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Serif PagePlus 11.0

For most of its life, budget page-layout program Serif PagePlus offered competition to the equally cheap and cheerful Microsoft Publisher. But version 11.0 of this venerable program has loftier ambitions - it is clearly intended to compete in the sam...

Colour by numbers

IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR AN EXAMPLE OF A FINE ART, FORGET THE LIKES OF MONET AND TRY GETTING YOUR MONITOR AND PRINTER TO DISPLAY THE SAME COLOURS.

Microsoft Acrylic (Beta)

Here's to breaking creative rules. Convention dictates that the graphics world is split into two camps. Line-drawing vector editors such as Adobe Illustrator occupy one side of the divide, while bitmap-based programs such as Photoshop, PaintShop Pro ...

Imaginary battles

Acrylic, Microsoft's image and vector editing program, may not be a Photoshop killer, but it has a couple of suprises up it's sleeve.

Finding your level

Some golden oldies this month: Photoshop's Levels Tool and Paintshop Pro's Histogram Adjustment, which can still show the youngsters a thing or two.

Getting things into perspective

Being creative when you're snapping is all very well, but editing arty shots can be a nightmare. Thank goodness for Photoshop CS 2.0's Vanishing Point filter.

In my element

Photoshop Elements is a great image editor and, with the inclusion of Album, anyone can cobble together a slideshow.

Imaging: There's no escape

Google has become the number one place to go for information on the Web, but watch out - it could be about to take over your digital life.

Web design software: Dreamweaver MX 2004

Macromedia’s Dreamweaver is well known as an industrial-strength Web-authoring tool — with a learning curve to match. This latest version of the program does little to alter its reputation as a powerful creative tool for Web designers, but it does at...

3D design software

Eovia’s Designer 7.0 is an odd program. This isn’t due to its quirky interface (a feature shared by just about every 3D application on the market) but because, rather than indulging in traditional feature-bloat, it drops many of the program’s non-cri...

Illustration refresh: Designer 10.0

Corel's 2001 acquisition of Micro­grafx Designer raised clear doubts about the pro­gram's future as a stablemate of rival vector-editing appli­cation CorelDRAW. Designer 10.0 is more sensibly aimed directly at technical illustrators rather than artis...

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