April 2011 Tech Reviews

Cebas’ thinkingParticles 4 What makes a Houdini FX artist drool? ThinkingParticles 4. A relative latecomer in the slew of Cebas products that have arrived on the market, it has ... Continue Reading →

Online Animation & VFX Courses

Online Animation & VFX Courses There isn’t much point of having software for making pretty pictures if you don’t know how to use it. Many of us have learned a lot of what we ... Continue Reading →

Autodesk Reviews 2011

Autodesk 3ds Max 2011 It’s about that time of year—to look at the features of the Big Three, which are under the umbrella of the Big One. Autodesk released 2011 versions of Max, ... Continue Reading →

Hitachi G-Technology’s G-Drive Mobile

We live in a world of high-capacity and low-spatial volume—a trend started by Sony when they started releasing Walkmans that were physically smaller than the cassette tapes they played. ... Continue Reading →

Digital-Tutors Vault

I have to preface this review by stating that I have a bias toward Digital-Tutors because I’m already a subscriber, and I can’t count the number of times they saved my butt—not ... Continue Reading →

Smith Micro Software’s Anime Studio 7

Anime Studio is one of those 2D programs in a 3D saturated market that has been running with larger systems, and appears to be holding its own. Up to version 7, Anime Studio has some ... Continue Reading →

Wacom Cintiq 21UX

Wacom recently released the latest installation of is high-end production tablet, the Cintiq 21UX, with its built-in LCD display. A staple at design, photography and animation houses, ... Continue Reading →

BonesPro 4

Most Max users are familiar with BonesPro. It’s been around. But no substantial advance has been made for 10 years. 3d-io, in cahoots with Digimation, decided to take the ball ... Continue Reading →


Hairtrix is the offspring of two other plugins, HairFX and Ornatrix. Both reasonable hair styling and rendering tools, but both lacking something that the other had. So the obvious ... Continue Reading →


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I really hate setting up UVs. I’d rather have bamboo shoved under my fingernails and undergo Chinese Water Torture. There ... Continue Reading →