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101. FileMaker Pro 7 (Mac)
$74.99 list($99.99)
102. DarkBASIC Professional
$869.99 $411.00 list($899.00)
103. Macromedia Studio MX 2004
$49.99 Too low to display list($69.99)
104. PrintMusic 2004
$1,229.99 list($1,344.99)
105. AutoCAD LT 2005 Upgrade from LT
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106. Logic Pro 7 Upgrade from Logic
$529.99 $129.89 list($549.00)
107. Microsoft Visual Sourcesafe 6.0
$699.00 $449.00
108. Adobe InDesign CS2
$639.99 $616.95 list($699.99)
109. COREL Designer Technical Suite
110. Quark Xpress 4.1
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111. Apple GarageBand Jam Pack 4: Symphony
$74.99 $7.50 list($99.99)
112. Roxio Easy Media Creator 7 Digital
$74.99 $9.70 list($99.99)
113. Nero 6 Ultra Edition All-in-One
$389.99 $175.00 list($449.00)
114. Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Professional
$279.00
115. Adobe Illustrator 10.0
$189.99 list($229.99)
116. Corel Painter IX Upgrade Win/Mac
$169.00
117. Adobe InDesign CS2 Upgrade (Mac)
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118. AutoCAD LT 2002
$149.99 list($159.99)
119. Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional
$69.95 $69.93
120. Cadpro Platinum Bundle

101. FileMaker Pro 7 (Mac)
list price: $299.99
our price: $269.99
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Asin: B0001LUHEM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Filemaker Inc.
Sales Rank: 1677
Average Customer Review: 4 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 Have been using for 2 months now.
I have been using Filemaker 7 for Mac for 2 motnhs now. I am so happy with all the improvements they have made. Hands down this is the best database program (Mac or PC) ever made. A must buy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great software!
This Filemaker is the best version yet! Highly recommended!

2-0 out of 5 stars Filemaker Pro 7
I ran out an got this immediately when it was announced because I like to get the latest software and have been using Filemaker for over 10 years.
Now I want to go back to 6.
For some reason 7 is SLOWER than 6. All functions hang before executing from performing a find to changing between layout views there is a noticeable lag before the desired screen comes up and when you asked for it. Additionally once you perform the function you find yourself waiting. Especially performing finds I am noticing that it takes a while for the program to give me results. Since I use this function constantly that's a major pain in the ass. In 6 the delay between when I hit the find button and the results coming up was non existant. Performing finds in 6 on the same machine was lightning fast. In 7 it is not.
Since I use this function more than any other and because there is also an increase in wait times on many other functions in the program , like creating a new record, sorting and everything else, I would not reccomend this upgrade.
Ray ... Read more


102. DarkBASIC Professional
list price: $99.99
our price: $74.99
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Asin: B0000C7FOD
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Enteractive Inc.
Sales Rank: 428
Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Powerful language for creating games
  • Ideal for both beginners and more experienced programmers
  • Create 2-D and 3-D effects
  • Make games using Quake 3 levels
  • Powerful, flexible, and easy to use

Reviews (7)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good product, bad manual.
In reviewing this product, I would like to fairly say that I have not written a single complete program using this product yet.

Now, that scentance could be a double edged sword, it could meen I am incompetent, or it could meen there is something wrong with darkbasic pro. What I like to think is that dark basic pro has thoroughly flawed documentation. Just as Peter Patterson said in his review. The programing lanuguage is great and very easily allows you to write software very fast, yet, when you are stuck, the manuals are no help.

Many of the commands do not work as predicted, and same functions seem to be implemented differently for different commands. The 3D rotation commands can drive you nuts. The coordinates system also seems to be a bit unpredictable.

I love the programing language, and that is why I gave it four stars, but they realy need to work on the documentation and help files.

I heard there is an update, hope the documentation update is up to expectations.

3-0 out of 5 stars Once the shine wears off
I have read the other reviews of this product, and wouldn't dispute any of those users experiences with it. There are however many things that become evident once the shine wears off and you try to go beyond the simple spinning cubes you can get running in ten minutes or so.

I have been using DarkBasic now for several months, and while I was initially as enthusiastic as most of the other reviewers, I have run into enough problems that only become apparent when you try to go beyond the basics that I feel compelled to submit a more balanced review.

For example.. while one review mentions the built in help system that has a brief description of each command, what they failed to mention was that this brief description is the only description of the commands available at all even in the printed manual. The printed docs and the online docs are one and the same, and they are not only brief, but provide circular definitions in many cases, and they are definitely not comprehensive descriptions of what each command does.

The reviewer also mentioned the extensive examples, but failed to point out that the examples are lumped into several huge programs that do nothing meaningful except to demonstrate one particular way to use each command and do nothing to help you figure out how to use each command in all possible ways. Again.. there is no comprehensive reference to all of the commands the language provides.

The online help forums are indeed helpful, but more to the point you will almost certainly have to go there to find out how to use the language. Sufficient information and examples are not provided in the box to use this language on your own, even if you are a professional developer.

Familiarity with Direct X will only help out so far. While DarkBasic Pro is really a thin wrapper for accessing the underlying functionality of Direct X, most of the familiar Direct X terminology has been hidden and replaced with new terminology that is never explained leaving you guessing and experimenting just to find out how a command is supposed to work.

Updates for the program are also few and far between. There are many bugs in the various commands that make entire sets of functionality impractical to use, and many of the DarkBasic forum members have games they would like to ship, but cannot do so until and unless updates are provided to make functionality that is advertised as being in the product already work.

Word is that there may be an update sometime around the fall, but if you are used to using other development tools and getting frequent patches, give some thought to how this kind of infrequent update policy will impact your schedule. You should also check out their online forums and make sure that the features you think will make your development cycle go smoothly work as advertised. Some of the documented commands have actually been removed from the language, although they are still listed as valid commands and provide no indication that they have been disabled when you try to use them (other than simply not working).

My feelings about this product are not entirely negative. It is a very useful tool for rapid prototyping of 3D experiences, and it's a great way to explore Direct X concepts. As the teacher who wrote an earlier review said, it allows you to focus on the game aspects without worrying about the low level details, and it is also very cost effective.

There is also an SDK that allows you to expand the language by writing a DLL in C++, and there are many such free and inexpensive third party DLL's to expand the language beyond the basics.

But it falls short as a professional development tool primarily in the areas of documentation and simply working completely as advertised. You would probably find that you can get your idea implemented halfway five times faster than in some other game engine, but you might also find that after getting halfway there, something doesn't work and you need to spend a lot of time trying to come up with a workaround or having to redesign things using different commands.

In short.. if you just want to experiment with and learn about 3D, this product is perfectly suitable. If you want to use it to develop a professional game, or you want something that just works out of the box and doesn't require a lot of guesswork and experimentation, you may end up dissapointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!!
I am a professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago and I use this for my Game Programming class.
In my 15 years of being in the computer graphics field I have never seen a software package integrate all this high-end graphics capability, into a simple-to-use, yet real programming language that creates compiled code. Not only that, the compiled code can be bundled as an executeable that you can then distribute as a standalone running program. This is an excellent way for budding independent game programmers to get a start. Furthermore the online forum is EXCELLENT. I usually get an answer to my questions within half an hour! There are some real dedicated fans out there!

