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1. Palo Alto Business Plan Pro 2005
$194.99 $159.99 list($229.00)
2. Microsoft PowerPoint 2003
$169.99 list($299.95)
3. Niles Endnote 8.0 Windows
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4. Wizcom QuickLink Elite Pen Scanner
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5. Microsoft Visio Professional 2003
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6. Palo Alto Business Plan Pro 2005
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7. Microsoft Project Professional
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8. QuickBooks Customer Manager 2.0
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9. Crystal Reports 10, Standard Full
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10. Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 Upgrade
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11. Crystal Reports XI Professional
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12. Resumemaker Career Edition
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13. Art Explosion Publisher Pro
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14. Microsoft Visio 2003 Standard
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15. Pantone Colorvision Spyder with
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16. Corel WordPerfect Office 12
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17. Visio Enterprise 2000
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18. Winway Resume Deluxe 10.0
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19. Microsoft PowerPoint 2002
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20. Business Plan Writer Deluxe 8.0

1. Palo Alto Business Plan Pro 2005
list price: $99.99
our price: $79.99
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Asin: B0002IKHIK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Palo Alto Software, Inc.
Sales Rank: 218
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Features

  • Software for professional and customizable business plans
  • 400+ sample plans; instructions and examples at every step
  • Easily exports to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe PDF
  • Built-in Plan Review ensures bullet-proof financials
  • 2 expert business and marketing planning books included

2. Microsoft PowerPoint 2003
list price: $229.00
our price: $194.99
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Asin: B0000AZJVH
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 265
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Features

  • Create rich-media presentations that deliver better communications -- whether you're doing marketing presentations, online learning or executive broadcasts
  • Improved audio and video options give you a wealth of backgrounds, templates and special effects to include in tyour presentation
  • Enhanced SMart Tags make it easier to manage and track different aspects of your presentation or project
  • Advanced multimedia support makes it easier to transfer Powerpoint files to a CD
  • Cross-platform compatibility with support for Macintosh and Netscape users

3. Niles Endnote 8.0 Windows
list price: $299.95
our price: $169.99
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Asin: B0002ER3GI
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Niles Software
Sales Rank: 825
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Features

  • Essential tool for research, writing, and publishing
  • Create instant bibliographies; organize references and images
  • Build libraries of any size; new reference types and fields
  • Add, edit, and display references in any language
  • Search online bibliographic databases

4. Wizcom QuickLink Elite Pen Scanner (E04087)

our price: $148.99
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Asin: B0002MPVEQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wizcom
Sales Rank: 2994
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The QuickLink-Pen Elite is the latest version of the very popular and successful QuickLink-Pen, providing users with new and improved electronic note-taking capabilities: reads notes and definitions aloud; beams to Smartphones, as well as to PDAs and PCs; includes English dictionary definitions; USB connection to PC.Used just like a yellow highlighter, the QuickLink-Pen Elite allows the user to collect, electronically, notes from any printed text - anytime, anywhere!The QuickLink-Pen Elite is ideal for students, doctors, business people, or researchers who need the ability to quickly and easily take notes whenever and wherever they might be - in a library, on a plane, or in a business meeting. ... Read more

Features

  • USB and IrDA infra red ports, PC compatible
  • Stores up to 1,000 pages of text; text-to-speech software
  • Supports English, German, Swedish, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and French
  • Exports data to Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet Explorer
  • 97% OCR accuracy, recognizes 6-22 point font sizes

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work with OS X
I want to like this thing, but I can't, for it does not work at all with OS X.

