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Google Earth

View any location in the world with this spectacular application that gives users a planet's worth of information at their fingertips. A broadband connection is a must and your system better be up to scratch. Be careful if you don't exceed your ISPs monthly download limit, though.

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Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004

If you need the latest and greatest in Web site development, Dreamweaver is the best investment; but it's overkill for casual users.

Ad-Aware 2007

Spyware has evolved rapidly over the last few years, but Ad-Aware 2007 seems slow and has fallen behind the times.

Spybot Search and Destroy

Spybot is both free and adaptable for both beginning and power users, but it left behind several known spyware apps.

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WinTasks Professional 4.0

WinTasks Professional helps you understand and control all of the tasks, both seen and hidden, that run within Windows.

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CorelDraw Graphics Suite 12.0

Mid- to high-level graphics professionals will like this package, but it's overkill for just touching up photos and drawing organizational charts.

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Ulead DVD Workshop 2.0

Ulead DVD Workshop 2.0's wonderfully intuitive interface and huge selection of DVD-authoring tools will please professionals and advanced hobbyists alike.

Microsoft Project Spartan

Project Spartan is now available for testing on Windows 10.

Apple Photos OSX

Apple's Photos for Mac OS X Yosemite combines an iOS-like interface with advanced editing tools familiar to desktop users. CNET takes a closer look at the developer release.

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RecordNow Max 4.0

Despite its weak online technical support, you should get RecordNow if you use a CD burner on a PC--it's that good.

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.

Mozilla Thunderbird 2

Mozilla Thunderbird 2 is a fine, free, extensible e-mail client and a solid alternative to pricey Microsoft Outlook 2007 or the free Windows Live Mail.

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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.

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.

InterVideo DVD Copy 2.0 Platinum

InterVideo DVD Copy 2.0's interface will please ambitious beginners, but its limited functionality may frustrate advanced users.

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Pinnacle Studio 8.0

Pinnacle Studio 8.0's easy-to-use interface and intuitive tools make it the ideal package for beginners. However, its slow encoding and limited number of audio tracks might frustrate some.

Microsoft Office 2013

Familiar tools coupled with new features and a simplified and redesigned interface make Office 2013 well worth the paid upgrade.

Webroot Spy Sweeper

If you're unsure about the applications installed on your PC -- or know for a fact you've got a few bits of shady software hanging around -- then Spy Sweeper is a good buy, once you get past the speed issues.