Things that my graduate students used to take a semester to write for research projects are now accessible with a simple command in this language. For example: Binary Space Partion Trees, Surround Sound, Forced Feed Joystick support, A multitude of camera manipulation capabilities, collision detection, model loading and animation, forward kinematics, toon shading, real time shadows, and the list goes on and on... I've even written code to enable stereoscopic rendering so that I can take the output of a dual-headed graphics card, feed it into 2 DLP projectors with polarizing filters. Now my students can write games in true stereoscopic 3D! I know I am not allowed to post web sites in a review, so if you want more info on how to do something like this do a google on geowall darkbasic.

The interesting thing about providing students with so much capability at their finger tips is that they tend to take it all for granted. My students were complaining that the system had this bug or that bug. The hot-shot students wanted to do the class project in C++ and OpenGL instead. So as an experiment, a few of them took an undergrad research class with me the following semester to try and rewrite the game that they had written in DarkBASIC Pro, in C++ and DirectX. A month later I asked them, "next year, when I teach the class again, should I use DarkBASIC or should I use DirectX and C++?" They all said DarkBASIC was the way to go. New students would be too bogged down on the tiny details to be able to understand the whole game development process in a semester. DarkBASIC Pro frees you to think about developing the graphics, the game play, the sound effects- not waste all your time hunting down pointer errors.

Also a great low cost modeling package to go with this is Milkshape. The DarkBASICPro website recommends 3D Canvas. All my students hated 3D Canvas. It was crashing all the time, had an unintuitive interface and created a kzillion windows registry entries making it impossible to use for multiple login IDs on a single Windows box. There were also frequent version changes where 3D models were no longer compatible. Very annoying.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
In three days of using this program I made. (note: I had never used Dzrk BASIC before)

A 3d pong game
A first person shooter (with
a calculator with buttons (harder than it sounds)

This IDE is great, the language is great, and the community is even better.

-Cyberflame

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy and fun to learn, powerful, educational.
Look no further for an easier language to learn, DarkBASIC Pro (DBPro) is by far the easiest language in the market today. The language is procedural and not object oriented, it contains many of the "old school" BASIC commands such as DATA, RESTORE, GOTO, GOSUB plus many modern features such as pointers and user-defined data types. This language is even used in introductory programming courses in many educational institutions all over Europe because of its ease of learning.

If you are planning to develop your own games for commercial purposes, it will be good to know that your games will be license and royalty free, and all games can be distributed as .EXE files with no need to have a runtime application.

In terms of power for developing games I can tell you that it is a very strong and fast language. You can witness its power by going through the many demos with source code included on the bundled CD as well as their website darkbasicpro.com.

Creating your programs is very simple using their Windows-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE), this is one of the many differences between this language and its little brother DarkBASIC.

What types of games can you create? mostly anything you can imagine: 3-D games, First Person Shooters (FPS) such as Quake, Unreal Tournament and Half-Life, Role playing games (RPGs), 2-D scrolling games (a la R-Type), Maze Games (Pac-Man), Multi-player, Online games, Educational, your imagination is the limit. There's even a best-selling professional driving simulation program developed in England using DBPro (http://www.thegamecreators.com/?f=dts), so you get the idea on the quality level you can reach using this relatively inexpensive development tool.

DBPro is not drag and drop, let's be very clear, but the language commands are intuitive and easy enough to understand for anyone without exposure to programming. To have an idea, I'll show you a 4 line program that creates a 3-D cube and rotates it on it's Y axis, something that would require hours using other programming languages:
MAKE OBJECT CUBE 1,100
DO
YROTATE OBJECT 1,OBJECT ANGLE Y(1) + 0.1
LOOP
The parameters that follow the commands (e.g. 1,100) are easily understood by simply looking at the context-sensitive HELP menu, summoned with F1 while highlighting the command (In this code example the 1 is the object number assigned to the cube and 100 is the cube size.)

There's a 30-day full-featured downloadable demo version of DBPro on their website. The HELP menu has all the commands available with brief instructions on their purpose. The full version has even working versions of code examples (showcase examples) for every command plus thousands of sample images, maps, sound effects, sprites, etc. to get you started real quick with your own games. I'd recommend downloading this demo to get a good taste of the language and determine if it is for you.

Make sure to download the DBPro patch from their website as soon as you install the CD, to have the latest and greatest release. The DBPatch can not be applied to the demo version though.

The only negative comments I have about this product is their language documentation included in the box. It could be more detailed and extensive. The good thing is that the DBPro community is growing and there are many resources for learning on the Internet. Amazon has a good introductory book on DarkBASIC (with some DBPro on it), ISBN 1592000096, but I think this book still lacks many advanced features since it was written mostly for DarkBASIC. If you are not familiar with 3-D terminology I would recommend to purchase an introductory book in this subject, or do an Internet search for this topic before getting your hands in the 3-D commands of DBPro.

Recommended for game enthusiasts, beginners and to-be professionals. ... Read more


103. Macromedia Studio MX 2004
list price: $899.00
our price: $869.99
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Asin: B0000CAVSE
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Macromedia
Sales Rank: 1015
Average Customer Review: 2.83 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Streamline web development
  • Integrated tool set includes the newest versions of Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks and FreeHand
  • Build websites and applications with Dreamweaver
  • Create interactive content with Flash
  • Generate web graphics with Fireworks, and incorporate vector graphics with FreeHand

Reviews (6)

2-0 out of 5 stars Going Downhill
I have been using Macromedia Products since version 2 of Dreamweaver. I have a thorough knowledge of Dreamweaver and Fireworks. I have a bit less of Flash yet I do use it from time to time to create flash elements in sites that are primarily driven by html or xhtml code. I don't use Freehand because I think it is perhaps the most poorly implemented of all illustration programs bar none. I have always hoped that Macromedia would take Freehand seriously... and till this day I am still hoping.

Regarding the software...

Dreamweaver is by far the most popular web development software on the planet. In fact it has more users than all other web development platforms combined. This is a definite strength since you are able to find a tremendous amount of help around the Internet and in book stores.

Dreamweaver is still very good at what it does, however it has gone downhill with this most recent release (yes, I have installed the newest updater which does improve the software to a degree). The problems with the software are many. Macromedia has sacrificed a nice usable and professional interface for this 'flowery' looking gradient mess. Oh... it's pretty alright. The problem is I'm trying to get work done! The previous versions of the Studio have a much more professional interface. The program seems taxing to the system no matter how powerful your processor or how much ram you have. It also seems to have screen redraw issues. This is especially true when designing forms. Why that is... I have no idea. The way the program handles CSS is quirky at best. You need to basically go thru and make all these changes to the default behavior it is shipped with in order to get it to work and write CSS in an external style sheet else it will be written to the head of the current document (How stupid is that?). Macromedia should have used the Define Site Dialog box and asked developers if they wanted to create a CSS based site or used the older HTML methods. If a person chose CSS the program should have required them to enter the name of an external style sheet that all CSS would be written to by default. Then when using the property inspector, any changes to the design code would automatically be written to the external style sheet and not to the head or body of the document. It definately needs drastic improvement if it will ever be at the level of other Professional CSS coding software (think TopStyle Pro).

