Software is an ever-changing landscape of the new, the old and the updated. Trying to keep up with what's available is hard enough. Trying to decide when to upgrade or when to stick with what you've got is even harder. Having the right information at the right time is essential to making the right choices.
In our Software Reviews area, you'll find up-to-date information on the latest versions of software you use and software you might want to use. We have searched the internet and brought together what we think are the best, most informative reviews on new and popular software. So before you decide on that next software purchase, be sure to check here first.
Adobe Creative® Suite 5.5 (techradar.com)
"CS5.5 is a release you'll love if you're into mobile, video and eBook creation."
Adobe® Acrobat® X Professional (PC Magazine)
"...even in its beta incarnation, Acrobat X leaps ahead of the pack as the most powerful, flexible, and best-designed PDF software ever written."
CorelDraw® Graphics Suite X5 (techradar.com)
"Does the 15th iteration, CorelDraw X5, match up to our expectations? Yes – and more. This is a home-run-and-the-crowd-goes-wild release that every CorelDraw user will want."
GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) 2.2 (PC Magazine)
"The OS-agnostic GIMP brings high-end photo editing to users for zero dollars, but only the dedicated should walk this deep, complex road."
QuarkXPress® 9 (macworld.com)
"QuarkXPress 9 builds on the strengths of previous versions, and adds some innovative new capabilities, such as ShapeMaker. It has also added sophisticated tools such as Conditional Styles, Callouts, Linkster, and Cloner, and smart enhancements to style overrides."
Microsoft Office® 2010 (Wired)
"WIRED Integrated video and photo features throughout the suite. High-end features (like voicemail transcription) available to Exchange users. Outlook upgrades make it one of the best offline e-mail managers on the market."
OpenOffice® 3.3.0 (cnet.com)
"No doubt about it, the multilingual and crossplatform OpenOffice.org is a compelling option for anyone in search of an alternative office suite."
LibreOffice 3.4 (PC Magazine)
"If you're already using OpenOffice.org as an office suite, you owe it to yourself to switch to LibreOffice. After only a few months of development, it already has more features than OpenOffice.org, an improved interface, and faster and more reliable performance."
Mac OS X® Lion (Macworld)
"Can novice users fresh from the Apple Store and grizzled Mac vets who have been pounding out Terminal commands since 2001 share one operating system without driving each other crazy? It’s an interesting question. With Lion, Apple seems to be doing a fine job of adding novice features without making them too maddening for more comfortable users. That’s good, because novices become veterans over time."
Microsoft® Windows 7 (cnet.com)
"Although the look of Windows 7 may seem to be nothing more than some polish applied liberally to the Vista Aero theme, make no mistake: this is a full replacement operating system, and more than just 'Vista done right'."
Ubuntu 11.10 (Bryan Lunduke)
"I skipped 11.04 for my main machine. But 11.10? It’s staying on here. This is a heck of a good release."
Firefox® 9 (cnet.com)
"Definitely a worthy heir to the Firefox name, Firefox 9's one major drawback is that, like its competitors, it still uses massive amounts of RAM. Don't expect that to change as the browser is relied upon to perform more and more tasks that once occurred in other programs. However, it will be less of a problem as hardware improves and Mozilla continues to push initiatives like Telemetry and protection from third-party add-ons."
Internet Explorer® 9 (PC Magazine)
"Microsoft's new browser is faster, trimmer, more compliant with HTML5—a major improvement over its predecessor. It also brings some unique capabilities like tab-pinning and hardware acceleration, but only Windows 7 and Vista users need apply."
"Its speed, minimalist design, and advanced support for HTML5 have been attracting more and more users to the browser for good reason."
"Safari 5.1 gives Apple’s browser enough horsepower to hold its own against rivals in day-to-day browsing. More importantly, its new features truly distinguish it from the pack, making Safari 5.1 a great step up from its predecessor."