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Add Retro Effects to Your Photos With CameraBag

Camera Bag is an artfully-designed, non-destructive image editor for photographers looking for nostalgic effects.

Switching from Photoshop to Serif PhotoPlus X5 Is Easy...Especially When You See the Price

PhotoPlus X5 is an image editor with a true Photoshop-like feel without the painful pricetag.

CyberLink PowerDVD 12 Ultra Review: An All-Purpose Media Player

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.

Turn Photos Into Fine Art With Dynamic Auto Painter

Dynamic Auto Painter lets you effortlessly create stunning drawings and paintings based on photos.

Simple Flip Boom Cartoon Can Be Frustrating

Stop-motion animation doesn't get much easier--or more basic--than with Flip Boom Cartoon.

Create Stop-Motion Animation With Fun-to-Use Animation-ish

Learn the basics of stop-motion animation through Animation-ish's clever three-level process.

Free Pencil Animation Program Has Great Sketching Tools

Pencil is a very realistic sketching program and good 2D animation tool for the cost (free).

Snappy Z-Maestro Offers Affordable--but Limited--Audio Editing

A lightweight and affordable, but immature, audio and MIDI sequencing program.

Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate Review: Easy and Powerful, but Not Perfect

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.

Software That Does It All

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.

Pixlr Editor

Free, browser-based photo editor Pixlr Editor is one to watch.

Sansa Clip Zip: A Value iPod Alternative

It’s not as small or stylish as Apple’s tiny MP3 players, but the Sansa Clip Zip provides an impressive array of features—including an FM radio, voice recorder, workout timer and microSD card slot—at very reasonable prices.

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Popular, Powerful, and Still Free: Paint.NET

Even without its special Plugins, Paint.NET is a powerful raster image creator and editor.