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Social Skills

In-Depth:  Social Skills

Web 2.0 sites offer you the chance to make professional contacts, display work and win commissions. We help you choose the best one.

Nuke 5 review

Review:  Nuke 5 review

Version 5 is the first edition of visual-effects software Nuke to be of significant interest to compositors outside large post facilities.

LaCie 324 LCD Monitor review

Review:  LaCie 324 LCD Monitor review

The 324 LCD Monitor is aimed more at motion-based creatives than print designers and illustrators, and its specs are less high-end than the rest…

xw8600 review

Review:  xw8600 review

The xw8600 tops out HP’s range of Intel-powered workstations. It’s a dual chip-powered behemoth that has lots of room for expansion.

Review:  d2 Quadra review

The d2 Quadra combines an innovative noise-reducing design with a choice of inputs and some well thought-out software – though its performance is…

eGo FireWire/USB review

Review:  eGo FireWire/USB review

Iomega introduced the eGo series of pocket-sized hard drives last summer, but has recently introduced a 250MB model with USB 2.0 and FireWire ports.

Graphics workstations

In-Depth:  Graphics workstations

You can now get a lot more for your money when buying a workstation than you could even six months ago. More powerful components and falling…

Review:  Apple Mac Pro review

Those who’ve been involved in buying creative workstations for many years might be surprised to find that Apple’s model is the least expensive in…

Review:  Armari Magnetar QS2 review

This QS2 has 8GB of RAM and a single quad-core Intel Core 2 Quad Extreme processor, which proved to deliver better performance in our test…

Review:  CAD2 Imagine DQX-Light review

Despite coming at the top of our budget, the Imagine DQX-Light manages to put two quad-core processors in a relatively inexpensive workstation.

Review:  Dell Precision T7400 review

Though sleeker and less imposing than the hulking black Precision 690 that the T7400 replaces, the long X-shaped metal bar at the front of this…

Review:  HP xw6600 review

The xw6600 puts up to two Xeon processors in a slimline case. This is great if you’re short of space – but next to its rivals, it’s a little short…

Review:  Scan 3XS PVE-930 review

Scan is the only company that’s chosen to include Windows Vista on its workstation, and it seems to have made no difference to its performance.

Review:  Xworks X8i-C2Q review

The X8i-C2Q is the top performer here, offering the best overall mix of processor, memory and storage. Other workstations have more chips, better…

Xfile 2 review

Review:  Xfile 2 review

Xfile 2 is a Photoshop plug-in that now allows users to, for example, turn a 4:3 photograph into an almost square image without losing the core…

Review:  GrafiLite review

Viewing booths are bulky and expensive – you’d be hard pressed to find one costing less than £500. The new GrafiLite is around a tenth of that –…

30-inch LCD monitors

In-Depth:  30-inch LCD monitors

A really, really big screen makes designing a joy – and they’re getting less expensive all the time. Digital Arts puts the latest 30-inch monitors…

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30-inch LCD monitors

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…

30-inch LCD monitors

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…

30-inch LCD monitors

Comment:  Iain Macarthur

Please contact the artist about licensing his work. Iain's site is at