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141. Microsoft Visio 2003 Standard
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142. Marine Aquarium 2.0
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143. Curious Labs Poser 5
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150. JASC Paint Shop Pro Studio
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141. Microsoft Visio 2003 Standard Upgrade
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Publisher: Microsoft
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Features

  • Visio 2003 is the simple & flexible tool that documents and organizes complex ideas, processes, and systems -- and illustrates them for others!
  • It's never been easier to assemble diagrams -- just drag the pre-defined Microsoft SmartShapes symbols into the desired location
  • Generate common diagram types from all sorts of existing data, to put complex concepts, processes, and relationships into their proper context
  • Create visually rich diagrams that ive your ideas maximum impact -- then share them in workspace files on your team's SharePoint site
  • Track reviewer's comments and customize your diagram, to meet the needs of your organization

142. Marine Aquarium 2.0
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Asin: B0000959KX
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Encore Software
Sales Rank: 248
Average Customer Review: 3.89 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (9)

1-0 out of 5 stars Where are the crabs, seahorses, snails ?
This ss is kinda nice, but there is not enough variety. There should have been a lot more exotic fishes, and crustations like spider crabs, snails, starfishes, etc.

There are over a thousand different animals in the ocean, but the programmers decided that it would be easiest to place only a handfull.

There should also be an option that lets you "buy" toys to place in the aquarium. Like sunken boats and treasure chests.

I hope someone makes a third version of this ss with my above recommendations.

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice looking, but glitchy for me
Without a doubt, this is an impressive looking screensaver. Images are extremely detailed and realistic. The screensaver also has many settings you can configure. However...

I've observed this screensaver on two computers, one a Pentium 4 at 2.4Ghz, and the other a Pentium 2 at 450Mhz. On both machines the screensaver caused some minor graphics problems, especially on the P2 computer. Basically I'm referring to the screen freezing up for a few seconds, or the Windows taskbar changing colors. One time half the screensaver was running, and the other half I saw the XP desktop. All the colors were blurred.

On my P4 computer, which has an integrated video card, it takes about 5 seconds after I move the mouse for the Windows XP desktop to reappear. With a standard, ordinary screensaver running, the desktop reappears immediately after I move the mouse.

I emailed SereneScreen about this, and they suggested I upgrade my video driver. I did so, but that didn't change anything. If your computer has a powerful video card, then this screensaver might work okay. It also wouldn't hurt to have a Pentium 4 processor running at 2Ghz or faster. However, if your computer has an integrated video card, or an older processor, you might run into some problems.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing graphics
The graphics are amazing. My local CompUSA was using this on all of their demo monitors, and I just had to have it. It is a lot of fun. And you don't have to clean the tank! But one watchout... I don't recommended it for "slower" machines... it totally bogs down my Pentium II 333 at work... had to uninstall it. Works great on P3 933.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
I just bought this SS after seeing it live in action at the store. It looked great. Well at least at the store. I have a 3 GH CPU, 1024 of DDR RAM, and a 64 MB video card in my laptop. (The laptop is 1 month old) When it does run, it is SLOW and choppy. The bubbles suck, and the fish swim as if they are about to go belly up and end up at the top of the tank. Thankfully the store I bought it at is offering me a full return.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best screensaver that I've seen
It's absolutely amazing. I can stay there watching it all day, it's so soothing and beautiful. I wish there were more features like more fish (although there's 26 already) and it would have been nice if we can change the background a little bit and the look of the aquarium. But those would be just bonuses, the screensaver is already perfect like it is. Highly recommended. ... Read more


143. Curious Labs Poser 5
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Asin: B00006IXA4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Curious Labs, Inc.
Sales Rank: 184
Average Customer Review: 3.08 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Whether you're a 3-D novice or an experienced digital artist, Poser 5 makes it extraordinarily easy to create complete 3-D character stills and animations. Yet while this new edition definitely has advantages over previous versions, it is not without its glitches.

Pay attention to the system requirements on install. This program needs room and power. With more than the recommended 256 MB of RAM, rendering seems a bit sluggish in spite of the new FireFly micropolygon-based rendering engine. Though considering all Poser 5 does, immediate rendering of complex 3-D objects might be asking a bit much.

Working in Poser 5 is remarkably simple considering the capabilities of the software. The workspace is clean and easily customizable, with a majority of the tools accessible from floating palettes and windows. A collapsible library palette gives you fast access to all available content such as figures, poses, faces, and expressions. Plus, there is an entire CD of additional content including sound files, props, textures, templates, samples, and demos.

The interface is broken down into different rooms: Pose, Material, Face, Hair, Cloth, Setup, and Content. The new Face Room lets you map any face onto a 3-D head using just front and side photos of someone's face. Use the Hair Room to grow actual 3-D hair for figures in just a few steps. Go to the Cloth Room and convert objects into fully dynamic cloth with complete control of behavior. A full, revised reference manual is included.

