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121. Adobe PageMaker 7.0
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122. Art Explosion 750,000 For MAC
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123. Adobe Video Collection Pro 2.5
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124. eMedia Piano and Keyboard Method
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125. Adobe GoLive CS2 Upgrade (Mac)
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126. ADOBE Video Collection 2.5 Standard
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127. Adobe Photoshop 6.0
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128. Apple Final Cut Pro 5 Upgrade
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129. Beyond TV 3
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130. Art Explosion Publisher Pro
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131. Adobe Illustrator CS2
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132. Pinnacle Studio Plus 9 AV/DV Deluxe
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133. Adobe InDesign 2.0
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134. Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional
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135. CAKEWALK Home Studio 2 ( Windows
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136. Art Explosion Christian Greeting
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137. Paint Shop Photo Album 5 Deluxe
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138. IMSI DesignCAD 3D Max V15 - Powerful
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139. ADVENTUS INCORPORATED Piano Suite
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140. Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional

121. Adobe PageMaker 7.0
list price: $569.99
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Asin: B00005M63M
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 1280
Average Customer Review: 2.82 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Adobe may have the lock on professional graphics production withPhotoshop, but it has long been engaged in a drawn-out battle with Quark for thehearts and wallets of the desktop publishing crowd. PageMaker 7.0, Adobe'slatest effort in the desktop publishing arena, won't set it ahead of QuarkXPress4.1, but it does have plenty of appeal for small businesses and other audiencesthat have minor publishing needs.

PageMaker 7.0's user guide measures in at more than 400 pages, and itthoughtfully explains every aspect of the vast and complex program. A wide rangeof impressive-looking templates, which cover just about every type of documentimaginable (including business cards, labels, newsletters, ads, posters, andmore), makes PageMaker a little more accessible to users unfamiliar with itsfunctionality. The templates are divided into various levels of complexity, withthe lowest level containing helpful annotations for novice users.

While its improvements over version 6.5 are minimal, PageMaker 7.0 makes a fewworthy strides to justify its sparkly new version number. Among the most welcomeis a surprisingly intuitive data merge feature, which allows users to configuretarget areas in their publications and import respective fields from aspreadsheet or database. Unfortunately, it only recognizes comma-delineated CSVor TXT files; it doesn't import data directly from common file formats createdby Microsoft Excel or Lotus 1-2-3.

Ironically, another area of improvement in PageMaker 7.0 is compatibility withother programs. It easily imports and handles layered image files fromIllustrator and Photoshop 5.0 and 6.0, and features input converters for filescreated in QuarkXPress and Microsoft Publisher. PageMaker's PDF exportcapabilities have been enhanced both in the main program and with the includedAcrobat Distiller applet, allowing users to configure security and embedded tagoptions.

Even with its plethora of templates, PageMaker 7.0 isn't by any means anentry-level application. Nonprofessional users who have never used a high-caliberdesktop publishing program should probably consider a simpler package such asMicrosoft Publisher. While hardened, professional magazine designers tend toprefer QuarkXPress, Adobe PageMaker 7.0 is nonetheless a complex and powerfultool that packs a serious learning curve.

PageMaker 7.0 is perfect for small businesses that can't afford to hire outdesigners for promotional materials, or for companies that have the need tocreate professional-looking PDF files. Owners of PageMaker 6.5 might not feelcompelled to upgrade, but companies and creative folks newly in the market for amuscular desktop publishing tool will be well served by PageMaker 7.0. --JoelDurham Jr. ... Read more

Reviews (11)

4-0 out of 5 stars Upgrade Makes PageMaker a More Viable Product
Having worked in document production for ten years, using QuarkXpress, MSPublisher, and PageMaker on a daily basis, I have to say my preferred program has become PageMaker and the 7.0 upgrade confirms that. Most designers will say QuarkXpress is better but I have always found PageMaker to be easier to use because of its easy integration with the two other "musts" for design and illustration...Photoshop and Illustrator. The 7.0 version adds some more bells and whistles, updates some clunky code, and provides even better conversion capabilities. PageMaker is a very powerful program for the price and I have been able to use it for everything from large format posters to 2000 page technical manuals. PageMaker is by no means a beginner's program. The interface is pretty standard as far as layout programs go and you will find it familiar if you use other Adobe software... but there are many less obvious features that will be discovered only through regular use of the program or a detailed reading of the manual.

