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 8 Professional(designer-info.com)
Acrobat’s great strength is its multi-purpose flexibility but this leads to its great weakness – complexity. With Acrobat 8 Professional, Adobe finally attempts to tackle the problem...
Adobe Illustrator CS3(designer-info.com)
A greatly improved working environment and ground-breaking new colour handling make Illustrator seem fresher than ever.
Adobe InDesign CS3(designer-info.com)
New effects enable richer design results while a host of other improvements boost productivity.
Adobe Photoshop CS3(macworld.com)
It’s simple, really: if digital imaging is an important part of your creative life, you’ll want Adobe Photoshop CS3. The new version provides so many improvements in so many areas that no serious digital photographer, video artist, or designer should be without it.
Adobe Photoshop Elements(macworld.com)
A worthy winner of Best of Show honors at this January’s Macworld Conference & Expo, the Elements update was among the most anticipated product releases showcased at the annual Mac trade show.
Macromedia Freehand MX (supported by Adobe)(Adobe.com)
FreeHand MX allows you to concept, design and present stunning graphics for print, Internet and Macromedia Flash projects. Create visually rich, completely editable graphics and take advantage of extensive editing, layout and publishing functions to enjoy a streamlined workflow for multi-publishing design.
Microsoft Office 2007(cnet.com)
The bottom line: Overall, Microsoft Office Standard 2007 is a worthy upgrade if you need to make sleeker-looking documents and presentations to share with others, and Outlook is better than ever, but you can stick to your current software if you don't feel that it lacks anything.
Microsoft Office 2008 for MAC(cnet.com)
The bottom line: Office for Mac 2008 may be the best pick for business users, but most people can get by with less costly alternatives.
Microsoft Publisher 2007(toptenreviews.com)
Publisher 2007 has some powerful tools for the small business owner who wants to design effective and creative publications for print. If you're not sure of your own design skills the program offers a wide variety of categories to choose from to get you started.
However, if you're looking for desktop publication software that allows you to be more creative when working with photographic images, then we suggest one of the higher-ranked products.
Bottom Line: Upgrade if you're a legacy QuarkXPress user and want Mac OS X support; otherwise, try Adobe InDesign.