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1. Endnote 8 for Students Only
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2. Delorme Mapping Street Atlas USA
$98.95
3. Niles Sftwre ENDNOTE V8 STUDENT
$38.88 list($29.99)
4. Mind Power Math: High School
$189.99 $148.95 list($269.99)
5. Dramatica Pro 4
$129.88
6. Starry Night Pro 5.0 ( Windows/Macintosh
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7. Niles Sftwre ENDNOTE V8 FOR MAC
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8. The Number Devil
$39.99
9. PhysicsTutor Excalibur
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10. ChemTutor Excalibur
$59.88
11. STARRY NIGHT Starry Night Enthusiast
$39.99 $34.94
12. High School Advantage 2006
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13. Math Success 2005
$19.99 $15.99 list($29.99)
14. Educator's Choice Middle and High
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15. Mathcad 12 Single-User Upgrade
$99.99 $78.99
16. Delorme Mapping Street Atlas USA
$39.00
17. Algebrator
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18. ISI Reseachsoft ENDNOTE 7.0 FULL
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19. Hollywood Screenwriter
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20. Mathematica 5

1. Endnote 8 for Students Only

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Asin: B0002FYVB2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: ISI RESEARCHSOFT
Sales Rank: 501
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Features

  • Search bibliographic databases on the Internet
  • Organize references and images in a database
  • Construct paper with built-in manuscript templates
  • Create bibliographies and figure lists instantly
  • Ideal for researchers, scholarly writers, students, and librarians

2. Delorme Mapping Street Atlas USA 2005
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Asin: B0002IP3KM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Delorme Mapping
Sales Rank: 252
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Features

  • Updated maps showing all highways, local routes, borders and exits in the U.S.
  • Instant routing finds the fastest way to get to any destination
  • Powerful search engine with multile zoom levels, for close-up looks at the roads you'll travel
  • Millions of searchable points of interest -- from the newest restaurants to the closest gas stations
  • Add your own notes and recommendations to maps

3. Niles Sftwre ENDNOTE V8 STUDENT EDT FOR MAC ( 2228 )

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Asin: B0006LA5US
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Niles Software
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4. Mind Power Math: High School
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Asin: B00006AAJ5
Catlog: Software
Publisher: The Learning Company
Sales Rank: 642
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Adults
The middle school version of this program has been criticized as being overly childish in its presentation of the material. Let me assure you that this criticism does not apply to the high school version. This intelligently organized software is an excellent way for any adult to review high school mathematics from basic math and algebra to elementary calculus. If you weren't exactly paying attention in your high school algebra class this software is an excellent way to get ready for that first pre-calculus class in college.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Math Learning Software!
This math learning software is great for any kind of student! I purchased this software looking for some brush ups, however, they have brush up material plus! First of all, you can start all the way back at pre-algrebra. (If you don't have an understanding of basic Math, I do not suggest that you purchase this software right away) I didn't personally need pre-algebra software for my use, but I did have to use the algebra software. I am able to stay ahead of my class with it by simply reading and listening to the chapters inside the software. Every chapter you look at has step by step information on how to solve the problem.

If you are looking for more advanced mathematics help, I still suggest this software. The Algebra 2/Advanced Algebra software starts off with a nice review of Algebra 1. It covers factoring, etc. It's the same software as the Algebra 1 software, so you will still recieve all of the information that is needed to understand how to solve the problem. This goes for the Geometry as well.

I have yet to try the trigonometry software yet, but I would say that, from seeing the other cd's, it's just as good.

If you are looking for in depth info on Calculus, I would highly suggest that you look for pre-calculus help first. The calculus software skips when the instructor is talking, but he doesn't miss words. It does get annoying, however, when you can't listen to a steady voice without a skip in the middle of every other sentence.

I give this software five stars because it give you a great understanding of pre-algebra, algebra, algebra 2, and geometry. I am still unsure about trigonometry at this time, and the calculus software needs to be fixed. If you are looking for a home study course, advancement, or you want to brush up, this is the perfect software for you!

