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Issue Media Asset Category Title Vendor/Format OS Description
85
Xmas
2006
Presentation and/or Web Authoring Tool
WireFusion (version #4) (Full version)
Creates interactive 2D and 3D web content
85
Xmas
2006
Presentation and/or Web Authoring Tool
WireFusion (version #4.1) (Demo version)
Creates interactive 2D and 3D web content
85
Xmas
2006
Fluid simulation
RealFlow - Special Edition (version #4) (Learning E version)
Full version of RealFlow with the only limitation that simulations have been limited to 50,000 particles.
85
Xmas
2006
3D Model Collection
Rockability Clothing Pack

(2 files)
The Rockability clothing set for the Koji and Miki characters. Requires Poser 6 and the Miki and Koji characters.(more) Clothing sets will not work with Generation 2.0 characters.

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85
Xmas
2006
3D Model Collection
Retro Sci-Fi Clothing Pack

(2 files)
Retro Sci-Fi clothing set for the Koji, Miki characters and Poser 6 base figures James and Jessi. Requires Poser(more) 6 and, where necessary, the Miki and Koji characters. Clothing sets will not work with Generation 2.0 characters.

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85
Xmas
2006
3D Model Collection
Content Paradise Insect Collection

(5 files)
Bee, cockroach, dragonfly, mantis and scarab models. All licensed for commercial work.
85
Xmas
2006
3D Model Collection
Baumgarten Architectural Model Collection

(11 files)
Arhitectural models complete with textures and licensed for commercial work. 3 European styled buildings, 2 city(more) street builds, 3 building ruins, 3 standard buildings.

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85
Xmas
2006
2D Texture Collection
Realworld Imagery

(15 files)
Textures amd stock images complete with alpha channels (not licensed for commercial work). 6 Trees, 1 hanging(more) plant, 4 people, 1 motorcycle, 1 car, 1 brick wall, 1 roof tile.

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85
Xmas
2006
VFX - Fluid Simulation
Realflow Video Tutorials

(6 files)
6 SWF tutorials by Next Limit entitled Build Mesh, Fibers Scene, Fluid Scen, Realwave, Rigid Bodies and Soft Bodies
85
Xmas
2006
Book/DVD
3D Tools for Photographers, Illustrators & Graphic Designers
A project based, step-by-step introduction into Maya focusing on the introduction of 3D into photography and illustration.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Author: Rob Magiera

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85
Xmas
2006
Book/DVD
Lightwave 3D v9 Signature Courseware
Lightwave
17.6 hours of DVD training by Dan Ablan that takes you through a crash course in the basic concepts of modelling,(more) texturing, lighting, keyframe animation and rendering.

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Author: 3D Garage

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85
Xmas
2006
Book/DVD
The Game Animators Guide to Maya
Provides a good introduction to Maya, but contains little for pro's.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 6/10
Author: Michael McKinley

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85
Xmas
2006
Book/DVD
After Effects 7 Essential Training
At 6 hours and 45 minutes of training, it is a useful product for the novice to intermediate user, but to broadley(more) focused for AE experts.

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Author: Lynda.com

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85
Xmas
2006
Plugin
interPoser Pro
Makes browsing, loading, posing and animation of Poser content right inside C4D 8.2 or greater and effortless(more) reality

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Value for money: 9/10
Range of features: 9/10

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85
Xmas
2006
3D Modeling from Images
Strata Foto 3D
Strata has released its own image based modelling software, but to users of 3D SOM Pro, it will look strangely(more) familiar.

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Value for money: 7/10
Range of features: 7/10

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85
Xmas
2006
3D Motion Tracking
Boujou (version #4)
2d3
Adds geometry-based tracking to 2d3's flagship product.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 7/10
Range of features: 8/10

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85
Xmas
2006
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Cheetah3D (version #3.4)
This well-rounded approachable and inexpensive application offers a good selection of modelling tools and high-quality(more) rendering and render management.

