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Intuit QuickBooks Pro & Payroll 2008

Intuit has concentrated for a long time on making its accountancy products as simple to use as possible, with recent updates to QuickBooks 2006 and 2007 offering updates that focus on accessibility rather than adding more features.

Roxio Easy Media Creator 10.0

Roxio has become something of a standard when it comes to basic multimedia authoring. With the latest release of its Easy Media Creator suite it's easy to see why.

Serif PagePlus X2

Serif's PagePlus has grown up over the past few years, moving away from its cheap and cheerful roots to provide a semi-professional alternative to products such as those offered by Adobe. Its real market is not the designers who will stay faithful to...

Nuance OmniPage Professional 16

For the average user, the OCR (optical character recognition software) that comes bundled with their scanner is more than enough for most of their needs. In fact, chances are they've already been given a version of OmniPage, so there'd need to be a v...

Fab freebies

Professional web apps can cost a fortune, but there are some suprisingly good tools for free, if you know where to look.

Express yourself

Microsoft has jumped onto the free software wagon, including a package that offers useful features for web developers.

NetObjects Fusion 9.0

Fusion has long had a reputation as a sophisticated application that can produce competent results but is easy to use, particularly when compared with Dreamweaver and GoLive. While it provides plenty of wizards to set up pages quickly, it also offers...

Panda Titanium 2006 Anti-Virus

Protection against online viruses is a necessity these days, and the number of specialist packages has proliferated accordingly. At the same time, many companies have started to bundle utilities into their main antivirus product. This is certainly tr...

Dream package

Over the past two years, Dreamweaver appeared to lose ground to competing applications. The release of version 8.0, however, shows Macromedia hasn't lost its taste for innovation.

NetObjects nPower 1.0

In recent years web-development software makers have recognised that a lot of software is just too complex when it comes to updating content - the very task that will take up most time and effort once a site is up and running. The trend towards simpl...

Open forum

Whenever visitors are invited to give feedback on the con­tent provided by a Web site, it's the forums that prove most popular. It's not hard to see why: Web conferences, or bulletin boards, provide the ultimate reader feedback, with content adapted ...

Corel Paint Shop Pro X

Those of you who trialed the Beta version of Paint Shop Pro X would know what whilst it was an impressive program, it required substantial improvements in performance to be considered a piece of software worth investing in.

Making the most of mobiles

The number of mobile phones being shipped worldwide is estimated to hit the two billion mark within the next five years. And one of the most sig­nificant features of the new gener­ation of phones is, of course, the convergence of voice, e-mail and We...

AutoCAD 2006

While CAD (computer-aided design) has slowly filtered into the small business sector through products such as TurboCAD and Autodesk's own AutoCAD LT, for high-level industrial design the leading package remains AutoCAD. In fact, so important is this ...

Can't beat 'em?

The Proposed merger between Adobe and Macromedia marks a huge change in the landscape of creative tools, not least web development.

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HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

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