revolutionized the field of fantasy and sci-fi imaging. We spoke to some of the leading exponents of fantasy art.