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61. eMedia Guitar Method Version 3
$46.99 $39.99 list($49.99)
62. Hallmark Card Studio 2005 Deluxe
$42.99 $24.99 list($49.99)
63. Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Developer
$222.54
64. Pinnacle Studio MovieBox Deluxe
$269.99 $38.57 list($299.99)
65. FileMaker Pro 7
$78.95
66. SONY Vegas Movie Studio + ( Windows
$33.57 list($99.00)
67. Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0
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68. Adobe Photoshop CS Upgrade (Windows)
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69. Microsoft Visio Professional 2003
$199.00 list($424.99)
70. Adobe Illustrator 10.0
$89.99 $43.95 list($99.99)
71. Microsoft Works Suite 2005 [Money,
$149.99 $107.84 list($179.99)
72. CorelDraw Graphics Suite 12 Upgrade
$426.99 list($599.00)
73. Sibelius 3 Professional Edition
$344.99 list($349.00)
74. Adobe Creative Suite Standard
$358.00 list($609.00)
75. Adobe Photoshop 7.0-Mac
$589.99 $339.00 list($649.99)
76. Adobe Photoshop CS (Mac)
$44.99 $41.99 list($49.99)
77. Microsoft Picture It! Premium
$799.97 list($999.99)
78. Adobe Video Collection Standard
$128.00 list($249.99)
79. Adobe Acrobat 5.0 [Replaced by
$834.99 $672.00 list($899.99)
80. Adobe FrameMaker 7.1

61. eMedia Guitar Method Version 3
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Asin: B0000X63JE
Catlog: Software
Publisher: eMedia
Sales Rank: 75
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Learn chord strumming, playing melodies, and fingerpicking
  • 160+ comprehensive lessons, plus new modern rock chapter
  • 50+ videos including split-screens and close-ups of both hands
  • 70+ songs; artists include Bob Dylan, Steve Miller, and more
  • Automatic tuner, metronome, and 250-chord dictionary

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for beginner guitar players!!
If you are a beginner guitar player and are frustrated with your lack of progression, this product is a must have. It is a progressive program, starting with the basics such as; tuning a guitar, replacing strings on a guitar, and even how to hold the guitar. The lessons then move into your first couple of chords and basic folk songs which use those chords. Learning is by repitition and continually building on what you've already learned. You may feel a little silly playing songs like "She'll be comin' around the mountain" and "Oh-suzanna" but you'll soon see the benefit of these simple songs when you can suddenly make smooth chord transitions, which will of course help you later with the more complex lessons and songs. The best thing I've found about this program is that you move at your own pace. If you're having problems with a particular lesson or a certain chord transition, you can continue working on it until you're ready to move on. You can even go back and review any lesson you want. This is especially handy if you've had a break between practice sessions and it's been a while since you picked up your guitar. Also, after each chapter, the program gives you a list of popular songs which you should be capable of playing using the chords and techniques you've learned up to that point in the lessons. The program also has a very useful chord dictionary, metronome, and animated fretboard to follow along with during a song. Even if you don't even know what a fretboard is... even if you don't know a single chord... if you just picked up a guitar for your first time and haven't the slightest idea where to start...THIS PROGRAM WILL HELP!!! ... Read more


62. Hallmark Card Studio 2005 Deluxe
list price: $49.99
our price: $46.99
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Asin: B0001H5W9G
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sierra
Sales Rank: 73
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Create unique Hallmark cards for any occasion
  • Includes more than 5,400 Hallmark cards and projects
  • Also includes more than 1,000 new designs and more than 10,000 exclusive clip art images
  • Digital Editor feature lets you personalize cards with your digital photos
  • Event Planner feature keeps track of birthdays and anniversaries

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Possible Vaporware
With the demise of the Card Studio line this product may never be released. ... Read more


63. Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Developer
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B000050AVL
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 426
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

SQL Server Developer Edition is a version of SQL Server with some restrictions on functionality, and is designed for development and testing purposes. It is ideal for those developers who want to get a taste of the Enterprise Edition before purchasing the full product. The description following applies to the full product.

SQL Server 2000 is a fully Web-enabled database product, providing core support for XML and the ability to query across the Internet and beyond the firewall. Its features include a data-mining feature called Analysis Services, which lets anyone with SQL and Microsoft Visual Basic programming experience use OLAP tools to create custom analysis applications. Using a middle-tier server, SQL Server 2000 can perform complex analyses on large volumes of data with exceptional data-retrieval performance. Two new features, linked OLAP cubes and HTTP access to cubes, offer powerful data analysis over the Web. In addition to enabling you to extend your analysis capabilities to partners outside the firewall, these features deliver new value by creating opportunities to sell access to your database to new customers over the Web.

SQL Server 2000 extends your e-commerce functionality through rich support for XML, easy Web access to database information, and powerful analysis tools, coupled with high availability and tight security. This means that Web developers can access data using XML without having to do complex programming, and database administrators can manipulate data easily in XML format using Transaction SQL (T-SQL) and stored procedures. Secure HTTP database connectivity ensures that data can be queried--even by relatively inexperienced users--through a URL and intuitive user interfaces. SQL Server 2000 also makes querying from the Web relatively easy. The enhanced English Query tool allows developers to build natural, English-language interfaces to SQL Server in Microsoft Visual Studio. In addition, English Query can now generate Multidimensional Extensions (MDX) to query against OLAP cubes. ... Read more

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars read the small print carefully
The product description states ..."SQL Server Developer Edition is a version of SQL Server with some restrictions on functionality, and is designed for development and testing purposes. It is ideal for those developers who want to get a taste of the Enterprise Edition before purchasing the full product. ..."
What it does not tell you is that SQL Server 2000 will NOT install on Windows XP.
I am a fan of Sybase because their latest server ASE 12.5 does run on Windows XP ... oh, and by the way, the Sybase developer edition is free ...

5-0 out of 5 stars For developers
SQL Server has proven to be very reliable. This is the version I develop with and it has been good. Looking forward to Yukon.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good product, smart licensing
Choosing a database server is largely a matter of personal preferences. I've been using SQL Server 2000 & 7 for more than 5 years for large scale applications, and I'm quite happy with this product's features, performance and value for money. Compared to other database engines, it's main limitation is SQL Server's weird implementation of triggers. One more thing: I have entered C# programming thru Visual C# 2003 Standard (cheap & powerful). If you want to access SQL Server from this Standard edition, you will have to install a local MSDE copy, and only then, SQL Server's client tools. At runtime, however, you can change the connection string content to access any other server or instance. And don't forget to install Service Pack 3, to protect the engine against the Slammer virus.

4-0 out of 5 stars Careful - Not backward compatible
I still have not used the product to full capacity, however, it is much faster. I would be careful however if you are putting it in a native SQL 7 environment - you can upgrade the database, however any manipulations you do in 2000 will not be reflected when transfering back to SQL 7. If you upgrade (as if you have a choice), realize there is no capability to use both versions. ... Read more


64. Pinnacle Studio MovieBox Deluxe version 9 - video input adapter - Hi-Speed USB ( 210100429 )

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Asin: B00032Q3XS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 1267
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Features

  • Home Cinema support - Capture, edit and output 16 x 9 widescreen video, and create surround sound soundtracks
  • Automated editing - Let SmartMovie edit your movie for you
  • Fix poorly shot footage using Studio's new cleaning and restoration tools
  • Audio Filters - Apply professional-level effects such as Reverb, Graphic EQ and normalize
  • Image Filters - Create exciting video effects, such as Old Time Movie, Ripples, Lens Flares and more

65. FileMaker Pro 7
list price: $299.99
our price: $269.99
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Asin: B0001LUH9M
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Filemaker Inc.
Sales Rank: 658
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Track and manage people, projects, images, and data
  • Do more, faster with 30 starter solutions
  • Exchange data with a virtually limitless number of applications
  • Store, track, and archive files and documents
  • Secure data with assigned accounts and privileges

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Database Application
Now that you've read the previous 0 star rating, (tab buttons - give me a break), realize that FileMaker 7 is a great database development platform.

