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HandBrake remains a rockin' rippin' application

HandBrake 0.9.4 offers improved speed, a helpful preview window, subtitles you can switch off, and constant encoding. What's not to like?

Strata Foto 3D CX 2

Strata Foto 3D CX lets you use a standard digital camera to capture real-world objects as textured 3D models.

MacJournal 5.1

If you want to organize and record your thoughts, have them all in one place, and keep them private, there's nothing better on the Mac than MacJournal.

Movist plays your movies when QuickTime can't

Movist is an alternative to OS X's QuickTime Player for viewing videos; like VLC, it's based on FFmpeg, so it lets you play a number of media formats that QuickTime can't handle.

ShrinkIt shrinks your PDFs

ShrinkIt is a free utility that uses OS X's built-in PDF-processing functionality to reduce the size of many PDF files with no loss in quality.

ArtRage Studio Pro 3

ArtRage Studio Pro 3.0.5 does an excellent job of recreating the subtle nuances of natural media on a digital canvas.

BashFlash handles misbehaving Flash

BashFlash is a nice complement to ClickToFlash, letting you monitor excessive Flash CPU usage and kill the Flash plug-in without affecting Safari.

PrintMaster Platinum 2.0

Consumer oriented art program lets you create many kinds of commonplace documents from greeting cards to calendars.

Reason 4.0

Changes in Propellerhead's Reason 4.0 are subtle. There's a new synthesizer, arpeggiator, “groove” editing, and other improvements.

VirtualBox 3.1.2

The latest version of VirtualBox supports multiple CPU cores and accelerated DirectX graphics in Windows. But its biggest advantage compared to other virtualization apps is price: It's free.

First look: Boxee beta

Boxee is now available to all and sports a new interface. Here are the details.

Ulysses 2.0

The Soulmen’s Ulysses 2.0.4 writing app is dense, complex, and well-designed.

iPod extraction tool roundup

If you lose your iTunes library and need to copy files off your iPod and back onto your Mac, iTunes can't help you. But these 10 utilities can.