Mary Branscombe

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Mary Branscombe is a freelance tech journalist. Mary has been a technology writer for nearly two decades, covering everything from early versions of Windows and Office to the first smartphones, the arrival of the web and most things inbetween.

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Photoshop Extended CS6

Photoshop Extended CS6

As well as enhancing its classic image editing functionality, Photoshop CS6 expands what you can achieve without switching to another application, including tools for working with video, 3D and text.

April 23, 2012 by in Developer

Illustrator CS6

Illustrator CS6

The new features in Illustrator CS6 concentrate on making the program faster, better organised and easier to work with. Tracing and creating patterns, in particular, get big improvements.

April 23, 2012 by in Developer

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6

The latest update to Corel's venerable vector drawing package brings several overdue features, does some catching up with Adobe and adds useful new tools for working with vectors. It all adds up to a powerful but still-challenging graphics suite.

April 2, 2012 by in Developer

Screenshots: LibreOffice 3.5

Screenshots: LibreOffice 3.5

The latest version of the free, open-source LibreOffice suite has a more consistent look and feel across its constituent applications, and renders documents better. Check our gallery for the details.

February 21, 2012 by in Developer

LibreOffice 3.5

LibreOffice 3.5

LibreOffice continues to improve, but it's still playing catch-up to Microsoft Office, and there's no sign of a vision that would make it a significant competitor on anything but price.

February 21, 2012 by in Developer

OpenOffice.org 3.3

OpenOffice.org 3.3

This is a welcome update, but it's definitely a point release: unless you're looking for an alternative to Microsoft Office on financial or philosophical grounds, 3.3 may not be the version to make you switch.

January 27, 2011 by in Developer