Applications

Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended
REVIEW

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
REVIEW

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
REVIEW

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
REVIEW

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

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McAfee Internet Security 2009
REVIEW

McAfee Internet Security 2009

Once it's up and running, McAfee Internet Security 2009 is competitive with Norton on speed, detection, and removal of malicious software.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 12, 2008
Adobe Dreamweaver CS4
REVIEW

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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Intuit QuickBooks Accounting Pro Edition 2009
REVIEW

Intuit QuickBooks Accounting Pro Edition 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
0 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Norton AntiVirus 2009
REVIEW

Norton AntiVirus 2009

Norton AntiVirus 2009 hits all the right security notes, and its superior protection technologies might even win back some jaded anti-Symantec folks, though for some, technical support may continue to frustrate.

4 stars Editors' rating on October 9, 2008
Nero 9
EDITORS' TAKE

Nero 9

Nero 9

MSRP: $99.99

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Trend Micro Internet Security 2009
REVIEW

Trend Micro Internet Security 2009

You can't beat the price. For a good, basic Internet Security suite, we recommend Trend Micro Internet Security 2009.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on September 25, 2008
0 stars User rating out of 1 vote