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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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161
Nov
2012
3D Modeling and Sculpting
Z-Brush 4 R4 (version #4)
This is a fantastic revision to Z-Brush: so feature rich that it almost deserves to be a new version in itself.(more) As a free update, it's essential to upgrade.

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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.
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
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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157
Jul
2012
3D Visualization - Previsualization
VRED Essentials Trial (Full version)
PI-VR's VRED Essentials is a real-time visualisation tool with a powerful render engine and a large selection(more) of photo-real materials. This trial licence works until 31 August. See the magazine for details and important installation notes. Requires: Windows Licensing: Personal use

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155
May
2012
3D Model Collection
Victoria 5 Poses

(10 files)
Daz Studio
Extend your Victoria 5 library with these 10 poses, provided courtesy of Daz Productions. Requires: Daz Studio,(more) Victoria 5 Licensing: Commercial use

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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 - Rendering and/or visualization application
Discover V-Ray 2.0
Explore V-Ray 2.0 with over 47 minutes of video guides and tutorials: Chapters include V-Ray 2.0 Hair and Fur(more) shading, V-Ray 2.0 SP2 improvements, V-Ray Car Paint, V-Ray Light Select, and V-Ray MultiSub Tex. Requires: V-Ray 2.0 Licensing: Personal use

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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.
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, Animation and Rendering
DAZ Studio (version #4) (Demo version)
Try out the bold new release of the popular character art tool: DAZ Studio 4 includes Auto-Fit, which requires(more) a serial code to unlock it. 3D World readers are free to use Auto-Fit until the end of December 2011 using this unlock code: SDZAUFT-010-0005500-LYE-001-EBTOFMY Licensing: Commercial use

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146
Sept
2011
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Lightwave (version #10.1) (Demo version)
Newtek
Test-drive NewTek's animation suite with this trial edition: The new era for LightWave continues with the release(more) of LightWave 10.1. Test-drive its news feature with this trial edition for Windows and Mac OS X. Licensing: Evaluation use

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146
Sept
2011
3D Modeling and Sculpting
Sculptris (Full version)
Full versions of Pixologic's brilliant free sculpting tool for Windows and Mac: Newly released by Pixologic as(more) a companion to ZBrush, Sculptris is like a 3D sketchpad, with accessible tools that are powerful enough to match your skills as they develop. The disc includes the full installers for Windows and Mac OS X; visit the Resources section on the other side of the disc for a video tutorial. Licensing: Commercial use

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146
Sept
2011
2D Texture Creation and/or Editing
Substance Textures (Learning E version)
Explore the capabilities of Substance Textures with software and samples: Substance Textures help you create(more) an infinite array of different surfaces. Try the system for yourself with the free Substance Player, plus a great sampler pack of textures. Licensing: Learning use only

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146
Sept
2011
3D Scan Data Processor
Geomagic Wrap (version #12) (Demo version)
Explore this powerful scan data processor with the trial edition and video: Geomagic's Wrap enables you to collect(more) data from 3D scanners and optimise it before passing it over to your 3D suite. The trial edition on this disc enables you to test Wrap for yourself, with a sample scene file to show the results the software is capable of. Licensing: Evaluation

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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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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 8 Frontier (version #8) (Full version)
Full version of Vue 8 Frontier for Windows and Mac OS X: Create vast expanses of terrains, add trees, import(more) your Poser & Daz Studio characters, select the best point of view and render hyper-realistic images with moody atmospheres... in just a few mouse clicks. For: Windows/Mac OS X Licensing: Commercial use

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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.
138
Jan
2011
3D Painting
Mari (version #1.1) (Demo version)
Mari is a creative texture-painting tool that was developed at Weta Digital to handle the massively complex,(more) highly detailed development work. Mari includes a creative toolset that allows artists to concentrate on painting, within a user interface that is responsive and fluid, and enables you to paint directly onto models and to view the results immediately. For: Windows Licensing: Commercial use

