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Antics V3 ProPack

Antics is a scene-planning tool that creates a 3D animated previsualisation of live action and animated productions in real-time

ZBrush 3.1

ZBrush allows you to sculpt and manipulate 3D models and paint and work with 2D images, but also combines both concepts in a unique '2.5D' workspace

Autodesk Combustion 2008

Motion graphics and compositing veteran Combustion has been idling in the Autodesk back room, but is now back for 2008, with some workflow improvements and the addition of the Colour Warper tool, derived from the Flame visual effects system.

Modo 301

A hybrid modelling and painting tool in the tradition of ZBrush, Modo has evolved to introduce organic sculpting and some animation capabilities, while strengthening core features.

Softimage|XSI 6.5

Point releases in 3D packages generally don't deliver the biggest new feature sets, but the big news with this update is that Softimage has restructured its offerings as well as changing the price.

3DS Max 2008

3DS Max 2008 is the 10th full release of the venerable Autodesk suite, supporting Windows Vista and XP in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. There's an integrated driver for DirectX 10, optimised selection and transform performance, improved DWG suppor...

Electric Rain Swift 3D 5

Swift 3D is a tool for creating 3D interactive Flash material for the Web and mobile devices, rendering 3D objects as vector files. Though it deals with sophisticated content, it has a number of features that make it as straightforward as Flash and e...

Toon Boom Studio 4.0

Now available on Windows Vista as well as XP and Mac Intel/G5, Toon Boom Studio offers many advanced features for animation, particularly among the vector-drawing tools used to create the scenes. It's here where the majority of enhancements in versio...

Autodesk Maya 2008

As with previous versions, Maya 2008 comes in two flavours: Maya Complete and the Unlimited version, which adds nCloth simulations, Fluid Effects, and Fur and Hair. Both editions ship with mental ray 3.6 and run on Windows XP, Mac OS X on Intel and P...

Adobe Ultra CS3

Adobe Ultra is a tool for keying, compositing and virtual set work derived for the most part from technology from the Adobe acquisition of Serious Magic.

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