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81. High School Advantage 2006
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82. Sibelius PhotoScore Academic Bundle
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83. Zondervan Bible Study Library:
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84. Roxio Easy CD & DVD Burning
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85. History Channel Civil War: The
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86. Family Tree Maker 11 Deluxe
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87. ClickArt Christian Publishing
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88. Merriam-Webster's 11th Edition
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89. Making Music: Create!Play!Experience!
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90. Rosetta Stone Korean Personal
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81. High School Advantage 2006
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Asin: B0007ZF3G4
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Encore Software
Sales Rank: 479
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82. Sibelius PhotoScore Academic Bundle
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Asin: B0002EKM7K
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: Sibelius
Sales Rank: 6767
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Product Description

Sibelius and PhotoScore Pro Bundle. Sibelius 3 is the brand new version of this award-winning software, with over 200 new features and feature enhancements. PhotoScore Professional is the most advanced software package of its kind. The Sibelius Educational Editions are intended solely for the use of qualified students, educators, educational institutions, and church and music ministry personnel residing in North/Central/South America. ... Read more

83. Zondervan Bible Study Library: Leader's Edition 5.0
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Asin: 0310230691
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Zondervan
Sales Rank: 167
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

This is a personal library of contemporary Bible study tools centered around the NIV. ... Read more


  • Conduct group Bible studies with printable handouts and leader’s notes
  • Study character profiles and life lessons of hundreds of people of the Bible
  • Answer challenging questions with 4 different dictionaries and encyclopedias
  • Cross-reference English translations with Greek and Hebrew/Aramaic texts
  • Study multiple resources simultaneously; familiar, easy-to-use design

Reviews (4)

3-0 out of 5 stars Weak on Greek but still good value at AUD$200
I like the NIV and was looking for something which would help me read through the New Testament in Greek.I specifically wanted (1) parsing word-by-word of the Greek into tense, voice, mood etc(2) a good lexicon which gave both the basic literal meaning and an authoritative discussion of its scope of meaning and (3) the ability to search on both Greek & English simultaneously, e.g. "G1234 AND love" to find out where certain Greek words are translated certain ways.
I got the Zondervan Scholar's edition on appro for 30 days for AUD$200.It performs well on (1) the parsing.I was disappointed with (2) the lexicon as it doesn't make it clear which is the basic root meaning, but generally just gives a list of meanings that translators have given to the word.The morpheme lexicon might have made up for this deficiency if it hadn't had a bug in its links which rendered it virtually useless.The package doesn't contain Bauer's (BAGD), which is generally accepted as THE definitive Greek lexicon;nor can it be bought as an add-on.As for (3), it can't do it.

It would have been nice too if it had contained a Greek-English interlinear, but it doesn't.

In the end I decided to keep it, mainly because it was much cheaper than the alternatives and it did do the parsing nicely.I plan to buy the Libronix version of BAGD also in order to have a decent lexicon, though this won't integrate of course.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't have the feature I wanted...
I like the NIV translation and I have been jotting down many study notes besides the relevant verses in a hardcopy NIV bible. I thought that the computer age must have created something better than pen and paper to jot notes and I have been looking for software programs that allow me to take notes and attach them to verses in the bible. What attracted me to this software of course the NIV translation but more importantly, their mentioning of the ability to take notes. I thought that's exactly what I was looking for. After I installed the software and looked at the "take notes" functionality, I discover that the content of notes can link to different documents but you could not link your note into the verses of the bible. Big disappointment.... Previously, I tried out Laridian's PocketBible with the note taking feature, that's great. I would have bought that if it was available for a PC....

5-0 out of 5 stars An Exciting, Well Produced Product - Absolutely Tops
This is quite simply the most complete and exciting Bible study program on the market today.With over 70 different books in the Scholar's edition it is a tremendous resource for anyone engaged in serious Bible Study.The various Bible translations can be linked to each other creating the ultimate parallel translation covering up to 10 versions (New International,King James, New American Standard, Amplified, New Revised Standard, American Standard, Darby, New Living, Hebrew, and Greek ).

Because this library is based on the New International Version there are additional Study Bibles such as the New International Reader's, NIV Study Bible, New Student Bible, and New International Thematic Reference.In addition there are several commentaries, seminary-level textbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference books.It includes the ability to do complete research on word meanings and etymologies, archaeological and historical information.Print, search, save study, add notes, make bookmarks, you can do it all easily with this system.With its ease of navigate and ease of use this is one of the most powerful tools available for serious Bible students.

There are currently four versions available (Family, Leader's, Professional, and Scholar's).As you move up the version list each one included the prior level plus additional books.To give you an idea of what you are getting, the Family Version includes all of the following books: NIVBible, NirV Bible, KJV Bible, KJV Apocrypha, NAS Bible, Amplified Bible, NIV Study Bible, NIV New Student Bible, Comparative Study Bible, NIV Nave's Topical Bible, Zondervan Study Bible Cross Reference System, Study Bible Maps, Charts, Full-Color Photographs, Streams in the Desert, Inspirational Readings, Zondervan Quick Reference Series, and The NIV Compact Dictionary of the Bible.Plus you effectively have the best concordance and parallel Bible system around since you can word search any word and can choose any translation or number of translations to view in parallel.

