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101. IMSITurbocad Pro 11 ( Windows
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102. Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Standard Upgrade
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103. Apple Final Cut Express HD Upgrade
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104. Serious Magic Pro Visual Communicator
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105. GMP 3D-ALBUM PICTUREPRO PLATINUM
$524.99 $399.95 list($599.99)
106. Eovia Carrara 4 Pro Win/Mac
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107. Apple Motion 2 (Mac DVD)
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108. AUTODESK AutoCAD 2006 Upgrade
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109. DarkBASIC
$89.99 $84.88 list($99.95)
110. Microspot MacDraft PE
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111. Movie Edit Pro 2004
$44.99 $44.97
112. Ulead DVD Moviefactory 4.0
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113. Adobe FrameMaker 6.0
$399.00 list($249.99)
114. Adobe Acrobat 5.0
$89.99 $86.95 list($199.99)
115. Poser Artist Fourth Edition
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116. Adobe Streamline 4.0
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117. Ventura 10 Upgrade
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118. Adobe Creative Suites Standard
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119. Adobe Pagemaker 7.0.2 (Upgrade
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120. Roxio Easy Media Creator 7 Bundle

101. 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

102. Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Standard Upgrade from Standard Version 4-6 (Mac)
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B00069E8RG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 2089
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Features

  • Easily create Adobe PDF files—create PDF documents with one-button ease from Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Enjoy improved performance—with improved performance you can quickly convert, collect, and organize Adobe PDF documents.
  • Assemble documents—create a single Adobe PDF file from multiple sources—including Web pages and e-mail—to deliver one professional document that anyone can open using free Adobe Reader 7.0 software.
  • Protect sensitive and confidential documents—control documents inside and outside the firewall, online and offline.
  • Enjoy improved attachment capabilities—easily attach source files such as spreadsheets and images to an Adobe PDF document.

103. Apple Final Cut Express HD Upgrade (Mac)
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Asin: B0007GCY3I
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 430
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Precision tools and techniques for flexible editing; versatile interface
  • Filmmaking software with powerful DV editing tools
  • High-definition video (HDV) capability for both new and experienced editors
  • Full-featured, professional-quality animated titling program, LiveType
  • Create custom musical accompaniment for video projects with Soundtrack

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars A valuable upgrade to FCE2
FCE/HD bringing Soundtrack and LiveType to the hobbyist is one of the more generous steps Apple has taken since they brought us FCE1. This is a very big and very useful addition to FCE allowing us to sync audio/music and titles much cleaner to our videos than we could before.

Wholeheartedly recommended. ... Read more


104. Serious Magic Pro Visual Communicator 2.0
list price: $202.96
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Asin: B000787G6G
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Serious Magic
Sales Rank: 853
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Product Description

Visual Communicator 2 Pro creates newscast-style video presentations that can be delivered via email, CD/DVD, PowerPoint or on the Web. ... Read more


105. GMP 3D-ALBUM PICTUREPRO PLATINUM ( 3D-124300 )

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Asin: B00020BDI6
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Global Marketing Partners
Sales Rank: 3388
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106. Eovia Carrara 4 Pro Win/Mac
list price: $599.99
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Asin: B00076YWJ2
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Eovia Corporation
Sales Rank: 4673
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Features

  • Includes over $1000 worth of additional software if purchased separately!!
  • From animation to illustration to multimedia and CAD, Carrara Pro will quickly become the 3D mainstay in your artistic cache.
  • Includes 5 nodes of Network Rendering.
  • Eovia TransPoser, CADstyle Plug-ins, easily import items created in CAD/CAM applications and create realistic renders.
  • Mac and Windows Platforms.

107. Apple Motion 2 (Mac DVD)
list price: $299.00
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Asin: B0009319LC
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 4040
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Features

  • GPU Accelerated 16-bit and 32-bit float rendering—Motion is the first motion graphics software with GPU-accelerated film quality rendering.
  • Replicator—Motion's Replicator is the easiest way to animate waves of repeating graphics or movies along user-defined grids.
  • Integration with Adobe's After Effects—Now you can combine Motion's intutive next generation toolset with the 3D compositing of Adobe After Effects. Drag and drop Motion projects into After Effects without rendering.

