The best super-fast fibre broadband deals in 2019

Fibre broadband isn't the rarity it once was. With coverage now available to over 90 per cent of UK premises, it's probably available at your home or studio. And super-fast fibre is no longer a luxury. The prices of fibre broadband deals have fallen dramatically over the last few years and a speedier connection now only costs a few pounds more a month than slower ADSL.

That's a small price to pay for the extra productivity that fibre broadband affords you. There are rapid downloads and uploads, stutter-free video calling and, of course, lightning quick internet browsing – all without the desk-thumping frustration caused by old-fashioned broadband connections.

Our easy-to-work, up to the minute price comparison below will let you quickly see what the best fibre broadband deals in the UK today are. And below that we've answered some commonly asked questions about fibre, what speeds you really need and more.

Do I need a fibre broadband deal?

In the same way that you wouldn't scrimp on your laptop, camera equipment or video editing software, it really pays dividends to invest in your internet connection as well. Bearing in mind that you're only looking at an extra fiver a month max, that's just an extra £60 to find each year for average broadband speeds of more than triple what you get with cheaper ADSL.

So yes, if fibre is available where you are, then we'd heartily recommend you make the upgrade.

Can I even get fibre broadband?

As we said at the top of the page, fibre is now enormously common and is being rolled out to more places all the time. We've seen estimates that say fibre is now available to more than 95 per cent of UK premises.

And it's really easy to see whether you're one of the majority that can get fibre. Simply enter your postcode where indicated immediately above the fibre broadband comparison above. If deals show in the table, …

Master archviz with issue 246 of 3D World

This issue, along with our usual reviews, inspiration and regular Q and A sections, we explore the rapidly growing area of architectural visualisation. With a mix of features, interviews and training, you'll soon be on the road to mastering your own archviz projects.

We take a look inside the issue to find out what else is in store…

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Feature: the state of the art

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Discover architectural visualisation

In this feature, we take a good look at this growth area, talking to leading industry figures, including Jeff Mottle of CG architect.

Tutorial: X-Particles fluid sims

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Replicate the opening titles of Daredevil

In this tutorial, industry expert and product manager at Insydium, Mike Batchelor, shows you how to create awesome viscous fluid sims.

Tutorial: Create a gift box in ZBrush

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Master ZBrush hard surface modelling

ZBrush expert Maya Jermy shows you how to get to grips with the hard surface toolset to create a gift box model.

Feature: Build an archviz scene

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Build a stunning lakeside house in 3ds Max

Recreate our cover image by following veteran artist Carlos Lucio, who shares his process for building archviz scenes.

Feature: Welcome to Marwen

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Discover virtual filmmaking

Ian Failes takes a trip to Marwen, getting the lowdown on the latest tools and techniques for virtual filmmaking.

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Inside Aardman Animations

From the archive: This interview originally took place in Autumn 2017

A recent Frubes animated commercial shows two characters, animated yogurts, fishing on a frozen ocean. One tries to freeze the other by sawing a hole in the ice, only to end up falling in the water and freezing himself.

Aardman Animations created the Try Me Frozen campaign to promote freezing the children’s yogurt to make ice lollies. It’s a self-contained story, complete with a twist, a joke and a punchline, told front to back in under 20 seconds. It’s charming. It’s funny. It’s silly. It’s everything Aardman does best.

“The big thing Aardman is based on is really strong characters and storytelling,” says Jess McKillop, an executive producer and head of production resources. “And that can go into any kind of production that a client would be looking for. We try and bring warmth and humour to any idea that our partners may have.

“The truth is: you can have a line drawing, stick figures. If the story’s right, then it doesn’t really matter what the method is.”

From Morph to Chicken Run


Morph first appeared on television in 1977. A new series of the Morph TV show is planned for 2018

Peter Lord and David Sproxton founded Aardman Animations in 1972. Four years later, after moving to Bristol, UK, the pair created their first professional production. Its central character – a stop-motion, shape-shifting, gibberish-speaking plasticine man called Morph – would become an icon of children’s television for generations to come.

