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Issue Media Asset Category Title Vendor/Format OS Description
163
Xmas
2012
3D Painting
Mari (version #1.5)
Maya and Photoshop integration, real-time shadows and environment maps make this a useful update.
163
Xmas
2012
Renderer - External Plugin or Application
V-Ray for Softimage
V-Ray is a very welcome addition to Softimage, additing to its appeal as a great application for the smaller studio.
163
Xmas
2012
Presentation and/or Web Authoring Tool
Toolbag
Marmoset's Toolbag provides a useful set of tools that enable you to explore and showcase your model in real time,(more) and it's an absolute bargain.

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163
Xmas
2012
Hardware - Input
Wacom Cintiq 22HD
A great product that's worth the price for many artists, both 2D and 3D, and is ideal for sculpting and post-production(more) work.

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163
Xmas
2012
Book/DVD
Efficient Cinematic Lighting
Inspiring and highly informative content by Pixar lighting artist Jeremy Vickery, delivered in a captivating lecture.
163
Xmas
2012
Book/DVD
Tyler Washburn: The New Kid
Dylan Cole's first children's book is colorful, interesting and fun filled with imaginative and impressive characters.
162
Dec
2012
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Cinema 4D Studio (version #14)
With R14, Cinema 4D Studio adds new features such as scultping - but it's the UI, camera and modeling features(more) that make it an essential upgrade.

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162
Dec
2012
Plugin
Element 3D
Element 3D is a game-changer. It offers terrific results quickly and easily, which for time-starved artists is(more) a real benefit.

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162
Dec
2012
Plugin
Knoll Light Factory (version #3)
With new editing features and behaviors, this release is as good as the best, but it is far from revolutionary.
162
Dec
2012
Book/DVD
Creating Plants in Maya/Mental Ray
This is a fascinating and educational look into an incredibly useful workflow that allows 3D artists to improve(more) their work.

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162
Dec
2012
Book/DVD
Expose 10
A high quality and varied collection of artwork, sorted into useful sections. This is a great addition to any(more) coffee table.

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162
Dec
2012
Hardware - Computer
Armari Magnetar M32-AW750R
Armari Magnetar M32-AW750R provides a commendable debut for AMD's FirePro W series, although the top W9000 is(more) best suited to OpenCL-powered rendering.

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161
Nov
2012
3D Modeling and Sculpting
Mudbox 2013 (version #2013)
If you're an Autodesk user, Mudbox 2013 provides a total sculpting solution. If not, other apps offer more for(more) less money.

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161
Nov
2012
Hardware - Computer
Boston Venom 2300-7T
Boston's Venom 2300-7T can really boost your rendering times, but only when used with CUDA-enabled software.
161
Nov
2012
Hardware - Input
Wacom Cintiq 12WX
Although the bigger (and more expensive) model may be the one for all-day every-day use, the 12WX is a capable(more) option that performs admirably for occasional use.

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161
Nov
2012
Book/DVD
Secrets of Z-Brush Experts
A high quality book, full of inspirational artwork and helpful techniques for hobbyists and professionals artists(more) alike.

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161
Nov
2012
Book/DVD
Introduction to Z-Brush 4
An incredible thorough and detailed training guide to the comprehensive software - a must-have for Z-Brush users.
160
Oct
2012
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Maya (version #2013)
Maya is a hugely detailed package for almost any visual style or effect, but you will have to spend some time(more) learning it.

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160
Oct
2012
Renderer - External Plugin or Application
Maxwell Render (version #2.7)
Maxwell adds high-quality features with each release and 2.7 is no exception: great additions to an already excellent(more) package.

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160
Oct
2012
Plugin
Transform
Transform makes what can be a time-consuming task fast and easy, provokes creativity and encourages experimentation.
160
Oct
2012
Hardware - Graphics Card
Nvidia Quadro 4000
Nvidia
The Nvidia Quadro 4000 is an excellent mid-range video card at a price point that makes it accessible to most(more) professionals.

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160
Oct
2012
Hardware - Computer
HP Z1
The HP Z1 may be more expensive than purchasing monitor and system unit as separate parts, but its upgradeability(more) makes this a unique all-in-one workstation.

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159
Sept
2012
Video Editor and/or Compositor
Adobe CS6 Production Premium
The secondary applications found in the Creative Suite's post-production edition are, as Christopher Kenworthy(more) explains, strong workhorses without too many frills.

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159
Sept
2012
Book/DVD
The Art of Gears of War 3
The latest offering from Ballistic shows that art books can be informative as well as inspirational, says Rob(more) Redman.

Author: Ballistic Publishing

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159
Sept
2012
Book/DVD
Derelict Planet
Rob Redman takes a look at digital artist Pascal Blanche's first foray into presenting his artwork in book form.(more)

Author: Pascal Blanche

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159
Sept
2012
Hardware - Computer
Scan 3XS GW-HTX30
Scan
This is one of the fastest dual Xeon E5 workstations we've seen, but also one of the more expensive ones, says(more) James Morris

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159
Sept
2012
Hardware - Computer
Wired2Fire Wired2-3D Pro
There's a new Intel processor generation out, says James Morris, but the previous model's six cores give it some(more) advantages

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158
Aug
2012
Video Editor and/or Compositor
After Effects (version #CS6)
With 3D camera tracking, feathered masks and raytracing, you never have to leave After Effects CS6 to finish a(more) complex job.

