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41. Cadpro Platinum Bundle
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42. Adobe Video Collection Pro 2.5
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43. Adobe GoLive CS2 Upgrade (Mac)
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44. IMSI DesignCAD 3D Max V15 - Powerful
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45. Curious Labs Poser 5
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46. Enfocus PITSTOP PROFESSIONAL 6.1
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47. Adobe GoLive CS2 Upgrade
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48. Adobe Illustrator CS (Mac)
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49. Adobe Creative Suites Premium
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50. Corel Painter 8 Windows/Mac
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51. Adobe InDesign CS Upgrade (Mac)
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52. Adobe GoLive CS
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53. Adobe InDesign CS PageMaker Edition
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54. IMSI TurboCAD Deluxe Version 10
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55. MicroSpot Interiors (Mac)
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56. Corel KPTCENGPCM Kpt Collection
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57. Adobe Creative Suites Standard
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58. IMSITurbocad Pro 11 ( Windows
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59. AutoCAD LT 2005 Upgrade from LT
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60. Corel KO2ENGPCM Knockout 2 Win/mac

41. Cadpro Platinum Bundle
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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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42. 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

43. Adobe GoLive CS2 Upgrade (Mac)
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Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Adobe
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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


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

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Asin: B0002IP2VC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: IMSI
Sales Rank: 794
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45. Curious Labs Poser 5
list price: $299.99
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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

Reviews (48)

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


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

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Asin: B0001NA2UY
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Enfocus Software
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47. Adobe GoLive CS2 Upgrade
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Manufacturer: Adobe
Sales Rank: 2494
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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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


48. Adobe Illustrator CS (Mac)
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Asin: B0000DBOC0
Catlog: Software
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

Reviews (2)

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


49. Adobe Creative Suites Premium 1.1
list price: $1,229.99
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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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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

Reviews (10)

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


50. Corel Painter 8 Windows/Mac
list price: $299.00
our price: $239.99
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Asin: B00008NR3S
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Corel
Sales Rank: 1347
Average Customer Review: 3.83 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (6)

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for painting...
I come from years of experience using Photoshop. I was VERY pleased to find out that the interface is VERY similar to Photoshop, so the learning curve was very very low. I find it extremely easy to learn.

I find it interesting that in some areas it is the BEST program, and in other areas it stinks. It has by far the most powerful painting/drawing brushes anywhere. Simply amazing. It puts Photoshop to shame. But then simple things like Transforms (rotate, scale, etc) are just plain bad! For example, when you scale or rotate something, all you see is the bounding box... you cannot see how the image looks until you commit to it. Also, if you have a layer mask on a layer, and you then scale or rotate the layer, the layer mask is deleted.

If you're looking to use Painter as a total replacement for Photoshop, you will be disappointed. Use Painter for your artwork (painting/drawing), and do most everything else in Photoshop!

4 of 5 stars is pretty high... that's because the brushes are soooo good! :)

John

5-0 out of 5 stars Slimmed down, slicked up--big improvement
I've been using Painter since it's very inception as "Sketcher"--a b&w version that was sold in a cigar box to imitate a sketcher's kit of charcoal and pencils. The ensuing versions added virtual artists' media like oils, chalks, pencils and pens and textured papers to allow digital artists to create some astounding work.

Painter 8.0 is now marketed by Corel, and it's definitely been slimmed down; the loading time for installation was very fast, indicating that the program overhead had been lightened considerably. Some improved features:

1. Mixer Palette allows mixing of colors interactively--a big plus. Before, you only had the option to mix colors with a kind of blending algorithm and no control at all.
2. Brush controls now are on a slider panel; you pull down the brush after loading the type of brush (oil, water, chalk, for example) and then can change the size with the slider. No need to pull down a menu to do this.
3. The watercolor brush has been improved tremendously; the effect is like watercolor and wash, not just a smeary or blurred effect. It looks wet.
4. The Image Hose (a brush that sprays or paints images rather than a stroke of paint) now has a fun cousin; a brush that lays down a flat stroke of patterns in a similar way. You can paint with feathers, stucco pattern and this is a very good enhancement to the idea of a digital image brush. For the image hose, you load pre-created images as the nozzle or make a custom nozzle from your own images. The pattern brush uses pre-loaded patterns (like the stucco) or you can create a pattern, capturing it from a graphic, and load it instead. This pattern brush is a wonderful addition.