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 10/10
Range of features: 7/10

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85
Xmas
2006
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Cinema 4D (version #10)
Maxon's 3D application has received a total UI makeover and improved character animation tools.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 8/10
Range of features: 9/10

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85
Xmas
2006
Hardware - Other
LaCie blue eye pro
Group Test - Calibration & Color Management(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 6/10
Value for money: 6/10
Range of features: 10/10

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85
Xmas
2006
Hardware - Other
Pantone Huey
Group Test - Calibration & Color Management(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 10/10
Range of features: 7/10

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85
Xmas
2006
Hardware - Other
Color Confidence Studio XR
Group Test - Calibration & Color Management(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Value for money: 7/10
Range of features: 6/10

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85
Xmas
2006
Hardware - Other
GretagMacbeth eye-one display 2
Group Test - Calibration & Color Management(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 6/10
Value for money: 7/10
Range of features: 8/10

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85
Xmas
2006
Hardware - Other
ColorVision Spyder2PRO
Group Test - Calibration & Color Management(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 8/10
Range of features: 9/10

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85
Xmas
2006
VFX - Natural Phenomena
How do I animate a raft adrift on the surface of the ocean?
85
Xmas
2006
3D Lighting
How do I make a 3D model of a light fitting glow and emit light?
85
Xmas
2006
Animation - Deformations
How do you animate a watermellon getting sucked through a garden hose?
85
Xmas
2006
Animation - Input Devices
Is it possible to use an input device to record animation for eye-movement?
85
Xmas
2006
VFX - Cloth Simulation
How can I cut my simulation times when using Clothilde?
85
Xmas
2006
Animation - Motion Paths
How do I create a motion path from an animated object?
85
Xmas
2006
2D Texture Creation and/or Editing
How can I create grungy textures for sci-fi models?
85
Xmas
2006
VFX - Object Interactions
How can I blur a scene when the camera passes underwater?
Lightwave
85
Xmas
2006
Animation - Timeline, Keyframes and F-Curves
How do I create a long curving tube, which progressively appears in small segments?
85
Xmas
2006
Modeling - Textures and/or Materials
How do I create an ancient looking structure?
85
Xmas
2006
3D Modeling
Building for Speed - Part 2
In the final part of a two-part tutorial, we look a the process of texturing the car and exporting the file ready(more) for use.

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85
Xmas
2006
Presentation and/or Web Authoring Tool
In the Gallery
Discover how to use the full copy of Wirefusion 4.0 on the CD to build your very own virtual art gallery.
85
Xmas
2006
VFX - Fluid Simulation
Make a Splash
Discover how to use the Special Edition of this powerful fluid simulator on the CD to capture the microscopic(more) world of a water splash.

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84
Dec
2006
Shader
Kurv Studios Training on Lightwave 9's new Nodal Shader system
Lightwave
3 Video's (over 80 minutes of training) provide an ideal introduction to Lightwave 9's new nodal texture editor.
84
Dec
2006
3D Model Collection
aXYZ Design Pre-Animated Stock Characters

(2 files)
Fully textured male and female characters licensed for commercial work. The man has been pre-animated as jogging(more) or sitting; in the case of the woman, standing and walking

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84
Dec
2006
3D Model Collection
aXYZ Design Pre-Rigged Stock Characters

(2 files)
Max
Fully textured and rigged male and female characters licensed for commercial work.
84
Dec
2006
Animation - Motion Capture Data
aXYZ Design Characters - Motion Capture Data

(1 file)
The mocap data is of an "id;e" cycle and full instructions for its use are provided on the CD
84
Dec
2006
3D Model Collection
aXYZ Design Characters - Non Animated Character Models

(4 files)
Textured models of a male character running and sitting on a bike and a female character skipping and standing(more) for users of any 3D package (models are non-animated).

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84
Dec
2006
3D Modeling from Images
3DSOM Pro (Learning E version)
Free edition of image based modelling package that exports files only in Java format for on-line use with discreet(more) product branding (not saved-disable or time limited).

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84
Dec
2006
3D Model Collection
The 123d.com Still Life Models

(5 files)
Complete with textures and licensed for commercial use models of an apple, pebble, coffee cup, calculator and(more) a magazine

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84
Dec
2006
Book/DVD
Animation:Master A Complete Guide
A valuable companion to the on-line manual, booklet and forum.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Author: David Rogers

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84
Dec
2006
Book/DVD
Just Animate - Workflow Using Maya 7
4.5 Hours of DVD training on character animation in Maya 7. Although based on Maya, the actual lessons apply(more) to any 3D application that allows you to animate characters or objects.

