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The rising stars of design

In-Depth:  The rising stars of design

Check out the new talent you should be looking to commission and be inspired by in the coming 12 months.

Review:  Xtreme 770 review

Rock’s Xtreme 770 is the first laptop we’ve seen to feature Intel’s new 2.6GHz Core 2 Duo T7800 processor. It also marks the debut of nVidia’s…

GenArts Sapphire 2 for AE review

Review:  GenArts Sapphire 2 for AE review

Version 2 has been available for Shake since June 2006, but the second release of the collection for After Effects and a wide range of compatible…

Caplio R7 review

Review:  Caplio R7 review

Ricoh’s new Caplio R7 places a 7.1x zoom lens within a relatively slender body. At between 20mm and 23mm thick along the length of its body, it's…

Mocha-AE review

Review:  Mocha-AE review

Mocha-AE offers high-end motion-tracking tools to users who don’t require – or can’t afford – the £1,500 full version. It's a great first attempt,…

Review:  Imagine X64 review

This workstation from CAD2 is the first we’ve seen to include nVidia/PNY’s new Quadro FX 1700 graphics card, a mid-range board that supercedes the…

Boris Blue 2.0 review

Review:  Boris Blue 2.0 review

Boris Blue is aimed at artists creating high-end motion graphics. It has strong competition but Blue has a few unique tricks that are of great…

ToonIt review

Review:  ToonIt review

There are many filters that claim to turn real-world footage into cartoons. – but every one we’ve seen has been rubbish. ToonIt isn’t perfect, but…

Eizo CG241W 24-inch monitor review

Review:  Eizo CG241W 24-inch monitor review

Though many creatives are buying 30-inch monitors due to their massive resolutions allowing fine detail to be displayed, similarly-priced 24-inch…

Review:  Dell Precision M4300 review

The Precision M4300 is an upgraded version of the popular Precision M70 mobile workstation – featuring the latest generation of chips and chipsets…

Vertus Fluid Mask 3.0 review

Review:  Vertus Fluid Mask 3.0 review

Fluid Mask automates the creation of cut-outs, an area where it faces strong competition from the likes of Mask Pro 4.1 and Primatte 3 for Photoshop.

Nik Dfine 2.0 review

Review:  Nik Dfine 2.0 review

Dfine is a Photoshop plug-in that eschews bells-&-whistles for a tight feature set focused on a single task – removing noise from photographs.

Review:  Samsung SyncMaster 305T review

Samsung's SyncMaster 305T combines a bright, high-resolution screen with a fast response rate – though we’re not sure who would benefit from this.

GridIron Nucleo Pro 2.0 review

Review:  GridIron Nucleo Pro 2.0 review

Nucleo Pro adds some very useful functions to After Effects, including the ability to render in the background and ‘speculatively’ create previews…

Review:  Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch review

This model is based on Intel’s relatively new Santa Rosa platform. Its Core 2 Duo chip speed has gone up from 2.33GHz to 2.4GHz but the real story…

Compaq 8710w review

Review:  Compaq 8710w review

HP has done more than just plumb in Intel’s Santa Rosa tech into an old models to create the 8710w, which boasts an innovative touchpanel, a new…

Vision 1.0 review

Review:  Vision 1.0 review

Vision is a suite of tools for the creation of high-end motion graphics, aiming at artists with complex projects or who want to automate graphics…

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Vision 1.0 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…

Vision 1.0 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…

Vision 1.0 review

Comment:  Iain Macarthur

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