This program got an award from MacWorld (it comes in Win or Mac versions) and I think it deserves the award. While I use Photoshop Elements for photo manipulation, I still prefer Painter for digital art creation. This new version really impressed me.

1-0 out of 5 stars Stay away from this one
Corel offers essentially no support for the Mac. According to their website, there is no support after 30 days, except for customer discussions which are inaccessible to OS X (because OS X will not accept websites beginning with "news"). The program in version 7 is incompatible with Wacom drivers, according to the Corel website. Our copy will not open at all in Panther. Furthermore, the supposed upgrade for version 7 will not download from the Corel website. Clearly, Corel is in trouble -- and why should you get involved and founder with a sinking ship?

5-0 out of 5 stars A fresh release
Today, a creative professional can only notice how mature the graphics software industry has become, new software are offering more and more features that are using more and more computer resources, without being adding real marginal benefits. New upgrades are only to keep the products alive, on the expense of making them more cumbresome.

Painter 8 is a different story altogether!
Corel® has made a great effort to make this upgrade of a previously clunky yet powerful product, a much more versatile, standardised and user-friendly juggernault. Gone are the days where you have to hopelessly search among dozens of panels for a particular brush, style or method. A slick bar at the top dynamically changes according to the tool you're using, where you set the size, opacity, curviness..etc.
Another thing that was greatly improved is the process of choosing the brush (that used to be very annoying with the old selective dimming). The brush selector is tucked at the upper right part of the screen (also in that slick bar,) in a much more logical and standardised way.
One also has the feeling that painter 8 was given something similar to the Macormedia® MX treatment, where the palettes can be customised into different panels and the layout saved according to the project.
The mixer panel IS useful, and is very consistant with the philosophy of this new painter release: the small things that make your work faster and stress-free. The os X over all performance is much snappier, not to mention the beefed-up photoshop compatibility, and o! have i mentioned that you get both a windows and a mac version with the license price ?

In short, If you thought painter was too eccentric and boggy for you, this is the upgrade you've been waiting for. Its new slick interface made me thank God that Corel® had taken the torch from Metacreation.

4-0 out of 5 stars Leave well enough alone! The bad first, then the good...
As the other reviewer noted, Photoshop users will be on home ground here, but some basic Painter functionality seems to be lost. The "new" brushes are not really worth spending money for a new version, if you don't have any version of Painter already. Painter 7 is a fine program, with a vast functionality, though its learning curve is steep. Along with my compatriot, I mourn the loss of the capable and extremely useful expressions palette. The mixing window is fun, and I would suppose it to be useful to those who cannot mix colors easily. Once again, mixing, then eyedropper choosing was very easy before.

The new brushes palette is not that hard to use, but what really new brushes are there? None that I can see. The Photoshop-like layout is not bad, but why change the interface so much, and not include some of Photoshop's best features? How about some really new filters that no version of Painter ever had? How about allowing difference, color, multiply, lighten, and so forth brush functions on the canvas, like Photoshop does? (If Painter 8 does this, I've missed it!)

Now for the good... if a new user wants to get a Photoshop interface, then this is the program to get, considering it's half the price of Photoshop. For those who want Painter's wonderful brush engine, this version supplies a great deal of it at a great lowering in price from the earlier releases. This really is a fine program, capable of incredible raster graphics. The brushes are great, and the capabilities it presents for designing one's own brushes is a great plus. I like Adobe's interface, but I also liked Painter's interface. Six of one, half a dozen of these over here for me. By the way, the color choosing palettes are still the same as any of Painter's earlier releases, which is vastly superior to Adobe's anemic, hard to use color palette.

Is Corel afraid Painter will supercede their raster graphics programs? (Corel Draw is a vector map graphics interface, hard to use, since it's a memory hog of colossal proportions.) I do not have the answer to that question. For my uses, I find Painter's earlier releases from 5 on up to and including 7 to be superior to ALL the other graphics programs I've ever used put together. That includes Adobe Photoshop, up to and inclusive of 6, Fauve Matisse, TV Paint, Ulead Photoimpact, XRes, Corel Photopaint, Pixia, Paint Shop Pro, and several others scarcely worth bothering to remember. All the named programs are fine, but only Ulead's program comes within sighting range of Painter for creating raster graphics. Adobe's fine program boasts excellent printing capabilities, and a suite of fine filters, but, even for editing photographs, I find Painter better, even this latest version.

