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

Pricing not available

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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Enlight
REVIEW

Enlight

Enlight lives up to its promise of being a one-stop shop for photo editing, with an intuitive interface and tutorials to help you get started.

4 stars Editors' rating on March 25, 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
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
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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
3.3 stars User rating out of 10 votes
Adobe Lightroom for Phones
REVIEW

Adobe Lightroom for Phones ( Android)

For rating and flagging photos already in Lightroom while you're killing time or for quick, rough edits, it's good. But the phone version of Lightroom mobile needs more features before it feels essential.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on January 15, 2015

Pricing not available

Workflow
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Workflow ( iOS)

With a little practice, Workflow will let you speed up repetitive tasks or carry out complex actions, all with the touch of a button.

4 stars Editors' rating on January 13, 2015
FreeTone
REVIEW

FreeTone ( android)

If you're looking for a spare number to deal with people from Craigslist or similar services, FreeTone does the job, but with the syncing problems and so many ads, there are better apps out there.

2 stars Editors' rating on December 5, 2014
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

Pricing not available

Parallels Desktop 10
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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
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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

Pricing not available

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
REVIEW

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 ( PC/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
Facebook Home
REVIEW

Facebook Home

Because Facebook Home dominates your Android start screen, it really only makes sense if you're a Facebook junkie. Luckily, you can dial down Facebook Home or completely remove it, even if it comes preloaded on your device.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on April 9, 2013

Download Facebook Home April 12th from the Google Play store.

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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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
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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
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
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
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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
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

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

Pricing not available

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