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Every year we sit down with Jason Brynford Jones, also known as "Chinny" of Softimage to talk about the status of the 3D software industry, new releases and improvements in Softimage XSI 6.5 3D software. With legions of devoted fans, Chinny is always a great read on where we stand in the industry, as well we are in terms supplying talent to ever hungry studios eager for 3D animators. Recorded at the Siggraph/ACM Conference in San Diego, California, in August 2007 by Harris Fogel. Posted 12/20/2007 (21:41)

Last year, we highlighted Delkin Device's eFilm Express Card 34 compact flash adapter for ExpressCard Slots as a must-have accessory for anyone with a MacBook Pro and a digital camera that takes Compact Flash cards, Delkin Devices, Kingston, Ridata, and others now make ultra high-speed memory cards, which can download data in a hurry, provided that you have a high-speed way to transfer that data. Delkin Devices' new FireWire 800/400 UDMA CompactFlash Reader-39 is a great solution. Once you've created your masterpieces in digital data, the big concern is how to archive it and on what media. Here is a quick lesson in the basic differences between some optical media choices available including the Delkin Devices Archival Gold Media and Verbatim's UltraLife Archival Gold media.

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/20/2007

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

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