So many things are under your control, it's hard not to want to tweak every little detail. However, on more than one occasion making an adjustment caused the software to lock up and quit. At other times, it would complete the changes, but the document window would be blank, making it necessary to close and reopen the program to continue work.

Instability issues aside, Poser 5 is loaded with fun tools, content, and utilities, making an upgrade worthwhile for serious users. Ease of use makes it a good choice for beginners and hobbyists as well. --Joshua Goldman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing results easily!
I'm a new Poser user, and pretty new to 3D though I've been an artist for more than 20 years. I've tried another 3D application a long time ago, and while I made some great looking things, it was more by accident than anything. I guess I never really figured out how to use that program.

A friend of mine convinced me to buy Poser 5, and I absolutely love it! When I drag on the character, it moves the way I expect it which means I can spend more time on my creativity and little time on trying to figure out "how" to create. What a breath of fresh air in what seems to be a world of creative products that require creative minds to try and be a technical wiz!

I'm still playing around with the advanced features. Materials looked daunting at first, but it didn't take me long to understand the basics of the process. I managed to make snakeskin material for the man's coat on my first pass. Impressive!...

I like the fact that even the truly advance features of Poser 5 can give some impressive results to a new kid on the block in the 3D world. I'm trying out the Hair room next.

2-0 out of 5 stars My review Oct 2002
I was very excited about Poser 5. It has many updated features and tools. I think the new render engine quality is incredible. However, expect to pay a high price in waiting. For me, it was too slow and I couldn't do anything else nor could I work on other models while the rendering was in progress. You'll be dying for a 4GHz PC for xmas.

I fooled around with the material room which is like nothing out there, so that's a big plus. I tried the hair room, but I was unable to get it to work even after several attempts. The cloth room also failed to produce any clothes so I guess I'll have to stick with my old collection for now. I wanted to try the face room but I didn't have any photo available.

During the course (I was using XP pro) Poser 5 crashed several times and I lost all my good efforts... so remember to save often. At one time, XP crashed and my XP has never crashed (so far that was).

As for models, there are a lot of free stuff, but I notice that most of it comes from Poser 4 and the Pro Pak - so if you have these products, your not getting much new.

Also, I found it very difficult to work with more than one model (people) in the same window - as they often interfered with each other or got selected in error or got posed in the wrong way. There is no undo history as in photoshop, so if you make mistakes, don't expect you can go back and fix them. Poser 5 doesn't allow you to open more windows - so I have to work with one model at a time which is time consuming. I expected much better than this.

My best option was to hide models. But not only do you have to hide the model, but also the clothes, shoes, etc which is time consuming, especially if you have more than one people in a scene.
Sometimes I try to hide one model and when I unhide it, parts of the model are missing (invisible). I unselect the Invisible Property for the model, but nothing happens. I have to start the model again from scratch.

I also have tons of 3d models which I accumulated over the years, which gets to be a mess (missing, wrong textures, etc). Poser 5 did nothing to auto install these or fine tune (manage) my massive inventory. The auto install feature is only if you use their content service. I was really upset about this because I feel they falsely advertised Poser 5's ability to automatically install 3d objects. This was one of the main reason I purchased Poser 5 - so it could clean up the thousands of poser files on my hard drive. No such luck.

Overall, I like Poser, but maybe not at a price ... So here are my Cons:
Poser 5 crashes at times or freezes.
Only one window is available - I found it difficult to work with more than one model per window.
Poser 5 doesn't find and install your models - you must buy models through their service.
The render system is very, very slow - No multi-tasking is available.
No network or batch rendering is available.
The hair room doesn't work
The cloth room didn't work.

Here are my pros:
Render system is fantasic.
I like the material room much.
And everything works pretty much as it does with Poser 4 pro.

I understand there are two updates available to fix problems associated with Poser 5 and that some files were missing, so I will check these out at a later time.
I would highly recommend Poser 5 but ONLY IF they improved it; however, we may have to wait on Poser 8.

4-0 out of 5 stars Prepare to go back to school
As many people have noted you can do amazing things with Poser, however be prepared because learning to do those amazing things is an education in itself.

Downloading updates to your software is very important because the finished Poser 5 product was not really finished when it went on the market. You will find yourself surfing the web to find tutorials which are available in abundance simply because the supplied manual was no where near to being satisfactory.

Within the shipped software package you have the ability to change textures, add custom created hair, change or alter created clothing, and even add animation to your figures but again its not easy and requires hours of surfing the web and following tutorials that you must find yourself.

