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101. Rosetta Stone Swahili Personal
$15.55 list($39.99)
102. Learn Italian Now! 9.0
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103. Mathcad 12 Single-User Upgrade
$29.99 $29.95
104. eMedia Rock Guitar Method
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105. Rosetta Stone English Personal
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106. Learn Arabic Now! 9.0
$29.99 $27.37 list($39.99)
107. Hearing Music-The Game that Teaches
$99.99 $78.99
108. Delorme Mapping Street Atlas USA
$32.99 $21.80 list($49.99)
109. Instant Immersion Mandrin Chinese
$39.00
110. Algebrator
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111. 3D Home Architect Landscape Design
$169.99 list($295.00)
112. ISI Reseachsoft ENDNOTE 7.0 FULL
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113. TopoUSA 5.0
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114. Route 66 Route Europe 2004
$9.99
115. I Can Speak Spanish (Jewel Case)
$36.99 $34.84 list($59.99)
116. Hollywood Screenwriter
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117. Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 16
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118. Mathematica 5
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119. Instant Immersion 33 Languages
$29.95
120. SmartFrench CD-ROM 1

101. Rosetta Stone Swahili Personal Edition Level 1
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Asin: B00005APYT
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fairfield Language Technologies
Sales Rank: 3335
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Amazon.com Product Description

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


102. Learn Italian Now! 9.0
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00005Y3VD
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Transparent Language
Sales Rank: 627
Average Customer Review: 3.17 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

With the modern PC having a variety of possibilities of which traditional language-learning methods could only dream--voice recognition, video dialogues, and so on--the past few years have seen an extraordinary boom in language-learning software packages. However, as picking through this surfeit can be tricky, it is important to find a reliable brand, and the Learn Now! series is definitely among the best software packages.

The program comes equipped with 2 CDs, one of which has various key sections--useful "survival phrases", fun activities, conversations, and practicing speech against the voice of a native speaker--while the other has a thorough grammar tutorial. This combination is certainly a valuable one for people who are serious about learning a language, and the product is clear and easy to use: in role-plays, phrases are highlighted in a box and their English translations placed underneath, while the voice recognition software allows you to measure your own voice against that of a native speaker, and the games hone the things that have been learnt. Sections are tailored to various activities, such as getting around, going out, and business situations, while at any point you can call up a grammar tutorial which explains a particular point on which you are unsure.

In addition to these sections, the part on survival phrases will be of much use to those who have already reached a basic level. There are several practice dialogues based around commonplace situations--in the hotel, the bar, the airport, etc. Although some of the advice borders on the infantile ("When you decide to travel outside the USA, you will probably need a passport"), much of it is useful, and rounds out what is a well composed package for someone starting out on the road to using the language overseas. --Toby Green, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

Reviews (12)

4-0 out of 5 stars A great way to learn Italian
I found this software to be extremely helpful. The sentance dictation section was excellent, as it allowed you to hear spoken phrases (not just one or two words) by native speakers. In addition, you could adjust the speed of the spoken phrases (either fast or slow). I used this software while I was taking Italian languages classes and it was helpful in reinforcing what I learned in class. In addition, the video clips used in the software are from a video series that is commonly used in Italian language courses. The downloadable grammar guide was also an excellent resource to have on hand while using the software. As you do the drills/exercises, you are also able to click on most words to get detail about the grammar rules. I would definitively recommend this to a someone who is trying to learn Italian quickly.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Italian Software
I found Italian Now to be quite good for learning the Italian language. It gives you the ability to start almost anywhere making it ideal for beginners through experts. Being a beginner when I bought this program I started with the alphabet reference and a grammar tutorial. These were both very good features and after some practice they helped to lay a good foundation for further learning. From here there are endless things to do. This program does an excellent job of teaching vocabulary and useful phrases. Perhaps one of the best things this program does is working on your pronunciation. In several different activities I had to speak Italian into a microphone and it was compared to a native speaker's pronunciation which helps you to drastically improve your own pronunciation. I am more than satisfied with this program and I highly recomend it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Eh, good if you get them cheap
You will NOT learn a foreign language by one of these programs. The vocab is way too limited, and neither the Version 8 series nor the Version 9 series addresses past or future tenses substantively. I have purchased six of these over the past couple of years, four Version 8 (German, Irish, Latin, Hebrew) the other two Version 9 (Spanish, Italian), and for some idiotic reason, the Version 8s are SUPERIOR to the upgrades. The Version 8s have more texts and thus more variety. LatinNow Version 8 is probably the best program I have seen from this company, good texts of various grade levels, plus you can fresh up on your Roman mythology!

