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181. Auralia 2 for Windows
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182. HARMONIC VISION Music Ace 2 (
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183. Circus Ponies Notebook V1.2 (Mac)
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184. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
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185. Final Draft 6.0 and Syd Field's
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186. Teach Me Piano Deluxe
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187. The PrintShop 20
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188. ELECTRONIC LEARNING Singing Coach
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189. 3D Album Picture Pro
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190. Photo Objects 50,000 Vol 3
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191. Music Maker 2005 Deluxe (Large
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192. 3D Home Landscape 5 Deluxe
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193. Label Factory Deluxe 2.0
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194. OmniPage Pro X for Macintosh Upgrade
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195. Instant Stitch 2.0
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196. Sibelius Compass
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197. Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 Platinum
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198. MacFonts (Mac)
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199. FloorPlan Design Suite Version
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200. Punch! Home Design Architectural

181. Auralia 2 for Windows

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Asin: B0001XDVVQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sibelius Software Ltd.
Sales Rank: 1644
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182. HARMONIC VISION Music Ace 2 ( Windows / Macintosh )

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Asin: B00004WLB7
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Harmonic Vision
Sales Rank: 1307
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Music Ace 2, the second title in the highly-acclaimed Music Ace series from Harmonic Vision, is designed for beginning and intermediate students
  • Featuring 2,000 musical examples and covering treble, alto and bass clefs, Music Ace 2 picks up where Music Ace leaves off to introduce standard notation, rhythm, melody, harmony, intervals and much more
  • Maestro Max and his choir of Singing Notes return for an encore performance with a variety of new instruments to provide students with a continuing introduction to music fundamentals and theory
  • Music Ace 2 continues the same fun and engaging format of 24 comprehensive lessons, challenging games and a creative composition tool
  • Lessons - 24 engaging, self-paced lessons that accelerate development of fundamental music skills and music theory

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Making Music Fun
Very well developed program for the young student of music. Can hook up your keyboard to your computer & work the lessons that way, or just use the keyboard, too. Teaches beginning tempo, rhythm, introduces the various concepts of all the differences in tempo, beat, etc. Teaches about the grand staff, also has a "doodle pad" where kids can make their own music & hear it played back to them. Lots of fun! ... Read more


183. Circus Ponies Notebook V1.2 (Mac)
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Asin: B0002IKIS4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Circus Ponies
Sales Rank: 1543
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Features

  • Outliner, organizer, and free-form database program for OS X users
  • Clip, organize, and share unstructured notes and ideas
  • Easy-to-understand notebook interface
  • Note-taking; annotation; clipping; searching; importing
  • HTML publishing; publish to the Web in one step

184. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Core Rules 2.0

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Asin: B00002SX0K
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Sales Rank: 5798
Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Create player and nonplayer characters and update them using the rules in the Player's Handbook or Skills & Powers. Many rules can be overridden to support the many special cases that occur in real-life AD&D games.

MapMaker II has been redesigned from the ground up. View overland, city, and dungeon maps, then print them in full color, flat color for ink and bubble jets, grayscale for laser printers, and black and white for dot-matrix printers. Maps can range in size from one piece of paper to a massive five-foot-by-five-foot poster.

Character sheets have been redesigned to be more paper efficient. Customize character sheets to specific user requirements. Create custom races, kits, psionic powers, spells, weapons, armor, equipment, magical items, monster, and more.

The interface to the program has been redesigned, taking user feedback from the first Core Rules CD-ROM into account. Directly access specific screens in character update.

Extensive online help is available at the touch of a button. Simply right-click on almost any item, spell, ability, or race to bring up details. ... Read more

Reviews (8)

4-0 out of 5 stars It could be better
For those of you us who owned version 1.0 of the AD&D Core Rules CD-Rom, a revision is a long time in coming. Version 1.0 was a mess, with inconsistencies, broken programs, and a general feeling that TSR rushed it out as soon as possible without a whole lot of quality control (not an uncommon theme with TSR pre-WOTC takeover).

I'm happy to say they fixed a few problems. They also created a few more.

There are some staple elements that make you wonder why you ever bought any rule books. There's no less than nine of them, even more than version 1.0. Of course, that led me to wonder where the other ones were. Where's the Complete Book of ? The Wizard's Spellbooks? It doesn't matter. That's for Version 3.0.

Something seems to have happened to the Monster Manual, however. The pictures are no longer neatly displayed next to the descriptions. Instead, they're crammed into the RTF documents like the rest. Who wants to look at a monsterful of naked text?

What you will find is a hand-dandy number crunching program that allows you to make sense of all those Player's Option rules. I actually enjoyed this system, even if it was a bit awkward, because the Player's Option rules can make creating a character a much more complicated process.

Then there's the database. This database allows you to customize various objects, from magic items to monsters to encounters to kits. Which is neat. But only kits, and kits in the Players Option sense. Which means the kits are very weak. Also, there's a bit of confusion between giving a kit a bonus to a proficiency, a free proficiency, a preferred proficiency, and a required proficiency. Forget customizing classes -- THOU SHALT NOT TOUCH THE CORE RULES! Okay, so it's not THAT customizable.

I forgive all that. Having the cash equivalent of over $100 on a CD makes it worth the investment, especially if you're fond of hacking up the rules and want to insert your own house rules. To me, one of the biggest benefits of having AD&D rules in electronic text is what you can do with them.

What I can't forgive, however, is the mapping programs.

They tried. They tried very hard by including the Campaign Cartographer, which proved to be exceptionally dense and not particularly effective in mapping anything at all. I suspect it can be used by someone capable who wants to sit down and read the instruction manual, only there is none that accompany the CD. But that's not all! There's also another mapping program, the original mapping program that came with Version 1.0, Map Maker II.

That collective groan you're hearing in the background is from anyone who ever bought the first version. The reason they're groaning is because that sorry excuse for a mapping program didn't work. The good news is, it works now.

That's about it though. Worse, it's not exportable to any useful graphics format. No .pds, .bmps, .gifs. or jpgs. What good is this map? It works, but it's not even compatible with the Campaign Cartographer on the same CD!

Ultimately, the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Core Rules CD-ROM 2.0 does what it's supposed to do: it's a solid reference that would make a valuable addition to any Dungeon Master's collection. But it could be better.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Good Idea but NOT user friendly
I got this product a couple of weeks ago because I am not converting to 3rd edition D&D rules .I found it useful. However, it has a lot of bugs and requires a lot of time if you want to specialize your game any.

