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  1. BluBox review

    BluBox review

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    With digital SLRs growing in popularity and compact cameras delivering larger image sizes, hard drives around the world are filling up with our photographic memories. File compression is one solution, of course, but it's a big negative when you're after the very best in image quality, especially with so-called "destructive" formats such as JPEG that degrade in quality the more you alter the files.

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    Corel Painter X review

    Corel Painter X review

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    First things first; Painter does exactly what it says on the tin. Literally: our review copy of Corel Painter X came in a big paint tin. We got our mitts on the limited-edition version complete with special packaging and a glossy poster

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    DAZ Productions Bryce 6 review

    DAZ Productions Bryce 6 review

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    The most obvious new feature in Bryce 6 is the tighter integration with DAZ Studio, a rival to the figure-posing application Poser. While not as powerful as Poser, it's a competent program and can import static and animated scenes from DAZ Studio directly

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    Adobe Photoshop CS3 review

    Adobe Photoshop CS3 review

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    Adobe Photoshop CS3 is the 'king' of image-editors, the program by which all others are judged. It's also the most expensive program on test, and it's starting to find itself outstripped by cheaper rivals.

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    Apple Final Cut Studio 2 review

    Apple Final Cut Studio 2 review

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    Ever since its introduction at NAB in 1998, Final Cut Pro has come a very long way. Napoleon Dynamite, Cold Mountain, Jarhead and, more recently, 300 and Zodiac are just a few of the many feature films that have been edited in the application

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    Grass Valley Edius Pro 4.5 review

    Grass Valley Edius Pro 4.5 review

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    The reputation of Grass Valley (formerly Canopus) for rock-solid, well-designed video editing tools is second to none. But it's a reputation that has been earned more through the company's hardware development than its software.

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    ACDSee Pro review

    ACDSee Pro review

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    Taking a step up from the normal world of taking photos, viewing and storing them on your computer and printing them out, professional photography demands a more 'workflow' oriented ethic.

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    ACDSee 7.0 review

    ACDSee 7.0 review

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    ACDSee 7.0 is a PC-only cataloguing andimage-editing tool that's supplied in a bundled form with some digital cameras.You can use it as a folder browser with a standard directory tree

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    Olympus Studio 2.11 review

    Olympus Studio 2.11 review

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    Olympus Studio 2 supports professional photographers and engaged amateurs to get perfect results out of the images within a minimum of time.

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    Grass Valley ProCoder 3 review

    Grass Valley ProCoder 3 review

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    Canopus's ProCoder has been unchallenged as a media encoder for a good few years. Despite competition from Compressor on the Mac platform and Sorenson Squeeze, ProCoder managed to do just about everything right and deliver phenomenal results to boot.

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    Microsoft Windows Movie Maker HD review

    Microsoft Windows Movie Maker HD review

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    Windows Movie Maker first saw light of day in 2000 when it was introduced along with Windows Me. Both the mother OS and the application itself were not well received, the former blighted by technical glitches and the latter by a woeful lack of features

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    Adobe Illustrator CS3 review

    Adobe Illustrator CS3 review

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    During the course of its last two incarnations, Illustrator CS3 manages to hone these existing tool sets while introducing yet more trend-defining features, all held within a redesigned and much streamlined program interface

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    Serif DrawPlus X2 review

    Serif DrawPlus X2 review

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    Compared to the recent mass-adoption of photo editing programs, spurred on by the digital camera revolution, vector-based drawing has become something of a lost art.

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    Creaceed Hydra review

    Creaceed Hydra review

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    Answer the following question: a hydra is (a) a Greek mythical monster with many heads, (b) an album by Toto, or (c) a clever piece of software for digital photographers? The answer, of course, is (c)... It's not as exciting as a Greek monster but it is infinitely more interesting than an album by Toto.

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    Pinnacle Studio Plus 11 review

    Pinnacle Studio Plus 11 review

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    One of the few mainstream software markets with several applications of roughly equal weight is home-video editing. There's Adobe Premiere Elements and Corel's Ulead VideoStudio 10 Plus, as well as Pinnacle Studio Plus 11

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    ABBYY FineReader 9.0 Professional review

    ABBYY FineReader 9.0 Professional review

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    The field of OCR, or Optical Character Recognition, has more than its fair share of acronyms floating around, but one of the most potentially exciting is ADRT

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    ACDSee Photo Editor review

    ACDSee Photo Editor review

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    With the soaring popularity of digital cameras, image-editing software packages are now ten a penny, which is what many of them are worth. This one is great though...

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    atebits Scribbles 1.1 review

    atebits Scribbles 1.1 review

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    Although Photoshop is largely used by professionals, its influence has crept in elsewhere, and even consumer graphics applications often have interfaces based on that of Adobe's giant. Scribbles, in common with the likes of Acorn and Apple's iPhoto, offers a truly unique, innovative approach, this time for sketching and drawing.

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    Sony Image Data Converter review

    Sony Image Data Converter review

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    Sony Image Data Converter SR comes free with Sony digital SLRs, together with a companion package called Image Data Lightbox SR. First impressions aren't good. Both applications look crude and dated, and it's annoying to have to use two programs.

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    Adobe Lightroom 1.0 review

    Adobe Lightroom 1.0 review

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    The digital SLR has brought high-quality photography to the masses; we're all out there, clicking away, producing shot after shot of high-quality RAW files, and yet when it comes to sorting and editing this veritable torrent of images, what do we do?

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    Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 review

    Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 review

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    Powerful photo-editing software normally comes with strings attached, in the way of high prices and steep learning curves. Unlike the full-blown edition of Photoshop, which costs nearly £600, Elements is the most mass-market editor on the market

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    Serif PagePlus X2 review

    Serif PagePlus X2 review

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    You may have come across Serif's PagePlus if you've ever needed to create a poster, flyer, calendar or small booklet on your laptop. It's one of the oldest and most widely used home-based DTP (desktop publishing) packages

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    Adobe Flash CS3 Professional review

    Adobe Flash CS3 Professional review

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    It's commonly held that nine out of 10 Flash designers use Photoshop, and three out of four use Illustrator. It's logical, then, that following Adobe's acquisition of Flash top of everyone's wishlist is better integration with existing Adobe products

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    Xequte Smart Pix Manager 9 review

    Xequte Smart Pix Manager 9 review

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    Like other programs that require a similarly lengthy time to build image collections into albums, Smart Pix Manager is based on a full database application that stores wide-ranging data extracted from your images.

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