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1. ACT! 2005 - Contact & Customer
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2. Microsoft Project 2003 Standard
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3. Microsoft Project Professional
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4. SureTrak Project Manager 3.0
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8. Microsoft Project 2000
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1. ACT! 2005 - Contact & Customer Manager
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Asin: B0002LXRXY
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Best Software SB, Inc.
Sales Rank: 777
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Features

  • Easy-to-use contact and customer-manager software
  • Access, organize, and manage contact details
  • Stay on top of schedule 24/7; share customer info securely
  • Link to Palm OS and Pocket PC handhelds
  • Forecast, track, and report on sales opportunities

2. Microsoft Project 2003 Standard
list price: $599.00
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Asin: B0000AZJVJ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 347
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Features

  • Organize your work more effectively with new scheduling tools -- Track schedule and resource changes to yourproject plans quickly
  • New display options lets you show individuals the project information they need to review
  • Increase your impact at work and create better presentations to print compelling and succinct copies of schedules and goals
  • Move information easily between Project 2003 and other Microsoft Office programs, such as Excel
  • Updated interface and new templates available for downloading, make this version of Project the most user-friendly ever!

3. Microsoft Project Professional 2003
list price: $999.00
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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

4. SureTrak Project Manager 3.0
list price: $499.00
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Asin: B00004S4XY
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Primavera Systems
Sales Rank: 2037
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Aimed at those who won't put up with limits in their project managementsoftware, Primavera SureTrak 3.0 provides an excellent all-around package forgetting control of time, resources, and budget. With excellent built-in Web andcollaborative capabilities, this is a program that can simplify any busymanager's life.

To get started, SureTrak 3.0 bundles the KickStart tool, which lets even thosenew to project management software get going productively. In testing, thiswizard asked us a series of questions about project phases, goals, people,potential obstacles, and the like, with extensive help from a built-in libraryof sample entries for many different industries. (If you have been usingMicrosoft Project, SureTrak supports importing and exporting to .MPJ files,which is another way to start.)

SureTrak features extensive support for the two traditional views for trackinga project: Gantt charts, which show a time line of various tasks, and PERTcharts, which show logically connected diagrams of tasks along withdependencies. We liked the support for distributing a variety of reports overthe Web using HTML. The product also allows managers to e-mail reports to otherteam members, plus you can add hyperlinks to any report or view.

Another notable feature included here is the ability to define custom resources(for instance, costs per employee, based on skill sets and project roles),"activity codes," and even specialized calendars. The control over costs inSureTrak is certainly one of the product's strengths. You can track every costassociated with a project and see exactly where you are with your budget at anypoint within the project cycle.

Finally, at a time when most printed manuals are being downsized in favor ofonline help, we appreciated the SureTrak's 500 pages of tutorials anddocumentation. Overall, Primavera's product delivers a well-thought-out projectmanagement package, one that can be used effectively by beginner and expertalike to track even large projects effectively. --Richard Dragan ... Read more

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best single-user PM software bar none
SureTrak was designed with features that practicing project managers need, not glitzy fluff. Although the two previous reviewers have made strong cases for SureTrak there are a few details that I'd like to add.

(1) Multiple calendars - you can have up to 31 base calanders per project, giving you absolute control that is not possible with other PM applications in this price range. This feature allows you to model different resource baselines, which is powerful. Also, unlike MS Project, SureTrak does not assume it knows better than you and change the project in strange and mysterious ways after you've made an adjustment. This alone makes SureTrak worth using.

(2) Earned Value project management is built in and works correctly. If you're a PMP you'll not only appreciate the solid implementation of earned value, but should also know that the earned value portions of the PMBOK were developed by members of the Primavera team--Quentin Fleming and Joel Koppelman--who also authored Earned Value Project Management, second edition. This adds a high level of trust in the way SureTrak works.

(3) Project resource leveling works (it's somewhat 'challenged' in MS Project), and the ability to automatically forecast resource shortages, trace PERT logic, use precedence diagramming method if you so choose, and the ability to jump from WBS, resource, activity or PERT views with a mouse click shows your project from any perspective. Another nice feature is the 'cosmic' view of the PERT view that shows the entire network in one window and details in another.

(4) The reports, profiling and analysis options are too many to list. Suffice it to say that if there is a view or report that isn't shipped with SureTrak (and I cannot think of any), you can easily create one.

