Alan StaffordContributor, PCWorld

Alan Stafford is a frequent contributor to Macworld and PCWorld.

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.

Sony Vegas Pro 10: Advanced Video Editor Adds 3D

New tools in Vegas Pro add missing features, and you can create your own 3D video.

Nuance PDF Converter Enterprise 7 Capably Handles Files

If your PDF tasks are basic and your budget is tight, PDF Converter will do the job.

Adobe Acrobat X Pro

Now easier to use, this software brings in different types of content and displays it in a consistent interface.

Adobe Acrobat X Pro Gets a Face-Lift and Improves Features

New version bolsters handy Acrobat portfolio feature, and will better integrate with the Web, too.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Adds Useful New Enhancements

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

Adobe Premiere Elements 9 Integrates Social Network Uploads, but Lacks Strong Integration With Its Organizer App

Not a huge upgrade, but still an excellent video editor, especially for the price.


Adobe Updates Photoshop Elements/Premiere Elements Bundle

Individual apps and the whole bundle get a refresh with new features, but both suffer from inelegant integration with Adobe's included organizer app.

Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 Beta: Faster Video Editing, Higher Demands

An application that has been dying for 64-bit support finally gets it. But if you really want to speed up your video workflow, you may need to spring for an expensive graphics card.