QuarkXPress 4.1 is a superior layout application equipped with the best set of illustration and text tools on the market. It's not for amateurs, but if you're a professional print designer, you'd better own a copy.
Mid- to high-level graphics professionals will like this package, but it's overkill for just touching up photos and drawing organizational charts.
Nero 8 shows off a new interface for getting started that makes the many tools easier to find from the get-go. Some welcome new features include HD support, although this rich suite can still confuse.
Great for anyone who wants to jump straight into Flash animation without becoming an expert in or needing the benefits of advanced scripting or complex interactivity.
Photoshop CS remains the choice for professional image editing, and it's worth the upgrade, although some new features could be better implemented.
Kudos to Adobe--the second version of Photoshop Album is a notable improvement over the first.
Quark is at the top of the desktop publishing food chain, and we recommend it for high-end projects. For a less expensive, nonprofessional solution, try Microsoft Publisher.
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.
An excellent tool for Web graphic designers who have to deal with many different file formats.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 4 adds even more power to an already top-flight image editor/organizer package. Equipped with a chic interface and a fantastic toolbox, Elements is the best choice for digital photographers who want to put their photo collection in order and share with others.
It's not without its shortcomings, but NHL 16 is a significant step in the right direction, laying the groundwork for even more improvement in the future.
FIFA 16 continues its solid track record by improving on an already winning formula and introducing Women's International Teams for the very first time.
Spybot is both free and adaptable for both beginning and power users, but it left behind several known spyware apps.
The Wolf Among Us is a stylish noir game with the Big Bad Wolf doing his best Philip Marlowe impression. And if that doesn't sell you on the game, not much else will.
A handful of new improvements on and off the ice make this year's effort a solid package as the franchise continues to evolve its identity on PS4 and Xbox One.
The final DLC instalment in the series brings together everything that came before in a fitting farewell.
Norton Internet Security 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
Apple's iOS 4.2.1 update is well worth downloading. It brings multitasking to the iPad and sorts out some of the iPhone 3G's speed troubles. Best of all is the fact that it's free.