Web Creator 4, Roxio Easy Media Creator 10, Netcomm Homeplug

Web Creator 4
RRP $99.95

Web Creator 4 suffers what many beginner web design packages do. It removes you from the need to manipulate the HTML code directly and makes you believe creating websites is as easy as placing elements in a layout. Unfortunately, it’s not. Standards compliance and multiple device issues are making it more important than ever to use clean code on a website. Web Creator 4 is easy to use and is mostly standards compliant, but produces a lot of unnecessary code many browsers won’t like. Use it to devise your layout, but look elsewhere for final development. 2.5/5

Roxio Easy Media Creator 10
RRP: $160

Video editing has fallen into the hands of the masses, and Easy Media Creator 10 is a perfect expression of the market. For a fraction of the price you pay for a professional software-based editing suite, you can edit your home movies, upload them to an iPod or directly to YouTube, convert files between formats, capture and convert audio, manage your entire photo and music collections, transfer content to a mobile device and back everything up automatically. It’s basic level stuff designed to appeal to the consumer user so there’s an emphasis on fun rather than slickness, but it’s a great first foray into digital media.3.5/5

Netcomm Homeplug
RRP: $299

Internet over power has always beet a great idea — the less cables cluttering your work area, the better. The Netcomm NPV200AV Homeplug is a simple system to enable it consisting of two specialised plugs that your connect to power outlets. One connects to your ADSL or cable modem, the other into the Ethernet port of your computer, and the Internet is streamed from one to the other wirelessly.

Trouble is, it doesn’t work. We followed the simple instructions as closely as possible and still had no result. Eliminating issues such as connecting directly to mains power rather than a powerboard made no difference, and if there was a setting somewhere we missed, the documentation made the whole thing seem much easier than it apparently is. Make sure you try before you buy. 0/5

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