Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate 2013

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.

Extensis Suitcase Fusion 4

Although not a major upgrade, Suitcase Fusion 4 is a must-have if you’re running any Adobe CS6 software. It has a new, improved panel interface within InDesign, Illustrator, InCopy, and Photoshop (CS5–CS6).

CameraBag 2

CameraBag 2 is standalone application with a collection of filters and effects for editing images. It’s easy to use, comes with a huge collection of presets, and offers total control over adjustments and effects.

AKVIS Sketch v.13

AKVIS Sketch v.13 not only makes it easy and fun to generate professional-quality drawings and watercolor paintings from almost any image, it also offers a few other intriguing features.

Oloneo HDRengine

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.

HDR Expose 2

Processing HDR images to get just the right effect can be as much art as science. The new HDR Expose 2 from Unified Color Technologies (UCT) aims to help you find the right balance between the two, so you get just the finished image you want without headaches and frustration.

Corel AfterShot Pro

Corel’s first professional photo catalog and RAW editing software, AfterShot Pro, is based on a number of technologies—Bibble Pro, Noise Ninja, and Perfectly Clear—that are widely known and respected in the photography world. It’s available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.

FlightCheck Professional 6.8

Designers and production artists have always used checklists to make sure something important wasn’t overlooked, but FlightCheck was the first software to automate the process.

Perfect365

Beauty in a box? Believe it or not, here s an interesting program that really allows you to do complete makeovers on your images with the click of a button and Intensity sliders.

Vue 10 xStream

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.

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