Editor Reviews

Editor Reviews

PC experts unanimously agree that using Macs tend to be a smoother and faster experience than running Windows based PCs but the Apple laptops and desktops also need maintenance and performance tweaking, occasionally. Regular web browsing, transfer of large chunks of data, temp file piling up - all these take a toll on performance of your Mac. While the Apple utilities offered in OS X can be adequate for some users, other may prefer using third party utilities for more control over the OS and computer.

  • Publisher: MacPaw Inc.
  • Date: 24-03-2015
  • Size: 6963 KB
  • Platform: Mac OS X

Professional audio editors and artists dealing in MIDI composition have a soft corner for Steinberg Cubase Artist. Its origin can be traced back to Atari ST and in later years, the app made way into PCs and Macs. The latest version is a flexible and powerful recording environment. It will suit needs of users looking for a setup with MIDI composition and virtual synthesizers. However, it is also a powerful post-production app. The Artist is middle of the line edition, while Cubase Elements is the entry level one.

  • Platform: Mac OS X, Win7 x64, Windows 7, Windows 8

Video recording has become accessible to the mass owing to advancement of technology and advent of handheld devices like tablets and phone with such features. Whether you use a camcorder or use an Android phone, shooting 1080p HD video is pretty easy. People also access various types of video files using the web and services. When a PC user deals with diverse types of video content, managing and converting them becomes necessary at times. However, it is not necessary to buy a costly and feature laden video editor for such occasional requirements.

  • Publisher: MOVAVI
  • Date: 24-03-2015
  • Size: 98404 KB
  • Platform: Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows 8, WinOther, WinVista

For any computer users, the importance of backup is immense. Even if you use a powerful computer with latest storage technology, taking backup of data is near mandatory. However, a number of users find the task of choosing the right backup application rather tedious. There are so many options available and you need to pick from the range of free and commercial software. If you do not want loads of features and need simple, versatile and affordable backup software, try SyncBackSE.

  • Platform: WinOther

It is no longer the norm that studio professionals deal with video editing and adding effects exclusively. Average PC users also need to deal with video clips derived from multiple sources from time to time. The abundance of video editing apps has made things easier for them, as it is. When you need to edit a few vacation video clips or trim the wedding video shot at friend’s marriage, using high end editing tool like FCP or Adobe Premiere is not required.

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With a lot of your data being stored in some cloud service or other, it becomes necessary after a point to zero in on any one service rather than using many at the same time. As it is, major software companies are resorting to cloud based service and storage, including Adobe, Autodesk while Google, Dropbox and others have been in the segment for long. With rival Mcafee getting into Cloud sector, can Symantec be far behind? The company, known for its award winning computer security apps has launched Norton Zone, a versatile multi platform cloud storage service for individual and business users.

  • Platform: Windows 7, Windows 8, WinOther, WinVista

Nowadays, there is no scarcity of 3D animation and modeling software in market. However, not all such apps are user friendly and easy on wallet. If you want an intuitive and capable tool for making 3D animations without requiring much time, give Reallusion iClone Pro a shot. The company is known more for its app CrazyTalk. The new version comes with a lot of visual enhancements, physics and animation tweaks.

To run the app, you will need a moderately powerful PC but its resource requirements are not very steep, by present hardware standards.

  • Platform: Win7 x64, Windows 8

While a lot of computer users are switching from optical media to external and cloud storage services, a section of them still counts on DVD for storage and movie watching. At times it also becomes necessary to copy those DVDs that are getting older or have developed visible scratches on surface. In such times, you need to use a third party DVD copy and ripping software. DVDFab DVD Copy is a contender you can try. It offers numerous DVD copying options with customizations for users.

  • Platform: Win7 x32, Win7 x64, WinVista, WinVista x64, WinXP

Corel’s graphics and illustration tools have been perennial favorites with millions of graphic designers and layout artists worldwide. While CorelDraw graphic suite is the company’s most popular app, Painter has also succeeded in garnering considerable fan following since its launch. While Painter is a feature laden illustration app for simulating lifelike drawing and painting effects on digital canvas, its steep price tag deter moderate and casual users.

  • Publisher: Corel
  • Date: 18-03-2015
  • Platform: Win7 x64, Windows 7, Windows 8, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

Almost every PC user faces a situation where he or she needs to convert an audio or video file fast into a format of choice. There are several free and commercial apps, but the abundance of options can actually make selection difficult. If you are in such situation and already use Adobe Creative Suite, there is no need to look anywhere else. You can use the company’s underrated and less popular app, Media Encoder. It is a versatile media encoding software and can be used alongside After Effects and Premier Pro.

