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Canva review: Free tool brings much-needed simplicity to design process

Canva is a free design tool aimed at beginners and professionals alike. It won't replace Photoshop, but for simple tasks, it may render it unnecessary.

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Strikingly review: Make mobile-friendly Web sites with your Facebook profile and a click

Strikingly makes it super-easy to create an attractive Web site, especially if you use its one-click feature that pulls in content from your Facebook page.

Lucidpress review: Free beta makes typesetting simple, accessible, and fun

Lucidpress shows where the future of desktop publishing is headed, making it fun and accessible along the way.

LICEcap review: Make animated screenshots, prove GIFs aren't just for memes

Delightfully tiny utility LICEcap lets you create GIFs showing on-screen action, to quickly communicate software features and issues.

Tackk review: Out of beta, still an excellent way to create simple websites

Tackk is a marvelous webpage creation platform, and now, also a community.

Show, don't tell: 6 great tools for capturing, annotating, and sharing screenshots

Screenshots are invaluable in daily office life, whether they're for shiny product pages or just to better explain a technical issue you've stumbled on. Here are six excellent (and mostly free) screenshot tools.

Photoshop Elements 12 review: Mobile albums and content-aware tools dominate new release

Mobile phone fans will cheer Adobe Photoshop Elements 12's expanded integration with online photo album storage, viewing, and social networks.

Flash Professional CC review: Solid improvements but no flashy new features

The debut Creative Cloud version of Flash posts a solid evolution of core features and functions without bold headliners.

Review: Corel Painter X3 makes natural media more accessible

Already an excellent product, Corel Painter X3 improves on its predecessor by making some of its hidden features more easily accessible to beginners.

Review: Illustrator CC more refined than revolutionary

With Illustrator CC, Adobe has embarked on a new strategy of improving existing features rather than focusing on new capabilities. That's not a bad thing.

OCR makes short work of digitizing your docs

These four programs and a free online service make it easy to turn your paper documents into editable digital ones. Which one to use depends on what you need to accomplish with it.

Review: Abbyy FineReader 11 Professional Edition does clean OCR and is easy to use

Abbyy FineReader 11 Professional has the same strengths and foibles as Nuance's competing pro edition. Though a snap to use, it's a little more expensive than similar programs.

Power up your PDFs with these five free tools

Your PDF could just sit there, or you could use one of these free tools to edit, reformat, extract data, and more.

Review: CC PDF Converter protects your work with Creative Commons licenses

A Creative Commons license lets you share your work generously without losing your control over it. This clever beta program helps you choose the right license and attach it to your PDFs.

Review: Open-source freebie jPDF Tweak gives you power over your PDFs

Add watermarks, combine PDFs, make printable booklets, and otherwise enhance your PDFs with this open-source program.