So, if, like me, you run Apples, just pass on by this page because the thing will not work for you.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the C-Pen 800C
I'm measuring, first and foremost, ease and precision of scanning. Speed of scanning and ease of installation on the computer are, in my mind, about the same for both this, the Wizcom QuickLink Elite, and the C-Pen 800C. They differ sufficiently, however, in the primary question of ease and quality of scanning. For the record, I bought both at the same time, with the intent of keeping the better of the two. You can just go ahead and buy the C-Pen 800C.
I have had one horrible experience with a pen scanner by Siemens, the "Pocket Reader." It was truly useless. It scanned so poorly that I just put it aside. By the time I though to return it, Siemens was no longer making it, and I couldn't get customer service here in the U.S.
The Wizcom QuickLink Elite is not so bad. It's serviceable. I don't think it lives up to its 95% accuracy guarantee, but perhaps meets a 90% threshold, measured impressionistically. It's interface is also reasonable and satisfactory.
However, the C-Pen 800C is even more precise, truly approaching 95%. Moreover, if you discount errors in spacing from this accuracy percentage, its precision is even higher. Whereas the Wizcom is just as likely to make a content error, misread letters, etc., the 800C's errors are more likely to be the absence of a space when there should be one. A rare missed space doesn't make you puzzle over the text when you come back to it two months later.
C-Pen is also lighter, and it's rechargeable, so while it's more expensive, in the long run, you'll save on batteries.
Both have comparable single-language dictionaries, though Wizcom has more built in or for free (C-Pen allows you one free dictionary, including bilingual ones). Wizcom is a only a bit slower on the uptake, but significantly more likely to warn you "Scan too fast." I've never had that from C-Pen, and again, the precision at any speed is appreciably better with C-Pen.
Both have comparable PC and PDA compatibility capacity.

3-0 out of 5 stars Too much capability can be a bad thing....
I chose this device over the competitor products based on (1) ergonomics, (2) local device controls, and (3) independent operation from the PC.Unfortunately, the device software has fallen prey to the age-old issues of any device that tries to perform "smart" syncing operations.It gets confused...

My goal was to use the pen as a remote scanning device and then be able to upload the scanned text to either my home PC or my laptop.I installed the desktop application on both machines with no apparent problems.However, after successfully syncing with one machine, a subsequent attempt to sync with the second machine failed miserably.One such failure caused me to permanently lose 2 hours worth of scanned input.I was horrified.

I need a scanning pen that is exactly just that.A scanner.I don't need a smart device that wants to 'remember' what I've done or what I want to do.I don't get this type of behavior with my digital camera or my flatbed scanner, so I don't expect it from a pen.When you perform an alleged upload operation, the software tries to write information back into the pen.If I'm "uploading" then I don't want anything to be "downloaded" into the pen... period.This is the bane of my tests and the failures.

There are certainly other factors that affected decision to return the equipment to the manufacturer for refund, such as sluggish processing times between scans, and extremely poor ability to read Times New Roman (note: all their samples are in Arial, but find a textbook that isn't TNR!).I could still have lived with these ideosyncracies if it weren't for the high risk of data loss.This was intended to be a time saver, but it simply wasn't.

My rating here is based on the hardware.This device could be vastly improved with a change in software philosophy.Just upload the data and don't second-guess the operator.

4-0 out of 5 stars Portable, useful, and easy to use
I received QuickLink Elite pen today and have been testing it for the past 6 hours. Now I am finished, I would like to share my thought about this device with you. The box came with the content as described by Amazon. My surprise was that the 135 page color manual, I thought those were extinct! That is in addition to the PDF one in the CD.

Installation on Windows XP Pro. SP2 (Tablet edition) went smoothly, the instructions on the self run CD were easy to follow. You basically install the driver for the cable [serial at the device connector to USB (II in my case) at the PC end], then you install the desktop application which is a very basic utility that lists the files on your pen, and allows you to communicate, change settings, transfer data, and add software to your pen. Once you install the software, you will be asked to connect the device to the computer to start the communication. Initially I had a problem connecting to the device because it conflicted with Bluetooth serial ports. So I disabled the Bluetooth serial ports and removed some extra unused serial COM ports from the computer device manager. I reinstalled the pen drive from the CD, restarted the computer but before I connect again I did one more IMPORTANT step that is not mentioned anywhere. You Baud rate on the pen (go to settings, communications, baud rate) must be the same as your computer COM port (go to device manager, right click on the new COM port), choose a rate, in my case 57600 worked best. After that I managed to exchange files, install software to the pen. In addition, It tried the IrDA with my laptop, the text file was transferred instantly. PDA (iPAQ) recognize the device but transfer of files needed third-party software (Peacmaker $15). In their website, they say there will be an upgrade where third party will not be needed.

