Review Category : Software

ACDSee Pro 3 Review

Taking on Adobe Lightroom and Apple Aperture is a tall order, not just because those programs’ well-established user base, but also because of Adobe’s deep pockets and imaging expertise. But, after 20 years in the business, ACD Systems has its own photo-software chops, as shown by the depth of capabilities ...

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Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 Review

Corel certainly plays second fiddle in a lot of areas—to Microsoft in office apps, to Adobe in design and photo software, and to Nero and Roxio in multimedia authoring. But, then again, the company’s prices are far below those of the market leaders. Case in point, PaintShop Pro Photo X3 ...

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Aperture 3 Review

Aperture 3 is a huge step up from the previous version, adding pretty much everything that used to be the sole territory of Adobe Lightroom’s (particularly in custom adjustment presets and brushes), and even a couple of nifty features from iPhoto 09—Faces and Places. For Mac users who want a ...

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Adobe Creative Suite 5 (CS5) Review

Often when software gets to be of a certain age—or a certain version number—it starts showing its wrinkles, even if it’s dressed up in snazzy new clothes and sports some shiny new skills. Not so with Adobe’s Creative Suite 5: Comprising over a dozen of the most powerful design and ...

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Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended Review

Arthur C. Clarke postulated that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” and every new release of Adobe’s industry-standard bitmap image-editor, Photoshop, comes closer to proving that true. The newest, Photoshop CS5 ($699 to $999 list, $199–$899 list for upgrades), implements features that aid in selection, painting, and high ...

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UserLock Review

UserLock’s self-evident: it lets you lock down users on a Windows network. It restricts users from accessing designated machines, provides reports on user activity, and gives network administrators a way to remotely control user sessions. It’s of particular use to healthcare and legal organizations that may have to adhere to ...

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Omnipage Professional 17 Review

Omnipage Pro 17 is a powerhouse OCR program that can perform almost any OCR task at top speed, with options that let you either automate the whole OCR process for hands-off convenience, or fine-tune and correct each stage of the process for the most accurate possible results. The latest Omnipage ...

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Readiris Corporate 12 Review

Readiris Corporate 12 ($399 direct) converts documents from scanned images into standard file formats with the least fuss (and the fewest options) of any major OCR program. In corporate and other high-volume settings where you don’t want to spend time correcting text inside your OCR software, but simply want to ...

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iWork '09 Review

Apple’s iWork ’09 ($79) is an excellent investment for Mac users who need a well-designed and easy-to-use productivity suite. Though iWork doesn’t offer an integrated business e-mail solution such as Microsoft Outlook, it does include a core group of apps– Keynote, Numbers, and Pages –with plenty of intuitive features like ...

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PC Tools Internet Security 2010 Review

Historically, PC Tools’ flagship product has been the reasonably priced Spyware Doctor, but the affordable price point for PC Tools Internet Security 2010 makes it clear that the company wants users to seriously consider the full suite. At the time of writing, it retails for $49.99, $10 lower than the ...

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Quicken Deluxe 2010 Review

With Quicken 2010, Intuit strives to make its flagship money management application easier to navigate and simpler to set up, thanks to spruced-up visuals and a refreshed start-up wizard. Although already a solid balance-keeper and financial assistant in previous versions, Quicken 2010 adds a few new features to visualize your ...

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Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 Review

Like many in the security industry are doing, Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 leverages anonymous data from its customer base to create a behavioral engine to further strengthen security safeguards. The new version also introduces several useful ancillary tools, including a sandboxing feature for running programs with a significantly reduced risk, ...

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Norton Internet Security 2010 Review

Dramatic improvements to its Norton suite during the past two years indicate that Symantec has been listening to the needs and complaints of its customers. The company’s strong and surprising changes to Norton’s impact on system performance that it introduced last year are maintained in this new version, and a ...

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Microsoft Windows 7 Review

Deserved or not, Microsoft had dug itself a cool, deep, dark hole with Windows Vista. Users demanding that Redmond extend the life of Windows XP wasn’t exactly something they could be proud of, either. Bombarded by complaints and negative press even after the first service pack was released, the bar ...

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BitDefender Total Security 2010 Review

In the past, BitDefender has suffered from something of an identity crisis: in the beginning, its highly customizable settings made it a sleeper hit among techies. Then, in an effort to court more mainstream users, it simplified its user interface, angering some of its early adopters. When it tried to ...

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Eset Smart Security 4 Review

Eset Smart Security 4, a security program starting at $59.99 for one user license ($69.99 for three, $94.99 for four) does three things superbly: it offers a foolproof interface, plenty of manual controls, and a lightweight design. The problem is, for that kind of money you can choose from a ...

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Trend Micro Internet Security Pro Review

In an increasingly crowded market full of all-in-one security suites, Trend Micro’s Internet Security Pro manages to give users almost everything they could want: low performance impact, detailed parental controls, and even mobile device protection. The only thing missing is a clean user interface, at least compared to sleeker programs ...

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ZoneAlarm Extreme Security 2010 Review

When it comes to security suites, the keyword is balance. These programs have to juggle anti-virus and anti-spyware scanning with PC tuneup tools, online backup, and parental controls, and swath it in an easy-to-use interface that still offers more advanced control for people who want it. Oh, and it can’t ...

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Norton 360 3.0 Review

When we first reviewed Norton 360, it handily won our Editors’ Choice award. At the time, after all, it was rare to find a security suite that could tune up your PC, store your passwords, back up files online, and scan for viruses and malware. Times have changed; now every ...

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McAfee Total Protection 2009 Review

As the second-best selling security software in the country (behind Symantec), McAfee is a well-established brand when it comes to keeping your PC secure from viruses, malware, and, let’s face it, reckless Web surfing habits. But compared to the competition, McAfee’s security suite, Total Protection 2009, is a bit rough ...

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