JD Sartaintech journalist, PCWorld

JD Sartain is a technology journalist from Boston. She writes for PCWorld, Network World, CIO, & several other tech magazines.

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GIMP vs. Photoshop: We compare the leading free and subscription image editors

Which is the better image and photo editor, GIMP or Photoshop? We compare essential features and declare a winner for each.

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Your Excel formulas cheat sheet: 22 tips for calculations and common tasks

Save this for the spreadsheet jocks in your office—we'd bet even the experts don't know all of these formula tips.

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How to work with Microsoft Word's cursive, script or handwriting fonts

Microsoft Word offers a variety of cursive and handwriting fonts. For this story, we'll discuss the ones available in Windows 10.

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7 free GIMP scripts and plug-ins for filters, brushes, textures and more

Some of GIMP’s greatest assets are the plug-ins and scripts created by numerous independent programmers. We'll find some good ones for you.

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Microsoft ends support for Office 2010: What you can do

Microsoft Office 2010 support ends October 13, 2020. This means no more technical support, no more patches, and no more security updates. Here are your options, some of which are free.

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8 tips to help you get started with Paint.net

DotPDN's Paint.net is a free photo-editing software program with a lot to offer. It has the basic skill set to edit your photographs, it’s intuitive, and it’s easy to use.

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GIMP basics: Best tips and tricks for beginners

GIMP has matured into a truly incredible photo-editing program. If you’re coming by way of Photoshop, however, use these tips to ease the transition.

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Photo editing basics: 6 tips for polishing and perfecting finished images

Make your digital images even better by using photo editing software to polish and perfect the finished images. We cover basic tips for getting started.

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Excel: Top 10 tips for beginners

If you're just getting started using Microsoft Excel, these tips will help you create a spreadsheet and write a formula.

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Alternatives for Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop and more

Adobe's move to subscriptions has left some users looking for options. Here are some good alternative programs, and more information on why subscriptions are here to stay.

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5 ancient software programs we refuse to give up

We know you're out there: Users who cling to an ancient software program because it just works. We name six programs that many people just won't give up, and why.

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How to create a PowerPoint presentation for a kiosk or trade show booth

You can compile your PowerPoint presentation to run automatically in a show booth or kiosk, without human intervention, and it's much easier than you’d imagine. Here's how.

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How to protect yourself from online scams including ransomware and more

Protect yourself from online scams with these tips, including a detailed account of attempts to remove ransomware.

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How to avoid Internet fraud, scams, phishing and other cybercrime

Internet fraud takes many forms, but they share a common goal: Extracting money or personal data from an unsuspecting user. Here's how to avoid their traps.

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Who owns that shady website? These tools provide the details

Is this site legit? Here's how to use ICANN and other databases to find out. But some honest sites may hide their identities for justifiable reasons.