The Leader's Version contains all of the Family version plus these additional books: NRS Bible, American Standard Bible, Darby Bible, All the Men of the Bible, All the Women of the Bible, Fruit of the Spirit Bible Studies, Discipleship Bible Studies, Hebrew Old Testament BHS, Hebrew Text behind the NIV, Greek New Testament UBS4, Greek Text behind the NIV, Zondervan NIV Bible Commentary (2 volumes),
Matthew Henry's Commentary (6 volumes), New International Bible Commentary, Asbury Bible Commentary, Zondervan Quick Reference Series, Understanding the Bible, New International Bible Dictionary, New International Encyclopedia of Bible Words, and the New International Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties

The Professional Version has everything in the Leader's Version plus these additional books: New Living Bible, NIV Thematic Reference Bible, Hebrew-English Reader's Lexicon of the Old Testament, Greek-English Reader's Lexicon of the New Testament, Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar, Eadie's commentaries on Colossians, Galatians, and Philippians, Godet's commentaries on 1 Corinithians, John (2 volumes), Luke (2 volumes), and Romans, Lightfoot's commentaries on Paul's Epistles to the Colossians & Philemon, St. Paul's Epistle to the Galatians, Notes on the Epistles, and Philippians, Wescott's Gospel According to St. John, St. Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians, Epistle to the Hebrews, and Epistle of St. John, Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion, the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Nicene Creed, the Apostles Creed, the Athanasian Creed, the Ninety-Five Thesis, the Augsburg Confession, the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Confession, the Thirty-Nine Articles, the Westminster Shorter and Larger Catechisms, An Introduction to the Old Testament, Introduction to the New Testament, and the Dictionary of Cults, Sects, Religions and the Occult

The largest and most complete collection is the Scholar's Version which contains all of the books of the Professional Version plus the following: Complete Vocabulary for Biblical Hebrew & Aramaic, Analytical Lexicon to the Hebrew Old Testament, Analytical Lexicon to the Greek New Testament, New Testament Greek Morpheme Lexicon, Groves-Wheeler Westminster Morphology, Morphology of Biblical Greek, Complete Vocabulary Guide for Biblical Greek, Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics, Biblical Greek Exegesis, New Linguistic & Exegetical Key to the Greek New Testament, Hort: The Apocalypse of St. John 1-3, The Epistle of St. James, The First Epistle of St. Peter 1, Prolegomenon to St. Paul's Epistle, Eadie's commentary on Ephesians, A General Introduction to the Bible, Is There Meaning in this Text, New International Dictionary of the Christian Church, New International Dictionary of Biblical Archaeology, Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia (5 volumes).

The "Zondervan Bible Study Library" is the most comprehensive, easy to use Study Library available today.It gives the serious Bible student the ability to research with a complete study library anywhere they can plug in a laptop computer.This is the most exciting product available from any publisher of Christian products today and is a very highly recommended product.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference
I purchased this reference about six months ago.It has been one of the best refereneces I have ever used.To have access to all the cross references for reading while I'm reading a particular book is wonderful.This tool has been wonderful for my Men's Bible studies.I am always able to give a complete study of a particular chapter, with references to maps, cross-references, and the commentaries.Granted I could do that before I had this software, but doing it this way saves me hours.

I only wish I had purchased the Scholars edition so that I could look up the greek and hebrew words and get a better understanding as to what the direct translation is saying.

Long story short.An excellent value for all the references that you get! ... Read more

84. Roxio Easy CD & DVD Burning
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Asin: B00062VOW0
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Roxio
Sales Rank: 5149
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85. History Channel Civil War: The Battle of Bull Run
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Asin: B0006OC0WG
Catlog: Video Games
Manufacturer: Activision
Sales Rank: 399
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Relive every aspect of the first major battle of the Civil War: Bull Run 1861. The History Channel's Civil War - Bull Run brings an entire new look and feel to civil war gaming! Utilizing the latest state-of-the-art technology and real-time strategy elements, Civil War: Bull Run immerses you from the moment you begin. Engage in strategic decisions on grand battle fields and feel the intense action of the Civil War. ... Read more


  • 4 accurately depicted battlefield maps
  • Experience the intensity of the first battle of the American Civil War
  • Deploy troops at Bull Run with 14 different battle scenarios
  • 3 modes of game play include open play, bull run, and custom battles
  • Control generals, infantry, cavalry, supply wagons, and weapons

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Why didI paint all this wargame figures?... XXIth arrived!
Well, my wargame figures have given me a lot of pleasure this past 25 years... now they belong to a nice exposition on my drawing roon...
I never thought PC games will catch me that way... (after all my eldest son is an engineer in computers...)... and we ever argued about the pros and cons of PC games...
After playing half the tutorials (my smaller son wich is 19 and learning to be a doctor in medicine... quickly outranked me in a few sessions... but you know how it is... they were born to it... I had to adapt to...).
This game is ABSOLUTLY FANTASTIC... and that from one who has had the ACW as one of his favorite periods in HISTORY since I saw "The Horse Soldiers" in my local cinema...
EASY TO LEARN (EVEN FOR US THE FIFTY +-SLOW HANDS- and I do not mean Clapton...), even if on one of my first tries I got lost in the landscape with my exhausted regiment! (how we all laughed at that!)... but been serious... I CAN ONLY RECOMMEND IT.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Civil War Computer Game Ever

I strongly encourage any strategy gamer or wargamer to pick this game up. I enjoyed Sid Meier's Gettysburg and think Sid is an absolute genius. But I honestly like this game more. (And besides SMG won't run on my XP system) Some reasons:

1. It is not a clickfest. Unlike SMG and most RTS games, the pace here is closer to reality. It exists in a space between real time and turn based strategy games. You have the time to create a strategy and make plans (rather than just click things madly) but you don't have unlimited time, and you can find yourself surprised and forced to make quick decisions.