After that scanning the text went smoothly, I also scanned small image ( max 8 mm wide), installed the tables software on the pen, scanned directly on the PC ... all went very well. I scanned a type font 10 textbook, out of the total 543,24 were mis-recognized (some missing one letter, some had capital letter in the middle, while others were just a mess). That is about 95.5% accuracy, not bad, considering that I get about 85% with a flatbed scanner. It takes me about 5 to 6 seconds per line (about 5 minutes per page), so this is truly for text snippets rather than a whole page scanning. Image scanning is useful for signatures, Greek letters, etc. Quality is just OK, you can also scan tables, business cards (to outlook), URLs (get sent to favorites) with the included add-ins on the CD, and bar codes (additional downloads from the wizcom website). All in all I will recommend this device for students, researchers, & people who type slow or rather collect different set of texts from books, journals, etc. It fits 1000 pages internal memory, besides scanning directly to your word processor. It has built in English dictionary, good for language students. It also read aloud any text that is scanned (I do not see the use of this one) but the pen comes with earphone with volume controls.
All in all, this pen turn out as it was described and I think it is a keeper. Thanks for reading this long review and I hope it helped someone.
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5. Microsoft Visio Professional 2003 Upgrade
list price: $249.00
our price: $217.99
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Asin: B0000BZ54U
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 1017
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • For IT professionals, engineers, and developers
  • Provides the most comprehensive technical diagramming and drawing tools available
  • Create and share complex information
  • Allows for software diagramming and reverse engineering
  • This is an upgrade--a previous verion of Visio is required

Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars Beware!!! Not an upgrade for Visio 2003 Standard
I just purchased this thinking that "of course I can upgrade to Visio 2003 Pro from Visio 2003 Standard". Nope. This is just plain silly. I still am trying to figure out if I can even upgrade my Visio *2003* Standard version to Professional.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Valuable Upgrade
I have been using the Visio diagramming software since the 2000 version. In my mind this upgrade is the best I have purchased.

The interface with the rest of the Office XP 2003 Suite is vastly improved. I can now take a diagram created in Visio and drop it into Word documents, PowerPoint Presentations and e-mails without having to reformat it. In the past the transfer was never clean.

Once the diagram is embedded, I can emphasize and clarify key points, gather input from team members and even share documents using SharePoint services. This is a huge timesaver for me.

If you embed your diagrams in other documents, you will love this upgrade.

4-0 out of 5 stars Powerful, Versatile, Sophisticated Business Diagramming
Visio has always been an excellent solution for technical diagramming. Version 2003 is no exception and improves upon its predecessor with support for the web and integration with other Office applications. The program still lacks certain elements of Microsoft Office which I feel concerned about. Users are able to import Native Auto CAD drawings directly into Visio, and use the Visio tools to further customize and edit drawings to their hearts content. You can create custom stencils save them and share with other Visio users over a corporate network. You can export diagrams as a webpage so that users who don't have Visio installed locally on their machine can View diagrams through web browser at different resolutions with ease. The program enables IT Adminstrators to create Diagrams for Active Directory role outs for Windows 2000 Server and Server 2003. SQL Server or other third party database products such as Oracle and IBM DB2 can use the Visio functionality to outline a companies storage of data through active digrams that automate how data is stored and used. You can create simple project management task, and also export other Visio digrams to PowerPoint and further edit within PowerPoint or Word.Other features include searching for stencils online in the program, which makes it easy for you to find that particular diagram. Visio still lacks certain elements such as native support for WordArt. Overall, this upgrade is a must have for existing Visio 2000 or 5.0 users, but some 2002 users might not see any need for some of the functionality and might wait first to see if their diagramming and network infrastructure needs demand the new functionality and technology that Visio 2003 has to offer. ... Read more


6. Palo Alto Business Plan Pro 2005 Premier
list price: $199.99
our price: $187.99
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Asin: B0002EBGCU
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Palo Alto Software, Inc.
Sales Rank: 715
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Features

  • Business-planning software with helpful collaboration tools
  • 400+ sample plans; expert instructions and examples at every step
  • Easily exports to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe PDF
  • Built-in Plan Review ensures bullet-proof financials
  • 2 expert business and marketing planning books included

7. Microsoft Project Professional 2003
list price: $999.00
our price: $869.99
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Asin: B0000BZ54N
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 3315
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Features

  • Microsoft's desktop enterprise project management program
  • Used with Project Server 2003 and Project Web Access
  • Offers all the tools found in Project Standard
  • Provides powerful enterprise project management capabilities when used with Project Server
  • Use for portfolio management, modeling, resource management, and project collaboration

8. QuickBooks Customer Manager 2.0
list price: $79.95
our price: $69.99
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Asin: B00062AKI4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit, Inc.
Sales Rank: 948
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Features

