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.

Djay Remote for iPhone

Djay Remote is an excellent model of what Mac music developers could do to add mobile companions to their desktop apps.

Djay 3.1.1

Algoriddim djay 3.1.1 manages to cover not only professional DJs, but casual users, as well. For beginners, new features make faking a terrific DJ set easier. But this version offers some serious features, too.