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158
Aug
2012
2D Image Creation, Management and/or Editing
Photoshop Extended (version #CS6)
Although not a 3D powerhouse, the additional tools have uses. Along with the new interface and extra tool options,(more) Photoshop Extended CS6 is a powerful and usable image editor.

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158
Aug
2012
3D Modeling and Sculpting
123D Sculpt
123D Sculpt is a great app for concepting on the move, with a useable selection of tools and an innovative method(more) for texturing. Thoughtful design and links to community galleries are nice touches.

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158
Aug
2012
2D Image Creation, Management and/or Editing
Photoshop Touch
Photoshop Touch is an excellent all-around package that makes working on the go a joy. Newcomers may take a short(more) while to get to grips with the tool locations, but it's an enticing app, especially for the price.

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157
Jul
2012
3D Visualization - Previsualization
VRED Essentials (version #6)
If a progressive renderer and full control over your image are what you're looking for, then PI-VR's VRED Essentials(more) 6.0 is the perfect solution.

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157
Jul
2012
3D Motion Tracking
Mocha Pro (version #3)
A strong release, with both some major new features and tweaks to the GUI that make it powerful and easy to work(more) with.

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157
Jul
2012
Hardware - Computer
Boston Venom 2000-7T
Boston's Venom 2000-7T balances fast rendering with quick graphics acceleration to provide a system that performs(more) well on both fronts.

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156
Jun
2012
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Lightwave (version #11)
Newtek
Lightwave has long been a strong contender, but it previously remained and undergod. Version 11 should not be(more) discounted and makes for a refreshingly good upgrade.

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156
Jun
2012
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
modo (version #601)
The new features round out an already impressive application. With version 601, mode has truly come of age.
156
Jun
2012
Plugin
Ikinema Action 2 for Maya (version #2)
Ikinema Action 2 addresses the major drawbacks of the first release and adds new features to keep this plug-in(more) going from strength to strength. While it's not a one-stop shop for all things animation, it deserves a key place in your pipeline.

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156
Jun
2012
Hardware - Computer
Workstation Specialists WS 2850
The Workstation Specialists WS2850 shows the huge promise of Intel's new Xeon processors, with scorchingly fast(more) rendering performance.

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156
Jun
2012
Hardware - Computer
Armari Magnetar X32-AW1275D4 (3DW)
Armari Magnetar X32 combines twin superfast eight-core processors with decent graphics and a feature rich bespoke(more) workstation chassis.

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155
May
2012
Hardware - Input
Wacom Intuos 5 touch M
Instant usability, excellent ergonomics and some intuitive extra features make the new Intuos5 a worthy upgrade(more) or new purchase.

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155
May
2012
Hardware - Input
3DConnexion SpaceMouse Pro.
Offers major benefits to productivity and comfort, and the lag in the Mac version's features is noticeable but(more) negligible.

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155
May
2012
Plugin
Reality 2
Daz Studio
Plugging into a real-world light renderer like LuxRender via Reality can help you take your renders a notch further.
154
Apr
2012
Renderer - External Plugin or Application
Keyshot (version #3)
Keyshot is an absolute doddle to use, and it produces lovely renders, but it relies on models that have been carefully(more) organized.

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154
Apr
2012
Plugin
MentalCore (version #1)
MentalCore resolves common render workflow problems and puts mental ray integration on another, better level.
154
Apr
2012
Plugin
Monsters GT 7 for After Effects
With original effects, organic looks and great depth of control, Monsters GT 7 provides creative control for a(more) low price.

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152
February
2012
3D Visualization - Previsualization
iClone5 Pro (version #5)
A speedy solution for pre-viz but hampered by limited content options, basic render settings, and lack of true(more) 64-bit support.

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152
February
2012
Hardware - Input
Wacom Inkling
The Inkling is a great idea, but it's sploit by a poor pen and a workflow no faster than existing pen and paper(more) sketching methods.

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152
February
2012
Hardware - Computer
Workstation Specialists WS-M1510
The WS-M1510 narrows the gap between portable and desktop with modeling power to match many office-bound systems,(more) although you will pay for the privilege.

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151
Jan
2012
Animation - Character
Poser (version #9)
With the latest version, Smith Micro continues to refine Poser's interface and core performance, while providing(more) a measured release of new functionality.

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151
Jan
2012
Animation - Character
Poser Pro (version #2012)
It would have been nice to see more general scene-building improvements in this lastest version of Poser Pro,(more) but power animators, illustrators, content creators and dabblers will all find a few new features to please each of them.

