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Olympus Evolt E-410 and Evolt E-510

Single-lens reflex siblings.

 No more frosted faces or smiles stuck on “how nice.” No more regifting, exchanging, or Goodwill-ing stuff that missed the mark. This holiday season, all that you want will soon be here: the gewgaws, the tchotchkes, the doodads, and the thing-a-ma-bobs. The bags, the boomboxes, camcorders, and flaming logs. The mice, the cans, and the bling. Oh, you know - just about everything. Forthwith: Mac|Life’s greatest guide for gifts. Ever. 

First Look: Bento

FileMaker’s new database has a friendly iWork look and feel. It’s a database for the rest of us.

Digital Dust-Busters

Cheetah 3D

This 3D modeller adds character.

Moshi Celesta

Less than an inch thick, Moshi’s Celesta keyboard looks right at home next to Apple’s new aluminum iMacs.

Elgato EyeTV 250 Plus

Plug in to Mac TV

Canon HV20

The consumer HD camcorder to beat.

Apple iPod Touch

The iPod touch is primarily a media player. Everything else is gravy.  In our first look at the iPod touch last month (Nov/07, p68), we said that it’s basically a phoneless iPhone. It turns out that the iPod touch is even less than a phoneless iPhone. But if you want a media player first and an Internet device a distant second, the touch offers a satisfying experience.

Living with Leopard

There's a lot to like about Leopard - and a few things we don't like. Apple has done their part to stoke the excitement, as well. If you’re a true MacLifer, you’ve watched the Guided Tour and have pored over the oh-so-comprehensive list of Leopard's "300+ New Features." You've also perused Leopard's system requirements and have taken note of the more-demanding requirements for iChat. If you're a tech type, you've dug into the Leopard Dev Center and have given the Leopard Technology Overview more than a passing glance. But the question remains: What's it like to actually use Leopard for day-to-day work?