A very good site to see some fine finished Poser art is www.renderosity.com I have some of my own completed art work there search for zman1 in the author section. Why you're at renderosity visit the tutorial section and check out a few of them because this is what you're going to have to learn to do what you want to do. Learning to use this software package is very much like learning AutoCAD with the right education you can create things that are actually worth something monetarily however be prepared to invest large amounts of your time before you ever get close to being there.

Lastly and as before mentioned your going to either want additional clothing, characters, hair, props, etc.. you can buy some really nice ones and you can find allot of them free at places like the site listed above, you can also go one step farther and create them yourself with other expensive programs I use Zbrush however many others are out there. Environment rendering software makes a nice complement to this package such as Vue 4 or Bryce 5 (Bryce is available at www.daz3d.com now they bought all the rights and its very inexpensive compared to other packages).

Good luck and I hope you have lots of time to burn because your going to need it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Too bad this is the only dedicated char modeling tool....
First off, I do wanna say that there are things about this version that are far better, but not much. My first complaint is the interface, you would think after a while they would scrap the "Pretty" Interface for something more functional. It is cluttered and sloppy. Second, the system requirements for this are WAY off. I am running a pentium 2.4ghz machine with 1gig of memory, geforce 4 card, and 120gb hard drive, and this program crawls at best. And every now and then, my computer just can't take any more, and shuts it down. With no warning. The character modeling may be better, but it is not for beginners whatsoever. So if you are not familier with Poser or any other 3d modeling programs, you best avoid this and start out easy with something like truespace or Vue D'esprit.

My advice is to anyone wanting to get thier hands on this, wait until Curious Labs decides to let people try out a demo, if I had had the chance to try a demo, I would not have paid money on this.

I have been working in 3d design for years, and am a registered 3d studio max user, I have also used programs such as Maya and Softimage in different studios I have worked for. My advice to Curious labs? Release a different edition of this software, with a less graphical interface and more functionality and optimization.

This program has the potential to be AMAZING, if you have the patience and have never heard the word "Deadline" in your life...

2-0 out of 5 stars The sinking ship!
Some of the writers here may me shocked, but Poser 5 is the reason, why Curious Labs is now a sinking ship! This software is full of bugs and the render times are much too long. Two companies now show a reaction and publish their own software: DAZ Studio and Horus3D. When you look at the website of Horus3D, you'll see that a Vicky3-Figure can be raytraced within 3 Seconds with transparency! Poser? How long do you need to do this? So nobody should tell me, that Poser 5 is that slow, because it isn't possible to be faster! The main-programmers of Curious Labs has left the company after the Poser 5 disaster. The community of Poser is really fed up with this version and all it's patches! ... Read more


144. Enfocus PITSTOP PROFESSIONAL 6.1 ( PP6.1-SG-001 )

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Publisher: Enfocus Software
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145. Adobe Creative Suite Standard 1.1
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Publisher: Adobe
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Features

  • An integrated design environment featuring the industry's foremost design tools
  • In-depth tips, expert tricks, and comprehensive design resources
  • Intuitive file finding, smooth workflow, and common interface and toolset
  • Single installer--control what you install and when you install it
  • Cross-media publishing--create content for both print and the Web

146. Adobe Illustrator CS2 (Mac)
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Product Description

Adobe Illustrator CS2 for Mac .Introducing Illustrator 12.0. Instantly convert bitmaps to editable and scalable vector artwork, paint more intuitively, and use advanced type and precise drawing tools. Save time with intelligent toolbars, optimized workspaces, and bonus fonts and templates that help you jump-start your designs. Plus, tight integration with other software provides the flexibility you need to produce extraordinary graphics for print, video, the Web, and mobile devices.Quickly convert bitmaps to vectors with new Live Trace, and colorize intuitively with Live Paint. Find tools faster with an interface that√Ęs customizable to the way you work. Display your work using industry-standard formats such as SVG, PDF/X, PDF, PSD, and more. Work more efficiently with other Adobe applications, Macromedia Flash (SWF), QuarkXPress, and Microsoft Office.Discover new features and find existing features faster in the context-sensitive Control palette. Accessing selion-based tools from a single location eliminates the need for multiple palettes. Use Adobe Bridge to efficiently browse and preview your creative assets, run automation scripts, access Adobe Stock Photos, and more. Jump-start your projects with more than 270 professionally designed templates and over 100 OpenType fonts, all included with Illustrator CS2. ... Read more


147. Finale 2005
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148. Photo Explosion Deluxe 2.0

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Publisher: Nova Development Corp.
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149. FileMaker Pro 7 Upgrade (Mac)
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Publisher: Filemaker Inc.
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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

150. JASC Paint Shop Pro Studio
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  • Edit, enhance, and repair with fun tools.
  • Restore faded, scratched, and aged photos.
  • Turn your current photos into masterpieces.
  • Make scrapbooks, photo, collages, even experiment with home remodeling projects.
  • Paint Shop Pro Studio includes Paint Shop Photo Album – Standard Edition

151. Adobe GoLive CS2 Upgrade
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Adobe GoLive CS2 Upgrade .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

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1-0 out of 5 stars Not Worth Upgrading For
Very disappointing release! I have been a GoLive user for going on two years now and after a long waiting period, CS2 is finally upon us. Unfortunately, CS2 did not herald the bug fixes and core improvements so many GoLive users have been waited for.

