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 →

Artist Sues Animation Collective Over Ellen’s Acres Royalties

A graphic designer has filed a lawsuit alleging New York-based studio Animation Collective has failed to pay her royalties owed her under contract for designing what became the lead ... Continue Reading →


CINEMA 4D has for a long time been considered a dark horse in the 3D animation race. But really, this ‘small’ program has been keeping up during this long haul. It’s ... 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 →


When working in 3D files for production, it isn’t unheard of to get scenes that have hundreds or even thousands of objects in them. It’s also not unheard of for thoughtful ... Continue Reading →

Wacom Intuos4 Wireless

My favorite tablet has just gotten better. You might ask, ‘How can the Intuos4 get any better? I mean, its sleek and black. Ambidexterous. Customizable buttons and a wheel. A ... Continue Reading →

Craft Director Studio

Years ago, I took a look at Craft Animations’ rigs when it was exclusive to 3ds Max, and found it to be indispensable not only for pipelines with vehicles, but also for camera ... Continue Reading →