2. Is is immersive. The graphics are better than any real wargame I know--better even than Combat Mission. You really feel like you're there as you see the troops marching into place, see the puffs of smoke as they open fire, and off in the distance--whose troops are those? Reinforcements or a flanking movement. In this game you really feel like YOU ARE THERE.

3. It is accessible. The tutorial is excellent and gives you all the info you need to play. Best of all, it is in-game, just like SMG, not like the printed tutorials common in computer wargames. Also, the interface is reminiscent of SMG, so your learning curve will not be that steep.

4. It is historically accurate.

5. It is scalable. You don't have to play at an insane difficulty level just because the designers want you to. Play at the level that provides the right balance of challenge and accomplishment.

6. It is fun. Unlike some historical games, it doesn't feel like a history lesson, or like the deck is stacked to force you to just recreate the actions of history. You have choices and it is exciting and challenging.

7. You won't regret it. I haven't been this fired up about a game since...well I better not say. I play non-wargames and I don't want to hurt my credibility by naming an uncool genre.

Buy this game. I've been gaming since 1970 or so, and this is up at the top of my list of great games

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Civil War Combat Simulator
This is not simply a game. It is a simulator for Civil War Combat (the whole 19th century with mods). I have never seen command and contol issues implemented so well. When you play, you can place yourself anywhere in the chain of command from brigade commander all the way up to army commander. The units in your army not under your command are controled my the computer AI, and each unit commander is has his own personality that affects the way he behaves. These behaviors range from the cautious plodding of McDowell, to the daring boldness of JEB Stuart.

This game is not for those who want to be in complete control of everything that happens. Sometimes things get completely out of control, and that is when the fun really begins. There is nothing like watching, and pulling your hair out, as one of your flanks is getting savaged, and some dolt of a brigade commander will not advance to support you. On the other hand, you will want to cheer when unexpected help arrives, and through brilliant manouvers and troop handling, the enemy is routed.

The graphics, while not exactly Half-Life 2 quality, are quite good. It is really cool to pull back to a wide angle and get a panoramic view of the battlefield. It is then that you understand what Lee felt when he said, "It is good that war is so terrible, else we should grow too fond of it".

All the other details that you would expect from a battle simulator are included, such as unit morale, quality, fitness, weapon types, etc. Terrain and positioning also play a vital role in dertiming the outcome of a battle. Watch your flanks!

5-0 out of 5 stars Just a little bit of info
The developer's website for this game is, if you have questions or comments, please try their forums. ... Read more

86. Family Tree Maker 11 Deluxe
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Asin: B0000A0PXX
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Broderbund
Sales Rank: 307
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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  • Massive toolset for exploring family history
  • Powerful database organization tools
  • One-click searching to find leads on your ancestors
  • Export family books to PDF and other formats
  • Many easy-to-use tools to make genealogy simple and fun

Reviews (4)

3-0 out of 5 stars Skip the data
Wouldn't it be nice if Amazon would sell the "program only" option on this product (which is available elsewhere)? I concur with several other reviewers that the data CD's are useless for most users.

The program is good, and the program is available without the data CD's and the membership for a lot less. I generally find that people into geneology are willing to share their data at no charge, and kinda expect others to do the same.

4-0 out of 5 stars Sometimes the most popular software is the best available
First of all, the current version out on the shelves, Family Tree Maker 11, as well as 10, do not have 35 CDs. It has the number given in the manufacturer's description above. I also have to add that these two recent editions do NOT have any ads within the program, nor do they tell you to update. This also must have been something else that occured in an earlier version.

Now, I have to say that if you do most of your genealogy research via your PC you need to buy either Family Tree Maker Deluxe or Basic. I'm not saying this to be cute. I'm saying this because it comes with a reader that uses for many of its CDs. Not only that, but if you publish your GEDcom on the web, FTM appears to have the most seamless process and translation of your GEDcom.

I didn't start out with FTM, I started out with the Generations program, published by Sierra, bought out by Broderbund which is the same publisher of FTM, and not exactly the favored child. So, I felt I had to move on to FTM.

You are going to have to spend some time learning the program. Luckily, the guide that comes with it is perfectly adequate and there is no need to buy the published book for it.

Using the program, you will find the database well designed. When you add notes, though, you will find the interface a bit clunky. However, you're not going to find a better program out there. After purchasing FTM 10, I decided I would move on to the Master Genealogist, because I had heard it was more flexible regarding notes. It is, to a point, but it's a very unpleasant program to use in comparison, and the reports you can generate with FTM are surprisingly better. FTM version 11 lets you save/export in PDF files more than ever, which is very helpful if you have family members who do not own any genealogical software.

Now, this said, the charts that FTM generates are horrible. Chances are you will either have to fill out blank ones by hand, if you don't want to spend an afternoon with the FTM printed pages, a tape dispenser and scissors. FTM does not even have a cascading pedigree chart, which will add to you spending a lot of time numbering what you do get out of it. Or you might have to buy a charting companion. My old Generations program has a great charting tool (Easy Tree) which I still use instead.

As well, the family group sheets generated aren't very good. You can customize to have as little or as much information as you'd like, but the actual layout of the sheets are not exactly innate for the eye. You will do better by using the program, publishing a GEDcom on the web, and printing off of the host site. Seriously.

