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PrimoPDF review

PrimoPDF is a basic yet powerful application that revolutionizes PDF file creation. You can construct perfect PDF files using the straightforward drag-and-drop tool this application offers.

Pros

Valuable toolkit: PrimoPDF creates all types of files in standard PDF format faster than competitors, making it one of the best free applications we've tried. The custom settings give you the ability to lock files and determine design specifications, so files will be exactly as you want them.

Fast, precise operation: We converted various file formats with PrimoPDF, and our PDFs were created within seconds, no matter the size or type of … Read more

Create and share albums review

Create and share albums provides a set of tools that lets you add frames, text, and more to your photos, and then share them with your friends. It doesn't have anything that makes it stand out from other similar programs and it isn't without flaws.

The first screen you see when you open the app includes options for choosing a photo from your saved photos or taking a new one through the camera. These buttons seem to be backwards, though, as tapping the camera icon takes you to your photo library, and tapping the library button opens the … Read more

DJ Audio Editor review

Program4PC's DJ Audio Editor supports many file types, and not just audio but also video formats like DVD and Blu-ray. It can record audio from your PC, including sound card input from microphones and analog sources such as CD players and tape recorders. It can add effects and cut, join, copy, and paste files to create everything from ringtones to soundtracks. You'll need headphones, speakers, or some means of monitoring audio, but no special equipment is needed to use DJ Audio Editor in Windows XP to 8. You can try DJ Audio Editor for free with limited Save … Read more

QR Photo DVD Slideshow review

QR Photo DVD Slideshow helps you create slideshows out of your photos that include fun effects and music, and then burn them to a DVD. Sort through your photos to choose the best ones, and then add the finishing touches to a slideshow to preserve and share the memory of the event.

The first time you open QR Photo DVD Slideshow, some tips pop up to help you make the most of the app. These tips aren't terribly helpful, though, and neither is the actual Help file, as it mostly lists features and doesn't actually tell you how … Read more

Review: CreateShake allows you to experiment with different styles for your wedding cake

CreateShake allows you to customize the background, base, cake color, and decorations of a cake in a digital setting so you can see exactly how it will look in advance. With an added shake tool to create random cakes that offer inspiration if you get stuck, it's a useful tool, though it does suffer from some issues related to the trial restrictions and general performance issues that keep the app running slowly in some instances.

After installation, you can start customizing your cake right away. The home screen will offer you the option to create a new one. On … Read more

Streaming-radio app gives more control over playlists, but still needs work

Radical.FM is a free streaming-music app in the vein of Pandora and Spotify that gives you more control over your playlists than those apps, but interface problems and slow-to-react buttons and menus need work before it's ready for prime time.

Most of us have used streaming-audio apps in the past, whether live-radio apps like TuneIn or streaming-music mix makers like Pandora. But with such a crowded landscape for streaming audio, the only way for a new player to break in is by being clearly different.

Radical.FM seems like it has that kind of potential, but at this … Read more

Pixlgun 3D lets you play a Minecraft-like first-person shooter

Pixlgun 3D is a Minecraft-themed (though not affiliated with Mojang in any way) first-person shooter for both iOS and Android that recently updated with multiplayer, perhaps explaining its meteoric rise to No. 1 at the App Store (at the time of this review). But be warned that multiplayer is only offered over local Wi-Fi.

If you don't have friends sharing the same Wi-Fi, this means you'll be playing the campaign survival mode. In this mode you enter a series of levels where you'll need to kill every zombie on a map in order to move on to … Read more

Review: Pixelmator for Mac is sure to give Photoshop a major run for its money

A full-featured image editor, Pixelmator for Mac stops short of some of Photoshop's more advanced functionality, but offers quite a lot in a clean, easy-to-use package.

Installation was the standard affair for a Mac app, easy and straightforward. When we first launched the application, we were immediately impressed with its clean interface, which mimics Photoshop in many ways. If you know how to use Photoshop, you'll be right at home with Pixelmator for Mac. We felt at home with its brush and tools pallet to the left, and layers on the right. There's also another pallet containing … Read more

TouchCast lets you be the anchorman

TouchCast, for iPad only, brings broadcast quality tools for making video blogs, reviews, how-tos, news broadcasts, and more with a touch-friendly and interactive interface. You also can browse and see what other TouchCasters have made and follow them much like you would on a social network.

What sets TouchCast apart from other video creation apps is the ability to add what the developers call vApps (short for video apps), so viewers can interact with the video. So, for example, you might be talking in front of your iPad camera, and next to you could be a photo, your location on … Read more

Review: Manage online videos easily with Eltima SWF Movie Player

Eltima SWF Movie Player for Mac, currently known as Elmedia Player, handles multiple formats in a well-designed package that would be easy to use for all users. The program offers some neat features and performs without any glitches. However, if you want to download Flash animations and videos from the Web, capture a screenshot of the current frame, or enjoy the full-screen mode, you'll need to upgrade to the PRO version.

After installing easily, Eltima SWF Movie Player for Mac displays a menu that offers an upgraded version of the program. This is easily dismissed, bringing up the main … Read more