Thursday, 23 December 2010

WIN! An iPad, Panasonic Lumix Camera, Laptop Lounge-Tec Desk and Many More with Reallusion!

Reallusion and SketchUcation have teamed up to announce the 'Bring Architecture to Life' rendering contest. The aim of this contest is to combine the powers of Google SketchUp and Reallusion iClone to create the most visually appealing architectural renders possible.

There are also prizes for the most popular renders, and the image/video that has the most unique comments from different users. The 'People's Choice' award and the 'Buzz' award are both new awards this time - simply upload your render to the event page and get all your friends to come vote for you!

For more information, please see:

Friday, 17 December 2010


New Video Effects Package 12 Contains 2,000 New Travel-themed Effects including Skylines of Major Cities, Landmarks, Contours, and More – in Full HD Resolution, plus New 64-bit Plug-ins for Adobe® Premier Pro CS5 and Sony® Vegas 64-bit Platforms

Immendingen/Silicon Valley, December 16, 2010.  proDAD, the highly acclaimed developer of digital video effects and image enhancement technology today announced the availability of the highly anticipated Adorage Effects Package 12 – Worldwide Effects.  The new Adorage Effects Package 12 delivers exactly what it promises – 2,000 new effects and transitions in HD-quality specifically for adding some pizzazz to travel and vacation videos. Adorage 12 focuses on sights, skylines, and contours. This new 64-bit version complements its predecessor “HD Global Travel & Flags FX” and is a great addition for anyone with other Adorage volumes or first-time users. First Introduced in 1999, Adorage has been a favourite among ambitious hobby editors for digital video editing, and is now being used by professional editors worldwide.

Adorage Effects Package 12 combines sights from all over the globe with skylines of many large cities and many universally applicable effects.   Adorage 12 offers an amazing number of effects including a variety of composite options, a large repertoire of short clips, numerous split-screen effects, as well as video-collages. Selection of the appropriate effect is available with the single click of a mouse. Effects may be adjusted quickly and easily, and still pictures as well as film material can be integrated freely, thus leaving plenty of room for style and creativity. While the included effects are in stunning HD resolution, they can also be used in SD projects.

Adorage effects feature fast rendering times and are easy and intuitive to use.  Adorage Effects can be used seamlessly with included plug-ins for popular Windows-based NLEs including: Adobe® Premiere/Pro/Elements, AVID®/Pinnacle Studio, Corel® VideoStudio/Pro/MediaStudio, Grass Valley® Canopus EDIUS and Neo, Magix® Video Deluxe, Sony Vegas Movie Studio/Vegas Pro, and Ulead Videostudio/mediastudio . Adorage 12 supports 32- and 64-bit versions of popular NLEs and now supports Sony Vegas Pro 64-bit and Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.  The new 64-bit plug-ins allow owners of previous Adorage volumes to use them in newer 64-bit NLEs.
Price & Availability

Adorage Effects Package 12 is available for immediate purchase and download from the proDAD online shop and is available for a special introductory price of $79 until January 15, 2011.  Learn more about Adorage Effects Package 12 at  

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Paragon GPT Loader Grants Instant Access to Internal 3TB+ Hard Disk Drives Under Any Windows OS Since XP

Available Free as Part of the Early Adopter Program, Paragon GPT Loader adds new functionality to access single HDDs more than 2TB in capacity

London, UK, December 14, 2010Paragon Software Group (PSG), the technology leader in innovative data security and data management solutions, has expanded support of its Paragon GPT Loader to include any Windows OS since XP, granting full access to modern 3TB+ hard disk drives (HDDs). Paragon GPT Loader now overrides crippled HDD controller drivers in Windows Vista and later OSes to access internal HDDs more than 2TB in capacity despite limitations of system software.
With the growing ability to produce HDDs with higher capacities year over year, a wider spectrum of end users are finding the new 3TB+ drives ideal for use as external storage devices alongside desktops and laptops, or inserted inside workstations and home computers as internal storage.  Demand increases as large files -- such as HD-video, archived images and music in lossless compression format -- become stored and accessed more frequently in the home and workplace.
Newer Windows operating systems, including Windows 7, appear to support modern high-capacity drives at first glance, but other system software -- including Intel Storage Matrix Drivers for HDD controllers, which occur in most systems equipped with Intel chipset-based motherboards -- limit that support, causing the majority of the disk to remain unavailable. With only 750GB of the usable disk space accessible, users who purchase 3TB drives are paying a premium for storage space that cannot be used due to the limitations of controller drivers native to the operating system.
Paragon GPT Loader, a specially designed driver that adds the functionality to support the GPT partitioning scheme under Windows XP, now grants full, native access to 3TB+ drives connected internally for any Windows OS since XP, including Windows 7.
For more information about Paragon GPT Loader, please visit:
Availability & System Requirements:

