Nikon D70s

The D70s is a very good camera, but it’s not a very good value. If you already own Nikon lenses, then the D70s is an obvious choice. And if you don’t, you’ll want to handle it yourself to see if you like its feel better than the competition.

The view from the Bridge

Adobe’s new Bridge has replaced Photoshop CS’s dedicated File Browser and now provides file-management and automation features for the entire Creative Suite 2.

Illustrator CS2

For Illustrator CS2, Adobe’s engineers addressed the program’s core drawing functions rather than just sticking to interface tweaks. The result is an application that has some exceptional new tools, as well as a few welcome interface changes.

Digital SLR glossary

We offer a guide to what makes an SLR camera and common terms to digital photography.

Shake 3.5

If your work depends on a compositing program such as Adobe After Effects or Discreet’s Combustion, then you’ll want to take a look at the latest version of Shake.

Pentax ist DS

The ist DS is a well-made, attractive digital SLR camera that’s comfortable to shoot with and offers a competitive feature list and interface.

Olympus Evolt E-300

The Olympus Evolt E-300 is well-built and yields excellent images. However, you’ll get better high-ISO image quality from Canon and Nikon cameras and a better lens selection from just about any other camera manufacturer.

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

The camera’s feature set—combined with the vast assortment of available Canon mount lenses—make the Rebel XT the best choice so far in the sub-$1,000 digital-SLR market.

First look: Illustrator CS2

Illustrator CS 2 packs some powerful new drawing tools, along with a new control palette that makes using the program much easier without altering any of the previous version’s palettes or keyboard commands.

iPhoto 5’s secret weapon

Although it’s not hard to spot a bad image, figuring out exactly what to do to fix it isn’t always so easy. Find out how iPhoto 5’s new Adjust palette can help make your photos sparkle.

Painter IX

Corel continues to do an excellent job improving Painter’s interface, and the new features are well conceived and well executed.

FrameForge 3D Studio

FrameForge 3D Studio is an affordable, easy way to create and manage high-quality storyboards.

Motion 1.0

Apple’s Motion doesn’t provide any features that other motion-graphics packages don’t already handle. But its combination of nearly real-time performance and a simple interface should impress animators, titlers, and compositors.

Wacom Intuos3

Thanks to the addition of ExpressKeys and Touch Strips, the latest tablet from Wacom is the company’s best innovation in years.

After Effects 6.5 Professional

The accelerated performance, built-in animation effects, and generous software bundle make Adobe After Effects 6.5 Professional a great value, whether you’re upgrading from a previous version or bying the compositing and motion-graphics program for the first time.