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  1. Serif AlbumPlus X2 review

    Serif AlbumPlus X2 review

    7  

    Renowned for producing quality, cost-effective creativity software, Serif brings a typically logical layout to the latest version of its photo-album program.

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    Google Picasa 2 review

    Google Picasa 2 review

    9  

    This program is completely free to download and use. Even so, it looks anything but cheap, with a definite cool sophistication to its design and some smart Web options - as you'd expect from a program that's pioneered by Internet overlords Google.

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    Adobe Photoshop Album Starter review

    Adobe Photoshop Album Starter review

    8  

    One can be forgiven for thinking that free software is only ever, well, free because it's not really good enough to sell. However, if ever there was a program to change your mind then it's Adobe's Photoshop Album Starter Edition, which is now in its third version.

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    ACDSee 10 Photo Manager review

    ACDSee 10 Photo Manager review

    9  

    Easy to install, ACDSee is nevertheless not the quickest off the mark, taking over four minutes to catalogue our set of 1,000 photos. This is easy to forgive, however, because the program’s database goes to great lengths to grab all the information about your pictures that it possibly can, which can come in handy, as we’ll see later.

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    Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0 review

    Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0 review

    9  

    On paper, Adobe Premiere Elements is a no-brainer. It's a sensible, serious, affordable editing program with an interface and workflow that comes from its big sibling, Premiere Pro.

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    Apple Final Cut Express 4 review

    Apple Final Cut Express 4 review

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    New versions of Final Cut, in both Pro and Express iterations, used to be accompanied by the kind of dizzying excitement reserved for kids on Christmas morning. Each successive update seemed to usher in a wealth of new features, either ground-breaking in their capabilities or previously unseen in an affordable non-linear editing program.

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    POV.1 Action Camera review

    POV.1 Action Camera review

    8  

    Action cameras are typically fixed focus, rugged, ‘bullet’ style cameras that allow hands-free shooting of sporting activities. Some require an AV-in capable camcorder while others are standalone units – like the Oregon Scientific AT2K.

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    Adobe After Effects CS3 review

    Adobe After Effects CS3 review

    9  

    Adobe’s Premiere might be fighting tooth and nail in an aggressive market of prosumer editing software, but its compositing suite, After Effects, seems unruffled. That’s not to say that there aren’t competitors. Discreet’s Combustion, for example, is a great compositing tool with an interface that many find more intuitive.

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    Corel SnapFire Plus review

    Corel SnapFire Plus review

    6  

    Corel inherited its Photo Album software when it bought Jasc, but now it's knocked the name on the head and made the move to SnapFire Plus version 1, seemingly in response to Google's Picasa

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    Serif PhotoPlus X2 review

    Serif PhotoPlus X2 review

    8  

    If you received a digital camera for Christmas, it will have come with its own basic editing software. While this will be fine for the basics, you may find you'll soon outgrow it. Serif PhotoPlus X2 is the next logical step, as it's an introductory product that has plenty of tools to help you develop your skills.

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    Pinnacle Studio Ultimate 11 review

    Pinnacle Studio Ultimate 11 review

    8  

    For users of versions of Studio 8 and upwards, we were promised a more stable and reliable editing platform with fewer bugs and niggles than we’ve become used to in the past. So, does Studio 11 deliver on its promises?

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    Roxio Crunch review

    Roxio Crunch review

    6  

    As much as the large DVD authoring companies pride themselves on their full DVD burning suites, the most common recording and compression of videos is for YouTube and the iPod.

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    Camtasia Studio 5 review

    Camtasia Studio 5 review

    9  

    TechSmith is a company with its sights set on large and small businesses that have a need for capturing their computer screens as stills or videos. The flagship products of SnagIt and Camtasia get bigger and better, but also cheaper.

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    Adobe Photoshop CS3 (beta) review

    Adobe Photoshop CS3 (beta) review

    8  

    There's only one Photoshop. Others have tried but failed to topple it from the throne of best graphics editing application, but Photoshop remains the king. So it's not surprising that the next version, Photoshop CS3, has been hotly anticipated...

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    Adobe Premiere Elements 4 review

    Adobe Premiere Elements 4 review

    9  

    The original version of Premiere was a proper brain-teaser. Built for professional video editors and multimedia developers, it was power-packed and full of features, and came with a steep learning curve

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    Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 review

    Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 review

    10  

    Photoshop Elements 5 benefits from an excellent photo organiser, smart enough to detect and remove red-eye as it imports your images. It's supremely easy to tag files, organise them into collections and find the shots you need.

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    Ambient Design ArtRage 2.5 review

    Ambient Design ArtRage 2.5 review

    10  

    Much as we love Photoshop, it's primarily a way to edit existing artwork rather than creating art from scratch. Traditionally, if you wanted to do a painting or drawing on your Mac, you turned to Corel Painter, but now there's a new kid on the block: ArtRage.

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    On One Software Genuine Fractals 5 review

    On One Software Genuine Fractals 5 review

    8  

    Some of the latest cameras, like the Casio EX-Z1200, offer as much as 12Mp resolution, so why would you want more? For one thing, most only have a 3x optical zoom lens, so you can find yourself wanting to crop in and enlarge small areas of photos

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    Roxio Crunch 1.0 review

    Roxio Crunch 1.0 review

    6  

    Roxio's Crunch is another program designed to fill a gap in the market that Apple has left wide open for no well explored reason. In essence, the problem is that Apple TV and the video iPod will only play movies encoded in particular formats

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    BenVista PhotoZoom Pro 2 review

    BenVista PhotoZoom Pro 2 review

    8  

    Why is it that when you enlarge and print a photo that looks great onscreen, you end up with a mess? Edges become saw-toothed lines, and your image is marred by JPEG artefacts - big square blocks that make up colour in low resolution images

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    Adobe Flash CS3 review

    Adobe Flash CS3 review

    10  

    Almost two years ago, with much wailing and gnashing of teeth from the web design community, Adobe acquired multimedia software developer and rival Macromedia. Flash was the pinnacle of its portfolio but now it has the Adobe badge on the box

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    Serif PagePlus X2 review

    Serif PagePlus X2 review

    10  

    From its birth 20 years ago as a Pagemaker lookalike, Serif 's PagePlus has gone on to be a major player in the home and small-business DTP market, selling rather more copies than its progenitor

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    Mr Site Takeaway website review

    Mr Site Takeaway website review

    8  

    Have you ever thought of starting your own website? Well, for the asking price of a not-unreasonable £35, Mr Site gives you everything you need to design, set up and do just that. It even comes with a URL of your choice

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    Mr Site Takeaway website review

    Mr Site Takeaway website review

    9  

    Wanting to run your own Web site is one thing. Actually acquiring the means to make this happen is quite another. Mr Site's Takeaway website claims to provide everything you could need to do just that.

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