The timelines, are also not helpful. Not as many people use timelines, but they are necessary in doing serious detective work on a family or if you are going to put together a retrospective on an individual's life.

There are small extras that deserve mention, scrapbooks, which let you create a photo album, and/or slide show. (This is not a digital scrapbook, just the term they use for organizing photos by person.) I found it an adequate tool, but I would rather have the option of adding photos to group sheets, charts and reports instead.

There are data CDs included in the package. Basically, they're just a tool to get you on the web and researching, which is what you know to do already. They are superfluous.

It should be noted that FTM is connected to, which has been bought out by I don't know how this will affect doing research via your FTM window in the future.

On the Family Tree Maker web pages themselves. They're very pleasant pages but aren't of much use to you until you have done quite a lot of specific research already. They're not databases or photo albums, but places to display research plus a few photos and a brief introduction. Perfectly nice, but not what you might think you get. The good news is that the program walks you through creating your page and it turns out well.

In any case, the obvious strengths of FTM are data entry, report generating, and web publishing. The weaknesses are charting and group sheet generating. You may or may not find it helpful as a research aid. So, this is not at all a five star product but it's still the best you can buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Using it for years....
I purchased the original software and have upgraded regularly and it is very easy to use and very easy to look up folk and combination etc.

Would recommend to any family researcher that wants accurate and complete records. Options for information is endless and it will do books of your information for you with the data you have entered.

bloody good software this...

2-0 out of 5 stars Easy to Use for the Basics
I am a first-time user and purchased #8. I found it to be easy to use and understand, and the ability to print out nice looking family trees is great. However of the 35 CDs that came with the #8 Deluxe package, I found one useful and the others excess baggage. If you get the cheapest version of FTM, you'll get your money's worth. Any more and you'll have a lot of spare CDs to use as drink coasters for your hot chocolate. The strengths of the program are it's ease of use, the ability to include photos and "scrapbook" info, and to print attractive trees. The weaknesses of the program are the misleading advertising that makes you think you can use it for researching and the frustrating "buy, buy, buy" pitch at every turn. I would recommend FTM, but mainly as a good basic database. ... Read more

87. ClickArt Christian Publishing Suite 3

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Asin: 157264317X
Catlog: Software
Publisher: FindEx
Sales Rank: 902
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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  • PC Print shop program collection with a Christian theme
  • Thousands of Christian clip art images
  • Create bulletins, calendars, Sunday school materials and more
  • Calendar creator includes scheduling options
  • Easy to install and use

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best religious clip art anywhere
This is a great clip art program, and you get the extra calendar software and printing software too. I use the clip art to illustrate bible stories. They have great pictures of all the major stories in the bible which can be printed out onto card stock and used for felt board stories. The pictures are bright and colorful and the kids adore them. There are also plenty of traditional pictures which are great for adults and older teens. Most of the stories have black and white pictues too, which can be copied for the kids to color before or after the lesson. I love having the coloring pages match the art work used for the felt board, it seems very professional, but is as easy as hitting the print button. ... Read more

88. Merriam-Webster's 11th Edition Collegiate Dictionary & Thesaurus
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Asin: B00009ZL50
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fogware Publishing
Sales Rank: 231
Average Customer Review: 3.12 out of 5 stars
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  • Dictionary: take charge of today's language with access to 225,000 definitions
  • Thesaurus: zero in on the right word with over 340,000 synonyms and antonyms
  • Easy Installation: installs quickly onto your hard drive for instant access anytime
  • Audio pronunciations: including variant pronunciations by real voices
  • 21 search options: more ways to search for the right word than any other dictionary

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4-0 out of 5 stars A very nice product; but doesn't integrate with browsers.
This is undoubtedly the best dictionary & thesaurus available today. The features that impressed me the most are:

1: You don't have to leave the CD in the drive to use the 'pronounciation' feature. You can optionally install the sound files on your hard disk. (Approx. 532 MB)

2: Multiple pronounciations invoked where appropriate.

3: Installs without a glitch and integrates with MS Word.

4: Has a lot of nice features like 'Spelling Help'.

I hope the 12th Edition will integrate with email browsers, not just with MS Word. Also, I would have preferred the thesaurus invoked automatically in an additional pane instead of switching between dictionary and thesaurus.

4-0 out of 5 stars good word pronounciation
I already owned the Microsoft Encarta World English Dictionary when I bought Merriam-Webster because I wanted the software to pronounce every word, and Encarta doesn't.

Merriam-Webster's main good point:
pronouces every single entry, including various forms of each word, such as "beauty", "beautiful" plus you can copy the whole disc into your computer, so you don't have to put in the CD every time you look stuff up. Can't do with Microsoft.

Other than that, it isn't a very good computer dictionary. It looks like somebody just scanned the information into the computer. The dictionary has limited space, that's why stuff is crammed in the there, but the computer should read with more paragraph separations which costs no more memory. There are few examples.

I also don't like the fact that you have to clear each entry before you can look up the next word, which I don't have to do with Microsoft's.

It is a usable dictionary and thesarus, and has plenty of entries. I think it is particular worth it for someone learning English as a foreign language.

5-0 out of 5 stars Voice helps me a lot!
Three is no other dictionary that I can rely on more than Merriam Webster dictionary. This new edition, 11th, got all updated words used for internet and new high tech terms with accurate vocal sound. I saw some other dictionary with sound, but this dictionary got most accurate sound that I can trust. For some words that have two sounds, it pronounces both of them.
I can not work without this dictionary.

