Jeff CarlsonContributor, Macworld

Author and photographer Jeff Carlson is a columnist for the Seattle Times and a senior editor for TidBITS. He is the author of numerous books including The iPad for Photographers, Second Edition; The iPad & iPad mini Pocket Guide; and Photoshop Elements 11: Visual QuickStart Guide.

First Look: iDVD 5

Incremental Update Expands Burning Options

First Look: GarageBand 2

Multi-Track Recording, New Effects Highlight Sequel to Music Creation Program

First Look: iMovie HD

Performance Improvements Outshine Editing App’s New HD Capabilities

More Gear Here

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Software Bargains: Work the Web

From FTP clients to bookmark managers, from pop-up blockers to Web-site design apps, there are a lot of Mac-compatible Web programs from which to choose. But which ones do the best job for the lowest price? We’ve found a dozen inexpensive Web tools that should appeal to any cost-conscious Mac user.

Software Bargains: Be Creative

Everyone knows the Mac helps you follow your creative muse. But not everyone knows which Mac programs can tap into that muse without also draining your wallet. Whether it’s Cosmic Painter for drawing, Aquallegro for music, or Blender for 3-D modeling, here are some of our favorite Mac Software Bargains designed for the creative set.

ChatBarrier X3 10.3

Intego’s ChatBarrier X3 10.3.1 applies what sounds like a high standard—“military-grade” 512-bit encryption—to iChat messaging

Airport Express

Apple has created a product that not only provides a highly functioning 802.11g base station in a portable shell, but also pushes into a new product category.

Laptop Battery Smarts

Disappointed with your laptop’s battery life? We’ll show you how to get the most life and performance out of your PowerBook or iBook battery, so you won’t be stuck without juice when you really need it.