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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

Review: Create A Diary lets you create custom diary entries & export to MS Word

Though it has one or two interesting features, Create A Diary doesn't offer the most appealing way to record your thoughts. It sports a woefully bad layout, questionable install, and is missing some much-needed features.

Since the program comes in an executable file, you should expect your antivirus software to flag it as suspicious. It was flagged twice during our testing. The program tries to create a shortcut in Microsoft Word, as well. Though this is just a 20-day trial version of the software, it has all of the features of the unlocked, $29.50 version. It easily creates … Read more

PDFCreator 1.6.2 Review

Tools for creating PDF documents tend to fall somewhere between do-it-all packages with big names (and price tags to match) and freeware stripped down to the basics. But simple is good, which is why PDF tools that install themselves as print drivers may be our favorite of all. That's how PDFCreator from Pdforge works, though that's not all it does.

PDFCreator's optional server installation mode can act as a network printer, but we chose the standard installation, which includes some optional downloads such as Images2PDF and PDFArchitect, plus some sample files and our choice of language and … Read more

3ColorsMixer 1.0.2 Review

If you are a designer or developer and are constantly trying to find the perfect hue, or adjust for small changes in the design of a Web site, banner, or brochure, you know how hard it can be to find a useful tool on the go. That's why an app like 3Colors Mixer can be so helpful. It's free and immediately allows you to adjust and test different saturation levels of all three primary colors to determine the right hex value for your current project.

3ColorsMixer is very easy to use. It has three sliders -- one for … Read more