Wacom’s new Intuos Pro graphics tablet is the thinnest since the company started selling graphics tablets many years ago. Wacom sells its professional line of tablets most often to graphics designers and photographers, but I managed to put it to good use with mocha Pro and Motion as well. The experience led me to try to use the newest Intuos Pro with Final Cut Pro X, my goal being to use it as a poor man’s control surface. For my tests, Wacom kindly sent me a large Paper Edition model.
Palette, a smal Australian company of enthusiasts, develops the Cube Portable Color Digitizer, a small, white cube-shaped scanner that stores up to 20 colours in its internal memory and helps designers and artists find matching colours. A smartphone/tablet app and/or macOS/Windows desktop app complete the offering.
OmniGraffle has been and is for creating precise graphics such as website wireframes, electrical systems, family trees, presentation diagrams and maps of software classes. Everyone from professional artists and designers to casual data mappers and beginning diagrammers will find something gratifyingly new in OmniGraffle 7. I had the opportunity to review the Pro version.
Corel has added more features to Painter 2017 without turning the app into bloatware. The interface has been improved as well. Most Painter artists will want to check out the new version as it has much appeal.
Hydra, the HDR app by Creaceed, has been upgraded to version 4. It has been optimised for Metal, has a new easy-to-use translucent user interface, and comes with an excellent automatic image alignment system. It offers less brilliant manual image alignment, and removal of ghosting artefacts, both with a region delineation tool. In addition, Hydra 4 works with a highly accurate 128-bit internal format.
Creating 3D models can be quite challenging. Applications like Cinema 4D and Maya are all-round 3D apps. They allow you to create 3D worlds and animations that can be used just as effectively in a game as in a presentation or blockbuster movie. Strata Design 3D CX 8.1.0, the Winter 2015-2016 release I got to review, is more focused on presenting 3D model design — objects, products, architecture, interior design... — in the most realistic and efficient way. The app has a learning curve, but it sure isn’t as steep as Maya’s or Cinema 4D’s.
The Hype 3.5 update improves Tumult's flagship web animation app in many areas and adds new features that would easily justify the term upgrade. The Hype Reflect app was updated to version 2 to keep up with the new features of the design application. New in Hype 3.5 are Waypoint Actions, Scale transformations, Alpha colours, Drag-select Lock/Visibility …
I wasn't aware it was that time of the year again: a new version of Painter. This venerable creative app is now officially called Painter 2016. If you thought after experiencing the last version it would be hard to come up with some new and exciting stuff… well, you were wrong. Painter 2016 has received some much needed interface improvements, but also new brushes and capabilities that once again will enable artists to have more fun and get closer to the analogue experience.
An Adobe Illustrator fan are you? But not really happy with Adobe’s cloud pricing model? Your options to find something at least as powerful as Illustrator CC-whatever are very limited. Finding something that’s equally useful as CS3 is even going to get you a headache. Until you discover and try out Affinity Designer. Then you’ll discover Illustrator is not the only Walhalla in Designer Universe.
Painter 2015 has one feature that will make people drool over this new version: Particle Brushes. Other improvements are jitter smoothing, greater speed and better performance, and 64-bit on the Mac. Painter 2015 also has an even more manageable and organised interface and comes with generous libraries of new content.