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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…

Fujifilm Finepix F40fd review

Review:  Fujifilm Finepix F40fd review

Finepix’s new F40fd 8.3mp camera produces better photos than some 10mp models we’ve looked at – with Fujifilm concentrating on the quality of…

Review:  BenQ DC T700 review

BenQ’s latest pocket snapper combines a pleasing design with an innovative large touchscreen that speeds up settings selection.

HDC-SD1 review

Review:  HDC-SD1 review

We were sceptical about a camcorder that records HD video onto an SD Card. The HDC-SD1, however, captures exceptional video for a sub-£1,000 model.

HV20 review

Review:  HV20 review

The HV20 records 1920-x-1080-pixel interlaced (1080i) HDV video (or standard DV) footage to MiniDV tapes. It offers a 24p mode to simulate the…

After Effects CS3 review

Review:  After Effects CS3 review

After Effects is the most popular of Adobe’s video tools, as its reach extends to motion-graphics artists, VFX professionals and 2D animators –…

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After Effects CS3 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…

After Effects CS3 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…

After Effects CS3 review

Comment:  Iain Macarthur

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