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GarageBand '11

GarageBand '11 is a worthwhile evolutionary update that brings musicians more guitar and keyboard lessons, guitar amps and effects, and fixes for poor timing.

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.

PowerTunes 1.1.3

PowerTunes is an easy-to-use utility for managing one or more iTunes libraries. It's also a handy tool for cleaning up those libraries.

Maya 2011

Maya 2011, the 3D and animation package for computer graphic artists, is bursting with new features and improvements. Here's our review.

Fontographer 5

Powerful, reasonably priced font tool for design studios is worth the wait.

MarsEdit 3.1

MarsEdit 3.1, a desktop application, simplifies the workload for any blogger, but it's best for people who are busy with more than one blog.

Premiere Elements 9

Although Adobe Premiere Elements has been refined over many iterations under Windows, this release marks its first appearance on the Mac. As a result, this “new” product isn’t starting off as a bare-bones editor. Here's our complete review.

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.

MacSpeech Scribe 1.1

Transcription tool makes moving your spoken word to the printed page a snap.

iTunes 10

For the third year in a row, Apple has released a major version upgrade to iTunes, the center of its entertainment and mobile app universe. This time around, however, the new version of iTunes is predominantly a foundational update—less about new features and buttons, and more about laying the groundwork for important new avenues for the iTunes Store.

FontXChange 2.5

You can't go wrong with FontXChange 2.5. Its support for .dfont, Multiple Master, OpenType, Mac and Windows PostScript and TrueType, and the new Web Open Font Format is a huge help for Web and print designers and publishers.

First look: iTunes 10

It’s become a tradition in recent years: to coincide with Apple’s September music event, where new iPods and related hardware are presented, iTunes increases its version number by a notch. This year’s vintage features one major new feature, a handful of interface changes, and some minor tweaks. Here’s an overview of what’s new and different in iTunes 10.