It seems that these days we here at DigitalReviews tend to review a lot of upgrades and new models of software and gadgets. That's great because we can mainly highlight the differences in the new package and refer to the background material in the previous reviews. (See here, for instance). Such is the case with Dragon NaturallySpeaking.
We have done write-ups of DNS, more commonly known as Dragon, just about every year over the past four or five years and we have rated this speech recognition program very highly. I have always had a bit of a challenge with Dragon because of my somewhat Dutch accent and a just knew that a later version could make all the difference…. So how did we go this time around?
When we received our evaluation edition of Adobe CS5 we knew it could be a long time before we would be able to give our first impressions. First up, the Master Collection is massive: some 15 (fifteen!) programs all tightly woven together. Secondly, whilst familiar with Photoshop, most of the other programs we have not used before and some of them are best left to the professionals to evaluate. These are the people that have need of these programs on a daily basis. Our task here at DigitalReviews is simply to give an overview of the total package by way of introduction. That sounds simple enough but for the sheer enormity of the package.
Our recent review of Adobe’s Lightroom 3 edition was a lot simpler to write as I use this very focussed application on a daily basis but how will we fare with what has always been seen as a disparate and diverse bunch of applications thrown together fairly randomly? Or is that no longer the case? Is this a pizza with The Works that just tastes delicious no matter how you slice it? We’ll do the overview first to give you some flavour.
Then in Part II we’ll cover some highlights of the new Photoshop.
So let's have a quick look.
When Adobe released Lightroom 3 just recently, we knew pretty well what was going to be in this major release. No, we don’t have any prophetic gifts but having worked with the beta versions you get a good idea how it’s shaping up. So, no real surprises but it’s good to take an inventory of all the new features since we last wrote about Lightroom 2 here.
The concept of Lightroom is brilliant: it sort of imitates and duplicates the workflow of the old time professionals who used real darkrooms to develop their photos. Yes, it’s a pity that we still have brilliant mechanical and optical devices in perfect working order in our cupboards but no one would want to go back to the pre-digital age. Certainly not when they have tried the magic of Lightroom 3, the digital darkroom. To keep it brief: what are the main features that I particularly like?
OmniPage by Nuance really requires no introduction, the name is synonymous with Optical Character Recognition, more commonly known as OCR. Few software have had the longevity in the market place, and the fact that DigitalReviews is taking OmniPage Professional 17 on a test drive is testament to its pedigree.
What is in the latest and greatest version of OmniPage and how well does it perform? Acknowledgement goes to Nuance for providing a demonstration copy for this review.
Nero is synonymous with creating, ripping, copying and burning data to optical media on the Windows platform. The Nero 9 suite was recently reviewed here on DigitalReviews Network.
The latest addition to the family is Nero BackItUp & Burn, which can be probably best described in some ways as Nero "lite". Nero BackItUp & Burn aims to provide full control over data protection, backup and recovery.
Read on for the road testing!
Arguably the most important page on any computer or mobile device is the homepage. Spb knows that and have spent significant time and money on developing the best interface for your phone in the market today. They already had a winner in version 2.0 which was shipped by many device makers such as Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and others.
The new version, Mobile Shell 3.0, is absolutely stunning visually and also when it comes down to be able to personalise it.
Here's the first quick look.
If you are a serious photographer you know about Photoshop and you might even use this on a daily basis. Others, equally serious about their game, may have been daunted by the full complexity of the program or its price tag, and are looking for a program that is especially geared to streamline the tasks of a photographer. Lightroom from Adobe is such a program and has been ravingly reviewed ever since version 1 was released. Today we are having a look at Lightroom 2 which is a major improvement over the previous versions and offers probably all the functionality a professional photographer might need.
That is not to say that Photoshop doesn't have a valid place in the hearts and minds of photographers and on their hard drives, far from that! There are certain things that Lightroom 2 doesn't do, like merging photos into a panoramic shot, but other than that there are many Photoshop functionalities built into this marvellous program and there are even some tools here that are not as simple or powerful in Photoshop.