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Jasuto Modular Synthesizer for iPhone

While not for the faint of heart, this powerful modular synthesis toolbox should appeal to synth pros.

Mac news briefs: 3D and animation

News roundup of three new 3D and animation software upgrades.

Icon software aids desktop makeovers

If you want unique icons for your desktop or for social networking, you can create your own by hand, as we showed in part one of this series. Today, in part two, Chris McVeigh shows you some freeware and shareware apps you can use to help with the process.

Create your own unique icons

There are many reasons why you'd want unique icons. Whatever the reason, Chris McVeigh walks you through some simple steps in this first of a two-part series on icon creation and customization.

iZotope Music & Speech Cleaner 1.0

iZotope Music & Speech Cleaner is easy to recommend for anyone who needs to clean up audio files frequently.

First look video: Sony bloggie MHS-CM5/V HD camcorder

The new Bloggie MHS-CM5/V pocketable Sony camcorder has a 5X optical zoom, and shoots 1080p footage at 30fps and 5 mega-pixel photos. It's also compatible with SD/SDHC cards, ending the company's Memory Stick-only era.

Final Cut used on 9 out of 10 Oscar documentaries

All but one of the films nominated for Academy Awards in the documentary categories were edited using Apple's Final Cut Pro.

Aperture 3.0.1

Apple has finally updated its pro photo management app, Aperture, to version 3, and there's something in this new release for every level of photographer.

Use shortcuts with Illustrator's Gradient Mesh

If you use Illustrator, you'll want to know how to use the Gradient Mesh feature. Part one of this two-part series reviews the basic principles of gradient mesh. Part two shows you easy keyboard shortcuts.

Paint with Illustrator's Gradient Mesh

If you use Illustrator, you'll want to know how to use the Gradient Mesh feature. Part one of this two-part series reviews the basic principles of gradient mesh.

Wacom announces new Cintiq 21UX pen display

New version of Wacom's Cintiq 21UX LCD interactive pen display is targeted to professional photographers, designers, and artists.

Strata Foto 3D CX 2

Strata Foto 3D CX lets you use a standard digital camera to capture real-world objects as textured 3D models.

iTimeLapse Pro for iPhone

If you've ever wanted to make your own time-lapse videos or even a cool stop-motion animation, look no further than this app. With iTimeLapse Pro, you can easily create your own masterpieces straight from your iPhone and share them with the world.

PatternMusic for iPhone

This music app may not satisfy some serious musicians, but PatternMusic still provides an engaging experience for creating your own sounds and loops.

Five essential design sites

Good design ideas don't always show up when you need them. Sometimes even the best designers need a little help. Here are five sites to turn to for ideas and inspiration.