Paragon GPT Loader supports internally connected single 3TB+ drives under Windows XP, excluding drives used as external storage or those combined into RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks).  Paragon GPT Loader replaces outdated HDD controller drivers to use 3TB+ disks under any Windows OS since Vista, including Windows 7.  Available for immediate download, free of charge as part of the Early Adopter Program, interested parties are invited to run pre-production software to help validate features of the new technology. Paragon GPT Loader can be downloaded at

New Mercalli V2 Mac Plug-In Offers Final Cut Pro, Apple Motion, and Premier Pro CS5 Mac Users Extremely Effective Video Stabilization and Automated Rolling-shutter Correction Right on the Timeline 

Immendingen Germany/Silicon Valley, CA, December 13, 2010 – proDAD, a world-class developer of digital video effects plug-ins and image optimization technologies for professional video editors and broadcast professionals as well as aspiring pros today confirmed that the highly anticipated Mercalli V2 Mac plug-in is now available for immediate purchase and download as part of the proDAD Mercalli V2 Pro plug-in product.  The new Mercalli V2 technology was first shown at NAB in April of this year and the plug-ins for Windows® based NLEs began shipping in October and today the Mac plug-ins are finally available.  Mac users who took advantage of the Mercalli V2 Pro “pre-release special” will be receiving an email to download and install the Mercalli V2 Pro package using the original download link & license key that was sent to them.

Mercalli V2 – More than just a stabilizer

·        Complete 3D video stabilization on all 3 camera axis.
·        Fully automated rolling-shutter compensation of undesired skewing, jello, or wobble effects.
·        Minimal zooming requirement compared with other stabilizers.
·        Eliminates jerking movements during panning.
·        Removes irregularities during panning.
·        Calculates missing images during low FPS rates.
·        Optimizes digitalized and restored Super 8 footage.
·        Smoother results for all video recordings, from hand-cameras to steady-cam.
·        Over-arching multiple scene stabilization.
·        Intuitive and interactive operation and multi-core support for super fast results.
·        No key-frames or elaborate tracking points necessary.
·        Ready to use: Just load the video, stabilize - done!
·        Win 32-/64-Bit support with independent plug-in versions.
·        Compatible with Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Motion, and Adobe Premier Pro & After Effects CS5 Mac. 

Pricing and Availability:

Mercalli V2 Pro retails for $249.00 and is available for immediate purchase and download from the web shop.  proDAD is offering a 20% introductory discount for Mercalli V2 Pro until January 15, 2011.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Gadget Show Feature Lastolite HiLite!

The Gadget Show Christmas Special episode featured the Lastolite HiLite! For the full review please visit: 

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Reallusion empowers Photoshop Users with 3D Production Tools.

iClone4 provides fast and affordable ways to create 3D Stereo prints while saving on stock image purchases. 

NORTHAMPTON, UK, November 23rd, 2010  - Reallusion, Inc., an award-winning developer of video creation software for real-time 3D animation, pushes its software boundaries further by introducing a new way for Photoshop Users to create 3D Stereo prints from existing Photoshop projects, and also save on stock image purchases with the use of  iClone4.

iClone4 is an affordable, real-time 3D animation tool, with stereoscopic output capabilities, that allows any Photoshop project to be turned into eye-catching 3D Stereo printouts. With this new and powerful addition to its arsenal of high-quality image production, the Photoshop Community can now import image layers, into iClone4, to create 3D Stereo prints in a matter of minutes.

iClone4’s native 3D environment is ideal for arranging and layering images in X,Y and Z-axis which allows artists to have full control over any 3D effects by simply dragging layers around in real 3D space. iClone4 also delivers a fast and easy way of exporting an entire scene in stereoscopic 3D with just one click.

Additionally, there is no need to search through thousands of expensive stock image libraries to find that one unique image as Reallusion has released a series of exclusive content packs titled ‘Mr. Pose & Friends’ which literally allow Photoshop Users to customize and animate 3D figurines to any pose or camera perspective they need. These new content packs come with posable figurines, accessory kits and even ready-made animations that can be activated by anyone.