Another issue with Dreamweaver that I have is with its lack of ability to support a dual monitor configuration without major bugs, headaches, and screen redraw issues. I know many developers that have gone over to the dual monitor approach to development because of a tremendously improved work flow. YOu could have the design Window in one monitor and the code window in the other (Go to Window -- Code Inspector -- or hit F10). Once the code inspector is open, you can drag it over to the second monitor and thus develop both visually and with code. However, the newest DW version has some serious issues when you do this. First of all, you can't maximize the code window... so you have to manually drag one corner and size it yourself. The other is when you are between documents and have no current document open. The program seems like it just wants to crash, drawing and redrawing the entire interace. 'What in the world is going on here?' is the question that comes to mind minus profanities!

Flash has improved and is more powerful than previous version being more 'coder friendly' and allowing flash apps to be built using a forms based approach although I think they made a big mistake in making two versions of the software. It just confuses people and now is harder to share work within a team unless everybody is using the exact same version! Bad decision Macromedia.

Fireworks is probably the program in the group that deserves the highest honors. It is tops in the field of web graphics and functionality. I put it over Photoshop/ImageReady because it is specifically designed for the web whereas Photoshop is trying to be all things to all people. And to people who need that functionality, Photoshop is King! However, Fireworks is significantly easier to learn and use than PS. It will do anything you could possibly want in creating web graphics and eliminates all the functions that a print designer needs. Fireworks is for the web... not print. If that is acceptable for your work load.... use it!

Freehand is dead at this point in my eyes. Illustrator and Coreldraw are both vastly superior in usability and power. Freehand is a clunky and bug ridden program that does poorly what Illustrator does masterfully! Evidently Freehand has also taken a back seat in the eyes of Macromedia too. Freehand has always been delivered much later than the rest of the Studio. Even to this day in June of 2004, Freehand is still one version behind the rest of the software even though the MX 2004 Studio has been released for nearly a year (August 2003)! Some have argued that Macromedia purposely delays Freehand so that they can make more money off the developers who have already bought the current Studio and then need to purchase an upgrade to the latest Freehand. So perhaps this is a marketing ploy used in order to make more money. My opinion is that they will make more money if they improve their software, eliminate bugs, drop the 'flowerly' interace, and release the Studio as one release for both Mac and Windows (This means no 'pro' and 'non-pro' versions, all version share the same name...MX 2004 or whatever). Another note, Mac users should not be considered second class web developers. This particular offering for Mac users is particularly bad because of the bugs and speed of the software.

The best I can rate this offering is two stars... hopefully things will change in the near future. All that being said, I still consider myself a fan of Macromedia software... and just think they had a major hickup here with this latest offering.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Out There!
If you are an amateur or professional web designer, don't already have Studio MX and are thinking of moving over from competing Web design packages or bundles from other vendors, buy it. Now. You won't regret it. Dreamweaver MX 2004 is the best web site editor available, and Flash MX 2004 is the best Flash graphics creation package available - though this isn't surprising since the Flash format was created by Macromedia.

Macromedia unleashes its MX2004 product suite of upgrades. And its a home run. The new Flash improvements, especially for Flash MX2004 Pro edition are great additions - considerably advancing Flash as a database server aware application viable for delivery of cross-platform, rich media experiences. Dreamweaver 2004 & Cold Fusion 6.1 are improvements while Fireworks 2004 and Freehand 2004 offer only mimimal improvements relative to the competition. But it is still worth the price tag, especially when considering the trash HTML other applications add to web pages. Nothing out there, in the way of suites, can do what this product does. Nothing. Your web pages and sites will reflect the quality and commitment all designers strive for.

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor Release, especially on a Mac
There are a lot of neat-o features in this release, though unfortunately, they're overshadowed by the terrible sluggish performance on Mac OS X Panther (a very fast OS) and frankly, I'm shifting my web design over to Adobe software because of this poor release. Mac users - don't buy Macromedia software until they fix the terrible performance and many show-stopping bugs!

1-0 out of 5 stars Choose which OS you register with carefully!
I purchased Studio MX 2004 Educational version for use with building websites in a class I'm taking in college. It said it was for Mac and Windows, but it only allows you to register the product on ONE operating system. My problem is that I have both a PC (desktop) and a Mac (laptop), and I installed the software on my PC first, it told me to register it, so I did. BIG mistake, I tried to load and use the software on my Mac and I couldn't because I had already registered it on the PC. I called their Customer Service and their representative told me that my registation for the PC was for LIFE! She told me that I could move my SINGLE license to another Windows machine, but that I would never be able to switch it to the Mac. I'll NEVER buy anything from Macromedia again because of their STUPID registration policies.

4-0 out of 5 stars Out of the Box tools to take Control of the Internet!
For the Content creator who wants to reach users using tools that present rich media and content across the Internet, Studio MX 2004 is an exceptional Solution. Tools such as Flash MX 2004 present rich dynamic content in interactive ways, which makes information more lively and interesting to the audience.Features include adding effects to the timeline, making it possible to add interactions such as Blur, Drop Shadow, explode and many more. Dreamweaver MX 2004 focuses on making HTML code more stable and reliable while producing powerful webpages. To create a consistent HTML Style, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) comes to the rescue and to me is considered one of the central elements that make Dreamweaver MX 2004 powerful. The ability to designate the look of a web page and define the contents of a web page. So CSS adds to the power of this web editing tool allowing you to create very stable websites. Fireworks MX 2004 adds incremental improvements that only improve upon its ability to provide significant performance to web graphics, the interface is more intuitive and takes a more integrated approach with the other MX 2004 applications. Freehand MX is an essential part of the suite which provides the creation of content that seamlessly integrates with other MX 2004 applications, for Print and publishing easily to the Web. Overall, this suite offers a set of powerful applications that presents a deep learning curve. But experienced users who want to take the Web and show its full potential, Studio MX 2004 provides the answer to the Web Developers questions. For beginners to Web Design, who might want to take a shorter route to website creation and management, Macromedia offers an excellent alternative solution called Contribute 2.0. Its ease of use and intuitiveness, makes it an absolute choice for the beginner. ... Read more


104. PrintMusic 2004
list price: $69.99
our price: $49.99
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Asin: B00029XAUG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: MakeMusic!
Sales Rank: 186
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Features

  • Music notation software for creating, hearing, and printing sheet music
  • Free music scanning and SmartMusic instrument sounds
  • Write songs up to 24 staves; create scores and print out parts
  • Create lead sheets with lyrics, chord symbols, and guitar fretboards
  • Easy to print, e-mail, or save as SmartMusic Accompaniment

105. AutoCAD LT 2005 Upgrade from LT 2000i/02/04 (5 User Pack)
list price: $1,344.99
our price: $1,229.99
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Asin: B0001M944A
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Autodesk PSG
Sales Rank: 6462
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Features

