837637 adobe photoshop elements 1Photoshop Elements 13

Published in Software by mfereday on 23 Dec 2014
While Adobe is intent on herding its business and professional clientele towards the Cloud with its Creative Cloud offering and various CS services, the more budget conscious consumer customer can opt for a product such as the company’s popular Photoshop Elements

837356 BitDefender Total Security 201Bitdefender 2015

Published in Software by mfereday on 9 Dec 2014
Like other important events such as Christmas, birthdays and the like, new versions of anti-virus and Internet security products appear, like clockwork, on an annual basis.

837854 Kaspersky Internet Security 201Kaspersky Internet Security

Published in Software by paul_smart on 7 Dec 2014
As the year draws to close many software companies make sure that 2015 versions of their software are on the dealer’s shelves. Internet Security is one such product, with virus writers now getting more destructive so must our guardians be more vigilant.

837246 norton security anti virus softwarNorton Security

Published in Software by mfereday on 4 Dec 2014
It is your responsibility to keep your computer safe from those who are intent on gaining unauthorised access.

837244 acronis true image 201Acronis True Image 2015

Published in Software by mfereday on 29 Nov 2014
When was the last time you made a backup of your valuable computer data? Hopefully it was within a period that could be called “recent”. I know it can be a bind to fit such activities into busy modern day living but back-up software, such as Acronis True Image, can be set to schedule this type of operation and automate the process for you so you do not have to bother.

836974 corel draw x7 home and studenCorelDRAW Home & Student Suite X7

Published in Software by mfereday on 15 Nov 2014
Although better known for its various graphics titles, some created in-house and other bought in, Corel does have another claim to fame. The company was responsible for helping kick-start the take up of the early optical drives as software quickly outgrew the available capacity of the floppy disks previously used for conveying commercial software, As a special promotion, Corel bundled a free CD drive with its CorelDRAW product. This was how I obtained

836621 nero 2015 platinuNero 2015 Platinum

Published in Software by mfereday on 28 Oct 2014
Arriving with the promise of containing “your 10 most wanted new features” is Nero’s latest version of its multimedia product. Now up to version 2015, this product is available in either Classic or Platinum editions with my review being based on the latter product.

836237 paintshop pro x7 pro ultimatPaint Shop Pro X7

Published in Software by mfereday on 14 Oct 2014
As I get older, time seems to pass by at a quicker rate. This thought occurred to me with the arrival of Paint Shop Pro X7. It hardly seemed like a year had passed since I had unwrapped and reviewed Paint Shop Pro X6 and now the all new version of the Corel package was occupying space on my desktop. Actually when I took the trouble to check on the dates, rather than rely on my flaky memory, this revealed that the gap between the two prod

836511 corel painter 201Corel Painter 15

Published in Software by paul_smart on 12 Oct 2014
A product I have reviewed a couple of times in the past. The ‘15’ in this case refers to 2015 and not to the version number. So for anyone owning an earlier version what does this version have to offer that earlier versions did not?

835970 artrage 4.An ArtRage Update

Published in Software by mfereday on 4 Oct 2014
No sooner do I reacquaint myself with the ArtRage graphics software than Ambient Design brings out a new version of this realistic art product for cross platform systems

835965 pageplus x8 publishing softwarPagePlus X8

Published in Software by mfereday on 25 Sep 2014
If, in the early part of 1991, you were looking to purchase Desktop Publishing (DTP) software then your choice would have been limited to xPress from Quark or Adobe’s InDesign. In both cases a price tag of several hundreds of pounds would have been involved. However if you had waited a few months then a third option would have entered the marketplace in the form of Serif’s PagePlus product. The launch of this product caused quite a stir as it came with a sub £100 price po

835830 dragon naturally speaking 13 speech recognitioDragon Naturally Speaking 13

Published in Software by mfereday on 18 Sep 2014
Nuance’s market leading speech recognition software is now up to version 13 with the latest edition of Dragon Naturally Speaking. As with the previous versions of this package, Nuance has developed offerings aimed at different sectors of the market. With this version 13 of the product, you get the choice of Premium, the software used for this review, or that of the lower priced Home offering.

835599 xara designer pro x1Xara Designer Pro X10

Published in Software by mfereday on 11 Sep 2014
While perhaps not as well known as various titles from Adobe and Corel, Xara Designer Pro has a long standing and well deserved reputation for its performance speed when completing different tasks. In fact several years ago Corel licensed an earlier version of Xara software because its speed of performance made its own software look a little like a tortoise.

835356 dragon naturally speaking 13 speech recognitioDragon gets even better

Published in Software by adrianmorant on 24 Aug 2014
The latest version of Dragon Naturally Speaking (DNS) speech recognition software, Version 13, is more accurate, easier to train and works with a wider range of applications than previously. Consequently, an even wider range of people should be able to benefit from its use.

