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Prezi Desktop review: Animate your presentations, even when you're away from the cloud

Much like the online version, Prezi Desktop makes your presentations more palatable. And since it's a desktop edition, you can work offline.

Killing Comic Sans: 5 alternative fonts that protect your dignity

Comic Sans grabbed the collective imagination of millions of Windows users, and it's maintained that stranglehold for nearly a decade. It's time to help this chirpy standby go the way of the Macarena.

Review: Magix Page & Layout Designer includes advanced tools for beginner users

MAGIX Page & Layout Designer makes it easy to create custom materials using drag and drop simplicity, but this program feel too much like a repackage of a less expensive product.

Review: DK Au Revoir font will make you bid frumpy fonts "adieu"

DK Au Revoir is a handwritten font that has style and flair, with subliminal don't-mess-with-me undertones.

Review: Architect's Daughter font works with playful precision

Precise yet lighthearted, Architect's Daughter is a font that plays well at larger sizes.

Review: HVD Comic Serif is a wholesome hero of a font

Tough but charming, HVD Comic Serif makes Comic Sans look like a wimpy Silver Age bad guy. It's well-designed, and will work in any context for which it's appropriate.

Review: Lexia Readable is for readers of graphic novels, not funny books

Sans serif typeface Lexia is friendly, legible, and playful without being a kids' menu item. This strong typeface is suitable for older readers, if not for business reports.

Review: Laconic typeface is legible, lovely, and not to be taken lightly

Crisp and futuristic, Laconic is a quietly arresting typeface.

Brand your business on a budget with fantastic free fonts

A consistent typeface on all your communications makes your business look organized—but that font had better match your business's image. We look at five fonts to help you build your brand without breaking the bank.

Review: SmartDraw 2013 Helps You Go With The Flow

SmartDraw 2013 offers fast, neat, and automated solutions to creating diagrams. If you're not a Microsoft Suite user, or if you need to make complex graphics from scratch, you may be left frustrated.

Review: Picture Collage Maker helps you design and print calendars, cards, and more

Picture Collage Maker 3.7 is similar to an online photobook service, except it offers you more control when customizing your project. It's available in three different versions, from $30 for single-page artwork to $70 for commercial use.

Review: Tiresias fonts are clearly easy on the eye

Originally distributed to allow blind and partially sighted people better access to information, Tiresias is easy for humans and even machines to read.

Review: Gentium font speaks many languages

The idea behind the Gentium font is to provide diverse ethnic groups around the world with a digital resource to present their complex languages. Even without that lofty goal, the typeface itself is refined and modern, yet classically elegant.

Review: Aller Standard is a quirky, charming sans serif font

Originally created for the Danish School of Media and Journalism, Aller Standard Edition is free in three weights for small businesses. This sans serif font looks professional without being boring.

Review: Museo Slab font conveys modernity without flightiness

Slab serif typeface Museo Slab looks up-to-date and rock-solid at the same time. The regular and Italic 500 versions are free, and many other weight are available for purchase.