These "tapes", and that is basically what they are, computerized language tapes, are only going to be useful if you plan on dedicating time for rote memorization of grammar and vocab outside of the program. These programs can be good to help supplement textbook study, as we need to hear the language and grammar for it to sink in. If you think any one of these programs in and of itself is going to make you fluent, you're very sadly mistaken. I would recommend finding them cheap and working on them while you eat breakfast, then spending 15+ minutes a day per language w/ grammar, vocab, writing (ie thinking w/in the language), out of a textbook. That way you can cover your bases, if you are the self-guided student looking to master a new language to get a head start on college credit or to learn it just for the heck of it.

Also, the Hebrew keyboard layout is atrocious and barely functional. I assume this might be a problem w/ all non-Latin/Germanic alphabets, like Chinese and Russian. This makes the games worthless--and the games are probably the best part of the program.

1-0 out of 5 stars The worst possible way to learn a language
The user interface is so hard to follow it's unbelievable. You have to scan up the screen, then down to the right, then over to the left and track all of this while trying to learn vocabulary.

I bought this thinking that it was only $40 so how bad could it be...well it is BAD!

Buy the FSI courses or Rosetta Stone - they are much more expensive but worth the price, especially if LanguageNow is the alternative. I have French, Spanish, German, and Russian and each of them are fantastic. Of course they are two different methods of learning but both are effective in their own way. At the end of the day you need to go to the country where the language is spoken and spend some time to really learn a language...

2-0 out of 5 stars Good start but lacks cohesiveness in its (Italian) method
The single major flaw in this product is its lack of direction for the beginner. I purchased the Italian version to compare it to Rosetta Stone's method. The difference in price will tell you which is the better one. This product has good ideas (dialogs & memory games) but Rosetta Stone's approach is sound and well organized.

This product DOES have more resources than Rosetta Stone but they're left to the user to figure out how to utilize them when studying the lessons. For beginners this will lead to a lot of wasted time and frustration.

Stuffing the product with goodies does not make it better. They need to concentrate on the HOWTOs. Until such time this product is not very useful to beginners. ... Read more


103. Mathcad 12 Single-User Upgrade (for owners of previous versions of Mathcad 8 and lower)

our price: $389.99
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Asin: B00063MKFO
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Mathsoft Inc
Sales Rank: 7990
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Features

  • Real math notation entry, no programming required
  • Fast and powerful calculations
  • Superior visualization and documentation
  • Workgroup collaboration tools
  • Online resource and download center

104. eMedia Rock Guitar Method
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Asin: B0006B4ZR2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: eMedia
Sales Rank: 384
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Features

  • Over 100 lessons from a Guitar Institute of Technology graduate
  • Hosted by radio personality Steve Rock of KISW’s “Metal Shop”
  • Techniques include movable power chords, hammer-ons, distorted riffs & more
  • Equipment tips include using distortion, whammy bar, feedback, wah pedal & more
  • Over 90 songs & riffs to learn

105. Rosetta Stone English Personal Edition Level 1
list price: $195.00
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Asin: B00004YUGK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fairfield Language Technologies
Sales Rank: 3608
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

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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5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Program for English as a Second Language
When my cousin and her family arrived from Venezuela to join our family business, I knew that the first thing we needed to do was to teach them English. I asked around and found that the Rosetta Stone was the best program that they used in all the schools here in Miami. We bought the Level One and were soon amazed to see how fast my cousin and her seven year old daughter began to learn English. We all have a lot of fun with this program and it has so many beautiful pictures. Now my cousin is working with us and she is speaking English to the customers. We bought the Level Two which has even more lessons than the Level One, and some of the pictures are little movies! I would recommend the Rosetta Stone program to anyone who wants to learn English very quickly. ... Read more


