If you've outgrown the starter software that came with your scanner, OmniPage Pro 12.0 Office is your best next step.
CorelDraw is the easiest illustration program to master, and it ships with a superior interface and feature set. This is the best choice for novice-, intermediate-, and pro-level artists who don't need speed.
Thanks to its pro-level tools and affordable price, Video Explosion Deluxe is perfect for any amateur PC moviemaker willing to brave the complicated interface.
AutoCAD LT is perfect for draftspeople, engineers, and technical illustrators who don't have to work in 3D. For 3D work, you'll need AutoCAD 2002.
Despite its weak online technical support, you should get RecordNow if you use a CD burner on a PC--it's that good.
If you use desktop Quicken, this mobile companion is a must. Once you train yourself to use it regularly, Pocket Quicken will help you keep up-to-the-minute tabs on your finances.
Unless you're already tied to Adobe products, turn to Fireworks to create impressive static Web graphics.
LiveMotion is easier to use than Flash and turns out Flash movies that are just as snazzy and interactive. It's our top choice for Web animation.
Dreamweaver MX isn't for rank newbies or dedicated hobbyists. Consider it if you're a code-savvy developer looking to hook in your Web site to server-side databases. Adobe enthusiasts, go with GoLive.
GoLive is our favorite professional-level HTML editor for anyone who's serious about designing and coding or managing a company Web site. However, the program can easily overwhelm hobbyists.
We can't say enough about QuickBooks Pro 2002. This small-biz accounting program does it all, so get it stat for your small business.
Final Cut Pro 3.0 is the best choice for Mac owners who edit video that ranges from short commercials to feature-length documentaries. However, its high price and steep learning curve make Final Cut too much for beginners to handle.
Norton CleanSweep 2002 is our top pick in the uninstaller category. Its powerful set of cleanup tools, simple interface, and quality support are the best around.
Choose InDesign for the most sophisticated desktop publishing tasks. Sorry, Quark. InDesign is our new DTP of choice.
Toast 5.0 sets the standard for Mac CD and DVD recording. You can't afford not to try it.
Serious illustrators don't really have another option, but even if they did, Painter 7.0 would still take the cake. It's indispensable for graphics pros.
Publisher 2002 is better integrated with Word and easier to use than ever--even easier than FrontPage. It's worth the hunt to find a copy of Publisher 2002.
This new and improved version of an outstanding code editor is more stable and remarkably well tailored toward the professional Web developer.