108. AUTODESK AutoCAD 2006 Upgrade from 2002 ( Windows )

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Asin: B00093OLDK
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Autodesk
Sales Rank: 2921
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Product Description

Autodesk AutoCAD LT 2006 Upgrade from LT 2002 .What's New in AutoCAD 2006Boost your everyday productivity with these new features:Dynamic blocks give you more drafting control and flexibility over your current blocks, allowing greater manipulation while dramatically reducing the size of block libraries.Improved annotation and composition features help streamline the creation, placement, and editing of textual and table information and greatly enhance hatching capabilities.The enhanced user interface puts the power of the command line at the graphics cursor, where you can enter dimensional and command option information as you work and get immediate feedback.Migration tools streamline the migration process, so you can upgrade easily while preserving customization of toolbars and menus. System Requirements:Intel Pentium III or later processor or compatible, 800 MHz or higherMicrosoft Windows XP (Professional, Home Edition, or Tablet PC Edition with SP1 or SP2), Windows 2000 Professional with SP4 512 MB RAM500 MB free disk space for installation1024x768 VGA with true colorMicrosoft Internet Explorer 6.0 (SP1 or later) CD-ROM drive ... Read more

Features

  • Dynamic blocks give more drafting control and flexibility, allowing greater manipulation while reducing size of block libraries

109. DarkBASIC
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00005V57T
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Enteractive Inc.
Sales Rank: 393
Average Customer Review: 3.91 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Easier to comprehend than some other game-programming packages out there, DarkBASIC offers both a fun tutorial and a powerful code editor. You can start programming right away in this offshoot of the BASIC language. First you will learn about the principles of programming, then advance onto media and 3-D topics with further study. The program makes it easy, and with a handful of impressive examples you can learn by doing on several short, fast programs.

The main editor area of the program is attractive, although it does remind us a bit of the role-playing games of the late 1980s. Our favorite perk was the Command Line Interface (CLI) button in the page header: this feature allows you to test single or small groups of commands without constructing an entire program. The online help system is multifaceted: it offers a "fast track" option for those with programming experience (or who are just impatient) as well as a more structured lesson plan.

The user manual is particularly friendly and witty in tone, and we appreciated the Further Tutorials pamphlet that accompanied the package. The initial tutorials cover basic program form, creating line objects, using color, and terraforming. The advanced tutorials examine everything from determining camera perspective to the use of fogs and backdrops, from explosions to bullets and monsters.

We first took DarkBASIC out for a spin with a simple text program, and then moved on to creating a simple 3-D game (unfortunately without conclusion). The package comes with a number of textures for floor, wall, and ceiling, as well as other objects like monsters, weapons, and the like. You're not limited to using only these: DarkBASIC covers how to import your own images and assets for use in your program. This package handles five types of media files: images (as bitmap files), sound (as WAV files), music (as MIDI files), animation (as AVI files), and object models. For each of these, you may specify the correct editor, ensuring a strong connection and compatibility between DarkBASIC and your selected applications.

We were very impressed with the media browser and accompanying contents: in this gallery-style view, you can check out the goblins, samurais, game sounds, streaming music, textures, and game screens (like the "game over" screen). Our only issue with DarkBASIC was that there wasn't a minimize option readily available, making it difficult to multitask with other projects we're working on (yet easy to get engrossed in our dreams of 3-D game generation).

Overall, DarkBASIC ran very smoothly after install and left plenty of resources free for other applications to continue running. In the end, we recommend DarkBASIC to future (and present) game-programming gurus for ease of use, quality, and the overall fun factor. --Emilie Herbst ... Read more

Reviews (11)

3-0 out of 5 stars Good concept, but Darkbasic pro is a better choice
I own both this and darkbasic pro,

I would like to say that they are both great products, but not for those with no programing mentality. Writting a game requires good understanding in maths and generaly thinking in a clear logical way. So it is not as easy as it says on the packaging. The tutorial on the manual is very good, and will get you started writting first person shooter games in no time. Otherwise, the manual is very poor when it comes to describing what the commands do. Only the syntax is explained properly. The actual function of the commands is not very clear unless you already know what you are doing, or the command is a very basic one.