Just a few of the upgrade's improvements:

No File Size Limit (that's a heck of a lot of recipies Bob). The days of needing to migrate when a file hits the 2 Gig file size wall are OVER. Your database can grow to fill the largest hard drive a computer can support.

Multiple data tables per file.

Improved browser support of buttons and scripts through instant web publishing feature.

Improved security.

And if one is really worried about lining up their "tab buttons" on layouts, FileMaker offers a free 30 day evaluation for download from their website.

In fact, the only negative comment I can make is that the Server version won't be available until this summer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to Use
I've been using FileMaker Pro for many years. I used to use Microsoft Access, but FileMaker is much easier to setup and share your data. I highly recommend this software for both Mac and Windows users.

1-0 out of 5 stars Only for recipe or CD collections databases
I purchased and installed this FileMaker Developer product and ran into a brick wall, that precludes its use as a serious development tool. FileMaker Pro suffers from the same deficiencies. My real rating is 0 stars.

Filemaker does not use tab controls. It gets around this shortcoming by requiring that a separate layout be designed for each tab. Importantly this is not just for the information on the tab, BUT FOR THE WHOLE COTTON-PICKIN layout!!!

Then when a user clicks on the tab "button", a new layout is repainted over the old. Even though Filemaker provides the ability to copy a form, I have found that the repainted forms "jump" and give an entirely unsatisfactory visual experience. Like watching a web form flicker repaint over a slow dial up connection.

Filemaker appears to be a maintenance nightmare. If you have a layout with header information and with a five tab area, and you wish to change the header information (field width, color, etc.) you have to change it five times on each layout!

I thought the purpose of databases was to normalize information, that is to reduce redundancy in data storage. Filemaker may reduce this redunduncy, but it it adds it back in spades when it comes to application development!

The screen flicker caused by full screen repaints and the large number of forms required to accomodated simple tab displays makes this a no brainer. Filemaker is fine for your receipe or CD collection database, but forget about using it for serious development. ... Read more


66. SONY Vegas Movie Studio + ( Windows )

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Asin: B0002QNDKG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sony
Sales Rank: 797
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Features

  • Add special effects, transitions, titles, and music to your home movies for Hollywood-style results
  • Zoom, rotate, and pan across photos to create dynamic slideshows
  • Make your own DVDs complete with multiple menus, buttons, and links
  • Commemorate special events such as weddings and anniversaries
  • Create exciting, professional-looking business presentations

67. Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0
list price: $99.00
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Asin: B00006ANW9
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 121
Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (109)

5-0 out of 5 stars Photo editor for those who prefer manual transmissions
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Elements 2.0 has a lot of "idiot" controls as well. But if you use the advanced controls, it gives you great control of the color and level adjustment. Five minutes with the "Levels" control (setting white point, black point, and midrange), a little cropping, some adjustment to the hue and saturation, and you've made a lusterless photo into one that leaps off of the page. You can use dodge and burn tools, fuzz the background, and apply a wide variety of filters. ...

This doesn't even discuss what I haven't learned yet: layers, opacity, painting, cutouts, and a bunch of other advanced features. It's great.

The best things in Elements 2.0:

1. "Levels" control. This will make your photos sizzle.
2. Photomerge: create panoramas by stitching photos together.
3. "Liquify" filter: your children can have hours of fun distorting pictures of mom and dad.

Worst things in Elements 2.0:

1. It takes some time to learn how to do the manual features.
2. You'll want to buy photoshop. And that costs a fortune.

5-0 out of 5 stars Did you get a digital camera? You'll love this software
I have all sorts of software for image manipulation that came with digital cameras. But I plunked down good money for Photoshop Elements V.1.0 and now I tried V.2 and I really, really love it.

The interface is relatively easy to use (with pulldown menus or tabs as you prefer.) The manipulation of layers is made easier by working with the layer tab and the preview feature is a real boon.

There are artsy filters to add chalk, oil brush dabs, charcoal, and other brush effects to make a photo look like a painting. And I found it easier to use Photoshop Elements to start a web design and port it over to Dreamweaver than to use Macromedia Fireworks.

I really like V.2 and with a rebate from the serial number of Version 1, it's not a bad deal. If you have other software included with your digital camera and you find them awkward, give this a try. It's good enough for all but the semi-pro and professional graphics designers and a real bargain.

4-0 out of 5 stars It will do what you need it to do.....
I got his program primarily to annotate my digital images. I have very high resolution scans, and most programs cannot handle the file size. This can do it very well. At 4000 dpi scans, I find the font size needs to be 1 mm and there are not very many programs that can do this. In addition, one can drag and size the text boxes, and delete them individually, as each box is a layer, as well as change the color of the text. One can also do a lot of fancy things with the text. One has a large selection of image formats in which to save the file and within those formats a degree of resolution, as well as a direct to web format file size, although one has to work with a more modest file size for that to be useful.
A drawback is that the program is a serious memory hog. It is slow with 512 RAM. The program also loads slowly. And, if one forgets to click on the image background before saving (i.e. it is still on a text box) the saving of the file will be extremely slow. Also, if one sizes a text box to get the font size other than that listed in the preset sizes, only one save will be kept which may be a drawback if one is using many font sizes other than those listed. However, one has options of a number of different font sizes as one can select pixels, inches, cm, mm, picas, points and % for font size. It is trivial to put type vertical, horizontal, or on curves with a high degree of control.
The software actually comes with a written manual which is helpful. That is becoming rare nowadays.
I have taken high resolution images, selected a portion of the image, saved it at much lower resolution, and e-mailed the result in a decent file size for the recipient.
I am still learning the features, but found it easy to do what I wanted to do with minimal problems. Kudos to Adobe for allowing one to download a fully functional program good for 30 days which allowed me to determine that this program would do what I needed. I ordered the software shortly thereafter.
For all that is offered, the price is very reasonable and the features outstanding.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Power - GREAT Value
I stepped up to PSE2.0 about a year ago, after using Adobe's PhotoDeluxe for several years. PSE is an outstanding program, giving me the "digital darkroom" capabilities I'd been craving, at a fraction of the "real" Photoshop price. The key functions for me were Burn and Dodge, the ability to lighten or darken sections of a photo. The brightness/contrast controls are great, and the "Levels" function expands it even further! This has been everything I wanted, and lots more. I did invest in a 3rd party tutorial, which helped me learn even more capabilities. If you want great image editing capabilities without a $600 price tag, Elements is a great choice!

5-0 out of 5 stars 5
Wonderful product, like most Adobe software it takes sometime to figure out but it's worth the effort. The one minor complaint is that the "Quick Fix" focus always seems to leave the picture grainy. You can even make your own web grapics including banners... ... Read more


68. Adobe Photoshop CS Upgrade (Windows)
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Asin: B0000DBOBZ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 139
Average Customer Review: 3.19 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Improved file management, new design possibilities, and a more intuitive way to create for the Web
  • Support for 16-bit images, digital camera raw data, and non-square pixels
  • Create or modify photos using painting, drawing, and retouching tools
  • Customized workspace; save personalized workspace and tool settings; create customized shortcuts
  • Unparalleled efficiency--automate production tasks with built-in or customized scripts

Reviews (26)

4-0 out of 5 stars Activation is a pain, but . . .
I too was up in arms about the introduction of activation and had decided not to purchase the product as I have two PCs in my home and I never know for sure when I will get kicked off one or the other by my kids. However, I decided to buy the product when I discovered that you can install and activate two copies. Here's the reference from Adobe's web site:

Q: Can I activate Photoshop CS software on more than one computer?