First the good things that this product provides: *access to the handbooks is nice especially if you don't have one of them. *character generation is quick *ability to make maps on the computer *speeds up monster encounter creation

Now the many drawbacks! *NO KITS; which is what makes 2nd Ed so fun the versiblity. The product does have some kits but I don't know how they got them. The kits provided are not class specific (i.e. not from the complete handbooks) and turn out to be pretty useless. What's worse it is extremely hard to create kits that work correctly because the program is vary limited in adapability. *Specialty priest are a pain to set up. Program won't allow weapons not normally allowed to priests and sphere conflicts. *basically if you don't want a core character straight out of the player's handbook you are in for a real nightmare; however, it is possible given time. *be careful buying equipment. There is a bug

*The map programs are not easy to use. It is probably better to do them by hand unless you will be adjusting them and reusing them (i.e. campaign atlas or regional map) *monster creation can sometimes gooff up. But the results can be changed and the tables are adjustable (again if you have the time it can make your life easier in the long run) *when making treasure it just rolls gp values. It does not create art objects you still have to do that.

I COULD GO ON AND ON. HERE ARE THE KEY FACTS. IF YOU ARE NOT CONVERTING TO 3RD ED IN AUGUST THEN THIS PRODUCT IS STILL USEFUL (IF YOU HAVE THE PATIENCE TO CUSTOMIZE A LOT OF STUFF) HOWEVER, I HAD THE SAME FEELING AS THE LAST REVIEWER.

THIS PRODUCT SHOULD DO MORE!

5-0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars with a lot of qualifications
After deciding to get back into D&D after a long layoff I went to a store to see if there were any new books I might want. I got this (AND the expansion) instead. As a DM, I can't get over how much time it saves me. It is great for generating NPC's and encounters, as well as maps. Since all the basic D&D books are available, looking up stuff (if you know where to go) is handy. And maintaining characters and printing out new records after going up a level (or other significant changes) is really wonderful (especially for my kids who aren't so good at keeping records). I am able to develop and maintain a much more detailed adventure world in a lot less time. And another big plus - there are quite a few web sites with stuff that can be downloaded and imported (npc's, monsters, magic items, maps, etc.). Doing it is easy.

Now for the drawbacks: First, it is pretty buggy. I downloaded the latest patches and upgrades from the web, and that helped a lot. But there are several places where it crashes, or does dumb things (like generate 2000 mind slayers for a random encounter).

The documentation is pretty useless. Most of the stuff is so straightforward that documentation is hardly necessary, but not so for Campaign Mapper. I can now say I like CM, but it took quite a bit of experimenting and correction of mistakes to get the hang of it.

This is NOT a game. It is simply a tool, primarily for DM's.

There aren't enough character portraits. You can add your own, or perhaps find some on the web to download. But given that most characters start young, there are scarcely any portraits of youth.

I have this vague feeling that it should do more. It doesn't really do anything that I can't do without a computer. But it sure does it faster and neater!

For quality, I'd only rate this 2 stars. I'd have been pretty embarrassed (I'm an applications developer) to put something out with this many bugs. I'm going to be checking their web site with some regularity for patches (and upgrades, hope, hope). But as to overall value to me as a DM, definitely 5 stars. It could be a lot better though, so if there were competing products I'd probably have to rate it 3 to 4 stars.

Signed, Karen's hubby

4-0 out of 5 stars If you are a DM this is a must have.
The Core Rules CD-ROM is a great utility for DM's. If you are a player, most of the stuff contained in it will be practically useless, except for the player creation and the books. If you are a player, the best thing to do is show this to your DM because it will be a bigger help to him than you. Actually, having your entire gaming group pitch in for this, so the DM can have a copy would probably be the best idea. The player creation is great. It simplifies the sometime long procedure of creating a character. And if you'd rather roll up your character with pencil, paper, and dice, you can still enter your character for a hard copy rather than having the computer roll it up for you. The map making utility is practically useless. The maps don't look that good, and there are too few icons. The DM tools simplifiy the DM's life a lot. NPC's, random encounter tables, and the like can be created in a matter of minutes. The books that it comes with are nice to have, but they will never replace the original hard-bound paper versions. Who wants to go to their computer to look up a rule in the middle of a game, when they can have their book right there on the table with them? Not me. If you are new to D&D, don't buy this as a replacement for the books. Buy the Paper version of the Players Handbook. If you are a DM and are looking for a time saver, like I was, this is the thing for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you are into d&d don't think twice on buying this.
This is a must have if you are into d&d. t is great with or without the expansion pack. You can look up just about anything, and the mapmaker is a lot better then it used to be in version 1.0 . The graphics are better, and the charecter creation is a lot easier then before. But for those of you who are not very good at using computers you might have some trouble at first, but as you use ut more and more it is a lot better. Most people would say it is out of date, but I waited 20 days for this present from christmas of 1999 and it was well worth the 20 days of boring waiting ... Read more


185. Final Draft 6.0 and Syd Field's Screenwriting Workshop DVD combo
list price: $219.99
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Asin: B00008IAO8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Final Draft
Sales Rank: 2934
Average Customer Review: 3.96 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (23)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Time-Saver
Writing a screenplay can be a very daunting task, especially for someone who is not familiar with the format. Before purchasing Final Draft, my previous screenplays were written in your basic, custom-formated Microsoft Word document.

Final Draft 6 does it all the formating for you. A function called "SmartType" finishes off character names for you, so you don't have to keep typing in names. This is wonderful when you have two or three characters talking to each other in a string, so you can quickly type the conversation, as if it were going on in front of you.

When I transferred my previous screenplays into Final Draft, it took about an hour or so to reformat a 106-page document correctly. Final Draft was able to interperate about 80% of the formatting correctly, getting confused on mostly transitions and telling the difference between some scene headings and actions. Although, it knew exactly what was dialogue just by where it was placed in the word document, which I thought was remarkable.

Some of the templates for actual T.V. shows are a little silly, but they serve their purpose: giving you the raw format for a certain show, which can vary greatly depending on the series. If you have your own show you've created, you can save a blank document with the initial beginings of the script as a template and be able to have a fresh document ready for your next episode.

Final Draft is a great purchase for the novice screen writer learning the format, and a wonderful time-saver for the somewhat-established to established veteran.

2-0 out of 5 stars Final Draft 6 Needs Revision
Even though it remains the Hollywood standard, Final Draft 6 leaves a lot to be desired. For lack of a decent alternative, I've used this application for the better part of a decade, and it remains clumsy to use and well behind the curve of technology.

The big issue: Onscreen text looks atrocious. After a year on the market, Final Draft 6 still doesn't use Mac OS X's technology to render beautiful anti-aliased text. Third-party fixes, like Silk, work only halfway to solve Final Draft's shortcomings. But should an application that costs $ need fixing at all? Unacceptable.

And beware of WYSIWYDG, or "What You See Is What You Don't Get." You might find the perfect font in the Font Menu, but good luck applying it to your screenplay. Worse, there are occasional text hiccups, where the text-rendering is garbled and screen redrawing is skewed.

'Authorization' remains a nuisance, too. (Bet you didn't remember to 'deauthorize''before a system reinstall or upgrade.) I know of no other software that requires such an unwieldy process just to stay running smoothly.

Final Draft 6 is still better than a typewriter or a standard word processor for writing scripts, but not by much. Considering the steep price, maybe it's time to revisit the competition.

