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Liane Cassavoy is a veteran technology and business journalist. She contributes regularly to PCWorld and has written about business issues and products for Entrepreneur Magazine and other publications. She is the author of two business start-up guides published by Entrepreneur Press.

Review: Poster isn't pretty, but it works

If you're looking for an inexpensive program that will help you create a simple poster or flyer, Poster will meet your needs, provided you can overlook its unattractive interface. If your needs are more sophisticated, though, this bare-bones tool is likely not the one for you.

Review: Poster Designer is fun and fast to use

Poster Designer is an attractive and easy-to-use tool for designing and printing posters. It lacks some of the refinements found on high-end business tools, but does offer plenty of fun for home users.

Review: CopyTrans makes iOS management easy

CopyTrans lets you manage your iPhone or iPad , backing up its contents to your PC or syncing various iTunes libraries. At $20, it's not cheap, though.

Review: CopyTrans Photo offers pricey iPhone photo management

For the price, CopyTrans Photos should make it a lot easier to import new photos from your phone to your computer.

Review: CopyTrans TuneSwift automates iTunes chores

CopyTrans TuneSwift offers an easy (if time-consuming) way)to back up, transfer, or restore your iTunes library. At $15, though, this program isn't exactly cheap.

Review: Mobiledit offers easy phone management

Mobiledit is a comprehensive set of tools for managing your phone from your computer. It works with a variety of handsets and is easy to use, but it's also on the expensive side.

Review: iCloner offers reliable, but pricey, iPod backups

iCloner offers a neat and easy way to backup your iPod and restores its contents when necessary. But this application is pricey, and its restorations are all or nothing. So is your chance to get it; it'll be gone soon.

Review: Roozz rents software in the cloud

Roozz is a cloud-based service that allows you to rent select software titles as you need them. It's slick and easy to use, but the selection of titles is somewhat limited.

Review: DivX Plus 9 is a handy player and all-in-one video tool

DivX Plus Software works well as a desktop media player, but does much more than that. It handles video conversion and file transfers with ease, and works as a DLNA server, too.

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Review: Unroll.me condenses emailed subscriptions into digests

Unroll.me shows promise in bringing order to your email, but this beta is still a bit rough around the edges. It works on Gmail, Google Apps, and Yahoo mail.

Review: ProtectMyID from Experian helps guard against identity theft

Experian, best known for issuing credit reports, fights identify theft with this service. It requires investment of both time and money ($16 per month).

High-tech 2012: The year's biggest wins, comebacks and valiant efforts

We name the people, companies and products that took positive steps forward in 2012.

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Say Cheese: Four Slideshow Tools, From Simple to Sophisticated

Whether you're trying to create a fun, casual compilation of your favorite photos, or a slick, sophisticated slideshow, we have the tools for you. Each one offers a free option, but you definitely get more when you pay.

Review: PhotoPeach makes online slideshows a breeze for Picasa users

This easy-to-use, Web-based slideshow tool lets you share your photos and helps you discover those shared by others. Unfortunately, its lack of functional support for any photo service but Picasa limits its usefulness.

Review: PhotoSnack lets you build photo slideshows on the Web

Web-based app PhotoSnack lets you create and share slick slideshows, but brands them all with a watermark unless you pay.