106. Learn Arabic Now! 9.0

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Asin: B0001X6DOI
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Transparent Language, Inc.
Sales Rank: 4578
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107. Hearing Music-The Game that Teaches You how to Listen!
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Asin: B0001ABC9W
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Viva Media
Sales Rank: 372
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Learn musical concepts and develop important listening skills
  • Hear musical differences in endings, repetitions, and variations
  • Challenging, fun-filled games adjust to skill-level of user
  • Parent/teacher management tool tracks a child's progress
  • Easy to use; integrated audio offers guidance where needed

Reviews (1)

More fun than piano lessons...
Want to teach your kids to enjoy listening to music, especially classical? Then try this program. Easy-to-use interface, wonderful tunes, great exposure to classical music in these sad rap-and-brittney times. Not for the faint of heart, however. Despite its simple interface, kids used to story lines and immersive environments will find this more like a standardized test than fun software, at least on first blush. However, if you are willing to sit down with them and help out, then the game becomes lots of fun. I liked the way it adjusts itself to the capabilities of the player. At the higher levels the game is quite challenging, even for adults. When my kids sit down to play, the music that comes forth is a great alternative to the mind-numbing drivel that normally accompanies video games. I actually enjoy listening to them play. If you have a decent set of speakers, then it sounds really nice. I wish I had this to play with when I was taking first grade piano lessons... ... Read more


108. Delorme Mapping Street Atlas USA 2005 Plus
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B0002IP3KW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Delorme Mapping
Sales Rank: 1254
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Features

  • Create maps that you can alter for Personal use or business presentations -- add company logos, text, titles and more
  • Document Linking attaches Digital pictures, spreadsheets, documents, and more to locations
  • Share map information across networks or through email, with friends and colleagues
  • Includes valuable demographics data for better sales and business planning
  • The Info Tabs provide easy reference -- browse multiple maps with a mouseclick

109. Instant Immersion Mandrin Chinese Deluxe
list price: $49.99
our price: $32.99
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Asin: B0000AFVEO
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 1093
Average Customer Review: 2.67 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Software!
This is a great software to learn Chinese.
Indeed, I would have never though I will be able to learn Chinese as it seems complicated but this software had the answer for me.
First, you are able to hear the language, and then it is your turn to talk and improve your pronunciation. This immersion method was very helpful.
You could learn and pronounce hundreds of words, sentences.
Very interactive package that I will highly recommend. The activities proposed in the software are also very good with fill-in-the blanks, crossword puzzles,..., a good and fun way to learn a difficult language!

1-0 out of 5 stars Japanese or Chinese?
The editorial review for this CHINESE software above states "Start your study by mastering Hiragana, Katakana, and basic Kanji..." Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji? Chinese does not use Hiragana or Katakana and the "Kanji" are known as "Hanzi", so goodness knows what you are getting with this software! Steer well clear!

2-0 out of 5 stars Definitely not for beginners !!!!
Unfortunately this is not a good software.
1. There is no system in presenting information (lessons not really lessons)
2. They could combine all 5 interactive CDs into just one! Each of them has no more than 140MB and "Black Belt" CD has just 25MB! So, all that "8 CD set" is nothing but an advertising trick!
3. There is a Chinese(pinyin)-English dictionary but there is no English- Chinese one!
4. Could not find any info about how to write Chinese characters
Overall, may be good for those who already know at least 300 characters and currently studying Chinese (like in college or with a native) but for independent study - below average. ... Read more


110. Algebrator

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Asin: B0001V02BU
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Softmath
Sales Rank: 4082
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Easily enter algebra problems right from a textbook
  • Solves expressions and equations step-by-step
  • Provides all necessary explanations
  • Expression simplification; factoring; solutions to equations
  • Inequalities and systems; complex numbers and graphing

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Algebrator software
This is a really useful piece of software. Unlike other math programs I have used, you can type in the problem straight from the book - the software gives you all the steps. Unfortunatly it doesn't do functions and logarithms, but other than that it is perfect for pre college and large part of a college algebra course. Definitely helped me pass my algebra! ... Read more


111. 3D Home Architect Landscape Design Deluxe 6
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B0001GU7RE
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Broderbund
Sales Rank: 738
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Comprehensive layout program with easy-to-use tabbed interface
  • Photo realistic 3D renderings of landscape plans with 3DTrueView
  • Take a virtual tour of the yard with Walk Around view tool
  • Easily create structurally sound, fully framed deck plans
  • Powerful design capabilities and extensive reference resources