Although it has serious features, it also has glitz: publish in HTML, add graphics to your schedule and customize bar legends. It also has team features, such as email management, the ability to manage multiple related projects simultaneously, and the ability to exchange files with MS Project via MPX files. Note that there are some losses when you exchange MPX files because SureTrak has features that Project doesn't have and they will not import correctly into MS Project.

If you make the leap from MS Project to SureTrak I strongly recommend investing in Planning Using Primavera SureTrak Project Manager Version 3.0 by Paul E. Harris, which will get you quickly started.

5-0 out of 5 stars Professional Tool for Professional PMs
If you are planning, scheduling and controlling projects in accordance with the process laid out by Project Management Institute's Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) then you will appreciate this program's power and features.

The features that align to the PMBOK are: easy planning using a work breakdown structure, correct computations for earned value and resource leveling that works properly.

Features that I particularly like are: direct import of data into an Excel pivot table (this feature has been in the program since version 1.0, and takes a mouse click to accomplish), wide array of reports, and the ability to switch among Gantt (schedule in bar graph format), organizational view, work breakdown structure view and PERT view, and the ability to export and import between Microsoft Project using the MPX file format. While MS Project is not my tool of choice I have to adapt to what clients are using and it is a common application.

How does SureTrak compare to Microsoft Project? It depends on your approach to project management. If you consider Gantt charts to be a project plan and you can get away with it, then stick with MS Project. However, if you begin your planning and estimating with a work breakdown structure, analyze dependencies and find your critical path using an activity diagram, and are managing to deliverables using earned value, then SureTrak is the way to go.

Here are a few other facts that commend SureTrak: Primavera is a widely respected brand for high end project management software, such as their P3 product. Nearly every major engineering and construction project on the planet is managed with P3. They also played a key role in defining the earned value project management portion of the PMBOK 2000, which is not an international standard for project management. The makers of MS Project, on the other hand, is known for missed product releases. To me this means that they either do not understand project management or the tools they use to manage their development projects are possibly flawed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sure Trak Tracks All Types of Projects
The latest version of Primavera Sure Trak, version 3.0 improves an already great project scheduling product. Primavera's lead as the premiere author of professional scheduling software is bumped up another notch with this latest version. Project managers in all fields, not just construction or technical fields will find the Project Kick Start Wizzard a breeze to set up a project. Updating the progress of a project has never been easier using the progress spotlight feature. The built in tutorial walks any new user through the many new and useful features for formating and for setting up project schedules. As a construction professional with 25 years of varied project experience, this scheduling software is easy for even a first time user to quickly learn. As an instructor of construction technology for the last 10 years at a junior college, this software is my number one recommendation to all my students in the construction management program. ... Read more


5. Microsoft Office 2004 Professional Upgrade (Mac)
list price: $329.99
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Asin: B0001WN0NG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 487
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Features

  • A productivity suite with a host of ground-breaking new features
  • Easily share ideas across platforms and around the globe
  • Confidently create stunning documents with impressive new tools
  • Spend less time managing info and more time using it
  • Includes Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac Version 7

6. Microsoft Project 2003 Standard Upgrade
list price: $349.00
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Asin: B0000AZJVL
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 1255
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Project 2003 is the a powerful new tool for project leaders who need to manage projects independently, but still stay on top of what's going on!
  • Organize your work more effectively with new scheduling tools -- Track schedule and resource changes to yourproject plans quickly
  • New display options lets you show individuals the project information they need to review
  • Increase your impact at work and create better presentations to print compelling and succinct copies of schedules and goals
  • Move information easily between Project 2003 and other Microsoft Office programs, such as Excel

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fosters Team Integration
This upgrade is worth its price.

Used in conjunction with Project Server and Project Professional 2003 the program now allows project tasks to appear in Outlook calendars and messaging. As a project manager, I find this feature eases communications with team members and fosters greater team participation.

This ease of communication saves time and money. If you have doubts over this upgrade, my unequivocal recommendation is to proceed. The software's tight integration with other Microsoft Office Products, including Outlook, enables you to focus on project goals, not the technology that supports them. ... Read more


7. Microsoft OneNote 2003 [Capture all your information in one place]
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B0002HE2IW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 35
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Features

  • Capture and use notes on laptop or desktop computers or Tablet PCs
  • Versatility of paper notes; efficiency of digital organizational tools
  • Capture info in multiple ways; store in one place; easy to use
  • Be more productive anywhere you work with notes
  • Great for in meetings, classes, phone conferences, and more

8. Microsoft Project 2000
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B000059L47
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 1290
Average Customer Review: 2.29 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Project 2000 allows users to create a database of easilysortable information about a group undertaking. It's become an invaluable application, and the 2000 edition provides a level of Web interactivity users have been clamoring for. A strong product with a great series of tools, Project 2000 should quickly become a standard product in the business person's library.

