Despite some stability problems, Pinnacle Studio 9.0 is a remarkably powerful video editor and authoring app for both home and professional use.
Adobe Document Cloud, its apps and applications look like a very good start, but you may want to wait a bit before jumping in with anything other than Fill & Sign.
Once it's up and running, McAfee Internet Security 2009 is competitive with Norton on speed, detection, and removal of malicious software.
Choose InDesign for the most sophisticated desktop publishing tasks. Sorry, Quark. InDesign is our new DTP of choice.
The free Presence app is a great way to experiment with home security -- just don't let its prominently-featured online store trick you into spending hundreds on accessories.
Adobe Lightroom 6/CC remains a fine photo-editing and organizing tool, but the new version doesn't rise much past its predecessor.
While the updates to its Shake Stabilizer is welcome, the rest of the program's updates don't feel terribly compelling.
Windows XP's first service pack is a worthwhile download--if only for the security patches--as long as you have the bandwidth. If not, you're better off piecing together XP fixes in smaller, single downloads.
Apple iLife '09 is a great application suite for simple media organizing and editing, and the addition of features like face recognition, geotagging, and music lessons makes it worth the update.
Project Spartan is now available for testing on Windows 10.
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.
Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5
If you need a midlevel Web site design app, Microsoft FrontPage 2003 is a good choice, but professionals should use Macromedia Dreamweaver instead.
Although Microsoft Office 2007 offers deeper features, particularly for number crunchers, Apple iWork '08 is a strong Mac productivity package and a pleasure to use.
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.
Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003
Fireworks MX 2004's simple design and powerful tools make it the best Web graphics app for both novices and pros.
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.