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Adobe Illustrator CS6 - Adobe

Adobe Illustrator has long been the choice for illustration professionals, designers, and anyone who wants to work with infinitely scalable vector graphics. Over the years it’s gained some highly impressive features, such as mesh tools for drawing photorealistic objects, perspective tools for taking the pain out of vanishing points, and much, much more ... read more at MacLife

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Artboard - Mapdiva

Artboard 1.4 is a vector drawing app for novices, and to that end, it does a good job of demystifying the often confusing concept of illustration to new users. It also handles certain tasks with a such finesse that pros will likely also be interested in checking it out ... read more at Macworld

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CorelCAD - Corel

CorelCAD is a new 2D/3D Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) application for Mac and Windows. While CorelCAD is a new product for Corel and new to the Mac, it is not a completely new application. CorelCAD is based on ARES from Graebert, which has been around in one form or another since 2005 ... read more at Macworld

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Painter 12 - Corel

It’s hard to imagine how an artistic program of the caliber of Painter could improve, but the folks at Corel have managed it. Painter 12 introduces a brand new interface, redesigned panels and dialogs, new Real-Media brush categories ... read more at Macworld

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AutoCAD 2011 - Raphael Bost

AutoCAD, the industry-standard Computer Aided Design (CAD) application from Autodesk, is back on the Mac after an 18-year hiatus. This is good news for many Mac fans in the architecture, engineering, and design professions ... read more at Macworld

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Maya 2011 - Raphael Bost

Maya 2011 has a new file browser, a new shelf editor, and tabbed browsing for the channel box and attribute editor. The shelf editor provides a new way to organize your tool icons ... read more at Macworld

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Poser Pro 2010 - Raphael Bost

Poser has been part of the 3D landscape for many years. It’s often been used by 2D illustrators and hobbyists seeking to add a bit of 3D to their artwork ... read more at Macworld

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Inkscape 0.47 - Raphael Bost

The open source community has worked hard to develop apps with professional-level features. One of the shining examples is Inkscape, a free drawing application that uses X11 ... read more at Macworld

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DrawBerry 0.8.1 - Raphael Bost

It’s rare when a free app (one with no strings attached) provides the features you need to get the job done. Although DrawBerry is not exactly a substitute for Adobe Illustrator, it works well in a pinch ... read more at Macworld

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Blender 2.4 - Blender Foundation

Serious moviemakers, animators, and graphic designers are a demanding bunch. For them, using the best tool for the job is more important than a low (or at least affordable) price ... read more at Macworld

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Kinemac 1.8 - Strata

As an experienced 3D animator, my first thoughts about any animation application are mostly about usability: How quickly can I create something, how good will it look, and what makes this 3D application better or different than others ... read more at Macworld

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Illustrator CS5 - Adobe

Illustrator CS5 introduces a series of new ways of working with vector artwork, some of which are genuinely innovative, and some of which simplify the creative process ... read more at MacUserUK

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Strata Enfold 3D CX - Strata

Strata Enfold 3D CX 1.0 is a plug-in that allows you to create professionally folded 3D designs within Adobe Illustrator. Fully integrated into the rest of the Strata 3D CX Suite ... read more at Macworld

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Strata Design 3D CX 6 - Strata

Creating 3D models these days involves more than just learning how to model. It means learning how to incorporate and harness the power of different programs ... read more at Macworld

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Strata Foto 3D CX 2 - Strata

Every so often, when you need a really good 3D model, you might find yourself struggling with traditional 3D modeling tools that do not give you enough in the way of organic tools ... read more at Macworld

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ArtRage Studio Pro 3 - Ambient Design

A stroke of paint can be much more than a simple swatch of color: it can have a wet gloss, a rippled surface, and seep into the canvas below it. Ambient Design brings these subtleties ... read more at Macworld

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Toon Boom Studio 5 - Toon Boom Animation

So many artists today want to venture into the animation world but either don’t have the hand-drawing artistic capabilities or the time and resources to learn 3-D animation ... read more at Macworld

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Mudbox 2010 - Autodesk

Mudbox is a high-end modelling and texturing program that's used heavily in the creation of content, mostly for games, films and television. It makes use of a technique called displacement mapping ... read more at MacUserUK

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Home & Landscape Design Studio for Mac - maker