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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?
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
Plugin
Xfrog 4.2 for C4D (version #4.2) (Full version)
Xfrog 4.2 adds procedural objects to Cinema 4D R9. Combining these powerful new Objects together with existing(more) Objects allows you to easily create complex organic models and animations beyond the existing capabilities of Cinema 4D software. For: Windows and Mac OS X Licensing: Commercial use

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136
Dec
2010
Plugin
Xfrog 4.4 for C4D (version #4.4) (Demo version)
Xfrog 4.4 adds procedural objects to Cinema 4D R11. By combining these with C4D components, you can create a(more) wide variety of organic models and animations using procedures based on some of the building blocks of nature. Copy the Xfrog44 folder into your Cinema 4D plugins folder, then run Cinema 4D and select Plugins : Xfrog to request your 30-day licence. For: Windows and Mac OS X Licensing: Evaluation use

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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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135
Nov
2010
3D Landscapes
Bryce 3D (version #6.3) (Full version)
A full version of DAZ Productions' popular 3D landscape package: Using this version, users can combine imported(more) animations with Bryce 6 scenes to create seamless environments that can be populated with human figures, animals and other characters. Platform: Windows and Mac OS X Licensing: Commercial use

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134
Oct
2010
Plugin
X-Frog for Maya (version #4) (Full version)
A full version of Xfrog 4 for Maya: Xfrog 4 adds procedural objects to Maya. By combining these with Maya components,(more) you can create a wide variety of organic models and animations using procedures based on some of the building blocks of nature. Xfrog tools behave exactly like Maya components, so that they can be keyframed and combined with PaintEffects or particle animations. It's also possible to use MEL scripts to drive them. For: Windows and Mac OS X Licensing: Commercial use

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134
Oct
2010
Plugin
X-Frog for Maya (version #5) (Demo version)
A trial version of Xfrog 5 for Maya: Xfrog 5 adds procedural objects to Maya. By combining these with Maya components,(more) you can create a wide variety of organic models and animations using procedures based on some of the building blocks of nature. Xfrog tools behave exactly like Maya components, so that they can be keyframed and combined with PaintEffects or particle animations. It's also possible to use MEL scripts to drive them. For: Windows and Mac OS X Licensing: Evaluation use

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133
Sept
2010
Modeling - Landscapes
Vue 8.5 PLE (version #8.5) (Learning E version)
Vue Infinite and Vue xStream offer CG professionals the premiere solution for creating exceptionally rich and(more) realistic digital nature environments with seamless integration into any production workflow. While Vue Infinite is a standalone application, Vue xStream operates seamlessly inside of 3ds Max, Maya, LightWave 3D, Cinema 4D and Softimage. The disc includes a special magazine covermount version of Vue 8.5 PLE. For: Windows and Mac OS X Licensing: PLE licensing

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133
Sept
2010
Modeling - Object Import and Export
Reference Image (version #1.5) (Learning E version)
Reference Image is simple but clever software that allows users to keep their reference images on screen at(more) all times, enabling an unhampered workflow. Reference Image 1.5 allows repositioning, scaling, zooming, panning, and horizontal and vertical flipping, as well as rotation using context sensitive hotkeys that are fully customisable. The disc includes a trial version of Reference Image 1.5. For: Windows Licensing: Commercial use

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133
Sept
2010
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Carrara Pro (version #7) (Full version)
The full version of DAZ Productions' popular 3D package: Carrara 7 Pro offers a complete 3D graphic development(more) environment in one package, enabling you to create a scene, model objects that populate it, and create environmental effects. You can then animate the results and render the resulting scene, using one application. Carrara can also be an invaluable tool for interactive multimedia, and supports popular 3D and 2D formats. Platform: Windows and Mac OS X Licensing: Commercial use

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133
Sept
2010
Plugin
Mimic Pro (Full version)
The full version of DAZ Productions' Mimic Pro plug-in for Carrara: Mimic Pro for Carrara is a plug-in that(more) provides the ability to add facial animation to your Carrara characters. Mimic Pro for Carrara has an intuitive, customisable interface, along with enhanced features that cut production time. Platform: Windows and Mac OS X Licensing: Commercial use

