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41. Art Explosion 300,000
$69.99 $54.99 list($79.99)
42. Art Explosion 600,000 Images
$219.99 $219.95 list()
43. Ventura 10 Upgrade
$77.99 $77.31 list()
44. Adobe Pagemaker 7.0.2 (Upgrade
$40.99 list($49.99)
45. Scansoft PDF Create! 2.0
$129.99 list($149.99)
46. Roxio Easy Media Creator 7 Bundle
$429.99 $399.99 list($779.99)
47. Adobe Acrobat Capture 3.0 Personal
$27.99 $14.99 list($39.99)
48. Clipart & More 2.5 Million
$17.85 list($39.99)
49. PrintMaster Platinum 15
$40.88 list($19.99)
50. Print Master Gold Version 16.0
$16.99 list($49.99)
51. BizArt by Hemera
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52. Final Cut Express 2.0
$84.99 $7.89 list()
53. Ahead Software NERO 6-THE ULTIMATE
$11.42 list($49.99)
54. Calendar Creator Deluxe 10
$1,119.99 $659.89 list($1,229.99)
55. Adobe Creative Suites Premium
$24.99 list($9.99)
56. American Greetings Spiritual Expressions
$17.99 $14.99 list()
57. SUMMITSOFT 2500 TrueType Fonts
$69.99 $59.99 list($79.99)
58. Video Explosion Deluxe
$29.99 $1.97
59. The PrintShop 20
$54.99 list($69.99)
60. 3D Album Picture Pro

41. Art Explosion 300,000
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B0001XWOIW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Nova Development
Sales Rank: 1073
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 300,000+ premium royalty-free graphics on 14 CD-ROMs
  • On-screen image browser with full-color previews
  • Convenient WMF, TIF, JPG, and GIF file formats
  • 100,000+ scalable vector graphics; 50,000+ color photos and backgrounds
  • All graphics in the box; no downloading required

Reviews (1)

3-0 out of 5 stars Photos are old
The clip art is great but the Photos are from the 70's and 80' so if you need really old photos its great. ... Read more


42. Art Explosion 600,000 Images
list price: $79.99
our price: $69.99
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Asin: B00001QGVR
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Nova Development
Sales Rank: 1676
Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (13)

5-0 out of 5 stars It comes with BOOK OF IMAGES!!
I've been using clip art to illustrate a dental newsletter for years. I've used Corel, Microsoft clipart, ClipTures by Dream Maker, Art Explosion 125,000 and even online based clip art websites. What is important is that the software has quality images and comes with a BOOK OF SAMPLE IMAGES with an index. Art Explosion 600,000 has both. Most other packages (including Art Explosion 200,000) DON'T include a book of images.

Aronbergvlad is right; there is no real search engine. Don't bother installing the "Art Explosion Installer", or their catalogue browser. The browser only searches the images on the CD that is in the drive. Not the other 28 CDs. It's useless.

However the book of images is just fine for finding images. Just look up your subject the index, find a nice image in the book, pop in the corresponding CD, set Windows Explorer to Thumbnails view and scroll until you see one you like.

Using clip art is not for beginners. It takes practice, but if you're ready, Art Explosion 600,000 is the BEST there is.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't be fooled!
I bought ClickArt 750,000 because it had more images for less money - only to find that there were fewer than 200,000 images in the box and I'd have to download the rest! Very aggravating. Art Explosion 600,000, in contrast, is an honest clip art product. All 600,000 images are in the box. It's a much better option. And the graphics are of very high quality.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good product
I agree with most of the other reviewers; this package is inexpensive for all you get, and the quality of the images is good. I'm using it with Windows XP Professional and have had NO problems with the interface between the operating system and the software. It installed quicky and easily.

I did have a problem with one of the disks originally, but Nova came through with great customer service. Now I'm a customer for life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Big Box of Clip Art
This is great! All of the art is in the box with a nice big book showing all of the images. I read a review that said this was not XP compatible. I have two machines, one with XP Pro and one with XP Home and it works on both with no problem.

If you want alot of great clip art this is the one!