Home & Landscape Design Studio for Mac 14.1 is a 3-D program aimed at home owners who want to design or remodel a home or landscape. This updated version creates a much richer experience ... read more at Macworld

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Poser 8 - Smith Micro

Poser 8 is the latest outing for the popular figure modelling application. With a tweaked interface, a huge degree of user control and a vast range of models and props ... read more at MacUserUK

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Bonzai3D - AutoDesSys

Bonzai3D from AutoDesSys, makers of the heavyweight modeller Form•Z, is a new application that's been designed to provide rapid conceptual 3D modelling - just like SketchUp ... read more at MacUserUK

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Toon Boom Studio 5 - Chromacolour International

Version 5 of Toon Boom Studio, the 2D drawing animation package, has just been released. If you haven't heard of it before, the name may sound like children's' software, but don't be fooled ... read more at MacUserUK

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GroBoto 2.3 - Braid Art Labs

At first glance, GroBoto 2.3.3 looks like it might be just another 3-D modeler—until you launch it. Then you discover an entirely different process for creating 3-D models and scenes that actually forces you to think creatively and organically ... read more at Macworld

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Vectorworks 2009 - Nemetschek North America

Nemetschek’s Vectorworks software has been one of the most powerful and popular CAD (computer-aided design) programs for the Mac for a couple of decades (the product started out as MiniCad in the late 1980s)... read more at Macworld

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TurboCad Mac Pro 4 - Avanquest

TurboCad 4 its a complete suite of drafting, modelling, rendering and animation tools. It's more than an upgrade to TurboCad 3: it's essentially a new product, and the makers claim it can be used for everything from 2D drafting to 3D illustration and animation... read more at Macworld

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EazyDraw 3 - EazyDraw

If you liked MacDraw—the vector drawing program that shipped with the Mac way back when—you’ll love its conceptual successor, EazyDraw 3. EazyDraw gives non-professionals a painless way to create illustrations... read more at Macworld

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Painter 11 - Corel

The best just keep getting better, and in the case of Painter 11, it even got a little faster, too. In this newest version of the gold standard software for a real-world painting experience, users will see a marked increase in speed along with 40 new Natural-Media brushes... read more at Macworld

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Geometric: Graphic Art and Pattern Fonts - Kapitza

Kapitza is the London design studio of Nicole and Petra Kapitza. Their work, it says here, is 'an expression of a shared passion for everyday life, minimalism, patterns and colour'. This book is about the last three... read more at MacUserUK

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SketchUp 7 Pro - SketchUp

While many people are familiar with Google's free SketchUp, the Pro version is a suite of applications comprising SketchUp Pro for modelling rendering and animation, LayOut for putting together presentations, and Style Builder, a utility that allows you to create hand-drawn effects... read more at MacUserUK

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Live Interior 3D Pro - BeLight Software

The premise of Live Interior is simple: it helps you visualise interior design projects from home and domestic situations, to commercial and business environments... read more at MacUserUK

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Toon Boom Studio 4.5 - Toon Boom Animation

Toon Boom Studio is a sophisticated and quirky drawing application designed for creating 2D drawn animations, with Flash-style drawing tools, onion skin viewing options and frame-based timelines. It combines a wide range of traditional and digital animation techniques, and the latest version, Toon Boom Studio 4.5, packs in a range of significant enhancements... read more at MacUserUK

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Illustrator CS4 - Adobe

If you’re someone who started out with Adobe Illustrator back when it was called Illustrator 88, then you’ve seen lots of changes over 20 years. Illustrator is one of a handful of powerful vector drawing products aimed at graphic artists and illustrators... read more at Macworld

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Kinemac - Kinemac

The word “easy” is usually not found anywhere near the term “3D” in a sentence describing 3D graphics software, and for good reason—creating 3D animation has become a specialized task, with highly complex software and a huge learning curve. Kinemac is an attempt to let video producers shorten the path from concept to final product... read more at MacLife

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Cinema 4D Release 11 - Maxon

With its latest upgrade to Cinema 4D, Maxon has introduced a whole new range of very useful and much-needed features. The application has long supported animation track mixing horizontally, but this new version expands the concept of non-linear animation... read more at MacUserUK

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Corel Painter Essentials 4 - Corel