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151
Jan
2012
Plugin
3D Automated Motion Systems (version #2.5)
AMS is rich, multl-faceted system and the motion seems to match its intended target consumer. It's well worth(more) a look if you're in the business of serious animation.

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151
Jan
2012
Hardware - Computer
Scan 3XS 4U
Scan
The 3XS 4U's core components offer good performance and the chassis is an excellent solution if space is an issue,(more) but the extra SSD pushes up the price.

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151
Jan
2012
Hardware - Computer
Wired2-3D Ultima
Wired2Fire has taken a confident first step into the workstation market with a solid performer at a competitive(more) price.

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150
Xmas
2011
Animation - Character
Daz Sudio Pro (version #4)
Daz 3D
With a plethora of handy features, Daz Studio Pro eases old and new users into 3D image and content creation.
150
Xmas
2011
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
3DS Max Subscription Advantage Pack. (version #2012)
State Sets and Adobe interoperability bring workflow optimizations to 3DS Max. As an update that helps to streamline(more) and organize, this SAP is definitely worth installing and getting into production.

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150
Xmas
2011
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Maya Subscription Advantage Pack. (version #2012)
The Maya 2012 SAP is nice to have, but most of the novelties are items everyone could get without a subsciption.
148
Nov
2011
Fluid simulation
Realflow 2012 (version #2012)
A very useful update to the technologies introduced with the last release, plus a great retiming tool that enables(more) you to adjust simulations without the need to resimulate. This alone is worth the upgrade.

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148
Nov
2011
3D Modeling
GroBoto (version #3)
A versatile and handy little modeler to add to your pipeline, especially if you take the time to learn in properly.
147
Oct
2011
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Shade Professional (version #12)
Shade in English returns from a long absence with a new GUI, better and more robust import, a much improved render(more) engine, and viewport preview rendering. Almost everything has been improved.

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147
Oct
2011
Hardware - Computer
Workstation Specialists WSX4
It's not quite as good value as some Sandy Bridge systems, but the WXS4 workstation is still a great budget choice.
147
Oct
2011
Hardware - Computer
Workstation Specialists RS-D2600
The RS-D2600 is a decent investment for a small company where a full render farm is beyond budgetary constraints.
147
Oct
2011
Plugin
Recoil
modo
recoil is fun and ambitious add-on, but stability issues (possibly stemming from its plug-in status) prevent it(more) from being wholeheartedly recommended.

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147
Oct
2011
Hardware - Computer
Cryo Octane EDP-WS
The Cryo Octane EDP-WS comes with a hefty price, but it's hard to put a price on this level of performance.
146
Sept
2011
3D Modeling and Sculpting
Mudbox (version #2012)
Support for cutting-edge technologies coupled with fast performance plus one-click interoperability makes Mudbox(more) 2012 a genuinely impressive upgrade.

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146
Sept
2011
Plugin
Frost (version #1)
A powerful meshing tool that's able to get quality results quickly, Frost is a valuable addition to any fluid(more) artisan's toolkit.

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146
Sept
2011
Plugin
Rayfire (version #1.55)
This is an extremely useful plug-in for shattering objects and blowing things up.
146
Sept
2011
Plugin
emRPC (version #4)
While the shading and blending modes are somewhat primitive, the quality and speed of emRPC is impressive.
146
Sept
2011
Plugin
Carbon Scatter
There are a lot of scattering tools for 3D Studio Max, but if you're familiar with the Vue interface and are looking(more) for a complex layered instancing tool, Carbon Scatter is well worth the investment.

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145
Aug
2011
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
3D Studio Max (version #2012)
A big step forward in the ground-up overhaul of 3D Studio Max. Definitely improvements worth upgrading for.
145
Aug
2011
Plugin
Momentum (version #2)
In addition to its flexibility and consistency, the two features that single out Momentum are its speed and ease(more) of use.

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145
Aug
2011
3D Landscapes
Vue Infinite (version #9.5)
Vue 9.5 is finally to a point release worth upgrading for. The key new features will make almost every Vue user(more) happy and lift many of their creative limitations.

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145
Aug
2011
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Softimage (version #2012)
Either the ICE modeling framework or Lagoa Multiphysics alone would make this a must-have update; Syflex ICE and(more) interoperability are bonuses.

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145
Aug
2011
Motion Capture - Editor
MotionBuilder (version #2012)
This is one of the strongest releases of MotionBuilder yet. If you've been waiting to upgrade or buy the software,(more) now is the time to take the plunge.

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144
Jul
2011
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Maya (version #2012)
Peter Duncan finds out whether the improvements and enhancements in the latest annual update justify and upgrade.
144
Jul
2011
Renderer - External Plugin or Application
Maxwell Render (version #2.5)
Maxwell used to be powerful but slow. Can its fast new interactive preview set artist's hearts on fire, asks(more) Rob Redman?

