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Review:  StoryBoard Artist 4 review

Storyboard Artist is aimed at creatives who wants to map out motion media from short animations to feature films. It has lots to offer but suffers…

Poser 7 review

Review:  Poser 7 review

Now in its seventh incarnation, Poser has come a long way, offering fast and sophisticated character creation, animation and rendering tools.

Maya 8.5 review

Review:  Maya 8.5 review

This upgrade follows hot on the heels of Maya 8, and adds native compatibility with Intel Macs. However, it’s more than just a compatibility fix...

Xara Xtreme Pro 3.0 review

Review:  Xara Xtreme Pro 3.0 review

Xara Extreme Pro’s toolset pitches the software at multi-tasking creatives. It’s primarily a vector-based graphics application, though it does…

Black & White design

In-Depth:  Black & White design

Despite the limitations of a black-&-white colour palette, it still spawns design and illustration at the cutting edge.

DVDit Pro HD review

Review:  DVDit Pro HD review

With DVDit Pro HD, Roxio is hoping to corner the market for early adoptors of HDV camcorders. It’s a DVD authoring tool that supports Blu-ray disc…

Softimage|XSI 6 review

Review:  Softimage|XSI 6 review

In first inspection, Softimage|XSI 6.0 doesn’t look like much of an update. Once you get stuck into the new features though, you’ll find a wealth…

Future Flash

In-Depth:  Future Flash

It may be a decade old, but professional Flash work on the Web is about to undergo a renaissance.

Mudbox 1.0 review

Review:  Mudbox 1.0 review

From a team of film studio modellers whose most recent work graced both The Lord of the Rings and King Kong, the highly anticipated Mudbox has the…

Antics 2 review

Review:  Antics 2 review

A previsualization tool for the film and TV industries, Antics 2’s workflow places a new focus on the timeline, and boasts a vastly improved user…

Viva design

In-Depth:  Viva design

Digit investigates South American design culture and its influence throughout the world.

Far East fusion

In-Depth:  Far East fusion

Japanese design style is influential throughout the West - engaging with the culture is the key to truly innovative design.

Pressing matters

In-Depth:  Pressing matters

Print production is a thousand accidents waiting to happen. Digit’s got the answers to ease your printing pain.

Strata 3D CX 5 review

Review:  Strata 3D CX 5 review

Strata is a 3D application aimed at giving designers the kind of simplicity they experience on the likes of Photoshop and Illustrator, offering an…

Stock options

In-Depth:  Stock options

Stock imagery is a part of the creative process whether you like it or not. Here's how to get the best from picture libraries.

In good company

In-Depth:  In good company

A job at a wacky creative agency may appear glamorous, but can designing in-house for a business be equally creative? Digit investigates.

Form.Z 6.0 review

Review:  Form.Z 6.0 review

Form.Z has been one of the more capable 3D modelling applications for some years, but version 6.0 sees it take a significant step.

Selling yourself

In-Depth:  Selling yourself

Creatives earn their keep promoting their clients’ brands - but to win clients they need to promote themselves effectively too.

Designs on the World Cup

In-Depth:  Designs on the World Cup

The media is saturated with football-related advertising, reaching fever pitch when the big summer tournaments kick off. Digit investigates.

Craft Camera Tools review

Review:  Craft Camera Tools review

Craft Camera Tools is a set of 3D camera plug-ins that allows you to record travelling, flying, or wandering cameras through scenes in Autodesk…