The most glaring problem is that GoLive CS2 still does not have a history feature. Even ridiculously simple functions like previewing your in-development pages make it impossible to revert to a previous state and undue any mistakes. Perform a find/replace and again, once you commit to the replace you cannot back out of this change and revert to an earlier state.

What is the point of previewing your webpage if you can't go back and correct a mistake? It is this kind of blatant oversight that damns GoLive to being a subpar program that just doesn't feel as intuitive or polished as other Adobe products.

There have been a number of improvements (such as an advanced CSS library) but small tweaks cannot make you overlook the fact that at its core, GoLive CS2 is a buggy and fundamentally broken product that fails to deliver on every level.

Another poor showing. When will Adobe get this right? Not worth the money as a stand alone product and certainly not worth upgrading from CS. ... Read more


152. Adobe Illustrator CS (Mac)
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Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 900
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Cross-media publishing; publish your artwork to any delivery medium you like
  • Includes 3D graphics effects, character and paragraph styles, and innovative text composition controls
  • Enhanced support for Adobe PDF, expanded print capabilities, faster performance, and more
  • Timesaving tools include dynamic data-driven graphics, robust scripting support, and Action Sets
  • Create logos, illustrations, packaging, maps, posters, Web graphics, and more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Didn't Meet Expectations
I've been using Illustrator for over three years now... from 9.0 to 10.0 and now CS. While Illustrator does seem to perform faster and it does include the ability to create 3-D objects (which is pretty neat), I was very disappointed with one particular thing. The text now does not display as it should while I'm working on my artwork. Some of my fonts seemed to "bleed", while other fonts just weren't displayed correctly (the height and/or width seemed off). When I print or save the art for the web the results look as they should, but it's really annoying that I can't truly see what the text is going to look like unless I print or view the jpeg/gif file. I'm seriously considering going back to version 10. Not only does it display my artwork exactly as I should expect to see it printed or on the web, but now Flash MX 2004 (another recent upgrade) has supposedly been made to be compatible with Illustrator 10.

5-0 out of 5 stars Adobe Illustrator CS for Macintosh
Adobe's new Illustrator CS brings significant improvements to an already great vector art software. I was quite impressed with Illustrator 10's improvements, and wasn't sure what new features Adobe would put into its next version. Plenty, as it turns out. Here are some new features of Illustrator CS (actually v. 11):

Faster Performance
Illustrator CS is noticeably faster opening, saving, and printing files than its predecessor Illustrator 10. Artwork displays faster, and copying and pasting is speedier.

Expanded Print Capabilities
With Illustrator CS' upgraded print engine you can now achieve fast, consistent, print results with features like Fit to Page, Print Preview, and support for Print settings. These features appear to put Illustrator CS on par with Adobe Acrobat in regard to setting file compression and printing control.

Font Style Display
In its drop-down Font selection menu, Illustrator CS now shows fonts available in your Mac in their actual style. No more guessing how they might look before you select from a list of font names.

Enhanced Adobe PDF file creation
When saving an Illustrator CS document as a PDF file a menu now displays settings and options that are quite similar to Adobe Acrobat Distiller software. This allows making precise adjustments for file compression, adding printer's marks, and setting PDF document security. A convenient feature is that newly created Illustrator PDF's are then auto-launched in Acrobat 6 for immediate review.

Adobe PDF layers support
Similar to PhotoShop, Illustrator lets artwork be created over numerous electronic layers with individual control of the contents contained on each layer. That's not particularly new, however, layered artwork in Illustrator CS saved as a PDF can now be displayed or hidden within Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Professional.

How might this be useful? One example could be that you need to e-mail a drawing to a client showing multiple design options for a building drawn on different layers in Illustrator. The client won't likely have Illustrator, but will have a copy (or can get a free download) of Acrobat Reader 6. With a multi-layer PDF file the client can turn on, or off, layers to display your different design options.

3D Effects
I love this new feature! From 2-D objects and text you can create custom 3-D shapes and type treatments, add lighting, and then wrap artwork around shapes for packaging mock-ups. The new 3-D features incorporate elements of Adobe's long abandoned Dimensions 3.1 which, while promising, was clunky and rather frustrating to use.

