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Will Vinton Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Claymation master Will Vinton received a Lifetime Achievement Award this past weekend at a special ceremony at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles....

Discreet’s Combustion 3

Visual effects artists, motion graphics designers, animators and almost anyone who deals with film, video and animation have another reason to thank the folks...

HP Compaq’s nw8000

Although Notebook workstations have given us the possibility of working on projects while traveling or shooting on location, many fail in the performance and...

Apple’s Final Cut Pro 4.5

Apple revolutionized the non-linear editing world when it introduced its first version of Final Cut Pro back in the 1999 edition of NAB. Available...

Character Animation Technologies 1.15

We all know that animating 3D characters is a time-consuming and sophisticated task. For Discreet's 3ds max users (before version 5 and 6) the...

Total Training for Adobe Photoshop CS

Although there are presumably more instructional books written about Photoshop than all other graphic software together, artists and photographers continue to look for the...

IBM’s ThinkPad R50

We tested the latest mobile workstation from IBM, the ThinkPad R50, which comes with a speedy Intel M 1700 MHZ processor and one GB...

Kaydara’s MOTIONBUILDER 5

For many years Kaydara's FilmBox was the animation industry standard program for editing, cleaning up and modifying motion capture and computer character animation data....

mental ray 3.2 for 3ds max

Many beginning 3D animators assume that rendering is the easiest step in the process, but, in reality, it is one of the most difficult...

Adobe Photoshop CS

Here's one of the first major upgrades of the year that is bound to make artists happy. Yes, I'm ecstatic about Photoshop CS' new...

e-on Software’s Vue 4 Professional

The team at e-on software who gave us Vue d'Esprit 4 (Seal of Excellence) have improved on the existing software and come up with...

Creative NOMAD’s Jukebox Zen NX

If you've been looking for an affordable hard-drive-based MP3 player that can compete with Apple's i-POD, then Creative's NOMAD Jukebox Zen NX is the...

Introducing Maya 5: 3D for Beginners

We all know that learning a 3D application on your own can be as tough as Sam and Frodo's journey to Mount Doom: You...

321 Studios’ DVD X Copy Platinum

321 Studios has a good reputation among digital video connoisseurs for its practical DVD back-up and archiving tools. Trying DVD X Copy Platinum convinced...

Maxtor’s 5000DV External Hard Drive

If you are dealing with digital animation or video, the need for more storage space is never-ending. Fortunately, the number of available Firewire and...

Samsung’s i500 Playing Pool on the Palm of your Hand

Samsung i500 is the first color Palm OS phone that actually fits in the palm of your hand and weighs only 5.1 ounces. The...

Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware 6.0 Professional

Web pop-up ads have replaced telemarketers and pushy girl-scout cookie agents as one of the main annoyances of daily life. For some reason, companies...

eHelp’s RoboDemo 4.0

RoboDemo is a handy tutorial/ demo-creation software that enables users to make tutorials for other software packages in Flash format. It basically records the...

IBM’s IntelliStation M Pro

You can customize this new IBM workstation to meet your needs, but the one I reviewed for this column had a 3.00 GHz processor,...

Anark Studio 2.0

Anark Studio 2 is a multimedia-authoring software with 3D interaction capabilities. Anark Studio 2's UI consists of a preview window, a toolbox, a scene...
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