3-0 out of 5 stars Have you ever heard of MS Publisher.
I have written almost three reviews for this product so far and Amazon did not post not even one of them. I have been using this product since version 6.0 and I have been using Publisher since version 3.0 and to be honest, I always preferred Publisher, PageMakers limited GUI, always made it difficult for me to understand and use. Adobe said that its aiming for the small business and home user, but what I think they are actually aiming for is our money. PageMaker has reached a stage in life where it is being abandoned and dethroned by leading and popular DTP prgrams such Quark, Publisher and even Adobes own Indesign. If I were to suggest a DTP program for small businesses and home users it would be Microsoft Publisher, its easy to use, cost less and does the same thing like PageMaker. If you won't a more flexible, powerful, well known product go for Quark. Why I do not really recommend the really highend programs is because their, price, non-intuitiveness. People want something that they are already familiar with.

4-0 out of 5 stars Down With Quark!!!
PageMaker is simply a smarter, more logical and better program than Quark... by a wide margin. We are dumping Quark across the board, and nearly all print shops in our region accept files in PM7.0 for Windows (a big change from a few years ago). They are telling us that many of their customers are switching from Quark to PageMaker. And why not? Going pure Adobe for a fully integrated DTP operation makes perfect sense. Adobe is also far more responsive (and receptive) to customers than the Quark people.

1-0 out of 5 stars I would like to be able to do a review--but can't!
I ordered this item on August 7th, today is Sept. 8th, my credit card has been billed, but I still do not have the product. I was eager to obtain this item since I've previously (and very happily) used an older version of Pagemaker on my Mac, and have lamented not having this software for my PC. My estimated 4 to 14 days cited in the order info has long passed, but I'm still patiently (?) waiting.

4-0 out of 5 stars Adobe PageMaker 7.0 Myths Dispelled
I have written this review to correct errors or omissions in some of the previous reviews.
PageMaker will accept native Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator files, Word or Publisher won't.
PageMaker will easily load and handle huge documents which would make Microsoft Word or Publisher simply crash.
PageMaker gives the user the ability to identify all of the graphics placed in a document and update them at will without dragging the computer down.
The GUIs for both Word and Publisher are ugly and impossible to learn. These programs are classic examples of very basic initial functionality with random add-ons.
Although, initially, the PageMaker GUI seems sparse, after multiple sessions and a little experimentation one soons learns that the program requires very few mouse clicks or commands to get things done.
Okay, so PM is a little long in the tooth, after all it is the original DTP killer app for the Mac. However. I think you'll find that PageMaker gives the user the freedom to design and produce beautiful looking documents, instead of shackling them to the whims and constructs of Word or Publisher.

Kill the Office Assistant and the Wizards! ... Read more


122. Art Explosion 750,000 For MAC
list price: $199.95
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Asin: B00004D3K6
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Nova Development
Sales Rank: 1608
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (6)

1-0 out of 5 stars Product doesn't live up to the hype
I bought this product based on what I thought were some good looking images on the box, but once I opened it... Yuck! If you want some really great clip art, best go to a site like Artzooks.com, where you can at least preview the images, buy and download only the images you need.

1-0 out of 5 stars Watch out Mac G5 owners ....
I just got a Mac G5 with 2 GB of RAM and was looking forward to using this product. I would have to agree that from the book most of the clipart contained in this set is cartoonish, but my worst complaint is that I just couldn't install it. On install all you'll get is a window stating you don't have enough RAM and fail to continue.

