Applications

Microsoft Office XP Professional
REVIEW

Microsoft Office XP Professional

Microsoft Office XP's online and collaborative tool improvements make it a smart upgrade for businesses and groups, but it's not worth the cost, time, and effort for single or home users.

4 stars Editors' rating on 22 July 2003

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WordPerfect Office Standard Edition
REVIEW

WordPerfect Office Standard Edition ( v. 11 )

Current WordPerfect customers should certainly upgrade to Office 11.0. But SOHO users won't need some of the functionality.

3 stars Editors' rating on 16 April 2003

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Microsoft Plus! Digital Media Edition
REVIEW

Microsoft Plus! Digital Media Edition

Plus Digital Media Edition is a mixed bag of music and video Windows add-ons, with just enough goodies to make it worth the price.

3 stars Editors' rating on 30 January 2003

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Panda Antivirus Platinum 7.0
REVIEW

Panda Antivirus Platinum 7.0

This virus hunter's new interface is a breeze to use, but Panda stumbles on price, support, and detection skills.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on 21 November 2002

Typical price: £40.00

Microsoft Works Suite 2003
REVIEW

Microsoft Works Suite 2003

Works Suite 2003 is a true bargain. It's the best at-home or at-school productivity suite--as long as you can do without Excel and PowerPoint--and it costs half as much as Office XP.

4 stars Editors' rating on 20 September 2002

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Adobe Photoshop 7.0
REVIEW

Adobe Photoshop 7.0

If you're an advanced photographer and don't have Photoshop yet or if you need natural paint tools, version 7.0 is a must-have; otherwise, version 6.0 will do the trick.

4 stars Editors' rating on 16 April 2002

Typical price: £450.00

PC Upgrade Commander
REVIEW

PC Upgrade Commander ( v. 1.01 )

PC Upgrade Commander costs the same as Aloha Bob, and when it works, does just as thorough a job. But we like Bob better; it's slightly easier to use and, unlike Commander, didn't give us a single problem.

3 stars Editors' rating on 16 January 2002

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Microsoft Office X for Mac
REVIEW

Microsoft Office X for Mac

If you've been waiting for a good reason to purchase Mac OS X, Office X is it. But if you're happy with both Office 2001 and OS 9, you won't find enough improvements to justify the $299 upgrade price.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on 16 November 2001

Typical price: £235.00

ViaVoice Pro USB Edition 9.0
REVIEW

ViaVoice Pro USB Edition 9.0

ViaVoice 9.0 is awesome, if expensive, for those without a speech-recognition program. But if you're using ViaVoice 8.0, this version isn't different enough to warrant an upgrade.

4 stars Editors' rating on 15 October 2001

Typical price: £85.00

Microsoft PowerPoint 2002
REVIEW

Microsoft PowerPoint 2002

Got PowerPoint 2000? Then 2002 isn't different enough to justify its price tag. However, if you have an older edition, consider moving up.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on 7 May 2001

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