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.