Manfrotto Snake Arm

Manfrotto’s Magic Arm has become standard issue grip equipment for photographers seeking a flexible, durable, jack-of-all-trades solution that MacGyver would be proud of. Fans of the Magic Arm are going to love Manfrotto’s new Snake Arm, an innovative, compact, reimagined take on the flexible grip arm.

LumoPro LP 180 Camera Flash

The latest camera flash by LumoPro, the LP180 Quad-Sync Manual Flash, comes in a padded carrying pouch, with a stand, specially cut Rosco color-correction gels, and a sync cable. It recycles in four seconds on NiMH batteries, and one second on high-voltage battery power.

Beauty Box Photo 3

Digital Anarchy recently updated its Beauty Box plug-in for Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Aperture. It’s touted as an “easy and powerful way of smoothing out skin and removing blemishes.” That’s somewhat true.

Nikon COOLPIX A

The COOLPIX A marks Nikon’s introduction to the advanced, fixed focal length lens, compact camera arena, joining companies such as Ricoh, Leica, Fujifilm, Sony, and Sigma. Characteristics of this group include fast lenses, RAW file capture, and large price tags.

Lightwave 3D 11.5

In the world of 3D modeling (virtual or otherwise), NewTek’s LightWave 3D continues to be the standard for professionals. The latest update (11.5) takes this software to new heights, with features that are over-and-above many designers’ wish lists.

Flame Painter 2

Flame Painter 2 is a unique program that’s not for everyone; however, creatives will find loads of excuses to play with this application. Flame brushes are just one small segment of the process, and the control and precision you have using these esoteric elements will make you feel bad for folks trying to do similar things any other way.

TimeTracker

For creative professionals, tracking time spent on projects is a necessary fact of life. In an ideal world, your computer would track the time you spend on projects, and you could then adjust the numbers to account for mistakes, and include additional time spent on noncomputer tasks. If you spend most of your billable time in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, InCopy, or Flash, or in Microsoft Office, CreativeWorx offers exactly that possibility with their TimeTracker system.

Wacom Cintiq 22HD Touch and 13HD

If you mainly work at a desk (home or office), then the Cintiq 22HD touch is for you. If, however, you do a lot of traveling, or find that you’re more creative outside the office or in coffee shops, then by all means get the Cintiq 13HD.

PSKiss BlackMagic

Adobe has a color-to-black-and-white conversion feature in Photoshop and Lightroom but recently, there’s been a growing number of third-party conversion plug-ins. Now, enter BlackMagic from PSKiss with a different approach: It’s a set of more than 50 distinctly different, black-and-white Lightroom presets and brushes to convert color files to black and white.

MotionComposer 1.6

You don’t have to be a developer to benefit from using MotionComposer 1.6 to create animated content for Websites and e-books that are viewable on any device. For Web animations and interactivity, MotionComposer’s easy-to-use interface and cross-browser compatibility make this a great program for users of all skill levels.

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