Don't-Miss Graphics & design software Stories
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 is a powerful graphics suite, and a worthy opponent for Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.
Getting started with CraftArtist is easy and free, but this digital paper art program may get you hooked on buying Serif's "digikit" content.
For image editing and creation, GIMP is free, open source, and very powerful.
Camera Bag is an artfully-designed, non-destructive image editor for photographers looking for nostalgic effects.
PhotoPlus X5 is an image editor with a true Photoshop-like feel without the painful pricetag.
The best DVD/Blu-ray player software available is morphing into an organizer/player for all types of media--but it is also becoming more resource-hungry.
Dynamic Auto Painter lets you effortlessly create stunning drawings and paintings based on photos.
Stop-motion animation doesn't get much easier--or more basic--than with Flip Boom Cartoon.
Learn the basics of stop-motion animation through Animation-ish's clever three-level process.
Pencil is a very realistic sketching program and good 2D animation tool for the cost (free).
A lightweight and affordable, but immature, audio and MIDI sequencing program.
This video conversion software creates output for every mobile device on the market, including Windows Phone 7 phones. It's packed with extras, too--plus a few hiccups.
Edit your photos, organize your finances, access your computer remotely, and do even more with these essential software packages and Web apps--a mix of established favorites and indispensable up-and-comers.