Nova Development software support wasn't any help either. They were VERY familiar with the problem and the tech made it clear that a fix would NOT be coming out anytime in the near future. He immediately gave me the phone # to call and get a refund ... and I'll use it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Useful, but still lacking
I bought this book mainly hoping I could find good illustrations of a diverse selection of people. I find that most of those illustrations are too cartoonish for editorial use, and don't show much variety. The high resolution photos were of no use either as they are actually only "medium" resolution. They would be great for web usage but not for print. Also, I wasn't able to use the electronic image catalog and was unable to search the photographs effectively since the file names are not descriptive.
If you're looking for illustrations of things rather than people, then this is a good source. The vector images are well organized and the print catalog is easy to use. Overall, I'd say this is a good product, but I don't think it offers much more than the 525,000 or 600,000 image versions.

3-0 out of 5 stars Ton of clip-art.... good quality (great for the price)
You really can't beat the price on this set of clip-art. Many of the graphics are low quality vector illustrations which I wouldn't use... but the portion that is usable is well worth the price. The photos included are mostly useless for a serious graphic designer like myself. Most are 72dpi and many are poorly taken photographs. All of the business and people photos are outdated by about 10 - 15 years going by the clothing and equipment. The photos are not searchable by key word... you have to browse (which is very time consuming). Don't get me wrong - if you're looking for one set of clip-art that has just about everything, this is it.

5-0 out of 5 stars All You Need
I used this collection when I worked at a major college newspaper. I never got tired of browsing the discs and I always found perfect images for ads. It has everything. The antique images are great, as are the photographs. I can't stress how many images this thing has! ... Read more


123. Adobe Video Collection Pro 2.5 - Premier Pro 1.5, After Effects Pro 6.5, Audition 1.5, Encore DVD 1.5, Photoshop CS
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Asin: B00021XHVG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 1752
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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 Pro; Photoshop CS

124. eMedia Piano and Keyboard Method Volume 1
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Asin: B0000C4M1W
Catlog: Software
Publisher: eMedia
Sales Rank: 146
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Powerful piano learning toolset
  • Interactive feedback when using MIDI-connected keyboard
  • Over 300 step-by-step lessons with 70 video demonstrations
  • Develop sight reading, ear training, finger technique and more
  • Over 100 songs included

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great product
I was completely new to music when I bought this set (CD-ROM and keyboard). I think it is great. It walks you through the basics and when you start playing the music has numbers on it that match up to your fingers (1-5) so you can play as you get the hang of reading music. Gradually they remove some of the numbers so your music reading skills improve.

The software grades your playing with a percentage score, and gives you details on your errors (if you want them).

Also, it includes short videos of a person playing piano so you can see proper posture and such. Each song comes with (optional) accompaniment, which can make it funner to play (especially with the simple songs).

The keyboard that comes with it (optional) has a solid feel, and is touch-sensitive (pressing harder plays louder). The keyboard plugs into the joystick port (probably on your sound card).

5-0 out of 5 stars quality product
I got this product yesterday and started to learn by it.
after browsing it and using it for the first 17 lessons this is my impression.
what you get in this product is 100% of quality content and less emphasize on look and graphics.
and if you want to learn playing the keyboard, so the quality of the teaching is more important then other features.

the teacher leading the instruction process using video clips and audio tracks, is Irma Justicia MA which is a experienced piano teacher.
after 17 lessons i fell in love with her .it feels just lilke i'm in a real lesson with her.
for my non proffesinal impression this product is good for absolute beginners to the intermediate level.
it is also said on the product that it is volume 1 so probably they are going to issue more products in this piano keyboard line just as they done with the guitar.

cause of the simplicity of the graphics you can use it on any computer,old and new.
but still you get many sophisticated features like interactive feedback using midi cable.