This programing language needs a good book to accompany it before it gains any value.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dude that uses DrakBASIC
DarkBASIC is a great product. I use it as my primary language for the game I am creating. I find it to be an increadably easy to use language. The code is simple, it comes with a manual that explains everything, and some tutorials that explain it further. I find these things really helpful. It has a great interface and uses DirectX to its full extent. It includes sample games that show you how to do certain things, models and art for game creation, and its own editor/compiler. On thier website, they tell news, downlads for other games, support, additional artowrk and examples, links, and other things. A great recommendation, if you use DarkBASIC, is downloading a windows editor that is if not as much, easier to use than the one supplied by Enteractive. Also, due to DarkBASIC being written in C++, it can go as fast, or sometimes even faster, than C++. If you want to make a game, but don't want to spend a lot of time learning C++ and the money for a comiler, DarkBASIC should definently be your choice.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good if you want to work hard
This program is good if you want to mold the matrix bit by bit. But if you want to make games in a snap, spring for the professional and get a level editor on a DarkBASIC website.

5-0 out of 5 stars darkbasic by legolas
If you can't do much else in darkbasic try this sample program:
type this in:
DO
PRINT "WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT"
LOOP
now you got a crazy program that has that for lines down--- IT'S YOUR FIRST PROGRAM! and the first thing on the telegram, I think. (...)

2-0 out of 5 stars Good idea, but bad design
I got this as a present about two years ago, and I have had mixed feelings. I like it, but I get really frustrated because the program is buggy. I cannot create a standalone executable, and the program has random bugs. Also, it is very hard to create proffesional-type games. Be aware that the machine you run standalone programs on has to have a video card, regardless of whether you use it or not. In conclusion, good idea, but very buggy. ... Read more


110. Microspot MacDraft PE
list price: $99.95
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Asin: B00078X3HM
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Microspot Ltd.
Sales Rank: 3921
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111. Movie Edit Pro 2004
list price: $24.99
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Asin: B0000AFX5Q
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Magix Entertainment
Sales Rank: 315
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Simply, powerful, and complete desktop video editing
  • Make cuts, build special effects and 3-D transitions, and create your own soundtracks
  • Easy DVD and CD authoring
  • Watch your movies on TV, share on disc, or post them on the Web
  • Cut, edit, and create titles

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars "The Best Buy"
I have searched for months for a cost effective and feature-filled video editing program. I looked at Pinnacle, Ulead, Cyberlink, and so on. Magix's movie edit pro seems to be the best product out there for under $100. This program is loaded with features. First off, there is a bonus content cd with tons of extra video and audio clips. Plus, the installation cd has many more video clips, audio clips, and transitions that are either included in the program installation or just on the cd, totalling up to around 2,000 media files. The options are endless integrating those media files into your own videos.

The program itself is incredibly awesome. I have only run into a few problems (such as one crash and some glitches) during the time I have owned it. You can do things like add commentaries, reverse the film, do picture and picture effects, add 3-D transitions, do green, blue, white, or black screen effects, and many more. Another really cool features that you don't see in cost-effective video editing programs is the ability to create video menus on DVDs. I recorded about 30 minutes of DV footage onto my computer, and there were no dropped frames.

I would say that this programs only competitor for a similar price range is Apple's Imovie. Although, this program comes with many more specific features, which almost puts it in the catagory of the higher priced video editing programs such as Adobe Premier Pro.

Another feature I am particulary interested in is it's ability to function in real time. I am running a 2.8 GHZ processor with 512 ram, and it seems that the program always runs pretty smooth.

I called this program "the best buy" because programs like pinnacle studio 9 and Ulead Video Studio 7 lack some important features that this program has.Overall, Magix's Movie Edit Pro 2004 is a fun, and professional tool to edit videos.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad
I like this product. I have tried several movie editing/DVD burning software products trying to find one that meets my needs without costing me an arm and a leg. I am working on a project that involves converting the contents of old VHS tapes into DVD. My PC is equipped with the following hardware:
1.0G AMD processor
1G memory
2 - 120G hardrives
Hauppage WinTV 250 video capture card
HP DVD burner

