Alan StaffordContributor, PCWorld

Alan Stafford is a frequent contributor to Macworld and PCWorld.

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 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 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 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.

Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds

What do you add to the notebook that has everything? A second built-in screen--but the second screen on this super-sized notebook adds little functionality and a lot to the price tag.

New eBook Reader Undercuts Kindle, Sony Reader Prices

Foxit Software will soon ship an eBook reader that beats the price tag of both the Amazon Kindle and Sony's PRS-700BC.


Lenovo ThinkPad W700: The Graphic Artist's Notebook

With a workstation's power (and price) in an understated package, this laptop is built for road-ready digital graphics artists.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 Digital Camera

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 camera is smaller and lighter than an SLR, but not by much--and it costs more than many low-end SLRs do.


Celebrity Tech Gift Guide 2008

Racking your brain for the perfect gifts for the celebrities on your holiday shopping list? These unique tech products will make life bearable for in-the-spotlight types like Paris, Lindsay, TomKat, and Brangelina.

Corel VideoStudio Pro X2

This video editor is a great choice for those with underpowered PCs, and a pretty good choice for those with fast systems, too.

Adobe Premiere Elements 7 Video Editing Software

The newest version of Elements is Webbier than ever--with online backup and syncing, Internet-refreshed tutorials, and downloadable content--but to get a usable amount of storage space, you'll have to pay $50 a year.