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Review: Premiere Pro CS5
Ramp up video production with GPU-powered innovation in Premiere Pro CS5
In-Depth: 10 ways to... be more creative
Whether it’s a blinding flash of inspiration or a reliable stream of functional ideas you can build on, creativity is something that no designer…
Review: E-on Software Vue 8
3D landscape-generation software Vue 8 has gone from strength to strength, continuing to innovate way past old competitors like Bryce.
Augmented reality allows designers to add another dimension to their projects.
Review: Maxon Cinema 4D R11.5
Maxon’s modelling, animation and rendering software fills a technical and economic niche between the likes of quick modellers, such as SketchUp,…
Review: Autodesk Softimage 2010
The 2010 version of the formidable Softimage modelling and animation suite – formerly Softimage|XSI – runs faster, thanks to the updated engine,…
Review: Autodesk Maya 2010
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…
Review: Microsoft Expression Studio 3
Expression Studio 3 adds some innovative tools for interactive design to the Microsoft suite's arsenal -- but can it match up to Adobe's Flash?
Review: Poser 8
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
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
QuarkXPress 8 was a fairly thorough restructuring of the venerable DTP application. The 8.1 update, is mainly concerned with sorting out the workflow.
Review: Luxology modo 401
Already a great modelling tool, modo gets stronger in animation and particularly rendering with the 401 release, gaining a preset library and fur…
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…
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.
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.
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.
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…
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,…