2-0 out of 5 stars great for kids
The Amazon Features: recommended this dictionary for age 9 to adult and this should have been a big clue. Generally 9 year olds and adults aren't looking for the same things in a product of this type. This is a cute program but all of it is freely available on the Web.

My two biggest disappointments were the brief simplistic definitions and that it lacks cross-referencing or hyper-linking within a definition, -- yes, you can easily jump to new definitions from words within a given definition, but, for me, this lacks the learning that comes with hyper-linking.

My last comment is that as of January 04, the reviews listed under this Medical Dictionary are reviews for other Merriam-Webster products, but not for the Medical Dictionary. Read closely and notice the reference to a thesaurus that the Medical Dictionary does not have.

3-0 out of 5 stars Easier than grabbing a heavy hardback
The MW Medical Desk Dictionary's best feature is that it's convenient. It offers you the option to install macros that put an icon on your Word or WordPerfect toolbar that will launch the dictionary. Highlight a word in your document, click the icon, and it will look it up. Type the beginning letters of a word in its search feature, and it will attempt to match what you type with a word in its dictionary. Where it fails is when you don't want that word and it's automatically filled the search box with some other word, so you have to delete the letters that don't apply. Sure, it's easier than grabbing a heavy hardback, and better than the outdated dictionary I had, but its automatic look-up ability needs serious work. I also wish it was a spell-checker plugin rather than an add-on dictionary; you can't tell Word (or any other Office application) that it's a dictionary you're adding in because there is no *.dic file for the program to find to add in. Still, for the money, this is a very good program if what you want is a dictionary and not a spellchecker. ... Read more

89. Making Music: Create!Play!Experience!
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Asin: B00015V59O
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Viva Media
Sales Rank: 168
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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  • Create, play, and experience music using only your mouse and imagination
  • Innovative software by world-renowned composer Morton Subotnick
  • Endless possibilities to draw original compositions on your screen
  • Cool games teach rhythm, melody, pitch, musical instruments, and more
  • Choose from 16 instruments; compose with 23 tools

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5-0 out of 5 stars An old favorite remains the best of its kind!
As a third grade teacher, I had this product in my classroom for years, until one day it inevitably got lost. I have been looking for a new copy for a while, and was glad to find it available on Amazon. It is, in my opinion, the best program of its type. The concept is very easy, children paint in a KID PIX type of format onto a white board, and that painting is then translated into music. If you draw at the top of the screen you will have a high note, at the bottom a low note. The longer you draw the same pitch horizontally the longer the note will be held. The simplicity makes it accessible to kids as young as kindergarten, but there's lots of features that make it riveting for older kids and adults as well. You have a wide variety of instrument to "draw" your music with, and there are lots of options that allow kids to experience their compositions in different ways. Hear your opus backwards or learn what it sounds like if it were flipped upside down. This is a program that people of all ages will enjoy (it was one of everyone's favorites on parent night). Sometimes simpler really is superior, and this program is a perfect example. ... Read more

90. Rosetta Stone Korean Personal Edition Level 1
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Asin: B00005APYQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fairfield Language Technologies
Sales Rank: 4488
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Learn a new language with the award-winning method used by the U.S. State Department to train diplomats. Proven effective by NASA astronauts, Peace Corps volunteers, and millions of students worldwide, the Rosetta Stone Language Library teaches new languages faster and easier than ever before.

We all learn our childhood language by associating new words and phrases with the world around us. The Rosetta Stone method replicates this process by presenting vivid, real-life images to convey the meaning of each new phrase. Instead of translating, memorizing, and studying rules of grammar, you actually learn to think in the new language. Vocabulary and grammar are integrated systematically, leading to everyday proficiency.

The Rosetta Stone Level I program offers a comprehensive course of study for beginning learners, leading to intermediate proficiency. The program contains over 3,500 real-life images and phrases in 92 lessons and more than 250 hours of mastery instruction in listening comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing. Systematic structure teaches vocabulary and grammar naturally, without lists and drills. There are reviews, exercises, and tests for every lesson with automated tutorials throughout the program. (Ages 6 and older) ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Product is awful
Two main flaws which caused me to return the product:

1) Interface is shoddy at best. I was never able to start a drill lesson in the middle by skipping pages. If I returned to a prior lesson, I had to click on answers in order to advance, instead of being able to move forward as the interface supposedly should work.

2) Much more importantly, there were grammar mistakes in the product. My wife is native Korean. During the first lesson, the product tries to teach you the words/concept of "above" and "underneath". My wife and 4 of her friends who are also native Koreans all listened to the drill and they all said that the phraseology would never ever be spoken by a Korean. They said that the phrasehology was actually incorrect.

Other than that, while I echo the other comments about the navigation being unclear, I did think that the drills would help one learn vocabulary words.

2-0 out of 5 stars Marginal Interface and Hard copy Materials
This program completely lacks a structured approach to learning the Hangul alphabet and completely lacks the ability to teach ANY Hangul using the keyboard. Some of their other programs have this ability, but not the Korean one.

Also, the teaching approach is completely by example using photos with no explanation of sentence structure, culture, etc. If you wanted to use it and repeat the lessons over and over and over you could probably learn the material, but the overall interface on the thing is lacking.

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm having a blast...
I bought this software because my nephew is adopted from South Korea. He doesn't know Korean, but I know someday he'll grow up to probably have some interest in his heritage, and I thought it would be a cool thing if I knew a little Korean by that time.