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133
Sept
2010
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Carrara Pro (version #8) (Demo version)
A trial version of DAZ Productions' popular 3D package: Carrara 8 Pro offers a complete 3D graphic development(more) environment in one package, enabling you to create a scene, model objects that populate it, and create environmental effects. You can then animate the results and render the resulting scene, using one application. Carrara can also be an invaluable tool for interactive multimedia, and supports popular 3D and 2D formats. Platform: Windows and Mac OS X Licensing: Commercial use

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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
Motion Capture - Editor
iPi Desktop Motion Capture Studio (version #1.0.0.98 B)
Markerless motion capture technology: iPi Desktop Motion Capture Studio is motion capture software that enables(more) you to record video using affordable Sony PlayStation 3 Eye cameras or even webcams. Footage can then be converted to 3D animation on a regular PC. Captured animations have no visible jitter or footskate, and the integrated motion transfer technology allows animations to be quickly tuned for different 3D character rigs. Animations can also be exported to the 3ds Max Biped in one click. The disc includes a trial version of iPi Desktop Motion Capture Studio 1.0.0.98 Beta 2 and iPi Recorder 1.4.0.72 Beta. For: Windows Licensing: Commercial use

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132
Aug
2010
Motion Capture - Recorder
iPi Recorder (version #1.4.0.72 B)
Markerless motion capture technology: iPi Desktop Motion Capture Studio is motion capture software that enables(more) you to record video using affordable Sony PlayStation 3 Eye cameras or even webcams. Footage can then be converted to 3D animation on a regular PC. Captured animations have no visible jitter or footskate, and the integrated motion transfer technology allows animations to be quickly tuned for different 3D character rigs. Animations can also be exported to the 3ds Max Biped in one click. The disc includes a trial version of iPi Desktop Motion Capture Studio 1.0.0.98 Beta 2 and iPi Recorder 1.4.0.72 Beta. For: Windows Licensing: Commercial use

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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
3D Visualization - Previsualization
iClone 3 SE (version #3)
Reallusion develops 3D cinematic animation tools that provide easy-to-use avatar animation, facial morphing(more) and voice lip-sync solutions for real-time 3D filmmaking, and revisualisation for professional post-production. On the disc is a special edition of Reallusion's iClone 3 SE, a powerful production tool for 3D animation, motion graphics and video compositing. For: Windows Licensing: Commercial use

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130
Jun
2010
3D Modeling
Curvy 3D (version #1.6) (Full version)
On the disc this issue is a full version of Curvy 3D 1.6, an innovative sculpting package for Windows. Curvy(more) 3D is ideal for novice 3D artists and allows users to draw shapes straight into 3D and create models with a few strokes. For: Windows Licensing: Commercial use

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130
Jun
2010
3D Model Collection
Dinosaur content from DAZ Productions

(20 files)
The disc includes 20 detailed, poseable dinosaurs for use in DAZ Studio or Poser. The models have been created(more) by Dinoraul and include high-resolution textures. The models are provided as installers for both Windows and Mac OS X. For: DAZ Studio and Poser Licensing: Commercial use

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130
Jun
2010
3D Game Creation
Unity 3D
Complete 3D development toolkit
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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129
May
2010
Plugin
Render Studio Bundle
On the disc this issue is the Render Studio Bundle for Poser, an exclusive product from Runtime DNA that is based(more) on classic professional photographic studio settings. The plug-in includes 30 studio lights, a classic studio paper roll backdrop, a set of 10 IBL lights, projector images and gels. Render Studio is created by Colm Jackson and Basil Gass of Runtime DNA. For: Poser Licensing: Please read the licensing agreement included in the folder

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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
2D HDRI Editor
HDR Light Studio (version #1.5) (Demo version)
HDR Light Studio software allows 3D artists to quickly design, create and adjust HDRI lighting and reflection(more) maps containing photo studio-style lighting. HDR Light Studio partners any 3D application that supports image based lighting and reflections from spherical HDRI maps. It's also suitable for renderers such as Maxwell Render, fryrender, V-Ray and mental ray. The installer also includes four sample HDRI maps made with HDR Light Studio. Licensing: Please read the EULA in the folder for full details.