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144
Jul
2011
Video Editor and/or Compositor
After Effects (version #CS5.5)
Lance Evans explores an incremental update with better stereo 3D tools and faster disk caching to boost performance.
143
Jun
2011
Animation - Character
an(i)ma
This new scene population tool could transform working practices in arch-viz and other fields, says Jason Kongabel
143
Jun
2011
Modeling - Cloth, fabrics and/or clothing
Marvelous Designer (version #2)
Is this CAD-based clothing generator really as marvelous as its name implies? Cirstyn Bech-Yagher finds out.
143
Jun
2011
Plugin
Freeform Pro
Building on a plugin included with After Effects, this tool provides mighty motion graphics tools, says Rob Redman
143
Jun
2011
Renderer - External Plugin or Application
Thea Render
Its support for both biased and unbiased rendering is just one of this new system's many delights, says Ed Ricketts.
142
May
2011
Plugin
Ikinema for Maya
Ikinema is a quality release that will benefit animators at any level, whether utilizing the straight-up full-body(more) tools or streamlining existing pipelines.

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142
May
2011
Presentation and/or Web Authoring Tool
Twinmotion (version #2.2)
Twinmotion is recommended to any architect who needs to visualize and present their designs and to studios that(more) want to build interactive presentations

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142
May
2011
3D Motion Tracking
SynthEyes (version #2011)
A keenly priced piece of software, considering the powerful and production proven match-moving toolset.
142
May
2011
Plugin
Ozone (version #5)
Ozone 5 quickly creates photo-real backgrounds for your renders, freeing you to focus on the foreground elements(more) and stay productive.

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141
Apr
2011
Renderer - External Plugin or Application
V-Ray (version #2)
It comes complete with V-Ray RT and a host of new features, says Gus Capote, but will version 2.0 win over 3D(more) Studio Max users?

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141
Apr
2011
Plugin
DPIT Effex (version #1.5)
By adding variable-viscosity liquids to its fluid dynamic core, this plugin fills a hole in Cinema 4D's armoury,(more) says Steve Jarratt.

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141
Apr
2011
3D Animation and Rendering
messiah:Studio (version #5)
William Eggington discovers a flood of exciting new tools for this long-standing package with a devoted user base.
141
Apr
2011
UV Mapper - External Plugin or Application
Unfold3D (version #7)
Unfold3D promotes itself as the best and fastest UV Map generator on the market. Cirstyn Bech-Yagher puts it(more) to the test.

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141
Apr
2011
Plugin
LightUp (version #2)
The latest version of the lighting plugin for SketchUp leverages the GPU to give much faster renders, says Tim(more) Danaher.

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141
Apr
2011
Plugin
CityKit
Rob Redman investigates city building software with a look at the newest kid on the block.
141
Apr
2011
Hardware - Computer
InterPro IPW-C17
It's InterPro's turn to take you to the Sandy Bridge as James Morris assesses its workstation with the latest(more) Intel processor.

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140
Mar
2011
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Lightwave (version #10)
Industry veteran NewTek has brought out an update to its 3D application. Ben Vost finds out whether it's worth(more) the upgrade.

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140
Mar
2011
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
modo (version #501)
Expectations are high for the latest version of Luxology's flagship application, says Paul Beards, but does modo(more) 501 deliver?

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140
Mar
2011
3D Visualization - Architectural
Lumion
Easy to learn and with a packed content library, Lumion gives architects another tool for their pipeline, says(more) Michiel Quist.

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140
Mar
2011
Compositing and/or Rotoscoping Application
Mocha Pro (version #2.5)
Mocha Pro offers rotoscoping and compositing as well as tracking. Marc Rice finds out if it's the complete package.
140
Mar
2011
Hardware - Computer
Scan 3XS 2600K
Intel's latest process powers Scan's new machine to a high level of performance for the money, as James Morris(more) discovers.

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139
February
2011
Modeling - Landscapes
Vue (version #9)
As reliably as ever, version 9 of the venerable environment/vegetation/atmosphere 3D modeler and renderer swings(more) around. Eran Dinur looks at the improvements

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139
February
2011
2D HDRI Creation, Management and/or Editing
HDR Light Studio Pro (version #2)
Creating your own HDR maps has always been a specialist field. HDR Light Studio aims to change that, as Paul Beards(more) explains.

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139
February
2011
Modeling - Landscapes
Onyx Garden Suite (version #2.1)
With new terrain import and billboarding features, Onyx Computing's Garden Suite is one of the better vegetation(more) generator options on the market, says Cirstyn Bech-Yagher.

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139
February
2011
Modeling - Landscapes
SpeedTree Cinema (version #5.2)
Probably the most feature-rich vegetation software available& but also the most expensive, says Cirstyn Bech-Yagher.
139
February
2011
Hardware - Computer
Apple Mac Pro
Apple's latest workstation upgrade brings power and performance, but at a premium price. Steve Jarratt tests its(more) CG credentials.

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138
Jan
2011
3D Game Creation
Unity 3D Pro (version #3)
With new lightmapping and render options, version 3 maintains Unity's considerable market momentum, says Adam(more) Watkins.