1-0 out of 5 stars Quirky program made useless by copy protection
Buyer beware: Final Draft incorporates an archaic copy protection scheme that will drive you nuts. Every other category of computer software did away with this kind of user-unfriendly copy protection scheme in the mid-80s, but the screenwriting software vendors persist. You're probably better off using Microsoft Word (which is far more robust) and using a simple formatting utility when you're project is finished. If you have any hard drive crashes or hardware upgrades and you forget to de-install Final Draft you will lose your install keys. Tech support is scarce and the online help system is only good for the most basic information. While it should make your life simpler this product will make your life hell. Avoid it like the plague.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best investment I've made for writing.
I purchased Final Draft a couple of years ago, and it was the best investment for writing I've made yet. I had loads of story ideas in my head, but had no idea how to write a screenplay or teleplay, and didn't have the patience to read a book about it.

I am a VERY basic computer user and feared formatting software would be nothing short of a nightmare, but within a month I formatted three one-hour teleplays, started on a screenplay, and knew how to navigate the software fairly well. The Smart-type feature is a lifesaver, and the various view, outline, and report features are incredibly helpful and save loads of time.

There are a few features that were more complicated to learn, and as an absolute novice I had some questions that I couldn't find answers for in the program, but overall - I'm thrilled with it and use it everyday.

I'd recommend this software to anyone, rank amateur or paid professional ,who's looking for a user-friendly, helpful, and reliable formatting system.

5-0 out of 5 stars There's a reason the whole world uses it -- it's the best
Final Draft is simply the best there is. Screenwriter is buggy [I borrowed an install from a friend], Scriptware is a joke [based on the demo I tried] and Sophocles doesn't even run on my Mac. If you follow the directions it does exactly what it says it's going to do. It's a professional-grade tool [even though I'm not a professional-grade writer - YET], it's got 24/7 help [that I haven't even come close to needing] and everyone I know uses it [and I do work in the industry]. As far as I can tell the people who have problems with it aren't using it right or they have crappy computers.

Don't mess around with other programs. This one is the one to use. ... Read more


186. Teach Me Piano Deluxe
list price: $49.99
our price: $42.99
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Asin: B00005Q5X4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Voyetra
Sales Rank: 1331
Average Customer Review: 2.71 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Voyetra has created a winner with Teach Me Piano Deluxe. This comprehensive set includes lessons, music reference, music-related games, and even a simple recording console. It should appeal to both beginning and intermediate players.

Installation was fast and trouble-free. The application's interface is well-designed and navigation through the program is self-explanatory. From the main menu you can select Piano Lessons, Recording Station/Jammin' Keys, Music Games, Music Reference, and SoundCheck. We moved right into the piano lessons, which cover getting started, right-hand training, rhythm training, and more. You can also zoom in on individual chapters, and select solo exercises from a drop-down list.

After choosing right-hand stretches, a video window popped up with our friendly instructor, Hugh Berberich. The camera view is over-the-shoulder, top-down on his hand as he slowly plays a scale up one octave. The video window allows one to pause or repeat the lesson, and move to the next lesson when ready. Throughout this and other lessons, Hugh explains concepts such as intervals, bars, and sharps and flats in a clear and concise manner.

Having made it through a lesson with Hugh, we then checked out the recording capabilities of Teach Me Piano. The recording station looks like a simple mixing board, with 12 sliders; Record, Mute, and Solo buttons; LED level meters; and transport functions. The recording station is quite simple and effective for multitracking keyboard parts, transposing MIDI data to different keys, and assigning the recorded MIDI data to the 128 General MIDI-compatible instruments. Although there are no features like editing or effects, it works well for the purposes of simple recording.

Additional features like music games and the Jammin' Keys section provide a respite from the lessons. Overall, Teach Me Piano offers a lot for the beginning or intermediate piano student, and would probably appeal to those simply interested in the piano's role in modern music. --John Bosch ... Read more

Reviews (21)

5-0 out of 5 stars I have looked at others but this is simply the best...
What they don't tell you is that, you can add midi songs from the internet to the trainer, so that you can learn thousands of songs.
In the lessons, you can change the tempo, if it goes to fast. You can ask it to label the notes with the corresponding letters, as well as, the fingers to use. You can pick a range of measures to go over, instead of the entire song. The most important part of learning music is the timing and this program teaches it from the beginning.
The sequence that the material is presented and studied is thoroughly professional and challenges you every step of the way. This program with a midi keyboard connected to a computer is an ... alternative to traditional music lessons for children and adults.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product !!
I'm 52 years old and learning to play the piano for the first time. I'm using Teach Me Piano Deluxe in combination with my computer (running win xp) and a midi keyboard. I've been at it now for 5 months (practicing about an hour each day). When I started I knew nothing and now I'm playing simple songs. Short of having a teacher sitting beside you, I think this software is the next best thing. If you're willing to make the investment in time, Teach Me Piano will take you a long way toward learning the piano.

2-0 out of 5 stars Non-Turtle Beach Sound Card Owners beware
AFTER READING THIS REVIEW, PLEASE READ THE UPDATE LOCATED TOWARDS THE BOTTOM.

After reading the reviews of Teach Me Piano Deluxe elsewhere, I must admit that I was geeked.

However, after reading the reviews of the same software here at Amazon.com, I was somewhat apprehensive due to the bad reviews it received, especially for Windows 2000 users and especially the boxed retail version sold in stores.

Therefore, I called Voyetra customer support, told them that I was running Win 2K and there were bad reports on the boxed software and Win 2k. He assured me that there was no difference between the download version and the retail version.

I took him at his work and purchased the retail version. WRONG MOVE! It would really be a nice package IF IT WORKED! As another reviewer stated, the sound is terrible. The MIDI settings keep changing. Sound is intermittent and may leave you at any time.

Using the headphones with this software is a nightmare. Sometimes the sound comes out through the speakers when it should come out through the headphones. Then it might come to its senses and do the right thing.

This software is also a CPU hog. Most of the time, CPU usage is 100%. It hangs constantly, especially during the video episodes and during the verbal instructions. Not only will this software not work properly, but after I kill it in Task Manager, it has the nerve to foul up any other apps that I may want run, even Internet Explorer!

I have rebooted my system tonight 8 times in the course of 1.5 hours. This is totally unacceptable. I will be calling Voyetra on Monday for an upgrade or a refund.

I write software for a living and I am extremely familiar with how to install and use vast numbers of software packages.

However setting up and using software should be a no brainer for even the most novice of users. I feel sorry for a novice trying to wrestle control of their computer back from this software.

UPDATE:

I was FINALLY able to get this program to behave. I was able to, by hunting and pecking, to figure out that for my Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Platinum sound card that I had to set specific MIDI Synth before the MIDI Input would work and I had to do it in a specific order. It seems that Voyetra not only wants to sell you their software, but they only support the Turtle Beach sound card which they also want to sell you. With Sound Blaster soundcards being the most popular sound cards, not to mention the fact that many PCs motherboards now come with integrated sound cards, this is unrealistic. I know that every sound card may not be tested, but at least the most popular ones should and there should be a non-Turtle Beach compatibility list on their website. At the very least, the software should warn the consumer that they purchase this software at their own risk if they have a non-Turtle Beach sound card because Voyetra will not provide technical support BEFORE THEY PURCHASE THE SOFTWARE.