My problems with video software seemed to occur after I tried to edit the video. I don't know what happened but I believe that each software product has a different compression method because the quality of the video never was as good after being processed (ArcSoft Showbiz, Ulead MovieFactory). I downloaded a copy of Ulead MediaStudio Pro and it performed great. The quality of my movies was just as good after editing as they were before. MediaStudio Pro is expensive. I read about Magix and their other video editing products got decent reviews so I thought I would give Movie Edit Pro 2004 a try. The price was right and I have not been disappointed. First off, I was shocked that I actually received a usable user's manual with the software. The tutorials provided are helpful. The user interface was intuitive for me (but I have used several products now, I have and idea of what to expect) There are a few screens that use terms that are confusing especially some of the audio and video cleaning screens. The video editing functions are very easy to use as are the DVD menu creation functions. After a great deal of trial and error, I was able to create some decent DVDs from my VHS tapes. I also created some clips for use on the web.

This software is not without problems. There are quirks. I think every piece of video software that I have tried has had some issues. Sometimes the audio and video would get out of sync. Unexplainable white flashes would occur during scene transitions. The audio/video thing can be dealt with but it is annoying to play a DVD (4-6 hours to process and burn) and find that half-way through the thing, the audio gets behind the video. Magix has a decent user's forum on its website. You might want to check that out before purchasing the software. It gives some insight to the kinds of problems users are finding. ... Read more


112. Ulead DVD Moviefactory 4.0
list price: $44.99
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Asin: B00080DOTG
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Ulead
Sales Rank: 1757
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Capture and import any video from camcorders VHS tapes DVD recorders TV programs slideshows and digital filesImport and edit DVD discs recorded with set-top DVD recorders and play them on any DVD playerTake advantage of the latest technology to design personalized fun-to-watch DVDs with speed & unlimited creativityEnjoy and share professional-looking movies with motion menus on any DVD player or computer ... Read more

Features

  • Capture and import any video from camcorders, VHS tapes, DVD recorders, TV programs, slideshows and digital files
  • Import and edit DVD discs recorded with set-top DVD recorders and play them on any DVD player
  • Take advantage of the latest technology to design personalized, fun-to-watch DVDs with speed & unlimited creativity
  • Enjoy and share professional-looking movies with motion menus on any DVD player or computer

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Ulead DVD MovieFactory 4
I have been using the try before you buy copy. And so far it has done everything that I have asked of it. I look forward to using the full version. I really like the fact that I do not have to use a menu with it. Which makes it like using a VCR and having the tape autoplay when you put it in. Menus are good if you are wanting to add extra stuff. But make no sense to me if you are only putting a movie on the DVD. I also found it easier to edit the beginning and ending of a movie. I look forward to using more of the features. ... Read more


113. Adobe FrameMaker 6.0
list price: $889.99
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Asin: B00004TDR7
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 6725
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Adobe's FrameMaker 6.0 allows any author or organization to print orpublish documents and books of virtually any size in a variety of electronicformats (including PDF, HTML, and XML). Whether you distribute reports,technical documents, or even full-length books, the latest version of FrameMakeroffers a powerful mix of features that will let you move your publishing effortsonline with a minimum of effort.

Just as Adobe once pioneered paper-based desktop publishing with its PageMakersoftware, FrameMaker makes the same claim for electronic publishing in theInternet era. First and foremost, FrameMaker lets you lay out your page contentwith a capable set of tools and wizards. You can assemble small or largedocuments of even hundreds of pages from separate files (which can be importedfrom Microsoft Word or WordPerfect files as well as PDF and other formats). Youcan also add hyperlinks and graphics to your document easily.

In testing, we assembled an "e-book" from a literary manuscript of over twohundred pages, broken into a dozen chapters. FrameMaker includes solid word- processing abilities--even a spell checker and thesaurus--plus text and graphicslayout tools, so it was easy to add chapter headings and tweak text as wecreated the larger document. A real strength here is that as you add pages,FrameMaker updates all links (along with page numbers) between the table ofcontents, chapters, and index. The application includes a separate book fileformat and offers templates for blank chapters and other book components, so youcan create and store books easily. An absolutely indispensable feature here isthe ability to search and replace words across all sections of a document.

