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.
Adobe Acrobat X (pcmag.com)
Adobe Acrobat X is the newest version of the leading software for creating, reading, and managing PDF documents, and it's massively improved.
Adobe Illustrator CS6 (techradar.com)
Illustrator remains hugely powerful, and a tool that is reliable, fast (as long as you have a good amount of RAM) and pretty much vital to any creative pro.
Adobe InDesign CS6 (CreativePro.com)
The 10th major release of InDesign packs powerful features for meeting the challenges of digital publishing, plus PDF form tools, and many smaller welcome enhancements.
Adobe Photoshop CS6 (macworld.com)
Software upgrades come and go but the newest version of Adobe's flagship image editor, Photoshop CS6, makes you sit up and take notice. This release sports a darker interface (its first new paint job in more than 20 years), a noticeably faster graphics engine, and some amazing new features that promise to improve the productivity of professional designers and photographers alike.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 10.0 (pcmag.com)
Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 remains the best-selling digital imaging software in its class—it also remains the most powerful. The latest version is more of a tweak than a total refresh, with some new capabilities to strengthen its editing and sharing powers.
Microsoft Office (toptenreviews.com)
After comparing Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 to other leading home office software suites we can understand why it’s so popular. Microsoft’s home user and student focused edition of home office software is the most reliable and feature rich productivity suite we reviewed; and winner of our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award.
Microsoft Office for Mac (toptenreviews.com)
Microsoft Office for Mac is the old guard. Its familiar tools and features are a welcome addition to the Mac universe. Microsoft Office is unmatched in its power and capabilities and the Mac version contains most of that power. Anyone looking for Mac office software, should definitely check out Office for Mac. By maintaining the strength of the PC version, Microsoft Office for Mac easily ranks among the top Mac office software programs.