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138
Jan
2011
3D Modeling and Sculpting
3D-Coat (version #3.5)
With multi-res workflow and Auto-retopology, this sculpting package has taken a huge leap forward,says Scott Spencer.
138
Jan
2011
3D Motion Tracking
Zign Track (version #2)
Zign Track appears to have branched out from its hobbyist roots but,asks Craig Crane, can it impress professionals?
138
Jan
2011
2D Compositing
Conduit Suite (version #2)
dvGarage's Mac-only nodal compositing tools for Apple and Adobe apps receive a solid update, says Jeremy Smith.
138
Jan
2011
Plugin
SlipstreamVX
Exocortex brings its games technology to Softimage, delivering fast fluid simulations of impressive quality, says(more) Andy Moorer.

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138
Jan
2011
Hardware - Computer
Workstation Specialists WS1400
Don't be put off by the $1579 price, says James Morris, this workstation still has plenty to offer.
137
Xmas
2010
3D Painting
Mari (version #1)
This production-tested texture-painting application is both powerful and elegant, says Weta Workshop's Scott Spencer.
137
Xmas
2010
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Cinema 4D (version #12)
Anders Kjellberg takes a closer look at Maxon's update to its acclaimed 3D package and discovers both impressive(more) features and a bad marketing decision.

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137
Xmas
2010
3D Motion Tracking
PFMatchit (version #1)
Can The Pixel Farm's latest entry-level matchmoving software hold its own against the already established elite(more) of trackiing solutions, asks Mike Thompson.

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137
Xmas
2010
Renderer - External Plugin or Application
MachStudio Pro (version #2)
Seamless interoperability with RenderMan and mental ray, as well as its own real-time engine. Is MachStudio Pro(more) 2 the future of rendering, asks Andy Moorer?

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136
Dec
2010
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Houdini 11 Master (version #11)
Side Effects' latest ujpdate has a clear focus on productivity: Jacob Clark picks his way through its expanded(more) feature list.

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136
Dec
2010
Plugin
Phoenix FD
Allan McKay finds Chaos Group's powerful new fluids technology for creating realistic fire, smoke and explosions(more) rivals current standards used in the visual effects industry.

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136
Dec
2010
Motion Capture - Recorder
iPi Desktop Motion Capture Studio
With its affordable approach to motion capture, Graig Crane asks if iPi Soft's new markerless solution can revolutionise(more) the industry.

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136
Dec
2010
Hardware - Computer
Armari Magnetar F4e-K0
Water cooling helps Armari create a 4GHz workstation, ably abetted by Nvidia's storming Quadro 4000 graphics,(more) says James Morris.

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135
Nov
2010
3D Modeling and Sculpting
Z-Brush 4.0

(4 files)
Scott Spencer puts the leading digital sculpting application's improved features and new functionality through(more) their paces.

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135
Nov
2010
3D Landscapes
Bryce 7 Pro

(7 files)
One of the oldest landscaping programs around, Bryce 7 Pro's new functionality works hard to show us it's still(more) got what it takes, says Cirstyn Bech-Yagher

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135
Nov
2010
Plugin
CameraTracker
Taking match-moving technology from Nuke and adding it to After Effects works so well that Adobe should just buy(more) this AE plug-in, says Steve Jarrett

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135
Nov
2010
Plugin
Filter Forge 2.0

(2 files)
A host of new features manages to shift Filter Forge version 2.0 from "nice" to "essential"(more) says Cirstyn Bech-Yagher

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134
Oct
2010
3D Modeling
City Engine (version #2010)
With a host of user-friendly features and a great price tag, Steve Jarratt says this is a one-trick pony you can(more) afford to have around.

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134
Oct
2010
3D Modeling and Sculpting
Acropora (version #1)
The new kid on the voxel-modeling block nicely fills the niche between the free and high-end tools, says Cirstyn(more) Bech-Yagher.

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134
Oct
2010
Hardware - Computer
Scan 3XS 3D Modeling Workstation
An overclocked Intel Core i7 CPU and powerful ATI graphics make for a heady combination concludes James Morris.
134
Oct
2010
Plugin
X-Frog for Maya (version #5)
If realistic 3D organic modeling is vital to your work, then this latest release adds some invaluable tools, says(more) Chris Carignan.

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133
Sept
2010
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Maya (version #2011)
This year's update sees performance and workflow boosts, and a focus on the app's traditional strengths, reveals(more) Peter Duncan.

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133
Sept
2010
3D Modeling
Curvy 3D (version #2)
The 3D sculpting program for artists who like to draw, sketch and paint adds some exciting new features, says(more) Scott Spencer.

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133
Sept
2010
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
3D Studio Max (version #2011)
While the latest release of 3D Studio Max adds significant improvements, Neil Roberts wonders if they are worth(more) the price.

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133
Sept
2010
Hardware - Computer
Workstation Specialists WSX-6
James Morris discovers this powerful modeling workstation takes full advantage of Intel's Core i7 processor technology.
133
Sept
2010
Renderer - Rendering and/or visualization application
KeyShot (version #2)
Now competing against similar apps, Mark Pritchard asks if Keyshot 2.0 can maintain the lead set by its predecessor,(more) Hypershot.