  • Publisher: Adobe
  • Date: 18-03-2015
  • Platform: Win7 x64, Windows 7, Windows 8, WinVista, WinVista x64
  • OpenDrive
  • License: Shareware
  • Price: .price.
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Cloud based backup solutions are catching up with mainstream PC users. Gone are those days when you had to rely either on optical media or external hard disks for taking backup of your valuable data. Cloud based backup services are more flexible, offers you anytime access and you get rid of the limitation of carrying your data in some form or other. However, you may find it quite tough to select the most suitable Cloud backup service for your needs, given the abundance of choices.

  • Platform: Win7 x64, Windows 7, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

For 3D modeling and design, there are so many apps to pick from noondays. From feature laden and expensive apps of Autodesk to mid level and lesser known contenders, users are spoilt for choice. However, it is also possible to use a decently powerful and feature rich app to make stunning 3D models without paying anything. Sculptris by Pixologic is a prime example of freeware 3D sculpting application that can be used to create professional looking and realistic models.

  • Publisher: Sculptris
  • Date: 15-03-2015
  • Size: 3277 KB
  • Platform: WinOther

Owing to its multi platform support and versatility, PDF format is used by billions of PC users worldwide. However, you may pick from quite a number of PDF viewer and creator apps nowadays. While Adobe’s Acrobat continues to be the reigning king in PDF software segment, there are a few capable alternatives too. Soda PDF Pro + OCR is one such example. It costs far less than Acrobat.

Soda PDF Pro + OCR can run on PCs with Windows XP and latter versions.

  • Platform: Win7 x32, Win7 x64, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

The need to take back up of data stored in computers is universal. Both home and business users resort to various backup utilities for this purpose. There are so many applications that you can use to backup your PC nowadays. Whether you save the data on external drive or on optical media, selecting the right app is of utmost importance. If you do not care much about big names in data backup and recovery, give MagicCute Data Backup a try. It comes with Drive Imaging, Partition Cloning and Drive cloning features.

  • Platform: WinOther

Given the fact nearly every PC user is dealing with huge amounts of data nowadays it becomes necessary to keep a backup of all such contents. You need to use a suitable app to take backups of all those precious movies, music, personal data, and other types of documents. However, selecting the right app for data backup is quite tedious as you need to compare and analyze so many apps. If you want a freeware data backup utility that offers solid performance and comes with some add-ons, opt for Back4Sure.

  • Platform: WinOther

With the increasing amount of data and media content average PC users need to deal with, many of them are resorting to data backup software. While you can use Windows default backup utility, it is quite basic. There are plenty of third party data backup apps and you have to pick the most apt contender. If you want a capable backup tool that offers fast and consistent performance, try out ShadowProtect Desktop by StorageCraft. ShadowProtect Desktop is StorageCraft’s entry level contender in PC data backup which lacks features found in its pricier enterprise-level sibling like network-wide backup and cloud-based storage.

  • Platform: Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows Vista, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

Given the fact PC users are dealing with enormous amounts of data these days, using a data recovery app makes sense. Data loss can occur when you least expect it, owing to causes like hardware failure, malware invasion or even mistake. There are plenty of apps that can do the job and picking the right one can be tedious for you. However, if you want easy to use and feature rich data recovery software, Prosoft’s Data Rescue PC3 can be a worthy contender.

  • Publisher: Prosoft
  • Date: 09-03-2015
  • Size: 300032 KB
  • Platform: WinOther
  • ARO 2012
  • License: Shareware
  • Price: .price.
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The performance of a PC depends on many factors. It is not just enough to equip it with a powerful CPU and oodles of RAM or high end hardware components. You also need to ensure the software and OS remains in shape to get optimum, lag free performance. No matter how expensive and feature rich your compute is, without well maintained OS, it will not give fast performance. When you install and remove applications in Windows based PC, the registry gets laden with loads of entries and if it is not kept in shape, OS performance takes a nosedive.

  • Platform: WinOther

While it is difficult to stay without resorting to the internet, you need to be aware of the risks that lurk in avenues of the Internet. Malicious users, hackers, data thieves are active online and they look for users with less secured connections and computers. While using a capable antivirus software may offer you some level of protection that may not be enough. If you need to stay online a lot of the times and perform online transactions galore, it is advisable that you use suitable online privacy software.

  • Platform: WinOther

With time, the need for using security software for PC has gone up. It is no longer adequate to rely on typical antivirus software to safeguard computers from numerous offline and web based risks. From malware to stealth attacks, your PC can be subjected to myriads of onslaughts without you being aware of it. While there are plenty of Internet Security suites available in market, picking the most apt one can be a tedious thing. AhnLab V3 Internet Security is a lesser known contender in crowded PC security segment and the company is based in South Korea.

