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Winoptimizer 11 Review: Everything you need to tune up your PC under one roof

Though much of what it does can be done manually and with free utilities, Winoptimizer 11 does it easier and better, brings it under one roof, and has some value-added tricks.

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Folder Size review: Free tool shows the distribution of your disk space

Folder Size gives you something a bit better than just clicking "Properties", but doesn't provide a lot of details or display options.

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Directory Opus 11 review: The premier file manager for power users

Directory Opus' expanded customization and control options let you manage files the way you want.

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StageLight 1.3 Review: Groundbreaking GarageBand competitor for the PC

Ultra-affordable DAW app offers a lot of beat for the buck, but pro users may find it a tease.

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Reveal 11 Business review: automated videography for your professional needs

Pick a style, supply the content, and create near pro-quality promotional or training videos with this easy-to-use production tool.

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Smart Defrag 3 sports a newfound speed and a Metro-style interface

The third major incarnation of Iobit's free defragger offers a new, more modern interface, better workflow, and it faster. It's a winner, if you need anything more than Window's own utility.

The best Windows 8 business apps for portable productivity

Consumers are the firm focus of the Windows Store, but business owners can find plenty of finger-friendly apps designed for portable productivity.

The delightful dozen: 12 fantastic (and free) Windows 8 apps

In the world of apps, there is indeed such a thing as a free lunch, making this roundup of 12 superb—and free!—Windows 8 apps a virtual smorgasbord.

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: PowerDVD 13 Ultra media player is loaded with under-the-hood improvements

While unchanged outwardly, PowerDVD 13 significantly enhances 1080 video, delivers better performance, and remains the premiere DVD/BD/3D playback solution.

Five essential Pokki apps bring the best of mobile and the Web to your desktop

Desktop apps can be lumbering beasts, but bloated browsers can make Web apps just as problematic. The Pokki platform runs sprightly Web and mobile apps on your desktop, no browser required.

SugarSync 2.0 goes public, we go hands-on

SugarSync recently rolled out a new-look interface with fancy new features. Is it enough to push the power-user's preferred cloud storage service over the top?

Three new features coming in Linux Mint 15

The Cinnamon 1.8 desktop, for instance, will feature fresh applets and desktop widgets.

Review: WebStorm 5 IDE provides powerful editing features and instant feedback for Web developers

WebStorm is a sophisticated IDE for JavaScript, HTML5, CSS, and other Web development languages.

Quicken 2013 vs. Mint: Is Intuit's free service better than its flagship software?

Both products deliver useful tools for tracking and planning your finances. One is free, but some would argue the other is less costly.