Alan StaffordContributor, PCWorld

Alan Stafford is a frequent contributor to Macworld and PCWorld.

Soda PDF 2012 Pro + OCR Review: The Basics of PDF Conversion

Excellent OCR scanning and solid PDF conversion app, but competing apps do more.

HDR Expose 2.0 Review: Refined High-Dynamic-Range Image Creation

This second-gen app for making high-dynamic-range images provides useful tools at a good price.

Corel VideoStudio Pro X5 Review: CPU Optimization and HTML 5 Output

This package is the first video editor with Sandy Bridge and Fusion CPU optimizations--and the first with HTML 5 output--but if you don't have a new PC, you may be disappointed with the performance.

Sony Vegas Pro 11 Review: Now, With Graphics Acceleration

This powerful video editor takes great strides with GPU acceleration, but it needs to speed things up even more to compete with Adobe Premiere Pro.

FoxIt PhantomPDF Business 5.0 Review: Budget PDF Maker Does the Job

Though FoxIt Phantom PDF outputs run-of-the-mill PDFs well, it lacks the tools for most advanced PDF tasks.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 10: Facebook-friendly, but the Organizer Slows Things Down

In most respects, this is a great consumer-level image editor--but the image organizer should stay on the shelf.

Nitro Pro 7 Performs Many of Adobe Acrobat's Tasks at a Fraction of the Price

Nitro Pro 7 is fine for simple convert-to-PDF tasks, but it's not yet an Acrobat-beater.

Corel PaintShop Pro X4 Review: Capable But Overcrowded Image Editor

If you can wade through the clutter, you'll find many powerful tools in this image editor.