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We Left It Up to Our Readers to Pick Their Favorite Animation and Vfx Tools

We Left It Up to Our Readers to Pick Their Favorite Animation and Vfx Tools

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best softwares for animations make wallpapers ,cartoons, screensavers out of them
best softwares for animations make wallpapers ,cartoons, screensavers out of them

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Published by: sagar.karira on May 25, 2009
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We left it up to our readers to pick their favorite animation and vfx tools/software packages of the year. Here are the terrific 10 items that earned the most votes, inalphabetical order:
3ds Max (3D Studio Max) ’09
. Employed in many of the top Hollywood film productions, videogames and TV commercials, but also priced for the home studio, thisfull-featured 3D modeling, animation, rendering and effects solution has everything youneed to create high-quality content. The latest version, 3ds Max 9, offers new renderingcapabilities, improved interoperability with industry-standard products including Revitsoftware, lighting simulation and analysis technology, and additional time-savinganimation and mapping workflow tools. The software now comes in two distinct flavorsto better meet the specific needs of entertainment and visualization customers. Inaddition, greater OBJ translation fidelity and more import/export options allow for moreaccurate data transfers between 3ds Max and digital modeling packages, including thenew Autodesk Mudbox software. Suggested retail price is $3,495, with upgrades from3ds Max 2008 going for approximately $895.
Adobe Creative Suite 4 Master Collection
. Adobe has crammed a bunch of its popular software applications into this little box. This comprehensive, cross-media creativeenvironment offers users a wide variety of options for designing print, interactive, web,film, video and mobile content. Integrating new versions of widely used Adobe software,the suite allows artists to design freely with images, vectors, video and sound, movingeasily from page to screen. The Master Collection combines Adobe InDesign CS4,Photoshop CS4 Extended, Illustrator CS4, Acrobat 9 Pro, Flash CS4 Professional,Dreamweaver CS4, Fireworks CS4, Contribute CS4, After Effects CS4, Premiere Pro
CS4, Soundbooth CS4, OnLocation CS4 and Encore CS4 with additional tools andservices. You get all that for $2,499, or upgrade for $899.
. Developed as an in-house application by Dutch animation studio NeoGeo and Not a Number Technologies (NaN), Blender is a free, open-source 3D content creationsuite available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License. Itmay not have all the same bells and whistles of leading packages such as Max and Maya, but this software is a great value considering what it costs—nothing. Students,independents, hobbyists and even professionals can take advantage of Blenders tools for modeling, rigging, animation, rendering, UV unwrapping, shading, physics and particles,imaging and compositing, and realtime 3D/game creation. Blender can be downloadedfrom www.blender.org, where visitors will find educational materials and support, as wellas an online community of users.
DigiCel FlipBook 
. Many of our readers wrote in to tell us how easy it is to create 2Danimation and line tests with this classic number. FlipBook allows animators to drawright on the computer using their mouse or tablets, or draw on paper, then shoot the roughsketches under a camera for speed, then scan the cleaned up drawings for quality. You canalso paint the drawings quickly and add pans and zooms and then export the movies onthe web. You can download the entry-level program for $79, the midrange version for $299 and the high-end professional program (1,500 frames and 99 foreground layers) for $699. As one of the software’s fans noted, “What I like about FlipBook that you feel likeit was made with the animator in mind!”

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