A: The activation process supports installation on two machines. Adobe's Product License Agreement allows a user to install the product on a primary and a secondary computer as long as the product is not being used concurrently on the two machines. While the activation process supports installing and activation Photoshop CS on two machines, the usage of the product on the secondary computer is restricted to the main user who licensed the software. Allowing others to use Adobe software on a secondary computer violates the Product License Agreement.

I think some folks who posted here are assuming you can only activate once based their comments.

As for the software, I continue to be amazed at its features. I'm using it mainly to restore old family photos. I've been using the Photoshop 7 Classroom in a Book as I'm a newbie to Photoshop so I can't speak specifically to new features added in CS (hence the 4-star rating).

4-0 out of 5 stars Activation is becoming a standard for major software
For the big companies you can expect activation to be part of the package. Microsoft, Adobe, Macromedia all do it now. They have a lot to lose and if this is one way to get more folks to pay instead of passing one paid for disk around, well, it works.

As for the product, I have loaded the 30 day trial and in about 15 days will purchase the upgrade. I like what I have played with so far and the filters are nice. I made some posterized pics out of a bad photo to check it out and was truly amazed.

Don't let activation be the stopping point. If you need the program, get it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Plug-Ins Incompatibility: the deal breaker
I am a professional photographer, and, though I came to this page planning on buying PS-8/CS I just bought PS-7 instead ( I am currently using PS-6.5).

Having used PS since V2 I have found that getting every other upgrade has been the most satisfactory way to go. Until V4 the real strength and utility of PS was in its ability to make excellent color separations (for ultimate printing on a press). It has never been a state of the art image editor, and until V4, was not even a decent one.

PS-6 was the first version I was happy with both for editing, and for pre-press. PS-7 did not add much, so was going to skip it for PS-8.

Instead of PS-8 we get PS-CS which has valuable new tools in it (I wanted it for the "patch tool" alone!), but which has more problems than new features.

As do many of the other commenters, I do not like software activation. Computers are fragile, MS-Windows even more so - but, unfortunately - the only new, fast, and affordable programs are written for Windows. So, if you are counting on a Windows system, you better have a backup system (or two). I have four computers that I am actively using at the moment (3 desktops and a portable) - but, as I only use one at a time, I certainly do not feel that I am violating any of my software licenses by having a program installed on all four (though, with PS, I actually have different versions installed on each of the computers).

I also do not like WinXP (It was recently installed at my office). Of my personal computers one runs W2K, two W98, and one Linux/Lindows. Software written for any WinVer except for XP will run on Lindows (albeit more slowly) and it is ever so much more stable - Though W2K/NT3("5") - is actually quite good. My feeling is that is one of the main reasons the new versions of Adobe products are written to XP (yes, I do think there is a close relationship between Adobe & MS).

But. Having said all that, I would have bought XP just so that I could run PS-CS except for the deal breaker: Plug-In incompatibility.

Years ago I was trying to decide which 35mm camera system to go with. I had pretty well decided on Canon when they announced what was to be their THIRD lens mount system in 8 years: the old lenses would not work (or would not autofocus) on the new system. So, I went with Nikon - virtually any Nikkor lens made will work with the newest Nikon camera. When you've spent tens of thousands of dollars on lenses, the cost of a camera body is insignificant: you just want some assurance that you can use your existing lenses!!

Likewise with Plug-Ins. I have spent thousands of dollars on PS Plug-Ins. Why? Well, some make repetitive actions (such as repairing damaged jpgs, creased photos) quick and easy; others do things that are very difficult or impossible to do by "hand" (converting an image to only black and white - not the greyscale of B&W photos - with an acceptable loss of image quality); some are just fun (like adding crepuscular rays of light, or mist).

So. To "upgrade" to PS-CS would mean 1) a new OS (with all the attendant driver problems and incompatibilities, and weeks spent getting the system stabilized and working again); 2) at least $2000 to replace my existing Plug-Ins (IF they still exist).

Not a good deal for me, I can afford neither the time nor the money. So I bought a used PS-7 from a (poorly rated) Amazon Partner instead. I know it will be my last PS update ever - unless Adobe has an interest in retaining old customers ...

5-0 out of 5 stars Activation
"I wonder what kind of jerk-around the people at Adobe will give me when I try to do this and re-activate the software"

None, as your license (you did read the EULA didn't you?) allows for two installations, one on a dekstop and one on a notebook. As long as you don't use them at the same time you'll be fine.

2-0 out of 5 stars Bitter disappointment from Adobe
I ordered my upgrade from Amazon.com, feeling certain that Adobe would continue to provide high quality software. Yes, it's premium-priced, but it's always been worth it. So worth it that while I waited for the package to arrive, I downloaded the tryout program.

Right from the start, I had problems. (And before I go any further, let me just say that this is not a resources issue. I have more than enough RAM, disk space and power to run this puppy.) It took forever to install and a long time to boot up. Finally I got it up and running, changed a few settings, including telling it where to look for my filters and plug-ins, shut it down and rebooted. And it refused to start. Told me a file was missing. So I tried again. Same error message. I reinstalled per their instructions. Booted up. Another crash, same error message. I don't really know how a file can be missing if I've just installed it.

So I uninstalled everything, reinstalled (This is installation #3. It's going on an hour and a half now, between the download and the installation issues) and booted up. No problem. I pointed the program to my plug-ins directory, shut down and rebooted. Guess what? Yup, crashed on boot-up again, and again I got the file missing message. Long story short: Photoshop CS won't use or even recognize any of my plug-ins from PS7. None.

While it offers nothing new in the way of its own filters, the plug-in gallery is a nice touch and too long in coming. Unfortunately if I have more than about 10Mb of images open doing anything in the gallery crashes the program. I'm sure there ae a lot of wonderful features in this program, but judging by my own experiences with the try out, and the customer reviews (I should have read them before ordering!) I can tell you that the package is going back as soon as it arrives. And if Adobe doesn't get its act together, it's lost me as a customer. And I've been a devoted user since PShop3. ... Read more


69. Microsoft Visio Professional 2003 Upgrade
list price: $249.00
our price: $217.99
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Asin: B0000BZ54U
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 1017
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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Features

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

Reviews (3)

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

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

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

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

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

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


70. Adobe Illustrator 10.0
list price: $424.99
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Asin: B00005QVPY
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 1069
Average Customer Review: 3.56 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Fine for Design, Bad for Production
Having been a working user since Illustrator 5.0, I've seen a great deal of changes in this fine design and production program. Adobe was in my opinion at their pinnacle with release 8.0. Version 9 added transparency effect, but it seemed to drag on the OS (9.x), and one huge change that was unnoticed by most designers put a huge thorn in the side of those working in print or production: Adobe changed their post script management in the exporting of most files to be ripped from true post script, to .pdf. This caused a myriad of problems in the rip world, where the "new and improved" .eps format would not rip, or caused serious rip problems, with images needed embedding (doubling or tripling the final file size), or other work arounds. Hence, many of us never used verion 9.0.

Now comes version 10. This version has the beautiful aqua interface, is much faster than version 9, and a lot of designers will love it for that. Have the problems been fixed? Well, no. As a matter of fact, some are worse. .eps files saved out of 10 as version 8.0 (to hopefully rip better) causes placed files to appear as fragmented, embedded, unnamed, files, causing a total re-design. Files with transparency often rip as solid blocks, or have Pantone colors fall out when used as transparency. While one could argue this is a problem with the rip, it's not the best business ethic to let your customers (production users) have to deal with these hassles, when they should have been ironed out between Adobe and other (rip) software manufacturers. Another feature that appeared in 9.0 is still useless: Automated (batching) actions. Illustrator 10 wants to name every single file the same as the file used in the writing of the action. Making what could be a huge, huge time saver for production works, totally useless. There are also network security issues, where OSX wants to hide AI 10 files when saved to a Windows based server. Adobe also missed the boat in that the save window doesn't allow anything other than the power user window in OSX, and won't allow collumn width adustments. Again, this may all be Apple, (or Windows). But I say iron these issues out before releasing the software and charging users for it, and letting them deal with the headaches.