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars So Much for Creating a Plant List for my Garden!!
When I purchased this program, it had only one review from the cad fellow who said "skip it" because it was not user friendly. I disregarded his review because of the program's extensive plant encylcopedia --9500. Well, I had an old Sierra Garden Design program that turns out to have been MUCH MORE useful. The new program allowed me to search by plant and soil properties, but I couldn't figure out how to print the information it provided,never mind save it!! I wanted a print-out of plants and plant pictures to add to my water logged garden site. This program stinks. Then I tried to draw my garden, it was hopeless. This is truly one program to skip. Trust the reviewers. There are four of us now saying dump this one!!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Skip this one
Wished I'd researched this turkey before purchase. If you need to use the terrsin/3D features - you're done for. If you need to design something in real life and you use this program - you're done for.

1-0 out of 5 stars Time consuming and difficult to manipulate
I struggled with this software for a couple of weeks then gave up. I'm no rookie-I am familiar with AutoCAD, Access, Excel, Word, Adobe Photoshop, Powerpoint, Project etc etc and this program just didnt seem to follow any of the rules. Realizing that a 3D image(incidentally there was no house template anything like mine) was going to take about as long as it took to landscape a garden, I tried 2D-hoping to superimpose walls and vegetation on a photo of my house...hours later i still couldnt easily construct the scene.
If this were any other type of product, I would be retuning it for a refund-but with software you dont get to take it back.....so unless you want to spend many hours in front of your computer-rather than in the yard I suggest you pass on this.

1-0 out of 5 stars Stunningly awful - NO "Stars"
I've drawn all sorts of garden plans and elevations by hand for years, but I was in a hurry to kick out a piece of work this weekend. I purchased this program because I thought I'd be able to quickly draw simple features, plop in a few basic plants and render elevations. After all, version 3 of this program, although pretty clunky, was fairly basic and easy to use. The newest version MUST be much more intuitive.

WRONG! The tools operate NOTHING like any human being I know actually draws. If anything, this program is LESS intuitive than earlier versions. Way too much emphasis on "catalogs" and automatic features and not nearly enough on ease-of-use. Amazing how software actually keeps getting worse instead of better.

The folks who write these things really need to rethink from scratch how people create these types of drawings manually. At this point, pencil, ruler and quadrille paper are faster and easier (and cheaper)and yield better results. Don't waste your time and money on this. ... Read more


112. ISI Reseachsoft ENDNOTE 7.0 FULL MAC
list price: $295.00
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Asin: B0000AR79G
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Niles Software
Sales Rank: 1515
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113. TopoUSA 5.0

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Asin: B0001X6VN6
Catlog: Software
Publisher: DeLorme
Sales Rank: 2503
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Features

  • Advanced map customization and printing
  • Automatic routing on trails and roads
  • Nationwide campground information
  • GPS compatibility; USGS digital map data
  • $50 of free aerial and satellite imagery included

114. Route 66 Route Europe 2004
list price: $79.99
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Asin: B0000V1IZA
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Route 66
Sales Rank: 1620
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Features nearly 5 million towns, cities and streets throughout Europe - also covers nearly one million points of interest
  • Built-in route calculator helps travelers calculate new routes to avoid roadblocks
  • Huge overview map shows the total territory at your disposal
  • Connect your GPS to your laptop or desktop serial port, for complete directional and locational guidance
  • Multilingual interface for directions in several European languages

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1-0 out of 5 stars Utterly useless...
Honestly if I hadn't spent the better part of eighty bucks on this thing, I'd be laughing. The search couldn't find the town in Italy I'm visiting. So I thought I'd widen the parameter and just put Florence (which it is near.) No luck--that just brought up a bunch of streets in the UK. So I tried Rome. Nope, can't find that. How about the country? Italy? No, that just brings up some hotels, etc.

So I tried to zoom in on the area the town is in and did manage to find it, though I still can't find Florence (despite knowing exactly where it is geographically.)

I am not a computer map neophyte here. I've been using MS Autoroute for years, but it won't run on my PowerBook. I bought this thinking 'how bad can it be?' The answer: Worse than I could have ever imagined--and I'm a pretty cynical guy.

