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Product Review: Analog Devices' SoundMAX SMart Tools  
by Todd Fay [08.15.02]
In the past, audio professionals have managed without dedicated middleware tools, relying on in-house toolkits to incorporate and manipulate proprietary audio technologies. However, with more and more developers striving to create relevant audio content for their products, a need for more sophisticated interactive audio tools has arrived. Analog Devices answers the call with SoundMAX SMartTools. SMartTools grants sound designers the power of so-called "animated audio."
Audio, Product Reviews

Product Review: MindAvenue's Axel Edge 1.5  
by Steve Boelhouwer [08.15.02]
With Axel Edge 1.5, a modeling, animation, and publishing tool available for the PC and Macintosh (OS 9 and X), Canada's MindAvenue continues its pursuit of stalwarts such as Macromedia's Director. Version 1.0 showed promise as an easy-to-use product with a pure web focus, and newly released version 1.5 builds on that foundation. I'll take a look at this new release with an eye toward its suitability for creating web games.
Art, Product Reviews

Product Review: Virtools Dev 2.0  
by Daniel Sánchez-Crespo Dalmau [08.09.02]
For those new to the product, Virtools is a production environment (such as Director) designed to allow the rapid creation of 3D-interactive applications.The second version of Virtools clearly builds upon previous releases, keeping a similar look while adding a host of new features that greatly improve the final package.
Programming, Product Reviews

Product Review: Bionatics' NatFX  
by Daniel Sánchez-Crespo Dalmau [07.15.02]
Tree modeling can be a complex art: the developer must cleverly find a balance between real geometry and textured planes, often with the help of some level-of-detail processing. This makes tree modeling a time-consuming task, and results are often unpredictable. To ease this task, a number of specific tree-modeling tools have appeared. One of these is Bionatics' NatFX, designed specifically with game developers in mind.
Art, Product Reviews

Product Review: Great Circle 1
by Francis Irving [07.15.02]
There's nothing worse than finding you still have a serious crash bug a week before gold master. It happened to me on Creatures 3, and although it was exhilarating, it was also terrifying that if we didn't fix it we would miss the CD factory slot. As serious software developers we need better tools available as standard to end this kind of problem for good. So it was with some interest that I installed Great Circle, Geodesic's testing and diagnostic environment.
Programming, Product Reviews

Product Review: A Tale of Two Workstations  
by David Stripinis [07.02.02]
The term workstation is often used with some alacrity to describe the computers game artists work on every day. Few, however, would truly be considered an heir to the title passed down from the SGIs of yesteryear. David Stripinis looks at two products that both live up to the title and at least one that redefines the way CG artists can work.
Art, Product Reviews

Product Review: Digidesign's Mbox  
by Gene Porfido [05.20.02]
A few years back, Digidesign released the Digi 001 with Pro Tools LE, an affordable I/O and software package that addressed the needs of most lower-budget users, but with up to 18 inputs/outputs, it's still a bit too much for some. With Mbox, the two companies offer us a smaller package that exemplifies ease of use in a powerful system. Mbox has a small footprint, as it sits upright on your desk or computer table. Compact yet sturdy and well made, it's a nice design that takes up little space, looks great, and is eminently portable.
Audio, Product Reviews

Product Review: NXN's Alienbrain 5  
by Chris Corry [01.30.02]
On a day-to-day basis, game developers must deal with many different file types, each of which may appear in a dozen different forms or stages within an art pipeline, and unless the team is well organized and eternally vigilant, keeping track of all this inherent complexity can be an absolute nightmare. Alienbrain attempts to straighten out this dire state of affairs.
Programming, Production, Art, Product Reviews

Product Review: Perforce  
by James Boer [12.14.01]
When the engineers at Lithtech wanted an industrial-strength, simple-to-use, multi-platform source control tool, they decided to give Perforce a try.
Programming, Production, Product Reviews

Poser 4.0 Review  
by Jason Zirpolo [07.30.99]
If you're trying to get into 3D or if you're a traditional artist trying to visualize your ideas, Metacreations' Poser 4.0 could be just the tool for you. If you're already a pro, however, you might be a little disappointed. See what's up with the lastest version of this character animation tool.
Art, Product Reviews