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Serif PhotoPlus X4

Serif PhotoPlus is designed for photo enthusiasts who seek more creative control and functionality than what novice programs offer, but who aren't ready to graduate to the depth, complexity, and expense of Adobe Photoshop.

E-reader roundup: 8 devices compete for the crown

In ancient times, the elite read their sacred writings, histories, philosophical musings and more on materials such as clay tablets, papyrus leaves and vellum scrolls. Somewhere around the first century, the paper-and-ink book appeared, and the inven...

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3

Many professional photographers and serious hobbyists have been using Adobe Lightroom 2 as an integral part of their editing workflow. With Adobe Lightroom 3 ($412 for first-time buyers, $136.12 as an upgrade; prices as of June 25, 2010), even more p...

Adobe Photoshop CS5 (beta)

Whenever a new version of an important program comes out, the need for it, depending on the changes, can run the spectrum - from it's-revolutionary, got-to-have-it-now to ho-hum, I-can-wait-for-the-next-revision. Adobe Photoshop CS5, the latest versi...

Trend Micro HouseCall

Trend Micro - one of the most respected companies in security software - offers HouseCall, a free web-based utility that scans for and cleans your computer of all currently documented viruses, Trojans and other malware.

Virtual Mechanics SiteSpinner Standard 2.7

The sight of a blank page in any design program can be daunting, and that's the first screen that SiteSpinner Standard presents to the user. But the text-based (as opposed to video) tutorials will get most people up and running rather quickly.

Snap captures video, sound, and screens

Screen captures -- pictures of what's shown on your computer monitor -- are extremely useful. You can use them to help you explain to your associates, clients, IT, or tech support what you are seeing, or how to interact with a particular program. The...

Serif WebPlus X4

Selecting a Web site design program can be daunting. You could choose either an easy-to-use application that straightjackets you with templates that allow little or no customization, or a professional program that has a steep learning curve and deman...

Adobe Premiere Elements 8

Premiere Elements 8 adds file organising and keywording, plus greater integration with Photoshop Elements, while making it much easier to edit and use videos in style.

Pinnacle Studio HD 14

Unlike Adobe Premiere Elements, Pinnacle is more rooted in traditional video editing methods used to produce professional-quality movies. Pinnacle offers deeper features for import, customisation, and export that will likely make it significantly mor...

Adobe Releases Photoshop Lightroom 3 Beta

Adobe has released an early public beta for its Photoshop Lightroom 3 in order to solicit "concise, constructive criticism" from its users. Lightroom is a workflow program in which you can sort, organize, develop, and publish your photos, or hand the...

Adobe Photoshop Elements 8

Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 delivers Photoshop's imaging power to consumers and hobbyist photographers in an easy, accessible tabbed interface.

Photo Art Studio 2009

With the multitude of photo editing and enhancing programs available, choosing the right one can seem daunting.

ProShow Gold

Slideshows made from your own photographs or videos can be great tools for sharing information, marketing your company, creating family memories--or simply great fun.

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This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

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