1-0 out of 5 stars Sounded too Good to be True
Read the reviews of this product by both consumers and manufacturer. Ordered the product based on the reviews only to find out that this item is not compatible with Windows XP. Would have been nice to list system requirements so people can know whether or not to order. If defeats the purpose to find out only after you've ordered and received the product that it's not compatible with your system, and you have to return it. ... Read more


43. Ventura 10 Upgrade

our price: $219.99
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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

Reviews (2)

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


44. Adobe Pagemaker 7.0.2 (Upgrade Version)

our price: $77.99
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Asin: B0001AKSVA
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 1346
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45. Scansoft PDF Create! 2.0
list price: $49.99
our price: $40.99
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Asin: B000260ATS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Scansoft
Sales Rank: 1879
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Quickly turn PC documents, drawings, and images into PDF files
  • Compressed file sizes; batch conversion of multiple files at a time
  • Advanced font embedding, graphics, and page-size controls
  • Password security with 128-bit encryption; watermarks and stamps
  • Compatibility with PDF 1.5; does not require Adobe Acrobat

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great alternative to Acrobat
This gives me PDF 1.5, passwords and other full-Acrobat features at a fraction of the price. I did read another review on its toolbar shortcuts in Outlook - PDF Create! and Adobe Acrobat have the identical behavior and limitation of Word is the editor for Outlook. Overall, I think the batch processing and merging of many documents into a single PDF as the best feature.

1-0 out of 5 stars Does not work with MS Word!
Scansoft's PDF Create 2.0 does not work with MS Word when MS Word is used as the email editor in Outlook. The PDF Create toolbar and buttons do not appear in this situation, so there is no way to create a PDF document that has links. You can still print to the PDF print driver (which is Scansoft's "solution" to this problem). But printing does not preserve heading information for creating proper PDF files that have bookmarks. Scansoft's other "solution" to this problem is to stop using MS Word as the Outlook editor. ... Read more


46. Roxio Easy Media Creator 7 Bundle [Dummies Book, USB Mini Drive, DVD+R Media]
list price: $149.99
our price: $129.99
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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

47. Adobe Acrobat Capture 3.0 Personal Edition
list price: $779.99
our price: $429.99
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Asin: B00004S85Q
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 4835
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Amazon.com Product Description

Adobe Acrobat Capture 3.0 is a professional production tool that teams with your scanner to convert volumes of paper documents into searchable Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files. Accurate OCR, advanced page and content recognition, and powerful cleanup tools let you turn all your important paper-based information into high-quality electronic documents ready for publication via the Web, intranets, extranets, CD-ROM, and more. Sophisticated productivity features streamlined processing from start to finish, so you can get your jobs done efficiently. ... Read more


48. Clipart & More 2.5 Million
list price: $39.99
our price: $27.99
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Asin: B000192RRE
Catlog: Software
Publisher: IMSI
Sales Rank: 704
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • The finest collection of top-quality, royalty-free images
  • Top-quality images on both CD and online
  • Free, instant access to Clipart.com's clipart collection
  • 2.5 million+ illustrations, photos, fonts, sounds, videos, and animations
  • Variety of categories offers a great selection

Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars Misleading software
This software sounded like the answer to a prayer. 2.5 million cliparts should cover everything. Forget it. The box came with 3 cd's, no catalog or instructions. The installation disc corrupted the My Computer file on my computer. The other 2 discs had a list of wav files and some buttons on them. I called Nova for help and the tech tried to install the program with me but to no avail. The comment was that it is a new program. He finally got me into the web site with clipart that you get free with this program. What they don't tell you is that most of the clipart is online on this site and after a year you will have to pay $100 to continue your subscription. Needless to say I restored my computer back to before I used this program, boxed it up and returned it to Amazon. Amazon stood behind the purchase as always and gave great service. My advice--look for another program.