Prior to Illustrator CS, I usually created 3-D static objects by first importing a very basic Illustrator EPS drawing into an expensive 3-D animation program. From there I would perform an Extrude (adding depth to the object) or a Lathe (wrapping the EPS drawing around a center line), rotate the object to a desired angle in the XYZ planes, position the artificial light source(s), and then map artwork to the various surfaces to create the finished product. Now I can do all of that in Illustrator CS. Thank you, Adobe! I'll be interested to see how this feature matures in future versions of Illustrator.

Illustrator's 3-D features come with a price, however. Running this program on my 15", 800 Mhz, G4 iMac required patience as each time a 3-D object was moved or resized on the electronic canvas there was a finger-drumming wait for the vector recalculations to complete. Of course faster Macs (especially the G5's) will mean less wait time with Illustrator 3-D objects.

Video Tour Of New Features
Included with Illustrator CS is a very informative CD video tutorial from Total Training featuring well-known software book author and presenter Deke McClelland. He jumps right into explaining the 3-D features of Illustrator CS, followed by tutorials on the program's built-in filters, font features, printing controls, and exports to PDF and Microsoft Office.

Tighter Microsoft Office integration
When you choose "Save for Microsoft Office" under the File Menu, Illustrator CS exports artwork as a PNG file format which makes it optimized to print and display in Microsoft Office products. Frankly, I'm not so impressed with this feature-but it's probably not Adobe's fault.

Of the applications in the Microsoft Office application suite I use PowerPoint the most. Inserting a PNG (or other raster formats) is fine as long as the background in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint is white. In these Microsoft products all pixel-based images display with a white square or rectangular bounding box-no matter the actual shape of the artwork. In PowerPoint you can use Microsoft's "Set Color Transparency" command to make the unwanted white of the bounding box become transparent so the background shows through. Unfortunately, there remains a white "fringing" all around the artwork boundary.

If Illustrator had a vector graphic export format that would be the same as the vector clip art Microsoft provides for use in its Office products, you would really have something. Vector art from Illustrator, brought into MS Office software, could be scaled up or down in size with no change in resolution. Now that would be a great feature. As it currently stands, you can put a piece of vector art into the Microsoft Clip Art Gallery. But when the artwork is inserted the MS application forcibly rasterizes it with some unwanted results.

Save As Template Command
Illustrator CS lets you reuse designs by saving files as templates that include artboard dimensions, styles, symbols, layers, and more. There are also more than 200 professionally designed templates and over 100 OpenType fonts in addition to clip art and stock photographs - all included free on the installation CD.

Adobe states that Illustrator CS for Macintosh requires a PowerPC G3, G4, or G5 CPU, OS X v.10.2 through v.10.3, 192MB of RAM (256MB recommended), and 470MB of available hard-disk space. For this review, Illustrator CS performed on a G4 800 MHz iMac with 1 GB of memory, running OS 10.2.8.

Tom Shackle is a member of the Alaskan Apple Users Group and a freelance media professional ... Read more


153. ABLETON Live 4 ( Windows/Macintosh )

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Asin: B0002TKLLW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Ableton
Sales Rank: 3179
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  • Complete MIDI recording, editing and pattern creation -- plus sequencing, combination and reorganization of MIDI clips
  • New Ableton instruments -Simpler, for creative sample-based synthesis and Impulse, for dynamic percussion sound design
  • Track-to-track I/O routing for complex mixes, post-effects recording, MIDI-to-audio conversion, submixing and synth layering
  • Unlimited audio and MIDI tracks, inputs and outputs
  • Work with hundreds of one-shot drum samples for use in Impulse

154. Adobe Creative Suites Premium 1.1
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Asin: B0000DBN6M
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 987
Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars
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  • An integrated design environment featuring the industry's foremost design tools
  • In-depth tips, expert tricks, and comprehensive design resources
  • Intuitive file finding, smooth workflow, and common interface and toolset
  • Single installer--control what you install and when you install it
  • Cross-media publishing--create content for both print and the Web

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4-0 out of 5 stars Creative Suite puts Creative juices to work
The Adobe Creative Suite brings many tried, tested and true programs to a new level of functionality and integration. The popular programs, Photoshop, Illustrator, GoLive, Acrobat and InDesign have been redesigned to make users more efficient and streamline the work. The latest addition to the Adobe family, Version Cue, also makes an appearance. Version Cue is a great server program that allows multiple users to edit and update files simultaneously. (full review @ bytesector.com)

5-0 out of 5 stars Designers Need the Apps and the Price is Good
Everything is in here. All of the design apps are on two installer CDs. Any designer -- whether web or print -- has at least a few of the applications in this suite. You only need to decide if the price is right, and if your current upgrades would make the purchase worthwhile.

