First Look

New Chrome ready to shine

It took a year, but the long-awaited stable version of Chrome for Mac and Linux is here. Google has upgraded the stable branch of the browser to version 5, which includes several HTML5-based features and broad support for syncing, and which also maintains the blazing page-render speeds that the browser is known for. Take a tour in this First Look video, and download Chrome 5 stable for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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Topics: Mac Software

Tags: First Look , Chrome , Windows software , stable

Even old master Photoshop can learn new tricks

Unlike its predecessor, which didn't really offer much in the way of new features but overhauled its look, Photoshop CS5 (Windows | Mac) leaves the interface practically untouched to focus on major feature improvements.

The big changes include automatic lens correction, better high dynamic range processing, content-aware filling, "intelligent selection", and enhanced tools for 3D image creation in Photoshop Extended (Windows | Mac). More than three dozen minor tweaks were also made, small improvements--such as building... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: First Look , Windows software , Photoshop

New Opera blazes onto Mac

The speedy Carakan JavaScript engine has finally been added to the stable version of Opera on the Mac. Combined with Opera's extensive toolbox, an interface refresh, Growl support, and Opera Link syncing--hello, Opera Mini on the iPhone--Opera should be a top contender for best Mac browser.

Take a tour of the new Opera in this First Look video, and tell me in the comments below which browser is your favorite for the Mac.

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Topics: Mac Software

Tags: First Look , Opera

First Look: WinZip gets ribboned

Archival stalwart WinZip introduces a new look and some new features in version 14.5. The interface is big news for two reasons: it finally gets a lot of WinZip's advanced features out from the menubar and into the open where users can actually see them, and it's WinZip's first design redo in years.

The new features are fairly sharp, too, introducing extensive Windows 7 support and archiving tools to make getting into and closing up your ZIPs easier than... Read More »

Tags: First Look , Windows software , archive

A first look at LongBox: video

Beset by delays since it was first announced in 2009, the digital comics reader and store LongBox is finally here. It's a comprehensive attempt to bring some of that iTunes mojo to comics. This first look video showcases a bit of what was covered in Monday's hands-on, what the program can do, and what still needs work.

The LongBox public beta, for Windows and Mac, showcases a massive amount of potential, but it's definitely a rough work... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: First Look , Windows software , comics

uTorrent 2.0 looks to the future

uTorrent 2.0 introduces a new look via skins, but really what's important is under the hood.

A new protocol for managing heavily trafficked and bottlenecked torrents, a transfer cap with real-time updates, and a smoother installation will remind you why this torrent client deserves the attention it gets. Check out what it can do in this First Look video from CNET TV.

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Tags: freeware , First Look , Windows software , torrent , uTorrent

See what's under McAfee's new interface

McAfee spent three years researching and developing a new vertical interface for its consumer security suites, and has made them far better in the process. The improved detection engine includes enhanced download scanning, faster scan and start-up times, and a stronger firewall.

Check out this First Look video for a tour of McAfee AntiVirus Plus. If you're interested in McAfee Internet Security 2010 or McAfee Total Protection 2010, note that those upgrades have more features tacked onto the... Read More »

Tags: First Look , Windows software

Add-ons in Firefox's first mobile browser

In week since Mozilla released the first Firefox browser for mobile phones, we've had a better chance to explore the Web on the Nokia N900. Firefox for Maemo, as it's called, is also available for the N810 Internet Tablet.

We go over some of our observations in the First Look video here, pointing out that extensions, in particular, are the browser's most notable innovation for Firefox mobile.

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Tags: Firefox , First Look , video , Windows software , Firefox Mobile

AVG Free 9 gives free ID protection

We reviewed the latest version of AVG Free back in October 2009, and found it to be a decent successor to the previous version, 8.5. AVG Free 9 is currently the most popular app on Download.com by a long shot, and this version bolsters its security offerings with the integrated LinkScanner and free identity protection for users in the United States.

Though it's true that in recent third-party testing AVG has been surpassed by several competitors, it... Read More »

Tags: freeware , First Look , Windows software , AVG

Tour the new Firefox 3.6

In this First Look video, take a tour of the tweaks debuting in Firefox 3.6. It's not all small potatoes, as Mozilla lays the foundation for Firefox's future. Users can expect to see native support for the new skinning tech called Personas, as well as further development of HTML5 support. Oh, and one more thing: Mozilla says that it should be about 20 percent faster than Firefox 3.5.

Firefox 3.6 is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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Topics: Mac Software

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