  • Information management tool for delivering great customer service
  • See customers at a glance and detailed information instantly
  • Synchronize information between key applications
  • Import contacts from QuickBooks, Microsoft Excel, Outlook, and more
  • Create group mailings instantly; familiar look and feel of QuickBooks

9. Crystal Reports 10, Standard Full Product
list price: $195.00
our price: $174.99
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Asin: B0001BRD6C
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Business Objects
Sales Rank: 519
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Features

  • Provides basic report design functionality off PC-based data sources
  • Enhanced features for greater productivity and easier reporting
  • Format painter for faster report formatting
  • Enhanced Excel export for greater end-user flexibility
  • 100-percent Java reporting component for J2EE applications

10. Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 Upgrade
list price: $109.00
our price: $87.99
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Asin: B0000AZJVI
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 711
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Features

  • PowerPoint 2003 gives you the ability to create an impact with your ideas, whether it's in person or online!
  • Create rich-media presentations that deliver better communications -- whether you're doing marketing presentations, online learning or executive broadcasts
  • Improved audio and video options give you a wealth of backgrounds, templates and special effects to include in tyour presentation
  • Enhanced SMart Tags make it easier to manage and track different aspects of your presentation or project
  • Advanced multimedia support makes it easier to transfer Powerpoint files to a CD

11. Crystal Reports XI Professional Edition
list price: $495.00
our price: $449.99
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Asin: B0007D8ES0
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Business Objects
Sales Rank: 1433
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Product Description

Business Objects Crystal Reports 11.0 Professional.Crystal Reports a proven, world standard solution helps you design, manage, and deliver reports via the web and embedded in enterprise applications. It can provide you with a solid starting point for your business intelligence (BI) strategy by helping you securely deliver the most requested pieces of information as highly-formatted reports to end users both inside and outside your organization.Crystal Reports allows you to:Access and present any data the way you want Deliver the right reports to end users at the right time Integrate reporting with applications and portalsDesigned for the creation and maintenance of highly formatted reports, the Professional Edition includes all features in the Standard edition plus access to almost any enterprise data sources. ... Read more


12. Resumemaker Career Edition
list price: $49.99
our price: $46.99
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Asin: B00062VOWK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Individual Software
Sales Rank: 4225
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13. Art Explosion Publisher Pro
list price: $99.99
our price: $89.99
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Asin: B0002C7WS4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Nova Development
Sales Rank: 1695
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Features

  • All-in-one desktop publishing
  • 2500+ professionally designed templates
  • Powerful text handling; sophisticated graphics
  • Professional printing capabilities
  • Full-featured image editor included

14. Microsoft Visio 2003 Standard Upgrade
list price: $99.95
our price: $87.99
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Asin: B0000AZJVN
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 1158
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Features

  • Visio 2003 is the simple & flexible tool that documents and organizes complex ideas, processes, and systems -- and illustrates them for others!
  • It's never been easier to assemble diagrams -- just drag the pre-defined Microsoft SmartShapes symbols into the desired location
  • Generate common diagram types from all sorts of existing data, to put complex concepts, processes, and relationships into their proper context
  • Create visually rich diagrams that ive your ideas maximum impact -- then share them in workspace files on your team's SharePoint site
  • Track reviewer's comments and customize your diagram, to meet the needs of your organization

15. Pantone Colorvision Spyder with PhotoCAL
list price: $249.99
our price: $149.99
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Asin: B00007IT9B
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Pantone, Inc.
Sales Rank: 1598
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Calibrate your monitor in easy-to-follow steps
  • All-digital, 7-filter colorimeter; works with both CRT and LCD monitors
  • Calibrate monitor to selected tone response and color temperature
  • Create an ICC profile of the monitor in its calibrated state
  • Designed for novice users; requires no startup time or user training

Reviews (2)

2-0 out of 5 stars Questionable Color
First and foremost you need to know my background. I'm an Illustrator and I've been working with color and images a very long time. I'm also extremely adept at computers having my A+, Network+, MCSE, MCSA and CCNA certifications. I've always relied on Adobe Gammma to do the job but my Dell 5100 Laptop needed a lot of help.

Ok, so I've been trying to get my color calibrated correctly for a while now. The main problem has been my Dell 5100 Laptop showing colors a tad bit too dark. So I went out and bought this Spyder with PhotoCal software.