Buying this suite is the equivalent of a corporate employee owning Microsoft Office. Adobe's name now equals design software. Knowing Adobe's product line is simply required knowledge. Print houses will accept and produce your files without problems, and multiplatform file transfer can be completed with minimum processing time.

For me, I was using a dated version of Illustrator, PageMaker 6.5, Photoshop Elements. The additional programs and new versions of what I had made the purchase a no-brainer. I also primarily use Dreamweaver, but learning GoLive will help me as I meet with clients. Outside of InDesign and GoLive, every application here is the industry standard, and those two programs are strongly coming into their own.

To explain the virtues of each individual application is not necessary. You know the benefits of Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, and GoLive. InDesign might be new to some of the veterans, but it is beyond a replacement for the inferior PageMaker, and is a force of its own.

With the quality increase of InDesign, designers are now able to choose something besides Quark for their page layout application. Including InDesign here made the purchase for me easy. I have no reason now to piecemeal together my software base.

Each application has all of the features that they have when independently purchased.

I fully recommend "Adobe Creative Suites Premium." Designers need these apps, and so your decision is only about price and value.

Anthony Trendl

1-0 out of 5 stars BEWARE OF THIS PRODUCT
I have spent 9 hours in 2 days on the phone with Dell to try to install this piece of s**t. Version Cue will not install nor will photo shop. No 800 number for support from Adobe. Paid for call and recieved many voice ads for products and was told if I need support call at 'top of the hour'. Dell says the problem is in the installer. Adobe Foroums have pointed to the same but no suggestion has worked. Guess I will work on amazon to try to return it for a full refund, it was shipped defective.

1-0 out of 5 stars BE AFRAID! BE VERY AFRAID!
Windows XP users beware! You'll need lots of bug killer with this supposed "upgrade" - especially the GoLive module.

Speaking as a long time user of Adobe software (Photoshop since version 3.0) this is the most bloated and unstable iteration ever. The added goodies in Photoshop CS would be great, if my (quite adequate) Dell Workstation didn't freeze up every other minute.

Most annoying of all is a screen redraw problem most visible in GoLive CS; a problem that makes GoLive essentially unusable. If you plan to use GoLive - most especially if you have an NVidia graphics card - visit Adobe.com and look through the GoLive User Forum BEFORE you buy the CS version. LOTS of good reading there.

Adobe has (reluctantly) admitted the screen redraw problem to be a "bug" that they are "working" on... but jeez! Wouldn't that bug have been far better stomped on BEFORE Adobe CS was released onto loyal, trusting Adobe users??

To sum it up - BUYER BEWARE! Check out the Adobe Forums before you shell out your hard earned for Adobe CS, because that's where you'll get the real truth about real-world use. Download the trial version of CS if you can - maybe it will run for you... but if not, no money lost.

For now, I'm thinking it's back to my previous versions so I can at least get some work done. In fact, it's so bad - I'm beginning to consider getting a MAC! Aaaargh!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm Lovin It
I have had the new Adobe Suite for a few weeks now and I am lovin it. I have been onboard since version 4.0 and I must say that the CS upgrade of Photoshop is the most signifigant ever. I use the RAW plug in with my digital Photos now, more then anything else. RAW and 16 bit editing have changed my workflow forever. The LEns Blur filter, the Photo filters, and the awesome filter gallery are extremly useful too. I do not use Illustrator much, I think that I will use it even less now that Photoshop can type on a path, but I did play with the new 3D tool, it is pretty cool and I can't wait to implement it into my designs. I have no opinion of InDesign, I haven't had the need to use it yet. What I have read about it is that the CS version is the final nail in the coffin for Quark. Go Live is great, I appreciate the Smart Objects, and Adobe has finally cleaned up the code that Go Live writes. At first Iwas peeved that they took out Dynamic editing, but I am okay with it now. I use it side by side with my old copy of Dreamweaver so I can get the best of both worlds. Go Live is more designer friendly.
Version Cue is another can't live without addition. All of the sudden, I am organized. Well I could go on forever about why I love the new suite, Adobe did a great job with this one. If you are a designer or student buy this suite, chances are you are already planning too. ... Read more


155. INport
list price: $69.99
our price: $69.99
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Asin: B0000DEB82
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Xitel
Sales Rank: 12632
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

INport ... Read more

Features

  • Record from your home stereo using your desktop or notebook as a piece of high fidelity recording equipment
  • Bypass inferior soundcards with advanced USB digital rendering technology
  • Use RCA composite audio cables to send music to your PC
  • Full ground loop isolation to ensure your recordings remain crystal clear and free from hum
  • Installs simply by plugging into a USB port ? watch the INport automatically load without the need for any special drivers