My opinion? Painter 8 is a fine program at a reasonable price compared to Adobe Photoshop and Painter 7. For those interested in serious computer graphics and creating art, I will highly recommend it. ... Read more


51. Adobe InDesign CS Upgrade (Mac)
list price: $169.99
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Asin: B0000DC6HA
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 2509
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Intuitive creative toolset helps you refine design ideas rapidly
  • Ability to import native Photoshop, Illustrator, and PDF files saves significant production time
  • Integration with other Adobe applications, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, and GoLive
  • Publish content to multiple channels more easily with enhanced XML support
  • Produce pages quickly and reliably; get accurate, consistent results when you print

Reviews (4)

3-0 out of 5 stars A Matter of Choice
InDesign-a lovely second act to the ubiquituous Quark. I have been using Indesign for about three months and while I appreciate many of the differences, I find it a perplexing and often frustrating program. It seems to have a mind of its own. Type suddenly becomes highlighted, drop shadows appear unwanted, and if anyone can figure out the how to line type up on the baseline (the fools at Adobe support certainly don't) please let us in on it. It's a program with too many choices, too many foolish options. Design, while always in the market for options can suffer from too many, delicate controls. I am happy to have learned InDesign, but I must confess it is with some relief and confidence that I often return to that embattled Quark just to get the job done.

4-0 out of 5 stars Now the best, but so was Betamax
Given the creativity and productivity improvements available in InDesign I would like to think the world would drop Quark and instantly embrace InDesign. I'm sure Adobe would like that, too. Fat chance. The CS version is truly a program come of age and a worthy inheritor of the page layout crown. But, alas, the world runs on Quark and that doesn't seem likely to change any time soon. I use it because I have to, not because I want to. I just hope InDesign doesn't become the software version of the Betamax.

4-0 out of 5 stars Takes Page Design to a New Level
Adobe PageMaker has evolved into InDesign CS. Shedding its caterpillar skin, InDesign CS has emerged as a marvelous butterfly. It is fitting tribute that a pen and butterflies adorn the Adobe InDesign CS box.

Adobe InDesign CS software combines production power with graphic freedom. Designers can lay out pages more rapidly. You will find that InDesign CS shares standard Adobe commands, tools, palettes, and shortcuts with Adobe
Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator software programs.

Work More Efficiently with InDesign CS

InDesign creative toolset gives flight to your design ideas. Designers and Illustrators can work more efficiently with InDesign's organized tools. You will save production time by importing native Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator files.

Business designers can work with popular PageMaker features in InDesign CS. This includes data merge, ALAP InBooklet Special Edition for imposition, and dynamic bullets and numbering. InDesign CS easily converts PageMaker 6.0 and 7.0 files with the included document converter.

Work Experience with InDesign

I find the InDesign Story Editor similar to PageMaker Story Editor. Using Control "Y" or simply right-clicking (or control-clicking) the text will call up the Story Editor. This allows you to use live editing for your page design's content and styles.

I can edit text and make changes in a section of my document without having to go to my "Continued on Page . . ." I have found this helpful in a multiple page document. You can set the preferences for font, font size, line spacing and background color.

Unfortunately, Story Editor is not a full-featured text editor since there are no spell checker, outlining, or table capabilities.

You can set your document "presets" for page size, columns and margins that are similar to Printer and PDF Export presets. Using the InDesign selection tool, I can drag the handles and press the shift key to preserve the frame's
original proportions. In addition, you can import styles from Microsoft Word.

InDesign CS has resizing capabilities but it takes several attempts to get resizing done right. I find it easier to resize my photographs in Photoshop before importing graphics to InDesign. This allows me to crop images to my desired shape and resize them.

I can move the palettes by holding the Option key and dragging them anywhere on my desktop space. You can make changes to tables and your headers and footers and line them up to where you want them to appear.

Pro Reaction

The standard Adobe interface works well with InDesign CS, Photoshop and Illustrator. InDesign has nested styles and XML support. InDesign CS has a new Story Editor and better separation and new flattening previews. Noted was improved performance and new tools and palettes in InDesign CS.