Technically, there weren't too many surprises. While we did have to restart more than once in order to make it through the full installation, in the end, it wasn't too problematic. (In typical heavy-handed fashion, though, the installation resulted in having Internet Explorer reinstalled as a desktopshortcut.) The interface is the same as any product in the MicrosoftOffice suite--a boon to new users. As an added plus, the accompanyinguser's guide is topnotch, presenting beginning- to advanced-level documentation on how to get the most from this product (and in turn, become a truly skilled project manager).

For those unfamiliar with Project, here's the general course of events in using the application: in working with the software, you--as the user--have to thoroughly think through the consequences of your priorities. This can have myriad benefits to the people working under you, as you're asked to quantify resources, deadlines, tasks, and costs. At a critical juncture--if, for example, the project just won'tbe finished according to schedule--Project 2000 will provide resourcesand data to decide between tradeoffs: Do you limit the scope? Add moreresources? Push the timeline back? Most importantly, you can cutthrough the veil of darkness surrounding some projects by publicizingyour progress on company intranet space. You can even create circles ofe-mail correspondence with the help of the brand-new Microsoft ProjectCentral.

More advanced users will appreciate the options that allow you to consolidate multiple projects easily (and link resources or tasks). But Project 2000 can really be used by just about everyone. Styled tobe used by professional managers, this tool will make a variety ofbusiness people--or even someone managing something like a homerenovation!--more efficient. A way to keep track of the big picture byseeing all the details within it, Project 2000 is highly recommended. --Jennifer Buckendorff ... Read more

Reviews (7)

2-0 out of 5 stars Getting STRONGER with each release.
With the inclusion of 'multiple projecting and internet viewing' MS has made some mojor advances. Two other needs are "Backward Pass and Multiple Resource Calendars". With these included MS Project will have achieved a "strong contender" status with some of the strongest and most expensive project management systems at a very affordable price structure.

4-0 out of 5 stars An Improved Communications Aid
Everything the other reviewers have stated about this software is probably true. It is complex, it provides no planning phase shortcuts and you do need to activate it. Personally, I believe authors are entitled to piracy protection - and Microsoft is no exception.

Project management is inherently complex; this software reflects that fact. In practice Project Management is part science, part practice, part communication and part art form. I am convinced the pre-project planning saves countless hours of frustration during the project specification and production phases. No software will ever help with those negotiations.

However, once the project is underway, Microsoft Project proves its mettle. One of my biggest struggles with on-going projects is communication - with team members, sponsors and management. Here Microsoft Project 2000 is invaluable. It offers Project Central, a Web-based portal, which empowers team members to input their daily work time on each task, and have it automatically update Project. In the past the project manager was required to input this data.

There is a module for Earned Value calculations, which can be used to provide sponsors and management an early warning of project slippage.

My only complaint is that it is difficult to roll a sub-project up into a master-project. If anyone has a solution to this problem that carries all the data with it, e-mail it to me. I will be forever indebted to you.

1-0 out of 5 stars Needs Patching
Helps get projects moving, a great piece of software until around the 50th time you run it when it shuts down. I cant find any patches to repair this problem.

1-0 out of 5 stars Microsoft Licensing Problem
It's a shame Microsoft doesn't trust it's customers. This product requires one to eMail, call, or connect to Microsoft through the Internet to register. If you don't, you can't use the product after starting it 49 more times. If that's not bad enough, I wasn't able to register this product because the software key was outside the range Microsoft had in their database and because "I purchased it through an Internet store" (I purchased it from Amazon), they refused to assist me in any way. This is a new directive from Microsoft I confirmed after escillation. Apparently Microsoft doesn't trust any internet store as well as it's customers.

3-0 out of 5 stars Hard to set up, but...
I have to agree with the other review about the difficulties to install Project 2000. In fact at my office we've yet to have it completely set up to my entire satisfaction.

