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Blow Up 2

Enlarging images is something every designer and illustrator has to do on a regular basis. From incorporating low-resolution photos or video stills into your page designs to using a high-res image on an even larger poster, there is a whole range of c...

Red Giant Magic Bullet Steady

Shaky footage may be associated with amateur video, but it’s something professionals have to deal with on a regular basis. Whether it’s user-generated footage, something captured on the sly, a quick and dirty shoot or just a momentary case of shaky h...

Lightbox Photo

Lightbox Photo is a server-based software tool that allows you to create your own image-sales site. It was originally designed to allow photographers to set up their own stock libraries rather than signing with Corbis or Getty – but it will interest ...

Simulate: Illuma

Lighting is one of the hardest real-world phenomena to replicate with VFX. The intricate play of photons across surfaces is something five-frames-an-hour 3-D rendering engines have trouble with, so few compositing suites or their plug-ins can do it p...

Boris Continuum Complete 5

Boasting over 180 filters, Boris Continuum Complete (BCC) covers many bases, including traditional image processors, texture and animation generators, and compositional tools covering areas like keying and motion tracking.

Netbooks for business

The original Asus Eee PC took the hardware world by storm. Small, lightweight, inexpensive, yet running a full-fledged OS, this tiny device offered laptop capabilities at near-PDA pricing. Asus has since expanded its Eee PC line with models of varyin...

Universal Type Server

Universal Type Server isn't --- as it sounds - a particularly poor Dolph Lungren movie about the perilous journeys of someone who delivers fonts for a living

Thecus N3200

The Thecus N3200 is a RAID drive that offers good performance at a reasonable price.

Iomega StorCenter Pro 150D NAS

The StorCenter Pro 150D is what you expect of a business-focused NAS device: a big boxy chassis that dwarfs its rivals, dull looks, a noisy fan, and support for enterprise-level technologies such as Microsoft's Active Directory.

Acer Aspire EasyStore

While clearly aimed at home users, the Aspire EasyStore, a network-attached storage (NAS) device, offers much that will appeal to small studios

LaCie 2big network

Encased in dull grey metal like much of LaCie's line of larger hard-drive systems, the 2big network -- a network-attached storage device -- would sit well next one of Apple's pro-level Macs. However, on its own it looks a little like an air-condition...

Konica Minolta Magicolor 8650DN

The Magicolor 8650 is an A3 colour laser printer with exceptionally high-grade output that would make an ideal proof printer for many design studios.

Daz 3D Bridge for Photoshop

Many illustrators and artists would like to include 3D elements in their artwork, but are often put off by the deeply technical aspects of 3D modelling and rendering.

Sapphire Radeon HD 4870

Sapphire's HD 4870 is the first board we've tested to feature ATI's brand-new flagship Radeon HD 4800 series chips

3dconnexion SpaceNavigator for Notebooks

3Dconnexion's line of input devices for 3-D suites -- which it calls 3-D mice -- are tools that aim to make it easier to work in animation tools such as Maya, 3DS Max, LightWave and Cinema 4D than traditional '2D' mice.

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Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

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MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

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MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

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MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

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Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

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