QuickBooks Pro 2007
Despite its lean list of improvements, QuickBooks 2007 remains a terrific small-business accounting package. Longtime QuickBooks users who haven't already upgraded to QuickBooks 2006 should leap to 2007 instead.
Microsoft Money 2007 Deluxe
If you're using an earlier version of Microsoft Money, the 2007 updates may not tempt you to upgrade, unless the latest version's new budgeting abilities fit your needs.
Quicken Deluxe 2007
Intuit Quicken 2007 Premier offers a thorough overhaul of its interface, as well as useful new features and conveniences that other financial software products can't match.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred 9
For people who type a lot or suffer sore fingers and hands, Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9 is the best tool available for dictating text and commanding a Web browser by voice, despite the gradual adjustments needed to conform to your personal manner of speaking.
Peachtree Pro Accounting 2007
With its slick new look and powerful set of bookkeeping tools, Peachtree Complete Accounting 2007 is a fine upgrade for longtime users, especially for small shops that need to manage inventory.
FileMaker Pro 8 ( multiplatform)
With improved data-export tools, beginner-friendly templates, and support for massive files, FileMaker Pro 8 is a great choice for novice or professional users who need to develop powerful databases.
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ACT! 2006 Premium for Workgroups
Act 2006 is a solid choice for sales pros but a nonessential upgrade for version 2005 users.
IBM ViaVoice Mac OS X Edition 3
ViaVoice is an affordable, if buggy, program for basic speech-to-text dictation. To avoid using your hands, however, we recommend the Windows-only Dragon NaturallySpeaking 8.
Apple Keynote 3
Apple Keynote 3 is a true competitor to PowerPoint, especially with its low price and advanced features.
This software is only available as part of a larger software package. Please refer to the Apple iWork '06 review for pricing details.
Overall, Apple iWork '06 is a compelling package, though mostly due to Keynote 3. Keynote 3 is a better tool than PowerPoint, and Pages 2 offers some intriguing new features, though professional users will still yearn for Adobe FrameMaker.