But before I create a huge laundry list of things wrong with the program, Illustrator does deserve some praise. It's the best looking version to date, that isn't even close. It also makes jumping into basic design easier than ever. And it has many, many web friendly features. Most any designer out there working on basic (or complex) logos, designs and illustrations will find AI 10, for OSX to be the slickest version to date. So you're likely to see a lot of 5-star reviews from those users.

Bottom line: If you're a designer working in OSX, this is a much faster, and nicer version than 9. But a lot of prepress and production workers who use Illustrator day in and day out for print export and rip are going to find the program still has several problems that make it very difficult to use in a production environment. And as that was once Adobe and Illustrator's bread and butter, it leaves me having to give this somewhat negative review.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Software but....with Xp. Yuk!!
I have been a Graphic Designer for 6 years and I have been using Illustrator the whole time. The program has been upgraded with some good new features, although Corel (which is evil) has Illustrator beat with the Envelope feature. Illustrator is EXTREMELY glitchy with XP. I find that it works well with 2000 and even 98. This is the program to get if you are in the field of Graphic Art, I have been teaching it for 3 years as well and new users really enjoy this Program. Once you get the basics down you can go many places with Illustrator.

4-0 out of 5 stars can be better
Many people struggle when it comes to which software draw application to buy. Should it be Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDRAW, Expression,Deneba, etc. Well, they are ALL GOOD. Its up to you you to be GOOD. With each one of them you can create basically almost anything you want if you have creativity. Each one of them has some advantages over each (its up to you to research on the product own web site what it does..compatibility with other applications, etc..). For example, currently Illustrator is probably most widely used in USA because ot its ease and compactness with Photoshop. But, macromedia has recently released Freehand MX which also is smooth with photoshop, if not better than illustrator (Currently Adobe just released Illustrator CS [nov 2003]. My suggestion is that if you are mainly thinking of web than buy Frehand MX (best if you buy it included in the whole Macromedia package) and if you are mainly into print than buy Illustrator CS (you save if you buy it in Adobe suite CS which includes Photoshop CS, Indesign..). Also, I have found some other drawing programs from Europe that are in my opinion better for my taste, but remember also that most people dont need these expensive programs and much cheaper drawing programs can suffice most individuals (except pros; even pros can make great stuf with cheaper programs). Hopefully I did not create more confusion in deciding which software to buy. OK, if you want to be in a "click" buy Illustrator CS, but if you want to be "cool" buy Freehand MX or any other similar quality digi drawing program such as CorelDRAW or Sarajevo L'Express.

3-0 out of 5 stars The Busoni of vector editors?
The composer Federico Busoni had a habit of writing music that was difficult to execute, technically. He didn't do so because particular musical ideas demanded it; his aim was merely to prevent amateurs from playing his works. I was somewhat reminded of him coming to Adobe Illustrator 10 after the intuitive logic of Xara X. Even though I am acquainted with the complex Adobe-style interface through Photoshop 7, Illustrator again has me convinced that Adobe program-designers go out of their way to make things deliberately esoteric. Now, that would be understandable and forgivable if the complex interface were necessitated by a wealth of options not offered by other vector programs. But though Illustrator 10 does offer a few extra's not available in Xara X (and no doubt the new Illustrator CS has yet a few more), none of these are essential and some are no more than fairly lame gimmicks ('lens flare', for instance). Other tools such as the scissors, the knife, or the magic wand may seem handy at first, but soon they reveal themselves to be just extra buttons for functions that Xara performs equally well simply using the line or shape tools. Of course, Illustrator being touted as the 'industry standard' for vector editing, you may want to pay the exorbitant price of this program merely to boost your self-confidence and credibility as a graphic artist. Some peer pressure may do the rest - according to some, if you don't use Illustrator, you're no more than a wannabee... But don't you believe them! I have yet to come across the first piece of vector art that was done in Illustrator and would be impossible to do in Xara. In fact, Xara is every bit as powerful as Illustrator, yet is generally faster, much easier to use, very visually oriented, with an uncluttered, cleverly thought out interface and lots of straightforward drag-and-drop functions. So if you define yourself as a graphic artist through your work rather than through your 'professional' (i.e. expensive) tools, I would advise you to save yourself a lot of money, a lot of time learning a needlessly complicated interface, and go for Xara X. After all, who ever heard of Busoni?

4-0 out of 5 stars For Artists Only Plus Buggy
If you are thinking of using this program without having any art ability, I have one word for you: DON'T. Unlike Photoshop, which can be used by people with a variety of image needs, with Illustrator you better already be an artist. I am an artist and this program is taking everything I've got. I find it extremely difficult. This is not to say that it is more or less difficult than any other drawing based art program, just that it is hard. I've always been a better painter than a drawer so that could well be bedeviling me in learning it too. What lowers the grade to a 4 though is that Illustrator 10 seems to have a lot of bugs when you use it on Windows XP, which is what I'm using. I notice another reviewer here catalogs all the problems it presents on a Mac so I caution you that installing it on Windows may not solve those problems. Perhaps Adobe just rushed it a bit prematurely into production. If you go to the Adobe website and then to the Illustrator User Forums, you can see all the computer bugs that users are running into with Illustrator 10. That can give you a better idea than I ever could about some of the problems you will need to work around after installation... The reason I went with this program is that it is the one that is the industry standard. It is also the drawing program taught in most colleges' commercial art departments. Apparently some advanced drawers also use a program called Freehand so you might want to read about that one as well before taking the plunge with Illustrator 10. ... Read more


71. Microsoft Works Suite 2005 [Money, Encarta, Picture It, Streets & Trips, Word 2002]
list price: $99.99
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Publisher: Microsoft Software
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Features

  • Write like a professional with Word 2002
  • Get up and go with Streets & Trips 2005
  • Edit and organize your photos with Picture It! Premium 10
  • Explore the world with Encarta Encyclopedia Standard 2005
  • Get those finances in order with Money Standard 2005

72. CorelDraw Graphics Suite 12 Upgrade
list price: $179.99
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Asin: B00014TCTK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Corel
Sales Rank: 403
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Produce creative, accurate shapes and objects with new smart design tools
  • Advanced features that increase productivity, such as real-time visual feedback
  • Keep your workflow smooth with industry-standard file compatibility
  • Integrated applications for vector drawing, page layout, digital imaging, and more
  • 10,000 clipart images, 1,000 TrueType and Type 1 fonts, 1,000 photos and objects

Reviews (14)

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing product with unbelievable low price
I am new in vector drawing. I've tried Adobe illustrator first, I cannot quite understand why I have to go through so much trouble to do simple things like draw a line. I decided to give coreldraw a try. Now I am hooked. Coreldraw shows that you can get into vector drawing and still keep your common sense. Coreldraw is so easy to use! After a few months, I can do very sophisticated drawing now.

By buying CorelPainter 8 and CorelDraw 12 Upgrade, I've spend only a fraction of the cost of any Adobe product to get EVERYTHING I need for computer graphics at professional level. Adobe products maybe powerful, but compare to what I got from corel, they cannot justify their unreasonable price tags. Also I think Adobe illustrator and photoshop have unnecessarily complicated and cumbersome interfaces, whoever designed them should be fired!

5-0 out of 5 stars In response to objection about the PhotoPaint
I am upgrading from version 10, and version 10 already has a way to make your default units in Photopaint Pixels.

There is also one user that has reviewed this three times with a bad review. C'mon, now.

Just press Ctrl-J and change the default units to pixels. Simple.