834715 paragon backup and restorFree Backup from Paragon

Published in Software by paul_smart on 3 Aug 2014
Yes it’s true, the oh so vital tool we all hate doing is now available for FREE from Paragon Software. The most important thing on your PC is your data. If your hard disc crashes money can replace it, can your unbacked up data be replaced?

834655 magix audio cleaning lab 201Audio Cleaning Lab 2014

Published in Software by mfereday on 31 Jul 2014
Whether stored on your computer or mobile device, MAGIX’s latest audio product offers to provide cleaning facilities.

834198 artrage A Digital Art Package

Published in Software by mfereday on 10 Jul 2014
I was first introduced to the product known as ArtRage back in 2007. Our next meeting was not until three years later with the appearance of ArtRage Studio Pro. Now a further four years have gone by and it is the turn of ArtRage 4 to renew our acquaintance. My memory being what it is and considering the four year gap, my look at this version of ArtRage 4 will be more like a first contact meeting rather than one of catching up with an old friend.

834169 cyberlink power dvd 14 ultrPowerDVD 14 Ultra

Published in Software by paul_smart on 6 Jul 2014
Every year Cyberlink find new features and enhancements to add to their products, these are enhancements which include faster working internally and extras added externally like Mobile Apps, Free Cloud Storage and much more.

811175 nero back it up 201Nero Backitup 2014

Published in Software by paul_smart on 30 May 2014
Yes I am aware Backing Up is boring but if it is fully automated and at times you are not doing anything with your PC then it can be just another task that takes place. Then of course when the worst does happen you are prepared.

796626 cyberlink powerdvd 14 ultrCyberLink PowerDVD 14

Published in Software by mfereday on 20 May 2014
As the household computer system takes over the task of hosting your entertainment content consisting of digital images, music and video/movie collections, so the need increases for software to supply the functionality in order to make best use of this data. Management and playback features plus the ability to reach out for additional information and purchase new content are all issues that need to come under consideration.

796595 serif photoplus x7 image edit softwarSerif PhotoPlus X7

Published in Software by mfereday on 13 May 2014
As regular as clockwork, new versions of its software arrive from Serif. The latest such offering targets image management and editing.

796534 Nuance Power PDF advanceNuance's advanced Power PDF

Published in Software by adrianmorant on 13 May 2014
Although applications are increasingly able to save files directly as PDFs, there is much more to PDFs and Nuance's Power PDF in particular. While the Standard version will meet the needs of the home and small business user, Advanced is targeted at corporate users with features such as redaction – the ability to black out specific names or other pieces of information.

793942 ABBYY FineReader 12 ProfessionaFineReader 12 Professional

Published in Software by mfereday on 10 May 2014
While Nuance’s OmniPage is the dominant force in the field of OCR, it is not the only option as this next offering clearly indicates.

777113 reallusion crazy talk animator pro Crazy Talk Animator Pro 2.0

Published in Software by mfereday on 17 Apr 2014
It was nearly three years ago that I first encountered CrazyTalk Animator at the BETT Computer Show and wrote my review of the product. While many titles tend to be updated on an annual basis, it is not until now that Reallusion, the product’s developer, has released a version 2 of this particular title.

780786 magix samplitude music studio 201Magix Software

Published in Software by paul_smart on 14 Apr 2014
These are both mature products and for not a great deal of money give you lots of control over your data. Both packages work with music and give the best output available from the data input. They are Samplitude Music Studio and Music Maker both from Magix and both 2014 versions.

775143 reallusion face filter FaceFilter Pro 3.0

Published in Software by mfereday on 5 Apr 2014
Arriving looking like a drowned rat, due to one of the heavy downpours that occurred recently, I was introduced to this next makeover product. Unfortunately it only worked on digital images and not bedraggled reviewers.

761309 serif webplus xAn On-line Presence

Published in Software by mfereday on 6 Mar 2014
Serif WebPlus is a software package that offers to ease you gently into creating your own web-based presence.

Paragon & You Cam

Published in Software by paul_smart on 14 Feb 2014
Two software packages, first one to do backups and even duplicate your hard drive. Second one that works with your Web Cam lots of notebooks and laptops come with version 3.5 which was fun, this however is version 6 that does far more.

738568 magix photostory 201Photos into Stories

Published in Software by mfereday on 26 Dec 2013
According to popular conception, every picture tells a story. So why not use your collection of pictures or photos to create a story of your own. Offering to help in this respect is MAGIX’s Photostory software in its latest 2014 Deluxe edition.

742326 acronis true image 2014 premiuAcronis TrueImage 2014 Premium

Published in Software by paul_smart on 25 Dec 2013
This is probably the best hard disc full duplication software on the market. Currently on offer with an amazing 250GB of free Cloud storage available, available for the same price (as a special offer) as the more normal 5GB offering.