Buy a paper map or get Virtual PC and run the MS stuff. Honestly, this is bad enough that I feel ripped off. (...) ... Read more


115. I Can Speak Spanish (Jewel Case)
list price: $9.99
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Asin: B00008WQ2C
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Transparent Language
Sales Rank: 135
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Start!
I just got the cd a few days ago, and I've been studying the lessons for two days. This is FUN. Well worth the $9.
It's very challenging because the lessons are structured so that you can't guess what the answers are or what's coming next. In other words, the cd is teaching you to really LEARN. Now if I could just remember everything ... I'll be speaking spanish!!
So far, so good. This program is definately worth checking out. I'm very happy with it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Beware: June-July 2003 reviews said to be forgeries
Look up this company's product "Language Now", where near-identical reviews from different accounts were all posted in June 2003; and see post-June comments.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I Can Speak Spanish is the ideal program for beginner level Spanish speakers. For starters it leads you off with basic grammar and the alphabet which seems like a logical start to learning any language. Then it contains 15 seperate lessons that are all very good and have somewhat of a more personal classroom or course feel. One of the best features is the Before You Know It program which is like having electronic flashcards to practice with and it is really helpful. This is a good program and well worth the buy if you want to learn beginning Spanish.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy and Fast
This is a really good program for learning Spanish. It was very easy to follow and is set up in step by step lessons that kept me learning as fast or as slow as I wanted. There are various practice games and a really good flashcard game that is perfect for studying. Great buy for learning Spanish!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
This program is really good stuff. It has a lot to teach with 15 lessons and has a flashcard game that is a good program to study with. I was also really impressed with the voice recognition technology that allowed me to compare my pronunciation with that of a native Spanish speakers. This is a good way to learn Spanish and a good buy. ... Read more


116. Hollywood Screenwriter
list price: $59.99
our price: $36.99
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Asin: B00004TYC4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Write Brothers
Sales Rank: 918
Average Customer Review: 3.09 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Show business loves its archetypes. One chestnut that won't go away is the image of the feverish screenwriter, hunched over a word processor, ideas flying so thick and fast that the chore of punctuation would invite creative disaster. Hollywood Screenwriter is a script-writing program that promises to simplify the mundane stuff--like proper script formatting--so creative juices can flow freely.

The only keys a writer needs to move between script elements in this program are TAB, ENTER, and (. Since scripts have a logic and order that's fairly standardized, the program can intuit what's next, placing time of day after scene headings or formatting for dialogue or a parenthetical after a character's name. This is a less-complicated program than some of the more expensive screenwriting programs out there, but it doesn't do as much as those other offerings either.

Hollywood Screenwriter is designed for writing spec scripts: speculative screenplays designed to get the attention of stage or screen producers. This program will help you format your script correctly, ensuring that it won't get tossed out based on appearance. But if someone decides to produce your masterpiece, you won't be able to make a production script with this program. Then again, if that happens, you might feel flush enough to go buy one of those spendy programs that does A and B pages.

No other place clings to dated stereotypes of how things are done quite like Hollywood does. Included in Hollywood Screenwriter's instruction manual are painstakingly detailed instructions on how to assemble a script correctly. Which begs the question: Are there really people out there who would reject a possible Oscar winner because it's not punched by a three-hole press and bound by two solid-brass Acco No. 5 brads? --Anne Erickson ... Read more

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great starter program
For a quarter to a fifth of the price of the full programs, you get a fine spec script writing package. Like Movie Magic 2000, Final Draft and Scriptware, you get the TAB and ENTER system of entering Scenes and Character Names. You'll lose some of the higher end features (like card view) but for basic script input (especially for spec scripts) Hollywood Screenwriter will probably do what you need, especially if you're a beginner.

You do need to download the latest updates from Screenplay Systems, especially if you are using Windows Me, 2000 or XP (othewise you might get an "Error 32 Message"). You should also look at the new spec script formats that can be downloaded from Screenplay System's web site. They allow you to stop using Character CONT'Ds in your scripts, as this is becoing outdated.

Hollywood Screenwriter doesn't have as many export options as its bigger brother, Movie Magic 2000, but it *does* have RTF and ASCII, which means it should interact with just about any Windows word processor or Screenplay software.

For the price and features, Hollywood Screenwriter is a great program. Check Screenplay System's comparison chart for feature differences between it and Movie Magic 2000 before buying, but there's a good chance that if you are writing a spec script, Hollywood Screenwriter will do the job.

