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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.

Review: PDFill lets you tweak PDFs any which way

PDFill's three-part suit covers many PDF editing and creation needs on a budget. It integrates well with Microsoft Office for easy access, too.

Review: InDesign CC boosts ePub features, font menus

InDesign CC boasts improved ePub features, better font menus, and performance enhancements, but offers few truly new features.

Review: LibreOffice 4 liberates you from Microsoft Office

LibreOffice is a competitive alternative to Microsoft Office that is extensible, highly compatible, highly configurable, and free.

Review: Free and portable Briss cuts PDFs down to size

Snip away the unwanted parts of your PDFs with Briss. It's free, portable, and open-source.

Review: Debenu PDF Tools lets you change PDFs for free

The Debenu PDF Tools menu has a variety of useful features even in the free edition.

Review: ArtRage makes creating natural-looking art easy and fun

With its wide selection of paintbrushes and textured papers, sophisticated natural media simulation, and accessible interface, ArtRage is a compelling option for both budding and established digital painters.

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Review: Photoshop CC struts its actions, filters, and enlargements, but leaves Bridge in limbo

New Retina-ready Photoshop CC sports conditional actions, new sharpening filters, and better image enlargements.

Review: Create animated GIFs quickly with UnFREEz

Create animated GIFs to share on sites like Reddit and Imgur with UnFREEz. is a quick and easy solution. It takes only a few seconds with this simple, portable freeware.