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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…

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…