for summary ...GOOD WORK. ... Read more


125. Adobe GoLive CS2 Upgrade (Mac)
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Asin: B00081G36G
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Adobe
Sales Rank: 421
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Product Description

Adobe GoLive CS2 Upgrade for Mac .Adobe GoLive CS2 software lets you unlock the power of CSS with intuitive visual tools such as prebuilt CSS objects that you can drag and drop to build sophisticated sites. Jump-start your designs by automatically converting Adobe InDesign layouts into XHTML or CSS Web pages. Or, design leading-edge Web and mobile content and applications in an advanced coding environment that supports SVG Tiny, SMIL, MMS, MPEG-4, XHTML, CSS, and other open global standards. Maintain your sites with comprehensive site management tools.Build sophisticated CSS-based Web content in an intuitive visual environment and enjoy comprehensive site maintenance. Efficiently create or leverage assets for your Web and mobile sites through tight integration with Adobe Creative Suite 2 software. Design mobile sites and applications based on open standards, using visual authoring tools and native device emulation. ... Read more


126. ADOBE Video Collection 2.5 Standard ( Windows )

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Asin: B00021XJ5K
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
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127. Adobe Photoshop 6.0

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Asin: B00004YNJJ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 1522
Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

With each new release of Photoshop, Adobe manages both to satisfy theexpectations of existing users and to pull a few magic features out of its hat.Version 6 is no exception. Powerful vector editing and masking, improved layercontrols, layer styles, incredible typographic control, new Web publishingtools, and a cleaner, more accessible interface are already making version 5.5,itself a groundbreaker, look like ancient history.

Photoshop's new vector features provide even more control when compositingphotographic images. You can use the vector drawing tools simply to createpolygons and custom shapes, but they can also act as layer clippingpaths--vector masks that hide or reveal image areas in underlying layers.

Editable layer effects such as drop shadow and glow were introduced in version 5.5; in version 6, they have been renamed layer styles. New options includesatin, stroke and color, gradient, and pattern overlay. The layer stylesdialogue box provides much more control--bevel and emboss has five styleoptions, as well as adjusters for technique, depth, direction, size, soften,angle, attitude, gloss, contour, highlight mode, opacity--and that's not all ofthem. As the name suggests, layer styles can easily be saved and applied toother layers.

You can enter and edit text directly onto the layer and set style attributesfrom the new tool options bar. Photoshop 6 seems to have benefited from some ofInDesign's superb typographic tools, with character and paragraph palettesproviding precise control. Web imaging tools have been revamped, withlayer-based slicing now available from within Photoshop itself, and a major overhaulof ImageReady introducing weighted optimization, rollover styles, and tweenedanimation.

If you want the best image editing software that money can buy, look no further.--Ken McMahon ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars PS6
There are certain software packages that I skip versions of as I don't feel they're worth the upgrade: Photoshop has always been an exception. This is the number 1 app I use in my work and with each new version it gets easier to accomplish that work.

With the release of Photoshop 6, Adobe has made a number of interface changes and/or enhancements. Most notably is the context-sensitive toolbar at the top of the screen. It might take some time to get used to but I feel it's one of those things that most users won't want to get rid of once they've experienced it. Other features include new selection tools, more color palettes and choices, better layer management and the ostensibly useless Liquify effect. I'm sure someone out there will find a way to abuse this feature.