Con Reaction

Within InDesign CS, you cannot save files for use with InDesign 2.0 or earlier. You cannot save InDesign files to QuarkXPress. Opening complex pages within InDesign CS takes a large amount of time on Mac G3 computers.

Final Remarks

This InDesign CS version is a full-blown power-packed upgrade. I feel that InDesign CS will convert more PageMaker and Quark users over to the new Adobe InDesign CS program.

5-0 out of 5 stars Quark: move aside!
InDesign CS is perhaps the application that benefited most from the most recent upgrade that Adobe made to its key applications, bringing a load of useful and highly expected features and built to take advantage of all the system enhancements that OSX Panther has to offer. I'd like to stress ONE feature, though, that blew me away... two words: NESTED STYLES. If you have suffered through the painful process of laying out a document where more than two styles are required in a particular content block, you will shed tears of joy when you see this at work!

You are bound to also find very handy the enhanced table features such as automated running headers and footers for tables that run across multiple linked text frames. Printers (people in the printing industry) are also going to be happy (or so Adobe wants) with the features that have been included in InDesign CS for them.

All in all, if I were Quark, I'd be shaking because InDesign is not going to stop until it takes over the current market share that QuarkXpress has... it's just a matter of time and perhaps a version or two more. But try CS now: I think you will love it! ... Read more


52. Adobe GoLive CS
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B0000DC6TH
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 4892
Average Customer Review: 1.83 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Work with Photoshop, Illustrator, and PDF files directly within the GoLive environment
  • Share Adobe InDesign files for true cross-media publishing across multiple devices
  • Use XML to transfer a print publication's text and image assets to GoLive
  • Create, edit, and refine sophisticated tables in a familiar drag-and-drop environment
  • True visual CSS Level 1 and Level 2 authoring and previewing give real-time style rendering and feedback

Reviews (6)

1-0 out of 5 stars Very Buggy Application
GoLive CS is a very buggy application. Despite running on a very stable Windows XP system (2.8ghz cpu, 2048mb RAM, 2x WD 7200 80gig HD), GoLive repeatedly freezes forcing you to kill the application from the task manager. Additionally, functions within the app such as FTP Browser will freeze or fail when transferring even benign text files or simple HTML files.

This program is very frustrating, has a number of show stopping bugs that are still waiting to be patched and certainly nothing like the quality we have come to expect from an Adobe product.

This product is terrible and should be removed from store shelves immediately.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great improvement
I realize there are a number of folks who have obviously have issues with this newest version of GoLive. However, my experience has been very good. It's been very stable for me so far, and in my opinion many of the features which have changed deserved to be changed. I am using version 7.02 - you should update right after the initial install.

While some of the changed interface takes some getting used to, I've found I like most of the usage improvements. In a couple of days I was quite comfortable - even with the renaming floating boxes to layers. I don't miss any support for dynamic content since I never used it. I use MenuMachine extend scripts and they worked fine - which is the area that I expected problems in.

I think that new users will have a better time of it with CS than previous versions, some of the annoying usability issues have been fixed in this release. The Adobe developers site has a ton of free full site templates for beginners, it is regrettable that they don't supply some with the software package itself.

I've been using it for hours and hours without any major issues. I've been very pleased with it.

1-0 out of 5 stars GoLive CS 7.01 is my most UNSTABLE application
GoLive CS 7.01 is the most unstable application on my system (100% serious). It crashs when doing very basic things like handling text and using the built in FTP. It crashes all the time. I must admit that version 7.01 is a little more stable than GoLive CS 7.0, but this kind of stablity does not cut it. I had over five GoLive CS 7.01 crashes yesterday (once is too much). GoLive CS 7.01 does nothing for me but cause me rework (constantly) and paranoia of the next impending crash (When will it happen? I promise it will crash). For now I would WARN anyone to steer clear of GoLive CS and wait and see if Adobe is even able to fix this broken or buggy application. The GoLive CS 7.01 code is bad. GoLive CS 7.0 code is even worse.