For 15 years, Painter has been the go-to tool for anyone looking to simulate natural drawing and painting media techniques, from oil and watercolors to pencils, chalks, even crayons. But more than a few aspiring digital artists have found themselves somewhat intimidated by the capable (and dense) interface and toolset. Painter Essentials 4 is the latest incarnation of a boiled-down version of Painter X (4 out of 5 stars, May/07, p56) and contains many of the coolest toys of the full version... read more at MacLife

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Scribbles - Atebits

Scribbles is a doodling and drawing application that offers a fresh approach to interface design. It cheerfully ignores years of software development and displays just four controls: a brush stroke chooser, a colour picker, a brush size slider and a layers control. These are huge and chunky, as though made for kids... read more at MacUserUK

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Maya 2008 - Autodesk

There were some jitters in the Mac 3D community when Autodesk's takeover of Alias was announced - after all, apart from a brief appearance of AutoCad in the early 1990s, Autodesk has acted as though the Mac platform doesn't exist. Luckily, however, any fears appear to have been unfounded, as witnessed by this release of Maya 2008 (Version 9) for Mac OS X... read more at MacUserUK

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Microspot Interiors 4 Pro - Microspot

After a well-received version 4 of Interiors - which saw it getting a much-needed interface overhaul to bring it in line with Mac OS X - Kent-based Microspot has upped the ante with a version aimed at users who want a little bit more control and power in their designs... read more at MacUserUK

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Create 14 - Stone Design

After 17 years of development, Stone Design's Create has finally hit its stride. A fraction over six months after the release of Create 13, its successor has appeared. And while you could be forgiven for expecting a modest update, Create 14 includes a host of improvements to all areas of the program... read more at MacUserUK

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Modo 301 - Luxology

Luxology, creator of Modo, has taken a gradual approach to its product's development. Version one saw the basic modelling tools in place, while its successor added texture painting and beefed-up rendering. Now the latest offering has added animation capabilities - and a bit more beside... read more at MacUserUK

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Painter Essentials 4 - Corel

As the name suggests, Painter Essentials is a slimmed-down version of Corel's 'natural media' painting application, Painter X (Reviews, 2 March, p31). More than just a subset of Painter's tools and features, Painter Essentials is designed with novices in mind, though to take full advantage of the program, some basic drawing skills wouldn't go amiss... read more at MacUserUK

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VectorWorks 2008 - Nemetschek

VectorWorks has been one of the premiere CAD (computer-aided design) programs for the Macintosh for many years. Combining a powerful 2-D drafting environment with integrated 3-D modeling functionality, VectorWorks can take your project from planning to simple drafting to complex, photorealistic rendering. VectorWorks 2008 improves on and expands this already impressive array of capabilities... read more at Macworld

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Product Strata 3D[in] - Strata

The 3D Layers feature in the Extended version of Photoshop CS3 lets you place, rotate and edit the textures of 3D objects... read more at MacUserUK

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LightWave 9.3 - NewTek

LightWave 9.0 was one of the major releases in the program's history, making the application slicker and allaying the fears aroused by the departure of the engineers who went on to found Luxology... read more at MacUserUK

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Braid Arts Labs GroBoto 2.1 - Braid Arts Labs

While the vast majority of 3D software tends to be complex, intimidating and expensive, GroBoto is a one-of-a-kind offering, a completely original tool for instantly whipping up outrageous and intricate creations that would require serious effort with any other 3D package. It’s inexpensive, fun, and downright addictive... read more at MacLife

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TurboSketch Studio - IMSI/Design

TurboSketch Studio is a plug-in for Google SketchUp (4 mice), and includes the free version of the program in the box. It works with both the free and the Pro versions of this powerful 3-D program, which is typically used for architectural renderings that ship with rather minimal lighting and surfacing effects... read more at Macworld

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ArtRage 2.5 - ArtRage

Starting with MacPaint, there's been no shortage of Mac applications that emulate real-world painting and drawing materials. Corel Painter is the application that most readily comes to mind when illustration in oil on canvas is required - but ArtRage 2.5, a $25 application that punches well above its weight, may soon change that... read more at MacUserUK

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Lineform 1.3 - Freeverse

Lineform 1.3.2 is a refreshingly simple drawing program whose interface is similar enough to Illustrator’s (or CorelDraw’s, or other vector graphics programs) that experienced illustrators will intuitively find its key drawing tools. Lineform’s importing and exporting capabilities allow close collaboration between it and other more advanced illustration programs... read more at Macworld