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133
Sept
2010
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Softimage (version #2011)
Support for ICE kinematics has finally been addressed in this latest update and is bound to make huge difference(more) to how you go about rigging in the future, says Ola Madsen

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133
Sept
2010
Fluid simulation
Realflow (version #5)
With the introduction of a host of new features, is Realflow 5 evolving into the tool that answers the hopes of(more) users and the aspirations of creatives? Wayne England takes a closer look.

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132
Aug
2010
3D Modeling
Mudbox 2011 (version #2011)
With an unrivalled 3D paint system, intuitive posing tools, and new vector displacement, this release impresses(more) Mike de la Flor

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132
Aug
2010
2D Image Creation, Management and/or Editing
Photoshop Extended CS5 (version #CS5)
As Photoshop advances into 3D, Lance Evans sees a growing spot for it in production pipelines.
132
Aug
2010
Video Editor and/or Compositor
After Effects CS5 (version #CS5)
Motion graphics and visual effects just got faster and easier, but Christopher Kenworthy suggests this upgrade(more) lacks real impact.

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132
Aug
2010
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Carrara Pro (version #8)
Carrara has a lengthy development pedigree and a devoted userbase, but will this release keep the diehard application(more) alive? Mike de la Flor explores the ups and downs of its new features.

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131
Jul
2010
Hardware - Computer
Armari Magnetar x24
The fastest Xeons currently available power the Magnetar x24 to the very pinnacle of performance, says James Morris.
131
Jul
2010
3D Landscapes
Vue xStream (version #8.5)
As e-on keeps up its aggressive release schedule, Dax Pandhi discovers many subtle yet helpful features in the(more) latest release.

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131
Jul
2010
2D HDRI Collection
High Environment Dynamic Range Environment Kits for modo
Can these simple and userp-friendly image-based lighting kits for modo also be powerful? Paul Beards investigates&
131
Jul
2010
2D Particle Animation
partilceIllusion for AE
The long-awaited particle system makes its After Effects debut. Steve Jarratt wonders if its too much illusion(more) and not enough particle.

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131
Jul
2010
3D Modeling from Images
PhotoSculpt Textures
Is this photographic modeler simply a quirky novelty application or a serious modeling tool? Ed Ricketts finds(more) out&

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130
Jun
2010
Hardware - Computer
Workstation Specialists WS2600
A tour-de-force from Intel's new six-core processor technology, James Morris puts this 12-core system through(more) its paces

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130
Jun
2010
Hardware - Computer
InterPro Workstations IPW-DX6
Intels new six-core processor technology provides the fastest rendering we've seen from any workstation, says(more) James Morris.

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130
Jun
2010
3D Modeling
bonzai3D (version #2)
A quickly released version 2.0 sees the 3D modeller address some features missing in the original, such as dimensioning(more) and active components, says Tim Danaher.

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130
Jun
2010
Modeling - Character
PoserPro (version #2010)
PoserPro 2010 is a big step up in speed and functionality, discovers Brian Haberlin.
130
Jun
2010
Renderer - External Plugin or Application
V-Ray for SketchUp (version #1.48)
Despite growing competition between SketchUp renderers, Jorge Barrero discovers that this update brings V-Ray(more) to the head of the pack.

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129
May
2010
Video Editor and/or Compositor
Nuke (version #6)
With this release, Nuke's paint and roto tools have been updated and round out the best compositor in its class,(more) says Sam Osborne

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129
May
2010
Video Editor and/or Compositor
NukeX (version #6)
With a camera tracker built into NukeX 6.0, the full potential of the 3D environment is now open to all, says(more) Sam Osborne

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129
May
2010
Plugin
Zookeeper (version #1.2)
A complete and intuitive node-based UI for 3D Studio Max? Pete Draper investigates&
129
May
2010
3D Lighting
Studio Lighting and Illumination Kit
modo
With this realistic lighting add-on, modo becomes a virtual photo studio. Paul Beards asks if that's really what(more) we want.

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129
May
2010
Plugin
BonyFace
Chris Ollis asks if this facial animation system can smile its way into your Max workflow.
129
May
2010
3D Painting
Piranesi (version #2010)
The latest revamp to Piranesi sees it gain a 3D Clone tool and the long awaited Layers feature, says Tim Danaher
128
Apr
2010
3D Modeling and Sculpting
Z-Brush 3.5 R3 (version #3.5)
There's far more to this point release of the popular sculpting tool than bug fixes, as an impressed Scott Spencer(more) discovers

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128
Apr
2010
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Realsoft 3D (version #7)
Maintaining a devoted following among stills and visualization artists, this fully featured suite has a pedigree(more) of cutting-edge tools. Andy Jones discovers whether history has repeated itself.

