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LittleIpsum review: Adds placeholder text with just a couple of clicks

LittleIpsum generates "lorem ipsum" placeholder text in an instant, and it does it well.

Mac Gems: Pixa is an image organizer made for creative work

Pixa is an image organizer that combines a slick interface with smart tools.

Review: Illustrator CC more refined than revolutionary

With Illustrator CC, Adobe has embarked on a new strategy of improving existing features rather than focusing on new capabilities. That's not a bad thing.

Review: InDesign CC boosts ePub features, font menus

InDesign CC boasts improved ePub features, better font menus, and performance enhancements, but offers few truly new features.

Review: LibreOffice 4 liberates you from Microsoft Office

LibreOffice is a competitive alternative to Microsoft Office that is extensible, highly compatible, highly configurable, and free.

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Review: Free and portable Briss cuts PDFs down to size

Snip away the unwanted parts of your PDFs with Briss. It's free, portable, and open-source.

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Review: Photoshop CC struts its actions, filters, and enlargements, but leaves Bridge in limbo

New Retina-ready Photoshop CC sports conditional actions, new sharpening filters, and better image enlargements.

Review: Briefs makes iOS app design easy and stress-free

Forget paper, static graphics, or ad-hoc solutions -- with Briefs, prototyping iOS apps is as simple as building a slideshow, and as close to the real thing as you can come without calling in a developer.

Review: Acorn 4 adds impressive features and a smart new look

Acorn 4 can't do everything that Photoshop can do. But Lex Friedman says that the image editor offers an impressive slew of new features and surprising ease of use, and it may well boot Photoshop from your Dock.

Review: CrazyTalk7 arrives on the Mac with advanced, easy-to-use interface and features

CrazyTalk7 Pro is a powerful character animation tool that's both fun to use and has practical application for professional producers seeking a creative animation option.

Review: Get scanner-like features for any camera with Prizmo 2

With Prizmo you use your iPhone camera, point and shoot camera, or DSLR to capture images of documents, and then the software uses optical character recognition (OCR) to turn the scans into editable text.

Review: PaintCode excels at transforming vector images into code

Pixel perfection is the objective of every app developer, but it is not always possible, or even desirable. PaintCode allows you to bring vector images right into your code, and provides a number of interesting features that could change the way you program.

Review: Gliffy makes it simple and easy to create diagrams, no download necessary

If you sometimes need to create quick diagrams for work, Gliffy is a great tool to bookmark.