Installation was a breeze. The software booted up great onto Windows Xp Pro and Home and it instantly recognized the Colorimeter tool (the plastic attachment that measures the color on your screen).

The calibration is only Wizard-based (which kinda sucked). It guides you step-by-step with the following questions...
1) Is this a CRT or LCD
2) Would you like 1.8 or 2.2 Gamma?
3) Would you like 5000 or 6500 color temperature.
4) Can you adjust the color settings? Yes, No and Presets are options.

If you select No, then it starts the calibration immediately by scanning all gradations of RGB, White, Black and Grey.

If you select Yes, then it quickly scans normal RGB and then asks you to adjust the colors through your monitor until they all meet inside a thin rectangular box (I thought the calibrator was supposed to do this!). Once you calilbrate your own monitor, it starts running through all the gradations of RGB, White Grey and Black as mentioned above.

Finally...it asks you to save your ICC profile and it creates a nifty Startup program similar to Adobe Gamma that boots with Windows.

First was my 19" Dell 1901FP LCD monitor. The love of my life. Color on this monitor is quite nice but I decided to give it a go and test it out anyways. I deleted Adobe Gamma from my startup folder and away we went.

Once done, I was somewhat happy. The white, however, seemed rather blueish. All the other colors seemed ok. I was semi-content and moved on to my notebook. This was trickier since I can't adjust color settings and I had to completely rely on the Spyder to do the job. It finished and looked semi-decent. So being in a hurry I packed everything away and left to work.

At work...things got bad quick. I booted up my Dell 5100 Laptop and immediately noticed the colors were quite dark. As a matter of fact, my gamma was screwed. I was looking at a picture of some black Rollerblades I was selling on eBay and I couldn't differentiate the blacks from the midtones. It was just a congestion of really dark mids and highlight.

So I did some research and found out I was supposed to calibrate without any ambient light sources. This was buried in the PhotoCal CD and was never mentioned in the Wizard. At the time I had daylight and tungsten lights (Reveal lightbulbs) so I guessed that's what I did wrong. So tonight, in complete and total darkness I once again calibrated both the LCD and Notebook monitor and I achieved the same results. The notebook was deathly dark and although the colors were much better off, I simply couldn't adjust the gamma. The whites on the Dell 1901FP 19" display were still blue-toned.

This product did not calibrate my Notebook as promised and it left my LCD's colors questionable. In my line of work, there can't be any questions. This product is going back.

5-0 out of 5 stars Yes, you do need this, and it works
If the image on your monitor doesn't match what comes out of the printer, this gizmo will fix the problem. It works with both CRTs and LCD's. It takes 15 minutes and when youre done the monitor will use a custom profile that sets the mix of red, green and blue correctly, along with the brightness. You have to know in advance what kind of controls your monitor has -- no color controls -- common on laptops, or user-set RGB and color temperature controls. But the insructions tell you how to find out, and the product works with either type. Hint #1: To see the monitor controls and the calibration pattern simultaneuously, open the PhotoCal software, drag it over to one side of the screen and then open the monitor controls and drag them over to the other side. #2: Re-run the calibration after you adjust the monitor to check the results -- the software doesn't cycle back by itself. ... Read more


16. Corel WordPerfect Office 12
list price: $299.99
our price: $249.99
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Asin: B0001H9L34
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Corel
Sales Rank: 289
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Feature-rich, compatible office productivity suite at a competitive price
  • Powerful word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications
  • Compatible with Microsoft Office, PDF, HTML, XML, and more
  • Intuitive Publish to PDF feature; no need for additional PDF software
  • Maximizes efficiency; versatile and easy to use

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Alternative to MS
First off I don't own a business or anything I am just a poor student that needed an office program for school. After using Word and MS Office I needed to upgrade (this gets expensive year after year). So I decided to try Corel Office. It does pretty much everything Word, Excel, ect... does. And you can publish to PDF which is a bonus. Its a great alternative to MS and is a good value for the money.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not so suite when you think about it
WordPerfect is a nice word processor. But there's nothing really the matter with MS Word either. They're only word processors after all, and both do what any word processor should do. So the question is, how does the rest of Corel's suite compare to Microsoft's offering? The answer is the same as its been for years: not too well. Excel, Access and Power Point are just plain better than Corel's Presentations, Paradox, etc. Do any businesses actually use Paradox or Presentations? I have not encountered any that do. The compatibility with MS has improved a little, but this begs the question why not buy MS Office in the first place? Then compatibility is no longer an issue, and you get applications that 90% of the business world is using anyway. So the key for me (I chose MS Office over WordPerfect) was not the word processor (WP and MS Word are both good) , but the other applications--the spreadsheets, presentation software, etc. Corel just isn't in the same league as MS when it comes to these.

