Affinity Designer, the successful Adobe Illustrator challenger

Affinity Designer

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.

If you’re familiar with Astute Graphics’s products, you’ll feel right at home in Affinity Designer. In contrast to Illustrator without Astute Graphics plug-ins, Affinity Designer is a real OS X application with almost all the features Adobe Illustrator has, and some others Illustrator lacks. Unique about Affinity Designer is its precision (sub-pixel precision, to be precise), its real-time pixel preview, its 1 million zoom factor capability and its inclusion of the superior Lanczos 3 image resampling algorithm. It’s also the only Illustrator challenger with full support for colour management and a full range of export formats.

ColorRight Lumenator Pro LED light disc

Lumenator Pro

The ColorRight Lumenator Pro photo/video LED light could have been a wonderful device. The concept is great, alright. But unfortunately, “good concept” doesn’t always equal “good product”. In this case, the materials used and the company-boasted specs resulted in expectations not being met — a bad product overall.

Correcting a photo with Perfectly Clear

Perfectly Clear

Correcting photos in half the time you would need when doing the same with Photoshop or Lightroom’s built-in tools. That is what Athentech Imaging promises with Perfectly Clear. The Photoshop and Lightroom plug-ins serve the same purpose as Perfectly Clear for iOS devices.

Primatte Keyer 5.1 works with Final Cut Pro X — a review

Primatte Keyer 5.1

You can create a chroma key in Final Cut Pro X, but the options to make it a perfect key are limited. That’s not the case with Red Giant Software’s Primatte Keyer, the chroma key technology used in major films like Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, Harry Potter, King Kong and Spider-Man, which finally became available for Final Cut Pro X. I took Primatte Keyer 5.1 for a test drive.

BIAS Desktop Amp Designer review

BIAS Desktop Amp Designer is a plug-in for Mac OS X and Windows which allows you to create amp models in a new way. I tried it out with Logic Pro X and multiple track types, including an audio (voice-over) and a software instrument track. What I found was that the plug-in could actually change the sound completely. In other words, you can use it to design the recorded sound to make it a better fit for a movie, besides the obvious use of the plug-in as a regular amp designer.