Another notable strength of FrameMaker 6.0 is its support for today's electronicpublishing standards. Once your FrameMaker documents are assembled, you candistribute them in HTML, PDF, and XML. A separate bundled utility, Quadralay'sWebWorks Publisher Standard Edition, takes you even further with support for XMLwith Cascading Stylesheets (CSS) and XSL. (These options let you view yourcontent with more precise formatting within today's browsers.) In all, with itsstrong mix of layout features and support for a wide variety of electronicstandards, FrameMaker will help anyone publish documents online successfully.--Rich Dragan ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Essential For Book Publishing!
This is a fantastic product for book publishing. As a relative novice to book typesetting and interior design, I bought Framemaker 6.0 as my only chance to produce a book worthy of any major publishing house. A sincere thank you to Adobe's team of software specialists in designing a product, which truly worked for all our stringent page layout and publishing requirements! The manual is rather daunting at first, but I got my bearings by just reading through all of it from cover to cover before actually using the program itself. It could be somewhat more geared to the beginner user with clearer examples and an explanation of the publishing terminology, however, once you have mastered the rudiments, it is in general a user-friendly program. It took me about one month of concentrated effort to get into the program basics by focusing solely on our specific publishing needs. It more than proved its worth at our publishing house. We were able to import and convert chapters from MS Word to Framemaker 6.0 format, construct master pages with page numbering and running heads, align the text and lines on each page within each chapter, then build our own "Book Window" with all the chapters in sequence. Once in this "Book Window", you can adjust all the page numbering throughout the book, do bookwide editing, including search/replace etc. Unlike Pagemaker, this program is geared to larger tomes. Our book has 23 chapters and is 255 pages long and we had no difficulty. What was truly marvelous was the seamless interface between Framemaker 6.0 and Illustrator 9.0. To make our book special, we were able to design our own decoration for the chapter initials at the beginning of each chapter, the dividers within the book pages and the decoration in the running heads, all in Illustrator 9.0 and then import these right into the Framemaker 6.0 book pages. It was marvelous to be able to do so and then easily adjust the "sizing, runaround and gap" about the image to fit it onto the page. And even more, we were able to import other grayscale images, e.g. onto the chapter page and at the end of the book for advertising one of our already published books! By the way, we were not able to import objects drawn with shadows in Illustrator and transfered into Framemaker, but in our case it did not matter all that much. Also we found the conversion of the entire book in "Book Window" to Adobe's PDF for final printing very easy too. Overall, this program truly allowed us to make a book come to life! If you'd like to see our finished results and what can be done with Adobe's programs (both Illustrator 9.0 and Framemaker 6.0 were used for all the artwork/design and no clipart!), our book is entitled, "Accused By Facet-Eyes, A Classic Science-Fiction Novel" (by C.B. Don). In conclusion, I am very happy with Framemaker 6.0 and I would highly recommend it for any book publishing projects.

5-0 out of 5 stars High-End Publishing Tool
Adobe FrameMaker 6.0 is a high-end utility, which combines the functions of an advanced word processor, layout program, mathematical editor and pre-processing software for commercial printing.

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DOCUMENT-WIDE EDITING
The document structure construction tools are the most powerful feature of FrameMaker. Instead of simple overlay of text formatting, Frame also allows you to work with character and paragraph designs which, once set, can be applied to any paragraph at any time. Moreover, once you change your mind, it's sufficient to change the definition in an easy-to-use and extremely powerful and comprehensive "paragraph designer". Then, changes are applied to every paragraph of this type across the document, and to the user's joy - in all files that use this paragraph. FrameMaker makes extensive use of an additional document structure tool - the famous *.book file, which virtually binds your chapters into a book, a single, operational structural file. Apply a paragraph change to a book, and every single chapter, kept in a separate file - will reflect the change. You don't have to do it by hand, and worry that you will omit one instance or another. Automation and book-wide commands are the ultimate strength of this program. A special Character Designer allows you to apply an additional layer for a selected set of words or text objects in your document. This is handy for casual editing. The Paragraph Designer and Character Designer, which appear in Adobe-unique floating boxes, are your everyday working tools.

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DOCUMENT STRUCTURE
In addition to powerful editing tools, FrameMaker makes extensive use of document-layers, much in the vein of Photoshop. Except the document body, you keep separate files, called the Master Pages, which are the utilizable templates affecting all body pages. A master page defines document-uniform layout properties like page size, position, header, footer, page numbering, text frames, graphic layout elements like dim background, border art, footer symbols, etc. Widely available on the web, and also from Adobe, are the document templates, with pre-defined styles and useful text-formatting definitions. All of those work like macros. Once specified, they can be applied instantaneously to any selection or all documents at once via the book window. Importing select definitions is a snap, so that you have infinite possibilities of formatting, while preserving the benefits of automation.