4-0 out of 5 stars WordPerfect 12: A New Hope?
Having now had WordPerfect 12 installed for some time, I can say that Corel has done well in their target area of improving compatibility with MS Office. There really isn't much else new about this version, but improving WP's ability to co-exist with MS Office may be what is needed to keep this once-great suite going.
Why consider WP12 if you're looking for an alternative to MS Office? Put simply, StarOffice/OpenOffice just isn't ready yet. Every part of the WordPerfect suite is more polished, more powerful and more flexible than the equivalent component in SO/OOo. Of course WP12 has Reveal Codes, which neither SO/OOo nor MS Office has, but even in features that they have in common, like Publish-to-PDF, WP's version is more professional than the SO/OOo equivalent.
QuattroPro sometimes gets a bad rap, but it is a very powerful spreadsheet, with its own Pivot Tables (the equivalent of Excel's CrossTabs), and it offers 1 million rows and 18,000 columns, far more than ANY of its competitors.
Paradox is the sort of database app that makes its MS Office "equivalent" look like a child's toy, if you are prepared for the steeper learning curve.
Of course the heart of the suite is the incomparable WordPerfect itself, and version 12 is not an embarrassment to its predecessors. Even though the only major improvements have been to compatibility with MS Office (significantly better in WP, QP and Presentations), there have been some other useful bug fixes and refinements.

The really exciting thing about this release is the evidence that Corel (now owned by Vector, and in a much healthier financial situation than it has been for years) has renewed its commitment to the suite, and is being realistic about what is needed to protect WP's niche in the market. Planning for version 13 is apparently already under way, as is a trial of a version for Linux, so WordPerfect is definitely here to stay for the foreseeable future.
Having used both OpenOffice and StarOffice for over a year now, I can honestly say that, if you are looking for an enterprise-quality, professional business suite alternative to MS Office, WP12 is a much better choice. The quality difference is especially noticeable in the respective spreadsheet applications, with QuattroPro being several orders of magnitude more powerful and useful than Calc.
In summary, if, for any reason, you want an alternative to MS Office, WP12 is it. Sure, it's not free, but the competitive pricing structure for upgrades make it a very economical choice, and the quality of the product is such that the cost is money VERY well spent. WORDPERFECT LIVES!

5-0 out of 5 stars WordPerfect Office 12
I'm a die-hard WordPerfect user, so consider the source!

That said, one important note not present in Amazon's info: WPO 12 also works in Windows 98 SE ... try that with MSO later versions!

Several fixes have been observed (compared to WPO 11), including (and important to me) that using Wp's Publish to PDF again saves multiple colored text on the same line correctly again (it worked OK in Wp10).

Great product, particularly for those wanting improved round-tripping with MS Word files, opening or saving as.

4-0 out of 5 stars Too little, too late for a once great product
Earlier versions of WordPerfect have suffered from file incompatibility with MS Office applications. WordPerfect Office 12 *finally* has great file compatibility features. In fact, just click an icon on a toolbar and you can save to the MS Office application of your choice.

PROS
* Solid file compatibility with MS Office---finally!

* Paradox is an easy tool for learning about relational databases; it is far easier to use than Access, though not as powerful

* WordPerfect drawing tools are superior to MS Word drawing tools

* WordPerfect is still better for laying out complex documents, including outlines and multiple columns

* The 'reveal codes' feature alone is nearly invaluable--why didn't MS copy that somewhere along the way?

* It costs less

* Can create PDFs (without buying Acrobat) from the WP print menus

CONS
* Corel, WordPerfect's maker, is in financial trouble--will bug fixes and upgrades be available?

* Excel is more powerful (ie., Pivot tables) and has a better interface than Quattro Pro

* PowerPoint is head-and-shoulders easier to use than Presentations

THE SKINNY
Hey, WordPerfect, what took you so long to get the file compatibility!? Your market share is almost zip. Methinks it is too little, too late to resurrect this once great product. I was one of the last WordPerfect loyalists, and I switched to MS Office for good 4 years ago!

