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This past year was a very busy period for Autodesk, which has added a few new jewels to its crown while keeping on top of its own current slate for products. One of the company’s more recent releases has been Maya 2009, and I am happy to report that among [...]
MotionBuilder 2009 is a new version of an Autodesk 3D tool which focuses exclusively on animation and all things animated. It is often used to edit data in motion-capture pipelines for both film effects and videogames, but the extensive toolset is geared toward creating and managing complex character animation. The [...]
Softimage’s latest release of XSI is leaps and bounds beyond the previous one’which is saying a lot since XSI was already an extremely powerful piece of software to begin with. A huge list of advances have been implemented including new toys inside the latest version of mental ray, refined render [...]
You can’t really discuss any one component from Adobe without discussing the entire suite and how the programs work together. However, we can only fit so much info into such a small space that I’ll focus on the biggies, and then follow up with the ‘supplemental’ programs’those without the fanfare [...]
As a digital artist and frequent animator, I’m always keeping my eyes open for tools to make my job easier. CAT (Character Animation Tools) 3.0 is one of those that I’m really impressed with. I’m a little confused by its origins. It’s developed by Softimage’definitely the leader in character animation [...]
Sometimes I get the feeling that I’m constantly writing reviews of modo. But that’s because the talented team at Luxology keeps coming up with new versions of their popular tool. Luxology really gets under the hood and tinkers around to make it faster and add in whole new features. So [...]
I’m not sure when Autodesk is ever going to pull the trigger and just marry Maya and Max together; probably because the marriage is going to end up in death and violence like the Montagues and Capulets, with some felled animator crying out, ‘A plague on both your houses!’ But [...]
I have to begin this review with a little confession: I already own an Alienware laptop computer, and it has treated me with the utmost love from the first day it came into my life. We are still together and I’m actually writing this review on it. So, in the [...]
I’ve been a Digital Fusion user for the past decade and have seen the evolution of the software to its current form. (The Toronto-based company unveiled the Fusion 5.2 at the recent SIGGRAPH confab in San Diego’which boasts plug-in capabilities that support the native Fusion API, the After Effects API [...]
BodyPaint comes to us from the developers of Cinema4D, and it’s now in its third generation. Obviously, with new generations comes more maturity and stability ‘ and new cool features. This handy tool has already established itself with the ability to paint directly on 3D geometry, which isn’t a feat [...]