Nick Park joined in 1985. The writer, director and animator created Wallace and Gromit, and Shaun the Sheep. Over the next two decades he earned six Oscar nominations, taking home four golden statuettes.

In 1993, Park and his team completed The Wrong Trousers, Aardman’s first 30-minute story, one of the most successful animated films ever. It heralded a golden period for the studio: A Close Shave (Oscar winner), Wat’s Pig (another Oscar winner), Morph’s Files (a full TV series), Stage Fright (picked up …

How to hide your JavaScript code from View Source

If you don't take precautions with your JavaScript code, you're making life easy for anyone who wants to clone it. But if your programming processes are more than one click away, attackers will prefer to clone a competitor's software. Bots and other miscreants combing the internet for AWS or Azure credentials usually do not bother with obfuscated code – the next website's login information can also be used to mine bitcoin and can be harvested with less effort.

Obfuscating JavaScript used to be complex. However, the process has become significantly easier during the last few years. Today, even small companies can and should protect their code from prying eyes. In some cases, getting secure is just an invocation of a Node.js package away.

The following steps introduce a commonly used JavaScript obfuscator, and also look at a few other topics related to the problem at hand.

01. Version check

Our JavaScript obfuscator lives in the Node runtime environment. Let us start out by checking the versions used. The output below provides the version state found on yours truly's workstation used for the following steps:

02. Install the program

Javascript-obfuscator should be installed into the global assembly cache of your workstation. Invoke npm with the -g parameter and don't forget to provide superuser rights – the actual deployment process should be done in a few seconds.

03. Create a sample

Testing obfuscation works best if we have some 'real' code. So let us start out with a small HTML webpage. It loads a JavaScript file called worker.js, declares a button and contains a small bit of inline scripting. When it's loaded in a browser, click the button to show a textbox.

04. Add some code

Worker.js starts out with a string variable. They are a classic attack target – if a ROM is to be decoded, the assembler usually starts out by looking for tables containing string sequences. Furthermore, encryption is performed using a set of variables with very 'speaking' names.

05. Implement

10 illustration books every artist should read

If you're looking for the best illustration books, you're in the right place. Whether you're a beginner or more established artist, we've rounded up 10 must-read books for illustrators in this essential list. 

You'll find titles that give an overview of the history of illustration; instructional books to help you master the fundamentals of the craft; and books that'll help when you're struggling for inspiration. Whether you're a hobbyist, art student, freelancer or a studio professional, every book here is essential reading and do so much more than just explore how to draw.

Read on for our 10 must-read illustration books, or if you're after something more general, try these drawing books

Illustrator books: 365 Days of Art

365 Days of Art: A Creative Exercise for Every Day of the Year is an illustration book by Lorna Scobie. It collects together a whole bunch of different artistic mini-challenges with the aim of pushing the user to think outside of the box and nurture their artistic skills and thinking. Tasks range from simple things such as creating a pattern on a grid to trickier challenges like exploring calligraphy. 

Illustrator books: Becoming a Successful Illustrator

Becoming a Successful Illustrator is invaluable for anyone thinking of embarking on a career in illustration (or looking for a boost in their existing career) – and this is the second edition, so it's bang up to date. There's plenty of advice from practicing illustrators (and those that commission them), practical tips on finding work, how to market yourself and run your illustration business, plus lots of inspiring artwork.

Illustrator books: 50 years of illustration

Let's start at the beginning. In Fifty Years of Illustration, Lawrence Zeegen and Caroline Roberts plot the evolution of illustration – "the rampant idealism of the 1960s, the bleak realism of the 1970s, the over-blown consumerism of the 1980s, the digital explosion of the 1990s" – and how the craft has changed over of the years. Zeegen looks at the socioeconomic factors that effect illustration and vice versa. He also uses essays and artist profiles to investigate contemporary illustration's impact on popular culture. This is an illustration …

How to draw: the best drawing tutorials

If you want to learn how to draw but have no idea where to start, you've come to the right place. Whether it's human, animals, flowers or even water, we've got you covered with this extensive collection of drawing tutorials.

