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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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Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

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MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

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MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

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