5-0 out of 5 stars Invaluable software....
To master math you need to master the rudiments of arithmetic, fortunate for you this set of 6CD's is one of your best chance to understand numbers and their relationships. The first CD starts with the basic(addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals etc..) like all of the CD's it has definitions of terms which is crucial to understanding arithmetic because we reason with numbers and if you don't know the meaning of terms.. how are you going to reason? which that's one of the prominent reasons why many people don't understand arithmetic. Another essential feature's like definition it has "rules" and "formulas" which rules gives you the principles to solving a specific problem and formulas gives you a visual look at the different formulas so you can distinguish them apart so you can apply the rules! by overtime you will get the hang of it and EVENTUALLY, EVENTUALLY you'll understand everything and it will open the doors to many things(physics, chemistry, etc..) this software has some step-by-step procedure on certain problems to enhance your understanding to make things lucid. Overall I put it through rigorous testing... trying it at different mood modes from dead tired to wide awake... if your crying for help on arithmetic then this has your name on it. ... Read more


5. Dramatica Pro 4
list price: $269.99
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Asin: B00004TYCR
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Write Brothers
Sales Rank: 1538
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Aspiring and seasoned writers take note: gone are the days of handwritten note cards, extensive plot revisions, and hand cramps. Dramatica Pro promises to be your writing coach, your secretary, your guide, and even your therapist as you develop sharp, focused storylines together.

Getting started in Dramatica Pro as a beginning user is intuitive and easy. In the StoryGuide segment, there are three levels of story forming, and we tried out the most advanced (which is estimated to take three to four days of work). Dramatica Pro comes with 32,768 potential "storyforms," all of which incorporate structural, thematic, and dynamic elements of your story. After answering about a dozen of the multiple-choice Dramatica Query System questions, we were able to decide on one storyform. For those that choose not to pursue the multiple-choice route, there is also the Story Engine, which allows for a more holistic and freeform method of sketching out your basic story.

One thing you'll notice right off is the unique language of Dramatica Pro. While many terms--motivation, pursuit, antagonist--will be familiar to most writers, there are a number of terms that are used in specific relation to Dramatica Pro's capabilities. Fortunately, at each stage of the story-creation process, there are a number of help buttons (such as Explain, Theory, Usage, and Context) that provide further definition of terms and their usage. And after a few sessions, we found ourselves thinking about "signposts," "journeys," the four "throughlines," and other features that bring a story into focus.

Dramatica Pro's main desktop is the portal for allstory-building activity. Its 12 tiles present users with options for developing just about every aspect, from character creation and polishing, to plot-progression charts and reports on your progress and story. Because Dramatica Pro does not try to be a word processing application, every nook and cranny is filled with developmental prowess to help hone your skills while discovering your story.

One aspect of the application that we appreciated was the opportunity for writer growth. After becoming familiar with the application's interface, we were able to use Dramatica Pro's Story Engine and Story Points to access our story's "master controls" without all the exposition and explanation. Also, Dramatica Pro offers a Brainstorming command that allows the program to intelligently tweak your storyform into something new should you experience writer's block.

Overall, Dramatica Pro is a great resource for writers. By enabling you to focus more on your stories and less on the mechanics of storytelling, you'll feel empowered to try new things and explore your creativity. --Emilie Dirks ... Read more

Reviews (21)

5-0 out of 5 stars A very sophisticated approach to story development
Dramatica provides a tool to use the most sophisticated story model ever developed. The dramatica model is surprisingly general and adds quite a bit of force to your story without constricting creative freedom. Some structures, like a ladder, provide more freedom, not less, and Dramatica's structure is like that.

If the idea of following the dramatica story model still seems formulaic to you, you are free to tweak it or change it as much as you want, or even use it's best ideas to form your own model. The point is that a sophisticated model produces a sophisticated story.

The software is actually quite easy to use. The hard part is learning the model, because it is quite sophisticated. It will take a few weeks to get it, and probably a couple of tries to make it really work well for you. You can also get help from the community of dramatica users on the internet, who are supportive and friendly.

If you're the kind of author to employ both a creative and analytical side to your craft, you will learn to love this tool. You'll hate how hard it makes you work, exploring every nook and cranny of your story in new ways, but you'll love the result as it pushes you into forming characters and plot rich with dramatic tension, thematic development, and thorough development of your story.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very useful tool.
Dramatica is a way to organise your thoughts about theme, plot-theme, and characters into a story form as opposed to something that isn't.

Using its own terminology allied to templates, the user is required to fill in a set of questionnaires, which act as the input from which their story is distilled. This can be amended at will if the user feels that they are being too boxed in.

The end result is more easily managed than stacks of cards and papers. It can also be easily shared with other Dramatica users by distributing files across the internet to each other (given that version sync isn't an issue).