One of the greatest things about CorelDraw is the active help you can get from expert users at http://www.egroups.com/community/cdug

If you had posted this question there, we would have shown you how to do this 3 years ago.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good bang for the buck...
I am an amature photographer and painter. And I love using photoshop too. But I can't afford photoshop. Adobe makes great products but they are overpriced. This is why I got Corel Graphics Suite. It supports all the plug-in's for photoshop, does pretty much everything photoshop and illustrator can and all for a cheaper price. If you are just starting out with computer graphics this is a good alternative to Adobe. Or if you are a student with little or no money and need a legit image suite this is the way to go.

3-0 out of 5 stars Photo-Paint 10 User looking for Upgrade
I have a 5MP DSC camera and use Photo-Paint 10 for all my digital photo work. I am continually irritated by the inability to set default values for the ruler. To edit EVERY photo using pixels, the process is Tools : Options : Units : Pixels ; OK - FIVE clicks for EVERY photo. I thought this would have been fixed in Photo-Paint 12 since the issue is continually brought up in Support. I downloaded the trial version of CorelDraw 12 from corel.com and alas it has not been fixed. I would pay the upgrade price for this feature alone.

2-0 out of 5 stars crash city
I upgraded from v10 hoping to see a lot of new features. CorelDraw in itself is a very valuable program - I have used it for years.

However v12 does crash and it does crash often, and for this reason alone it is extremely dissapointing. I don't think it was worth the upgrade, there just aren't enough new useful features to offset the frequent crashing / memory leak problems.

Basically what you get is some spiffy modernized graphics and icons, no significant improvement to the UI. The word on the street has it that there are some new features however I haven't explored enough to find them. I suppose the masking is a bit better. They still haven't added a curve smoothing option to the path tool in photopaint, this was a feature I was hoping I would see in v12. ... Read more


73. Sibelius 3 Professional Edition
list price: $599.00
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Asin: B00018TKAW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sibelius Software Ltd.
Sales Rank: 1272
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Software for writing, playing, printing, and publishing music notation
  • Scan in printed music; high-quality sounds for playback
  • Saves time; elegant and intuitive; school feature sets
  • Publish music world-wide or create personal CDs and MP3s
  • Designed for students, educators, and professional composers

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful Yet Easy to Learn
I have always written music the old-fashioned paper-and-pencil way and have never been capable of producing a fair copy in ink. So in order to give a more permanent form to some dreadful music I've accumulated in notebook sketches -- my aural communication to the ages -- I've been looking into music notation software. I ended up buying Sibelius 3.1, although Finale 2004 was also a strong contender and I downloaded the demo versions for both. Finale has a reputation of being difficult to learn and use, so I decided on Sibelius.

After just two days -- about twelve hours using the program -- I have mastered it to the point of being able to do cross-staff beaming and other moderately "advanced" things. It is essential to know how to select passages and input notes, but this is well explained in the clear and comprehensive User Manual and once you get this far, the rest pretty much falls into place.

The screen is attractive and uncluttered, with a large useful workspace. That the program is very well-designed is clear from the start, and as you use it and encounter inevitable problems (such as not enough space for an inserted clef, reshaping of ties, etc.) you will really appreciate the ability of the program to recover from errors in an intuitive way. Sibelius just has a way of "doing the right thing", which from a programming perspective is very difficult to achieve. And once you have discovered the joys of copying (which depends on a mastery of selection), you will find you can create fair copies even faster than you could write out a sketch using pencil and paper.

Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Software for the common/professional musician
My background is in both arranging and composing and playing professionally here in the New Mexico area. Having used both of the top music software's for the last few years I find that when I have to do a project for profit, I always use Sibelius.
Both programs perform equally well, but Sibelius is by far the easiest and most logical to learn and use. The learning curve is very shallow. Everything is very intuitive and easy to find. The use of hot keys and simple, logical key presses and not the mouse make this program quick and through. You do not have to spend time going from menu to menu to find what you need. It can do everything I have ever needed in the way of arranging and composing. From Big Band Jazz to Orchestral works, it is all there. The finished printed work is beautiful to behold. I would highly recommend Sibelius to anyone who wants to get started producing work right away. The latest Sibelius V.3.1 is probably the most advanced product I have found. I have recommended it highly to all my musicians friends, and I have made many converts to Sibelius.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the best !
My musical world literally changed overnight when I purchased Sibelius version 2. I no longer had to worry about how to work the 'tool', as it was not in the way of my creativity! Everything was intuitive and user friendly. I soon composed many original tunes and received a nice publishing contract. I recently upgrade to 3.0, and wow! I love the Kontact player for realistic sounds, and I often use the score-to-audio wav file feature. I can compose and record to CD in minutes. Hard to believe they could improve this product any more. I highly recommend it to any musician or composer. By the way, the layout and user interface is very pleasing to the eye, and the program is just plain fun to use!

5-0 out of 5 stars Sibelius continues to score points
Sibelius has done a first rate job with this most recent version of their flagship notation application, managing to keep the program extremely user friendly, while incorporating some powerful new features.

The first thing you notice about this program is how *good* Sibelius looks on screen. Visually uncluttered and graphically smart, with a large, clean workspace. The New Score wizard has been completely overhauled, and the redesigned Instruments dialog allows one to re-sort staves, or add and delete instruments on the fly.

The new Focus On Staves feature is also extremely powerful, allowing one to view a subset of staves for more detail.

As to user friendliness, Sibelius 3 reminds me a lot of other well designed power applications which are very easy to do basic things with, and yet, provide a lot of depth and power under the hood when you are ready for it.

If you are a professional engraver, there are some things you will probably still miss in Sibelius, for instance, you still can't create complex bar numbering schemes which include visible multimeasure rest ranges. Also, selection and manipulation of bar numbers on the page in general needs some improvement. (for instance, you can't select multiple bar numbers and move them as a group).

However, based on the quantum leap in features and quality between versions 1, 2, and 3 of Sibelius, it's likely power users won't have long to wait for some of the more pro-specialized or esoteric features that are currently missing. For the majority of users, Sibelius is much easier to use right out of the box than its nearest competitor, Finale, offering excellent printed output and great playback with much less effort.

Add the host of new features in version 3 to an already extremely user friendly notation package, and Sibelius adds up to an excellent software choice for anyone composing or arranging printed music.

5-0 out of 5 stars It Just Keeps Getting Better~!
I upgraded from Sibelius 2 to version 3, and I'm SO thrilled with all of the new features!! No other notation software is taking the advancements in musical technology as seriously as Sibelius. My scores not only LOOK good, but they sound AMAZING. It's just wonderful.
All of the little fixes are great in this version, and I love some of the new plug-ins.
It's 100% stable in both platforms, too~!
My co-workers and I completed two large shows using Sibelius 3 (on both platforms) during the first week of it's release, and we had NO problems at all.
I could go on and on about how wonderful this program is...
If you're a first-time buyer, don't hesitate. It's one of those programs that doesn't take much time to learn, and once you get the very basics, everything falls right into place. You can guess your way through it, pretty much. It's really fun - you're bound to have one of those "wow" moments when you ask the program to do something for the first time, and you just guess, and it does it.
Perspective "power users" or professional users like myself: If you're using anything other than Sibelius for musical notation, you really should start thinking about your future.
Finale users... I'm SO sorry... Amazon only has 7 copies of Sibelius 3 left, so you better purchase NOW~! ... Read more


74. Adobe Creative Suite Standard CS2 Upgrade
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Asin: B00080DQ9E
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Adobe
Sales Rank: 1121
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Product Description

Creative Suite Standard 2.0, Upgrade ... Read more

Features

  • New power for vectors in Adobe Illustrator CS2
  • Rich, versatile layouts with Adobe InDesign CS2
  • Unified design environment
  • Simplified file versioning
  • Greater control over images in Adobe Photoshop CS2

75. Adobe Photoshop 7.0-Mac
list price: $609.00
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Asin: B000063EMZ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 2621
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Mixed-media professionals such as photographers, Web designers, and graphic designers will not be disappointed with Adobe's latest incarnation of Photoshop. While the major difference between this and earlier versions is that Photoshop 7.0 is Mac OS X compatible, this version also successfully addresses the issues of file management, easy photo retouching, and smarter output for the Web. In addition, new, improved tools such as painting and an enhanced brush palette allow Photoshop to build on its reputation as the leading tool for image manipulators. New-school designers of wireless applications will smile when they discover that Photoshop 7.0 finally offers support for WBMP-format graphics.