Since I eventually got it to work after much PAIN, I upgraded my rating to 2 stars.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not too bad...
Worked out a lot better than expected. Requires a lot of perseverance and self-determination, but the program itself is very intuitive and easy to use. Highly recommended.

2-0 out of 5 stars Try this one...
With all these bad reviews, I'd like to make a suggestion...Adventus Piano Suite Premier...Lots of songs, rock solid stability (run the patch from the website if you have any problems) and easy transition from one lesson to the next... ... Read more


187. The PrintShop 20
list price: $29.99
our price: $29.99
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Asin: B00009APN8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Broderbund
Sales Rank: 346
Average Customer Review: 1.4 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (5)

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this..
I agree with the first reviewer. I tried at least 6 or 7 times and it wouldn't install. I also have XP and more than enough space on the computer for this program. I am out $30 b/c I can't return it. I couldn't even find a tech support phone #.

1-0 out of 5 stars Didn't run
I bought this Print Shop from another retailer (not Amazon), but after installing 3 different times, it just didn't run on my PC. I have XP, enough gigabites of hardware and memory, it meets all the system requirements but the software just doesn't run. After talking to Broaderbund tech support (the number was very difficult to find) and trying fixes, it didn't work and the retailer gave me a hell when I returned it. I'd buy any future PrintShop products only if there is a policy to return, or trial first before buying.

1-0 out of 5 stars Stick With Sierra's Print Artist
I have not purchased Print Shop 20, but I have carefully looked over the software description on the company's site and the other reviews that mention 'false advertizing' when it comes to the amount of images that actually come with the program are true. Not nearly as many images come with it as it states.

Personally, thanks to my thorough research today I've decided to definitely stick with my beloved Print Artist. I've been using Print Artist for years and upgrading when a new version comes out. This time I thought I might try something different for a change, but I've changed my mind; I'm going to stick with Sierra's Print Artist. It has all the same extra features and bonuses as the other greeting card/desktop publishing programs and more, it's extremely simple to use once you get the hang of it, and there is no false advertising to it - it really includes everything the box for it says it does. Also, the print quality is excellent.

Trust the reviews you see here. If you want honest, quality greeting card software, DO NOT waste your money on Print Shop.

2-0 out of 5 stars New Company - Worse Product
Look @ the box /screens. Instead of Broderbund its now Riverdeep & with that change the program has changed as well. I installed it & have uninstalled it. The screens look "cheaper". I like using the "Fine Art". There are far less Fine Art images in newer version. More upsetting is the false advertising. Box states "310,000+ images" (deluxe) where in reality MOST of these are online & secondly if you want to use MOST of those you have to pay another $20-30 to join their Million image club to use them?? Reinstalled old version 15. Why is new not better? I also keep a special PC w/all my old classic 96/97 programs!

2-0 out of 5 stars Not worth it.
Don't pay $30 for this, just buy older version Print Shop 11 for $9. You would expect to see more tools in newer 20 version, but everything is exactly the same as Print Shop 11, and 11 has more special effects. Does anyone have Print Shop Delux 20 ? Please write a review if it's worth buying. Only reason I use Print Shop is because it's easy, too bad they don't improve it, all reviews I see for any Print Shop are not too good. Does anyone know similar software with better performants and more tools? Please somebody recomend something(write a review under Print Shop 20). ... Read more


188. ELECTRONIC LEARNING Singing Coach ( Windows )

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Asin: B0006NAB8W
Catlog: Software
Sales Rank: 5225
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Features

  • Prepare for singing with proper breathing and posture
  • Understand the differences between jazz, blues, classical, opera and other styles
  • See your performance and measure it on-screen
  • Includes headset microphone

189. 3D Album Picture Pro
list price: $69.99
our price: $54.99
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Asin: B0001YH81Y
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Micro Research, Inc.
Sales Rank: 1343
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Professional tools for all your digital photo needs
  • 80+ spectacular Hollywood-style shows
  • Complete graphic and photo editor
  • Advanced photo organizer
  • Produce DVD and other video files

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Superior to my expectation
I bought this new version because I love the photo show made by the version 2.03, hoping there is a great enhancement in the new version. The product lives up to my expectation - show styles in the new version have improved a lot! Though not all styles favor my taste, it is my choice, and there are plenty of styles to choose from. Moreover, the Picture Pro edition let me change themes easily, for example, I can paint my own book covers and design pages for the 3D flipping book, and change the room and table settings.

One new feature I like particularly is the "My Albums" list. Now, I can keep a track of my built albums (I've built a lot!) and make any change of any album whenever I want to. I don't understand why there is a need to save, as one reviewer wrote. The album I built is the copy that saved from the preview. I can make the change of the copy using the same GUI controls I use during preview. There is no need to dig into the album files. Perhaps the reviewer is commenting on the version 2.03, which cannot be applied to this version.

I am an amateur photographer, and occasionally use Jasc Paint Shop to do some preliminary photo editing works. I didn't expect that 3D-Album Picture Pro come with a great photo editor, and did not even give it a try until the last weekend when I decide to create my own book cover. Holly cow, I can't believe that an album software come with such a powerful photo editor that is even better than my dedicated editing software. Jasc's tube brush is always my favorite but making my own tube is rather difficult. In Picture Pro, I simply create an image group and then drag and drop image into the group. I am very impressed by the Picture Pro's 3D layer styles and vector illustration tools.

I clicked the book cover image in the Photo Show page, choose the edit menu, and the software brings the book cover directly into the editor where I can put my own design. I can switch back and forth between the Photo Show page and the edit page until I get a happy result.

I bought the version 2.03 about one and half years ago. I remember there was a problem with my old HP laptop (not with my desktop) with S3 video card. The software will crash after running about 5 minutes. The support told me that the crash is due to the bug in the S3 video driver and upgrading the driver will solve this problem. But S3 video card was quite old and the support from HP was discontinued. I eventually got my new Dell Inspiron with GeForce FX. Both the old and new version now run smoothly without any problem. So, before buying the software, you should have a check of your computer. A decent 3D video card such as nVidia's GeForce or ATI's Radoen is the key, no matter how fast your CPU or how much memory your have.

2-0 out of 5 stars It could be MUCH better
Some people really love this program, but I don't get it. What bugs me the most is that it doesn't use the standard windows buttons and layouts. I must be really dumb, but I can't figure out how to save my slideshow because there is no save option! So if you want to create an album and make a few changes and save it as something else (so you can compare the two), as far as I know, you can't. After checking the help groups and reading tips, I sort of found out how to do it, but it was so complicated. I had to go into the file I originally saved and make changes there, not in 3D Album itself. How convoluted!