1-0 out of 5 stars Buggier than Windows 3.1 !!!
Windows Version of Adobe GoLive CS:
This is the buggiest piece of software since Windows 3.1 !!! I've had NO problems with the other programs in the Adobe CS suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.). However, this is so buggy it is useless. Here are some of my issues with this software:

o It becomes sluggish after using it for awhile. I have to close & reopen it for it to work again.

o The "black bar" functionality, which is critical for creating sites, doesn't always work! I've seen other reviews where other people have the same problem. It makes adding web pages ungodly tedious.

o The tool tips are not even correct.

I received this with the rest of the Adobe CS suite. Unfortunately, I'm going to have to buy another web site authoring tool because this program is so buggy that it is unusable.

Alex Collins

2-0 out of 5 stars Not Even Close!!!
I agree with the above listed comment! Adobe has renamed key functions like floating boxes to layers and rearranged the locations of common tools found in previous versions. Adobe must have decided that after pulling this stunt with Photoshop 6 it was GoLive's turn. What are they thinking? Being a web designer the last thing I want to do is relearn a software package that I have been using forever. The only reason I am giving GoLive two stars is the new intergraded PDF functions that should be included in all of Adobe's software. ... Read more


53. Adobe InDesign CS PageMaker Edition
list price: $349.99
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Asin: B0001AV60C
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 2547
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Features

  • InDesign CS and Adobe PageMaker Plug-in Pack combined
  • PageMaker-compatible keyboard shortcuts; PageMaker toolbar
  • Template browser and professional template sets; graphics preview
  • Story Editor, control palette; flexible table creation; multiple undos
  • Standard Adobe user interface; extensive training materials

54. IMSI TurboCAD Deluxe Version 10 ( Windows )

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Asin: B0002BQSXU
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Imsi
Sales Rank: 875
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Features

  • Comprehensive set of design tools for 2D and 3D creation, with Drag-and-Drop 2D & 3D symbols
  • New Quick dimension tools and Distribute Command
  • Improved Selection info palette, color creation & selection, multi-text editor, Node Editing and mouse support
  • Editable meshes for redesigning the skeleton of your digital creations
  • 2D & 3D Boolean operations create complex objects merely by combining simple primitive objects

55. MicroSpot Interiors (Mac)
list price: $99.95
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Asin: B0006VC3VW
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: MICROSPOT LTD
Sales Rank: 2300
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Features

  • Create a complete room layout -Draw 3-D walls with proper thickness and height as easily as you can draw a single line
  • Place object simply, anywhere along your plan -- just drag it and drop it
  • Select from a huge assortment of doors, windows, furniture, and cabinets included in the object library
  • Use basic drag-and-drop actions to apply the right colors and textures to your new interior
  • Easy, intuitive interface for applying textures to objects

56. Corel KPTCENGPCM Kpt Collection Win/mac

our price: $92.99
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Asin: B000094ADG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Corel
Sales Rank: 3157
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Enhanced color picker: enter precise values to get the exact color you want
  • User-controlled preferences: set global preferences for all plug-in filters
  • Improved accuracy: gain greater control by manipulating control points and handles precisely
  • Remarkable images and effects: Fluid, FraxFlame II, Gel, Goo, Ink Dropper, Lightning, Materializer, & more

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Filter Mania
Great plug-in for PhotoShop. There are 24 filters to work with.
The effects ranged from very outlandish like the Goo filter to the world of Frax 4D. There were many subtleties in some of the filters that took a little while to figure out. Some of the effects distorted the original photo to the point that you could not honestly say what it was which in some cases was pretty spectacular. You could take simple objects like a colored circle and make some very awesome designs. You could create a whole world of effects just using the filters and something simple or you could subtly or greatly alter a picture.

The sliders weren't quite as responsive for minute tweaks so I would just click on the numbers in the white control panel and type in what I wanted. Each filter came with a set of presets that you could expand upon. You could create your own preset then save simply by telling it to Save Preset. You could export and import presets into this program also.

Some of the filters had a bit of a learning curve to figure them out. There was a question mark in the upper right hand corner of the workspace that would take you to the Acrobat file of that specific filter and it would give you some great information on how it works. I found this very valuable for the filters that were not as straight forward.

Some of the filters like "Fluid", "Goo" & "Projector" you could make short animations with them and export them out as a Quick Time Movie Or Pict Sequence. So you could make a modification record it in one of the film strips make another modification and so on to make a mini movie. I loved this feature a lot. (I only wished that Frax 4D had this feature my absolute favorite filter followed closely by Frax Flame II.)