Photoshop 7.0's new file management system comes in the form of a Windows Explorer-like file browser that allows users to easily sort and locate their images within various projects. Users can now organize projects by name, date, resolution, and a number of additional parameters.

The enhanced brush palette allows users to create custom brushes and save them as a preset that can be accessed from the Tool options bar. Users can easily vary different aspects of the brush by changing the hue, opacity, or flow of the brushes for pastels, oils, and charcoal. Photoshop 7.0 also introduces a new Healing Brush and Patch Tool. With this tool, users can easily "heal" their images by removing scratches, blemishes, and other imperfections while also preserving shading, lighting, and texture attributes.

Adobe has taken great strides in revamping Photoshop 7.0 to be more Web-ready than ever before. With the help of its companion software, Image Ready, users can now easily create rollovers and complex navigation bars with selected state by using the new Rollovers palette. Additional Web-ready features include enhanced Web export functions that allow designers to preview images designed for PDAs and mobile phones in the WBMP format. Users can easily create a slide show of their images and post online using the new Web Gallery. For those concerned about posting their images online, they can secure their images with the new password protection feature before sharing them.

A long overdue spell checker has finally been introduced, with wicked multilingual spell-checking capabilities.A new search-and-replace feature allows users to search and replace across different layers in the same document.

While Photoshop 7.0 introduces an impressive array of features that allow photographers and Web and graphic designers to work more effectively with Web and wireless devices, Photoshop still remains the leading tool for anyone serious about digital imaging. No other software package provides users with the ability to create such high-quality images. --Rich Ting ... Read more

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Expensive but Quality
I never had access to many Adobe products, with exception for Pagemaker, because of the high price. But at my high school we have what we they called an Academy of Graphic Arts and Design. There, with the financial help of a well known college, the academy was given a full copy of Adobe Photoshop 7.0!

I really enjoyed learning how to use Adobe Photoshop 7.0. I'm not one to read manuals or help menus and just like to play around. Learning how to use everything is fairly easy.

One feature I LOVED is what is called "layers". You can have a photo in the background and then open other files and drag and drop onto the first picture. Then you can choose to erase part of the pictures you placed on top. But not everything is erased...each layer underneath the one you are erasing is still visible! There are various erasers (shape-wise) too, so it can look blended or have neat edges.

I also liked the variety of "filters". These filters help change the picture. You can add texture to the picture, distort it, add light to a certain area, make the picture look like it on a stamp (as in rubber stamp)...the list goes on.

The one bad thing about this is you can't do "Undo except for the change you just did (meaning if you made a mistake and decided to try something to "cover it up", if you didn't like the outcome of the "fix" you can't go back and change the mistake) EXCEPT if you are layering, you go to the box where it shows each layer and go to the history where you can delete (or "undo") up until the mistake you had made is gone.

My point is, this program is Top Class. The best I have used (and I have tried a few) Although I'd like to try the Windows version, for those who have a Mac (this is the version I used and have experience with) GET THIS if you love photoediting. The possiblities are endless.

Now if only I could save up enough money...

5-0 out of 5 stars Cannot pull myself away
Photoshop 7.0 is incredible. The new paint enhancement are mindblowing. Everyone should learn how to use this program. I have been able to do so many things, Edit and enhance my own artwork and comics, make custom t-shirts, make beutiful portaits and photo collages, just let my artistic mind run wild. This program has opened a world of opportunity, and it should for you to. BUY IT, worth every penny.

5-0 out of 5 stars Adobe Photoshop Rocks
Adobe did it again. Not only did they make a product that runs great in OS X but they inhanced it and made it better with new features like the heal tool. If you have been waiting to upgrade to OS X because of Photoshop order both right now. ... Read more


76. Adobe Photoshop CS (Mac)
list price: $649.99
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Asin: B0000DBOA5
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 945
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Improved file management, new design possibilities, and a more intuitive way to create for the Web
  • Support for 16-bit images, digital camera raw data, and non-square pixels
  • Create or modify photos using painting, drawing, and retouching tools
  • Customized workspace; save personalized workspace and tool settings; create customized shortcuts
  • Unparalleled efficiency--automate production tasks with built-in or customized scripts

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Photographer's Point of View and Adobe Photoshop CS
It's all about control. Now you have the photo editing control power in your hands with Adobe Photoshop CS.

Raw format allows photographers greater latitude in how they want their pictures to appear. Open the camera raw image files. Next, quickly apply adjustments such as exposure compensation or tonal adjustments without compressing the image or losing any of the original image data.

Shoot photos in your digital camera's raw format when image quality is the most important factor. Raw format saves all related image data with no in-camera processing.

Photoshop CS allows photographers to:

Control their raw camera images

View live histograms as they work

Create lens blur effects

Simulate photo filter effects

Easily correct exposure problems

Quickly replace color

Automatically crop and straighten photos and Create Adobe Photoshop CS panoramas

The 'Inner Core' of Adobe Photoshop CS

Most of my Photoshop CS work is done in the Browser. I single-click the photos that I need for my Photoshop CS project. Now I have a group of highlighted photos that can be used in the Browser's Automated menu.

The inner core of the Photoshop CS Browser's Automated menu contains: Batch, PDF Presentation, Contact Sheet II and Online Services. Also, Automated menu contains Photomerge, Picture Package and Web Photo Gallery. Running these automated menu tasks from the File Browser saves me a lot of time. I can avoid opening each photo file separately in Photoshop CS.

The Photoshop CS Browser has Sort capabilities that contains the Filename, Flag, Rank, Width and Height. Also, Sort capabilities that contains File Size, Resolution, File Type and Color Profile. Finally, the Photoshop Browser's Sort contains Date Created, Date Modified, Copyright and Custom. You can sort them in ascending or descending order.

Photoshop CS Photomerge and PDF Presentations

In Photomerge, I can make a collage of photos and move them in any order. Also, I can take several sections photos of a large bridge using a tripod. I then take the section photos and join them together with Photoshop CS' Photomerge. I still have to edit the new Photomerge photo for length, size and contrast.

In PDF Presentation, I can turn my photos into Acrobat PDFs and stitch them together. The fun is turning my new creation into a slideshow with various transitions. The PDF Presentation is cross-platform that can be used on a Mac and Windows computers.

The 'Outer Core' of Adobe Photoshop CS

The epiphany moment for me was using Adobe Photoshop Toolbar's one-key letter shortcuts. During an SIG (Special Interest Group) meeting on how to use Adobe Photoshop, the SIG teacher showed the club members the basic one-key letter shortcuts.

Keyboard Commands

The one-key letter shortcuts that I use quite often is M for Marquee, V for Moving objects, T for Text,  I for Eyedropper and C for Crop. There is a multitude of Toolbox one-key letter shortcuts that you can use or change.

Toolbox uses the Shift bar to get to related tools on the same pop-out menu. For example, to cycle through the Lasso, Polygonal Lasso, and Magnetic Lasso tools, hold down Shift bar and keep pressing "L" key.

Change Keyboard Commands in Photoshop CS

This means that missing Photoshop CS Menu keyboard commands can now be added. For example, I am constantly making changes to my images by changing the photos' contrast and brightness.

Now without using the computer mouse, I use the Command, Control, and C keys in unison. Like a piano chord, I can now change the contrast and brightness in my digital photographs. I use Command, Control, and letter keys for adding keyboard commands. This works well within the menus and plugin filters that I use in Photoshop CS.

