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Blinkbid 7

Nothing beats tools designed by photographers for photographers, and Blinkbid is at the top of that list. Photographer Lou Lesko designed Blinkbid to help other creative professionals simplify and streamline the often dizzying process of creating bids and invoicing for jobs.

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PercepTool 3

Working with the nine filters individually or in combination gives us a process for re-creating that original perception of light. The 47-page instruction manual is comprehensive, well written, and illustrates the process for each filter. It’s best used while simultaneously working with your images. A help guide is also available within each filter. PercepTool works on both color and black-and-white files.

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Sound Forge Pro Mac 2

Sony’s Sound Forge Pro Mac 2 sound editor was released in February, and it has impressive sound codec support, including FLAC and MP4 video. Other improved features include an Auto Trim/Crop tool, a Volume plug-in, broadcast CALM loudness compliant metering, Event Mode improvements, and a new iZotope plug-in (Nectar Elements).

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Fundy Designer with Album Builder 6

After five iterations, Fundy has left the Photoshop panel nest and become a robust, stand-alone application with game-changing Drop Zone technology that takes 30 years of old-school album design practices and turns them on their head.

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Epson Exhibition Watercolor Paper

In general, when compared to gloss or semigloss, watercolor or matte papers have a smaller dynamic range, blacks aren’t as dense, colors aren’t as vibrant and, because of their inherent texture, they show less of your image’s detail. But, if the image is right, Exhibition Watercolor Paper hits the spot.

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Lenovo ThinkStation E32 SFF

While the E32 won’t compete with the mega-machines for animation or video, it’s more than adequate for your day-to-day Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and graphic or Web design tasks. The upside is that the ThinkStation E32 saves a ton of space and doesn’t turn your office into a sauna, as larger workstations do.

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Nomad Mini 2

I love drawing on my iPad, but have a love-hate relationship with various styli on the market. Some have been great, others so-so, or even terrible, so when I found out that Nomad had a new brush stylus, I jumped at the chance to test it out.

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