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Daz Carrara 7 Pro review

Review:  Daz Carrara 7 Pro review

Carrara 7, which is available in Express, Standard and Pro editions, aims to offer a fully featured 3D suite at an affordable price. We’ve looked…

iClone Pro 3 review

Review:  iClone Pro 3 review

For the release of iClone 3, Reallusion has added a Pro version to the home user-focused 3D tool for quickly putting together 3D scenes for…

Toon Boom Animate review

Review:  Toon Boom Animate review

In terms of both features and price, the new Animate sits between Toon Boom Studio and the more expensive Toon Boom Digital Pro. There are some…

Autodesk Maya 2009 review

Review:  Autodesk Maya 2009 review

Maya celebrates its tenth anniversary with the 2009 release, an event marked by enhancements across the board. Although some of these have popped…

Review:  Autodesk Mudbox 2009 review

The key reason to upgrade to the 2009 version of Autodesk's modelling software is to take advantage of the new texture-painting toolset.

DX Studio 3.0 review

Review:  DX Studio 3.0 review

DX Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) aimed at users building real-time 3D interactive applications, simulations or games.

Softimage|XSI 7 review

Review:  Softimage|XSI 7 review

The standout new feature of 3D modelling, animation and rendering application XSI 7 is a visual programming environment, ICE (Interactive Creative…

3D tools for illustrators

In-Depth:  3D tools for illustrators

Using impressive 3D elements in your artwork doesn’t have to be a long, fiddly process: new batch of tools offers slick integration at a good price.

Review:  Caligari trueSpace 7.6 review

Recently released for free following the takeover of developer Caligari by Microsoft, trueSpace is a fully-featured 3D application -- albeit with…

Review:  Daz 3D Bridge review

Rather than rendering content as flat 2D images to Photoshop’s layer-based workflow, 3D Bridge lets you work with the image editor and 3D Bridge…

Review:  Daz Carrara Pro 6 review

Carrara 6 provides five different ‘rooms’ for working on your scene; you switch between each ‘room’ to focus on modelling, texturing, rendering…

Review:  Microspot 3D Toolbox review

Microspot 3D Toolbox is a Mac-only modular 3D application that you upgrade by buying plug-ins that offer rendering, texturing, modelling and…

Review:  Smith Micro Poser Pro review

Poser’s last few versions have improved rendering and realism for the venerable figure-posing application: with models manipulatable down to…

Strata 3D[in] review

Review:  Strata 3D[in] review

Strata’s 3D[in] plug-ins, Design 3D[in], Foto 3D[in] and Live 3D[in], slot neatly into Photoshop Extended CS3’s 3D features. We’ll concentrate…

Cinema 4D R11 review

Review:  Cinema 4D R11 review

The latest version of Maxon’s mid-range 3D modelling, animation and rendering suite adds tools that will appeal to its users across design, VFX…

3D Toolbox review

Review:  3D Toolbox review

Microspot 3D Toolbox is a bit of a curiosity: it’s a truly modular 3D application. You start off with a free base application that’s useful in its…

Adobe Director 11 review

Review:  Adobe Director 11 review

Director has been notable by its absence in the successive Master Collections, so it’s refreshing to see this old stalwart of the…

Poser Pro review

Review:  Poser Pro review

Now owned by Smith Micro, Poser Pro is built on the Poser 7 character-animation solution and comes with that version’s Generation 2 family of…