This week in Windows software
When it comes to producing professional-looking movies and demos on your own computer, TechSmith's Camtasia Studio has been known to strike the right balance between a powerful tool set and ease of use. Version 8, released today, adds even more useful features that encourage user interactivity without making the app any more complex to use. The feature-packed screencast app -- which includes HD production settings -- does take a little time to learn how to use, but the easy-to-grasp interface and front-and-center icons for most-used tools lower the intimidation factor a notch. See our full coverage for all the details.
Also, Windows fans have probably heard about Microsoft's brand-new Surface tablets, unveiled at a press event in Los Angeles yesterday. If you're just catching up, be sure to check out all of the details, including our first impressions of the tablets.
This week in Mac software:
Do you need a more robust tool for processing and managing photos? ACDSee Pro just got a major update for the Mac and is exclusive today at Download.com. With a 64-bit raw-format processing engine under the hood and a full set of nondestructive editing tools, you'll be able to quickly process hundreds of images. In addition, new quick-search features in this version help you find the perfect image in a giant folder full of photos, and upgraded key commands will help you fly through any processing job.
Also this week, we have the latest version of TextSoap, the powerful utility with only one purpose: to quickly clean up text from any source, so that you can reuse it in other applications. A godsend for software developers and Web designers who have to frequently work with a motley variety of text, this latest version of the software offers a laundry list of new features and improvements.
Firefox 13 is a worthy expression of Mozilla's ideals. The browser is competitively fast, sports a new minimalist look, and includes some excellently executed features. Unfortunately, that describes most of Firefox's competition, too. More