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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
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, Animation and Rendering
Shade 8 Professional (version #8.5) (Full version)
Shade Professional is a 3D modelling, rendering and animation suite that makes it easy to create striking models(more) with natural 3D curves that are easy to modify, transform and animate. Online registration is required to use this software. Please click Registration for full instructions. instructions.

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123
Dec
2009
3D Model Collection
Sci-fi content from DAZ Productions

(4 files)
Sci-fi content from DAZ Productions: DAZ Productions provides high-quality digital 3D content and software at(more) affordable prices. This issue, the disc includes the models Generic Sci-Fi Corridor, Sci-Fi Crates 'n Containers and The Core, together worth almost $40. For: DAZ Studio and Poser Licensing: Commercial use Licensing: Commercial use

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123
Dec
2009
3D Model Collection
TurboSquid USS Gato submarine

(1 file)
A high-quality model of a USS Gato submarine from TurboSquid: TurboSquid is one of the leading online marketplaces(more) for 3D assets, providing a huge collection of 3D models and textures. On the disc this issue is the high-resolution fully detailed and textured Submarine USS Gato model, created by 3d_molier. The model accompanies this issue's 10-Minute Tutorial. For: Various; see magazine for details Licensing: Licensed for commercial use

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123
Dec
2009
3D Model Collection
Vanishing Point Vincent Parker Model

(1 file)
An optimised Poser figure from Vanishing Point created especially for animators: Vanishing Point is a multinational(more) 3D production company, specialising in building, texturing and rigging models, animation, video and film production, corporate design and graphics. Included in the folder is Vincent Parker, an optimised Poser figure created especially for animators. Created in 3ds Max, ZBrush and Poser, the figure is a fresh concept in Poser characters. For: Poser Licensing: Commercial use

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123
Dec
2009
Audio Editor and/or Collection
SoundScalpel Sound FX

(12 files)
12 audio clips for games and multimedia: On the disc is a selection of 12 useful alien and spaceship sounds and(more) noises for games and other multimedia projects, provided in WAV format. Licensing: Commercial use

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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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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
DAZ Studio (version #3)
DAZ Studio is a free, feature-rich 3D figure design and 3D animation tool that enables anyone to create stunning(more) digital imagery. This disc includes DAZ Studio 3.0.1 for 32-bit Windows and Mac.

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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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120
Sept
2009
3D Landscapes
Terragen (version #2) (Learning E version)
Reviewed in 3D World last issue, Terragen is a versatile terrain-generation package, capable of creating ultra-high-quality(more) digital landscapes. This disc includes the non-commercial edition of Terragen 2 for Windows and Mac OS X. This version is limited to a maximum render size of 800 x 600 pixels, and does not provide the advanced detail and anti-aliasing options of the commercial edition. Licensing: See website for details

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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
Hexagon (version #2) (Full version)
Hexagon is a 3D poly-modelling application that provides easy-to-use yet advanced tools for illustrators, graphic(more) artists and modellers and animators. Hexagon was designed to deliver direct polygon modelling and surface subdivision, complex curves and surfaces creation, dynamic construction history and more.

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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
Realsoft (version #5.1) (Full version)
RealSoft 3D
Realsoft 3D is a feature-packed 3D modelling, rendering and animation software package that suits many different(more) applications. This disc includes Realsoft 3D 5.1 for Windows, with a full commercial licence, plus trial versions of Realsoft 3D 6.1.