One overlooked feature that seems to have gone unnoticed by most previous beta reviews is the annotation tool. In my work, this will come in handy for jotting down design notes such as what typefaces and colors were used to create an image, etc. It's similiar to a little Post-It™ Note that you can attach to your images. Overall, Photoshop 6 is a great product and worth upgrading to.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great Application ¿ Could Have Stood a Bit More Testing
PhotoShop is without a doubt the best digital image editing software on the market. However, Adobe seems to have placed testing of the application on the users who fork over the big bucks and stake their livelihood on its use. If you check the User to User Forum on Adobe's WebSite, you will see the large number of problems people are experiencing with this product. Foremost is speed. Take the minimum system requirements on the box and times those by 4 if you expect it to run efficiently. Also there are many features that either do not work correctly or were just not thought out well when designed. If you are a graphics professional, you will find some of the new features and design a work flow killer. The guides and slice tool are not precise, the text tool is half thought out and there are many features hidden away in right mouse click menus such as text attributes like bold and italic and layer options (you can't rename layers without going to a menu anymore). There is a complete lack of consistency between PhotoShop, ImageReady and Illustrator, which makes no sense at all. I am finding myself switching back and forth between 5.5 and 6. Hopefully, with all of the complaints, Adobe is finding out what real world users need in an application (not what programmers and product people think we need) and are working on a patch.

4-0 out of 5 stars uummmmm??
I thought that this was one of the greatest softwares I had Bought after Photoshop 5. THat was untill photoshop 7 came out. Personally I would skip the savings and go for the good stuff with Photoshop7. Almost the same as 6 except that there is a history function that allows you to go back as many steps as you need. There are an uncountable amount of new features that are so easy to use I was blown away.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good product, but not the only one.
This is definitely a good product, but I still like Fireworks better! Why? It's much more user-friendly than Photoshop, and so far there's nothing that I haven't been able to do with Fireworks (Macromedia product).

5-0 out of 5 stars The best.
If your into doing simple things for websites like me, this is the way to go. Easily create dazzling effects by simply selecting which part of the image you would like to add a filter too, then click and wallah!

This program definetly needs Eye Candy 4000 to accompany it. ... Read more


128. Apple Final Cut Pro 5 Upgrade from Pro (Mac DVD)
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Asin: B0009319LW
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 1671
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Features

  • RT Extreme with Dynamic RT—Editors have access to real-time effects processing that scales with their systems, from DV to fully uncompressed HD.
  • Multiple, Scalable Format Support—New in Final Cut Pro 5 is supprot for IMX, Panasonic P2, and Native HDV. Final Cut Pro editors can work natively with a variety of DV, SD, and HD formats.
  • Professional Editing Tools—Final Cut Pro's suite of editing tools allow editors to work with speed and precision on both single- and multi-camera projects.
  • Native HDV Editing—Native long-GOP MPEG2 HDV editing allows for editing camera original video without transcoding the images.
  • Multicamera Editing—Multicamera editing lets editors simultaneously view and cut from multiple sources in real time, in DV, SD, and HD. Up to 128 sources can be grouped together into multiclips with simultaneous playback of up to 16 at a time.

129. Beyond TV 3
list price: $69.99
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Asin: B00022I1FC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: SnapStream Media
Sales Rank: 363
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Features

  • Media server that changes PC into a TV/DVR combo
  • Pause live TV; use instant replay; skip forward or back
  • Program guide; search for shows by title
  • Skip commercials or parts of TV shows in one click
  • Shrink files and replay them on portable devices

130. Art Explosion Publisher Pro
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B0002C7WS4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Nova Development
Sales Rank: 1695
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Features

  • All-in-one desktop publishing
  • 2500+ professionally designed templates
  • Powerful text handling; sophisticated graphics
  • Professional printing capabilities
  • Full-featured image editor included

131. Adobe Illustrator CS2
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Asin: B00081G3V6
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Adobe
Sales Rank: 987
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132. Pinnacle Studio Plus 9 AV/DV Deluxe

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Asin: B00032Q1L2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 1079
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133. Adobe InDesign 2.0
list price: $699.00
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Asin: B00005T7C9
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 2582
Average Customer Review: 4.42 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

InDesign 2.0 is all about creative page layout. A high-end desktoppublishing product, it is aimed squarely at professional designers who needmaximum flexibility alongside strong document management and support forindustry standards.

Eye-catching features such as transparency and blending are combined with moremundane--but important--abilities such as table of contents and indexgeneration, to make this a more complete and rounded product than earlierversions. It also benefits from integration with other Adobe products such asPhotoshop, Illustrator, GoLive, and Acrobat. Adobe maintains a consistent userinterface across the range, easing the learning process.