* If you are a WordPerfect loyalist, the file compatibility features alone make this a required purchase

* If you don't want to spend the money for MS Office, this is a good alternative

* BUT, OpenOffice.org is a *free* alternative to MS Office with good file compatibility. The interface isn't as nice as WordPerfect's--but *free* goes a long way ... Read more


17. Visio Enterprise 2000
list price: $999.00
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Asin: B00004R9AS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 3213
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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With Visio Enterprise Edition, tasks you'd otherwise do by hand or with expensive high-end tools are streamlined. Enterprise-wide networks and directory structures can be documented automatically. Design and re-engineer database systems with ease. Or reverse engineer and generate Microsoft Visual Studio code to get a head start visualizing and generating application structures. Get the green light from your clients or feedback from IT team members. Enterprise Edition makes it easy to share your documents using its dynamic Web publishing features. Save diagrams as HTML or in VML format so that users can review them using Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0.

Enterprise Edition works with the leading directory services, database systems, programming environments, and other IT tools. And, it's fully integrated with Microsoft Office 2000 and Windows 2000. Easily update and manage your network diagrams with AutoDiscovery and AutoLayout. Get accurate equipment representation in your diagrams with the more than 13,000 network manufacturer-specific shapes that come in Visio 2000 Enterprise. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars visio 2000 ee ain't bad
ee has auto discovery of devices on the network which is a neat feature that maps out the network for you so you don't have to do the tedious work of figuring out all the devices. has native support for active directory and nds too! ... Read more


18. Winway Resume Deluxe 10.0
list price: $39.99
our price: $34.99
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Asin: B00008K1OO
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Nova Development
Sales Rank: 292
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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WinWay Resume Deluxe can help you write the perfect resume and cover letter in record time with easy-to-use resume software. Choose from thousands of Ready-To-Use resumes for virtually every career, plus more than 100,000 powerful job-winning phrases. Then select from multiple designs for a resume that really stands out.

From entry-level to executive, recent graduate, military, career change, career advancement, frequent job changes, and many more--there’s a resume for everyone. Plus, cover letters are a snap. Our Letter AutoWriter offers ready-to-use paragraphs for your cover letters, ad response letters, interview follow-up letters, networking letters, cold call letters, resignation letters, and more.

Valuable Internet features to help maximize your job-searching efforts. Find more opportunities in your area to get a job that is close and convenient. Search millions of job openings online instantly. Easily post your resume to multiple Web sites and even build your own resume Web page. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Software!
WinWay Resume is simply outstanding. This program definitely does the trick. It's easy to use, extremely straightforward, and had a pre-made resume (I'm a cost accountant) that I was able to adapt to properly show my experience. And it has a Resume Auditor which is incredibly cool. It found all kinds of mistakes in my resume - and I'm sure glad it did. Not just typos, but things like date gaps between jobs. The tutorials were really helpful, too. It teaches you how to negotiate a better salary and how to present yourself during an interview, which turned out to be a good thing for me since it's been 12 years since I had to interview. Anyways, I recommend it wholeheartedly!

5-0 out of 5 stars Helped me get a Job
My company has been laying people off every month so I decided it was time to update my resume. I just got Winway Resume Deluxe 10.0 and I must say it really helped me put together a beautiful looking resume. It helped me to write my resume quickly and more professionally than I EVER could have done on my own. And the Resume Auditor feature worked like a charm! It's kind of like a spell checker for your resume and it found some big problems woth my resume that otherwise would have just gone unnoticed (by at least me but maybe not my prospective employer). When I read reviews here on Amazon, it seems like Winway is the only software with a resume checker. If your company is laying people off like mine, this is a great insurance policy. ... Read more


19. Microsoft PowerPoint 2002
list price: $339.00
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Asin: B00005B0C4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 2473
Average Customer Review: 3.18 out of 5 stars
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Included as part of the Microsoft Office XP suite of applications, Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 is also available as a standalone product. Users of earlier versions of Microsoft's PowerPoint presentation software will slide right into creating slides, but still will notice the handy new features that have been added to this application.

A welcome addition is the print preview function, a painful omission from earlier PowerPoint iterations. Now you can see on paper how your slides will appear without having to go through a trial-and-error print process.

