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Volume: 25 Issue: 10 (October 2002)

Features

A Napoleonic Quest
The life of the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte is so astounding and his accomplishments so grandiose that his biography appears more fantastical than factual. Born in 1769, this legendary leader ...

Department

Letters - 10/02

Adobe Ships Photoshop 7.0
Adobe Systems' Photoshop is an industry-standard image-editing tool with a user base that the company estimates to be "in the millions." Version 7.0 of Photoshop includes a major upgrade to the File ...
Devastating Effects
Powerful results can materialize by blending computer animation, visual effects, miniatures, matte paintings, and live action. Using this formula, digital artists at Riot (Los Angeles) conjured up a ...
Back Drop - 10/02
The projects were drastically different. For Spy Kids 2, we had to create fantastic environments and gadgets for the sake of visual impact. For Napoleon, the effects had to be photorealistic and ...
Products - 10/02

Getting Personal
Ask any group of people you know to list the ways computers are changing, and chances are they would start by saying that systems are getting smaller, faster, and cheaper. After that, they might add ...
Anark Studio 1.5
Animation and interactivity on the Web are becoming increasingly popular. Graphic designers and Web masters are always pushing the boundaries of what can be downloaded or streamed without requiring a ...
A Cat Tale
A team of digital artists from Glassworks, a London animation and effects house, was extremely finicky about creating the first in a series of 3D television commercials for Kitekat cat food, which is ...
ATI Introduces Fire GL X1
The latest heavy hitter in the 3D graphics accelerator wars is the Fire GL X1 from ATI Technologies. The new card is based on ATI's Radeon 9700 Visual Processing Unit (VPU) and delivers fully ...
Graphics and Video Markets Merge
The lines between graphics and video continue to blur as technology such as real-time compositing and motion tracking become more widely available. The market for professional media creation products ...
In Brief
NaturalMotion (Oxford, UK) has announced VMC Action, the first product based on the company's Active Character Technology, which creates character movements based on artificial intelligence. VMC ...
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