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Author: Lost Pencil Animation Studios

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84
Dec
2006
Book/DVD
Facial Rigging in Maya
At almost 5 hours of DVD training, this is a great introduction to facial rigging in Maya for those with some(more) familiarity with the application

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Author: Digital - Tutors

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84
Dec
2006
Book/DVD
Procedural Modelling of Cities
A wealth of knowledge and expertise, this 4 hour DVD comes complete with project files.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Author: cmiVFX

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84
Dec
2006
2D Image Joining
Stitcher (version #5.5)
Create Panoramas and skydomes from 2D images(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Value for money: 8/10
Range of features: 9/10

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84
Dec
2006
Plugin
IFW2 Nodal
Lightwave
A set of procedural pre-sets and shader nodes for Lightwave 9.0's new nodal based shader system.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 7/10
Range of features: 9/10

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84
Dec
2006
3D Animation and Rendering
Art*lantis Studio
Builds on Artlantis R's (reviewed in Issue 70) by adding animation controls.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 8/10
Range of features: 8/10

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84
Dec
2006
2D Image Creation, Management and/or Editing
Paint Shop Pro (version #11)
Some new photo tools but nothing new for the 3D user (seems slower than Version 10).(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 9/10
Range of features: 8/10

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84
Dec
2006
3D Modeling and Rendering
solidThinking Design (version #7)
Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Value for money: 8/10
Range of features: 9/10
84
Dec
2006
Modeling - Character
Quidam
Modelling program in the figure generation, posing and sculpting market.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Value for money: 5/10
Range of features: 7/10

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84
Dec
2006
Hardware - Processor or Motherboard
Asus M2N32 WS Professional
Group Test: Workstation Motherboards(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 9/10
Range of features: 6/10

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84
Dec
2006
Hardware - Processor or Motherboard
Intel D975XBX
Group Test: Workstation Motherboards(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 10/10
Range of features: 5/10

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84
Dec
2006
Hardware - Processor or Motherboard
Tyan Thunder K8WE
Group Test: Workstation Motherboards(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Value for money: 7/10
Range of features: 7/10

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84
Dec
2006
Hardware - Processor or Motherboard
Tyan Thunder n6650W
Group Test: Workstation Motherboards(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 7/10
Range of features: 9/10

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84
Dec
2006
Hardware - Processor or Motherboard
Supermicro X7DAE
Group Test: Workstation Motherboards(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Value for money: 8/10
Range of features: 9/10

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84
Dec
2006
Modeling - Landscapes
How can I add variety and detail to distant ecosystems?
84
Dec
2006
VFX - Fire, Flames and Explosions
How can I make some cartoony smoke without particles
84
Dec
2006
VFX - Cloth Simulation
How can I apply wrinkles to my characters clothes as they bend using Lightwave 3D 9.0?
Lightwave
84
Dec
2006
Rendering
Is there a way to keep Bryce's volumetric clouds from taking a long time to render?
84
Dec
2006
3D Modeling
How do I make a drill bit in Maya?
84
Dec
2006
2D Animation
How can I create a 3D interface using only 2D elements?
84
Dec
2006
VFX - Object Interactions
How can I create realistic impact fragments for simulations?
84
Dec
2006
Modeling - Character
How do I combine a separate head and torso modelled in Z-Brush into one seamless mesh without losing alld the sculpted details and low resolution geometry?
84
Dec
2006
Animation - Deformations
As an industrial designer, how will the new morphing tools in form.Z 6 help my work?
84
Dec
2006
VFX - Hair Simulation
How do I create Ice Age-like hairy characters in Softimage: XSI?
84
Dec
2006
3D Modeling
Building for Speed - Part 1
In the first of two tutorials, we discover how to create a highly detailed 3D car model fit for the next generation(more) game road.

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84
Dec
2006
VFX - Compositing
Shake, rattle and roll.
Get up to speed with Apple's node based compositing tool Shake by using layers to create a rock-concert video.
84
Dec
2006
3D Modeling from Images
The model wizard.
Use the free version of 3DSOM Pro created especially for 3D World to create a Clay Soldier from the Ch'in Dynasty.
84
Dec
2006
Animation - Character
toon time!
Featured experts on toon-style character animation share their secrets on character animation, rigging and blend(more) shapes.

