Premiere Elements 10 sports powerful features with a beginner interface

If you really want a powerful editor that gives you room to grow—without paying too high a cost in either dollars or complexity—Premiere Elements really shows its colors.

Review: Motion 5

Even before considering its new impulse-buy pricing, Motion 5 is a worthy investment for anyone looking to add a little extra visual power to their creative arsenal.

Record 1.5

Record 1.5 shows Propellerhead is committed to its new mixing and arrangement workstation. It’s also pretty easy to recommend in a bundle with Record 5, which includes fantastic new sampling features and a drum designer. On its own, it’s a tougher sell.

Reason 5.0

Reason 5 is a must-have upgrade for anyone who uses audio inputs or samples, or wants to program beats. For those who haven’t used Reason for a while, Kong is worth a second look.

Finale 2011

Finale 2011's myriad tools and toolbars may be daunting, but it remains a tool capable of satisfying an extraordinary range of musical needs, and its recent enhancements to score output are pitch-perfect.