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Autodesk Maya 2009

Maya celebrates its tenth anniversary with the 2009 release, an event marked by enhancements across the board. Although some of these have popped up in other Autodesk tools before now.

Caligari trueSpace 7.6

Recently released for free following the takeover of developer Caligari by Microsoft, trueSpace is a fully featured 3D application. Although it has an unorthodox look and feel, it offers hundreds of tools, animation facilities and physics simulations...

Corel Designer Technical Suite X4

With the addition of the X4 tag, Corel has moved Designer further away from the 2-D technical drawing market towards the 3-D CAD space. Not that Designer can now create 3-D models, but the addition into this suite of Right Hemisphere’s Deep Explorati...

DX Studio 3.0

DX Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) aimed at users building real-time 3D interactive applications, simulations or games, as well as multimedia presentations, kiosks and Web sites. Its 3D engine is based on Microsoft’s DirectX 9.0...

Softimage|XSI 7

The standout new feature of 3D modelling, animation and rendering application XSI 7 is a visual programming environment, ICE (Interactive Creative Environment). This opens up the application to more than shader writers and effects teams with scriptin...

Strata 3D[in]

Strata’s 3D[in] plug-ins, Design 3D[in], Foto 3D[in] and Live 3D[in], slot neatly into Photoshop Extended CS3’s 3-D features. We’ll concentrate here on Design 3D[in], which offers a well-featured 3-D authoring environment with transformation and mode...

Cinema 4D R11

The latest version of Maxon’s mid-range 3-D suite adds tools that will appeal to its users across design, VFX and animation markets. The software is based around a core application, which can be expanded by a series of add-on modules including Advanc...

3D Toolbox

Microspot 3D Toolbox is a bit of a curiosity: it's a truly modular 3-D application.

Adobe Director 11

Director has been notable by its absence in the successive Master Collections, so it's refreshing to see this old stalwart of the multimedia-authoring brigade decked out in Adobe's new livery.

Poser Pro

Now owned by Smith Micro, Poser Pro is built on the Poser 7 character-animation solution and comes with that version's Generation 2 family of fully rigged figures, SydneyG2 and SimonG2.

Microsoft Expression Web 2

Expression Web 2 continues the design-led approach of Blend, offering a well-sized Design view for working with images and text

Microsoft Expression Blend 2

Microsoft's Blend is the heart of Expression Studio, the company's suite of tools that allow designers to create rich Internet applications and user interfaces with Microsoft.NET technologies

Microsoft Expression Encoder 2

Expression Encoder is a new addition to the Expression suite, a scalable encoding solution for producing and distributing VC-1 encoded video wrapped in a Silverlight container.

FxFactory Pro 2

FxFactory Pro 2 is a collection of filters, generators and transitions for Apple's Final Cut Pro, Motion and Final Cut Express, offering 122 effects, including 52 new plug-ins.

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STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

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For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

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The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

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The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

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STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

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