Graphic Artists can also display 2D images on 3D objects by simply importing images and dropping them onto any texture surface with material channels, bump channels, specular channels and more to create ultra-real scenes with easy-to-activate high dynamic range visuals.

iClone4 gives Photoshop artists a new way of adding 3D content to their artwork. Accessory packs such as Mr. Pose & Friends make it quick and easy for artists to enhance their artwork with 3D models.” – said Denny Tang, the founder of, who this month launched an exclusive iClone and Photoshop tutorial on his website.

Reallusion has also created a specially designed landing page for Photoshop Users to visit, and learn all about the benefits and tools with several step-by-step tutorials made exclusively for graphic artists. To see more, just visit:

The page introduces 3 great new pipeline tutorials for Photoshop Users to:

  • Create Advertisements with 3D Posable figurines
  • Turn Photoshop projects into Stereoscopic 3D printouts
  • Export OBJ models into Photoshop for 3D paint editing and more
Pricing and Availability
3D Pose-able Figure - Best 3D Creativity Solutions
iClone 4 Standard + iClone Combo Pack: Mr. Pose & Friends
List Price : USD149.90
Special Price: USD104.93 (30%OFF)

About Reallusion, Inc.
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Reallusion is a leading-edge software developer providing Hollywood-like 3D cinematic animation tools for PC and mobile platforms.  Reallusion’s pioneering storytelling technology excelling at character animation, facial morphing and voice lip-sync allows fast creation of interactive avatars for 3D real-time filmmaking and previsualization for professional post-production.  Their powerful yet easy-to-use tools make character animation accessible to PC users of all skill levels. 
Reallusion’s development of core technologies and growing base of intellectual property firmly establish the company as power among emerging technology innovators, furthering their graphic and imaging embedded kernels to top-brand device manufacturers worldwide.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010




Swann’s spy gadget range: Little brother is watching you!

Check out Swann Security's gadget range by following the link below!

Thursday, 18 November 2010

STM Bags release Revolution backpack

Re-define the Ease of Carrying Your Laptop and iPad with the STM Revolution!

London, UK 18th November 2010, leading Australian bag manufacturer, STM Bags has announced the release of the revolution for laptops.

“The revolution pack is the result of more than 5 years of tinkering,” says STM’s co-founder Adina Jacobs. “We believe the pack has the ultimate set of features that our customers demand and a couple they didn’t know they needed.”
The new revolution laptop backpack is designed to easily carry your digital devices and all their accompanying gear. Made of a lightweight, durable, water resistant nylon, you can be sure that your laptop and accessories are protected whatever the weather.

The main compartment provides plenty of space for your books and folders, whilst the concealed and suspended foam cell protects your laptop on all sides. The integrated iPad sleeve is lined with a unique, fingerprint-removing brushed nylex lining to securely hold your device. Ergonomic shoulder straps and a high-density foam back panel provide comfort when carrying the bag, and in case of an unexpected downpour, there is tuck-away rain cover.

Available in two colours, burnt orange and carbon, revolution comes in two sizes to fit most 13” and 15” laptops.

Key Features and Benefits:

  • Concealed, plush lined laptop section.
  • Integrated iPad pocket.
  • Organisation panel for cables, pens etc.
  • Main compartment for books, paperwork etc.
  • Adjustable suspension system for a comfortable fit.
  • Sternum strap and tuck-away waist straps.
  • Front zippered pocket for quick access.
  • Two versatile side pockets.
  • Tuck-away rain cover.
  • Integrated phone pouch on shoulder strap for easy access.
Price & Availability:

The revolution range is available now at the following prices:

Small: £79.95
Medium: £89.95

For stockist information please go to:

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

NEW MAGIX Rescue Your Data

The Easy Backup Solution for your Photos, Videos and Music!

UK, November 15th 2010, MAGIX AG, One of the leading international providers of software, online services, and digital content, has announced the release of Rescue Your Data.

MAGIX Rescue Your Data is the first, easy to use backup application for Windows® XP, Vista® and Windows® 7 which is tailored specifically to the needs of notebook users.
Notebook computers are used to store personal information and important documents. However, computer viruses, hard drive failure and accidents pose a constant threat to irreplaceable documents such as emails, photos or music. With MAGIX Rescue Your Data you can automatically create a full backup of your system files and applications to an external hard drive or a DVD.

Rescue Your Data offers a simple and reliable solution for data backup. Simply connect the external hard drive, select what you want to back up to where, and the program will automatically take care of the rest. With 500MB of Magix online storage included and a search screen that allows you to search for individual files and instantly restore them, Rescue Your Data provides everything you need to be sure your important and personal information is protected.