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No matter how expensive or powerful your computer is, it is only natural for you to feel it has become sluggish after prolonged usage. This happens to nearly every computer user. While some users resort to formatting and reinstalling Windows that may not be a feasible solution for everyone. There are some utilities that come integrated with Windows which can be helpful for dealing with such performance issues. However, advanced users may feel the need to use more capable PC tune-up applications.

  • Publisher: Uniblue
  • Date: 05-03-2015
  • Size: 84582 KB
  • Platform: Win7 x32, Win7 x64, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

When you are dealing with lots of data it may be necessary at times to recover deleted data. The data may be deleted by mistake or by someone else. In such instances, it becomes necessary to retrieve the deleted data. You need to use third party tools for data recovery. 7-Data Recovery Suite Free edition is one such instance.

As a matter of fact, 7-Data Recovery Suite is a commercial product with various licensing options. However, it can be tried in free mode with some limitations.

  • Platform: Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows Server, Windows Vista, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

There are several applications for burning data, video or music but not every user needs expensive or feature laden ones. If you do not need to burn Blu-Ray media or need occasional data backup on DVD or CDs, there is no need to invest in expensive apps like Nero. If you are looking for a capable optical media burning utility that is intuitive and offers decent performance at low price try out DVD Author Plus.

The app can be installed on older computers easily and has a small footprint.

  • Publisher: DeskShare
  • Date: 05-03-2015
  • Size: 19656 KB
  • Platform: Win7 x32, Win7 x64, WinOther, WinServer, WinVista, WinVista x64, WinXP, Other

To thwart various types of malware and attacks, a PC user needs more than just an antivirus application nowadays. If you are among such security conscious users, investing in a capable internet security suite makes sense. However, the problem lies in selecting the right app from a wide range of contenders. If you want a capable PC security app that offers decent protection from various offline and web based threats at an attractive price point, give Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Plus a try.

  • Platform: Win7 x64, Windows 7, Windows 8, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64
  • Reimage
  • License: Shareware
  • Price: 69.95
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There are many PC diagnostic and restore tools you can use nowadays but very few of them can be like Reimage. In fact, it is near impossible to find a true alternative to this online PC repair tool. It detects errors in Windows OS and performs required repairs to make the system running smoothly again. The software performs maintenance and repair that can be equaled to reinstalling windows, even if in parts. The boon is that you need not reinstall or uninstall any other software.

  • Publisher: Reimage
  • Date: 03-03-2015
  • Platform: WinOther

With Mp3 and music video downloads becoming easier owing to availability of high speed web access at cheap rates, millions of people find their PCs laden with gigabytes of audio files. These files can be of varying bitrates, formats and it becomes necessary to organize, edit or make CDs containing such media files. While studio setups may need high end and feature rich audio editor like Adobe Audition, home users and small editing setup owners can do with less expensive contenders.

  • Platform: Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows 8, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

When it comes to mainstream multimedia suites for Windows based PCs, Adobe Inc rules the roost. Despite presence of potent rival contenders like Corel and Apple, Adobe’s powerhouse suites dominate a majority of market. While graphic designers swear by the power and versatility of its bitmap editing app Photoshop, professional video editors stick to the company’s flagship video editing app, Premiere Pro. Premiere faces steep competition from rivals like Apple’s Final Cut Pro and Cyberlink suites but its new iteration comes with some essential upgrades to fend off the competition.

  • Platform: WinOther

Using a computer without having capable Security software installed is equivalent to sleeping with your house’s main door wide open. Whether you use a PC at home or manage a network of computers at the workplace, PC security suite has become a part and parcel of computing experience nowadays. However, this does not necessarily mean you will have to churn out a steep amount for paid security apps. If you are looking for a capable security app for your PC but do not want to pay for it, try out 360 Internet Security.

  • Platform: WinOther

When it comes to buying software to make audio, video and data discs, you have a plethora of options nowadays. From barebones freeware apps to feature rich and costly apps like Nero, there are several contenders at your disposal. However, if you want a mid range media creation software that neither skimps on features nor burns a gaping hole in your wallet, try NTI Media Maker Ultimate HD Edition. At its ninth incarnation, the app gets in close proximity of leading apps in the category, at a reasonable price.

  • Platform: WinOther

Nowadays, the need to secure the data in your computers and other web access devices has increased manifold. With increased web access speed and emergence of portable devices like tablets to access web and share data, data security can no longer be tackled by a typical antivirus solution. You have to consider incidents like Facebook founder’s personal images getting hacked or actors ending up in trouble over data getting leaked online, which made headlines.

  • Platform: WinOther

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