The heart of a desktop publishing product is typography, for which InDesign issecond to none. The software offers fine control over drop capitals, kerning,tracking, justification, and scaling. OpenType fonts offer advanced featuressuch as contextual alternative characters, which automatically insert ligaturesor other special glyphs according to their place within a word. The paragraphcomposer optimizes spacing and hyphenation for an entire paragraph,retrospectively reformatting earlier lines as you type.

A great feature of InDesign is that imported graphics remain editable. Forexample, InDesign has its own excellent tools for drawing shapes and paths, soyou can import an Illustrator drawing and continue to work on it. Thetransparency options not only let you control opacity, but also offer specialeffects such as drop shadows, feathering, and multiple blending modes such assoft or hard light. InDesign has complete support for professional printingstandards, but Adobe also delivers on cross-media choices, such as PDF, HTML,and SVG, which is an emerging standard for Web graphics. There is also an optionto import, export, and edit XML, with exciting possibilities for repurposingcontent.

InDesign 2.0 is ideal for magazines, advertisements, and brochures. For books ormanuals, something like Adobe FrameMaker is a better choice. InDesign offersstrong competition to the market-leading Quark XPress, and the fact that itssystem requirements are heavier is perhaps balanced by the fact that InDesign ishalf the price of Quark. Convenience features such as multiple undo and redomake InDesign a pleasure to use. Creativity in print has never been easier.--Tim Anderson ... Read more

Reviews (12)

5-0 out of 5 stars InDesign vs. Quark (a beginner's perspective)
I'm currently studying graphic design and have learned InDesign before learning Quark, and the differences amaze me. InDesign is by far the better product: Photoshop and Illustrator files can be dragged and dropped into an InDesign document; frames work for either text or graphics; onscreen viewing has several options from proxy to high-resolution; the list goes on. It has the same Adobe interface as their other products and has a far more advanced drawing tool than Quark. It doesn't offer the character attributes that Quark does - you have to have the bold/italic version of a font to print it that way, unlike Quark's forced attributes ability - but it really does seem to be miles ahead in its details and options. Plus, as a student, it's a much more affordable program than Quark, and it interacts with the other Adobe products so well that I found I was already ahead of the game. I heard that the first version of InDesign was really buggy, but the same people and instructors have had nothing but unbridled praise for version 2.0 .

5-0 out of 5 stars The new king of DTP
This product has to be the most amazing page layout program ever created.
The features literally overflow and present you with virtually unlimited options for complete creative freedom. The new transparency effects are unbelievable for a dedicated page layout application. This cuts down dramatically the need to switch between photoshop for applying effects such as drop shadows, feathering etc.
Adobe has really outdone themselves with this one, and anyone who believes QuarkXpress is still the best needs to take a serious look at this. Quark 5 is better than quark 4.1 but still doesnt come close to this level of brilliance.
The PDF output is absolutely first class, and preserves every aspect of the document from finely graduated transparency effects to the brilliant typography.
This is a major bonus for users who publish detailed PDF files, and this makes proofing before printing an absolute pleasure.
For such brilliance you would expect to pay a lot more than $699 and at this price this product is an absolute bargain for any self respecting creative professional.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't people read the manual any more?
InDesign doesn't need any help from me, but the negative review below was a little annoying. The writer doesn't seem to have tried very hard to learn the program. A) ID does support bold and italic for fonts that have the style -- that's what "character styles" are for. Those who prefer "fake fonts" shouldn't be using a high-end typesetting program. B) Image resizing is done by percentages (context menu in Windows, not sure about Mac). It takes a bit of math, but it allows you to size images _precisely_. C) If you insist on using EPS output, the "Package" command sends all the linked files to CD, but PDF is a better option most of the time. D) Who leaves all the palettes turned on? Merge or hide them and save your setup.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Pain is GONE for Pagemaker users!
I admit, I'm one of those terrible, hated Mac users.... the type that adopted only AFTER OS X came into existence because OS 9 could not compete with what was available for PC....