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83
Nov
2006
3D Model Collection
Koji Character from Content Paradise Poser Collection

(1 file)
Koji Character for Poser 6 (complete with 7 pieces of clothing, 6 hair pieces and 29 facial morph.
83
Nov
2006
3D Model Collection
Swamp Creatures Collection from Sixus1 Media

(3 files)
An alligator, rattlesnake, and spider. The alligator and snake include morphs, ERC controls and IK rigs.
83
Nov
2006
3D Model Collection
3dStudio Planet Collection

(12 files)
Model of 12 planets including textures with the exception of the sun which is in MAX format only.
83
Nov
2006
2D Texture Collection
3dStudio Planet Collection

(25 files)
Textures include wood, brick and bark and come with bump maps.
83
Nov
2006
3D Motion Tracking
3D-Equalizer PLE (Learning E version)
Contains all the main features of the commercial version, but 2D/3D curve export, the export filters, and TCL(more) interface are disabled.

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83
Nov
2006
Book/DVD
Digital Art Masters: Volume 1
Part gallery and part technical reference, DAM1 is a thoroughly absorbing and stimulating read(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Author: 3D Total

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83
Nov
2006
Book/DVD
Serious Effects and Compositing
The standard has been set - this is the new benchmark in DVD-based After Effects Tutorials.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 10/10
Author: Video Copilot

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83
Nov
2006
Book/DVD
Foundation 3DS Max 8 Architectural Visualization
Good for those considering a career in architectural visualization using 3DS Max.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Author: Brian L. Smith

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83
Nov
2006
Book/DVD
Maya Cloth 101: Fundementals
Just the ticket for beginners desparate to full understand Maya's cloth solver.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Author: Gnomon Workshop

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83
Nov
2006
3D Modeling
AC3D (version #6)
Though its been around for 10 years, the latest version brings it into line with current standards, featuring(more) N-gon based subdivision surfaces, speedier OpenGL performance plus workflow enhancements.

Verdict (new purchase): 6/10
Value for money: 7/10
Range of features: 6/10

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83
Nov
2006
Fluid simulation
RealFlow (version #4)
Takes fluid dynamics simulation to a new level though only slight speed increase with mesh calculation (no speed(more) increase on particle calculation).

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Value for money: 8/10
Range of features: 9/10

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83
Nov
2006
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Lightwave 3D (version #9)
For existing users, this is a solid release that adds impressive new functionality and some productivity enhancements(more) though animation was largely neglected.

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Value for money: 8/10
Range of features: 7/10

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83
Nov
2006
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Maya (version #8)
While version 8 is a solid update, it doesn't feel like a big one (more like a half-point release) with many enhancements(more) of limited benefit to non-game artists.

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Value for money: 7/10
Range of features: 7/10

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83
Nov
2006
Hardware - Printers
Epson AcuLaser CX11N
Group Test - Multifunction Printers(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 6/10
Value for money: 6/10
Range of features: 6/10

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83
Nov
2006
Hardware - Printers
Canon LaserBase MF8180C
Group Test - Multifunction Printers(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 7/10
Range of features: 8/10

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83
Nov
2006
Hardware - Printers
Konica Minolta Magicolor 2480MF
Group Test - Multifunction Printers(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 5/10
Value for money: 5/10
Range of features: 5/10

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83
Nov
2006
Hardware - Printers
HP Color LaseJet 2820
Group Test - Multifunction Printers(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 5/10
Value for money: 6/10
Range of features: 5/10

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83
Nov
2006
Hardware - Printers
Oki C5510 MFP
OKI
Group Test - Multifunction Printers(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 7/10
Range of features: 9/10

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83
Nov
2006
3D Lighting
How can I light a CG model to match a real environment?
83
Nov
2006
3D Lighting
How can I change the high luminance values assigned to textures?
83
Nov
2006
Modeling - Textures and/or Materials
How can I use an image to add detail to a model via displacement mapping
Lightwave
83
Nov
2006
Animation - Timeline, Keyframes and F-Curves
How can I create curves from the post infinity cycle?
83
Nov
2006
Animation - Constraints
How do I animate the moving of a piston using two mechancal arms?
83
Nov
2006
Modeling - General
Is it possible to use Rhino to create low-poly model for games?
83
Nov
2006
Animation - Timeline, Keyframes and F-Curves
How can I create a looped animation with the story editor?
83
Nov
2006
VFX - Animation
How can I add realistic camera shake to an animation?
83
Nov
2006
VFX - Hair Simulation
How do I create eye-lashes using the new Hair module?
83
Nov
2006
Rendering
What is the relationship with anti-aliasing, shading rate, refinement threshold, and refinement shading rate settings?
83
Nov
2006
3D Lighting
The rule of three
Master the technique of the 3 point lighting set-up
83
Nov
2006
3D Lighting
Lighting the cover
Using a modified 3 point light set-up used for this months cover illustration.
83
Nov
2006
3D Lighting
A touch of drama
Discover how to use the CG equivalent of a lighting gobo used in theater lighting to transform dull scenes into(more) dynamic images - without raising render times.

