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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.


Popular, Powerful, and Still Free: Paint.NET

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

Create or Improve Your Own Websites Using These Great Tools

Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned Web developer, here are some of the best tools and services available for putting your content online today.

Sony Vegas Pro 11 Review: Now, With Graphics Acceleration

This powerful video editor takes great strides with GPU acceleration, but it needs to speed things up even more to compete with Adobe Premiere Pro.

Paint, Draw, and Edit Images With RealWorld Paint--For Free

Manipulate photos, paint, draw, and animate raster images with free RealWorld Paint.

For Vector Design on a Budget, Consider DrawPlus

Create accurate vector illustrations, logos, and other artwork for print or online with DrawPlus Starter Edition, a free demo of the full $99 version of this Adobe Illustrator competitor.

Turn Your Photos Into Striking High-Dynamic-Range Images With EasyHDR Pro

EasyHDR lets you produce stunning high-dynamic-range images with an easy-to-use, professional interface.

Quick-and-Dirty Video Editing With Free Avidemux

This free utility offers easy video editing, plus encoding to a number of different formats--when there's no easier way to do it.

PCWorld's Favorite Downloads of 2011

At the end of another year, PCWorld reviewers name downloads and Web programs we liked so much we just kept on using them.

Paint Digital Artwork With PD Artist and Plenty of Patience

Use realistic-feeling tools to create digital paintings on a PD Artist canvas...but prepare for a steep learning curve.

ArtRage Studio Pro Makes Natural-Looking Paintings Easily and Inexpensively

Create realistic digital paintings in a "too much fun to put the brush down" trance with ArtRage.

MAGIX Movie Edit Pro MX: Pro-Level Video Editing for a Great Price

Movie Edit Pro MX edits videos with Adobe Premiere-level precision, at a fraction of the price.

FoxIt PhantomPDF Business 5.0 Review: Budget PDF Maker Does the Job

Though FoxIt Phantom PDF outputs run-of-the-mill PDFs well, it lacks the tools for most advanced PDF tasks.