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Richard Baguley has been writing about, testing and breaking technology for the past 20 years. He has written for Wired, Macworld, USA Today, Amiga Format and many others

First Look: documentation collaboration service

Adobe on Monday launched the free public beta version of, a Web-based supplement to its popular PDF document creation application. PC World offers a first look at the service.

Review: VPN Tracker 5.2

VPN Tracker 5.2, a versatile tool for those who need more than the standard VPN client, simplifies the creation and management of multiple virtual private network connections.

Close the ports

While OS X has long included basic firewall software, Leopard introduced some significant changes to it, leaving many Leopard users confused as to how to keep their Macs secure. But though the firewall interface in Mac OS X 10.5 is indeed quite different from that in earlier versions of the OS, it’s still relatively easy to use.

Understanding and using Leopard's firewall

OS X has long included a basic firewall, but Leopard takes this fundamental security technology in a new and innovative direction. Rich Mogull looks at Leopard's firewall, how the 10.5.1 update changed things, and configuration options.

PC World: The Web works wonders for tax filing

This year's editions of online tax-prep services make the annual chore of filing taxes easier than ever to complete. PC World gives an overview of the Mac-compatible options.

Script Debugger 4.0

Late Night Software seems to have taken every opportunity to condense and simplify Script Debugger’s interface, while providing easier access to powerful tools and better debugging information. If you’re serious about scripting, buy it.

JVC GR-X5US MiniDV camcorder

The JVC GR-X5US has an interesting design, but its setup may not be to everyone’s taste, and its poor battery life and the omission of a viewfinder are serious problems.

JVC GR-D396US MiniDV camcorder

The JVC GR-D396US is one of the least-expensive camcorders available. However, many users will find that its lack of advanced control is limiting, and its poor video quality will put off all but the most budget-minded shooters.

Canon Elura 100 MiniDV camcorder

The Canon Elura 100 is a good choice for budget shooters; although the image quality isn’t great, it’s a compact, easy-to-use camera that won’t confuse novice filmmakers.

Sony DCR-HC36 MiniDV Handycam

The Sony DCR-HC36 MiniDV Handycam is a budget camcorder that takes adequate video in daylight, but its poor performance in low light will be a problem if you want to shoot videos indoors—at a party, for instance.

Panasonic PV-GS500 MiniDV camcorder

The Panasonic PV-GS500 MiniDV is a great pick for shooters who want the benefit of automatic control and the flexibility of manual control. And it takes great-looking video and stills.

Panasonic PV-GS300 MiniDV camcorder

The Panasonic PV-GS300 MiniDV is a great choice for shooters who don’t mind spending a little extra for quality, but who don’t want to lay out a lot of cash for a high-end camera.

More digital video tips & tricks

Here’s a guide to some technical terms and jargon you’re likely to encounter, as well as some tips to get you started.

Digital video essentials

Before you can tap into your inner Spielberg, you need a video camera. To help you find the right one, I’ll lead you through your list of options and explain which features make a difference and which you can live without. I’ll also share a few surefire tricks for getting great video every time.

The filmmaker's rule book

When it comes to making movies that people will actually want to watch, getting a good video camera is only part of the battle. You also need to know how to use your camera. For video you can be proud of, follow these ten simple rules.