  • Easily create, plot, publish, and share 2D designs
  • Boost productivity with streamlined plotting interface
  • Create tables efficiently with a one-step process
  • Better manage large groups of layers; easily control layer visibility
  • Instantly distribute multiple DWG files in a single step

106. Logic Pro 7 Upgrade from Logic Pro 6, Logic Platinum and Gold 5,6
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B00066M0TM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 2248
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Features

  • Complete music studio for musicians, engineers, and producers
  • Advanced audio processing and world-class MIDI sequencing
  • New instruments and effects; state-of-the-art loop composition tools
  • More processing power using networked Macs
  • Compose, record, edit, and mix music in any studio environment

107. Microsoft Visual Sourcesafe 6.0 CD
list price: $549.00
our price: $529.99
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Asin: B00002SFLN
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 1450
Average Customer Review: 2.71 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Visual SourceSafe 6.0 is the latest edition of Microsoft's award-winning version-control system for managing software and Web-site development. Fully integrated with the Visual Basic, Visual C++, Visual J++, Visual InterDev, and Visual FoxPro development environments, as well as with Microsoft Office applications, it provides easy-to-use, project-oriented version control. Visual SourceSafe works with any file produced by any development language, authoring tool, or application. Users can work at both the file and project level while promoting file reuse. The project-oriented features of Visual SourceSafe make managing the day-to-day tasks associated with team-based application and Web site development more efficient. ... Read more

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Actually, it's a pretty darn good software program.
(...) Microsoft does in fact use VSS in-house for their production. I know this, because I worked there.
VSS is an excellent program to use as long as you have the staff (which any decent IT department should have) with the know-how to use it. We didn't have any problems incorporating it into part of our daily routine, and we used it to produce the entire Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit, both online and print versions. We also used it for Windows 2000 Help, and we used it for the Windows 2000 Professional Resource Kit as well.
Since moving on from Microsoft, I've found other such production tools to be clunky, and I heartily recommend VSS. Obviously you need someone in your IT department to have the know-how to implement it, but that's the same with *any* such software program. The time and money you save by eliminating human error in the writing and editing process for any style of development is huge, and VSS is absolutely indispensable for professional-level development of product. Once you get everyone accustomed to using it, it becomes second nature and a seamless part of the normal production process.

1-0 out of 5 stars Buggy, Unreliable, Frustrating, Scary
Source Code Management, no doubt, is a vital part of any development shop. Any team based development effort needs a centralized repository in which to store their work.

That being said, I would implore you to choose another product - such as the open source CVS (which can hook into VS.net with the right plug-ins).

VSS is a buggy, unreliable, unbearably slow...and fundamentally unuseable product. This is *not* the sort of system you should use hold vital data that ammounts to months and months of hard work.

For your sanity and your time, DO NOT buy this product. As each version seems to bring very little in the way of rethinking this disaster, Microsoft has made it very clear that they could care less about source control.

(by the way, MS doesn't even use this product in-house).

1-0 out of 5 stars Lackluster tool: Consistent with Microsoft overall design.
If all you ever want of your revison-control software is ``check-in'' and ``get latest version'', then perhaps this is the tool for you.

If you want to have branching for separate development paths, tools for merging contributions from separate sources, and abilities to affix attributes and labels in non-trivial ways then you are out of luck. To get these features, try ClearCase by Rational Software.

There is no comparison with the config-spec methadology of ClearCase, which allows one to specify exactly which file/directory elements are assembled into your ``view''.

If Microsoft truely believed in their product Visual SourceSafe, then wouldn't they use it themselves? No. They use ClearCase.
QED.

2-0 out of 5 stars Decent, but no more
Source control is critical, and for small scale operations this app works great. Occasionally there's some db corruption, but in general you should do alright. But it really doesn't scale, lacks many features, and hasn't had any significant feature additions, or development effort in years. Sometimes I think there are no developers currently working on this app at all. There's got to be a better way.

2-0 out of 5 stars a frustrating tool, but the industry standard
I think it's time to set the record straight on Visual SourceSafe. This is a product badly in need of updating, but it doesn't seem to have any direct competitors (nobody wants to be Borlanded or Netscaped), so it probably won't happen any time soon.

If you're creating non-web applications with a programming tool that supports SourceSafe integration, then you probably won't mind SourceSafe. You will have to work around a few frustrations: the lack of drag-and-drop, the amazingly dated look to the client app, and the fact that a lot of discipline is required to use it properly and safely. If you don't train a developer new to SourceSafe, you can count somebody writing code referencing a wrong relative path, and having to merge lots of changes people made because they didn't check files out properly.

However, if you're trying to develop a web application with others in an integrated programming tool, then there will be times you want to tear your hair out until you sit down and really learn how the thing works (without any aid from the skimpy online help), because the interaction between the web files, the local files (if an ASP app), and the SourceSafe files is poorly documented and very finicky. Hint: whatever you do, don't remove the SourceSafe binding inside Visual Studio .NET and attempt to put it back again later -- instead delete all the local files and do "Open from Source Control" inside Visual Studio.

I should also mention that it networks very poorly. This is because there is no server component; clients just grab files via ordinary network shares. If you are trying to use SourceSafe from a remote site, then you will need patience, because doing a large operation such as a recursive "get latest" takes a long time even if you are telecommuting from the same city over a high-speed internet connection. Please note though that another company makes an inexpensive product called SourceOffSite that works with SourceSafe to overcome the networking deficiencies.

In general, SourceSafe is a whole lot better than collaborating without help, and it is priced relatively reasonably, which is why it's still around. It's just long in the tooth, and is missing obvious features such as viewing all the check-in comments for a file at the same time. It really should come with printed manuals for end users detailing best practices to use and pitfalls to avoid. Instead, the online help makes it seem as if a child could use the product and everything is always sunny when using it. I know there are competing products, but I've never had the opportunity to try them, because for better or worse the market has chosen Visual SourceSafe as the standard. ... Read more


108. Adobe InDesign CS2
list price: $699.00
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Asin: B00081I4W2
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Adobe
Sales Rank: 1626
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Product Description

Adobe InDesign CS2.Design professional page layouts using unparalleled support for native Adobe file formats, sophisticated typographical controls, and rich creative options, including transparency effects, flexible table creation, object and text styles, and more. Achieve greater efficiency through tight integration with the Adobe applications you use every day, including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, GoLive, and InCopy software. Preview and adjust separations, overprinting, and transparency flattener settings. Then reliably output pages to print or as Adobe PDF files using professional controls, including comprehensive printing options, trapping support, color management controls, and print and Adobe PDF export presets.Browse, organize, label, and preview graphics and InDesign documents, templates, and snippets in Adobe Bridge. Drag and drop assets from Adobe Bridge into layouts easily and efficiently. Search for files using metadata, such as keywords, colors, and image resolution. Apply and globally upd object-level formatting more efficiently using object styles. Save a wide range of graphic, text, and frame-level attributes as object styles to create more consistent designs and speed up production tasks.Adobe Photoshop and Adobe PDF layer support. Selectively display layers and layer comps in Photoshop files, and layers in Adobe PDF files, to experiment with different design options or use multiple variations of a file in your layout, all while linking to a single file. ... Read more


