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Corel Painter X is one of the most powerful tools ever created for the digital artist, and in this interview with Corel Painter Master Don Seegmiller we discuss the new features of Painter X, his approach to education, and the refinement of painting and drawing in the digital age. Author of "Digital Character Design and Painting", Seegmiller is a well-known artist in the concept art and game developer communities whose captivating images have been featured in games, books, magazines and galleries around the world. If you are working with Corel Painter, then don't miss this interview! Recorded at the Siggraph/ACM Conference in San Diego, California, in August 2007 by Harris Fogel. Posted 12/20/2007 (13:43)

One of the biggest annoyances and problems for Digital SLR photographers is that tiny, almost invisible bits of dust on the sensor can result in enormous amounts of time "de-dusting" the images after a shoot is over. While applications like Adobe Photoshop Lightroom have some automated tools to help with the removal of dust that is already on the image, what your mom told you holds true: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In this review, we look at the approaches taken by VisibleDust and Delkin Devices to help rid your sensor of dust.

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/20/07

I've been using a Wacom tablet for over 15 years, starting with their ADB-based ArtZ tablets. There have been other tablet entries into the market over the years, but none have stuck, and Wacom rules the roost. And for good reason - each iteration of the line offers more sensitivity, tilt, and options. But the ultimate tablet is the Wacom Cintiq 21UX tablet, which bonds a tablet to a high-quality LCD display.

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/20/2007

Set sail for television viewing on land, in your RV, or aboard your boat with the Pinnacle TV for Mac HD Stick. Powered by Elgato’s EyeTV® Lite software, the TV for Mac HD Stick allows you to transform your Mac into a fully functioning digital and analog television receiver, complete with a miniature remote control. Hey, what else do you need but a cold beer and a bag of chips and you’ll be ready to watch your favorite shows and never miss a big game on live TV!

Jane Cooper, Posted 12/20/2007

Daz3d has been committed to making 3D both enjoyable and affordable. From their freeware DAZ Studio, to Bryce 6, Hexagon 2, and their flagship 3D product Carrara 6. If you are just starting to work with 3D, or if you are experienced working in the 3D space, then listen in as Daz 3D's Steve Kondris discusses the various offerings and features in their recently updating software! Recorded at the Siggraph/ACM Conference in San Diego, California, in August 2007 by Harris Fogel. Posted 12/20/2007 (13:29)

If you have ever been hiking and wanted a tripod to stabilize your photos, but didn't want to lug along extra pounds of photo equipment, you haven't had much choice. The TrekPodand TrekPod Go look like well-constructed walking sticks, but the bottom section opens up James Bond-style to reveal a small tripod, and the top has a screw thread to match a camera base.

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/20/2007

Anyone who has used a remote control with their iPod, know that they all have one thing in common: you can't actually see what you are controlling. Not so with the new Keyspan TuneView for iPod remote control and docking station. Attach the dock to your stereo and the video out to your TV, and insert your iPod, and turn on the TuneView, and you have the screen from your iPod on the TuneView's remote which has its own color LCD screen.

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/20/2007

I race down a canyon with my speed being at least 70 mph, trying to stay on the road. My opponent crashes into me purposely, making me swerve. I hit him accidentally, driving off the road and into the canyon. My heart pounding, I step away from my keyboard, and get myself a Coke. Thankfully, I’m not really old enough for a driver's license, and I had only been playing EA's new racing game for the Mac, Need for Speed: Carbon.

Thomas Fogel, Posted 12/20/2007

Ah ... the little elves of Jonathan Ive's Industrial Design Department labor away under Santa Jobs' and Santa Ive's guidance, creating ever more beautiful creations that are the objects of the lust that is the hallmark of Apple's ID mantra. Those designs are gorgeous yet fragile finished products. It doesn't take much to mar the finish on a beautiful new MacBook Pro, or scratch the screen of an iPod. With Techshell's new rubberized shells, or Gelaskins beautiful graphics, you can protect your Apple laptop and keep them looking good at the same time.

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/20/2007

A few years ago at Boston MacWorld (boy, that dates us!), we met with Seiko Instruments, USA who were introducing a new label printer that was Mac-compatible. At the time, it was an important announcement for the Mac market, since not that many folks were making Mac-compatible devices, especially in the small business segment. Since then, Seiko has continued to improve the software, adding additional features to their SLP printer line, which stands for Smart Label Printer. Their commitment continues with the introduction of the Seiko SLP 440 printer.

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/20/2007

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