Toast 8 Titanium

Toast's DVD-burning options aren't nearly as comprehensive as iDVD's, but they're great for quick burns. Toast 8 Titanium nails all of our disc-burning needs with support for nearly every format and situation we can imagine, but it almost loses focus, including several utilities and features that you may not need. As multitalented as Toast is, we wish we could buy it with just its robust burning options.

Quark Interactive Designer

Create interactive layouts without having to learn Flash programming with Quark Interactive Designer.

Prey

Remember to look right, left, right again, and then up, before crossing a busy intersection. Prey takes the stagnant first-person shooter genre and literally turns it on its head. This sci-fi alien shooter is loaded with unique environments and situations, such as its vertigo-inducing rotating rooms. While many of its techniques originated in other classic games - think Descent's ambiguous definition of “up” and the ability in Alien vs. Predator to scamper up walls and ceilings—Prey manages to inject them into a fresh, perspective-changing experience.

Painter X

Aspiring fine artists: Cap the oils - and keep your hands clean - by creating your masterworks in Painter instead.

Live 6

This is Live 6's Session view, the interface which you use to mangle your audio files on the fly. During long-winded debates with your devoted-to-vinyl DJ friend, launch Ableton Live 6, load a few beats and some media clips, and start mixing. Then let DJ Luddite give it a try. The next challenge will be figuring out how to pry DJ Ozzy Oldschool away from your Mac.

Guitar Rig 2 Software Edition

Pick a component from the left, drag it to the right, and you're ready to rock. Guitarists used to say that nothing beats a good effects pedal - digital guitar amp and effects emulators just can't match the results. Then came Native Instruments' Guitar Rig, a guitar amp and effects emulator that impressed with its ability to make sweet music that's just as good as that from its analog counterparts. Guitar Rig 2 offers even more effects and amp emulations in a friendly interface. Get in line to get your copy, you purists.

DiscLabel 4.1.2

DiscLabel has more design tools than your typical disc label software. Label your CDs and DVDs like a pro.You put a lot of effort, time, and consideration to make that music mix CD for your sweetie or BFF, so don't ruin it with a Sharpie and illegible scrawl across the top. For about $33, DiscLabel makes it easy to create professional-level labels for your discs.

Daylite 3 Productivity Suite

Find the true meaning of multitasking.

AccountEdge 2007

Meet a likable underdog in the numbers game.

First Look: Inside Photoshop CS3

Photoshop CS 3 interface An under-the-covers look at the most dramatic upgrade ever wrought on the world's most popular image editor.