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Works with Macs
This a great product for the price.It will work on an Apple Mac running 10.3.8 - 10.4.1 (as of 5/27/05).It's not listed as being so.Felt Tip Software's "Sound Studio" works beautifully to use as recording software.It only costs $50.It's easy to use/has great features.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Hardware works great........
I first bought the ADS Instant Music to try an convert some cassettes, and the idea behind the product was great, and the software was fantastic. But with Instant Music I had some serious feedback issues, and ADS support was basically non-existant! I saw the INport product here on Amazon and figured I would give it a shot. The INport product works great! I simply plug the INport adapter into the PC with a USB cable, and then hook up my stereo with the RCA Adapters, and push play on the cassette. It's so easy...even for a non-technical guy like me! The ADS product was just as simple, but the feedback issues I had to try and deal with made the process a real nightmare. The big difference between the INport and the ADS product, is that the INport device is grounded, meaning it shield the product from all electronic interference. The only thing holding me back from giving the INport 5 stars, is the software that comes in the package. I found the ADS Nero software very user friendly, and quite a bit less complicated. So while I put the ADS hardware back in the box, I am keeping the ADS Nero software, and just using the INport device instead. If you have alot of vinyl or cassettes that you want to convert, then I would recommend the INport device, and then see if you can get a hold of the Nero software. That's the best combination I have found.

4-0 out of 5 stars Just what it says
The main thing about this item is that it just works. It uses only line level inputs, so if you're trying to rip LPs, you will need an RIAA preamplifier. The manufacturer makes no secret of this, though, and anyone who owns a turntable probably has something to plug it into for a line output. Or, if you need a cheap but pretty good one, you can haunt eBay, or see here:

http://www.paia.com/riaa.htm
Some soldering required. For those still inexplicably using Windows ME, time to move on up. You'll be glad you did. As to sound quality, all I can say is that it sounds as good as the source signal allows. I only gave it 4 stars because the bundled software is pretty rudimentary, if adequate. The utility for splitting a file into tracks is not all that reliable, but they never are, and that doesn't trouble me much. It does not include any sort of a burner, but there are any number of them out there, some pretty good ones freeware. Perhaps this is partially in relief after my dismal experiences with the ADS RDX-150, but I am very pleased with this item.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works great when you get everything else figure out.
I have an extensive LP collection that I am currently
converting to music files. This is a relatively inexpensive
device and software that does a decent job without going to
insanely expensive hardware and and software combos. I had to
overcome several problems though, and I deducted one star for
the lame manual and accompanying software. The hardware device
itself works flawlessly when hooked up right.

I'll be as direct a possible. DO NOT buy this product if
you are not comfortable doing things like routing cables and
using your Windows XP's control panel. You will cry in your beer
and make it taste bad. The ability to read instructions is a
plus, too...

This product was designed to work with the LINE OUT jacks
on your existing stereo amp. The setup is fairly simple. BUT..

As my stereo is nowhere near my computer, I decided to
run my turntable direct to my computer. Here are the things
to do to make things work right - 1. You MUST use a preamp to
boost the phono cartridge's signal. I'm using a Recotron SP2.
It's no big deal, about the size of a pack of cigarettes and
about $15. 2. You MUST ground the turntable to your other com-
ponents unless you like 60Hz hum. I used my turntables ground
wire on one of the RCA jacks on the LINE OUT side of the
preamp - works fine. 3.If you are using just a turntable, you
will NOT be able to hear your live LINE IN unless you do what
I did, which is get 2 RCA "Y" adapters to plug into the RCA
side of the INport. You run a couple of RCA lines from the
splitters to a 2xRCA into 1/8" miniplug and plug it into your
LINE IN on your souncard.(Radio Shack has these off-the-shelf.)

READ THE INSTRUCTIONS on how to get into your Sound
Devices and choose "USB Device" for default recording device
and your computer's setup (I.E. "Realtek 97"or whatever) for
playback. If you don't, you'll get silence.

For software, I am using Microsoft Plus Digital Media
Edition. I bought the cheap version as I only wanted the
Analog Recording software, not all the other stuff. It's easy
to use and the noise reduction feature works pretty well. I
didn't like Xitel's recording software. I am converting
to .WMA format for use in the Windows Media Player. Others
probably want to go MP3 or whatever.

I had to learn how to "trick" the noise reduction feature
into working right by starting the recording, then starting the
turntable from "Off" into the first cut of the side. You have
to do this with older or worn records so the software can get
usable levels for the noise reduction to work. You usually also
have to manually edit where a song begins and ends.

Well, I'm recording and ripping like crazy. Thanks INport!