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Jun
2009
Plugin
SketchUp Plugins
A selection of 6 plugins for SketchUp:- Free Scale- Joint Push Pull- RoundEdgeWithBezier- SketchyBevel- SketchyFFD-(more) Tools on SurfaceFree Scale, Joint Push Pull, RoundEdgeWithBezier and Tools on Surface require LibFredo6, also included on this disc.

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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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117
Jun
2009
Plugin
Shader FX (version #3)
Luminox brings real-time shader creation to the masses with its 3D Studio Max plugin, now free to individual artists.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Verdict (upgrade): 7/10

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117
Jun
2009
Plugin
Swift 3D PS
Electric Rain ups the ante with a new plug-in that adds true 3D modeling and animation to Photoshop CS4 Extended.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10

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116
May
2009
Plugin
LightUp (version #1.3)
The newly updated plugin for SketchUp automates the baking of light maps and produces photoreal, navigable environments(more) within SketchUp itself.

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

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116
May
2009
3D Landscapes
OnyxGRASS
Onyx Computings's new release is a powerful parametric tool for modeling grass(more)

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

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116
May
2009
Plugin
Onyx2Max
Onyx's latest plug-in enables Max users to import render-ready models from its standalone plant generators.(more)

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

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116
May
2009
3D Visualization - Previsualization
HyperMove
HyperMove enables even novice users to bring natural looking motion to 3D scenes.(more)

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

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116
May
2009
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Shade 9 Professional (version #9)
An advanced curved surface 3D suite that has finally been converted to English.(more)

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

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116
May
2009
Hardware - Computer
CAD2 WS218
A single core i7 is powerful enough, but this workstation sports two Xeon equivalents!(more)

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

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115
Apr
2009
Plugin
R2Builder
Character editing tool for use with Brian Haberlin's Poser tutorial. Every figure in Poser relies on its CR2 file,(more) which contains all the information the software needs to control how the figure works. The CR2 holds data on body parts, morphs, textures and more. CR2Builder is a handy tool for editing CR2 files by hand, enabling you to make all sorts of advanced edits.

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115
Apr
2009
Plugin
LipService (version #3)
Joe Alter's latest 3D Studio Max plugin mixes Z-Brush style sculpting tools with phonoeme animation controls -(more) but the whole is more than the sum of the parts.

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

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115
Apr
2009
Video Editor and/or Compositor
Toxik (version #2009)
FBX support, a new file management system, stereo viewing capabilities - and now an OS-X version - add up to Toxik's(more) first truly strong release.

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

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115
Apr
2009
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Carrara Pro (version #7)
After almost three years and two major updates under the DAZ Production banner, Carrara continues to advance,(more) gaining much needed new features.

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

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114
Mar
2009
Plugin
V-Ray for Rhino 1.5
Despite the number of other rendering solutions for Rhino, this native version of the industry-standard V-ray(more) renderer offers unparalleled sophistication.

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

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114
Mar
2009
2D Texture Creation and/or Editing
imageSynth (version #2)
Dual-core support and improved memory handling make for a solid, if not exactly show-stopping, update to Luxology's(more) texture-creation tool.

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

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114
Mar
2009
2D Texture Creation and/or Editing
Genetica Studio (version #3)
Spiral Graphics adds innovative vector, HDRI and animation tools to its node-based texture generator, but does(more) the output match the ease of use?

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

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114
Mar
2009
3D Modeling
SketchUp Pro (version #7)
Despite adding few new core features, Google's professional visualization suite gains improved performance, and(more) rolls in the LayOut presentation module.

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

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113
February
2009
Plugin
aniMate Plugin for DAZ Studio (Demo version)
aniMate (created by GoFigure for DAZ Studio 2.3.3.89) puts animations together using editable chunks called aniBlocks,(more) which can be stored and reused just like video clips. Animations are assembled by stacking aniBlocks in the aniTimeline. You can create new aniBlocks from DAZ Studio keyframes, which means BVH animation files, Puppeteer animation or hand keyframing can all be used to create new aniBlocks. Licensed for commercial use.