109. COREL Designer Technical Suite 12
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Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Corel
Sales Rank: 1977
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110. Quark Xpress 4.1

Asin: B00004RGIO
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Quark
Sales Rank: 6715
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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QuarkXPress software gives you powerful design command over every aspect of your document, from conception to output. QuarkXPress lets you create a wide variety of materials quickly and efficiently from within an intuitive, standards-based environment. This premier electronic page-layout application provides you with software solutions to meet your publishing needs. Building on existing tools to facilitate digital workflow and multipurpose publishing, QuarkXPress 4.1 includes improved support for PDF, scripting, and Internet publishing. Some of the new features include PDF Import QuarkXTensions software (import pages from PDF files created with Adobe Acrobat Distiller 4.0 into QuarkXPress picture boxes and print high-resolution output, as you would any other graphic); PDF Export QuarkXTensions software (output PostScript files optimized for use with Adobe Acrobat Distiller 4.0, with the option of distilling your file immediately or saving it as a PostScript file that can be distilled later); and HTML Text Import QuarkXTensions software (import HTML text into QuarkXPress text boxes, the same as other text formats). You can also author XML content easily and efficiently; generate high-resolution image previews; use the new Scissors tool to cut text and picture boxes, lines, and text paths; use custom bleeds to specify a bleed value for each side of a document; and more. ... Read more

Features

  • Premier electronic page-layout application for multipurpose publishing
  • Improved support for PDF, scripting, and Internet publishing
  • QuarkXTensions software: HTML Text Import and PDF Import/Export
  • Author XML content easily and efficiently
  • Generate high-resolution image previews

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent and not compatible with OSX
I just installed OSX, and Quark is not able to work in the way it used to. However, even before OSX, it doesn't work in the same manner from file to file.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very buggy!
I've lost countless hours of work to this software! Many documents, when reopened, look different than when I saved them! What's up with that?

5-0 out of 5 stars Takes some getting used to, but it's great!
It took me a few months, but I finally stopped complaining that they'd screwed up XPress. Version 4.1 is light years beyond version 3.3. And, it's a whole lot better than 4.0. The new features make this program a pleasure to work with. The user interface is more intuitive than ever. And, it still beats PageMaker and InDesign by a mile.

5-0 out of 5 stars good stuff
quark is still the leading software in publishing. the 4.1 version convinces with easy handling and new features.The must have for any print designer! ... Read more


111. Apple GarageBand Jam Pack 4: Symphony Orchestra (Mac)
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Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 1297
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

With the newest member of the Jam Pack family you can conduct your own orchestra with new sounds for GarageBand, Logic, and Soundtrack. Create lush symphonic music with this collection of software instruments and loops, including strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, piano, and more. From classical compositions to Hollywood-style scores to rock and hip-hop textures, with Jam Pack 4: Symphony Orchestra, you are the conductor.

(Jam Pack 4: Symphony Orchestra does not require Jam Pack 1, 2, or 3)

Features:

  • Over 2000 Apple Loops:Build orchestral themes using over 2000 prerecorded loops in different styles and tempos, including symphonic, chamber, and solo performances. Or use loops individually to enhance songs in any genre.
  • Strings:Conduct an orchestral string section including first and second violins, violas, cellos, and double basses. Control the dynamics and expression of each instrument, as well as articulations such as staccato, tremolo, and trills.
  • Brass and Woodwinds:Arrange woodwind and brass sections with flutes, oboes, French horns, trumpets, trombones, tubas, and more. Play solo instruments or entire sections for a fuller sound. You can even control the playing style of individual instruments.
  • Keyboards and Percussion:Play new keyboards, including full church organs, a Steinway Piano, and harpsichord. Or enhance your song using a wide selection of pitched and unpitched percussion instruments including timpani, bells, gongs, celesta, xylophone, marimba, and more.
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Features

  • Compatible with Logic Express 7, Logic Pro 7, and Soundtrack
  • Software instruments and loops for creating lush symphonic music
  • Strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, piano, and more
  • Over 2,000 pre-recorded Apple loops in different styles and tempos
  • From classical compositions to Hollywood-style scores to hip-hop textures

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars garageband
This is so cool! I really recommend it. It is so fun to make your own music with this program. It has all kinds of genres and all kinds of instruments. When you start making a song it is so fun that you can't stop. This a really fun passtime.
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112. Roxio Easy Media Creator 7 Digital Media Suite
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B0001BG1NI
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Roxio
Sales Rank: 18
Average Customer Review: 3.58 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Includes PhotoSuite 7, VideoWave 7, Napster 2.0, and Easy CD & DVD Creator
  • Organize with Media Manager; password-protect and encrypt private data
  • Transform still photos with stunning pan and zoom effects
  • Take complete control of video with advanced timeline editing tools
  • Produce professional-looking VCDs, SVCDs, or DVDs

Reviews (93)

5-0 out of 5 stars Must Have Product for Digital Video and Digital Camera Users
Easy Media Creator 7 integrates several full-featured applications together to create a software suite with a consistent user experience. In no time, I was using it and creating projects with it. I use Creator Classic all the time to burn data and music to CD and DVD and appreciate the automated backup feature. Even though I use those features all the time, I really bought Media Creator 7 for all the great digital media creation tools.

Photosuite is a wonderful photo-editing product. Since I am a casual point and shoot digital photographer, I use the autofix option all the time to clean up my pictures, plus of course the red eye removal tool and the clone tool (to remove the date/time stamp I forgot to turn off in some of my pictures). I use VideoWave to transfer/capture my video to my PC, and then edit it down to remove unwanted video clips. I also use it to add text using different fonts, styles and effects, plus add transitions between clips, and background sound tracks. When complete, I then send the output to DVDBuilder for authoring to DVD.

I could go on and on how I use it, but the bottom line, this product is outstanding. It is loaded with excellent features and is a must have product for transforming your digital content to marvelous DVD movies or slide shows.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to Use, Great Features and for the Price it's a Bargain
Easy Media Creator 7 offers an easy to learn and understand interface that enables you to quickly use any of the applications that make up this integrated software suite. My daughter just graduated from high school and this weekend I created a video comprised of digital photos and video clips, select music, transitions, titles, etc. all blended together of all the events this past month leading up to graduation. I am so proud of my daughter but also have great pride and sense of accomplishment in what I just did by creating a great looking video that I burned to DVD.

Roxio provides many materials to help you find all the answers, such as how-to video tutorials, and PDF user guides. The Roxio web site knowledgebase also helps you find answers to any questions, and if you still need help, I found their tech support email responses were quick, only taking 1-2 days to get answers.

I recommend this product for people at all levels.

5-0 out of 5 stars CD and DVD Media Creation Just Got Easy
Creator 7 has so many great features and capabilities that I suggest you do as I did and read the many pro reviews that thoroughly put the program through its paces. For me, my favorite and most frequently used component is storyboard, which enabled me to combine digital photos, video clips, and songs into a slideshow. It has creative features that include the ability to add transitions, titles, and a narration track. Then using the DVDbuilder component, I can create VCDs or DVDs to master my slideshow creation to disc. Overall, this is a great product for anyone dabbling or serious about working with digital media.