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ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY

Yes, but not in Frame. Whatever you needed to do by hand in popular programs, you can automate in FrameMaker - an enormous advantage of this program. Whether you need to apply specific changes like text layout, text-flow, sidebars, or various paragraph formats, it's a matter of a single click, IRRESPECTIVE of the length of the document, its degree of complexity, and the number of chapters in a book. Popular programs give you only some control over the text and are helpless with layout or complex documents of substantial length. If you need to work on a textbook or a highly technical scientific document of any length, Frame applies all changes in a split-second - a real eye-opener for those who thus far lived in the World of Word.

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OBJECTS

Frame places all objects in frames, and allows a full customization of frames, their layout, graphic resolution, etc. This is handy for all graphics, including bullets in numbered lists, and any anchored objects that appear in sidebars. From experience I can vouch for the easiness with which FrameMaker handles these usually cumbersome tasks. In other applications, equations are treated as objects, and should you need to change a setting, you need to do changes by hand for every object. Imagine the degree of workload for a 1000-page document full of math! Frame applies changes in a second, since it treats equations as text. This feature is the sole reason why technical writers should stop using other popular programs and switch to Frame immediately.

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CROSS-REFERENCES, INDEX, TABLES OF CONTENTS

FrameMaker handles cross-references like a dream. So often we need to use footnotes, endnotes, references, definitions, not to mention a good index or table of contents. There is nothing wimpy in Frame in this respect. Updating cross-references, working with them - is very easy, once you learn how to use context-specific menu. Then, all changes are updated automatically, and your index shall be admirable, and will not take days of erroneous manual wading through a document. That is the sole reason for Frame to be the primary choice for textbooks and technical documents. The capabilities and scope of configuration options might give you a headache of bliss.

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EXPORTING

The package contains also built-in utilities for exporting the mother format into portable web documents, and a separate utility, Webworks Publisher Standard that allows you to transform the Frame documents into web-wide languages of HTML, DHTML and XML. Obviously, Frame supports PDF - you can export your complicated book into PDF with all structure preserved. Adobe Distiller is on the program CD, so that you can "print" your document, or set of documents - into this virtual printer and generate an Adobe PDF. In consequence, you do not really need a full version Adobe Acrobat. Many dynamic user-active web documents were created in Frame, and converted by Webworks utility with XML specification.

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PRICE AND COMPETITION

Yes, it does cost two or three times the competitive products. Once you overcome the learning curve, not only you will have easy time with all documents you will need to work with in your life, irrespective of their length or complexity, but you will also create documents of excellent quality, which are cross-platform-compatible, and which are more than acceptable for commercial printing. In fact, if you work closely with your publisher, they will either demand a Frame-generated postscript, or a Tex file. They are very similar products, but Frame is much more user friendly, since the latter is essentially a programming language. Frame has its mouse-clicker advantages, and thanks Adobe for that. The world of high-end publishing is finally available for everyone.

4-0 out of 5 stars Framemaker, excellent but....
Framemaker is an excellent product that offers all sorts of advanced features. For example, it is simple to produce and print out a double-sided document with a universally applied page format. However, the instruction manual is the worse example of documentation that I have ever experienced. After completing production of a book (several files amalgamated into one group that may be worked on as an entity)it is reasonable to assume the next step will be to generate a list of contents. You will have to work it out for yourself as the section dealing with this topic is gobbly- gook, disjointed,full of unexplained terminology and frankly not understandable. Take my advice, if you are not good at working things out for yourself, the instruction manual is a very good reason why you should choose another product

5-0 out of 5 stars The standard for professional desktop bookmaking
Adobe Framemaker is the industry standard for professional desktop bookmaking. Widely used by technical writers in the computer industry, Framemaker is the only desktop publishing software that can handle the production and publication of 1,000+ page books. (MS Word usually falls apart at around 300 pages.) Framemaker has fully enabled style mark-up, indexing, and cross-referencing features, as well as being the only word processing package on the market _designed_ to be coupled with Adobe Acrobat to create active, fully cross-linked PDFs.