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I bought this to import a script from MS Word and have been very disappointed. It's not very intuitive, lacks a clear description of the elements and has limited help functions. I am used to using MS Word and found this very frustrating. I just wanted a simple program without all the bells and whistles of the more expensive products, but am disappointed in this. Perhaps it could be different if I was starting from scratch and hadn't imported my script.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great product, great Tech Support!
I entered the Project Greenlight screenwriting contest three years ago and needed a program immediately so I could retype my screenplay into the exactly perfect formatting of "standard industry format," which was a rule of the Project Greenlight Contest (a rule they never enforced). I didn't have money to buy a program at that time and discovered that Hollywood Screenwriter had a free trial period so I downloaded it.

I somehow missed the part where either the free trial did not allow saving or if it did, I didn't understand how to do it. I had no problem whatsoever using Hollywood Screenwriter, it was easy to understand right from the start. But the deadline to enter the contest at Project Greenlight was only one more day away and there I was, stuck with a screenplay that I could not save to the required .pdf format.

I got in touch with Tech Support and these guys were absolutely wonderful and supportive of me. They emailed back and forth with me for half the night, trying to figure out how to get my script to .pdf format. They finally hit on the idea of saving my script to .rtf then going to Adobe for their free conversion to .pdf. Although the Adobe conversion alters page breaks, that's not Hollywood Screenwriter's fault.

I will never forget how nice their Tech Support was and how much effort they put into helping me and I was only using the free trial version! There are many companies out there who wouldn't go to all that bother even for their paying customers.

If there is any part of this software's interface that you don't "get," or if you have any problems at all, be assured that their Tech Support will go to any lengths to help you. I wouldn't worry about the interface, though. As I stated, it is very easy to use, very quick to learn.

Not having to worry about formatting really frees up your creativity. I do recommend this product.

2-0 out of 5 stars A cheap program with some big gotcha's
Sure, this program is [cheap] compared to [the expensive] Movie Magic Screenwriter 2000 or Final Draft, but this program is so loaded with technical glitches and gotchas that I can't recommend it unless you're planning to write and print a single short screenplay for a school assignment or something like that. The documentation says you can export your text into other programs, but you can't! So whatever you write is locked into this limited-feature program forever, unless you want to retype it all. There are lots of other things promised by the manual or box cover but not delivered in the program. If you have any fantasies of actually writing and selling a screenplay, don't buy this product. Save your money and buy one of the industry standard programs instead.

5-0 out of 5 stars I know why the other reviewers hated this product-I LOVE IT
This software is great for writing scripts for movie you want to sell or make yourself! It is so easy to use just press TAB and ENTER to go to diffrent sections of the script. The reason why other reviewers disliked this product was because they didn't have the upgate. Just ... download a small upgrade so it will work on all the computers it says it will and will not give you an Error 32 message. This program is great for all users! ... Read more


117. Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 16
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B0001GU7JC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Broderbund
Sales Rank: 113
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Features

  • Customized training for improving typing speed and accuracy
  • 40+ self-paced lessons; fun arcade-style typing games
  • Updated user interface; improved sound quality of new voiceover text
  • Download to a Palm OS handheld device for practicing on the go
  • Track progress with detailed feedback and performance analysis

118. Mathematica 5
list price: $1,880.00
our price: $1,649.99
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Asin: B0000APEF8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Wolfram Research, Inc.
Sales Rank: 3777
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Creates publication-quality documents with its customizable, cross-platform file format
  • Fully-integrated, technical, computing system; symbolic & numeric computation
  • Used by over a million scientists, engineers, analysts, educators, and students
  • High-performance optimization and linear programming, data analysis, and visualization
  • A uniquely productive programming language

Reviews (2)

2-0 out of 5 stars Good symbolic math capabilities, ANNOYING activation
I am a graduate student in mathematics. I have found Mathematica to be a very powerful symbolic mathematics program and it has helped me a great deal in my studies. At times the interface is a bit counterintuitive, but it's not bad overall. Documentation isn't very good in the student version, but it may be better in the real version.

My main complaint is the activation process. I often change hardware around or reinstall my operating system. Every time I do that, I have to speak to Wolfram and justify to them my hardware changes before they decide if they will allow me to enter a new activation code to continue to use the product that I purchased. I even purchased 2 licenses for it (one for Linux, one for Windows, so I could use it in both).