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128
Apr
2010
Renderer - External Plugin or Application
Twilight Render
Tim Danaher explores a SketchUp plug-in that shares a heritage with Kerkythea.
128
Apr
2010
Renderer - External Plugin or Application
Shaderlight (version #1)
As a renderer and pre-viz tool for 3D Studio Max debuts, Pete Draper asks whether feature compatibility is a necessary(more) compromise.

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127
Mar
2010
3D Modeling and Sculpting
3D-Coat (version #3.1)
After a long public beta, v3.1 steps up to the plate with world-class retopology tools and flexible voxel sculpting,(more) says Mike Morton.

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127
Mar
2010
3D Motion Tracking
boujou (version #5)
With a new engine and some useful extras, Martin Southwood suggests Vicon's matchmoving system is finally back(more) on track.

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127
Mar
2010
2D Compositing
Fusion (version #6)
Eyeon's flagship application sets sail in a new iteration to do battle for the crown of compositing, says Ben(more) Smith

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127
Mar
2010
Animation - Character
MotionBuilder (version #2010)
Continuing to build on its strengths, this update looks to provide a fully featured, stable, versatile animation(more) package, says Chris Bull.

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127
Mar
2010
Plugin
V-Ray for Maya 1.5 (version #1.5)
With its eagerly awaited release V-Ray for Maya delivers a well-balanced rendering solution, discovers Neil O'Donnell
126
February
2010
Modeling - Landscapes
Vue xStream (version #8)
e-on's 3D scenery creation software's latest release improves on the past and adds innovative new features, says(more) Erin Dinur.

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126
February
2010
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Maya (version #2010)
With few new features, is Maya 2010 basically Maya 2009 with bundled applications? Fred Galpern investigates&(more) .

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126
February
2010
Hardware - Input
SpacePilot Pro
With a color LCD, loads of keys and slinky curves, can this 3D mouse really improve your 3D workflow? Ed Rickett's(more) finds out.

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126
February
2010
2D HDRI Editor
HDR Light Studio (version #1.5)
Swapping his set of studio softboxes for Lightmap's latest HDR creation software, Mark Pritchard discovers whether(more) this tool offers the true photographic approach to CG lighting it promises

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126
February
2010
Renderer - Rendering and/or visualization application
Artlantis Studio (version #3)
With a new rendering engine, Artlantis Studio 3.0 reinvents itself. Jorge Barrero examines if the improvements(more) are worth the wait.

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125
Jan
2010
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Cheetah3D (version #5)
This long awaited upgrade to an elegant Mac 3D application promises significant render speed increases.
125
Jan
2010
Motion Capture
Foundation Pro
This system makes setting up your own mocap studio easier than ever before, says Craig Crane.
125
Jan
2010
Renderer - Rendering and/or visualization application
Maxwell Renderer (version #2)
Next Limit's latest release introduces many new features, says Brian Looney, as well as welcome render speed improvements.
125
Jan
2010
Hardware - Computer
Workstation Specialists WS1400
Sporting Intel's new Core i5, does the WS1400 provide Core i7 performance for much less outlay?
124
Xmas
2009
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Cinema 4D (version #11.5)
As Maxon delivers the latest ujpdate to its flagship 3D suite, Simon Danaher discovers some significant improvements
124
Xmas
2009
3D Modeling
Mudbox (version #2010)
Mudbox has become one of the best digital sculpting and 3D painting tools available, says Mike de la Flor of the(more) latest version.

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124
Xmas
2009
3D Visualization - Previsualization
iClone Pro (version #4.01)
From machinima engine to director's tool, iClone has come a long way since we last looked at it. Mat Broomfield(more) investigates.

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124
Xmas
2009
3D Animation and Rendering
EIAS (version #8)
Is this ElectricImage's biggest upgrade in ten years, as the publisher claims? And is it worth your CG dollars,(more) asks Lance Evans.

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124
Xmas
2009
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Softimage (version #2010)
If this sets the bar for Autodesk's future releases, Softimage users have a productive time ahead of them, says(more) Ola Madsen.

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123
Dec
2009
3D Modeling and Sculpting
Z-Brush (version #3.5)
This update introduces an array of new brushes, tools and advanced workflows to the digital sculpting community,(more) says Scott Spencer.

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123
Dec
2009
Renderer - Rendering and/or visualization application
MachStudio Pro (version #1.2)
MachStudio Pro is not just an accelerated renderer, says Dan Ablan, it offers a new workflow along with finishing(more) capabilities.

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123
Dec
2009
Plugin
Particle Flow Tools: Box 2 (version #2)
Finally 3D Studio Max gets hardware accelerated particle dynamics. Pete Draper asks if it's worth the long wait(more) and the price.

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123
Dec
2009
Hardware - Computer
Workstation Specialists WS2112A
With six cores on each processor, James Morris finds the WS2112A packs plenty of rendering grunt for the money.
122
Nov
2009
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
DAZ Studio 3.0 Advanced (version #3)
Major shader and scripting capacities take DAZ Studio 3.0 Advanced to a whole new level, discovers Cirstyn Bech-Yagher.
122
Nov
2009
Modeling - Character
Poser (version #8)
If you thought that Smith Micro was going to let Poser falter against DAZ's concerted onslaught, guess again.(more) Mat Broomfield reveals the new features of the revamped figure-posing tool.

