Applications

Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web Premium
REVIEW

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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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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Kaspersky Internet Security 2009
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Kaspersky Internet Security 2009

Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 provides adequate protection, but the program itself could use some work in telling the user what's going on.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 14, 2008
0 stars User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $79.95

Adobe Dreamweaver CS4
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Adobe Dreamweaver CS4

Best for coding and design pros, Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 is perhaps the sharpest, swiftest tool for developing and editing dynamic Web sites.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 3, 2008
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

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QuickBooks Simple Start 2009
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QuickBooks Simple Start 2009

Intuit QuickBooks Premier 2009 keeps the program's well-designed, intuitive interface, while adding a few new features. It's a worthy upgrade for people serious about online banking, and it remains the best accounting program for small business owners. However, Intuit should be more generous with customer support, particularly for setup issues.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on October 22, 2008

MSRP: $99.95

Dragon Naturally Speaking 10 Standard
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Dragon Naturally Speaking 10 Standard

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 isn't perfect, but it's the best dictation software available. We don't find this upgrade necessary for the most basic dictation, although new features may benefit heavily accented English speakers and those who rely heavily on voice commands.

4 stars Editors' rating on August 20, 2008

MSRP: $99.99

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2009
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Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2009

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2009 provides adequate protection, but the program itself could use some work in telling the user what's going on.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 7, 2008

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Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro
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Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro

This update should be worthwhile for security-minded businesses and creative firms. With Acrobat 9, Adobe brings new Web relevance to print-ready PDFs by enabling embedded video and animation. Forms, security, and overall ease of use are also enhanced.

4 stars Editors' rating on June 25, 2008