Hugely sophisticated and complex, Cubase Elements is tremendous value but not for everyone.
Professional music production at a consumer price, but don't mistake it for a consumer product
It's convenient, but your local branch of Boots can't be relied upon for the best in high-street photo printing
Xara Web Designer 11 Premium Review
Web Designer was already excellent, and incremental updates keep version 11 at the top
Kaspersky Total Security review
Perfect protection scores and lots of extra features make Kaspersky Total Security fantastic value
ESET Smart Security 9 review
Lightweight and reliable, but you pay a premium
Norton Security (2015) review
Top-notch security software and a great user interface, Norton Security is a great choice
Corel PaintShop Pro X8 review
High quality RAW processing joins the ranks, but PaintShop Pro still lags behind the competition.
Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 11 review
Powerful new warping and brush tools take Photo & Graphic Designer to lofty new heights.
Apple OS X 10.11 El Capitan review
A slew of minor upgrades and improvements add up to make El Capitan a must-have update for OS X users
Microsoft Windows 10 review
Microsoft has listened and Windows 10 banishes the demons of Windows 8 and, more importantly, is a great OS in its own right
Steinberg Cubase Elements 8 review
AVG Free Antivirus 2015 review
A well-designed anti-virus package with massively improved malware protection results, but it's not quite there yet
Google Photos review
Google Photos provides an excellent free service for those who simply want to upload and browse their pics
Magix Video Pro X7 review
Streamlined timeline controls and superb shake reduction processing, but Video Pro X7's other effects don't match the high price
Cakewalk Music Creator 7 Review
A well-conceived creative environment, but Cakewalk Music Creator's steep initial learning curve can suck the enjoyment out.
Microsoft Security Essentials review
Utterly outclassed when installed on a poorly-maintained computer, but an effective tool if you keep your machine updated
Adobe Lightroom 5 review - Still the best photo organiser
Modest but welcome improvements keep this elegant photo manager and editor on top
Corel VideoStudio X8 review
VideoStudio X8 has lots of small improvements, but they're not the ones we were hoping for
Propellerhead Reason 8 review
A lacklustre update, but Reason 8 is still enormous fun to use and sounds superb
Hitfilm 3 Pro review
It's not for dabblers, but Hitfilm's breathtaking array of video effects is better than ever.
Steinberg Cubase Artist 8 review
With a massive performance boost and lots of new tricks and toys, Cubase Artist 8 is a superb update
Magix Movie Edit Pro 2015 review
Packed with powerful features, but Magix Movie Edit Pro demands a fair amount of patience from its users.