No professional writer should be without it. ... Read more


114. Adobe Acrobat 5.0
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Asin: B00005ATSQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 3025
Average Customer Review: 3.58 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Much needed upgrade
Acrobat for Windows (and other Adobe software) is expensive. Way too much. Every Adobe program costs hundreds of dollars, and only recently they started offering product suites that greatly reduce the cost of ownership. Acrobat is included in every such collection. The problem with such collections (4 programs) is that the price tag approaches 4 digits. All of these suites contain Acrobat (4.0), the heading program of "e-paper solutions". If the changes from version 3.0 to version 4.0 were profound, then the change to version 5.0 is much more than substantial, it's overwhelming.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


115. Poser Artist Fourth Edition
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B00028ZLA4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Curious Labs, Inc.
Sales Rank: 815
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Features

  • Premiere 3D character and figure design solution for artists and animators
  • Create images, movies, Web media, print content, and posed figures
  • Multiple light sources; high-quality surface mapping and shadows
  • Easily scale and manipulate individual body parts
  • Rich gallery of ready-to-use 3D character models, poses, and more

116. Adobe Streamline 4.0
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Sales Rank: 2757
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Streamline 4.0 is an excellent bridge between the worlds of freehanddrawing and resolution-independent graphics. At its heart, the software isbasically a conversion utility, a tool for importing bitmapped (raster) imagesand exporting them as vector-based line art. But it's a disservice to theapplication to downplay what is so simply stated.

The value of Streamline becomes apparent after the first conversion--it quickensthe heart to see a hand-drawn, bitmapped image imported into a program likeAdobe Illustrator, where one can tweak the curve and width of any line, andscale it up until it fills a billboard.

The process starts with a drawing or image being scanned in or photographed witha digital camera and saved out from a program like Adobe Photoshop. It is thenopened in Streamline (it works with many file types, including nativePhotoshop), where the image is converted to vector lines.

The options for conversion are numerous: control point density, smoothness, linewidth, stroke or fill, curve smoothing. Additionally, areas of the originalimage can be selectively converted, with each area using different conversionsettings--some for smoother, thicker lines, some for rougher, more edgy lines,and variations thereof. Also, Streamline 4.0 now features a "convert to"command, for converting a roughly drawn shape into a standard shape; forexample, a crude egg shape on a cocktail napkin could be converted to a perfectcircle, or four rough strokes into a smooth, even rectangle. Streamline 4.0 alsosupports converting colors to vector-based areas of color. One can specify thenumber of colors to use and which color palette would best match.

Adobe-standard keyboard shortcuts improve one's efficiency with the application,and being able to drag and drop across applications is a handy feature thatanyone can grow to love.

Freehand drawing on a computer is not as easy or straightforward as takingpencil to paper--a natural quality is lacking, a texture more felt than seen.But graphics software offers features not found in "real-life" art, like theability to scale an image up and down without losing the sharpness of a line.For any serious digital artist, Streamline is a must-have. It is one of thosetools that is used the least, but appreciated the most. --Mike Caputo--Thistext refers to the Mac version ofthis software. ... Read more


117. Ventura 10 Upgrade

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Asin: B00006IZJ8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Corel
Sales Rank: 3070
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

This version of Corel's heavyweight desktop publishing program boosts its usefulness as a Web tool and further improves large-document handling. Corel describes Ventura 10 as "intelligent publishing for business," and for once the catch phrase is close to the truth. Ventura has been with Corel for five years, and during this time the company has molded the program into one of the key members of its professional graphics lineup.

Ventura has always been an excellent vehicle for designing large documents. If you have a book or lengthy report to produce, there's little that can compare with the document management provided by this program. More recently, though, Corel has added several ease-of-use features and improved graphics support by borrowing elements from CorelDRAW and Corel Photo-Paint. It has become an excellent general-purpose DTP program, aimed at business users.

Ventura 10 adds three key new features: XML import, table tags, and the ability to publish directly to PDF files. XML is rapidly becoming a de facto standard for text documents and this enhancement makes Ventura even more useful for creating pages intended for the Web.

Table tags work similarly to Ventura's paragraph tags, the program's way of handling styles. The new feature enables you to save the style of an entire table and apply it directly to other tables in the same or other documents. This can save a lot of time and help maintain a unified corporate style.

