Applications

Corel Home Office
REVIEW

Corel Home Office

Despite some compatibility setbacks, Corel Home Office suite is useful for creating documents. Its conscientious size, small-screen optimizations, and attractive price make it a good buy for a Netbook office suite, or for saving space by shedding advanced features.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on June 16, 2009
TurboTax Deluxe 2008
REVIEW

TurboTax Deluxe 2008 ( Federal + State)

TurboTax 2008 is the most expensive tax app on the market, but it's also fast, complete, and straightforward. If finishing quickly is your goal, the extra cost is worth it. If you anticipate wanting live help support, look into TaxCut.

4 stars Editors' rating on February 4, 2009
iLife '09
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iLife '09

Apple iLife '09 is a great application suite for simple media organizing and editing, and the addition of features like face recognition, geotagging, and music lessons makes it worth the update.

4 stars Editors' rating on February 2, 2009
iWork '09
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iWork '09

Intuitive interface design and easy access to useful features make iWork the best office suite choice on the Mac. Though it lacks some of Microsoft Office's advanced options, iWork '09 is an emerging powerhouse in its own right.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on January 27, 2009
Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium
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Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium

Adobe CS4 Design Premium contains nearly every tool for editing digital images and layouts for print and the Web, as well as for crafting interactive animation and desktop apps. If you don't need video editing, pick this over the Master Collection and save $700.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 26, 2008

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Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web Premium
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Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web Premium

Adobe CS4 Web Premium is a good deal for interactive designers who don't need tools for video editing and sophisticated print layouts.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 26, 2008

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Adobe Illustrator CS4
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Adobe Illustrator CS4

While Adobe Illustrator CS4's most compelling new feature--pseudo-multipage support--can be frustrating to use, overall it makes CS4 a worthwhile upgrade for current users.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 25, 2008

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Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended
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Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended

If you work with 3D, Photoshop Extended is a must-have upgrade; ditto if you think you'd use more of Standard's tools if the interface were less opaque, if you need to upgrade other suite applications, or if you qualify for an academic discount. All things considered, while Adobe Photoshop CS4 makes some improvements over CS3, it might be worth skipping this generation and waiting for the next.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 24, 2008

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CA Internet Security Suite Plus 2009
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CA Internet Security Suite Plus 2009 ( 5-Users, Box Set, Download)

CA Internet Security Suite 2009 has made some modest gains over its previous efforts, but overall it lags behind its security suite competition in speed and effectiveness.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on November 23, 2008
Adobe Flash CS4 Professional
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Adobe Flash CS4 Professional

Flash becomes friendlier and more fun to explore as CS4 introduces a faster approach to animation, making this a worthwhile upgrade for both beginners and seasoned programmers.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 19, 2008

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