Why pay for a collection of second-rate audio add-ons and desktop decorations when you can find better junk for free on the Web? Skip Plus, unless you're looking for a silly holiday gift for a tech newbie.
Take a good, hard look at Mac OS X 10.2 if you're adding a Mac to a Windows network--Jaguar's new tools can't be beat. But home users, beware the $129 upgrade price if you're not looking for networking options.
This powerful accounting package is best for small-business owners who are familiar with the ins and outs of accounting.
QuickBooks Premier 2006 is the best upgrade in years. Its slick new interface is the best in small-business accounting, and its accounting toolkit is easy to learn. Small but growing businesses should buy it.
Due in mid-2005, Apple's new Mac OS X 10.4 promises more than 200 features.
Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium
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.
Faster, easier to use, and more powerful than the previous version, Dreamweaver 8 is a worthy upgrade for professionals, but amateurs should stick with a less complicated app, such as HomeSite.
Adobe has improved the speed of Flash and its integration with other CS3 apps, although flashy new features are few. Plus, Flash now works natively on Intel-based Macs.
OmniPage Pro 14.0 Office clearly remains the OCR app to beat, especially in office environments needing automated batch processing.
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.
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
Android 9.0 is already on some Android phones. Here's what you can expect when it comes to yours.
Valve's app for streaming games to TVs, phones and tablets does exactly that, but the "mobile" aspect doesn't make much as much sense when you're tethered to a location.
Nintendo's first phone game makes a few strange decisions, but it's mostly great stuff.
Despite some stability problems, Pinnacle Studio 9.0 is a remarkably powerful video editor and authoring app for both home and professional use.
Microsoft Office Standard Edition 2003
Kaspersky Anti-Virus 7 continues to outshine its competition with its ease of use combined with thorough antivirus protection.