However I would not give it two stars. I'd rate it three starts, because of the following:
ON THE POSITIVE SIDE:
-It allows for a very nice way to keep track of projects on a distributed environment, such as we have back at the office, where two developers (for example) work from their homes in distant cities. Project Central, the feature Project 2000 includes, which allows for a web-based project management interface is definitely the largest plus it comes bundled with.

ON THE NEGATIVE SIDE:
-The way to update the original Project files by means of the web-based update is very convoluted for the project manager: it generates one individual update per project where the person reporting back is working on, which can be very cumbersome if the person works in several (3-4) activities at the same time.
-There is no way to make comments about the progress of each of the specific activities, in the form of a log, or something similar. So, an update from a person working on a project has to be coupled with a status report, which is not exactly what you'd call one of the best implemented features of Project.

However, overall, I HAVE to acknowledge that it has helped me as Project Manager to have a better tracking of projects occurring left and right. ... Read more


9. RoboHelp Office X5
list price: $999.99
our price: $999.99
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Asin: B0001EKE6U
Catlog: Software
Publisher: eHelp Corp
Sales Rank: 4701
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Create professional Help systems and documentation
  • Work with built-in or popular HTML editor or Microsoft Word
  • Create Help systems that run on any browser or platform
  • Easy to use; automated wizards and project templates
  • For desktop and Web-based applications

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to the naysayers
For those of us who were three versions behind, RoboHelp X5 makes my job a lot easier. You can purchase just what you need but I recommend getting this version or you may regret getting "just" this or "just" that & may end up having to get the whole enchilada anyway. Makes no sense. Older versions of RoboHelp, for me, caused topics to get overwritten. Also, this version has conditional text built in. Thanks for those of you who wrote reviews & provided tips, but don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. I highly suggest the RoboHelp author forum at http://www.helpcommunity.ehelp.com/forums/wbpx.dll/~robohelp.

I also like the Flash Help feature very much. You can easily go to Project Manager and set your preference for the type of Help output you want. Flash Help makes the Help for our product look very slick. My coworkers agree. I highly suggest that you upgrade if you haven't already.

Another reason you should purchase this product (and no, I don't work for Macromedia) is that eHelp no longer "owns" the product. Macromedia supports it. Sure, you may not get a break on the price but guess what? Unless you're a registered user, you won't be able to access free skins online anymore. Macromedia has made the product more proprietary than ever. So, with improvements formerly via eHelp Corp. comes disappointments. They want you to upgrade, yes. You will have to pay, yes. Pirated software? If we all did that, you'd probably be paying an even bigger price for the prized software.

Good luck, & if you want to create your own Help project by hand, then don't buy the product. RoboHelp X5 literally saves weeks of work and if it has a few bugs, what software product doesn't? I personally would not want to be slaving over Help files all weekend doing them manually.

That's MY six hundred or so bucks' worth...but I got my company to pay for my version. So what are you griping about? Cut a purchase order and get reimbursed or use your company's credit card!

1-0 out of 5 stars Overpriced and very disappointing.
There is very little that is "robo" (i.e., automated) about RoboHelp. Sure, it will auto-generate things when you ask it to, but its output is so erratic and incomplete you might as well do it all by hand.

As a manual Help creation tool, it's got a nice complement of features, but let me tell you about a couple of little quirks or bugs...

You're supposed to be able to switch the type of output you get from RoboHelp at any point in your project. We started out with the goal of producing WebHelp, then switched to MS HTML help. Well, the part where you define what's available in your final output (Window definitions) did not come along for the switch. It took some time to realize that we had to delete the window definitions and define new ones in order for RoboHelp to actually produce the output we wanted.

Another little quirk is that when you add a hyperlink to existing text in a bulleted list, RoboHelp throws in a bunch of space characters (from 3 to 10) between the bullet and the text. And the WYSIWYG editor is not really WYSIWYG, not that that's any surprise, but it won't allow you to do everything you want to do. There is a TrueCode editor to let you get around that, if you know your way around HTML.

A new quirk that I've been wrestling with this morning is that any edit to an existing topic changes the style for that topic, and RoboHelp will not allow me to change it back, even when I edit the HTML directly!

Workarounds, more workarounds, and living with things you can't work around--expect to spend a lot of time developing your project's Help file with RoboHelp.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highway Robbery
This is nothing more than the basic RoboHelp with many more bells and whistles. It's not worth a grand; not now, not ever.

Reminds me of automobiles: they're all the same, four wheels and a horn. They all do the same thing. But start adding features and the price starts climbing.