1-0 out of 5 stars Where are all of the top-quality images?
I am a Macintosh fan and try not to have any Microsoft products on my computer, including Microsoft Word. So, I was dismayed when the instructions for this clip-art collection were in Microsoft Word. As far as I know, there are no other instructions on the web or anywhere else, and this company would not tell me over the phone how to use the software (unless I wanted to pay $10 extra.) I have fiddled with this program and as far as I can see, there are only about 100 images that are high quality. (Maybe there are more, but I have not been able to figure it out.) Even though this program only cost $30, I have not been able to come up with any images that are usable, and have not been able to come up with a complete set of instructions. I feel like I have been ripped off! ... Read more


49. PrintMaster Platinum 15
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00008IAPY
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Broderbund
Sales Rank: 1277
Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (5)

2-0 out of 5 stars Poor quality artwork compared with older versions
I agree with the reviewer who advised: "don't bother to upgrade." Compared with version 8 (which unfortunately has some printing problems under Windows XP), the quality of the artwork in version 15 is poor. Gone are many of the cartoons and genuinely humorous pictures, gone are the victorian prints and original art collections, which made the older version a pleasure to use, and offered really unusual material.

It's still a decent program. It is easy to use and gives you access to many images on the DVD or CDs as well as online. But the quality of those images is so-so, especially compared with older versions of the program.

1-0 out of 5 stars junk software
Wouldn't install, Print Master or 3D. In fact 3D registered me but did not complete the installation and when I e-mailed Broderbund about this problem, I got no response what so ever. Tried to return this junk software and store wouldn't take it back.

5-0 out of 5 stars Makes a Pleasure out of creating cards
I have had two previous Printmaster programs but this one, especially being on DVD, is a dream. Acccess to and download of two free card program editions from the Broderbund site has been a most pleasant experience. This version is so much more in content than the other two I have used.

1-0 out of 5 stars don't bother upgrading
I bought a new computer with windows XP and decided if i was going to be running the newest Windows I should run the newest Printmaster. I upgraded from Platinum 11 and I'm sending back Platinum 15 and re-installing 11. More than half the images are online now. You get three art discs and have to sort through online garbage to get the rest. It's to get you to sign up for their Million image club for another $$. They took away some features and added nothing. Quality went down. Wait for them to bring it back up before upgrading.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Product
I recently purchased the new Printmaster Platnium 15, due to a new operating system (XP). I had used Print Artist for the past 5 years. I have only used the PrintMaster a few times in the last two weeks, but I already love it. The graphics are easily accessible, organized so they are quick to find. It is very easy to narrow your search with few key words or categories. The tutorials are very helpful and easy to understand. I've used the tutorials for photo editing, cropping, layering, etc. Everything so far seems very self-expanatory. The software was easy to load also. I was dreading having to switch to something new. I am very pleased and not a bit disappointed. I would recommend this product to anyone. My choice to buy this product was partly based on customer reviews I read. Thanks! ... Read more


50. Print Master Gold Version 16.0
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B0001ZJLD6
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Broderbund
Sales Rank: 2008
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Features

  • Sophisticated, easy-to-use program for creating personalized projects
  • Design greeting cards, newsletters, full stationery sets, or decorations
  • Access images, photos, headlines, logos, and more from one location
  • Full suite of photo editing tools; enhanced printing resolution
  • 100 free Paramount greeting cards with online registration

51. BizArt by Hemera
list price: $49.99
our price: $16.99
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Asin: B0000DB4BE
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Hemera Technologies
Sales Rank: 1656
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • It features over 56,000 high-quality, hand-picked images for creating the right look for your company
  • Draw from a library of over 11,000 stock photos that show businesses in action, just like yours
  • Create a professional image that gets attention, with over 15,000 Photo-Object images
  • Advanced vector clip art images add that dynamic, high-tech look to create the professional look for your business
  • Perfect for Websites, presentations, letterhead, even greeting cards

Reviews (1)

3-0 out of 5 stars Great beginning - but I wish for a bit more
As a freelance web designer/graphic artist I live in a perpetual state of stock photography desperation. I bought this BizArt package in the hopes that it would give me at least a starting point of business photography into which I could reach for those jobs that just don't warrant getting the expensive stuff from Getty or Corbis.