I worried about blowing such a wad of cash on this software, but I took a risk, and I've been very happy with what I got. I'm still in the first "unit," so I have a long long way to go before I can actually speak or understand any real Korean, but I have found the exercises entertaining, and I have discovered that the knowledge does stick. Learning anything is hard; learning a foreign language so very different from English is super-hard, and learning it as an adult is downright daunting, but I'm finding that I'm not worried about that, and I'm just enjoying being exposed to something totally new.

I think this software could definitely benefit from some better directions; since everything is in Korean, you have to learn even the basics of navigating the lessons just by doing, and I found that a little frustrating at first, since I was already feeling pretty overwhelmed by the weird language. And there are lessons where they're going over the difference between boy and girl, man and woman, and sometimes the photos aren't clear enough to tell what gender the subject is. I have also found some sort of bug in the written exercises, where you can click in one frame and it'll react as if you clicked in another, but that doesn't go wrong very often.

I've had the software about two weeks. If you're in a rush to be able to ask the way to the bathroom on your upcoming vacation to Korea, this isn't the right approach for you. But if you're looking for a fun way to stimulate your mind and to learn something interesting and new while you do it, this is ideal.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worse Product EVER!
This was the MOST useless product I have ever used in my life. I've been studying the Korean language for almost 4 years now but had absolutely no clue what was going on with this software! I can't imagine anyone being able to gain or further language skills with this ... I can't believe that any company would claim such a shoddy product or have the gumption to charge [amount] for it. Run away from this software as fast as you can. ... ... Read more

91. Route 66 Route USA 2004 (Mac)
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Asin: B00013MS7O
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Route 66
Sales Rank: 477
Average Customer Review: 2.39 out of 5 stars
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  • Door-to-door route planning for the United States and Canada
  • Over 7,300,000 miles of road; 4,000,000+ points of interest
  • Over 6,500,000 streets; 75,000,000+ house numbers
  • GPS-compatible; new up-to-date maps
  • Multi-lingual user interface including Spanish

Reviews (18)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Product With Some Need For Improvements
This product isn't perfect, but it's quite good considering this is the first time I've seen it and could not find any mapping software for OS X a year ago.

The interface is a little strange, but once you get used to it, it seems fine.

The detail of the maps seems very good, although some out-of-the-way small towns (with a few hundred people) may have little to no detail. It did, however, find two addresses that Yahoo Maps and MS Streets had no record of, which I thought was impressive.

One thing that most mapping software is horrible at is printing options -- the options for Route 66 I thought were very good.

The redraw speed while *scrolling* (not zooming in/out) was a little slow and could probably be easily fixed with an update that cached surrounding map details better. No matter how much detail I had turned on or what my zoom level was, it never took more than 1.5 seconds to redraw while scrolling. This may depend on how fast your computer is and how much memory you have -- I have 1.1gb of RAM and Route 66 was using 212mb according to "top" (command line resource reporter).

The GPS compatibility is nice, but haven't tried it yet -- I need to find a USB cable for my eMap GPS.

This software is very much worth supporting since I know of no other mapping software for the Mac currently and this software costs $35-$40. In my opinion, it's worth every penny of the $40 I paid for it.

1-0 out of 5 stars 3 thumbs down
i was a user of MS streets and trips, and belive that it was the one thing MS did correctly and i am shocked to say that not only is the mac competition (RT66) lacking, but simply not worth using. RT66 makers should be ashamed and do not deserve to be among mac and its usual integrity.

2-0 out of 5 stars Pretty awful...
I recently switched to Mac from PC and so I'm coming from a background of MS Streets and Trips, and Autroute.

In comparison to the MS offerings, the Rt66 product are, well, kind of a joke. I purchased both the US and European versions (they're the only game in town for Mac.)

The maps are drawn (slowly) in such a way that they are quite unclear. They are also kind of incomplete. It couldn't find my old house (11 years old) only the street. It doesn't even know the 4 year old subdivision I live in exists.

Smaller towns are really hard to find. I searched for Carrie, Idaho (near Sun Valley) and the search engine came up empty. So I scrolled over to where I know it is and finally found the name of the town spread out over a general area and superimposed with another word in the same font.

From an overview position on the map, there was no indication at all where exactly the town was. I knew, though, so I zoomed in on the area. It took until I was at a 2000 foot distance before the streets began showing up. Street names didn't appear until 500 feet. If that doesn't mean anything to you, think about reading a map with your nose an inch from it.

So, in a nutshell, if you know exactly where a town is and are familiar with all the streets, you may be able to find it on their map. How useful...

How did MS Streets do? It found Carrie immediately, displayed it clearly, and showed all the streets from an impressive distance.

Overall, a pretty dismal product. I'm looking into a Windows emulator to allow me to run Streets and Autoroute, but I'm guessing that it'll be too much trouble and I'll just suffer with these. If anyone out there is a programmer--here's a nice opportunity for you...

2-0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
I bought this software because, well, it was the only one available for OS X. This is beta stage software at best - it doesn't tend to crash, but the UI is really poor. It is as if 12 different people wrote different pieces of the program and then tried to cobble them together. Nothing is very intuitive, and things that should be simple are cumbersome. The routes are sometimes often adequate, but not infrequently poor choices or just wrong. For instance, I tried to plot a route from Durham to Salisbury, MD. I had a nearly impossible time 'forcing' it to choose the most logical/shortest/fastest route. It continually tried to send me 100 mi. out of my way. Even when I roadblocked all of the roads it wanted to send me on, it sent me 250 mi out of my way rather than the most direct route.
I hope this software improves. If the company is motivated, it could be the basis for a really good program. However, any company that would put something this haphazard on the market with almost a complete lack of documentation AND no competition is unlikely to put much effort into this. After all, why should they?

