Michael Burns

Michael Burns

Michael Burns is a freelance writer with almost 20 years experience of covering the creative industries.

As well as writing for Digital Arts and a variety of major trade publications, he has been involved in conference production and has written a number of books on digital content creation.

He also provides freelance advisory, writing and production services for companies in the film, TV, design and interactive media sectors.

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Maxon Cinema 4D R11.5 review

Review:  Maxon Cinema 4D R11.5 review

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

Review:  Autodesk Softimage 2010 review

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

Review:  Autodesk Maya 2010 review

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…

Poser 8 review

Review:  Poser 8 review

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 review

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 review

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

Review:  Luxology modo 401 review

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?

Review:  Autodesk ImageModeler 2009 review

ImageModeler 2009 extracts 3D information from photos to construct accurate models and scenes, to which you can apply realistic textures taken…

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…