Corel, maker of the popular VideoStudio Pro and PaintShop Pro franchises, last week released its newest multimedia title, MotionStudio 3D. As the company's first entry into the animation and motion graphics software category, this program appears to be better suited to novices and prosumers than to professional motion graphics artists.
While we wouldn't quite call MotionStudio 3D an Adobe After Effects-killer, we do think the program has its strengths. Most importantly, it makes it relatively easy to create 3D text and titles, lathe objects, and a variety of animations. And let's not forget its 3D capabilities, as it can output projects as 3D anaglyphs viewable with 3D glasses, or as side-by-side images playable on compatible 3D TVs. Overall, we think MotionStudio 3D provides a nice, affordable entry into the world of motion graphics. It's not quite a big-budget Hollywood workhorse, but it's still worth checking out. Read our full hands-on review.
Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2012 comes with some solid basic security features, but they're more comparable to free suites than anything else. Still, Bitdefender's new AutoPilot is great for people who want top-rated security that doesn't annoy.
Bitdefender Internet Security 2012 makes a convincing pitch as an easy Windows security option. It's got an enormous selection of features, but the best one means you'll never see another security notification again unless you get infected.
Following on last year's big overhaul, Trend Micro makes a series of smaller changes to this year's Titanium security suites. Four differences make this version $10 cheaper than Titanium Maximum Security, but for many those will be must-haves.
Following on last year's big overhaul, Trend Micro makes a series of smaller changes to this year's Titanium security suites. AntiVirus Plus contains the core features, but it's really on a level with free competitors--and that's a hard sell.