But I could put up with that if the albums themselves worked. I tried two different albums, both had the same problems. They would freeze after flipping through a few pages. The album would end, the book would close and yet my pictures were still flipping in mid air. The shortcut created on the desktop would open the album but noting else, it would crash everytime.

If you want a really good photo editor and a good slideshow (it won't have 3D backgrounds, maybe if you create them) try Ulead's PhotoImpact XL. For the price you get 1000 times more product and it works 100%

5-0 out of 5 stars An amazing collection of tools and a huge upgrade
I have the old version 2.03 and upgraded to the new version about 10 days ago. The new version is a huge upgrade. I was surprised to find that the new package contains almost all tools for my photo needs. It is no longer a picture show only software. Its photo organizer, printing, and editing features are as powerful as those professional tools. But what set this software apart to other products is still its 3d picture show tool. For these who want create movie-style picture shows, this is a must-have. Lots of new 3d styles and new controls are added in the new version. More selections. The DVD movie capture is integrated in the program. ... Read more


190. Photo Objects 50,000 Vol 3

our price: $62.99
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Asin: B000088UQW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Hemera Technologies
Sales Rank: 4550
Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (10)

2-0 out of 5 stars Could be better
Good stuff:
1. great number of images for reasonable price

OK:
1. application speed and search engine
2. integration of vol.1 and vol.2

Negative (things that got worse since vol.1&2):
1. no image catalog (book) that used to be included with the vol.1&2. Yet, the price is still the same as before. It was nice to have the book and decide what images I want before actually doing it on computer.
2. I haven't found the usual "image fonts" in this volume.
3. Integration is somewhat weird starting with vol. 3. Why change the system that was working perfectly fine.
4. On-line? Why would I buy 50,000 images and want to get online and buy more? Yet I think that this online feature is slowing down things (although, it can be turned off).

Overall: not as good as Vol.1, but pic quality better than in Vol.2. Still, Hemera is cutting cost by not including the usual image catalog and changing things (user interface) that have been working fine before.

1-0 out of 5 stars Are they Kidding???
This product is horrible.

The images of trucks, vehicles, cars are toys!! This is not a product that can be used professionally by a company looking to keep desktop publishing in-house.

Even for free-lance work, most of these images are too cheesy to use...I would be embarrassed.

There are far too many photo objects of the same item from different angles. More of a variety would be nice. I haven't yet found one photo object I can use either for our web-site, marketing material or ads.

Suggestion: Unless the images on the box are exactly what you need & the only images you need, DO NOT waste your time.

If only there were a way for us to view a comprehensive set of thumbnails before considering purchase.....

Very disappointed, wish Amazon had negative star ratings.

2-0 out of 5 stars Horrid Programming
As usual, hemera has some great art, but it's really flaky to use.

4-0 out of 5 stars Another awesome release from Hemera Technologies
For photo objects, I have used Hemera Photo Objects vol. 1 & 2 for advertisements in the past two years. I just found out several weeks ago that a volume 3 was released and without hesitation, I purchased vol. 3.

For those new to Hemera Photo Objects, if there is an object or person that you would like to use for the web or print ads (suitably for smaller print ads), these objects are without the backgrounds.

Although volume 1 & volume 2 maybe all that most people may need, I'm always in pursuit of photo objects for print and web that deal with certain situations. Hospital doing a health ad, I can find a photo that i need. Photo for a doctor ala OB/GYN...I can find pregnant mother photos. Photos for a mortgage company and need a family...I can find it on the CD. Photo of a cafe setting or event a toast with jam for an anime convention's web banner, found it on the CD.

But as a purchaser of stock image CD's and photo object related CD's, one of the things that Hemera does shine is the price. Great price and for 50,000 photo objects for under a hundred dollars, that's pretty cheap.

As for volume III, there are noticeable differences. When clicking on the photo objects icon (I'm using this program via MAC OS X), the first step which takes quite a bit of time the first time is that the search now includes all Hemera products from Photo Objects to Big Box of Art all in one search section. So, instead of bringing up multiple icons, you can search everything you need with the new photo object searcher. You can also search online for a photo via Hemera's business series photos for higher resolution photos but if you have no need for that, fortunately, you can turn off that option.

If you are looking for a photo objects CD, I do want to say that I would not start out with vol. 3. Vol. 3 is more like an addition to your current Hemera Photo Objects currently installed on your system.

Last, one of the things I wanted to see more from Hemera are more photos of multicultural groups. I'm glad to see more photos of people of different ethnicities included in volume 3. Also, as the times change, it's nice to see Hemera release a newer volume with newer photos of people. Trust me...some photo object CD's that I get from other companies look like photos from the 80's or early 90's and I wonder about those other CDs.

All in all, for principals of graphic design agencies or those who freelance, you can spend all the money you want on a freelance photographer, photo equipment or hundreds for photo objects and if you have the money, that's great. But if you don't or if you're company is on a budget and even if you have the money to spend, getting all three Photo Objects volumes is definitely worth it.

1-0 out of 5 stars New Version lacks speed and elegance of previous
If you loved version 1 and 2, stop now. I wholeheartedly supported this developer's product in its earlier verions, but version 3 for mac is painfully slow in executing searches, lacks key functions of the previous versions, and has totally disappointed me. I won't be investing in future volumes.

While you can search all previous versions and companion Hemera products, (Big Box of Art Series) You can no longer copy the source cd's to a drive to eliminate the disc swapping syndrome without buying a separate and costly "network licencse" so the ease of use and speed are totally negated. You must CD swap, for all your earlier verions too so think about floppping around some 48 CDs!! This new version also must search out and connect to an online component every launch, despite turning this feature off, seaching is painfully slow. I have gone back to version 1 & 2, and my stand alone BBoA and put vol 3 back into the box, the images contained in this latest copy aren't a real addition to the previous volumes anyway. ... Read more


191. Music Maker 2005 Deluxe (Large Box)
list price: $59.99
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Asin: B0002DOXBM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: MAGIX ENTERTAINMENT
Sales Rank: 1351
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Features

  • Live arranger and multitrack arranger and mixer, plus Song Maker tools for arranging a song with a click
  • New Robota analog drum machine, one-click looping, vocoder and vocal tuner
  • Features 96 tracks for music in stereo, video clips, MIDI, text and images
  • Add video fx for animated text blending, rolling credits, transitions and beat-controlled animation
  • Create your own musical emails, or Webpages with music embedded into them

192. 3D Home Landscape 5 Deluxe
list price: $14.99
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Asin: B00008IAOP
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Broderbund
Sales Rank: 2654
Average Customer Review: 1.6 out of 5 stars
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Landscaping at your desktop is the name of the game in 3d Home Landscape Designer Deluxe, a package that helps you work on your yard without breaking a sweat--or risking costly mistakes. With a massive gallery of over 9,000 plants and yard features from deck chairs to playground equipment, this program gives users a chance to plan every aspect of an outdoor environment in minute detail, trying out as many different concepts as imagination and time permit.