I think it's the height of arrogance to charge a grand for this software. Just so long as this type of arrogance marks the software industry, then just so long will I in my secret heart cheer on the software pirates. ... Read more


10. Official ACT! 2005 QuickStudy Guide (Book)
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0002TPFYK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Best Software SB, Inc.
Sales Rank: 1042
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11. Microsoft Project Professional 2003 Upgrade
list price: $599.00
our price: $549.99
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Asin: B0000BZ54O
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 6905
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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
  • This is an upgrade

12. ACT! 2005 Upgrade
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B0002T46P4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Best Software SB, Inc.
Sales Rank: 1829
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Features

  • Helps connect selling professionals with small businesses
  • Easily access, organize, and manage contact details
  • Time management tools; track sales opportunities
  • Integrates with Palm OS and Pocket PC handhelds
  • Easily share and synchronize contacts and calendars

13. Microsoft Project 2002
list price: $599.00
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Asin: B000066EUO
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 3034
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Microsoft Project Standard makes it easier than ever to manage schedules and resources, communicate project status, and report project information. With more intuitive tools and built-in project management assistance, you'll get productive quickly; even novices can start project planning and reporting immediately. Microsoft Project has the fundamental project management features that you need to stay informed, so projects stay on track and within budget.

Quickly and easily create and manage project plans with the new Project Guide. Step-by-step interactive instructions walk users through the key areas of their projects--tasks, resources, tracking, and reporting--so they can be productive immediately. In addition, the Project Guide can be customized to effectively promote an organization's best practices from within the application.

New wizards have been added to reduce time and complexity in setting up projects, while smart tag indicators give users feedback when they make certain changes to their project plans, especially those that may affect scheduling. In addition, the familiar Microsoft Office XP interface--complete with informative task panes and adaptive pull-down menus--makes learning and using Microsoft Project more intuitive than ever. ... Read more

Reviews (4)

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but integration requires a little more work...
One of the reasons that Project appealed to me was the emphasis on the integration with Microsoft Outlook. However, without running Project Server, the integration effort is a bit klugey, at best.

As a new user, I can offer only minimal comments on the project management aspects of the software; seems to work fine for me, allowing me to plot out my development activities over the next few months, and allocate resources (and time) to those efforts. The interface is intuitive, and I was developing my project list within minutes after installation.

4-0 out of 5 stars Project Power Tool
After driving this incredibly powerful application, I was ready to retire my expert level MOS certificate. Micro$oft (M$) Project 2002 is not terribly user friendly & it's intuitive in several of the wrong areas. However, it's exceptionally strong & incorporates a tonne of valuable functions.

For most inexperienced & average users, Project 2002 is simply too powerful to learn from a book & will require several classes w/a knowledgeable instructor. Yet, even if familiar w/the previous version, Project 2000 (P2k), more has changed than just the Graphic User Interface (GUI).

Almost all charts are now based on using the Gantt chart view. Program Review & Evaluation Technique (PERT) charts are no longer included as a View or Report option--instead, the Gantt must be selected & manipulated. This sort of needless integration is rather untidy; especially when using a network technique, like PERT, for specific detail over the basic shotgun approach of the Gantt.

"Oh, but what about the new & improved HTML Help?" Ha! Try figuring out anything useful from that suppos'ed Help feature. For instance, I wanted to change the default on the annoying undo button?there's only 3 undos btw, so use them well--I found everything BUT any help on the undo button. Also, there is NO redo button. C'mon M$, not everyone is as perfect @ data entry as your programmers are @ coding.

Take another example; I was looking to print a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) chart--easily done in P2k--no dice from the Help. Though, if I wanted, I could create a chart using Project & Visio in conjunction. Feh! I didn't have Visio, ergo, Help did me NO good whatsoever.

Yet, the Help feature does include plenty of handy tips on how resource allocation & material budgeting works. However, if I'm in PM, I already KNOW how these things work. I just need to enter them into Project, & more importantly, change them as necessary.

Several other user issues had me shaking my head in frustration. For instance, as all good PM folks know--or should know--Functional Components (FC) are key to any project. However, Project doesn't differentiate between a FC & a task. Meaning, if you enter a FC on the task list, the application presumes it's a task & intuitively assigns a duration period. Further aggravation ensues as tasks are entered & demoted beneath the FC & the duration time locks in on the FC. ARGH! I didn't even *want* durations assigned to the FC, yet, I was stuck w/a estimated duration of 0?days that didn't change as I assigned durations to the tasks. Feh. Fortunately, I know the M$ mindset fairly well & after some trial & failure, I figured out a reasonable solution; no thanks to the much vaunted Help.

