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Review:  Sonnet Fusion F2 review

The Fusion F2 is somewhere between a desktop media drive and a portable storage unit -- and is pitched at video editors, VFX and motion-graphics…

Review:  Seagate FreeAgent XTreme review

The flagship FreeAgent XTreme model is a single-drive model, and has an eSATA interface for faster connection (as well as USB 2.0 and standard…

Review:  LaCie Hard Disk Max review

The Hard Disk Max is LaCie’s latest drive; aside from this fact, we were persuaded to look at it because of its looks, which were created by…

Review:  Iomega UltraMax Plus review

The UltraMax Plus is a two-drive unit with a design that mimics the Mac Pro and offers the widest range of connections: from fast eSATA to the…

Review:  G-Technology G-RAID3 review

The G-RAID 3 is firmly aimed at creative pros working with motion media – from video editors and VFX artists to DVD authors and animators.

Review:  Data Robotics Drobo review

The Drobo aims to make secure storage easy – and it succeeds. The toaster-sized box has a shiny black exterior with lines of green and blue LEDs…

Review:  Buffalo DriveStation 2Share review

The DriveStation 2Share is an oddity. It’s a single-drive desktop device with a USB 2.0 port that also has an ethernet port to allow sharing of…

Review:  Ricoh R10 review

Like its predecessors the R8 and R7, the Ricoh R10 is a great piece of miniaturization that somehow puts a 7x zoom lens on the front of a…

Boris Continuum Complete 6 review

Review:  Boris Continuum Complete 6 review

The headline new feature in the Boris Continuum Complete 6 is 3D Objects, which extrude and animate text and vector shapes – replicating tools…

Review:  Alien Skin Bokeh review

Bokeh is the real-world photographic technique for creating images where the subject is largely in focus and the background is blurred. This…

Review:  Filter Forge review

Filter Forge is – by quite a margin – the most powerful plug-in we’ve looked at here. That’s because it’s a tool for creating plug-ins, both…

Review:  OnOne Genuine Fractals 6 review

Genuine Fractals 6 is available in two versions. Both feature the same scaling engine, but the Standard Edition supports RGB images only.

Review:  Luxology ImageSynth 2 review

ImageSynth 2 generates seamless textures from lower-resolution images, ao it allows the user take one or more small images of grass and ferns and…

Review:  Imagenomic Portraiture 2 review

Portraiture is a plug-in that automates skin smoothing and blemish removal – and it’s one that most digital artists will want to get their hands on.

Review:  Nik Silver Efex Pro review

Silver Efex Pro efficiently produces great black-and-white effects that are fiddly to create in Photoshop alone. It ships with a set of presets to…

Review:  Akvis Sketch 8.5 review

Akvis’ Sketch is the only plug-in we’ve seen that produces decent pencil drawing from images, though it’s let down by a wonky workflow and some…

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Akvis Sketch 8.5 review

Comment:  Create a vector map collage

I'm afraid not, no. This was a commercial commission, so cannot be used for any purpose except by the company who commissioned it (and us with…

Akvis Sketch 8.5 review

Comment:  Handmade textures and shading effects

Sorry about that. I can't replicate this. Is it a specific ad that's doing this? If so, could you let me know who it's for please. Other useful…

Akvis Sketch 8.5 review

Comment:  Iain Macarthur

Please contact the artist about licensing his work. Iain's site is at http://www.iainmacarthur.com/