Other people I know used the cracked versions that are available, and they have it much easier than I do. They don't have their software unavailable half the time while they are waiting on Wolfram to decide if they should get another activation code.

They need to stop punishing their paying, legal customers and making us miserable because of those individuals out there who are dishonest.

I was initially planning to upgrade to the full version after I graduate, but I have decided to look at other packages that won't give me so much grief. I shouldn't have to explain to Wolfram why I wanted to change my hard drive or video card. It's none of their business.

5-0 out of 5 stars pleases me
Mathematica has been a dream product for me this past school year. I'm a high school student, so I naturally got the student edition for a whole lot cheaper than the regular. I have learned more mathematical concepts than I would have ever guessed. I got the program specifically to be a powerful home calculator and also introduce me to a new world of mathematics. The program itself is very up to date with cutting edge mathematical concepts. You can even do your own programming within the context of Mathematica! Of course, it takes a little time to learn the Mathematica phrases, etc; however, if you've done any programming at all, this "language" will not be nearly as taxing.

Even though I am a high school student who finds this product to be godly, you (the experienced engineer, physicist, etc) may not come to the same result if you cast a very critical eye on the program. For instance, my research assistant professor at Vanderbilt considers the program to be very limited and often talks to me about using Sigma Plot instead (when dealing with elementary electron configurations). As far as I can see, this program is God; however, I would suggest checking the Wolfram Research site and then learn about the program's weaknesses somewhere else on the internet. Jonatan. ... Read more


119. Instant Immersion 33 Languages
list price: $49.99
our price: $39.99
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Asin: B00009ADF3
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 2108
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Instant maybe. Immersion questionable.
My dad got this for me to supplement a Latin textbook I have been studying for my high school language course. It is quick and easily understandable. You get plenty of words and phrases, which is perfect for a traveler. If you want to learn the language for the sake of knowing it, not travel, however, you'd better get a book to supplement this. It doesn't teach about pluralization, verb conjugation, or other oddities that the language holds, such as, in Latin, the ending -m which implies a direct object. The Latin CD also does not use the dashes over the vowels (ie. â,ç,î,ô,û). Overall, I am very happy with the product and with the price of $39.99 (USD), but I am also quite glad I have my textbook (ECCE ROMANI) to go with it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Okay for the price
I was hoping this set would contain the first CD or at least part of the first CD in the two-CD Instant Immersion programs, which would have been a great deal, and would have truly given you a good start in all these languages. However, this set only has very basic material for each language, and in fact is more like having a basic CD vocabulary and phrasebook for each language rather than a real mini-course or introduction, which for me is only marginally useful.

The vocabulary sections are divided up into 8 sections: first words, colors, food, numbers, shopping, countries, time, body. The ninth section is for phrases, and one advantage is that they are pronounced individually for you, which you can do for the individual words, too. There are two categories of games, easy and hard, and the program tracks your progress.

If you like to collect lots of phrase books with basic vocabulary, this might be fine for you, as you can at least learn some words and phrases that might be useful, but for me the major shortcoming is there is nothing on the grammar. I would rather invest the money in the 2-CD version of the half dozen languages I'm interested in, and then pay the extra for the 5 and 8 CD advanced Instant Immersion software when I'm ready to progress to the next stage of learning.

Still, for a reasonable price you get 33 languages, including all the main European ones plus things like Swahili, Korean, Finnish, Hindi, Tibetan, Vietnamese, and so on. So if you like to play around with exotic languages this might be the set for you, but you'll need to supplement it with a real language learning course if you're serious about really going anywhere with your studies.

I need to mention one drawback to the CD's, however. I have reasonably fast, 16x read and 48x write speed CD, and the program still runs fairly slowly, although I have a half gig of RAM and a 2.6 GHz system. It's mostly noticeable when using the pronunciation capability, but it spends a lot of time just seeking when you're jumping between sections. It's tolerable on my CD player, but if you have an older, slower one, be advised it's going to be slow.