They cater for all skill levels, from beginner right through to pro techniques and tips on how to draw various popular subjects. There's video tutorials as well as in-depth step-by-step guides to really help you get to grips with drawing, so be sure to bookmark this post and come back whenever you get stuck or want to sharpen your skills in another area.

Some of the drawing tutorials here use digital tools, while others focus on traditional methods – but there's plenty of core skills to learn from both. So no matter what you want to learn how to draw, you'll find something helpful here. 

How to draw animals

How to draw a dog

How to draw a dog

Draw a dog that’s realistic and anatomically correct

Not all dogs are alike, but there are some key rules to follow to ensure your dog drawing is realistic and anatomically correct. Kate Oleska offers a simple step-by-step guide to how to draw a dog.

How to draw a cat

How to draw a cat

Top tips for capturing realistic furry felines

The key to capturing a realistic cat is understanding that beneath all that fluffy fur is a solid structure, says Kate Oleska. Follow this easy to follow, step-by-step guide for more helpful advice. 

How to draw a horse

How to draw a horse

Draw better horses with a solid understanding of horse anatomy and mechanics

Horses are notoriously difficult to capture. There's no mass of fur to hide behind, plus, get it wrong and your steed quickly looks laughable. Find out how to draw a horse that looks realistic in this tutorial, which comes with a helpful video.

How to draw a wolf

Pencil sketch of a wolf with a full winter coat

Learn how to draw a wolf with this easy-to-follow video tutorial

Next up, it's the king of all canines – how to draw a wolf. Believe it or not, there are many …

Burger King burns rivals with new promo (again)

They say there's no such thing as a free lunch, but the latest promo from Burger King gets you pretty close. Instead of exchanging boring old money for a burger, peckish punters in Brazil can claim a free Whopper by firing up the Burger King app and using it to 'burn' its rival's ads.

Don't worry, nothing's being lit up for real. Instead, the 'Burn That Ad' campaign uses augmented reality to roast Burger King's competition. Users simply point their smartphones at promotional material from BK's rivals – including flyers and billboard ads – and watch as they curl up in flames.

Once the digital fire dies down, users are presented with a Burger King ad that lets them know they've got a free Whopper waiting for them at the nearest outlet. It's all part of a campaign exclusive to Brazil that publicises how customers can use BK Express to pre-order their meals on their phones to beat queues.

"Technology as a means to provide the best customer experience is one of our main investment targets in 2019," says Burger King's marketing and sales director for Brazil, Ariel Grunkraut.

"To create the BK Express experience, our exclusive payment technology via mobile phone available all around Brazil, we offer some fun interaction in augmented reality for our brand's lovers through the app. And those using the service also gets a free Whopper."

Created and developed by David SP, the 'Burn That Ad' promo is the latest in a string of edgy and out-there campaigns from Burger King. Previous adverts to have pushed the envelope include a Super Bowl spot that saw footage of Andy Warhol chowing down on a Burger King meal (read more about that here). However, this latest campaign sticks to Burger King's habit of going after its competition directly.

Late last year, Burger King sent customers to its rival McDonald's in a cheeky campaign that saw participants claim a Whopper for one cent. By heading to the golden arches, …

Improve your architectural renders in 3ds Max

When I started doing architectural visualisations I used to go online and look at renders, and most of the time I was amazed and thought, how did they do that? I wanted to learn the techniques of those artists, but now many years have passed and I have come to realise that every artist has their own touch, their own magic and mostly their own way to express ‘reality’ in their renders. 

Here I will talk you through four tips that I personally find very useful for achieving better architectural renders. Above you can see our final image. Let’s begin!

01. Focus on framing

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The first thing we have to consider is the format of the image. In this case I am doing an interior and I am interested in showing as much of the space as I can, but also making the space look bigger than it really is. 