In summary, if you need a map program for your mac that has a lot of points of interest, a good database of roads (although poor search engine), GPS input capabilities, doesn't require a CD in the drive, and 35 bucks doesn't seem like too much for slow, unintuitive, occasionally counterintuitive information and interface, go for it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Printing problems!
I must concur with the previous review. The mapping software is really quite good and shows much promise; but there is a major bug in the software. It will *not* print directions - only an overview map of your trip! Very odd. I thought this might be a problem unique to my G4 Powerbook, but I encountered the exact same problem on a desktop and another more up to date Powerbook.

Again, to echo the other reviewer: Route 66 software is on the right track, but this piece of software is *certainly* not past a beta testing stage and shouldn't be offered as a fully functioning, full-priced product.

If and when they iron out the kinks, they'll be cooking with gas. ... Read more

92. Rosetta Stone Swedish Personal Edition I
list price: $195.00
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Asin: B0001652JC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fairfield Language Technologies
Sales Rank: 2310
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  • 92 immersion-style lessons for the serious language learner
  • Over 3500 real-life color images and phrases
  • Selected by the U.S. State Department, the Peace Corps, and NASA
  • 250 hours of mastery instruction in comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing
  • Previews, exercises, and tests accompany every lesson; automated tutorials throughout

93. Math Success 2005
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Asin: B0002H4IM2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 1029
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  • Self-paced mathematics instruction on CD-ROM
  • From basic arithmetic to advanced mathematics
  • Absorbing activities to captivate user interest and maintain motivation
  • Hundreds of key mathematical topics; detailed tutorials; engaging activities
  • Ideal for individual students or entire families at all learning levels

94. Instant Immersion Japanese
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Asin: B00006IKF5
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 269
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Instant Immersion Japanese delivers an authentic Japanese language-learning environment to your desktop. Based on the Euromethod--an approach that immerses students in a country's language and culture--this four CD-ROM suite includes Talk Now!, World Talk, Human Japanese, and JquickTrans. It's filled with cultural videos, entertaining games, easy-to-follow lessons, quizzes that test your progress, and interactive dialogues with native speakers, so you'll be speaking Japanese in no time. Rounding out your immersion experience, the JquickTrans CD-ROM is a remarkable Japanese dictionary, study guide, translator, and kanji reference source providing Japanese-language online chat and surfing support. With Instant Immersion, you learn by hearing, seeing, and doing. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Winner
If you're starting to learn Japanese, a feat to be applauded in itself, this is an amazing package. It's fun, interactive, and educational. Don't even think about trying to get a foot in the door without this. Books are great but to be able to see people pronounce the words with enthusiasm in correlation to the picture of the word is SO helpful and helps it stick amazingly well too. Another commenter posted that the games were worthless but they're only useless if your not focused on learning. This makes it so simple AND enjoyable, something I've never found with any other software out there. I was at first hesitant by the low price wondering how it could possibly deliver. BUY this as it's a steal and for the dedicated learner, a great way to start.

1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible.
Your money would be better spent on a book that teaches you grammar AND vocabulary. This set comes with no directions, just a bunch of CDs in a box. Using the software isnt explained, the games are useless as you can win just by clicking all over, you dont have to learn anything.

Learning phrases isnt helpful for any language if you dont know how to take vocabulary and form your own phrases.

Honestly this is a waste of cash. Get a book. If you need pronunciation help buy a book with an audio disc included.

3-0 out of 5 stars Some hits; some misses
This product consists of 4 CDs. This product is far from perfect but overall it is a good value and an excellent supplement if you have other learning tools at your disposal.

#1: Talk Now (rating: 5 stars): This is a fun CD for building a simple vocabulary of words and phrases. It makes learning easy by associating the words and phrases with the actual object or action instead of over-emphasizing the English translation. This helps you to start thinking in Japanese instead of thinking of an object in English then attempting to translate that word into Japanese. The games and quizzes are entertaining and keep your interest.

#2: World Talk (rating: 0 stars): This CD is practically impossible for a beginning student to understand. It is not a logical progression from the first CD. The help button gives you some clues as to what the lesson is attempting to teach, but it is very inadequate and confusing. There is also a section for transcription. There is a control to adjust the rate at which the sentences are read, however, it actually only adjusts the amount of time BETWEEN sentences, not adjusting the speed at which the words are spoken. Most people have a difficult time transcribing their own spoken language at normal spoken rate, so to transcribe a foreign language is incredibly difficult.

#3: Human Japanese (rating: 4 stars): This is an online textbook that covers grammar, vocabulary, writing hiragana and katakana, and even a little culture, too. It is written in a very readable, easy-to-understand manner that's not sterile like a typical textbook. New vocabulary is introduced in an accessible manner. The instruction for learning hiragana and katakana is excellent.

#4: JQuickTrans (rating: 3.25 stars): This is a nice translator. The interface is a little bit confusing, even for people who are very comfortable using computer applications. You should definitely read the Quick Start Guide to get a better feel for how to use this program.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very helpful and [inexpensive] product
...this is one of the best Japanese software programs I've ever seen. It's better than some I've pated [much more] for, and it's well woth it to anyone who wants to learn to speak Japanese.

