Software

  • Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 10 review

    Xara Photolooks
    70
    inc VAT

    A valuable update to an excellent editor that’s ideal for designers on a budget

    Key specs 

    OS Support: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1, Minimum CPU: Intel Celeron, Minimum GPU: N/A, Minimum RAM: 500MB, Hard disk space: 300MB

    Published 
    15 Aug 2014
  • Windows Phone 8.1 review

    Windows Phone 8.1

    A huge improvement on Windows Phone 8, this OS finally gives Windows Phone handsets the flexibility and user-friendly interface they deserve

    Published 
    30 Jul 2014
  • Corel AfterShot Pro 2

    There are various ways to process limited areas of the frame, but note the slight banding of colours in the sky
    58
    inc VAT

    High quality RAW processing, but the unambitious updates mean Adobe Lightroom is still the better buy

    Key specs 

    OS Support: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 8.1, Mac OS X 10.7.3 or later, Linux Fedora Core 10 or Ubuntu 8.04 or later, Minimum CPU: Pentium 4 or Athlon 64, Minimum GPU: n/a, Minimum RAM: 2GB (4GB for HDR function), Hard disk space: 400MB

    Published 
    23 Jul 2014
  • Avast! SecureLine VPN

    Avast! SecureLine VPN Server Choice
    45
    inc VAT

    A simple VPN for increased mobile security, but it's not the perfect solution

    Key specs 

    OS Support: Windows XP or later, Minimum CPU: Pentium 3, Minimum GPU: built-in GPU, Minimum RAM: 128MB RAM, Hard disk space: 50MB hard disk space

    Published 
    23 Jul 2014
  • Xara Web Designer 10 Premium

    It's easy to start with one of Web Designer's templates and customise it with your own content
    90
    inc VAT

    A slick and easy to use WYSIWYG web editor, Xara Web Designer 10 Premium is capable of producing sophisticated sites for multiple platforms

    Key specs 

    OS Support: Windows XP or later, 500MB RAM, 300MB disk space, Minimum CPU: Intel Celeron/AMD Sempron, Minimum GPU: Built-in graphics processor, Minimum RAM: 500MB RAM, Hard disk space: 300MB disk space

    Published 
    19 Jul 2014
  • iOS 7.1

    Apple iOS 7

    A sleek-looking update that makes iOS easier to use and puts settings in more convenient places

    Published 
    16 Jul 2014
  • Tracktion 5

    35
    inc VAT

    Sophisticated recording software at a breakthrough price, but its quirky interface won't be to everyone's taste

    Key specs 

    System requirements: Windows XP/Vista/7 (SP1)/8 or Mac OSX 10.7.5/10.8/10.9, Core 2 Duo 2GHz processor, 2GB RAM (4GB recommended)

    Published 
    5 Jul 2014
  • ADrive

    1.50
    per month for 100GB

    A bargain Cloud backup and sync package, but software issues and tricky file recovery count against it

    Key specs 

    Operating system support: Windows Vista/7/8, Mac OS X 10.6+, Storage space: 100GB, Mobile device support: Android, iOS, Sync support?: Yes

    Published 
    4 Jul 2014
  • Grid Autosport

    Grid Autosport 7
    30

    Possibly the most immersive console-based racing game you'll play this year

    Key specs 

    Available formats: Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

    Published 
    2 Jul 2014
  • Box

    Box logo
    3
    per month for 100GB

    This powerful all-round sync package may be overkill for some, but its web interface and mobile apps are highly polished

    Key specs 

    Operating system support: Windows Vista/7/8, Mac OS X 10.6+, Storage space: 100GB, Mobile device support: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone 8, Sync support?: Yes

    Published 
    2 Jul 2014
  • Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure

    Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure
    12
    inc VAT

    The resurrection of this adventure game hero will thrill established fans but is likely to frustrate those new to the series

    Published 
    1 Jul 2014
  • Copy

    Copy iPad
    6
    per month for 250GB

    A well-designed Cloud sync package with generous free and good-value paid options

    Key specs 

    Operating system support: Windows Vista/7/8, Mac OS X 10.7+, Linux, Storage space: 250GB, Mobile device support: Android, iOS, Windows Phone 8, Sync support?: Yes

    Published 
    30 Jun 2014
  • Dropbox

    Dropbox logo
    6
    per month for 100GB

    A well-oiled Cloud sync product, but the lack of extra features for the price means it's falling behind the competition

    Key specs 

    Operating system support: Windows Vista/7/8, Mac OS X 10.4+, Linux, Storage space: 100GB, Mobile device support: Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Sync support?: Yes

    Published 
    28 Jun 2014
  • Livedrive

    5
    per month for unlimited storage

    A robust platform with unlimited space puts Livedrive ahead of the Cloud backup competition

    Key specs 

    Operating system support: Windows Vista/7/8, Mac OS X 10.6+, Storage space: Unlimited, Mobile device support: Android, iOS, Sync support?: Yes

    Published 
    27 Jun 2014
  • Google Drive

    Google Drive web
    1.20
    per month for 100GB

    Lashings of storage for very little money combined with brilliant mobile and web offerings puts Google into a comfortable lead

    Key specs 

    Operating system support: Windows Vista/7/8, Mac OS X 10.6+, Storage space: 100GB, Mobile device support: Android, iOS, Sync support?: Yes

    Published 
    26 Jun 2014
  • Watch Dogs

    Watch Dogs 1
    35
    inc VAT

    Tons of promise, but Ubisoft struggles to stand out from the GTA games on which Watch_Dogs borrows so heavily

    Published 
    5 Jun 2014
  • Intuit QuickBooks Online Essentials review

    Intuit QuickBooks
    19
    inc VAT

    Manage, file and share your accounts with this slick web-based service

    Published 
    3 Jun 2014
  • Stick it to the Man

    Stick it to the Man
    7
    inc VAT

    A simple yet highly entertaining puzzle platformer

    Published 
    2 Jun 2014
  • Serif PhotoPlus X7 review

    PhotoPlus Distortion
    80
    inc VAT

    Solid all-rounder with lots of powerful functions, but RAW processing isn't up to Adobe's standards

    Published 
    1 Jun 2014
  • Transistor review

    Transistor
    15
    inc VAT

    A gorgeous game that suffers from repetitive combat and a wafer-thin narrative that borrows too many tricks from its predecessor

    Published 
    27 May 2014