5-0 out of 5 stars Recommend it to everyone
Installed fine on my XP system, although it was a slow process. Nice interface and the tutorials and help files made it easy to learn. Use Creator classic, Photosuite Videowave and DVDbuilder all the time and everything has worked flawlessly. Haven't used all the other features yet, but its nice to know they're there when needed. What a deal - all these features for the low cost.

5-0 out of 5 stars works great after upgrade
had problems out of box ( mostly with DVD-r burning ) but after a 53MB download from website it's working great. Very easy to use compaired to others I've tried (U-lead, Movie maker). Tutorials are weak, more of an overview of what you can do than a how to, but help files are good. Great product for the money! ... Read more


113. Nero 6 Ultra Edition All-in-One Digital Media Solution
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B00028CBHU
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Ahead Software
Sales Rank: 99
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • CD/DVD burning suite with a complete set of media tools
  • All-in-one solution to data, audio, video, photo, and backup
  • Make a photo CD, slide show, or DVD from home videos
  • Playback digital media files; archive song collection in MP3
  • Backup personal data; legally recode DVDs

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5-0 out of 5 stars All in one IS the best way to describe this!
I think it's an excellent software for burning CDs and DVDs. I enjoy using all the applications and Nero StartSmart chooses which application would work best for me automatically. Very user friendly and fun to use! ... Read more


114. Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Professional
list price: $449.00
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Asin: B00008ZGS2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 278
Average Customer Review: 2.92 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Professional software allows business, creative, and engineering professionals who work with graphically complex documents to exchange business-critical documents accurately and efficiently. Convert any document to Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), and with one click from Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Project, as well as from Microsoft Visio and AutoCAD, preserve document layers.

Combine multiple documents—including large-format technical drawings and page layouts—into one compact Adobe PDF file in a single step. Automatically initiate and manage document reviews using intuitive electronic tools. Create forms that can be exchanged with colleagues and customers, and archive your project files as searchable Adobe PDF files.

View, navigate, and comment on large-format documents with tools that eliminate the need for paper-based reviews, making it faster and easier to meet critical deadlines. Streamline proofing cycles with robust tools that let you automatically track, manage, and incorporate electronic feedback. View detailed artwork or large-format documents with intuitive navigation tools. Output PDF/X-compliant files, and help eliminate surprises at the printer by preflighting files and previewing and printing color separations. ... Read more

Reviews (53)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Software
This software Create PDF files from almost any word processing or html programs with very effective compression ratio almost 1/10 the original size. You can also convert post script ps files into PDF files. You can extract pictures, text from any already created PDF files as well.
With this version you can also create an interactive electronic forms similar to the tax forms. This upgrade version will only install on your system if you have Adobe acrobat 4 or 5 installed. This version only works with windows XP, 2000, NT with latest service package.
The difference between the acrobat 6.0 and the acrobat 5.0 is not so big. The new version is optimized for intel P4 systems and it's slightly faster than the old version.

3-0 out of 5 stars Upgrade is no help for Real Estate
As a Realtor who is pushing the envelope, attempting to move to digital file keeping, digital recording, digital faxing, and digital signing, the concept of Adobe Acrobat is extremely helpful. I've been using Adobe Acrobat since version 4. Version 5 was a very useful upgrade, worth every cent. Version 6 was a grand waste of money and has turned into a waste of time. Files take longer to save in Adobe Acrobat 6, but they do end up being smaller, so maybe there is a more advanced compression algorithm at work. Nevertheless, files do take about twice as long to save in the new version.

Furthermore, at least for my line of work, I see no useful additions to the software. The interface looks a little fancier, and a little more advanced with more curved lines and a splash screen with transparency...(everybody together now, "Oooooh, aaaaaaah"). But, at least for my line of work, I have not seen any productivity or security upgrades which make the investment worthwhile. Save yourself the money and stay with version 5.0.

Unfortunately, it seems that the other reviewers' negative comments are right on the money.

1-0 out of 5 stars Waste of time and money.
I bought the 6.0 upgrade without reading the reviews. Woe to the foolish. It slowed WORD to a crawl, brought DtSearch to it's knees, and twice locked my system up so tightly I couldn't get the task manager open.

I didn't waste any additional time seeing how slow it was at its own tasks. I'll take everyone's word for it.

Less than one day on the machine. I've gone back to 5.0.

1-0 out of 5 stars Lasted 1 day on my PC
I downloaded an evaluation copy of Acrobat 6 before I read the reviews here. I can confirm what others are saying: unlike the upgrade from 4.0 to 5.0, 6.0 doesn't offer the average user additional usefulness over 5.0.

It's also much slower to load and takes twice as long to creat .pdf files. The interface is completely different, so there will be a steep learning curve for users upgrading from previous editions. Sometimes, software developers just screw one up, and this one is such an upgrade.

Pay close attention to the features you need: If you just want to print files to .pdf, you don't need all the stuff 6.0 offers. You'll never use 80% of the features they've added.

After one day, I got frustrated, realized I didn't have the time to learn an entirely new piece of software so that I could simply continue to make .pdf files, and uninstalled it.

Lesson learned: Check for reviews FIRST.

5-0 out of 5 stars Here is the Skinny on the Deal
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 even more of them.
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. ... Read more


115. Adobe Illustrator 10.0

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Asin: B00005QVPW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 2365
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

While Adobe Illustrator has traditionally been reserved for the printand prepress marketplace, recent versions have targeted a broader audience,including a growing contingent of new-school Web designers. With the latestincarnation of Illustrator, Adobe aims to please both print and prepressdesigners, as well as cutting-edge Web designer communities. If you're lookingfor a greater Web focus from your vector graphics program, look no further thanIllustrator 10.

For those concerned about Illustrator becoming too Web focused, don't fret. Allof Illustrator's previously existing drawing and text tools remain intact.Version 10 also introduces improved tools for drawing lines, arcs, and grids.These new drawing tools will maximize your productivity and provide an easy wayto create the shapes you want.

In addition to the new drawing tools, Adobe has jumped on the graphics symbolbandwagon by allowing users to save any text object or graphic object as asymbol. Once objects are saved in the Symbol palette, they can be reusedinfinitely, thus providing easier management of files and decreased file size.Users will fall in love with the simple drag-and-drop usability of the symbols,while the newly added Symbol Sprayer lets you easily add multiple instances of asymbol directly into the document.

Adobe has also undertaken the task of minimizing the monotony of tedious andrepetitive design tasks. By taking advantage of Illustrator-supported scriptinglanguages, users can easily automate repetitive tasks by writing scriptsdirectly in Illustrator. Any of the three popular scripting languages--VisualBasic Script, JavaScript, or AppleScript--can be used. When creating a design,users can assign a text object or graphic object to a variable. These variablescan then pull information from any ODBC-compliant database. With this type ofpower, users can easily create templates for documents such as Web pages orproduct catalogs.

