Applications

Adobe Lightroom 6
REVIEW

Adobe Lightroom 6

Adobe Lightroom 6/CC remains a fine photo-editing and organizing tool, but the new version doesn't rise much past its predecessor.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on April 21, 2015
2.5 stars User rating out of 2 votes

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Adobe Acrobat DC
REVIEW

Adobe Acrobat DC ( Windows)

Adobe Document Cloud, its apps and applications look like a very good start, but you may want to wait a bit before jumping in with anything other than Fill & Sign.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on April 6, 2015

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Lyve App
REVIEW

Lyve App ( Macintosh)

Lyve is a fast and hands-off way to organize your photos if you don't want to do it yourself.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on February 25, 2015
2 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Logic Pro X
REVIEW

Logic Pro X ( Macintosh)

Logic Pro X 10.1 from Apple is a self-contained music studio that offers tremendous flexibility and power -- once you get past the learning curve.

4 stars Editors' rating on January 28, 2015
Sling TV
REVIEW

Sling TV

Sling TV's bargain price and freedom from contracts make it well worth a test-drive for prospective cord-cutters or "cord-nevers" who can live with its stripped-down selection of live TV channels.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on January 26, 2015
3.5 stars User rating out of 11 votes
Parallels Desktop 10
REVIEW

Parallels Desktop 10

Integration with Mac OS X Yosemite and a fair price make Parallels Desktop 10 the best Mac system virtualization option, despite a confusing installation process.

4 stars Editors' rating on August 27, 2014
LibreOffice 4.3
REVIEW

LibreOffice 4.3 ( PC)

LibreOffice is a great office suite, but it can't compete with modern apps that offer strong compatibility with Microsoft Office, and also work on mobile devices and the Web.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 18, 2014
3.2 stars User rating out of 3 votes
Windows Phone 8.1
REVIEW

Windows Phone 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1 is the best update yet, thanks to its revamped design and modern features, but it lags behind iOS and Android.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on April 14, 2014
5 stars User rating out of 9 votes

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
REVIEW

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 ( Mac)

A nice, but not necessarily must-have update, Adobe Lightroom 5 remains a strong program for working with raw images.

4 stars Editors' rating on June 9, 2013

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Parallels Desktop 8
REVIEW

Parallels Desktop 8

Any Mac user who needs to use Windows or Linux software or needs to test software in different environments will appreciate Parallel Desktop's seamless integration, with plenty of little features that make the switching experience as smooth as possible.

4.5 stars Editors' rating on September 5, 2012
3.3 stars User rating out of 11 votes
McAfee Total Protection 2010
REVIEW

McAfee Total Protection 2010 ( 1 User)

McAfee Total Protection 2010 hits many of the right notes. It's easy to use and it's effective, but years of below-average releases will likely leave many users unwilling to give it a try.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on February 26, 2010
1 star User rating out of 4 votes
PC Tools Internet Security 2010
REVIEW

PC Tools Internet Security 2010 ( 1 User, 3 PCs)

We're big fans of PC Tools Internet Security's ThreatFire component, and the overall toolset that PC Tools provides is robust, but the suite could be both faster and easier to use.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on December 4, 2009
0 stars User rating out of 2 votes
Quicken Starter Edition 2010
REVIEW

Quicken Starter Edition 2010

Quicken 2010 is a solid finance package, especially for novices, but offers little that's substantively new.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on October 14, 2009
0 stars User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $29.95

Zone Alarm Extreme Security 2010
REVIEW

Zone Alarm Extreme Security 2010

ZoneAlarm Extreme Security 2010 isn't necessarily the best suite around, but it's definitely effective and should appeal to those who like making granular adjustments to their protection.

3 stars Editors' rating on October 8, 2009

As Reviewed: $69.95

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Norton AntiVirus 2010
REVIEW

Norton AntiVirus 2010 ( 1 User, 1 PC)

Norton AntiVirus 2010 builds on the immense progress made in last year's version, maintaining a low system profile while strengthening its security framework. It's not perfect, but even Symantec's detractors should check it out.

4 stars Editors' rating on September 25, 2009
Norton Internet Security 2010
REVIEW

Norton Internet Security 2010 ( 1 User, 3 PCs)

Norton Internet Security 2010 builds on the immense progress it made in last year's version, maintaining a low system profile while strengthening its security framework. It's not perfect, but even Symantec's detractors should check it out.

4 stars Editors' rating on September 24, 2009
0 stars User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $69.99

Corel Digital Studio 2010
REVIEW

Corel Digital Studio 2010

A majority of home users will appreciate Corel Digital Studio's feature set, its interactive projects, and wide support for photo and video formats.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on September 1, 2009
Trend Micro Internet Security 2010
REVIEW

Trend Micro Internet Security 2010

Trend Micro Internet Security Pro's broad feature set combined with its look and feel make it a serious contender, but its questionable efficacy and middling performance make it a program we're not recommending.

3 stars Editors' rating on August 28, 2009
1 star User rating out of 1 vote
Trend Micro Internet Security Pro 2010
REVIEW

Trend Micro Internet Security Pro 2010

Trend Micro Internet Security Pro's broad feature set combined with its look and feel make it a serious contender, but questionable efficacy and middling performance mean it's a program we're not recommending for this year.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 27, 2009
Kaspersky Internet Security 2010
REVIEW

Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 ( 1-Year License)

Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 is a full-featured security suite, and the 2009 version scored well on independent antivirus detection and removal tests. However, be prepared to pay a premium for what you're getting.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 26, 2009

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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
REVIEW

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
REVIEW

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
REVIEW

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
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
REVIEW

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
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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