Software Reviews

When you are ready to purchase the most recent release of your graphic design or desktop publishing application to get the latest and greatest tools, make sure you know what you're paying for. We've taken a look at some of the most popular titles and provided a list of reviews from around the Web. Before you head off to the computer store, find out if the upgrade is worth the price or whether you might want to wait until the next version.

  • (reviews.cnet.com)

    The good:
    Adobe Acrobat 9 wraps video and animation into PDFs; supports geospatial mapping and 3D images; enhances 256-bit encryption; improves form management and redaction; takes Web page snapshots; PDF Portfolios better bundle complex packages; free online tie-ins extend the tools and allow remote collaboration.

    The bad:
    Adobe Acrobat 9 isn't a cinch to master; tech support is pricey; PowerPoint tie-ins and geospatial mapping are only available in Pro Extended.

    The bottom line:
    This update should be worthwhile for security-minded businesses and creative firms. With Acrobat 9, Adobe brings new Web relevance to print-ready PDFs by enabling embedded video and animation. Forms, security, and overall ease of use are also enhanced.

  • (reviews.cnet.com)

    The good:
    Multipage support; faster; a few nice new features.

    The bad:
    Multipage implementation a bit frustrating; annoying help system.

    The bottom line:
    While Adobe Illustrator CS4's most compelling new feature--pseudo-multipage support--can be frustrating to use, overall it makes CS4 a worthwhile upgrade for current users.

  • (cnet.com)

    InDesign's multipurpose output and fabulous typography tools finally push it through Quark's glass ceiling.

  • (macworld.com)

    Photoshop 7 is quite simply the best version of Photoshop ever.

  • (macworld.com)

    Those who have Photoshop experience may just conclude that Elements 2.0 has all the digital-imaging power they need, at a much more affordable price.

  • (cnet.com)

    CorelDraw Graphics Suite 11.0 has applications for professional-level illustration, image editing, and Web graphics.

  • (macworld.com)

    Powerful new illustration tools and enhanced integration with other MX programs have earned FreeHand its MX moniker.

  • (cnet.com)

    Microsoft has enhanced some of Office 2003's applications... but most Office enhancements benefit large-scale setups.

  • (cnet.com)

    If you've been waiting for a good reason to purchase Mac OS X, Office X is it.

  • (designer-info.com)

    New designs, projects and output options boost Publisher's office-based publishing.

  • (zdnet.com)

    If you've used a previous version of Quark, you'll absolutely want this upgrade.