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Spyder3Elite

Over the past year we've seen plenty of innovation in the colour-calibration market, with the emergence of combination monitor-and-printer calibration systems such as Pantone's ColorMunki and the Colour Confidence Profiler. The ColorMunki is also cap...

NEC MultiSync LCD3090WQXi

The LCD3090WQXi is a high-end 30in monitor, a grade above the likes of Apple's 30-inch Cinema HD Display and Dell's UltraSharp 3008WFP. Both the Apple and Dell monitors have proved popular recently, since price cuts have placed them in the reach of m...

Nuke 5

Version 5 is the first edition of visual-effects software Nuke to be of significant interest to compositors outside large post-production facilities.

HumanEyes Xfile 2

At the Siggraph 3D trade show last year, two researchers showed off a technique called 'seam carving', for resizing images to different aspect ratios while maintaining the proportions of core elements.

Nik Dfine 2.0

Dfine is a Photoshop plug-in that eschews bells-&-whistles for a tight feature set focused on a single task - removing noise from photographs

OnOne PhotoTune 2.2

PhotoTune is based on two plug-ins from the company of the same name, which OnOne acquired in September

SymmetryShop 2

SymmetryShop is a plug-in for creating patterns in Photoshop, based on the popular SymmetryWorks 2 plug-in for Illustrator

GenArts Sapphire 2 for AE

Sapphire is the most prestigious -- and priciest -- collection of visual-effects plug-ins for compositing applications and suites. Version 2 has been available for Shake since June 2006 -- and the edition for Autodesk systems such as Flame is version...

Boris Blue 2.0

Boris Blue is aimed at artists creating high-end motion graphics. It has strong competition from recently released new versions of Adobe's After Effects, Apple's Motion and Eyeon's brand-new Vision -- but Blue has a few unique tricks that are of grea...

Vertus Fluid Mask 3.0

As every creative knows, cut-outs are a pain. Extracting objects from backgrounds by hand is one of those mundane jobs that takes time that could be spent more creatively.

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Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

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Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

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Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

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Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

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Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

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Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

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HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

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