Before this turns into an ol'fashioned M$ bashfest--& I can trash talk M$ all day--I feel they've made plenty of improvements & practical additions from previous versions of Project. For instance, the Project Wizard is a nifty new feature for putting together a basic project & allows the freedom to go as simple or complex as desired. A keen enhancement over P2k, material consumables can now be allocated in real-world customisable units e.g. tonnes, gross.

I found the smart tags on resource handling amazingly sensible & a key advance over P2k. While I don't necessarily need to be told I'm adding a new resource, it's nice to have the available options on-demand upon keying in a datum. Further, the intuitive design verifies changes or additions are for the right reasons & serves as a gentle reminder the project plan has been altered. After all, PM is all about the details & it's easy crash a project by over-scheduling.

M$ is obviously attempting to position its offering to compete w/more powerful Project Management tools; tendering an enterprise wide solution w/the collaborations options via the Project Server--nothing wrong w/this endeavour. However, Project 2002 is a big beast w/a complication factor going beyond the scope of an average M$ user. Even users w/M$ credentials--& for the most part, comfortable w/the mindset of M$ code slingers--can find themselves chewing through their bottom lip contending w/wonky development & multitudes of options.

Obviously, I can?t really fault M$ in their effort to create a better product & increase their market share. However, I can argue their product was fine as a general office PM tool, &, by trying to take it to a level of professional PM tools, they?ve alienated customers @ the user level. W/the tonnes of PM software out there--like Axista, easier to use & doesn?t intuitively insert what it thinks the user wants--M$ really should pay more attention to average end-users.

As Project 2002 is beast to work, smart managers are going to question if they need to put together a project to train themselves &/or their employees on using this product! Indeed, in view of the time, effort, money, & especially the training it takes to create a functional Project user, these bosses might go a relatively simpler route.

Obviously, the ubiquity of easy to use web-based PM tools presents a nice option as there's little set-up & readily available tech support from the supplier. Then, there's the choice of purchasing a licensing agreement for an uncomplicated software tool from the competition. Of course, there's always outsourced customised PM tools designed by a 3rd party vendor, or having in-house talent put together a package.

While I'm not terribly sanguine about M$ products, Project 2002's acumen for detail make it a Project Power Tool. While it's petty to subtract an entire star on a single function, it's also inane not to include a redo & fully functional undo button; especially w/such a hefty price tag. Considering the above, M$ will better serve its profits by modelling Project after Excel w/its ease of use & streamlined options. Otherwise, it's a terrific product for the skilled project manager.

4-0 out of 5 stars Powerful program, but nasty to learn
I got a trial by fire, or rather, immersion, in this software. I got a copy at work and had to immediately set up a project. Oh, the pain, the pain.

This software has just about everything you could ever need to set up a project, including GANTT charts, PERT charts and schedules. Project set-up parameters such as identifing objectives, scope, stakeholders, costs, resources, risks, etc. are available.

What this software won't teach you is how to use MS Project 2002 to fullest advantage. For that, there are text books, courses, computer-based trainings. If you intend to reap the full benefits of this powerful package, you need some kind of intensive tutorial. The good news is that there is so much power here that you will be likely to grow into the software and find more and more things you can do with it. But the beginning can be rough going.

In summary, a lot of software power for the money, but to fully use that power, you'll need some kind of guide or course.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great program but not for the average user.
I have had the privilege of using this product and to be honest, it is truly amazing. With a very concise, easy to use and intuitive interface, MS Project is the number one solution for big businesses. What Project does is to organise how events in your company is scheduled, example if your releasing a product or scheduling how workers operate in your organisation. About the easy to learn part, compared to other project managament software MS Project hands down is the easiest, with the usual Microsoft Office interface, your on way to learning this product. You might have to go to some lesson classes in Project management first, because this product is not for the ordinary user, it for big businesses that need to have their company on time and in order. The price is a little bit scary, but if you are a company that has to always be prepared I recommend it. This version is even more integrated with web services, so for those companies that have Intranets good opportunity to purchase. For the average user who wants a scheduling program, buy Microsoft Outlook. ... Read more


14. Home & Business Lawyer Deluxe 2005
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Asin: B00068XQTS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Encore Software
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15. Business Plan Writer Deluxe 8.0
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Catlog: Software
Publisher: Nova Development
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16. OmniGraffle 3.0
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Asin: B00009YUGN
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Omni Group
Sales Rank: 1674
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the easiest and most useful programs I've ever used
As a former software quality assurance tester for a major software company I have to say that this is arguably the easiest and most useful program I have ever used.

