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  1. onOne PhotoTools Professional review

    onOne PhotoTools Professional review

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    Adobe Photoshop may well be the most powerful piece of software you’ll ever own. It may well also be that you only ever scrape the surface of its abilities, hovering around the Filter menu

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    Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Beta review

    Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Beta review

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    Apple’s Aperture development team must be furious. No sooner does it release a shiny new version of Aperture that works nicely and runs quickly, than Adobe announces that it too is updating its RAW image editing and cataloguing app.

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    CyberLink PowerProducer 5 review

    CyberLink PowerProducer 5 review

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    The chore of editing and burning digital video onto DVDs seems sufficiently off-putting that, for many of us, our hard drives have become video bottlenecks. The new edition of PowerProducer, with a quick-fire, step-by-step interface, aims to make it quick and easy to put your video creations on to disc, so they can be viewed on TV, as nature intended.

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    ACDSee Photo Editor 4.0 review

    ACDSee Photo Editor 4.0 review

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    Despite its low price and small footprint, ACDSee Photo Editor 4.0 is neither the smallest nor the cheapest software. The 57MB download gives you a seven-day trial and if you register with ACDSee you get a CD key that extends the trial to 30 days. Should you decide to buy, the online price is £22 (inc. VAT) with an optional £4.99 for an extended download service.

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    CyberLink MediaShow 4 review

    CyberLink MediaShow 4 review

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    For years, PC users have craved something as intuitive as Apple’s iLife suite and as powerful as Adobe Photoshop Elements to share, display and edit photos and videos. There’s no shortage of excellent applications, but a one-stop shop has never really made the grade. However, MediaShow 4 gets pretty close.

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    Softpress Freeway Pro 5 review

    Softpress Freeway Pro 5 review

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    Freeway Pro is a web design program that doesn’t edit HTML code. Much like a desktop publishing program, your website is displayed and edited as a single document. Once you’re done, Freeway Pro converts your document into HTML and uploads everything to the appropriate server.

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    Zarra Studios iWeb Buddy review

    Zarra Studios iWeb Buddy review

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    The key to the success of iWeb is its simplicity. It makes web building easy, thanks to drag-and-expand templates and drag-and-drop integration with iPhoto, iMovie and other apps. So what, then, is iWeb Buddy?

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    TweakerSoft VectorDesigner 1.0.4 review

    TweakerSoft VectorDesigner 1.0.4 review

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    We’ve recently seen a flurry of low-budget Mac-based bitmap editors, aiming to topple Photoshop from its lofty perch. Now, Illustrator’s in the firing line, with VectorDesigner seemingly positioned as a low-cost alternative.

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    Apple Aperture 2 review

    Apple Aperture 2 review

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    Aperture 1.5 was great but very slow. Its RAW conversions, while decent weren't as good a Adobe's. It was expensive, too. Aperture 2 has changed all that. The database structure has been redesigned, and now Aperture is extremely fast, even on a MacBook.

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    Phase One Capture One 4 review

    Phase One Capture One 4 review

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    Phase One Capture One 4 comes in two versions. The cheaper version, reviewed here, is simply a RAW converter for DSLR images. Capture One has long been renowned for the quality of its conversions, and version 4 adds new features.

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    SilkyPix Developer Studio 3 review

    SilkyPix Developer Studio 3 review

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    SilkyPix Developer Studio is shipped free with the Panasonic L10 digital SLR but is also available as a standalone program. At $149, it's quite expensive so what makes it so special? Certainly there's no shortage of features. It seems able to recover extra highlight detail (via exposure adjustments) and it can correct chromatic aberration and fix distortion.

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    Apple Aperture 2 review

    Apple Aperture 2 review

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    Well, the gloves are now off in round two of the fight to dominate the professional digital photography market.  Apple has launched Aperture 2 and has taken the opportunity to drop the price to a more reasonable £129 in order to compete with Adobe's Lightroom.

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    Adobe Lightroom review

    Adobe Lightroom review

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    Adobe Lightroom is a new type of photo application, combining image editing with image management for keeping track of photos. It's more efficient than using two different programs.

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    Canon Digital Photo Pro 3.2 review

    Canon Digital Photo Pro 3.2 review

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    Canon Digital Photo Pro 3.2 is a pretty basic application that comes free with Canon EOS SLRs. You can view, edit and convert images individually or as a batch. The tools are limited but useful.

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    Corel Paint Shop Pro X review

    Corel Paint Shop Pro X review

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    Paint Shop Pro X is the first version to be published under the Corel banner, and there are some obvious differences straight away. The interface is now simpler, cleaner and more beginner-friendly

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    Mr Site Takeaway Website Pro review

    Mr Site Takeaway Website Pro review

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    Many ISPs offer online Web production tools, but Mr Site goes further than most. Clearly aimed at business-minded individuals with an online project to promote, Mr Site Pro takes you from the idea stage to checking your bank balance for updates using a simple six-step program.

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    Stone Design Videator 1.0 review

    Stone Design Videator 1.0 review

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    Apple comes up with cool technology all the time - the trouble is, it's very selective about who can use it. Front Row, for instance, is only available to Mac users with the Apple Remote Control.

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    Nikon Capture NX 1.3 review

    Nikon Capture NX 1.3 review

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    Supercharge your workflow with the next generation of high-quality image editing and processing. Utilizing U PointTM technology, Advanced Nikon Capture 4 delivers you powerful tools to help you fully realize the potential of your photographic imagination.

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    Corel Paint Shop Pro PHOTO XI review

    Corel Paint Shop Pro PHOTO XI review

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    Paint Shop Pro PHOTO XI now includes an Organiser, a window allowing easy thumbnail browsing of your photo collection. Pick an image, then choose the Learning Centre option for whatever you want to do next, whatever that might be.

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    Adobe Captivate 2 review

    Adobe Captivate 2 review

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    As with so many of Adobe's more recent programs, the word that best sums up the Captivate 2 interface is 'stylish'. Suiting itself to both basic presentations and more interactive projects

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    Sony Vegas Movie Studio 8.0 review

    Sony Vegas Movie Studio 8.0 review

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    Adobe wasn't the first software company to strip down its pro-level video editing program for a mainstream market. Sonic Foundry (now owned by Sony) did just that some years ago with Vegas Movie Studio.

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    Apple Aperture 1.0 review

    Apple Aperture 1.0 review

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    Apple has added another program to its range of professional digital editing tools, this time aimed at pro digital photographers and their post-production needs. At the heart of Aperture is the ability to handle RAW files swiftly.

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    Adobe Acrobat Pro 8 review

    Adobe Acrobat Pro 8 review

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    Acrobat is by no means a sexy product. It's an important one for anyone involved in the print or creative industries, but it doesn't carry the pizzazz of the Creative Suite products in Adobe's arsenal.

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    Serif PhotoPlus 11 Studio Pack review

    Serif PhotoPlus 11 Studio Pack review

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    PhotoPlus is a very capable editor that's never quite escaped the shadow of Paint Shop Pro. Will version 11 be any different from its predecessors? Certainly not with regard to the interface: it's more cluttered, and not as straightforward for beginners.

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    BluBox review

    BluBox review

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    With digital SLRs growing in popularity and compact cameras delivering larger image sizes, hard drives around the world are filling up with our photographic memories. File compression is one solution, of course, but it's a big negative when you're after the very best in image quality, especially with so-called "destructive" formats such as JPEG that degrade in quality the more you alter the files.

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