1-0 out of 5 stars Inport doesn't work
We tried to connect the Inport to a Dell Dimension running Windows Millenium. It took a day to learn that the software patch needed by Millenium was not listed on the Microsoft web site, but that Microsoft will send it to you as an email attachment if you speak with a human.It took another afternoon to learn that the software patch needed to upgrade a stock Soundblaster sound card was not provided by Soundblaster, only by Dell. When the machine still did not function, we swapped all cables to be certain there was not a defective cable. Xitel does not offer telephone customer service, a phone call to their headquaters was answered by voicemail and went unanswered. The enclosed software offers customer service via email only, and requires you to spend about 45 minutes providing a transcript of software operations. The email for software was returned 24 hours later on two occasions, each time indicating the software was operating therefore the problem must be the hardware (which was not their domain). Two 3-hour telephone calls to Dell ascertained that the computer was functioning correctly. If you own an old cassette of an album available on CD you are better off buying a new recording--the sound willbe superior to any home remedy recording, plus you won't lose all that time! ... Read more


156. Extensis PORTFOLIO 7 1-USER ( FCE-18707 )

our price: $184.99
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Asin: B0002FHEQ6
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Extensis Corp.
Sales Rank: 1071
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157. PG MUSIC Band-In-A-Box 2004 ( Windows )

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Asin: B0002VCUZK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: PG Music
Sales Rank: 4979
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Features

  • The incredible new Soloist generates professional quality solos over any chord progression
  • With the Melodist, you can create songs from scratch with chords, melodies, intros, solos, or even a title
  • Type in the chords for any song, using standard chord symbols, and Band-In-A-Box plays it in any style -- Jazz, Pop, Country, Classical and more
  • Built-in audio harmonies will turn your audio track into multiple harmony parts and even adjust its pitch
  • Print out your finished creations, complete with repeats and endings, DC markings and codas - or save it as a graphic file for web publication or emailing

158. Adobe PAGEMAKER V7.0.2 CD WIN ( 27530379 )

our price: $539.99
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Asin: B0001AKSUQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 1368
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159. TECHSMITH SnagIt 7.2 ( Windows )

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Asin: B00080REI8
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Techsmith
Sales Rank: 1478
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Features

  • Capture screen images, text and video from any source - even online
  • Capture Word documents, PowerPoint Presentations, Excel spreadsheets - all file types
  • Single task pane for faster, easier editing
  • Edit and enhance images easily
  • Share screen captures through e-mail, print, IM and more

160. IMAGE LINE Fruity Loops Studio Producer ( Windows )
list price: $199.95
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Asin: B0002I75AI
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: ImageLine
Sales Rank: 3776
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

FL Studio is a full-featured sequencer perfectly suited for creation of complex songs and realistic drum loops, with 32 bit internal mixing and advanced MIDI support. The resulting song or loop can be exported to a WAV/MP3 file and all MIDI events can be exported to a standard MIDI file. FL Studio is a pattern based sequencer, which means you create your songs in pieces (patterns) using the Step Sequencer and the Piano Roll view and then weld those pieces together using the Playlist window (the Playlist also supports full-featured audio tracks with hard drive streaming). ... Read more

Features

  • High-precision mastering and special effects filters - reverb, compressor, procedural equalizer, distortion, phaser, flanger, bass boost, delay line and others
  • Sequencing methods for realistic drum loops, and complex instrumentals like advanced piano roll, arpeggiator, keyboard tracking and real-time gate
  • Unique note properties morphing ability -- pitch, cutoff, resonance, panning
  • 68 mixer tracks to work with - 64 insert and 4 send tracks - supporting up to 8 filters each, with ASIO input support and the ability to create mixer chains
  • Integrated procedural equalizer, volume and panning for each mixer track

Reviews (1)

3-0 out of 5 stars A great sequencer! but not an all in one solution
I use FL Studio frequently. It's my primary sequencer for Drums and melody.Well at least when I'm clicking notes on a grid.It actually snaps the notes to grid (something Sonar 2.0 didn't do)
As far as original melody creation and midi sequencing it's a joy to use.
Plus it supports VST effects. and I actually Like it's effects.(The EQ is nice to work with, as is the fast distortian)
Now down to why I gave it trhee stars...
For some reason It won't let me use ASIo 2.0 (even though sonar will)which makes inputting notes from my keyboard almost pianful) so I simply use the grid, or enter notes into sonar (sonar 2.0 I've seen it for $15 on ebay), my solution is to get an m-audi card to replace my OLD Soundblaster card.that should fix that problem.
Loops are difficult to control in teh playlsit window, you either have the loops snap to cell or beat (which I don't like because I don't have very much control) amd when I turn off snap to grid it's very difficult to sequence one loop after another it's too easy to put a loop to far away from the previous loop or accidentally overlap loops.
I'll get acid for all my loop sequencing needs.

The bottom line:
The only sequencer that you'll ever need (if you have a low latentcy soundcard) but not a good all in one solution.
In the future (once I get acid) I will convert my orignal material to wav and sequence in ACID ... Read more


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