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  1. Corel Paint Shop Pro PHOTO XI review

    Corel Paint Shop Pro PHOTO XI review

    10  

    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

    8  

    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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    Apple Aperture 1.0 review

    Apple Aperture 1.0 review

    6  

    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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    Serif PhotoPlus 11 Studio Pack review

    Serif PhotoPlus 11 Studio Pack review

    8  

    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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    Corel Painter X review

    Corel Painter X review

    10  

    First things first; Painter does exactly what it says on the tin. Literally: our review copy of Corel Painter X came in a big paint tin. We got our mitts on the limited-edition version complete with special packaging and a glossy poster

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    Adobe Photoshop CS3 review

    Adobe Photoshop CS3 review

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    Adobe Photoshop CS3 is the 'king' of image-editors, the program by which all others are judged. It's also the most expensive program on test, and it's starting to find itself outstripped by cheaper rivals.

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    ACDSee Pro review

    ACDSee Pro review

    8  

    Taking a step up from the normal world of taking photos, viewing and storing them on your computer and printing them out, professional photography demands a more 'workflow' oriented ethic.

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    ACDSee 7.0 review

    ACDSee 7.0 review

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    ACDSee 7.0 is a PC-only cataloguing andimage-editing tool that's supplied in a bundled form with some digital cameras.You can use it as a folder browser with a standard directory tree

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    Olympus Studio 2.11 review

    Olympus Studio 2.11 review

    7  

    Olympus Studio 2 supports professional photographers and engaged amateurs to get perfect results out of the images within a minimum of time.

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    Adobe Illustrator CS3 review

    Adobe Illustrator CS3 review

    10  

    During the course of its last two incarnations, Illustrator CS3 manages to hone these existing tool sets while introducing yet more trend-defining features, all held within a redesigned and much streamlined program interface

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    Serif DrawPlus X2 review

    Serif DrawPlus X2 review

    9  

    Compared to the recent mass-adoption of photo editing programs, spurred on by the digital camera revolution, vector-based drawing has become something of a lost art.

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    Creaceed Hydra review

    Creaceed Hydra review

    5  

    Answer the following question: a hydra is (a) a Greek mythical monster with many heads, (b) an album by Toto, or (c) a clever piece of software for digital photographers? The answer, of course, is (c)... It's not as exciting as a Greek monster but it is infinitely more interesting than an album by Toto.

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    ACDSee Photo Editor review

    ACDSee Photo Editor review

    5  

    With the soaring popularity of digital cameras, image-editing software packages are now ten a penny, which is what many of them are worth. This one is great though...

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    atebits Scribbles 1.1 review

    atebits Scribbles 1.1 review

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    Although Photoshop is largely used by professionals, its influence has crept in elsewhere, and even consumer graphics applications often have interfaces based on that of Adobe's giant. Scribbles, in common with the likes of Acorn and Apple's iPhoto, offers a truly unique, innovative approach, this time for sketching and drawing.

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    Sony Image Data Converter review

    Sony Image Data Converter review

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    Sony Image Data Converter SR comes free with Sony digital SLRs, together with a companion package called Image Data Lightbox SR. First impressions aren't good. Both applications look crude and dated, and it's annoying to have to use two programs.

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    Adobe Lightroom 1.0 review

    Adobe Lightroom 1.0 review

    10  

    The digital SLR has brought high-quality photography to the masses; we're all out there, clicking away, producing shot after shot of high-quality RAW files, and yet when it comes to sorting and editing this veritable torrent of images, what do we do?

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    Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 review

    Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 review

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    Powerful photo-editing software normally comes with strings attached, in the way of high prices and steep learning curves. Unlike the full-blown edition of Photoshop, which costs nearly £600, Elements is the most mass-market editor on the market

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    Xequte Smart Pix Manager 9 review

    Xequte Smart Pix Manager 9 review

    7  

    Like other programs that require a similarly lengthy time to build image collections into albums, Smart Pix Manager is based on a full database application that stores wide-ranging data extracted from your images.

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    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

    4  

    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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    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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