Still, when I switched (and I'll never go back), a lot of products weren't yet available for X, including InDesign. Since my primary occupation is copy-editing, that meant I had to have PageMaker 7.0 for OS9....

I hated it. At the end of my last PM project, I downloaded the evaluation version of InDesign 2.0 and promptly fell in love.

If Pagemaker seems kludgy, slow, buggy.... switch. Eat ramen and Mac and Cheese for a month if that's what it takes, but switch. You won't regret it if you have to do any type of editing or layout!

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible functionality
Previous negative reviews mentioned linked text files--I ran into this once, asked on Adobe Forums how to fix it, and someone provided me almost instantly with a little script that "embeds" all my text files instantly with one click. Another way to avoid it is to copy and paste your text rather than placing it.

Resizing images? Easy! You can resize the frame and fit to the frame, resize the image and fit the frame to the image, you can resize both simulatenously, you can even create a star-shaped frame and place an image into it! Your frame can have a feathered or rounded edge if you want, etc. I've never had a problem resizing images quickly and easily.

Type styles: The workarounds for this are much more printer friendly. Want a bold? Make a character style that "strokes" the outline of the font with a .1 or .25 point stroke. You can just eyedropper it in place where you need it or create a paragraph or character style to place it. Need a faux italic? Same thing...just "slant" the text in the character box.

Of course the character and paragraph styles are separate! They'd be too big otherwise! Most of the time I'm just using paragraph styles--I don't need to see the character styles. If I need to do both, I just undock the character style palette and then both are visible at once. I can even dock them together "stacked" without difficulty so they're not floating separate but both are visible.

Too many palettes? Close the ones you don't use. Minimize the ones you infrequently use. Note that the upcoming version, InDesign Creative Suite will allow for even more docking options, so you can choose how it looks.

Optical Kerning? Works great on my printer, I don't know what's wrong with yours. When I look at similar documents pre and post InDesign, I'm blown away by how much BETTER the ID documents always look.

Underline text? What's wrong with ctrl alt U? You can also set a character style for underlining, and eyedropper from one place to the next.

Gimmicky CD covers? We do a trade journal, myriad ads, newsletters, marketing in InDesign and they've never looked better or gone together faster.

I've used PageMaker. This program is to PageMaker what PageMaker was to the older versions of Publisher. It is so much faster, easier and more intuitive. No more repetitive stress injuries for me from doing the same key combos over and over and over again. I use about 1/8th the number of clicks I needed before to accomplish the same task. There are tasks I never would have bothered trying in PageMaker. And those who've used both Quark and InDesign by and large say ID has far more features and is much better to use. ... Read more


134. Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional (Mac)
list price: $449.99
our price: $409.99
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Asin: B00069E7IQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
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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

135. CAKEWALK Home Studio 2 ( Windows )

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Asin: B0002MID3C
Catlog: Software
Sales Rank: 460
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Features

  • Record unlimited audio and MIDI tracks, then mix them with real-time audio and MIDI effects -- in up to 24-bit/96 kHz audio
  • Record your entire band at once, with support for multi-channel audio cards
  • Add a number of DXi soft synths, as easy as plug and play
  • Click and drag to paint drum tracks, with the new pattern brush and Drum Editing Grid tools
  • Use a full set of VST effects & instrument to build your loops, through the includedCakewalk VST Adapter

