Nikon COOLPIX P300

The Nikon COOLPIX P300 is a compact point-and-shoot that fits nicely in any pocket—but it’s not so small that it’s hard to use. It has a nice solid feel, and all the dials are intuitive and easy to operate.

3ds Max Entertainment Creation Suite Premium 2012

The new version of the Autodesk 3ds Max Creation Suite 2012 has a lot to brag about. While the Suite includes Motion Builder, Mudbox, and Softimage, this review will focus on 3ds Max. With that said, there are still plenty of cool new features, so let’s get to it.

Graslon Insight Dome Flash Diffuser

With the bigger-is-better mantra when it comes to light, getting that big light source from a small flash provides a challenge that Graslon, Inc. has tackled head on and done a fine job in the process.

Evolphin Zoom 2.8

Version Cue was a good idea that never took off. It was too hard to use for small agencies and not robust enough for large ones. Evolphin Zoom 2.8 fills the gap left by Version Cue’s demise—quite nicely, too. The software is easy to install and set up on either Macintosh or Windows.

Autodesk Maya Entertainment Creation Suite 2012

This new release not only has killer upgrades to Maya but Autodesk has also made some long overdue improvements to Mudbox and MotionBuilder, as well as the addition of Softimage to the Premium bundle.

Canon imagePROGRAF IPF6300

Canon’s imagePROGRAF series not only raises the bar for quality and performance, it also places new hurdles in the track of its competitors.

X-Rite’s i1PhotoPro

X-Rite’s i1PhotoPro is a comprehensive package that calibrates and profiles your camera, display, printer, and projector. It’s aimed at professionals whose work demands accurate and consistent colors, from camera to print.

DXO Optics Pro Elite 6.6

DxO Optics Pro Elite 6.6 is a rich and deep RAW and JPEG image processor/editor.

Texture Toolkit 1 & 2

These are collections of patterns—all high-resolution and most seamlessly repeating—ready for use in your print, Web, animation, or video design work.

ColorMunki Display

X-Rite’s new version of the ColorMunki Display not only calibrates your display, but it will also calibrate projectors, measure ambient light, and correct for display surface glare. Designed for simplicity, the ColorMunki Display comes with its own wizard-driven software or presets.

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