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  1. Apple iLife '05 review

    Apple iLife '05 review

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    Gone are the days when the iLife programs went under the clumsy collective term of iApps and had everyone confused as to whether they were free, cheap or expensive. Since iLife '04, the bundle has had a clearly defined position in the market

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    Adobe Illustrator CS2 (Mac Version) review

    Adobe Illustrator CS2 (Mac Version) review

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    Adobe's Illustrator has long been the standard tool for creating crisp, cool vector graphics that can be scaled to any size. Over the years, it has incorporated many tools that make it much more than a simple illustration tool

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    Mozilla Firefox 2 review

    Mozilla Firefox 2 review

    10  

    It's not a huge upgrade, nothing even approaching the leap from - to take a purely random example - IE6 to IE7, with many expected features being put on the back burner for future development.

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    Webroot Spy Sweeper 5 review

    Webroot Spy Sweeper 5 review

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    Recently, Webroot has become something of a favourite for anyone who takes protecting their laptop seriously. There are bigger names out there that work just as well, but none really offer the simplicity Webroot has become known for

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    Trend Micro PC-cillin IS 2007 review

    Trend Micro PC-cillin IS 2007 review

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    This suite has its flaws, like any other. The virus scanner is less accurate than Norton's, and it's much slower. And while the spam filter picks out much junk, it's more intrusive than most.

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    Steganos Safe 2007 review

    Steganos Safe 2007 review

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    Steganos Safe 2007 combines industrial-strength security with unrivalled ease of use to provide a robust fi le encryption solution.

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    Smith Micro Software's StuffIt Deluxe 11 review

    Smith Micro Software's StuffIt Deluxe 11 review

    6  

    Smith Micro's collection of archive creation and management tools, including DropStuff and StuffIt Expander, has had another update. There are some great new features, but some great old ones are missing.

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    Second Copy 7 review

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    This one's hung around an idea so simple, it's genius. It can automatically make a clone of any file or folder to somewhere else either at regular intervals or every time a change is made.

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    Partition Manager 8 Personal Edition review

    Partition Manager 8 Personal Edition review

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    Whether you want to run two operating systems on one PC, set up a new hard drive or optimise your current one, having a partitioning utility is essential. So is Paragon Partition Manager the best choice for hard drive management?

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    Panda Internet Security 2007 review

    Panda Internet Security 2007 review

    10  

    Humble anti-virus programs have long been surpassed by entire suites aimed at beating online perils. The latest edition of Panda Software's flagship package is a good case in point...

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    Norton Save & Restore review

    Norton Save & Restore review

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    Regularly backing up the information on your PC is important for two reasons: to protect your files and to protect your Windows system. So does Norton Save & Restore make this backup process easy?

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    Mozilla Firefox 2 review

    Mozilla Firefox 2 review

    10  

    It's not a huge upgrade, nothing even approaching the leap from - to take a purely random example - IE6 to IE7, with many expected features being put on the back burner for future development.

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    Genie Online Backup 7 review

    Genie Online Backup 7 review

    6  

    So you've just spent hours painstakingly backing up every last scrap of data on your PC to a second hard drive and a tall stack of CDs swaying swiftly in the aircon breeze. Then your house catches fire.Everything is gone.

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    Fetch 5.1 review

    Fetch 5.1 review

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    Fetch is one of the most popular FTP clients in the Mac community, but it has long suffered from a clunky interface and a cheap look. Until now. From version 5.0, Fetch Softworks has revamped the app and done a great job at making it easier to use.

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    Detto Tech Move2Mac review

    Detto Tech Move2Mac review

    6  

    Making the switch from a PC to a Mac brings a world of common-sense computing. Apple has tried to make the switch as simple as possible with an easy-to-use operating system, but getting your existing work from your PC isn't so straightforward.

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    Backup My PC Deluxe 6 review

    Backup My PC Deluxe 6 review

    6  

    Demanding a series of blank DVDs, an original Windows XP CD and four floppy discs before you back-up a system will lose you roughly 40 per cent of your score in any discerning review.

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    Acronis True Image 9 review

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    You know, it's almost unfair. Here are all these other programs bravely listing a few features that make them all worthy in their own right, then the outgoing version of True Image comes along with everything in it.

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    Pioneer SVJ review

    Pioneer SVJ review

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    The art of seamlessly mixing music together is a skill that can take years to perfect

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    Yahoo Mail (Beta) review

    Yahoo Mail (Beta) review

    7  

    Yahoo proved to be slow in testing, largely, we suspect, because of the Flash-based adverts reloading as you move between features. We also found this advertising distracting.

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    Windows Live Mail (Beta) review

    Windows Live Mail (Beta) review

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    Hotmail will eventually become Windows Live Mail, but whether it can ever become as good as Gmail remains to be seen. For starters, online storage is only 2GB, the search function doesn't extend to attachments...

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    TubeSock review

    TubeSock review

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    TubeSock is a stripped-down video ripper that enables you to download YouTube clips to your Mac, then rip them to an iPod via iTunes. All you need is TubeSock and the URL of a YouTube clip

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    Strongbit ExeCryptor Version 2.3.9 review

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    Software developers frequently invest little time and effort insoftware protection. That's unfortunate because, if an application becomes popular, it will undoubtedly attract the unwelcome attentions of the 'cracker' community

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    S.A.D. TuneUp Utilities review

    S.A.D. TuneUp Utilities review

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    We all know we should take better care of our laptops, but we like installing programs and making the most of our download limits, only dealing with system slowdowns when they become noticeable.

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    MailSteward 7.5 review

    MailSteward 7.5 review

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    MailSteward is one of those unassuming Mac utilities that enjoys great kudos in the online Mac community. This might have something to do with the fact that the developer does a sterling job of staying in touch with his customers.

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