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83
Nov
2006
3D Lighting
Ultimate Realism
Discover how to harness the powerful technique of final gathering to create a lighting set-up that mimics that(more) of a real photo studio.

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83
Nov
2006
3D Lighting
Cheating with Lights
A set of real-world tricks to help you fake the effects of advanced lighting techniques - without increasing render(more) times.

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83
Nov
2006
3D Lighting
The revolution starts here.
Lightwave
Discover how to fake the soft lighting effects of global illumination in a fraction of the time using the celebrated(more) spinning light trick.

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82
Oct
2006
3D Model Collection
V3 and M3 Skeletons

(2 files)
Two highly accurate skeleton models designed to go with the Michael 3 and Vicotria 3 models.
82
Oct
2006
2D Texture Collection
V3 and M3 Texture Pack

(2 files)
A set of two texture maps for the V3 amd M3 skeletons: one is for that "clean" skeleton look and the(more) other for that "just risen from the grave" look.

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82
Oct
2006
2D Texture Collection
Rawn Zombie Textures
A set of zombie textures by RawArt for the Michael, Grim and Stephanie DAZ models.
82
Oct
2006
3D Landscapes
LandZone Terrain (Demo version)
This demo from Cybia provides you with a single prop containing 8 morph targets (one from each of the individual(more) props in the full pack), plus a sample texture map.

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82
Oct
2006
3D Modeling and Animation
Blender (version #2.42) (Full version)
Full featured open-source animation and modelling package.
82
Oct
2006
3D Model Collection
Marlin Studios

(9 files)
Low-poly textured car, two skyscraper models, two house models, 4 furniture models
82
Oct
2006
2D HDRI Collection
Industry Graphics HDRI Vol II.

(3 files)
Image of the Eiffel Tower and a bridge in Paris. Provided in fisheye, panoramic, horizontal and vertical cross(more) section configurations.

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82
Oct
2006
Animation - Character
Digital Tutors
Over an hour of video training on creating a walk cycle in Maya.
82
Oct
2006
Book/DVD
Deconstructing the Elements with 3DS Max - 2nd Edition
An essential guide to creating special effects in 3D Studio Max without using any plugins(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Author: Pete Draper

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82
Oct
2006
Book/DVD
Essential CG Lighting Techniques with 3DS Max
If you work in game art, film or architectural visualization, you'll need this lighting handbook.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Author: Darren Brooker

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82
Oct
2006
Book/DVD
Image Replacements and Match Moves in Fusion 5.
Fills a void in a key area of Fusion compositing with this easy to follow DVD. 2 hours 15 minutes(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Author: cmiVFX

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82
Oct
2006
Book/DVD
[digital] Lighting and Rendering - 2nd Edition
An exceptional reference work that sets new standards for lighting and shader theory. Updated with new techniques(more) researched since its orignal release in 1999.

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Author: Jeremy Birn

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82
Oct
2006
Plugin
LWCAD (version #2)
Lightwave
A collection of technical drawing tools to compliment Lightwave's Modeler toolset, its main function is to enable(more) the precision placement of elements using a sophisticated snapping system.