5-0 out of 5 stars Human Japanese (Disc 3)
I have read several other reviews of this software. Apparently, I have a different version or something. I have read comments from "XP bugs" to "doesn't teach anything." I have had no problems with XP, and if you actually buy the four disc set, disc three has a very useful piece of software ("Human Japanese") that is a wonderful teacher. Not only is it thorough, the author used excellent teaching techniques to help you understand the content. The only thing it really doesn't hit on is Kanji. If you want to start learning Japanese, I cannot urge you enough to try this software.

The other CDs are useful as well, but are only programs to test how much you know; not teach you (there is also a good translator program on disc 4, JQuickTrans). ... Read more

95. Educator's Choice Middle and High School Math
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Asin: B00008NRU5
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 326
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Middle and High School Math is top-of-the-line software with which students can learn at their own pace. This broad-based instructional suite effectively targets the seven core mathematics subjects most problematic for students: pre-algebra (including 49 topics and 719 problems), algebra I and II (including 52 topics and 802 problems), geometry (including 33 topics and 403 problems), trigonometry (including 24 topics and 348 problems), pre-calculus (including 18 topics and 223 problems), and calculus (including 43 topics and 558 problems).

Entering the Interactive Zone grants access to almost 300 interactive animations and simulations that bring to life more than 200 mathematical concepts across six CD-ROMs. With its engaging onscreen tutorials--complete with over 3,000 exam questions and personalized report-card evaluation--Middle and High School Math provides a tightly focused, step-by-step format that gives students the quickest route to higher math grades. ... Read more

96. Instant Immersion American Sign Language Deluxe
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Asin: B00066EJPK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 1806
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  • Learn body and hand positioning for grammar and fingerspelling
  • Video lessons and explanations of ASL phrase syntax improve beginners' foundation in ASL
  • Hands-on ASL dictionary packed with over 6,000 words - plus synonyms and written sign movement descriptions for each entry
  • ASL Phrase Guide offers real-life communication -- over 600 phrases are introduced, with video demonstrations of each entry
  • Complete reference guide provides overview of the scope & history of America's third most common language

97. ACID Music Studio 5

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Asin: B0002QD2ES
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Publisher: Sony Media Software
Sales Rank: 880
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98. Encyclopedia Britannica 2005 CD Ultimate Reference Suite
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Asin: B0002HQWLM
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Avanquest
Sales Rank: 2363
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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  • Categorized into 3 easy-to-use comprehension levels
  • Brings first-rate reference materials right to the computer
  • Complete 32-volume Encyclopedia Britannica
  • 2 dictionaries and thesauruses; world atlas with 1,300+ maps
  • Vivid illustrations with 21,000 images, video, and audio

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5-0 out of 5 stars Not for Pentium III 1000 Mhz 512 RAM
I buy every year Britannica and Encarta. Your can read my opinion in Encarta 2005.
The system requirements they recommend in and in the box of the product are very cheap, but the reality is different.
Britannica 2004 was slow, but 2005 is exasperating. I made a full installation (4.1 GB, 510 videos) and then tried installing only the Application (550 MB) and the Articles (only 390 MB), but it's the same. It's not a problem of quantity of contents: Encarta 2005 takes 3.2 GB and responds immediately. It's a problem of the application. I've bought a new and more powerful PC and I'll tell you how it goes. One pro for Britannica: it's compatible with MAC (Encarta isn't).
About the content I can't say very much for the moment. They have added 510 videos but, still, it is not a multimedia product due to, in part, the limited options you have to search (Encarta has a lot). Its AUTHORITATIVE TEXT is still authoritative, but some of their authoritative contributors died years ago, and updating does not work with Britannica (Encarta is updated every week free till October 2005 with new articles and additions to the old ones).One example: Encarta's articles for George Bush and John Kerry are updated till August 18. Kerry has 12 sections, 2 photos, internet links, related articles... George Bush has more. Britannica does not have entry for Kerry (mentions him twice when it was only a Senator) and Bush has utterly less information (perhaps more authoritative... I'm not an expert). Britannica's large articles of printed edition have been shortened, and others modified (for good or bad). They make comparison in the box with Encarta and World Book and claim that they have "More than 100.000 articles!" They confuse articles with sections and windows, windows and more windows that open slowly but inexorably. In Encarta one article is one article, good or bad, and you can scroll very fast or open in any moment the Index and go immediately to any section. Encarta 2005 includes "Encarta Kids" with an interface very colorful and appealing. Britannica has "3 encyclopedias in one": Britannica, Student and Elementary. The interface is the same for all. If you're not interested in Student and Elementary, you can buy Britannica Deluxe. But I've heard it goes very slow too!
All this said, I think Britannica is a marvelous encyclopedia. I have the printed edition (32 volumes, 32.000 pages) and I buy every year "Britannica Book of the Year". Why don't make an "only text" electronic edition like the first one in 1995? Its performance was excellent even in those old computers. ... Read more

99. SAT/ACT/PSAT 2005 Platinum Edition
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Asin: B0002CWXYW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 362
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  • This powerful approach combines personal instruction with realistic practice and strategies for raising scores
  • Diagnostic exams determine strengths & weaknesses, while focusing your skills on target areas
  • Extensive math, verbal and vocabulary skills improve skills and enhance test performance on the SAT and PSAT
  • use field-tested methods for a higher score on the new SAT(beginning March 2005) and PSAT(October 2004)
  • Thorough ACT content reviews, drills, and practice tests for a higher score on the ACT

100. Microsoft Pocket Streets 2005
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Asin: B0002UEDUG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft Software
Sales Rank: 750
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