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.

XRB

Over 2,000 percussion samples to send 'em to the dance floor. XRB is a collection of 2,007 invaluable percussion samples for Mac musicians who specialize in dance music. The drum samples include excursions into Latin and vaguely hardcore beats, but the majority are catchy dance-floor riffs, each with a number of variations so you don't have to chop the basic loops. The variety and sound quality are excellent, though there are a few nutty moments (cats squealing and women groaning, for example). Of course, with a little treatment to hide the samples' origin, these could add spice to a dance track.

Squeeze 4.5 Compression Suite

Put the squeeze on your video

iWow Plug-In for Mac

iWow's interface is a lot easier to use than iTunes' equalizer. And it's a looker. Discerning listeners tend to cringe at the audio quality of music from the iTunes Store, which uses lossy compression on its music files. They're faster to download, but at the cost of sound quality. Just when audio snobs thought the iTunes Store was off-limits to their sensitive ears, in swoops SRS's iWow Plug-in for Mac to improve the sound quality of your digital music.

GreatVideo 2.1

This DVD ripper is better - but slower - than the free alternative.

Disco 1.0

This disc-burning software is a competitor to Roxio's Toast.