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 6/10
Range of features: 9/10

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82
Oct
2006
Plugin
Virtual Fashion Basic
Simplifies the process for making clothes for Poser characters.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Value for money: 9/10
Range of features: 6/10

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82
Oct
2006
3D Desktop Publishing
Document3D 2006
A complete solution for creating 3D documents from the ground up.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Value for money: 7/10
Range of features: 7/10

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82
Oct
2006
3D Desktop Publishing
Acrobat 3D
Allows you to include 3D content in paper publications or e-documents - now boasting support for CAD and DCC file(more) formats

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 7/10
Range of features: 9/10

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82
Oct
2006
3D Visualization - Previsualization
Antics (version #2)
Attempts to simplify the process of creating 3D environments and characters for pre-visualization.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 9/10
Range of features: 8/10

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82
Oct
2006
Presentation and/or Web Authoring Tool
Strata Live 3D
Enables users to add interactivity to existing models ready for on-line use.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 6/10
Value for money: 6/10
Range of features: 8/10

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82
Oct
2006
3D Modeling
Strata 3D CX (version #5)
Allows 2D minded artists to work with similar tools in a 3D environment.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Value for money: 7/10
Range of features: 8/10

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82
Oct
2006
3D Modeling
Form Z (version #6)
Sophisticated new animation capabilities transform this industrial modelling package into an enterprise-wide,(more) form-generating and finishing tool.

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Value for money: 9/10
Range of features: 10/10

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82
Oct
2006
Hardware - Graphics Card
ATI FireGL V7300
Group Test: Ultra high-end graphic cards(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 9/10
Range of features: 6/10

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82
Oct
2006
Hardware - Graphics Card
ATI FireGL V7350
Group Test: Ultra high-end graphic cards(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Value for money: 7/10
Range of features: 7/10

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82
Oct
2006
Hardware - Graphics Card
Nvidia Quadro FX 4500
Nvidia
Group Test: Ultra high-end graphic cards(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 6/10
Value for money: 6/10
Range of features: 7/10

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82
Oct
2006
Hardware - Graphics Card
Nvidia Quadro FX 5500
Nvidia
Group Test: Ultra high-end graphic cards(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Value for money: 5/10
Range of features: 8/10

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82
Oct
2006
Hardware - Graphics Card
Nvidia Quadro FX 4500 X2
Nvidia
Group Test: Ultra high-end graphic cards(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 7/10
Range of features: 9/10

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82
Oct
2006
Animation - Deformations
How can I create an animated book like the one in Shrek 2?
82
Oct
2006
Rendering
How do I instance lots of geometry files from disk?
82
Oct
2006
VFX - Image Tracking
How do I use a 'fixed' value for an unknown focal length?
82
Oct
2006
3D Lighting
Creating a glow of light using fog settings.
Lightwave
82
Oct
2006
Texturing
How do I load huge bit maps into 3DS Max?
82
Oct
2006
3D Camera
How can I animate a camera flyaround without setting lots of keyframes?
82
Oct
2006
Modeling - Landscapes
How can I create foamy water along a coast line?
82
Oct
2006
Animation - Rigging
Is there a way to animate an animal's tail without using simulation?
82
Oct
2006
2D Texture Creation and/or Editing
How do I create bump maps from ordinary photographs?
82
Oct
2006
Shader
How do I create a basic ice shader for use with DAZ Studio?
82
Oct
2006
Modeling - Character
Ghost in the Machine
Starting with a simple figure model, add ghostly wrappings and hair.
82
Oct
2006
Modeling - Textures and/or Materials
Devil in the Detail
Discover how to texture to texture a satanic character using a combination of hand painting, clever use of stock(more) images and Photoshop trickery.

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82
Oct
2006
Modeling - Character
Perfectly Beastly
Our tips will help you create the perfectly beastly creature concept design.
81
Sept
2006
Modeling - Character
Evolver Basic (Full version)
Automates the process of high-end humanoid character generation completely, boned, skinned and textured. Characters(more) that are created are saved in its own proprietary format but commercial format versions of these models are available for purchase.

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81
Sept
2006
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Houdini (version #8.1) (Learning E version)
The Apprentice Edition contains all of Houdini Master's features, but watermarks renders and saves in its own(more) file format.

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81
Sept
2006
3D Model Collection
3DRT.com model

(15 files)
Two model aircraft, two sci-fi buildings, two sci-fi fighters, two sport cars, an alien spacecraft, a heli(more) scout, a hover tank, a sci-fi heavy fighter, a sci-fi tank, a space skybox and a WWII Tiger IV Tank. Each is completely textured and licensed for commercial use but can not be re-sold or re-distributed in any way.

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81
Sept
2006
2D HDRI Collection
Industry Graphics HDRI Vol I and II.

(3 files)
Glasshouse provided in panoramic and fisheye layout, entrance hall and the Frankfurt Opera provided in horizontal(more) and vertical cross layouts.

