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Serif PagePlus X3

While InDesign, QuarkXPress and Microsoft Publisher divvy up much of the desktop publishing market, Serif's PagePlus adopts the role of underrated gem.

Xara Xtreme Pro 4.0

Often overshadowed by better-known applications, Xara Xtreme Pro is a graphics program with something to prove.

iClone Studio 2.0 animation software

Who said 3D animation had to be difficult? Reallusion's iClone is a low-cost animation tool that lets animators on a budget easily produce realistic 3D movies. iClone comes in Standard and Studio versions -- the latter offering extra features includi...

DX Studio 2.1

DX Studio 2.1 can be used to create a range of interactive 3D applications, from games through to architectural walkthroughs. Comprising a real-time 3D engine and a number of editing tools, it's a budget program with big ambitions.

CorelDraw Graphics Suite X3

CorelDraw Graphics Suite has spent the past few years overshadowed by more fashionable alternatives. But the design landscape changes quickly.

Serif PagePlus 11.0

For most of its life, budget page-layout program Serif PagePlus offered competition to the equally cheap and cheerful Microsoft Publisher. But version 11.0 of this venerable program has loftier ambitions - it is clearly intended to compete in the sam...

Microsoft Acrylic (Beta)

Here's to breaking creative rules. Convention dictates that the graphics world is split into two camps. Line-drawing vector editors such as Adobe Illustrator occupy one side of the divide, while bitmap-based programs such as Photoshop, PaintShop Pro ...

Illustration refresh: Designer 10.0

Corel's 2001 acquisition of Micro­grafx Designer raised clear doubts about the pro­gram's future as a stablemate of rival vector-editing appli­cation CorelDRAW. Designer 10.0 is more sensibly aimed directly at technical illustrators rather than artis...

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HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

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