136. Art Explosion Christian Greeting Card Factory
list price: $29.99
our price: $26.99
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Asin: B00005JYBY
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Nova Development
Sales Rank: 762
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Share your faith by personalizing and sending store-quality greeting cards you've made with Art Explosion Christian Greeting Card Factory. It's a complete collection of spiritual cards, with more than 2,000 exclusive Christian greeting cards and customizable projects. It also includes more than 10,000 spiritual graphics, 700 inspirational sentiments, and 300 fonts to use in your designs. Combine spiritual greetings you've selected or verses from the Scripture with any one of a variety of card templates or create your own from scratch. Choose from greeting cards, invitations, announcements, and other projects like church fliers, certificates, newsletters, and pocket devotionals. ... Read more

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome graphics!
I was so happy with Art Explosion Greeting Card Factory Deluxe that I jumped to buy this one and was quite thrilled with all the new cards available. (Just ordered the new #2 too!) Like the other, this can be fully installed so you don't need to hunt the CD every time you want to make a card. Easy to change card sizes too. More variety of ready-mades than most of the competition (I own them too). I highly recommend Nova's products and their online support has been right there and very helpful.

4-0 out of 5 stars Explosion is a good thing!
This product has all the same goodies as the others of this type, great clipart and fairly easy to use work areas. The one outstanding feature with this software is it can be completely loaded onto the computer. You don't even have to use the CD to run it! That alone made it worth the buy. ... Read more


137. Paint Shop Photo Album 5 Deluxe
list price: $49.99
our price: $39.99
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Asin: B0002EZGPS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Jasc Inc.
Sales Rank: 169
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Features

  • An easy way to do more with digital photos
  • Organize collection and find photos fast
  • Fix and enhance photos easily
  • Drag and drop to create impressive keepsakes
  • Back-up and protect photos on CD

138. IMSI DesignCAD 3D Max V15 - Powerful 3D Modeling W/2D Drafting

our price: $62.99
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Asin: B0002IP2VC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: IMSI
Sales Rank: 794
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139. ADVENTUS INCORPORATED Piano Suite Premier

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Asin: B00007BGNS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adventus Incorporated
Sales Rank: 1572
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Piano Suite is your best option for learning to play piano no matter what your age
  • With a full compliment of customizable and expandable tools Piano Suite will guide you into the rewarding world of making your own music
  • Piano Player will help you through the learning process with the help of an interactive voice tutor and provide continuous feedback on your play until you master the piece
  • Personal and musical biographies of over 150 composers and performers will enrich your learning experience
  • Challenging interactive games sharpen your piano playing skills and develop theory comprehension

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Software-Highly recommended
These guys have definitely put a lot of thought into this product and must be dedicated music instructers. Set up is easy. Worked perfectly out of the box. I did have one minor problem with producing sounds other then piano, but I went to the Adventus website and downloaded a patch. It works great now! Theres lots of info there and a phone number for tech support.

This is great software for beginners. No big jumps in lession difficulty, just a steady progression. Lots of user interaction with the software (ie, feedback about your playing, etc), games, computer generated vide, lots of songs to play and lots of different styles from classical to rock.

I'm not even using the suggested Adventus set-up, that is, using a internal soundblaster wavetable sound card. Adventus warned of a lag in hearing a note after it was pressed and when the sound was produced if you didn't have an internal wavetable soundcard. I'm not having any "latency" issues. Maybe it is because I have a 1.7ghz computer, with a external M-Audio Firewire soundcard. This is a "pro" external sound card (it has no built in sounds of its own it just processes digital sound files that come out of your computer. For access to sounds you'll need software or you can rely on the internal Microsoft GS WaveTable Software Synthesizer built into Windows XP) and Firewire is fast. For those people using the external Soundblaster Audigy cards, I've read that there may be a "latency" issue.

Read the magazine reviews at the Adventus Website if you don't believe me - www.adventus.com.

Also, I recommend http://www.tweakheadz.com/ for lots of info on equipment for making and recording computer music. The forums are great, especially.

This is quality software. ... Read more


140. Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional Upgrade from Standard Version 4-7 (Mac)
list price: $159.99
our price: $149.99
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Asin: B00069EA06
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 3915
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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

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