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The JULY issue of Macworld is now on the newsstands and ready for your perusal. If you would like to read the entire issue online, we will post it on June 22. As always, we will continue to post reviews as soon as they are available. To see a list of this month's reviews, please click here. To read what stories we covered in the other magazine sections, please read the abstract below.

Adobe's After Effects is arguably the most popular motion-graphics program in the personal computing world-and it's been remodeled. Version 4.0 brings improvements in performance, tighter ties to Photoshop, even more special effects, and interface enhancements. The upcoming article on After Effects 4 is chock full of tips that help you take advantage of all that's new in this latest version. The article also includes step-by-step instruction on using its new path text effect and improved masking features.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at how artist Javier Roca makes complex images look organically interwoven. He reveals his image sources and the Photoshop layer-blending techniques that he uses to create inspirational artwork.

Learn how to create easy JavaScript effects that make your site stand out from the rest. The article includes all the information you need to make a slide show on your site, even if you've never written a speck of JavaScript.

Digital photos that look bright and crisp on screen often end up looking washed out and crude once you print them out. To make sure this doesn't happen, Joseph Schorr offers tips on coaxing the best possible output from your color inkjet printer.

It's splashed across billboards and reinforced in Apple's ad campaign--the iMac is as easy as 1-2-3. Apple's message may be the strongest, but plenty of PC manufacturers are making similar claims. Ad hype aside, which is really to use: an iMac or a consumer PC? We recruited a panel of new computer buyers to spend quality time with both and give us their opinions. The results may surprise you.

MP3 is on every music executive's mind today. It's a new music format that lets you download music of near-CD quality over the Internet, or compress 10 hours of music on one CD-ROM. And it's on your Mac today. Check out Macworld's review of all the available MP3 creators and players.

Last year, Macworld reported on the impending arrival of the new Palm MacPac, software that would radically improve the Mac's relationship with 3Com's Palm family of handheld computers. A year later, the software's been released and the results are pouring in: several new Palm plug-ins that help your Mac exchange data with the Palm. This is Macworld's in-depth look at all the great ways to connect the Mac to the Palm.

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