Through the years I've had to dabble with Photoshop, Quark, PageMaker and FileMaker. The companies that make these titles like us to think that their programs are easy to use. Well, they need to send some folks over to Omni Group to learn how it's really done.

I've never been able to just sit down and intutiively know how to operate software such as this. OmniGraffle has been the exception. Within minutes I had created a flow chart of ideas that was close to perfect. I didn't even need to look at the directions. Speaking of which, the small manual for this program looks like a booklet made by Dorling-Kindersley. You can't get any more user friendly than that.

If you work with ideas and concepts - creative writing, marketing, politics, business, nonprofits. speech writing, education, etc. - you will find this software useful. It will allow you to easily and succinctly present these ideas to others or just for your own personal use.

Omni Group has a demo version of this software which allows users to have up to 20 graphic items in their document. This might sound like a lot, but it isn't. If you're serious about using the software you'll definitely want to purchase it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Reason alone to buy a Mac? Maybe.
This remarkable program astonishes people. It may be the finest software I have ever used--and I've used more than my share. OmniGraffle is designed to create visual representations of data, from time lines, to flow charts, to electronic diagrams, to office lay-outs, and much, much more. But this sterile list hardly does justice to the amazing flexibility and ease of use of this program. Everything from object fill, to line width, to line features, to labelling, to color, to fonts, to page lay-out are so feature rich, so user friendly as to put any competitors to rest. There certainly is nothing even close to this software in the Windows world. (If you are using something like Visio for these tasks, you are in the stone-age.) I wish I could include a sample document to illustrate what this program can do. But, since I can't, go to OmniGroup's web site (www.omnigroup.com) to check out their examples.

I'd give this a 10 if I could. ... Read more


17. MICROSOFT OneNote 2003 Academic Edition ( Windows )

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Asin: B0000C1203
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 3237
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars K-State Student
Being a college student on the go, a notebook computer is essential to my academic success. I have been fortunate enough to be a Beta Tester for Microsoft OneNote, and this program is amazing. Designed for Tablet PCs, it still works great on my Desktop and Notebook.

I am capable of typing all my notes as the professor lectures. Many students enjoy paper and pen due to the ability to draw and sketch as needed. OneNote allows you to use mouse or touch pad to enter charts, graphs, or sketches right into the notes. Notes are easy to print, save, share, and sort with OneNote.

In the past I always wrote my notes and had to try to pay attention to the professor, read the overheads, and write straight and legibly so I could read the notes for later. I always had to try and read three different things at a time. Now, I can just type away while looking at the professor and overheads allowing me to pay better attention to the professor.
Why is this better than Word? Because it is designed with the power of Word, but with all the easy to access tools needed for Note taking. Colored Pens tools, fonts, bullets, outlines, all easily accessible from the Menus.

While I love my Notebook computer, I love it even more with OneNote!

Microsoft OneNote, making College Students Life easier!!! ... Read more


18. Microsoft Project Professional 2002
list price: $999.99
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Asin: B000066EUP
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 5581
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Project Professional 2002 has all the tools of the standard version of Project 2002, the same clear interface, and the same useful smart tags and task panes. But if you're working with other departments or managing projects across an organization, you'll want the professional edition's extra enterprise features and customization tools.

Keeping track of multiple projects across a large organization is a daunting task when projects are competing for resources and money. Project Professional lets you centralize specific and generic resources in the company address book and monitor them across projects. You can start by assigning generic resources as placeholders when you plan a project and then automatically allocate whichever real resources are available, using the Resource Substitution wizard. You can still allocate specific resources and people yourself, and you can choose whether to share resources.

Most of the collaborative tools in this version rely on running Microsoft Project Server 2002. With Project Server you can create and share documents, templates, and custom fields for resources and tasks to make sure everyone is working the same way. Enterprise templates let you make sure projects follow procedures and stick to the organization's calendars and working hours. Put generic resources in the templates and the Team Builder tools will automatically find the people you need to work on them.