While the program might be a little pricey for some for a plug-in it is well worth it. I loved these filters. I spent so many hours playing with them that my mouse finger developed a callous.

4-0 out of 5 stars An expensive, fascinating niche product, which
helps to empower siginificantly your digital art work. Like many niche products it is significantly more expensive then the basic products with broad functionality, in this case the consumer imaging programs à la Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0, Photo Impact, Corel Photo Paint or others. Appropiatley used the filters of this collection give your digital art work the special, distintive "touch".

This version works flawless with Irfan View (!), Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 as well as Corel Photo Paint 9 and 11 and is part of my standard tool box. The user interface was like all other KPT tools a brilliant star in the past, in the early nineties, but isn't approbiate anymore, considering actual ergonomic and usability requirements and practices.

Decisive for me was ONE filter in the collection, Pyramid Paint; Pyramid Paint gives the pictures the touch and look of late 19th century paintings.

Summary: the filters of the KPT collection are a real empowering "differentiator" for your digital images with a significant price tag. You should really consider to buy them, if you are seriously interested in digital image enhancements. ... Read more


57. Adobe Creative Suites Standard 1.1 (Mac)
list price: $999.99
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Asin: B0000DBNEE
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 3032
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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

58. IMSITurbocad Pro 11 ( Windows )

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Asin: B00095M0PY
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Imsi
Sales Rank: 6465
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Features

  • Intelligent Interface - Dynamically changes toolbars to maximize the drawing space
  • ACIS 14 Solid Modeling Engine - Produce 3D models faster than ever
  • D-Cubed's 2D Constraint Engine - Create and manage design dependencies
  • Region Extrude - Automatically update entire extrusions
  • XREFS - Easily share your electronic designs without link breakage

59. AutoCAD LT 2005 Upgrade from LT 2000i/02/04 (10 User Pack)
list price: $2,589.99
our price: $2,509.99
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Asin: B0001MWYWY
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Autodesk PSG
Sales Rank: 9745
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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

60. Corel KO2ENGPCM Knockout 2 Win/mac

our price: $92.99
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Asin: B000094ADH
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Corel
Sales Rank: 4230
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

2-0 out of 5 stars Pretty lame software, not what I had in mind
I maintain an online retail catalog. I often take my own photos of the products. I needed image editing software that could isolate objects from their background, so that I could replace the background with something snazzy and showcase the product more professionally. This software sounded like the answer to my dreams. To listen to their propaganda, this is the simplest, most advanced solution to that "Holy Grail" of image editing tasks--cleanly removing main objects from their original settings.

The trouble is, this is a pretty cumbersome, ineffective, and even "unintelligent" program. You go through the correct motions, after slogging through the woefully inadequate online tutorial and manual, and the darn thing fairly butchers the mask/isolate process; it chops up the foreground object as if it had no clue about how to distingush white pixels from light gray. And I am using a high-end graphics tablet with a pen and skirting the edges of the image objects using Knock Out's magnify tool, with surgical precision. The bottom line: the results are poor, and I have better luck simply using the "magnetic lasso" tool that comes with Adobe Photoshop Elements, and even conventional "paint bucket" and "paint brush" tools, combined with a steady hand and the graphics tablet, yield more accurate and predictable results. Maybe one day I'll get the hang of this software, but from where I stand, this thing fell way short of its advertised function. I feel like I was somewhat duped by this rather sloppy-to-use and rather expensive software add-on program.

2-0 out of 5 stars Nightmare - but it works
I have been struggling with this thing for 4 days.

1. Book is poorly written. It talks about things you can do, without clearly explaining how. (No details, or examples given!)
2. Help is just the book - again.
3. Tutorial is cumbersome, worst one I have ever come across.
4. However, 30 days phone support is included. The problem is that the techs are not up to speed on this program either. After a phone call, I was able to use the program, in its most basic form. As far a using multiple re-dos, Corel techs didn't know anymore then I did. 5. When a knocked out image is sent back to photoshop - you don't see it as knocked out - you have to drag it into another screen. This is one of those "little" things that the instructions don't cover, that drove me crazy. ... Read more


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