Pro Reaction

Photoshop CS offers flexibility and nondestructive editing. Photoshop's Welcome screen and improved Help ease the learning curve for new users. The Help menu is changeable. I find Photoshop CS' Help menu an excellent way to learn the various functions of Photoshop program. Photoshop CS comes with a paper, hardcopy paper manual.

Con Reaction

You have to read and work with hardcopy paper manual. Photoshop CS is not compatible with older Mac OS. Photoshop CS requires Mac OS X 10.2.4 or greater.

Final Words

Photoshop is the industry standard for professional photo editing, graphic design, and digital imaging. Adobe Photoshop is considered the industry standard. Photoshop skills are required for employment in the graphic design field. 

Digital photographers will benefit from Adobe Photoshop with its strong digital-camera raw workflow. Adobe Photoshop is made for Jaguar (Mac OS 10.2) and Panther (Mac OS 10.3). ... Read more


77. Microsoft Picture It! Premium 10.0
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Asin: B00029QX0A
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 101
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Features

  • Easy-to-use photo tools for a complete digital photo solution
  • Correct color, exposure, and camera phone images; eliminate red eye
  • Project templates for photo cards, calendars, labels, flyers, and more
  • 5,000+ images available to add to photo collages and design projects
  • Share photos through e-mail, order prints online, or print out

78. Adobe Video Collection Standard 2.5 - Premier Pro 1.5, After Effects Standard 6.5, Audition 1.5, Encore DVD 1.5
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Asin: B00021XI0Q
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 2512
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Features

  • Comprehensive toolset for Windows-based video production
  • Create stunning motion graphics and visual effects
  • Produce quality audio and author-interactive, multi-language DVDs
  • Deliver professional results for film, video, DVD, or the Web
  • Premiere Pro; Audition; Encore DVD; After Effects Standard

79. Adobe Acrobat 5.0 [Replaced by Adobe Acrobat 6.0]
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Asin: B00005ATST
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 644
Average Customer Review: 3.58 out of 5 stars
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Any business that requires documents to be shared, reviewed, and editedacross broad networks will undoubtedly benefit from Adobe Acrobat 5.0. If you'venever used Acrobat before, you'll be amazed at how easy it is to convert Officedocuments and Web pages to PDF files (portable document format). If you alreadyuse Acrobat, new features and enhancements--including the ability to uploaddocuments to Web sites and intranets--make this version a worthwhile upgrade.

Installation is quick and easy; within 15 minutes of opening the box we weresaving Web pages as PDF files and adding comments to our documents. New usersmay want to take a tour around the help sections (either online Help or tooltips) to get acquainted with the program. In addition, checking out the helpsection will ensure you don't miss out on some of the more hidden featureswithin the application, such as color management and timesaving Windows and Macshortcuts.

One of the most important new features of version 5.0 is the ability to developnew documents from PDF files. You can now save the PDF file to Rich Text Format(RTF), and then edit the document using your word processor. Another importantnew feature is the ability to create interactive forms, which actually look alot like their paper counterparts. And once you figure out how to upload theseforms to your company intranet, you can share them with all relevant teammembers. Team members can even sign these forms, using a password-protecteddigital signature.

As always, the ability to comment on documents and Web pages remains animportant reason to use Acrobat. A toolbar on the left-hand side gives userseasy access to the list of comment tools, which range from highlighting tools,note boxes, pencil and line tools, and strikeout tools which let you erase linesof text. Once you've marked up a file or Web page, you can send the file to teammembers, business contacts and clients. As long as they have the Acrobat Reader(available free from Adobe's Web site), they should be able to read these files. And Acrobat retains the quality of your documents when you print them, so youdon't have any nasty surprises when you pick up your documents from theprinter.

Companies with employees in different physical locations can only benefit fromAcrobat 5.0. While version 4.0 is obviously still a strong and very usefulproduct, upgrading to Acrobat 5.0 promises a host of Internet-ready new featuresdesigned to accompany your business to the next level of high-speedcommunication. --Gisele Toueg ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Much needed upgrade
Acrobat for Windows (and other Adobe software) is expensive. Way too much. Every Adobe program costs hundreds of dollars, and only recently they started offering product suites that greatly reduce the cost of ownership. Acrobat is included in every such collection. The problem with such collections (4 programs) is that the price tag approaches 4 digits. All of these suites contain Acrobat (4.0), the heading program of "e-paper solutions". If the changes from version 3.0 to version 4.0 were profound, then the change to version 5.0 is much more than substantial, it's overwhelming.

REMARKS FOR FIRST-TIME USERS: If you don't already know that, here is a short, but important message for newcomers to the PDF world: if you only need to read PDF files - you do not need Adobe Acrobat - just download a free Acrobat *Reader* from Adobe website. If you need to create the simplest possible version of PDF documents, there are free tools on the web that will allow you to do that. Acrobat is a powerful program that is designed to assist you in almost every aspect of publishing electronic documents online, or sharing them in a multi-platform environment. Hence, as this software is expensive - you might reconsider your purchase. If you regularly publish important stuff online and you work in a potentially multi-platform environment or the whole network AND you think seriously about your work, then Acrobat is for you (this is why I tested and bought yet another upgrade). Nevertheless, this powerful tool may be too much. If you need to distribute files among friends or post some messages online, you might consider using HTML (available even via any word-processing software like Word). PDF format is really designed to be multi-platform - and you have to pay a "nice" price for the opportunity to create such documents.

WHY IS THE UPGRADE WORTH YOUR ATTENTION: For the first time in Acrobat history you are able to RESTRUCTURE existing PDF documents. It's especially useful when you no longer have the original version of the file from which PDF was created. To this end, Acrobat uses the RTF format recognizable by every word processor. Acrobat can publish user-interactive documents online - with integrated (yet still limited) options used in productivity office suites: calculation, spell-checking, multi-user collaboration. You can specify permissions on distributed documents, like allowing/disallowing printing, changing or copying text to clipboard. Newly supported encryption is now 128 bit. Finally, FINALLY, Adobe decided to simplify the user interface a little. Now, more than ever, Acrobat toolbars are much more customizable - you can arrange them in the floating Photoshop-type way, or use all toolbars (including new formatting toolbar) at once, as in Microsoft software. This is a step in a good direction. Last, but not least, you have a PDF repair utility. It is especially useful when you use a browser plug-in (Acrobat integrates with MSIE and Netscape) to save a web page, or capture it and convert to PDF. There is a high probability that the file will include unnecessary portions of html code, including scripts. That's a very good reason to upgrade, if not anything else.

REMARKS: PDF writer (a simple PDF-producer included as a "virtual" PDF printing option) fails more often than not and in order to have correct results, it's better to use Distiller (a full-featured virtual PDF printing engine) which may be not user-friendly to new users. Still, in this version 5.0 the old truth remains the same: not every graphics object you have in your document will be converted - sometimes you will get a blacked area instead of the picture. There is no other way around than experimenting with the file type, which may be confusing in some productivity applications.

SUMMARY: Powerful tool for those who really need multi-platform secure document creation and distribution. It's still relatively-user unfriendly. If you have already used a previous version, 4.0., do not hesitate. If you are contemplating first-time purchase, read the above remarks and think twice. That's of course if you have enough money to buy Acrobat.

5-0 out of 5 stars For functionality and reliable cross-platform compatibility.
Acrobat 5.0 can convert any file type from its application's print command into a PDF, which, when viewed by someone with the free Acrobat Reader, will look the same as you created it, irrespective of their monitor's resolution setting, or computer platform. This means that a document containing text and images will look correct on screen and when printed. At present, the Adobe PDF format is the only means of achieving this.

You can create a navigation path within your PDF using the Bookmarks feature. Highlight and add annotations to sections of the document. And include hyperlinks as in an HTML page, etc.