Though 3d Home Landscape allows you to focus on the interior of a home, it puts far more energy into exterior design. Terrain modeling makes it possible to mold the land itself to any specification before features are added, with hills and even lakes adding depth to a given project. Using this feature it is possible, with practice, to closely model your own land and then to analyze its design strengths.

Once time comes to actually lay down foliage, 3d Home Landscape's Plant Encyclopedia is there to help, carrying detailed information on maintaining every plant in a garden. Your finished designs can be previewed with an eye to how the yard will appear in all four seasons.

Like most home and garden design programs, this one will let you move through the three-dimensional model of your house and yard, viewing each creation from all angles. It is a complex program that requires patience in the learning stages. Fortunately, the user's guide is thoughtfully written and easy to use, and there are first-rate animated tutorials available with the program that cover each new stage of the landscaping process.

And once mastered, 3d Home Landscape can help you work out every imaginable garden design, no matter how wild or daring. --Alyx Dellamonica ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Not User Friendly
This software gives you seemingly endless options, which is both good and bad. Good because you can micromanage down to the texture of the bricks in the pathway of your garden, but bad because these powerful tools only get a few lines of explaination in the user's manual. I consider myself to be fairly computer savvy, but the program makes it difficult for you even to join fences to the house properly or add slope to your terrain. I'll spend several more hours trying to see if I can make any progress in learning this program, but I don't think you should have to have a CAD degree just to design some landscape on a computer.

1-0 out of 5 stars Read the Reviews FIRST - ZERO Stars
I just now read the reviews of this product; unfortunately, I did not read them before I purchased this pathetic program. Basically - false advertising. Does not include anywhere near the number of items indicated on the box and queries to Broderbund indicate the items are no longer available. Save your money - get some crayons!

1-0 out of 5 stars Actually 0 Stars DON'T DO IT!!!!
I have had Broderbund Home Designer 5.0 for about 4 months now. Three years ago I used 3D Architect Vers. 1.0 to remodel my kitchen and it was great. So, I decided to buy 3D Architect Professional 5.0 to design my Master Suite (converting two BRs and a bath to do it) and remodel my back yard and pool....completely. To begin, all Broderbund architectural products' names are similarly named. I thought the "professional" 5.0 included (and was led to believe by skimming the info on it) the landscape design program. You can even switch to landscape mode but NOTHING happens! After calls to tech support and customer service asking why I can't get to the landscape portion, I (not they) realized I had to buy 3D Home Landscape. So I went to buy it, installed it and went to use the program and still no landscape mode. Long story short...after many frustrating calls and e-mails, I (again me, not they) discovered how the two programs merge together to form one program (if installed in a certain method and order) named yet another program name...3d Home Designer 5.0. Unbelievable!

Again, long story short...after limping through a multitude of crashes, letters to tech support and getting answers back e.g., "I don't know, I don't use the program" and countless other frustrating and irritating things, today was the last straw. I opened the program and four months of re-creating my four bedroom tri-level home and yard are gone to waste. As soon as I open the program to do anything, it crashes. I have re-installed and to no avail.

BY ALL MEANS, save yourself the frustration and look for another package. I used to work in the computer industry up until '98 and Broderbund typifies the reason I got out...mediocrity!!

If you are doing a very simple two room house, want to WOW your friends or clients twirling the house around, do walk thrus (on the computer, can't make a separate walk thru file and send to someone), or you want your three-year old to be an architect and start them off early...buy it! Otherwise...go back to the ole drafting board....which is what Broderbund ought to do.

1-0 out of 5 stars Buggy, difficult to use, not-intuitive
I just tried to design a garden for our new house using "3D Landscaping". Despite what the box says, the software contains no templates of gardens that you can modify, just shapes (circles, rectangles, squares) with pre-programmed lot sizes (such as 40' x 110'). I tried to edit the dimensions of the 40' x 110' rectangle to mimic our new lot. Forget it. You cannot edit the sizes even if you follow the steps in the manual.

So, I tried to create a new lot from scratch. Instead of a flat plane to show our new lawn, the program created a cylinder. The cylinder could not be modified no matter how I tried.

I finally decided to accept the incorrect dimensions of the rectangular plot (40 x 110) and just insert sample plants (trees, climbers, etc) from the toolbar, to get an idea of what would look good next to what. The program crashed. When it did allow me to add the plants in outline view, they did not show up in 3D view, which means you can't see what they will look like in your garden (the whole point of the program!) The program crashed again when I toggled from 3D view to outline view. (My system surpasses the system requirements, so that was not the problem).

I am not a software neophyte, and I followed both the manual and the tutorials step-by-step to create a diagram, but the software did not work. I don't believe Broderbund tests this before releasing it to the public.

If anyone has found a quality landscape design software program, please tell me. Right now, I'm ready to turn to Powerpoint.

1-0 out of 5 stars Frustrating
I am about to uninstall, both my wife and myself gve this a try. My lot size is not one of the given ones. Setting up a lot (a 90x180 foot rectangle) is impossible. Did not bother going any further, with it. There is a couple of hours wasted I will never see again..... ... Read more


193. Label Factory Deluxe 2.0
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B00008K1ON
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Nova Development
Sales Rank: 799
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Art Explosion Label Factory Deluxe 2.0 is an entire generation ahead of existing label-making solutions. It is one of the fastest, easiest ways to create professional-quality labels. The software uses wizards to assist you in making even the most complex labels in just minutes. But behind its simplicity lies a powerful application with a sophisticated set of features.

The package includes more than 700 label formats and templates, 30,000 clip art images, support for 35 bar code formats, an integrated database manager and address book, and much more. Other convenient features include intelligent wizards that guide you in creating labels, drag and drop support, context-sensitive menus, a detailed help system, and print preview capability ... Read more


194. OmniPage Pro X for Macintosh Upgrade
list price: $149.99
our price: $134.99
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Asin: B00005UQT6
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Scansoft
Sales Rank: 4731
Average Customer Review: 1.25 out of 5 stars
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OmniPage Pro X eliminates retyping, saving you time and streamlining document production. Create, convert, edit, and distribute digital documents with superior accuracy and improved formatting. Choose from a host of innovative capabilities, such as table recognition. Pro X also adds PDF functionality to extend the software's value beyond the paper world. Now you can convert PDFs into editable documents with a single click, or save paper documents as PDF files with similar ease. All of which adds up to increased productivity and efficiency. Plus, there's the added ease of working with a program built specifically for Mac OS X.

Note: This is an upgrade version. ... Read more

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the reviews
Just a quick thank-you to the others who have written. I was set to buy the upgrade, assuming that 'Pro X' meant OS X compatible. Thanks for saving me $130, and turning me on to Readiris - actual OS X software.

1-0 out of 5 stars It's not fully MAC OS X compatable
This version is not 100% Mac OS X compatable. You have to switch to "Classic" mode to scan a document directly into OmniPage Pro X. No where on the box or in the directions does it tell you this. I found out after using my ONE free technical support call. The Mac OS 8/9 version works the way its supposed to.

I wasted my money.

