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Serif PagePlus X3

While InDesign, QuarkXPress and Microsoft Publisher divvy up much of the desktop publishing market, Serif's PagePlus adopts the role of underrated gem.

Xara Xtreme Pro 4.0

Often overshadowed by better-known applications, Xara Xtreme Pro is a graphics program with something to prove.

iClone Studio 2.0 animation software

Who said 3D animation had to be difficult? Reallusion's iClone is a low-cost animation tool that lets animators on a budget easily produce realistic 3D movies. iClone comes in Standard and Studio versions -- the latter offering extra features includi...

DX Studio 2.1

DX Studio 2.1 can be used to create a range of interactive 3D applications, from games through to architectural walkthroughs. Comprising a real-time 3D engine and a number of editing tools, it's a budget program with big ambitions.

All-star cast

Screencasting is hot news again. Here's how to give your presentations the red-carpet treatment.

Convert ops

A dull task is worse when you've got naff software, but the latest bitmap converters are bringing job to designers' lives.

Sketch in time

Sketchup, a quirky, minor CAD program, has suddenly made it to the big time. The answer may have something to do with Google...

Colour: the new black

The world has never been monochrome, but your old photographs often are. Bring your memories up-to-date with a splash of colour.

Flickr of joy

Keep your photographs safe and share them with the world at the same time, courtesy of a brilliant, free hosting service.

CorelDraw Graphics Suite X3

CorelDraw Graphics Suite has spent the past few years overshadowed by more fashionable alternatives. But the design landscape changes quickly.

Jpegged out

Every time you edit and save your images, the JPEG format is chucking away some of the information. Scared? You should be.

Pan handling

I've never met Ken Burns, the respected US documentary filmmaker. Nor have I seen the 13-hour long documentary on the US Civil War that made him famous. But I feel I know him well.

Pix to the Max

Microsoft's PDC (Professional Developers Conference) isn't the sort of occasion that's highlighted with marker pen in multimedia developers' diaries, but judging by this year's event, it won't stay that way for long.

Suite success

Macromedia's release of Studio 8.0 has assumed huge relevance after Adobe's purchase of its multimedia rival. Anyone involved in multimedia is desperate to know what Adobe will do with its newly-acquired riches, and the contents of this suite offer t...

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MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

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Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

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