With my model ready I set the size of the image, in this case I set a 1.7 Image Aspect which is the one I use the most for interior scenes like this. Now it’s time to set the safe frames. I go to Viewport Configuration and in Safe Frames I set Action Safe to 66 in Horizontal and 0 in Vertical. For Title Safe I set 0 for Horizontal and 66 for Vertical. Activate Show Safe Frames in Active View, Apply and then OK. 

Now we have a rule of thirds grid in our viewport. This grid enables me to see where I want to set the focus points: in this case I am aiming for the dinner table as the main target and I want to balance the weight of the left and right areas in the image.

02. Use shadows to create volume

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Lighting makes a huge difference in our scenes, and I like to do lots of …

6 web layout myths busted

Jen Simmons – the author of this article – will be exploring the new possibilities in web layouts at Generate New York (April 24-25). To book your ticket to this award-winning conference for web designers, visit

From the archive: This article was originally published in Summer 2016. Please be aware some specifications may have changed since then. 

When the web was first invented, there was no technology for page layout. Every background was grey. Every page was a single column of text, filling the whole space from side to side. Over the years, we've created one hack after another to tackle page layout.

The hacks have become far less messy, but everything we do today is still a hack. To hand-code a page layout, you must master the art of clearing floats, using negative margins to rearrange order, and dodging browser quirks. It's painful. Many of us have given up and instead use a third-party framework; Bootstrap, Foundation, or one of their many competitors let us outsource the pain. 

We've shipped a lot of work using layout frameworks. We've been more efficient and suffered through fewer bugs. But now every website feels the same. Every website layout reaches for an identical 12-column symmetrical grid. Every site uses the same user experience, shapes and patterns over and over. And we are totally bored.

A new era

But there's good news. Finally, we are getting real tools for page layout. Instead of hand-coded hair-pulling or boring formulaic frameworks, we can get creative. Flexbox, CSS Shapes, Masks, Clip-path, Initial Letter, Rotation, Multicolumn, Viewport Units, Object-fit and more are already opening up a world of new possibilities.

Most profound of all, CSS Grid Layout will arrive sometime in the next year, completely changing how we approach page layout on the web.

We should start asking ourselves, what kind of page layout will best serve this project?

The question will no longer be 'which framework should we use?' We aren't going to need them any more. In fact, once CSS Grid arrives, using a framework will be much less efficient than hand-coding …

The best video editing software in 2019

Anybody can be a movie maker these days. All it takes is a decent smartphone and a little creative spark – it's never been easier to capture high quality video footage. Fortunately, excellent video editing software is equally easy to get hold of in 2019.

To make sure you pick out the right program, we've rounded up a selection of the best video editors that make cutting, editing and perfecting really simple. And the sofware we've picked out won't break the bank, either. In fact, you can click through to page two of this guide for our list of the best free video editing software if you're not ready to commit to a paid option just yet.

With the right piece of video editing software, you can turn long, frustrating hours sat in front of your computer into a pain-free task with coherent movies, dynamic short films and sharable videos as a result.

The video editors we've recommended in this buying guide are jam-packed full of features to turn your footage into celluloid gold. Whether you're using one of the world's best laptops for video editing or another device, we've picked the best options to suit you. You'll find the best video editing software for Windows PCs, Mac and Android devices.

There are brilliant choices for beginners and experienced video editors alike, so read on to discover the best video editing software for your needs.

adobe premiere pro

Frankly put, going for Adobe Premiere Pro CC is a bit of a no-brainer. You get an all-singing all-dancing video editor from one of the hugest names in the business that's used by multitudes of industry professionals without paying stupid sums.

And it's easy to see why it's so popular for Windows 10 users – it can handle an uncapped amount of video tracks, which can be imported from pretty much any source you can think of: files, tapes, cameras of all standards, and even VR. The automatic sync is a gem when you have multi-angle shots, and it's hard to fault the fine-tuning tools that …