In this latest version of Illustrator 10, Adobe has managed to enhance itsexisting drawing tools with powerful productivity aids. By focusing on importantworkflow, productivity, and database-connectivity features, Adobe has given theuser more time to explore new creative possibilities. --Rich Ting ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars possibly the definitive drawing program
Illustrator is probably the BEST product around for anyone seriously creating drawings and artwork on a computer. It packs in all the usual features, Bezier curves, color models, line and artwork control, and it has dozens of nifty new features. These include a powerful macro facility (direct or via Applescript), a rubber stamp like "symbol" facility, artistic styles that can be applied to surfaces, filtering "effects", gradient meshes for creating shaded surfaces, and the ability to define your own keyboard shortcuts.

Yes, it has a serious learning curve. No, it is not a paint program. Yes, it has some flaws and a few bugs. No, you still have to have some artistic ability to use it.

I've tried Freehand, Expression, Corel Draw and several other rivals. They are not bad programs, but they lack the completeness, the immediacy, and the sense of control that you get in Illustrator. If you are serious, you would be hard pressed to do better.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great, but not without flaws
Seeing as the other "review" here is not particularly helpful or easy on the eyes, I figured I'd write a brief one of my own that will hopefully be useful to someone. :)

Illustrator is, simply, an extremely powerful piece of software. It has some amazing features, both in terms of power and in terms of usability. There are multiple ways to do just about everything, depending on what suits your style of working. You could also spend hours customizing the interface and setting things up the way you like (this could be a pro or a con, depending on how much you value your productivity).

While Illustrator gets high marks for raw power, there is one area where Adobe needs to improve it: stability. I've experienced a few crashes running it under Mac OS X, often while doing very simple operations (i.e. switching between Illustrator and another running task). Illustrator is not multitasking friendly, from my experience. It also doesn't seem to take very good advantage of having a dual processor machine, which is a bit of a shame.

Honestly, though, the stability issues are not enough to warrant less than 5 stars for Illustrator. You can do some amazing stuff with this software, given enough time to learn how to harness all the tools... and given the creative talent to do them justice. Artistic ability not included. :)

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST VERSION YET
THEY HAVE ADDED PROCESSES TO THIS VERSION WILL MAKE ADJUSTMENTS WITHOUT HAVING TO GO BACK AND FORTH TO PHOTOSHOP... ... Read more


116. Corel Painter IX Upgrade Win/Mac
list price: $229.99
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Asin: B00030CBUE
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Corel
Sales Rank: 392
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Features

  • A highly-sophisticated painting and illustration application, the fastest version of Corel Painter yet
  • Most brushes work, on average, twice as fast; includes more than 30 brush categories plus custom brushes
  • Animators can now test frame rates directly in Corel Painter; movies can be saved as animated GIFs, QuickTime movies or AVI movies
  • Supporting industry-standard ICC4.0 profiles, this software enables color matching between on-screen and printed colors
  • Includes Corel Painter IX, both Mac and Windows versions; libraries of unique gradients, nozzles, patterns, stock photos, paper textures, and brushes; The Corel Painter IX Handbook

117. Adobe InDesign CS2 Upgrade (Mac)
list price: $169.00
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Asin: B00081I5H6
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Adobe
Sales Rank: 1625
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Product Description

Adobe InDesign CS2 Upgrade for Mac .Design professional page layouts using unparalleled support for native Adobe file formats, sophisticated typographical controls, and rich creative options, including transparency effects, flexible table creation, object and text styles, and more. Achieve greater efficiency through tight integration with the Adobe applications you use every day, including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, GoLive, and InCopy software. Preview and adjust separations, overprinting, and transparency flattener settings. Then reliably output pages to print or as Adobe PDF files using professional controls, including comprehensive printing options, trapping support, color management controls, and print and Adobe PDF export presets.Browse, organize, label, and preview graphics and InDesign documents, templates, and snippets in Adobe Bridge. Drag and drop assets from Adobe Bridge into layouts easily and efficiently. Search for files using metadata, such as keywords, colors, and image resolution. Apply and globally upd object-level formatting more efficiently using object styles. Save a wide range of graphic, text, and frame-level attributes as object styles to create more consistent designs and speed up production tasks.Adobe Photoshop and Adobe PDF layer support. Selectively display layers and layer comps in Photoshop files, and layers in Adobe PDF files, to experiment with different design options or use multiple variations of a file in your layout, all while linking to a single file. ... Read more


118. AutoCAD LT 2002
list price: $725.00
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Asin: B00005M0UB
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Autodesk PSG
Sales Rank: 2017
Average Customer Review: 3.86 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Autodesk's AutoCAD is without a doubt the industry standard for computerdrafting. Its leaner sibling, AutoCAD LT, offers many of the same features asthe full version at a fraction of the cost. And while LT 2002 does include a fewof the important innovations of AutoCAD 2002, its capabilities are stillstrictly limited to 2-D drawing.

Compatibility is one of the key advantages of LT 2002. It is 100 percentDWG-compatible with AutoCAD 2000-, 2000i-, and 2002-based products, allowing youto open, edit, and exchange drawing files. The software featuresbackward-compatibility as well, letting you save files for use with AutoCAD LT98 and 97 and AutoCAD 13 and 14. This comes in extremely handy for peoplesharing files with others who haven't upgraded recently. The DWF fileformat--basically a PDF file for drawings introduced in the 2000 version--isimproved, too, with support for more raster image formats and higherresolutions.

Several Web publishing tools are included, which means users receive morecollaboration options. eTransmit, for example, puts drawings you currently haveopen--with all associated files and x-refs--into a single set so that users canedit the file on another machine. This ensures that every necessary component ofa file is present without the user having to individually select all relatedfiles. Users can then post the transmitted set on the Internet or send it as anattachment via e-mail. Additional Web publishing enhancements, such as templatesand themes, have been improved, giving users the ability to create Web sitesusing LT drawing files with no Web development knowledge.

One feature that did find its way into LT from the full 2002 version isassociative dimensioning. If you modify a geometric object in a drawing,associative dimensioning automatically adjusts all dimensions associated withthat object. This eliminates the need to manually update or re-create dimensionsfor changes in geometry. All in all, this is a very useful feature. However, itdoes make it more difficult for users who have grown accustomed to manuallyforcing dimensions of objects in their drawings.

AutoCAD LT 2002 is a solid choice if you're looking for a lower-cost option andhave limited CAD needs. 100 percent compatibility and plenty of valuablefeatures make it a worthwhile purchase. It does offer considerably less than thefull-featured version, missing all 3-D drawing capabilities and no provisionsfor network licensing or license management features. But if you can livewithout these options, LT 2002 is certainly the way to go. --JoshuaGoldman ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars GOOD BUT LIGHT FOR A REASON
As a design professional I have been using AutoCad since 1991. I have learned through bitter experience, the full version is what you want. LT is okay if all you will ever do is 2-D drafting. But, the commands in LT are not very flexible. If you want to build your speed, you must use custom commands. To do this, you will eventually get into wrting LISP commands on your own...it's much easier than you might think...and you can not do that in LT. Also, drawing in 3-D is one of the most fantastic experiences you will have as a draftsman. The full version is a delight to use. It takes just about as much time to learn LT as it does the full version if you are new to CAD. And, the 3-D tools are very easy to catch on to after you have the basic concept of working in the computer environment. So, LT is good...but really leaves you wanting more drafting power very quickly. If I had to do it all over again, I would have saved the dough and just bought the full version right off. Be aware, however, the full version is a huge file. But, with today's computer power, it's no problem even for a cheap lap-top.