It's like having a collaborator in front of you all the time - if needed - with regard to the structure, but won't be of any help with poor prose, prose-style, bad dialogue, lack of motivation or any other essential aspects that the writer would need to know about. A badly written story, which is bang-on structurally, as far as Dramatica is concerned, is not a useful end product. In other words, the user would need to be a decent writer in the first place, using Dramatica as a tool to refine and focus their work, and not regard it an easy way out. It's not.

So bearing that in mind, Dramatica shouldn't disappoint so long as the user is prepared for the discipline of story writing, in its strictest sense.

3-0 out of 5 stars I have seen better!!!!
This program is ok. But FictionMaster better for pro's and WritePro is better for newcomers. I can't understand why Amazon doesn't seem to have either (try writepro.com for both.). Both have won alot of praise from both computer pros, and writting pros. And the Software is done by a real pro writer, one of the finest writing teachers around, Sol Stein. I have taken some of his workshops. He teaches the pros.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gets me where me needs to be.
Noticing that quite a few contemporary made-for-TV movies have a distinctive and polished intricacy, suggested this was probably to do with Dramatica, that I had noticed a friend using for a novel-cum-screenplay. So I read the comprehensive manual from her installation, and concluded that this was a good way for me to go, too.

Progress was slow to begin with, mostly because one needs to be patient and go through it all, ( a few times) in good order, to avoid getting mightily confused, since a great deal of the explanation is often another way to convey what is already known - sort of - from many other sources. So it needs to be taken all as a piece to make satisfactory progress.

Which makes sense, because the Dramatica application is a self-contained system, with its own terminology, which responds to your accurate and considered input to a set of inter-related questions about the characters, plot, motivations, outcomes, etc. The accuracy of your answers is an important to the result, so clear thinking has to be applied.

I'm far from hero status with Dramatica, but have found its use to be extremely helpful because it makes me THINK about what I am writing about. It doesn't write the piece for me, or box me in, in any way, as others have suggested it does.

In conclusion, I am very satisfied with Dramatica and how it has improved my writing. It's also good to be able to discuss and share files with other users ( internationally), who are all pretty much on the same wavelength, which avoids/minimises having to navigate different terminologies and approaches.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ahead of the curve.
Having worked with, and studied the Dramatica theory of story development, and also looked at and read a few of the examples it is based on, it seems to me that Dramatica 4 is a product somewhat ahead of itself.

By this I mean, that to convey the principles of Dramatica the prior art examples are either too archetypical with no real requirement for the use of Dramatica by those who intend writing such archetypes, or are too flawed so that they do Dramatica no favours due to them being little more than the nearest point of common reference.

But by treating Dramatica as a philosophy and an abstraction, and not using it to see how prior art can be aligned to its principles, one can quickly see how Dramatica will enable the writer to create stories and forms hitherto unattainable, simply because the organisation of the story's elements and form would have been too difficult to keep track of.

Therefore, in order to get the desired results from using Dramatica, the user has to gain expertise in the way of defining and structuring a story's elements with Dramatica, and not be trying to defend the outcome on prior art which is a close call. This is the hard part to Dramatica, since ideal prior art probably doesn't exist, from which to refer, except for the possibility of future works skilfully created with Dramatica.

Now there's a chicken or the egg paradox. ... Read more


6. Starry Night Pro 5.0 ( Windows/Macintosh )

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Asin: B0002VRPDM
Catlog: Software
Sales Rank: 1085
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Features

  • Data included on over 70,000 different galaxies
  • Learn basic information for each star, planet or galaxy for in-depth astronomical studies
  • Add your own labels, create your guide and constellations - and add your own personal settings
  • Up-to-date celestial database with customized images and Internet links

7. Niles Sftwre ENDNOTE V8 FOR MAC ( 2018 )

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Asin: B0006LA5U8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Niles Software
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8. The Number Devil

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Asin: B0002HSU9E
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Viva Media
Sales Rank: 176
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Features

  • Captivating story sheds new light on middle-school math concepts
  • Discover prime numbers; explore Fibonacci numbers
  • Learn about powers and square roots
  • Glossary with mathematicians, terms, and concepts
  • 11 challenging games for extra fun

9. PhysicsTutor Excalibur
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Asin: B00062PTJ4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Interactive Learning, Inc.
Sales Rank: 1300
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10. ChemTutor Excalibur
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Asin: B00007L5U6
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Interactive Learning, Inc.
Sales Rank: 430
Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

