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  • e frontier releases Manga Studio 3.0

    e frontier has released Manga Studio 3.0, a manga and comic book creation software program designed for aspiring and professional artists. Manga Studio contains everything needed to create high-quality, manga-style comics without the use of other graphic software says the company.

  • Microsoft offers Web design tool betas

    Microsoft Tuesday released public beta versions of two of the three applications comprising its upcoming Expression suite of Web and content design software.

  • Disney to buy Pixar, put Jobs on board

    The Walt Disney Company has agreed to acquire Pixar, the animation studio headed by Apple Computer chief Steve Jobs, in a long-anticipated $7.4 billion deal that will put Jobs on Disney's board of directors, the companies announced Tuesday.

  • Darklight calls for entries to 2006 Festival

    Darklight, the Irish festival for filmmakers, animators and artists whose work explores the convergence of art, film and technology, is calling for entries for this year's festival.

  • Alien Skin Software releases Exposure

    Alien Skin Software has released Exposure, a new plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and other compatible host programs. Exposure brings the look and feel of film to digital photography. Digital photographers can now simulate current and discontinued film stocks, as well as recreate their signature look as a one-click effect. Exposure also simulates darkroom and studio effects such as push and cross processing. Moreover says Alien Skin, saturation, light temperature, dynamic range, softness, sharpness, and the addition of realistic grain can be managed in one place.

  • Microsoft targets Web designers

    With a new conference slated for March, Microsoft will attempt to woo a developer segment that's traditionally been a hard sell – creative types who build and design multimedia Web applications.

  • Eovia updates Carrara

    Eovia has released Carrara 5.0.2, a freely-downloadable update for the 3D modelling, animation and rendering suite that fixes a number of bugs.

  • Caligari ships trueSpace7

    Caligari Corporation, producer of 3D modelling and animation software, has announced the availability of trueSpace7.

  • 01zero-one to run digital animation course

    The 01zero-one Creative Learning Lab in central London is running a Digital Animation for Freelance Producers training course in February. Exploring animation and CGI from a producer’s view point, the six-day programme will cover areas such as evaluating all aspects of animation through design to delivery; budgeting and scheduling within a 3D environment,
    and how to manage clients and artists within a 3D environment.

  • Adobe upgrades video tools

    Adobe has released upgraded versions of After Effects, Premiere Pro, Encore DVD and Audition. As well as being available individually, they are bundled as the Adobe Creative Suite Production Studio, which is the company’s new name for the Video Collection.

  • Pantone debuts huey colour tool

    Pantone, provider of professional colour standards for the design industries, has debuted huey, a monitor calibration tool designed for digital photo enthusiasts, gamers and any computer user wanting absolute colour and clarity.

  • After Effects 7.0 gains high-end tools

    Adobe has launched version 7.0 of its After Effects compositing suite, adding support for a wide range of high-end formats and functions, as well as redesigning the user interface to allow more customization.

  • Boris FX releases Media 100 bug fix

    Boris FX has released the first update to the Media 100 HD NLE since acquiring the system from Optibase in October. Media 100 HD version 10.1.3 fixes an number of bugs, and is available for download from the Boris FX Web site.

  • AMD adds second core to gaming processor

    Advanced Micro Devices will release a dual-core version of its most powerful and expensive PC processor for high-end gamers after using a single-core design in that segment for several months.

  • CES: HD-DVD drive for Xbox 360 announced

    Microsoft plans to offer later this year an add-on drive for the HD-DVD high-definition optical disc format for its Xbox 360 gaming console, it said Wednesday at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

  • Adobe releases new mobile Flash

    Adobe on Tuesday introduced Macromedia Flash Lite 2 and Macromedia Flash Player SDK 7, the latest versions of software products that let users of mobile phones and consumer electronics devices view Web sites that use Flash.

  • Opera Mini browser quietly released

    Users of Java-capable mobile phones anywhere may find browsing the Web easier and cheaper now that Opera Software is allowing anyone to download its Opera Mini application. The official worldwide launch of Opera Mini is planned for January but Opera has quietly lifted restrictions that previously allowed only residents of some Nordic countries and Germany to download the application, a spokesman has confirmed.

  • Xbox 360 Japan: 44,000 sales

    Microsoft's Xbox 360 console sold just under 44,000 units in its first two days on sale in Japan, a market research company said Friday.

  • Xbox team moves to forefront in Microsoft

    Microsoft has restructured its entertainment division into four divisions, a move that gives more control to executives that oversaw the development and launch of the Xbox 360 game console, a Microsoft spokesman confirmed Thursday.

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