1-0 out of 5 stars Scansoft ignores the Mac Platform.
I bought this software when it first came out 2 years ago to use with OS X. Since buying it Scansoft has not released one update or bug fix for the program. It will not work with any Photoshop plugins in OS X. I have tried to get it to work with my Canon Lide 30 scanner with no success whatsoever.

You would think when you buy an expensive software program you would at least get free email support. No way with Scansoft! Their philosophy is to milk their customers for as much as they can get, charging $20 for each support question by email.

If you need to buy an OCR program for your Mac I would highly recommend buying Readiris instead. Although far from a perfect program, it puts OmniPage to shame. Unlike Scansoft they do provide free email support. Readiris is also very good at preserving the format of a document when translated into Word Processing and Text Editing programs. This is something that OmniPage fails miserably at.

2-0 out of 5 stars Inferior to prior versions
I've used Omnipage for years, going through almost all the versions since the first. When an upgrade appeared it consistently offered incremental improvements and I rarely had to even glance at the user's manual.

Not so with this version. In some key respects it is not apparent how it works even after consulting the manual. There are many more errors in text and formatting. Saves don't even go smoothly. I would guess that something that formerly took me 45 minutes now takes me several hours, including corrections. And I still don't know why the text selection doesn't flow from one page to the next in a multi-page document, as it used to. This product should have been put in the "leave well enough alone category." ... Read more


195. Instant Stitch 2.0
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B0002DG73E
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 1373
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Features

  • Design custom cross-stitch patterns from your own design
  • Customize with virtual needles, text effects, color, and more
  • Import favorite photos or original drawings
  • Access 1,000+ existing templates, from animals to the zodiac
  • 3 powerful, user-friendly applications in 1 patterning system

196. Sibelius Compass
list price: $159.99
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Asin: B0001XDYSQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sibelius Software Ltd.
Sales Rank: 5855
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Features

  • Resources and activities to support composition classes
  • Designed for use by teachers and students
  • Use at the computer or create handouts and worksheets
  • Special IT activities that link to Sibelius or a sequencer
  • Hundreds of exercises; high school and college levels

197. Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 Platinum Edition
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0000899WB
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Roxio
Sales Rank: 200
Average Customer Review: 2.13 out of 5 stars
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The arguable king of CD burning is back, and it's got a bag of new tricks. Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 Platinum Edition takes you by the hand and leads you through all kinds of CD and DVD creation, from data backups and music compilations to photo slide shows and feature films. User friendly to the last, it comes with a massive manual weighing in at almost 400 pages. Unfortunately, however, beneath the shiny surface of this program hide a few snags.

Burning data and music compilation CDs is simple enough with a "drag to CD" function--you can literally drag files from Windows Explorer onto an icon that resizes in the lower right corner of the desktop. More complex burning and copying can be done through wizards or manually.

For DVD authoring, Roxio includes support for every DVD burning format out there. It allows you to create movies, photo slide shows and more. It interfaces directly with digital video recorders to capture footage to the PC's hard drive, from where you can then burn them to a DVD. You can rearrange parts of a movie, trim clips, add sound, and more. The interface is functional at best, though, and casual film directors will pine for a simpler, more graceful solution than this program can offer.

The PhotoSuite applet's interface is overly friendly and not nearly powerful enough. Adding photos from a networked PC was a painstakingly slow process. Worse, once we'd picked out a few dozen photos, we went to create a VCD slide show and were met with an error message that even baffled Roxio tech support.

Another caveat: Easy CD automatically checks for product updates, but it forces you to register the product in order to download them. This invasion of privacy aside, Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 does provide some easy and user friendly features at the cost of clunky interfaces and limited options for power users.--Joel Durham ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Beats Sonic and Nero hands down
I am very much into burning CD's and now DVD's with the help of Easy CD Creator 6. I have used many other burning software and have nothing but problems. Installing Nero 5 made me lose my drives and I was stuck in Tech Support hell......p. I also tried making VCD and DVD movies with Sonic My DVD and it was a very frustrating experience.

With Creator 6 I was able to capture my video easily, add the content to the DVD Builder layout and I created a DVD with menu's that played perfectly the first time I tried. I am telling you and hope you believe me when I say, this is the easiest CD and DVD burning application available hands down.

I also forgot to mention the MGI photo application that is now owned by Roxio is also bundled as well. The biggest improvement over Creator 4 and 5 is the Audio application Audio Central which lets you rip MP3's and edit the MP3 file and ID Tags which contain all the information of the file. It compares to the audio features of Microsofts media player.

I strongly recommend this suite of burning products to anyone that has a digital camera, video camera, dvd player, or wants to backup or create audio CD's. This application does it all.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not very user friendly...or with lack of support services
I have to agree, I am very disappointed with the software and services...don't like the idea of talking to a computer or calling long distance. My biggest problem is losing all audio files when video is copied to DVD. I paid 100 for a DVD of an occasion and when I went to copy with this software, I lost all the original audio tracks on the tape:-(...mine was also buddled with Plextor DVD-burner. I have to think twice before I buy another of these products as I now am shopping for something better to replace this software...I also have Pinnicle and with the rendering and failing to copy over to the DVD, it's just about as bad...customer service is better though.

4-0 out of 5 stars Expensive but worth it
All CD&DVD burners tend to be fairly expensive, as usually software is. Comparing this to Nero, Roxio is a sure buy. It is really easy (surprise, surprise) to use, and it looks good.

It is also powerful, in the sense that you can do almost anything with it. You can even cut your music, design menus for your movie DVDs and create your own covers for your CD cases.

It comes with a helpful handbook that helps you deciding on wich application to use (Audio central, Creator Classic etc.).

One thing it lacks is a wizard. Wizards are always nice to use and keep you self-confident that you woun't waste your DVD disk though it is quite hard even without the wizard.

I didn't have any writer probelms, and I am overall happy with the product, though I think that once you buy an expensive DVD burner one has to buy an expensive program as well, though this does make burning so much easier than playing with codes and files and windows. If your looking for an powerful burner, this is what you should buy.

1-0 out of 5 stars Save your money...
The best thing about this product is that I got it via eBAY for $15.00. I know now why it was so cheap. The module that I was really interested in, DVD creator, is a total disaster. It is hard to use, confusing, and does not produce repeatable results. Forget about getting help from Roxio. I tried using the email route. About 3 days after submitting a question, you get some form-letter jibberish back, unrelated to the question. I refuse to pay for long distance. I also refuse to buy any more Roxio products, at any price.

