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Wacom Inkling makes pretty pictures, but software is sluggish

The Wacom Inkling offers artists a wonderful option for physically sketching and creating first-draft drawings they can later upload as vector images. The Inkling's software component, however, makes working with these images a slow and cumbersome process.

Tunesque lets you search all of Apple's media stores at once

Tunesque makes it easier to find Apple-hawked media by consolidating searches of all Apple's media stores in a single interface.

CorelCAD 1.0 offers a full-featured 2D and 3D drafting program

CorelCAD feels more refined, complete, and stable than what you would expect for a new application.

LetterMpress for iPad

LetterMpress is an excellent app for typography lovers, creative types, and anyone interested in learning how a letterpress works.

Creator Express 8.5.2 offers advanced page layout on a budget

Creator Express is a swift, inexpensive, and capable page layout tool that offers a number of professional-level features. It’s a shame that it's held back by an awkward, antiquated interface and poor antialiasing.

ZBrush 4 is the closest software comes to sculpting with virtual clay

ZBrush 4 is the closest software comes to sculpting with virtual clay. There are numerous additions to this version that enhance user experience and productivity.

Hype 1.0.3 lets you create HTML 5 animations without coding

Hype can create animations for existing sites, but you can also use it to build standalone, visually-oriented websites.

Sandvox 2.1.6 helps build sophisticated websites

Karelia Software Sandvox 2.1.6 helps beginning designers create feature-rich, template-based websites.

Video Monkey 0.10

There are many applications out there that can convert various types of video into formats that are friendly to iTunes and the iPhone, iPod, iPad, or Apple TV. Of those, there's an interesting subset--including Chris Marrin's Video Monkey 0.10--that can not only encode files, but also tag them with TV show or movie metadata at the same time. Or, they can simply fill in or update tag information without additional encoding.

First Look: Spotify

Spotify has come to the U.S. Christopher Breen takes a first look at the subscription music service.

Usher 1.1.3

You've got iTunes to organize your music and iPhoto to organize your pictures. But what about your videos? ManyTricks's Usher attempts to bring your movies, TV shows, home videos, and more under one roof, undivided, with browsing and metadata for all.

Review: Compressor 4

While seemingly unchanged on the outside, the core of Apple's newest release of Compressor 4 reveals a robust workflow that's completely integrated within Final Cut Pro X.

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.