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113
February
2009
Animation - Prescripted Motions (General)
aniMate aniBlock Sampler (Demo version)
aniBlocks are animations that have been broken down into editable chunks that can be stored and reused like video(more) clips. Animations are created by stacking aniBlocks in the aniTimeline. AniBlocks can be dragged around and rearranged inside the timeline and they are always automatically blended one to another. AniBlocks can be trimmed, cropped, split and combined to create just the effect you need, or to create completely new aniBlocks. On the CD is a sampler collection of 11 aniBlocks provided by GoFigure and DAZ 3D. REQUIREMENTS: DAZ Studio 2.3.3.89, aniMate (trial version on this CD). Licensed for commercial use

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113
February
2009
2D Image Joining
Stitcher Unlimited (version #2009)
Autodesk's first update to its newly acquired image-stitching software adds HDR support and GPU acceleration,(more) but feels a sadly unpolished release.

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

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113
February
2009
3D Model Collection
Michael 4 Pro Bundle
Five years after Michael 3, DAZ 3D has finally updated its popular male character.(more)

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

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113
February
2009
3D Modeling from Images
ImageModeler (version #2009)
Autodesk's first update to its venerable image-based modelling tool adds an option to create geometry from single(more) images, but workflow issues remain.

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

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113
February
2009
2D Image Creation, Management and/or Editing
Photoshop CS4 Extended (version #CS4)
The deluxe edition of the industry-standard image-editing tool adds true 3D painting abilities and OpenGL acceleration.(more)

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

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113
February
2009
Modeling - Landscapes
Vue 7 xStream (version #7)
Although not as groundbreaking as previous releases, this robust update to the leading environment generator offers(more) incredible integration with host software.

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

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112
Jan
2009
Plugin
aniMate
At first glance, it may look like a toy, but this easy-to-use plug-in opens up a new world of animation for DAZ(more) Studio owners

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

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112
Jan
2009
3D Animation
Motion Builder 2009 (version #2009)
After two years, MotionBuilder returns to kick over tables and push people around. But how sophisticated are(more) its new rigid body and ragdoll systems?

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

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112
Jan
2009
3D Modeling
Mudbox 2009 (version #2009)
A year after buying Skymatter, Autodesk has released Mudbox 2009. So are its new painting and display tools enough(more) to challenge the mighty Z-Brush?

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

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112
Jan
2009
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Maya 2009 (version #2009)
As Maya reaches its tenth anniversary, Autodesk delivers a well-balanced update, ranging from workflow enhancements(more) to the new nParticles system

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

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111
Xmas
2008
Video Editor and/or Compositor
Nuke 5.1 PLE (version #5.1) (Learning E version)
Nuke Personal Learning Edition provides all of the major functionality of the software with the exception of watermarked(more) output, limited support for plug-ins and exporting of project files. This version is free to use, is not time-limited and does not require you to install a licence key

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111
Xmas
2008
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Lightwave 3D (version #9.5)
The third free update to version 9 revamps Lightwave's renderer and adds character animation tools. Is this the(more) one that users have been waiting for?

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

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111
Xmas
2008
Renderer - Rendering and/or visualization application
fryrender
Feversoft's debut software release is the first commercial physically unbiased renderer since Maxwell Render.(more) So how does it stack up?

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

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111
Xmas
2008
Presentation and/or Web Authoring Tool
Creator (version #3)
Intuitive workflow and a low price make the package once known as Deep Creator a strong contender for the real-time(more) authoring throne.

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

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111
Xmas
2008
3D Modeling
GroBoto (version #2.3)
Showcased at Siggraph this year, has this one-of-a-kind '3D array' tool evolved from an interesting novelty to(more) part of the serious illustrator's toolbox?

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

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111
Xmas
2008
Plugin
Flamingo (version #2)
Robert McNeel & Associates add-on for Rhino now offers a cleaner interface an better raytracing, but faces(more) stiff competition from rival renderers.

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

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110
Dec
2008
Hardware - Computer
Alienware Area-51 m15x
This powerful notebook with professional 3D graphics is just about light enough for true portability and adds(more) its own distinctive style.