There are many extra tools in Project Professional designed to work with Project Server. Use these tools to fill in specific details that your company needs to track projects, build and share the enterprise templates, and manage and share resources. If you need only basic project management tools check out Project 2002, but if you want to manage people, resources, and systems across departments or an entire organization, Project Professional is the right choice. --Mary Branscombe, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Would be great except ...
If the core (Microsoft Project 2002) didn't have so many flaws this would be a major step forward in PM software. It certainly has excellent collaboration features and attempts to glue together an enterprise-wide PM system, much like industrial strength applications such as Team Results (Niku) and Primavera's P3 product do.

However, what continues to hold this back as a slick looking, but not so useful, tool is the fact that it still cannot correctly compute earned value, and the lack of emphasis on planning and estimating. It's a wonderful GANTT chart creator if you don't mind it doing what it wants instead of what you want, and comes close to Lotus Notes as a project specific collaboration tool.

If you want to actually plan and control projects though you'll be disappointed. Also, if you are in a large company the chances are you are either mainframe, midrange or Unix centric and the sharepoint server and other MS platforms may raise your total costs of ownership (not to mention wreaking havoc with availability and security vulnerabilities). ... Read more


19. Easy CD & DVD Creator 6

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Asin: B000099SKV
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Roxio
Sales Rank: 2008
Average Customer Review: 1.29 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Capture, organize, edit, burn and share music, data, photo and video on CD or DVD
  • Make DVD home movies or photo slide shows and burn to DVD, VCD or SVCD
  • Fix images with easy-to-use tools and create electronic photo albums
  • Automatic disc formatting and burning by simply dragging and dropping files
  • Make personalized CD labels, jewel case inserts and DVD case covers

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1-0 out of 5 stars A lousy product
I have had this for a year. I have tried to create JPG format cd's using it's DVD burner and it's data storage mode. Neither works. When I move clips around it seems to randomly juggle the pictures. The instruction manual is not useful and overly simplistic. It's support is non-existant. I am scrapping this junk and will try Adobe Album

3-0 out of 5 stars Beware the updates
I've had better luck than the other reviewers, however I agree it acts like a beta version. After installing the program I was prompted to "update" the program suite. The update was over 39 mb! After loading a subsequent "update", I was prompted to restart my computer 4 times! Each time the computer would come up, I'd be prompted to restart again for the for the Roxio update to take effect.

Overall, the program is much easier to use than the prior version, in my opinion. I am especially pleased with the buffer underrun protection which was an issue with the 2 prior versions.

1-0 out of 5 stars Easy CD & DVD Creator 6
Nothing but problems with this software. It does not recognize my burner. I run WIN 98 SE on a new HP. I applied all updates and tried to contact ROXIO for support. They do nothing to help. Terrible product and terrible support. This software is a complete waste of money at any price.

1-0 out of 5 stars Easy CD Creator 6 is Anything But -- Stay Away!
This 6th version of Easy CD Creator is worthless, plain and simple. I could not get it to run on a brand new Dell Pentium machine no matter how clean the install was, or how many times I uninstalled and reinstalled it. Roxio technical support was useless. I cannot comprehend know how this software made it through beta testing, much less to the street. After 5 useful versions of Easy CD Creator, it's hard to fathom how Roxio went so wrong, but their reputation will be taking a large hit as a result of this disaster.

1-0 out of 5 stars Buy anything else--not this
If the software worked, it would be quite good! It is relatively easy to figure out what to do, and then what to do next.

Unfortuantely, this is a bug laden mess provided by a company which clearly has no concept of customer service. Roxio has no compunction in providing non-working software. While it is possible to produce a working DVD after MANY hours getting the program set-up, woe to the person who then tries to use a different camera, OS or computer.

Current example, Roxio recently updated their engine to ver. 6.2.xx. Attempts to update my registered version resulted in error messages. Attempts to get customer service were unsuccessful. The software should not even be given away free. ... Read more


20. MICROSOFT Project 2003 Professional ( Academic Version ) (Windows)

Asin: B0000C1206
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 6624
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Features

  • Organize your work more effectively with new scheduling tools -- Track schedule and resource changes to your project plans quickly
  • New display options lets you show individuals the project information they need to review
  • Increase your impact at work and create better presentations to print compelling and succinct copies of schedules and goals
  • Move information easily between Project 2003 and other Microsoft Office programs, such as Excel
  • Updated interface and new templates available for downloading, make this version of Project the most user-friendly ever!

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