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81
Sept
2006
Animation - Rigging
Duber Studio
A 60 minute training video recorded by Loocas Duber covering the process of rigging a human head complete with(more) jaw, eyes and eyelids in 3D Studio Max R8.

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81
Sept
2006
Book/DVD
Orc Head Modeling and Texturing; Lip Sync
Learn how to move from a NURBS sphere to a talking Orc in 10 hours. Covers modeling, UV layout, texturing and(more) lip-sync.

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Author: Simply Maya

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81
Sept
2006
Book/DVD
Mastering Maya: Advanced Modeling
Seven different modeling projects are covered in 116 hours of video training. Each of the seven projects commences(more) with detailed coverage of every modeling tool relevant to that project and each project gets harder throughout, starting gently with a polygonal handgun then moving on to a Lamborghini Murcielago.

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Author: 3D Buzz

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81
Sept
2006
Modeling - Character
GenHead (version #3.1)
A stand alone package that quickly creates 3D models based on reference photos.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Value for money: 7/10
Range of features: 6/10

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81
Sept
2006
Plugin
Voice-O-Matic (version #2)
An easy to use yet powerful lip-sync plugin for 3DS Studio Max R8.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Value for money: 8/10
Range of features: 8/10

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81
Sept
2006
Plugin
LifeStudio: LipSync
An easy to use yet powerful lip-sync plugin for Maya(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 9/10
Range of features: 9/10

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81
Sept
2006
Renderer - External Plugin or Application
Turtle (version #3)
High speed rendering engine for Maya.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Value for money: 8/10
Range of features: 9/10

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81
Sept
2006
Plugin
MoGraph
A motion graphics creation module for Cinema 4D R9.6(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Value for money: 8/10
Range of features: 10/10

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81
Sept
2006
3D Modeling
Hexagon (version #2.1)
A low cost but powerful subdivision modeler.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Value for money: 10/10
Range of features: 8/10

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81
Sept
2006
3D Modeling and Rendering
modo (version #201)
A powerful subdivision modeling application with excellent UV tools, interface, workflow and now a powerful internal(more) renderer.

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Value for money: 9/10
Range of features: 9/10

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81
Sept
2006
Hardware - Camera
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1
Group Test: Hybrid Cameras(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Value for money: 6/10
Range of features: 7/10

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81
Sept
2006
Hardware - Camera
Pentax Optio Wpi
Group Test: Hybrid Cameras(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 6/10
Value for money: 6/10
Range of features: 6/10

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81
Sept
2006
Hardware - Camera
Kodak EasyShare P880
Group Test: Hybrid Cameras(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Value for money: 7/10
Range of features: 7/10

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81
Sept
2006
Hardware - Camera
Nikon D50
Group Test: Hybrid Cameras(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 9/10
Range of features: 7/10

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81
Sept
2006
Hardware - Camera
Canon PowerShot S31S
Group Test: Hybrid Cameras(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 9/10
Range of features: 8/10

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81
Sept
2006
Texturing - Characters
How do you create a believable skin shader in Cinema 4D?
81
Sept
2006
Shader
How do I shade water surfaces?
81
Sept
2006
3D Lighting
How can I simulate studio lighting for a product shot?
81
Sept
2006
Texturing
How do I add some spice to a 3D logo?
81
Sept
2006
VFX - Compositing
How do I superimpose edge blur on to video footage?
81
Sept
2006
3D Modeling
How can I clone multiple objects across a surface in layout?
Lightwave
81
Sept
2006
VFX - Hair Simulation
How do I create my own transparency maps for Poser hair?
81
Sept
2006
VFX - Compositing
How do I correct poorly balanced greenscreen footage?
81
Sept
2006
3D Modeling from Images
How do I model from a reference sketch in Silo?
81
Sept
2006
Animation - Dynamics (Hard Body)
How do I make a brick wall explode with bricks flying off in random directions?
81
Sept
2006
VFX - Fluid Simulation
Faking Fluids
How to create realistic fluids without resorting to expensive third-party software using 3D Studio Max's Blobmesh(more) and particle tools.