ChemTutor Excalibur is an interactive course that covers chemistry from high school up through the first year of college. Each of this edition's 20 subject areas offers a comprehensive tutorial and quiz section that tests mastery. Structured to enable learning by discovery, the tutorials also add interactivity and immediate feedback that reinforce learning. Students study at their own pace and move freely through the subjects, skipping those they already know. One of ChemTutor Excalibur's best features is a practice-exam section that prepares students for finals, as well as the SAT II Subject Test in Chemistry, the AP Chemistry Exam, and state proficiency exams like the New York State Regents Exam in Chemistry. Reviewed and well received by chemistry faculty and students alike, ChemTutor Excalibur raises grades and test scores, while students learn and have fun with chemistry. ... Read more

Reviews (38)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Program
ChemTutor Excalibur is such a brilliant tool for anyone trying to learn chemistry it is almost unfathomable. With it's practice exams, tutorials, and detailed explanations of every problem, its an extremely helpful learning tool. It helped me study and do well on my test, and be satisfied with my performance, it builds confidence in one's abilities as a chemist, while strenghthening your skills in many aspects of chemistry. In ChemTutor Excalibur, a multitude of material is covered, and the explanations help you understand all the aspects of the problems. ChemTutor Excalibur is extraordinary, and I would reccomend it to anyone, who wants to strengthen their chemistry skills and build confidence!
I was struggling in my Chemistry I class, and I was worried about my upcoming test. I used ChemTutor, and was able to get a good grade, and all my qualms were immediately put to rest. ChemTutor is a wonderfully put-together program, and extremely helpful, and I would again, reccomend it to anyone!!! It is the best, and the most helpful learning tool that I have ever used.

5-0 out of 5 stars ChemTutor Excalibur will help you A LOT!
ChemTutor Excalibur is a easy way to learn and practice your Chemistry skills. With this program, I was able to get a good understanding of the material learned in class. It contains many different problems and questions to answer and explains how to answer them and why. It has everything a chemistry student needs. It helped me out a lot and I'm sure it will help you out too!

1-0 out of 5 stars Careful...this is strictly a computerized pop quiz
Before you lay out serious money for this product, decide what you want from it. I found this program to be useless. It's nothing more then a computerized pop quiz. If you are looking for an engaging, interactive program look elsewhere. FYI, amazon does have a return policy for opened software...I was refunded approximately half the purchase price so I wasn't totally burned. Suggest you save 100% of the purchase price and look elsewhere.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected...
I was totally disappointed with this product...I purchased this for my high school aged son and I when I started going through it myself, I actually felt like a dupe for buying it in the first place. First off, this program it not tutorial by any means and it assumes a fair amount of chemistry background. The haphazard presentation of subject matter is more like a trivia game then a serious approach to learning chemistry. I'm not letting my son touch this software - my opinion only - but I could easily imagine a beginner picking this software up and becoming so intimidated by chemistry as to develop a mental block about it.

5-0 out of 5 stars ChemTutor® Excalibur is excellent
ChemTutor® Excalibur is excellent. It teaches with correct, concise, and marvelously clear explanations of everything you need to know in Chemistry. The diagrams, tables, and definitions that ChemTutor® Excalibur provides are so clear, focused, and well written. They get right to the point and explain concepts better than my slick, overpriced textbook did. I recommend ChemTutor® Excalibur to anyone who is currently taking, or plans to take, a chemistry course. ... Read more


11. STARRY NIGHT Starry Night Enthusiast 5.0 ( Windows/Macintosh )

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Asin: B0002VKR46
Catlog: Software
Sales Rank: 834
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Features

  • Begin learning how to identify planets, stars and constellations like The Big Dipper
  • LiveSky panels shows up-to-date images of the Sun and Earth from ground and space-based observatories
  • Visit new worlds as you blast off and travel 20,000 light years away
  • Detailed star charts available for printing and carrying during your stargazing outings
  • Multiple viewing angles allow you to watch eclipses from other planets, the moon or even the Sun

12. High School Advantage 2006
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Asin: B0007ZF3G4
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Encore Software
Sales Rank: 479
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13. Math Success 2005
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Asin: B0002H4IM2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 1029
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Features

  • 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

14. Educator's Choice Middle and High School Math
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B00008NRU5
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 326
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Amazon.com Product Description

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


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

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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

16. Delorme Mapping Street Atlas USA 2005 Plus
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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

17. 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


18. ISI Reseachsoft ENDNOTE 7.0 FULL MAC
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Asin: B0000AR79G
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Niles Software
Sales Rank: 1515
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19. Hollywood Screenwriter
list price: $59.99
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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


20. Mathematica 5
list price: $1,880.00
our price: $1,649.99
(price subject to change: see help)
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


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