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

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110
Dec
2008
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Cinema 4D (version #11)
With improved GI, no-linear animation, matte painting and Collada suppport, Maxon responds to demand with a solid(more) upgrade for all users.

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

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110
Dec
2008
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
trueSpace (version #7.6)
Microsoft's backing made it a free download. Far more than just a free tool for Virtual Earth, trueSpace 7.6 is(more) a significant update, although legacy issues remain.

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110
Dec
2008
Plugin
Creativity Extension
The first subscriber-only extension for 3DS Max 2009 targets users disappointed by the original releases lack(more) of games or VFX specific tools. A useful, if oddly assorted, collection of tools. It would be nice to see more major new features added in the future.

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110
Dec
2008
Plugin
LightUP (version #1.2)
Produce photorealistic environments navigable directly within SketchUp with this innovative plug-in for baking(more) light maps.

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

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110
Dec
2008
Plugin
SU Podium (version #1.5)
This well established plugin promises one-click photorealistic rendering directly within SketchUp.(more)

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

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109
Nov
2008
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
trueSpace (version #7.6) (Full version)
trueSpace 7.6 is a fully-featured high end 3D authoring application with real-time 3D collaboration capabilities(more) that will let you create 3D content for Microsoft Virtual Earth, games, 3D illustration, animations and more. The software is now free: there are no restrictions on the licence for commercial use, no time limits on the software, and no features removed or disabled.

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109
Nov
2008
Plugin
Horizon
Create backgrounds for After Effects compositions from environment maps, video layers or even pre-comps with Trapcodes'(more) ingenious new plug-in

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

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109
Nov
2008
Renderer - External Plugin or Application
IDX Renditioner (version #1.1)
Based on TurboSketch Studio, this bolt-on renderer for SketchUp promises easy one-click rendering, including radiosity(more) and GI support.

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

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109
Nov
2008
2D Image Creation, Management and/or Editing
RV (version #3.4)
Tweak Film's in-house image-viewer gets its commercial release, boasting a slick interface, basic compositing(more) tools and support for stereo playback.

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

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109
Nov
2008
2D Texture Creation and/or Editing
CrazyBump (version #1.05)
Already a favorite of games artists, this small but powerful tool turns photos into normal occlusion, specular,(more) diffuse or displacement maps

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

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109
Nov
2008
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Softimage: XSI (version #7)
Its ICE Visual porgramming platform is currently the talk of the 3D community, but can the latest version of XSI(more) possibly be as cool as Softimage claims?

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

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108
Oct
2008
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Softimage: XSI (version #7) (Demo version)
This DVD contains an exclusive 60-day trial of SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7, Softimage's 3D modelling, rendering and animation(more) software. Rather than having to write scripts or C++ code, XSI 7's new ICE visual programming technology enables artists to create complex tools and visual effects by manipulating nodes on a dataflow diagram: a much quicker, simpler and more intuitive process.

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108
Oct
2008
Plugin
Vanilla Pass Manager
Vanilla Seed's handy MAXScript creates multiple rendering passes from 3DS Max, each with different properties(more) or using multiple renderers

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

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108
Oct
2008
Plugin
Mimic Pro
Lip-Sync software Mimic Pro joins Carrara's growing arsenal of character animation tools, but the plug-in lacks(more) some of the features of the original.

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

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108
Oct
2008
3D Painting
Argile (version #1.1)
Add mesh sculpting and real-time texturing to your workflow for less than the price of a night out with new tool(more) from N-Sided.

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

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108
Oct
2008
Plugin
AfterBurn (version #4)
The respected 3DS Max particle effects plug-in grows in stature with this lastest release, but it's more a case(more) of evolution than revolution.

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

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108
Oct
2008
Hardware - 3D Scanner
NextEngine Desktop 3D Scanner HD
Building on the success of its standard-def predecessor, this hi-def scanner offers more detail and more color(more) in a faster package.

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

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