Ventura 10's ability to directly create Acrobat PDF files improves its ability to produce Internet documents quickly and easily. Among other new features and enhancements are 100 new effects you can apply directly to bitmap images, without using separate photo-enhancement software. There's a brand-new preflight engine, too, to reveal any problems with a document before it reaches printed proofs. A new wizard to help prepare for printing at a professional print shop works well with the preflight engine to prevent unexpected surprises.

The program is designed for Windows 2000 and XP only and comes with Database Publisher, the screen-capture utility Corel Capture, and a bar code tool. Over 1,500 TrueType and Type 1 fonts are bundled into the package. --Simon Williams, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A new Start
We waited a long time for Corel to produce VPXML and when the did they called it Corel Ventura 10. A bit unadventurous ? In more ways than one.

First major change is that Ventura will now run only on Win2K or XP (and presumably the successors). Corel reason that instability was on of VP's bubears and have addressed this by running only on stable platforms. It seems to wrk. it has not crashed on me in 2 months.

The second big change is the ability to import XML. Lets make that clear. This is not an XML editor. It will import, format and paginate xml files. But they cannot be edited in situ. They are linked back to the original xml file which can be edited and VP will display any changes to the source xml.

The XML facilities have been bolted on to VP. A new utility called the Mapping Editor allows users to map xml structures to VP tags including paragraphs, inline formats, page styles, tables, frames, rows and cells. Ther map is stored as an xml file with a .vmf (Ventura Map Format ?) extension.

When an xml file is imported, a vmf file must be allocated to the import so that VP knows how to format the xml. A VMF can have an XSLT transformation attached to it so that the original xml can be restructured BEFORE VP sees it, again without affecting the source XML.

If this sounds complicated, well XML can be complicated. And to use the XML facilites to their best you need to understand XML itself.

The third major change is the addition of table tags. Know a standard table style can be allocated a name and reused accross a publication.

This is a very good start and for me the use of xml is key.

It works. But it needs a few more facilities to be top notch.

Score 4/5

5-0 out of 5 stars Powerhouse for Desktop Publishing
Ventura has always offered more features per dollar than its rival desktop publishing programs (some experts who use them all estimate it would cost $10,000 in add-ins for Quark Express to have all the features included with Ventura). I've tried some of the others, but none really can match the ease of use and power of Ventura 8, and now Ventura 10. Ventura is simply the best for publishing books, newsletters, magazines, brochures, flyers, and catalogs.

New to Version 10 is a great "Publish to PDF" feature that turns your Ventura documents into letter perfect PDF files with a few clicks of the mouse. Ventura's modeless cursor really speeds up production as does its built-in Database Publisher which enabled us to produce over 300 fully formated pages of our book "International Job Finder" in an afternoon -- including two extensive indexes! The Navigator makes it easy to change the order of chapters in a document and easily track down index entries, markers, and cross references.

I won't pretend Ventura 10 is perfect -- it was designed to run only in Windows XP and 2000. But it is very stable; bugs are no worse than what its competition offer. Since I started using version 8 several years ago, I have not had to call Tech Support even once. There's an incredible newgroup of Ventura users (at cnews.corel.ca, under corel.graphic_apps) around the world who can quickly -- and accurately -- answer any question you proffer. ... Read more


118. Adobe Creative Suites Standard 1.1 Upgrade (Mac)
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Asin: B0000DBNIT
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 2930
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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

119. Adobe Pagemaker 7.0.2 (Upgrade Version)

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Publisher: Adobe
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120. Roxio Easy Media Creator 7 Bundle [Dummies Book, USB Mini Drive, DVD+R Media]
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Asin: B0007P49LY
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Roxio
Sales Rank: 4221
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Features

  • Produce professional-looking VCDs, SVCDs, or DVDs
  • Includes PhotoSuite 7, VideoWave 7, Napster 2.0, and Easy CD & DVD Creator
  • Includes Wiley Publishing Roxio Easy Media Creator for Dummies book
  • Includes Iomega Micro Mini 128 MB USB 2.0 drive and 3 Imation DVD+R 4x 4.7 GB discs
  • Take complete control of video with advanced timeline editing tools

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