Using Acrobat to create a bookmarked photo-gallery, for example, will result in a file much smaller than an equivalent HTML item when you use Acrobat's screen-optimised Distiller settings, and with all the images retained within the PDF itself, instead of split between a contents folder and its associated HTML page. The PDF can be secured so that your images and text are secure from simple pilfering.

The security settings in Acrobat 5.0 are a little more comprehensive than was available in 4.0. Examples being password encryption at 128 bits, and print resolution options of high and low. Even so, PDF security is a matter of hot debate at present, as is security in any computer format. So don't get overly confident. Only regard a secured PDF as being safe from access or tampering by Joe Public. In the case of my photo-gallery example I can secure the PDF from interference in the Reader and the application by using a password. But the images can still be extracted in a PC by simply hitting the print-screen key and then pasting the clipboard contents into an image application such as Photoshop. This also applies to text which can then saved as a TIFF file and processed in an OCR application such as Fine Reader 5.0 Pro, or by straight transcription.

Some features are now more easily accessed: Distiller and Security settings being two.

Whether or not Acrobat 5.0 is a major improvement over 4.0 is superfluous, since 4.0 will soon be unavailable. 5.0 does everything that 4.0 did, and more, but some of the features are not backwards compatible with earlier versions of the reader. Users of your files will have to be forewarned if you are using such features, to upgrade their reader. Adobe claim over 200 million Acrobat Reader installations, but that includes readers of 3.0, 4.0, and 4.05 vintage. An example of incompatibility would be an access password set at 128 bits. The recipient must have the 5.0 reader installed to gain entry. Sorry to rabbit on about this, but it is a current point of contention as to why PDFs are not used as often as they might be. Joe Public seems to have an aversion to updating even their internet browser, which is why web-masters have such a fun time keeping their web-sites as compatible as possible. PDFs can be used instead of HTML pages on your web-site but for maximum compatibility you will have to ensure that all important features can be read by a 3.0 reader. Bit of a pain, but there you are. Keep your PDFs simple and there shouldn't be a problem.

When you buy Acrobat 5.0, and you haven't any prior experience, I would recommend that you buy and work your way through Adobe's Acrobat 5.0 - Classroom in a Book. This, in conjunction with the Acrobat help guide ( Help > Help guide ), will tell you all that you need to know. Methodically work your way through the classroom book first though. It'll be a lot easier if you do.

A well designed PDF is the best way for you to communicate your intentions whether that be an e-book, technical supplement, or a photo-gallery

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the best deal going right now for Acrobat
By the time I was done reading the reviews for Adobe Acrobat 6.0 I was depressed. Not only do I not have Windows XP, or Windows 2000, or NT installed in my machine (The only operating systems that will work with 6) I also couldn't muster up the confidence in the product after so many people were giving it the thumbs down. I want to create an eBook, and Adobe Reader is the most popular reader out there, with some 400 million, to a half a billion users with it installed. What a dilemma. I kept coming back to read some more. Finally I found the answer. I bought a new Adobe Acrobat 5.0 here at Amazon from one of their vendors, and it works great with my Windows 98SE. I planned on buying the 6.0 upgrade after they got the bugs out, and or I got a new computer with XP. Then I found out that 5.0 was the only version before, and that was the professional version. 6.0 Standard is a geared down version of 5. Ok, so it has some additional features, but it is missing all the rest of the professional features that 5 has.
So what's the skinny on the deal? For what I paid for a new 5 that is the full program, unregistered, and upgradeable, plus what I would have to pay here at Amazon for the 6 Professional Upgrade, I saved 80 bucks, and wound up with both versions 5 and 6 pro. Which as I mentioned are both professional versions. If I bought 5 and upgraded to 6 standard, I would only spend a little more for both versions. (About 4 percent more for standard, and about 20 percent less for professional) That way if 6 standard turned out to be as bad as many were saying it is, I would have 5 also.
In the final analysis, I am using 5 and am super excited about the new capabilities that Adobe Acrobat gives you. I'm hoping that by the time I get a new machine with XP on it, Adobe will come out with 6.something, or a second edition of 6 etc. with the fixes built in.
I'm not the only one to come to this conclusion. I noticed in the sales rank at the time I bought it and wrote this review, that 5 was outselling 6. Also I noticed that in the "Those who bought 5 also bought this" section, it had a special note that said, 47% of the people who bought 5 also bought the 6 upgrade. If your running XP, 2000, or NT, get them both. That way all the bases are covered.
Check out the reviews on 5 you'll be surprised how everybody raves about it. To be perfectly honest with you, if I had an XP machine, I would have ordered the 6 upgrade at the same time. Hope this helps.

3-0 out of 5 stars Merely a Stepping Stone
Since, for some unknown reason, Adobe doesn't offer a direct upgrade path from Acrobat 3 to Acrobat 6, I bought this Acrobat 5 Upgrade merely so I could qualify for a free upgrade to Acrobat 6. Not only is this silly of Adobe, it's also expensive. Instead of buying an Acrobat 6 package, sticking my old Acrobat 3 CD into the drive, and continuing on my way without further hassle or expense, I had to buy the Acrobat 5 upgrade, go to the Adobe website to find their customer support phone number, call them via their 800 number, get them copies of the receipt, pay a token shipping cost, and then install the new software. What's even worse is that I've spent over six weeks trying to do that. Amazon got me the package immediately. But, so far, I've had to talk to Adobe (at their expense) five times. The first time was to find out that the upgrade existed and get the instructions for faxing the information to them. Supposedly, my fax never arrived. Then, I had to talk to them about that and get a snail-mail address. Supposedly, THAT package never arrived. Then, with my next call, I managed to get an email address to send the documents to. Again, supposedly, that never arrived. Finally, I talked to a person who had me re-fax just the receipt and my Acrobat 3 serial number. She called me back within a half an hour and we completed the whole process (confirmed my shipping address and got a credit card number for the shipping fee). Besides the hassle I had to go through, this upgrade must have cost Adobe a bundle in phone and support personnel costs. The free upgrade period from Acrobat 5 to 6 is over now, but Adobe really needs to come up with a better way for their old Acrobat 3 customers to upgrade.

4-0 out of 5 stars Newbie to Acrobat
Yes indeed Adobe Acrobat is too expensive, but, when considering the alternatives of buying other brands of PDF software that have less than pleasing quality, it all boils down to choosing the product that has the highest quality. To my knowledge, Acrobat is still the best PDF software available.

My personal needs are to create PDF files, encrypt them, require passwords to view, and restrict the user from printing and copying. After testing a couple other PDF products, I quickly discovered that their security was overly easy to bypass, no I take that back, they were *ridiculously* easy to bypass. Adobe's security has so far proven to be usefully solid.

Since Adobe provides limited public information about their products, I recommend that you first buy a book teaching how to use an Adobe package and read it through so that you will know what the software actually does and does not do. Yes, I agree, having to purchase a book and spend the time studying is not the prefered way to learn about any product, but the few dollars invested can easily pay for itself by your knowing which software to buy (or more specifically, what not to buy!).

What has amazed me the most with my Acrobat experience is when I had to call Adobe customer service to get a complex upgrade to version 6. Not only did the girl answering know what I was talking about, she also accomplished the entire order within that one phone call! WOW! Customer service like that is unheard of today. Apparently Adobe does care about its products enough to hire quality employees, and with that level of care, I feel more confident that I made the right decision choosing Adobe. Too, I purchased Acrobat from Amazon for the same reason of wanting quality service.

There are other PDF products available, some are even free, but for those of us who prefer quality and usefulness over initially lower costs, Acrobat is an intelligence choice. Choosing the right product today, the one that does not crash nor take time away from our work to fiddle with settings, gives us more time to whine about the costs later. If Acrobat were less expensive, I would give it five stars. ... Read more


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