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Adobe Illustrator CS3 - Adobe

Graphic artists who rely on Adobe Illustrator for their daily bread will be pleased with Illustrator CS3 (also known as version 13.0.0), which adds numerous small features throughout the application and a few whiz-bang winners. As with other members of the CS3 family, Illustrator also changes the appearance of palettes, now called "panels," in ways that are sure to be controversial. But overall, it's an excellent update to the last professional vector-based drawing application left standing... read more at MacLife

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Cheetah 3D 4 - Cheetah 3D

Cheetah 3D from German developer Martin Wengenmayer just keeps getting better, and version 4 has taken the 3D community by surprise with its new features and overall polish. The first thing you'll see is the slicker new interface, with new icons designed by Cheetah guru Frank Beckmann... read more at MacUserUK

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Live Interior 3D - Belight Software

This is the first release of Live Interior from Ukranian software house BeLight. Its premise is simple: to allow you to design the interior spaces of your home or office. To this end, it incorporates a 2D drafting environment, a 3D viewer that uses OpenGL to visualise the scenes, and a Browser where you can select from many bundled items of 3D furniture and building elements... read more at MacUserUK

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Lineform 1.2.5 - Freeverse

Lineform is the yin to EazyDraw's yang, replacing the latter's mind-bending complexity with a Zen-like simplicity. But although its tools appear spare at first, Lineform packs a lot of functionality into them... read more at MacLife

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Intaglio 2.9.4 - Purgatory Design

Intaglio occupies a happy medium between EazyDraw's obsessive detail and Lineform's übersimplicity. Of the three, Intaglio looks and acts the most like other Mac drawing programs you probably already know... read more at MacLife

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EazyDraw 2.1.3 - Dekorra Optics

EazyDraw marches to its own beat, and the drummer is playing modern jazz. Practically everything about it seems created anew: palettes, available tools, help text, ways of selecting and combining objects. On one hand, this inventiveness gives EazyDraw some unexpectedly useful capabilities, such as a large set of tools that automatically show measurements between points... read more at MacLife

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Bryce 6.1 - Daz3D

Bryce, the popular fantasy landscape modeller, has finally gone Intel native with the release of version 6.1, which brings a combination of application enhancements and modifications to the user interface ... read more at MacUserUK

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Vue 6 Infinite - E-on Software

It used to be Bryce, but now, if you want to create photo-real landscapes, Vue 6 from French developer e-on software is just about the only game in town. Unlike Bryce, which has remained a useful, if limited, tool, Vue Infinite has taken a place in some of Hollywood's top production houses - all the digital landscapes in Pirates of the Caribbean were created with it, for example ... read more at MacUserUK

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Punch! Home Design Studio - Punch! software

Home Design Studio is Punch! software's first foray into the Mac market. It enables users with little or no 3D experience to build models of prospective developments - extensions, interior remodelling or even that Beckingham Palace-style pile that you've always lusted after ... read more at MacUserUK

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Painter X - Corel

While Photoshop has become synonymous with computer graphics, Painter is the longtime king of the digital painting kingdom. If you own a Wacom drawing tablet or you can differentiate between the odors of oil and acrylic paints, Painter's awesome traditional media chops will blow you away. Some newly added tricks, along with the speed enhancements, help this X mark its spot as a must-have digital artistry tool ... read more at MacUserUK

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Google SketchUp Pro 6 - Google + Sketchup

SketchUp users have spent the last year in a state of some trepidation, wondering which way Google would take the application. After the bad blood engendered by releasing most of version 5 as the free Google SketchUp, the company has taken the unusual step of releasing this new whole-number release as a free upgrade for anyone with a version 5 licence. And for good measure, it's thrown in the new LayOut application (albeit still in beta) for free as well... read more at MacUserUK

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Maya Complete 8.5 - Autodesk

Maya is a powerful, 3-D modeling, texturing, and rendering application, with all of the tools needed to do nearly every type of animation imaginable, from simulations of real-world physics to character animation with a wide spectrum of emotive expressions... read more at Macworld

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Poser 7 - Allume

It may have started life as a 'figure reference tool for artists', but each new release has taken Poser far beyond that basic remit. The latest version brings a wealth of new features, including lip syncing, transferrable poses, multiple undo, multi-threaded rendering and many other tweaks... read more at MacUserUK

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