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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.

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.

Adobe Premiere Elements 10: New Features Keep Video Editor Near the Head of the Class

With a new 64-bit version and keyframing capabilities unmatched by any competitor, Premiere Elements is the best consumer-priced video editor you can buy.

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Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11

To be a true bargain, this inexpensive yet powerful video editor needs more refinement and less clutter.

Nuance OmniPage Professional 18 Review: Powerful Optical Character Recognition, Poor Interface

OCR package converts scanned documents into editable text, but the interface muddles what should be a straightforward procedure.

Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5: Web Video Is Better, but Not Perfect

This top-flight video editor offers unmatched performance thanks to GPU acceleration, but the Web-video features could still stand some improvement.

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Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5 Web-Authoring Tool Does Mobile App Dev, Too

Adobe's refresh of its Dreamweaver app reflects the growing trends in HTML 5 and the need for easy mobile app development.

Corel VideoStudio Pro X4 Video Editing Software Offers Speed Improvements

Speed enhancements for the latest processors, and the inclusion of fun features like 3D and stop-action animation highlight this video editing package.

Video Editors: Avid Pinnacle Studio HD Ultimate 15 vs. Corel VideoStudio Pro X4

Both packages are reasonable options for consumer-level video editing tasks.

Photoshop Elements

This version has an excellent array of features and creative tools, but Adobe needs to combine the editing with the organizing.

Alibre Design 2011 Personal Edition: CAD Software Slightly Simplified

Looking to design things? This complex package of 3D design software is interesting and rewarding once you get the hang of it.

Premiere Elements

Adobe's latest "lite" video editor integrates social network uploads, but needs stronger integration with its organizer app.