Software

  • Cyberlink PowerDirector 12 Ultra review

    PowerDirector MultiCam Designer
    52
    inc VAT

    Packed with powerful features, but PowerDirector needs tighter integration and better attention to detail

    Key specs 

    OS Support: Windows XP (SP3)/Vista/7/8/8.1 (64-bit for 4K), Minimum CPU: Pentium 4 3GHz (Core i7 or AMD FX for 4K), Minimum GPU: 128MB (1GB with OpenCL recommended), Minimum RAM: 2GB (6GB recommended), Hard disk space: 5GB (100GB recommended)

    Published 
    25 Aug 2014
  • Ultra Street Fighter IV review

    Ultra Street Fighter IV 1
    23
    inc VAT

    Enough gameplay changes and new characters to refresh the formula, but Ultra Street Fighter 4's online play needs work

    Key specs 

    Available formats: PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

    Published 
    21 Aug 2014
  • 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

    Core AfterShot Pro lead image
    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

    Key specs 

    Available formats: Wii U, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, PC, PS Vita

    Published 
    2 Jun 2014