1-0 out of 5 stars I use it every day
After using a product on a daily basis I can say this program is def. not worth it, I have started with R12, then R14, ADT 2000 and now 2002 and still the program crashes on all ov our computers at least twice daily, many times without even saving ANYTHING to the recover file. The program makes a user want to pick up a pencil and start drawing by hand again!

5-0 out of 5 stars I've earned my living with LT.
I've been a regular user of AutoCad now for well over a decade (I started on R10.) I've had various versions of LT on my home computers since '95. If you work in a 2-D environment, then it is everything you really need. In fact, even though I use full AutoCad at work (R14) I regularly take drawings home with me to view and edit on my LT. I've also done extremely large projects at home (mechanical design) that are as complex as anything that I've ever done on the full version at work. However, if you are now part of the 3-D and solid modelling world, then you are out of luck. This is strictly a 2-D product.

At the risk of offending the newer generation out there, I've found that in my experience 2-D fits the actual needs of the vast majority of users in the real manufacturing world. In fact I've seen company after company, especially small ones, that have been talked into solid modelling ( and expensive new work stations) they never needed, only to end up using the system exclusively for 2-D work. I've also seen several companies suffice perfectly well with a couple of seats of AutoCad LT on their old office PC's, combined with AutoCAD Viewer for the salesmen (which is a much, much, more economical way to go.)

Oh yes, don't even think about loading this software on multiple machines with only a single license. Autodesk WILL come down on you like a 600 pound gorilla....

3-0 out of 5 stars AutoCAD LT 2002
AutoCAD LT 2002 is an excellent product. It does everything I had expected it to do but the licensing policy is unfairly restrictive. I was required to purchase a new license because no upgrade path exists for the AutoCAD LT 95 product that I owned previously. Prospective customers should also be aware that, unlike software licenses purchased from many other vendors, AutoDesk does not allow the license to be resold to another user.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Transitional Tool
I am a design/drafting professional who has been using the full-version of AutoCad for more than a decade as well as AutoCad LT. I've seen a lot of frustration from professionals who try to make the transition from manual drafting to CAD. AutoCad LT 2002 is finally the product for the professionals who need to make this transition. Many who need to make this transition often feel overwhelmed by the copious amounts of information in the full version of AutoCad. This version of LT, and even the accompanying book (whoa!a useful manual?), allows a professional to go at his or her own speed and self-teach without the usual frustrations. This is also a good program for the road warriors who need to review drawings on job sites, but don't want to bog down their laptops with the full-version of AutoCad. There are commands missing, for the purists out there, and the 3D capabilities are almost non-existant. This program is good for those who have no AutoCad experience at all. ... Read more


119. Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional Upgrade from Professional Version 6 (Mac)
list price: $159.99
our price: $149.99
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Asin: B00069DSSQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 3587
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Features

  • Create PDF files with the click of a button from Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Internet Explorer
  • Create a single Adobe PDF document from multiple sources, including portions of Web pages and previously combined Adobe PDF documents
  • Easily attach source documents such as spreadsheets, multimedia files, images, and drawings to an Adobe PDF document
  • Enable anyone with free Adobe Reader 7.0 software to use highlighter, sticky note, pen, and other commenting tools
  • Protect documents with passwords, certificates, and other security controls

120. Cadpro Platinum Bundle
list price: $69.95
our price: $69.95
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Asin: B000224MPK
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Delta Software International
Sales Rank: 1726
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

CAD Pro is the most cost-effective and easy to use CAD solution for Windows! Its a powerful drafting and design software designed with over 7,200 easy to use features that enables you to create virtually any type of drawing for print or the web. CADPro is developed for the beginner and advanced user so that anyone can quickly pick up on the latest features. Include are over 5,000 professionally drawn symbols and clip art, also included are quick reference cards, users manual and symbols/clipart manual in a PDF format. The CADPro Platinum Bundle is the perfect home improvement and drafting software, included; are ready to print professional plans (valued at over $10,000). Each project plan is included as a CADPro drawing, enabling you to modify any aspect to meet your specific application. Simply print these Do-It-Yourself Plans with the build of materials and have your local home improvement store give you a detailed cost, its that simple! CAD Pros compact, straightforward toolbox design gives you quick and easy access to all tools necessary to design anything the easy way. A full range of advanced drafting tools such as Join, Chamfer, Fillet, Extend, Trim, etc. save you time and effort while meeting the exacting standards of your design. Precise alignment is a snap, with just a simple mouse-click you can align and connect objects quickly and easily. The snap tools can constrain angles, draw tangent lines, align edges, and connect objects at any point. ... Read more

Features

  • Superior Ease of Use
  • Intelligent Tools w/ Floating & Dockable Toolboxes
  • Over 5000 Professional Symbols & Clip Art
  • Import DXF R12, 13, 14, 2000, BMP, JPG & TIFF
  • Windows XP/2000/ME/98SE/NT

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing
My husband and I talked about putting up a barn next to our house for years, but the commitment of hiring a professional architect seemed intimidating - as well as expensive.

CADPro is not just a listing of standard house plans that maybe you will like (or maybe not), it's a real blueprint design program. Yes, it does have some ready made plans, including a pretty cool tree house and outdoor kitchen - but this was not what I wanted.I started by installing the program - with so many buttons and features (over 8,000) I was not sure where to begin.Luckily, CADPro includes a separate training CD (with sound and video) in the box.I watched the individual video lessons while I had the CADPro program open on my computer so I could go back and forth to practice.This is not a program you will fully master overnight.

I still have not used all the features, but I was able to quickly access the tools I needed to design my barn in detail.One of my favorite features is the pop-up photo.By dragging and dropping the camera icon from the toolbar onto the floor plan the program automatically opens My Pictures.Since I wanted a post and beam look on the inside I took a digital photo (taken while eating at my favorite restaurant) and saved it in My Pictures.I also scanned in some photos from a post & beam brochure and popped these in too - there is no limit to the number of photos you can include.The photos show up on the floor plan as little camera icons - by clicking once on the tiny camera the photos open.

Although my intent was to just design my barn using CADPro, I found I could redesign my great room (or other rooms) by using the existing dimensions of my house and creating images of the furniture I already have (with their size to scale).I can now rearrange my furniture to see if it will fit - before I move my sofa 10 times.

I am still waiting to see if the town will approve the building permit for my barn, but I feel better knowing I only invested 70 dollars, and I know exactly how it will look, and what the materials and estimated labor will cost, before they pour the foundation.I would highly recommended this program for anyone who wants to design their own renovation (or house) exactly the way they want, with blueprint results that a contractor can work from.
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