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Welcome to the designer-info web site. The aim of is simple: to give you the independent, in-depth and informed information you need to both choose the right design tools and to make the most of them.

On the site you'll find over 250 expert reviews and over 100 real world articles and tutorials based on the leading design software applications in the following fields:


Below are graphical overviews of the latest reviews and recent articles and tutorials that have been added to the site:

 Recent Reviews 

painter essentials 3 articulate presenter wildpresenter
Painter Essentials 3: Simplified and focused photo-to-art offering - a bargain. Articulate Presenter 5: Convert PowerPoint to Flash easily and professionally

WildPresenter: Extraordinary Flash-based authoring power at an amazing price.
corel draw x3 serif drawplus 8 onone photoshop suite
CorelDRAW X3:
The best update for years.

Archived reviews:
CorelDraw 12, 11 10, 9, 8
DrawPlus 8: Easy vector shape and brush-based handling at an excellent price.

OnOne Suite : Four leading and longstanding filters.
toon boom studio xara xtreme carrara 5
ToonBoom Studio 3:
Take Flash back to its roots - eye-catching animation.
Xara Xtreme: The fastest drawing app around - and much the best value.

Carrara 5: The best option for wide-ranging 3D on a tight budget.
photoshop elements 4 paint shop pro x cinema 4D 9.5
Photoshop Elements 4: Adobe keeps the PC photography crown. Paint Shop Pro X: A clearer focus on digital photography but not much else. Cinema 4D 9.5:
C4D builds on its existing usability and power.
photoimpact 11 sketchup 5 bryce 5.5
PhotoImpact 11: Plenty of power for the price and shouldn't be overlooked. SketchUp 5: Give your drawing skills a new dimension.
Bryce 5.5: The 3D legend is back - and a bargain.
genetica 2 studio 8 dreamweaver 8
Genetica 2: Resolution-independent texture generator. Studio 8: Everything the web designer/ developer needs . Dreamweaver 8 : The best gets better - but not much.
flash professional 8 hexagon 3dsom pro
Flash Professional 8: Full-steam ahead for the web platform. Hexagon: Dedicated and accessible modeling power . 3DSOM Pro : Turn real objects into 3D models - with one click!
corel designer 12 vue 5 infinite poser 6
Corel Designer 12: Technical drawing power from Corel. Vue 5 Infinite: Amazing and powerful natural 3D scenes. Poser 6: 3D character modelling for the rest of us.
creative suite 2 photoshop cs2 illustrator cs2
Creative Suite 2 : More power, more integration and even better value. Photoshop CS2 : All round improvements to the pro's choice Illustrator CS2 : New interface, new power and a whole new approach to vector drawing.
indesign cs2 golive cs2 quarkxpress 6.5
InDesign CS2 : Even better productivity and creativity from the Quark killer. GoLive CS2: New CSS and mobile support but otherwise a serious disappointment . QuarkXPress 6.5 : Quark's response to the threat posed by InDesign - and it's free!.

, Bitmap, Vector, Web
, 3D and All reviews (over 250!)...


 Recent Articles / Tutorials

  hands-on / tutorial  
colour management free photos photo sharing
Colour Management: Understand the problem of colour accuracy - and how to overcome it Free Photos Find free-to-use photos on the web - high quality and legal! Photo Sharing The best way to show off your photos to friends, family and the world at large.
drupal tutorial cms content management system photo to art
Introducing Drupal Get up and running with the most powerful free CMS solution Introducing CMS The future of web authoring is content management systems Photo to Art Convert your photos to art tutorial/roundup.
3d render tutorial web design future
3D Rendering Understand just what your 3D app does when you hit the Render command. Future of Web Design Standards, applications and browser. Google Bourbon Has Google forgotten it's founding principles?
Google Factor The central importance of google to web publishers. The Adobe Macromedia Merger Good news or bad? Live Trace Live Paint Illustrator CS2 goes back to the drawing board.
3d materials
3D Materials Exciting universal texture system whatever app you use. Extending Bitmaps The outer limits of bitmap handling. Image Modes Understand and make the most of the different flavours of bitmap.
Flash Video Reliable and creative web video for everyone thanks to Flash. Flash Bitmaps Flash isn't only a vector format. CD Authoring CD is the forgotten publishing medium - learn how to make the most of it
Elements 3 Finally take control of your digital photo collection!    
DTP, Bitmap, Vector, Web, 3D and All articles (over 100!)...

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