1-0 out of 5 stars A Genuine Stinker
I got this software with a terrific Plextar PX-708UP disk drive. Why they include ROXIO I will never understand. Lot's of problems. It doesn't work along with Redxpress Express Copyware 3. After using Redxpress once, the computer would recognize the DVD drive, but the ROXIO program wouldn't. The exact same thing happened with my two machines, both equipped with Windows XP. Don't buy it. Ive consistently found ROXIO products to be low rent. The pits. Go with Nero. ... Read more


198. MacFonts (Mac)
list price: $29.99
our price: $26.99
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Asin: B0000DG73M
Catlog: Software
Publisher: macXware
Sales Rank: 2932
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Designed exclusively for OS X
  • Provides professionally designed font faces
  • FontManager for quick installation, activation, and deactivation of fonts
  • 1000+ premium TrueType fonts, including creative, elegant, and professional fonts
  • Easy to use features that include permanent installation and temporary activation of fonts

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Mac Fonts
Was pretty excited when I saw the fonts package. The box said "Over 1000 TrueType fonts" I figured that it meant just subtle variations of the same. While this was true for the majority of the fonts, the "BN" set of fonts had the most variety.

The little quick reference guide book was very helpful with letting you get a peek at what the fonts look like to see if you
even want to load it on your system. The book however was at times a little confusing, the names of the fonts would be on top of the fonts for some and then under the fonts for others. You had to kind of double check that the one that you wanted was the one that you installed.

Played with some of the fonts in LiveType and I had a blast. Since I kind of wanted to see the fonts in action I would look through the book then choose a font to load. For it to take effect I had to keep restarting LiveType for the font to show up. So after a while just loaded a bunch of them and then made some scrolling text. Had lots of fun with the "Xmas Lights BRK" & "New Year Dingbats". Being able to take just the dingbats and alter them on screen give rise to lots of new and creative ways for me to make my designs a bit more fun and have very different appeal. There were also some more down to earth fonts like
"Boron" & "Teen Bold" that gives a bit more punch than "Times New Roman" but still not be to off putting. Also previewed the fonts in TextEdit to get a feel for the differences quickly.

All in all really liked what the package had to offer even with the limited font manager and having to load each individual font. The variety of new fonts is worth it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally a font collection for Mac!
It's about time someone gave Mac users a reasonably priced font collection!

MacFonts has over 1000 TrueType fonts in three categories: classic, refined and designer fonts. You can even use the included font manager to activate your font selections temporarily or permanently; very cool! ... Read more


199. FloorPlan Design Suite Version 9
list price: $49.99
our price: $36.99
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Asin: B00064ZEEC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: IMSI
Sales Rank: 459
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200. Punch! Home Design Architectural Series 3000
list price: $199.99
our price: $169.99
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Asin: B0000CFY80
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Punch! Software
Sales Rank: 3822
Average Customer Review: 1.67 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware
I researched various design software prior to purcahsing Punch AS3000 and thought I did a good job of doing so...I was wrong. I have been in construction related fields for over 20 years, and feel as though given some instruction, guidleines, etc I can learn almost anything! Purchasing this software proved me to be wrong. Upon making my purchase I learned that there were no "demos" available, this should be warning #1! I pursued it. I was told that I would have 90 day support via phone tech support, which I did, however, when I did call I was treated as though i was truly "bothering" the receiver of my call, and then treated as though they could not believe that I did not know how to do waht I was asking. The manual is basically useless as it does not walk the user through applications in any sort of logical format. The tech support is not helpful, the so called tutorials are also useless. I strongly reccomend that you do not waste your money on this program. My only wish is that I could provide an alternative solution at this time. Each task is cumbersome and most require "custom 3D sorkshop" design which if you have the patience and "creativity" to figure out how to use still do not accomplish the task.

3-0 out of 5 stars Determine Your Patience Level Before You Buy
EXPERIENCE:
I suppose knowing my experience may help to gauge my ability to use the program and help you to decide what you are capable of doing if you purchase this program. I have worked with computers for nearly 20 years. I am a professional graphic designer and web developer. So, I suppose my experience with software would be in the advanced category. However I have never used this program prior to my purchase, but have used other home design and 3D software in my past.

PROS:
Great 3-D walk-through. Fairly descent selection of colors, materials, indoor, and outdoor furniture and landscape design elements. Fun to use if you don't need any custom items that are not in their library. I liked the ability to design more then just the floor plan, such as lighting, deck, plumbing, etc.

CONS:
3D tools seemed to be difficult for the average user. My expectations were not set high, as this is supposed to be a consumer-based product, thus it should be fairly easy to use with direction from the manual. However it lost me! It was several days getting the hang of using it and I still couldn't get basic items designed properly. For example, I needed to create an L-shaped island with sink for the kitchen. It just was not an easy thing to do. Because they did not have such things in their library, I was forced to use the 3D tools (designing from scratch). When creating the object dimensions, it is not easy placing the shape in it's proper location, and it was difficult to get the elevations correct as well. Try putting one of their sinks in your own 3D designed countertop, it just doesn't work well at all! It was truly more work then it should have taken for such a common task. Same thing when applying materials such as wood choices to furniture (albeit furniture was not real important for me) it took much more work then what should be considered a basic task (too many pieces to color within one furniture element). The roof never got quite finished either. I could not get the walls to fit within the dimensions of the roof (or visa-versa) on a 2nd story. I tried so hard, but not being an architect or engineer, I would say that this task requires you to really know what you are doing. It was not discussed well in the manual either. So, was it me, or was it the software with the limitations, I really couldn't tell you.

Needless to say, I got a bit frustrated, and hopefully without sounding like a know-it-all, frustration just doesn't happen to me very often when it comes to design programs. Don't get me wrong, I had those days back when I was learning to use design software, but using a consumer-based program such as this should have been simple for someone with my design background. I don't believe though, that it had to do with being easy or difficult, as much as it had to do with the limitations of the program in my circumstance. But for the newbie, I believe it would be considered a difficult program to use.

MY ADVICE:
If you really need something that covers a lot of ground, but doesn't require a complex design, or complex elements, then this should be fine. However if you don't have the patience or time, and you want to add more custom features to your project, I believe this program is overpriced for your needs, as it will prove to be more work then you bargained for. In fact, although I'm sure they put a lot of money into developing this program, I think it is overpriced for the average consumer trying to design their new home or remodel.

1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY
I just recently purchased this software and was completely NOT satisfied! This is a very basic program that simply is overpriced. The box looks nice...and it appears that you just purchased something professional...but please believe when I say this is FAR from the truth. They claim to have all these so called wizards, that basically let you change the size of an existing object and a material from a very small list of materials and thats it! For instance I wanted to see how my kitchen would look...well I jumped into the cabinet wizard to find I had only two door styles to choose from...and much worse I could not add molding, millwork, or handles. Sure, if I want to spend hours creating these things in their cubersome and ackward 3D workshop, then I can add them. This is just ONE of many examples. I tried to email my concerns, but four days later I got a reply that they believed their product was highend software. I wanted my money back but they refused and said I should have spent more time researching their product...how is that for customer service? They went on to say this product does not need a guarantee or even a demo version for you to try out...even though they offer a 90 day money back guarantee with all their other products. Save your money or spend a little more and purchase Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer Pro 6...it is far superior in every aspect. AS3000 may claim to have all these features...but let me tell you they all are very basic and limited. This is NOT a professional program...it is a professional scam and waste of your hard earned money! DO NOT BUY! ... Read more


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