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122
Nov
2009
Presentation and/or Web Authoring Tool
Swift 3D (version #6)
The sixth edition of Electric Rain's popular 3D-to-Flash package is quick to learn and feels smooth to use, says(more) Simon Cornish

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122
Nov
2009
Asset Management Software
Flow (version #1)
Gridiron's visual asset management system is precisely the sort of thing you never knew you needed, says Steve(more) Jarratt

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121
Oct
2009
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
modo (version #401)
modo's continued evolution sets new standards in advanced modelling and rendering, as Mike de la Flor finds out(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Verdict (upgrade): 8/10

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121
Oct
2009
3D Landscapes
Vue xStream (version #7.5)
Eran Dinur finds out whether this feature-packed update reinforces Vue's position as the best landscape-generation(more) application.

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Verdict (upgrade): 8/10

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121
Oct
2009
2D Image Joining
AutoPano Giga (version #2)
Kolor's budget image-stitching program has a few new features, but Mat Broomfield discovers that it offers quality(more) over quantity.

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Verdict (upgrade): 7/10

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121
Oct
2009
3D Modeling and Rendering
bonzai3D
bonzai3D is a new 3D sketching tool from the makers of form.Z. Tim Danaher explains why it's an intuitive and(more) slick modeller.

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10

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121
Oct
2009
Hardware - Computer
Lenovo Thinkstation D20
The Thinkstation was a dependable choice under IBM. James Morris wonders whether Lenovo maintains the solid reputation.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Verdict (upgrade): 7/10
Value for money: 7/10

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120
Sept
2009
Renderer - Rendering and/or visualization application
V-Ray RT
Chaos Group's new real-time interactive rendering solution looks set to revolutionize the visualization industry(more) says Gustavo Capote.

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10

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120
Sept
2009
Plugin
Ozone (version #4)
Everything in e-on's software updated atmospheric plug-in is sky high: quality, stability and render times, says(more) Steve Jarratt

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Verdict (upgrade): 8/10

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120
Sept
2009
Presentation and/or Web Authoring Tool
DX Studio (version #3.1)
With a new 3D Gizmo, procedural terrains and streaming HD video, Mike Tully believes this real-time authoring(more) tool packs a bunch.

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Verdict (upgrade): 8/10

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120
Sept
2009
Hardware - Graphics Card
ATI FirePro V7750
With a similar performance to AMD's flagship FirePro V8700, but at two thirds of the price, James Morris argues(more) this card is a great deal.

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10

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120
Sept
2009
Hardware - Graphics Card
Nvidia Quadro FX 1800
Nvidia
Balancing frame buffer, CUDA processing units and cost almost perfectly, this card offers amazing acceleration,(more) says James Morris.

Verdict (new purchase): 10/10

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119
Aug
2009
3D Landscapes
Terragen (version #2)
Despite the protracted wait, Terragen 2.0 gives other landscape generators a run for their money, says Cirstyn(more) Bech-Yagher.

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Verdict (upgrade): 8/10

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119
Aug
2009
Presentation and/or Web Authoring Tool
Director (version #11.5)
With a new upgrade hot on the heels of the last, Lance Evans argues that Adobe's revamped Director is staging(more) a comeback.

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Verdict (upgrade): 7/10

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119
Aug
2009
Renderer - Rendering and/or visualization application
Turtle (version #5)
A unified user interface and baking workflow boosts the power of the Maya compatible games renderer, says Kenny(more) Lammers

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Verdict (upgrade): 8/10

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118
Jul
2009
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Houdini 10 Master (version #10)
Guided by user feedback, Side Effects has expanded Houdini's feature list. Jacob Clark picks his way through(more) its latest tricks.

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Verdict (upgrade): 8/10

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118
Jul
2009
3D Game Creation
Unity (version #2.5)
While the transition to Windows is a reason enough for a new release, Mike Tully asks what else Unity 2.5 brings(more) to the table.

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Verdict (upgrade): 9/10

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118
Jul
2009
Modeling - Character
Quidam (version #3)
Despite the revamped 3D paint system and direct bridge to Photoshop, Steve Jarratt asks whether the latest version(more) truly delivers.

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Verdict (upgrade): 8/10

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118
Jul
2009
Plugin
Craft Director Tools (version #8.1)
Proven 3D Studio Max and Maya vehicle and camera add-on (for realistically creating realistic camera and vehicle(more) dynamic simulations) now supports Cinema 4D. Nigel Doyle asks how C4D users will benefit.

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10

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118
Jul
2009
Hardware - Computer
Workstation Specialists WSM114
Shorhorning a quad-core processor into a laptop offers desktop rendering performance in a portable package.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10

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117
Jun
2009
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
3D Studio Max Design 2010 (version #2010)
With around 350 new features, Autodesk's latest release has all sectors of its user based covered.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Verdict (upgrade): 9/10

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