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81
Sept
2006
VFX - Fluid Simulation
A quicker splash.
Lightwave
Creating a realistic fountain effect in Lightwave using only endomorphs and animated surface textures.
81
Sept
2006
VFX - Matte Painting
Digital matte painting
Tips from five world-class matte painters.
80
Aug
2006
3D Modeling and Animation
Blender (version #2.41) (Full version)
Full featured open-source animation and modelling package.
80
Aug
2006
3D Landscapes
Terragan (version #0.94) (Full version)
The non-commercial version of the 3D landscape generation package licensed only for personal work.
80
Aug
2006
2D Image Creation, Management and/or Editing
Apophysis (version #2.02) (Full version)
Freeware fractal flame editor
80
Aug
2006
2D Image Creation, Management and/or Editing
The Gimp (version #2.2) (Full version)
Leading image editing package.
80
Aug
2006
Video Editor and/or Compositor
Fusion (version #5) (Learning E version)
Fully functional, non-time limited educational version of eyeon software's powerful 3D compositing package. All(more) images written to disk will be stamped with a watermark and it will not load third party plugins.

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80
Aug
2006
3D Model Collection
3d02.com

(26 files)
Model collection of cars and furniture. All models come with textures and are licensed for commercial use.
80
Aug
2006
3D Model Collection
Supermoto XL

(6 files)
3DS, Z3D
6 racing car models created for the game 4x4 Evo 2. All models come with textures and are licensed for commercial(more) use.

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80
Aug
2006
2D Texture Collection
Ambient Light Textures

(18 files)
14 seamless tileable images of walls and ground materials supplied at 1,200 x 1,200 resolutions and four stock(more) images of trees and shrubs complete with alpha channels.

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80
Aug
2006
Book/DVD
Practical Poser 6
A great detailed tutorial base into Poser 6(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Author: Denise Tyler

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80
Aug
2006
Book/DVD
Hyper-Releasitc Creature Creation
Unexciting, but with some useful MEL scripts, this book imparts knowledge but not imagination.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Author: E. Miller

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80
Aug
2006
Book/DVD
Design First for 3D Artists
Offers and old-school approach to getting the most out of 3D. Explains all the rules for successful graphic design(more) in a friendly, easy-to-follow way.

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Author: Geoffrey Kater

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80
Aug
2006
Book/DVD
Total Training for Adobe After Effects 7 Pro - Essentials
Expensive, yet a good value if you want to learn the fundamentals and intricacies of AE(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Author: Total Training

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80
Aug
2006
Plugin
moujou
Motion tracking plugin for Maya 6.5 or 7(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 9/10
Range of features: 7/10

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80
Aug
2006
2D Texture Creation and/or Editing
Texture Maker (version #3)
Allows you to craft your own seamless tileable textures from photographs or from scratch from a series of functions,(more) masks and editing tools.

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 9/10
Range of features: 9/10

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80
Aug
2006
2D Texture Creation and/or Editing
Genectica Pro (version #2.5)
Allows you to craft your own seamless tileable textures from scratch using procedural nodes and even has the(more) ability to create many effects maps.

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 8/10
Range of features: 7/10

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80
Aug
2006
Presentation and/or Web Authoring Tool
Enliven Pro
Web-authoring tool for the creation of interactive 3D environments.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 9/10
Range of features: 7/10

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80
Aug
2006
Renderer - Rendering and/or visualization application
Maxwell Renderer
An unbiased renderer (given enough time the render will always converge to the correct result without the introduction(more) of artifacts) whose beta took the architectural visualization community by storm.

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Value for money: 8/10
Range of features: 8/10

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80
Aug
2006
Hardware - Computer
Boxx 7400
Boxx
Group Test: Workstations(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Value for money: 6/10
Range of features: 7/10

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80
Aug
2006
Hardware - Computer
CAD2 Vision A280GT-64
Group Test: Workstations(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Value for money: 7/10
Range of features: 7/10

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80
Aug
2006
Hardware - Computer
Gladiator Hercules 2X270 3DW
Group Test: Workstations(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Value for money: 7/10
Range of features: 6/10

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80
Aug
2006
Hardware - Computer
Scan 3XS
Group Test: Workstations(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Value for money: 6/10
Range of features: 7/10

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80
Aug
2006
Hardware - Computer
Xworks X20a-64
Group Test: Workstations(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Value for money: 9/10
Range of features: 8/10

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80
Aug
2006
Animation - Textures/Materials/Shaders
How can I animate ghostly writing onto 3D parchment?
80
Aug
2006
3D Animation and Rendering
How do I simulate a low atmosphere orbit?