  • Specifically designed for notebook users
  • Automatic backup - backs up all type of data
  • Easy, fast data recovery
  • Online storage of 500MB included
  • Create custom backups with the Manual backup options
  • MAGIX Data Shredder – completely wipes confidential data on request
Price & Availability:

MAGIX Rescue Your Data is available now for SRP £39.99 inc VAT from Amazon and PC World.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Longer Nights, Darker Days - Avoid Being a Victim of Winter Burglary with the Latest Range of Home Security Products from Swann

Swann Security, the global leader in “Plug & Play” security monitoring solutions, offers a range of security devices to protect your loved ones and property during the long winter nights.

Recent newspaper reports state that insurers insurance claims are up by as much as 50% or more as vandals take advantage of longer hours of darkness as a result of the clocks going back an hour from British Summer Time. It is generally acknowledged that the fear of crime is higher in the dark winter months. People feel more vunerable during darker evenings. Swann security devices are inexpensive and can deter undesirables. Homes with a security device installed are 8 times less likely to be broken in to than those without showing how effective deterrent security devices are. Swann security products are easy to install and offer complete peace of mind.

Included in the range are:

DVR4-2000 Security Recording Kit. Download free “app” for live streaming on iPhone
This Security Recording Kit provides you with everything you need to monitor, record and capture video footage for your home or business. With the ability to ‘set and forget’ the kit to record up to 30 days with 4 cameras simultaneously, you will never miss any suspicious activity. The kit includes two PNP-150 video cameras that can capture footage day and night from up to 30ft away. Each camera is weather resistant with anti-corrosive casing, and with the H.264 state-of-the-art recording technology, you can be sure of a high image quality for a fraction on the file size. The DVR4-2000 easily connects to your TV for viewing on the AV channel, and comes equipped with remote viewing software to view footage over the internet. You can even download a free ‘app’ for live streaming on your iPhone or Smartphone. Easily install two more cameras from the Swann Security range for even more coverage.
The DVR4-2000 is available at SRP £399.99 inc from selected PC World, Currys & Makro

ADW-400 Digital Guardian Camera & Recorder!
The ADW-400 Digital Guardian Camera and Recorder introduces unprecedented affordability for people who require a solution that not only allows them to see what’s going on but also record footage.

One of the biggest inhibitors to effective wireless camera performance in past years has been interference from nearby Bluetooth devices, Web routers, microwave ovens and cordless phones. Swann’s latest Advanced Digital Wireless cameras are truly Wi-Fi friendly with an encrypted point-to-point signal providing a 100 per cent secure signal that cannot be intercepted.
By combining this high quality wireless camera with a neat, compact SD card receiver and recording system, Swann have created a fantastic do-it-yourself solution that provides genuine protection for homes and businesses. It is well worth the upgrade from traditional analogue technology for the peace of mind of your family or business. Swann’s ADW-400 weather resistant, colour camera features day/night functionality and a transmission distance between the camera and receiver of up to 50 metres. It also features a built-in microphone so you can also hear what’s going on. Additional cameras for this are available for £99.99
The ADW-400 is available at SRP £199.99 inc from Amazon and Currys & PC World & Argos (Jan 11) & Makro

With a secure, wireless transmission up to 50m, and up to 8m night vision, you can be sure not to miss a thing with the ADW-200. The robust, weather resistant metal casing ensures that recording quality does not deteriorate in bad weather, and the built in microphone means that you will always hear, as well as see, what is going on. Set up is easy - simply install the camera in the area you want monitored, plug the receiver in your TV, and once set to the same channel, the camera and the receiver will pair up.

The ADW-200 is a cost effective way camera and receiver for easy viewing on any TV. In addition to the ADW-200 Wireless Camera, the pack also includes a digital receiver, RCA cable, two power adapters, mounting screws and plugs, theft deterrent stickers, and the instructions you need for easy set up and installation. Additional cameras for this are available for £69.99
The new ADW-200 will be available from Argos in January 2011 at SRP £119.99 inc

Friday, 12 November 2010

MAGIX and Paragon Win Software of the Year!

Deutsche Telekom’s software download portal, has announced the winners of its inaugural UK awards - “Software of the Year 2010”. Nearly 30,000 UK software fans voted online for their favourite PC software and mobile apps during October and November 2010.
Both Magix and Paragon won in their respective categories:

Category: Audio
2nd Place - Magix Audio Cleaning Lab deluxe
3rd Place - Magix Music Maker

Category: System
1st - Paragon Partition Manager Professional

Category: Video
1st Magix Movie Edit Pro