It seems that everyone is on the HDR panoramic bandwagon these days, and they're all looking for quicker and easier ways to accomplish the effect without having to carry around a ton of gear or go through painstaking steps to get the desired results. That's where programs like Hydra HDRi Pro come into play.
Flexibility and real estate are essential for my animation and graphics workflow, and I've always used multiple displays, but the toolbars, menus, and other items that I needed on the second monitor were a bit cumbersome. I've tried many products to solve this dilemma, but nothing ever really captured what was needed—until now.
For the price and capabilities, the Cerise Workstation is definitely a machine worth considering for your workspace. They can set you up with a box that meets all of your needs, not something that's made for the masses.
Maya is the king when it comes to cinematic and visual effects. Some of the notable new features that make this an intriguing update are Maya nHair, ATOM Animation Transfer, and Bullet Physics.
The folks at Oloneo are trying to make it easier with the release of their new HDRengine standalone program that's aimed at both the hardcore HDR crowd and new users who want to get HDR images quickly with a lot of control. Loaded with features, you can import RAW files, merge multiple images/exposures, and also tone map a single exposure.
Beauty in a box? Believe it or not, hereï¿½s an interesting program that really allows you to do complete makeovers on your images with the click of a button and Intensity sliders.
Vue has been tagged by many as landscaping software, but it really is much more robust than that. Vue can render landscapes, vegetation, architectural visualization, photorealistic animations, and anything that can take advantage of the software’s photorealistic lighting and rendering.
Filter Forge provides graphic artists, 3D modelers, Web designers, and photographers with the ability to create a wide variety of photo effects, as well as abstract and realistic textures that you can use for pretty much whatever your creativity can come up with.