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 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.
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.
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.
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.