One solution would be to get Tenebril software's Virtual Drive Manager program which will copy it to your hard disk so you can run it from there. I've tested it on about a dozen programs and it works on most of them. So it's not a sure thing but the program isn't that expensive and it does work for many things. Tenebril can be found on the web, where I bought it. I don't know if their software is carried by most computer stores or not. ... Read more


120. SmartFrench CD-ROM 1

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Asin: B0000U3LI8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: SmartFrench
Sales Rank: 584
Average Customer Review: 4.93 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • CD-Rom with booklet to learn real French
  • It uses conversations with French natives which are written down exactly as spoken.
  • It uses colors to show what is and what is not pronounced in spoken French
  • It's a step by step repetition of entire excerpts of conversations.
  • Rules of the French spoken language are explained in a simple way.

Reviews (15)

5-0 out of 5 stars I've tried them all and this one is IT!!!
With an impending vacation to Paris, I wanted to become familiar with the French language, having never studied it before. I've read and listened to nearly every major French language program out there, including Barron's, Berlitz, Michel Thomas, Living Language French, Teach Yourself French and Instant Immersion. Smart French is by far the best, both in value and in what it teaches. I couldn't understand why after studying these other methods, when I watched a French film, I could understand little to nothing of what was being said. After purchasing Smart French and working each of the interactive lessons, I finally get it. What is taught in the textbooks is not the way the French actually speak. They contract so much that the written French is quite different from the spoken French!

A child learns a language first by hearing it spoken and mimicking the sounds, then by attaching meaning to the words. This is what Smart French does. It teaches you to hear first, repeat the sounds that you hear and translate later. First you learn to hear, then speak and finally to understand. All the other methods teach basically the same way and method, while Smart French is very different. I wholeheartedly recommend Smart French!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Not a stand-alone product
This is an excellent tutorial in spoken French, but falls a little short in one or two regards. For example, it could *really* benefit from a vocabulary list. The French and English are placed side by side, but there are numerous occasions wherein the English translation fails to include entire words from the French, leaving the user to figure out what the French words mean from context, which words mean what, or running to a dictionary (which are notoriously short on idiomatic expressions). While language is certainly learned in this manner by children, it can be frustrating for the student of French who wants to learn quickly. A vocabulary list would solve this problem. Also, because the CD-ROM is set up in a non-linear fashion, while listening to the CDs one has to hear the same phrases repeated over and over ("we suggest you follow our approach" and "this is called liasion" come to mind), which becomes tiring. Having said that, I highly recommend this series for anyone who is studying/has studied French and wants to know how to *speak* French. I use it in conjunction with Learn in Your Car series (a terrific vocabulary builder), and a free resource online, "Chloe ou Les aventures d'une Parisienne." But if you are a beginner, you will certainly need something in addition to this series.

5-0 out of 5 stars The SmartFrench CD=Remarkable Tool to Learn French
With the SmartFrench CD, I have finally found the tool I searched for, to help me practice speaking French the way native speakers do. Through a series of interesting interviews with charming and engaging speakers, one can choose the level of expertise from beginner to advanced to practice speaking and understanding. The various levels maintain the challenge for the student. The CD is easy to use. I appreciate that the steps in the process were outlined and all I needed to do was to follow them. However, one can also choose to skip steps and still benefit from the practice with the CD. I definitely recommend the CD for all students of French who want to understand and be understood. Thanks Christian!

5-0 out of 5 stars Tried them all -- FINALLY something that works
With an impending vacation to Paris, I wanted to become familiar with the French language, having never studied it before. I've read and listened to nearly every major French language program out there, including Barron's, Berlitz, Michel Thomas, Living Language French, Teach Yourself French and Instant Immersion. Smart French is by far the best, both in value and in what it teaches. I couldn't understand why after studying these other methods, when I watched a French film, I could understand little to nothing of what was being said. After purchasing Smart French and working each of the interactive lessons, I finally get it. What is taught in the textbooks is not the way the French actually speak. They contract so much that the written French is quite different from the spoken French!

A child learns a language first by hearing it spoken and mimicking the sounds, then by attaching meaning to the words. This is what Smart French does. It teaches you to hear first, repeat the sounds that you hear and translate later. First you learn to hear, then speak and finally to understand. All the other methods teach basically the same way and method, while Smart French is very different. I wholeheartedly recommend Smart French!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Product
Over the years I have tried many ways to learn French, including tapes, CDs and individual instruction, with limited success. SmartFrench has created a unique and effective way to learn which dramatically increases confidence and comprehension. Just a few lessons using the SmartFrench techniques made my last trip to France an entirely different experience! I would recommend SmartFrench to anyone who wants to understand and speak French. ... Read more


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