Even without the rest of the Office XP suite, PowerPoint 2002 allows users to collaborate on projects, and there are a number of new features in this area. When a presentation is sent to another user for review, the appropriate tools are already turned on. When it returns, the owner can automatically merge the reviewer's updated version with the original. Presentations can also be password protected, allowing reviewers to view the slide shows and add comments, but not be able to edit the file. And digital signatures can be attached to presentations for added security in shared environments.

Some of the more noticeable changes appropriately lie within the slide-creation process. PowerPoint 2002 allows users to apply animation effects and transitions to an entire presentation with a single click. You can also use more than one design template within a single presentation, so you don't have to rely on the same theme for an entire slide show. It also lets you merge two slide shows that use different templates.

PowerPoint 2002 is still point-and-click, drag-and-drop easy for slide creation. You can copy and paste multimedia files into slides (now with support for more file types and larger files). This latest version of PowerPoint also lets you view thumbnails of your slides in a pane on the left side in the normal view (paired with the outline pane, which contains just the bare information).

On the right side, the task pane houses recently used templates and tools, making it much easier to choose the layout for slides as well as add animations and transitions. Another nifty touch: Microsoft incorporated anti-aliasing (a graphics technology most often used in games) to smooth out fonts.

When PowerPoint was first released, it didn't come with a standalone viewer, meaning users without the latest version of PowerPoint wouldn't be able to view your presentations. Microsoft has since updated their free PowerPoint Viewer 97 to allow it to view 2002 PowerPoint presentations as well, although some advanced features in 2000 and 2002 slide shows are not supported in the viewer.

Users of PowerPoint 2000 may not find enough incentive to upgrade to PowerPoint 2002, but if you're still making presentations with even earlier versions of PowerPoint, this is the one that you need to click over to. --J. Curtis ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Good, but StarOffice Impress is as good or better
I've been using Ppt for a while but not anymore. Before I upgraded, that is when I was considering upgrading, I downloaded OpenOffice.org, the free version of StarOffice, and I was blown away. It opened all my PowerPoint files, and it has most of the same features. I use Impress all the time now, whether my clients need Impress or PowerPoint file formats. Does'em both.

Try Impress first, from the OpenOffice.org or StarOffice office suite.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome. great new features
Powerpoint 2002 really has a lot more and it is much more friendly than the earlier versions. Here's a list of the new features
-A task pane where everything is done instead of dialog boxes. The task pane is a sidebar
-The task pane has
- a clipboard with multiple objects possible
- slide design and layout
- clip art
- help
- templates
- custom animation that allows entrance, emphasis, exit, and motion path effects that give you many more possible for animation

3-0 out of 5 stars Good Performance, High Price
MS PowerPoint 2002 is a flexible and powerful presentation creator, and as such gets extremely high marks. There is virtually nothing I can't do in a presentation with PowerPoint. While I have no complaints in general about the program, I will say that it is sometimes cumbersome to use, especially in importing charts from Excel (though this is probably more of an Excel issue), and in creating unique formats.

The biggest drawbacks are: the instructions are relatively weak (I strongly recommend "Step by Step MS PowerPoint" if you are a new user to get you up and running); and the extraordinarily steep price tag. I bought it as a standalone product, and I think it is outrageously priced, considering you can get it plus Word, Excel and Outlook in the new 'MS Office XP Standard for Students and Teachers' (which, unfortunately, had not come out when I bought this) for less money than PowerPoint alone.

Overall, I still believe that my title sums it up: Good performance, high price.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good... but then not..
This program is very good for what it does. It has to be one of the better Microsoft products. But considering the FREE or cheaper products available for the same use. It seems like its not worth it. And really its not, but if you buy it in the suite of products (Office XP Pro) its more worth the money. And you'll find that its a common requirement in Schools and knowledge that is more and more being required.

In this case i was lucky and got it at a KILLER discount (Free from a friend who couldnt use it) but it is a good solid program.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money
While I've found this product to be quite useful, it is unnecessarily expensive. I used to only use the powerpoint program on the school computers, but I found an alternative. OpenOffice.org has an entirely free version of office. Impress is the name of the equivalent program to powerpoint, and it works for everything I have needed to do with it. Don't pay the monopoly for powerpoint, it's not worth that much money. ... Read more


20. Business Plan Writer Deluxe 8.0
list price: $99.99
our price: $99.99
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Asin: B0006B6B1A
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Nova Development
Sales Rank: 8556
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