On one hand I love this set, on the other I don't. I confess I was hoping for more full-frame photos, even though I know Hemera is mostly known for its "photo objects". There are some, but not always enough of the type I've wanted. My other complaint is a lack of diversity. Most of the group shots of people are standard caucasian yuppy types. As someone who prefers to represent more diverse racial makeups in my designs, this was very limiting and disappointing. I have frequently had to resort to taking a person of another nationality out of one group and try to insert them into another - not a time-saver.

However I do use the clip photos provided here often as a good basis for other pieces. Not a set you want to rely on solely as your source of business photos, but a good starter for the price and a lot better than many cheaper sets I've seen around. ... Read more


52. Final Cut Express 2.0
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B00019TAZG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 725
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Plug in and go with your miniDV camcorder and FireWire
  • Non-destructive, non-linear editing--the freedom to edit like a pro
  • Transitions, filters, and effects with real-time previewing
  • Advanced titling, including Boris Calligraphy
  • In-canvas compositing with motion key frames

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Digital Video Editing Becomes My Passion
Storyboard to Final Cut Express

Final Cut Express Storyboard gives me a visual look at my movie. I control-click the Final Cut Express browser and choose large icon new. Then, I drag the clips into the order that I want them to be played. Next, I click on the projectÕs tab in the Browser and save it. Finally, I save the entire project.

Now to add my new storyboard to Final Cut Express sequences. Draw a marquee around the Storyboard clips. Next, I drag the clips from my Final Cut Express Browser to my Timeline and save the project. To protect them, I can lock them to make sure that they cannot be modified. I can lock and unlock them with the F4 key for video tracks and the F5 key for audio tracks.

Working with Final Cut Express

Creating titles and credits with Express is important. The key is the Video Generator. You can create synthesized clips that you superimpose over your existing video clips in the Final Cut Express Timeline.

For good-looking titles, you can use san serif fonts such as Arial, Futura, Gill Sans, Helvetica and Impact. I have found using bold, red or blue 30 point fonts effective for my titles.

You need to watch for the 20 percent factor. The 'Title Save Boundary' is 20 percent smaller than your television screen. To see the boundaries in Final Cut Express, go to View then to Show Title. Best to keep your titles within the safe zone.

Final Cut Express allows you to create rolling credits like the credits at the end of a movie. You can set the duration of your video clips plus set the in and out points for speed of the text and scrolls.

Pro Reaction

Final Cut Express is wonderful for making storyboards, titles, transitions and effects using software digital tools. Final Cut Express 2 supports up to 99 video and audio tracks. Express has various editing tools from Ripple editing, Razor Blade Tool, Pen Tool to Slip and Slide editing.

Express allows you to import iMovie projects. You can also import your Final Cut Express project to iDVD complete with special chapter marker. Express comes with an excellent hardcopy paper manual for learning how to use Final Cut Express 2. The manual is easy to follow without computer jargon.

Con Reaction

You have to work at learning how to use the Final Cut Express application. You have to spend the time to read and work with the Final Cut Express manual.

You cannot capture DV across time-code breaks. You cannot import your Final Cut Express project to iMovie or QuickTime with chapter markers and comments.

Final Remarks

Express is better than iMovie applications and gives you professional storyboard, title and video effects. ... Read more


53. Ahead Software NERO 6-THE ULTIMATE ALL-IN-ONE ( 00700 )

our price: $84.99
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Asin: B0007RB1KY
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Ahead Software
Sales Rank: 3882
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54. Calendar Creator Deluxe 10
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00009APGB
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Broderbund
Sales Rank: 558
Average Customer Review: 1.33 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Save your calendars in PDF format for easy printing and sharing
  • Organize and customize your images more easily with the Image Set Manager
  • Enhance your designs with 150,000+ premium images in every style and theme
  • Easily import data from Microsoft Outlook into your calendar layouts
  • Enjoy full compatibility with your Palm OS handheld organizer

Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars Hate it, Hate it, HATE IT!!!
This is by far the worst calendar program EVER! I absolutely abhor it. It is not at all user friendly. It randomly prints boxes where you didn't create them. The functionality to move calendar entries from one month to another doesn't exist...you have delete the entry and completely recreate. Unfortunately, I'm stuck with it because my boss likes the way it looks...too bad he doesn't have to struggle with it!

1-0 out of 5 stars Broderbund Ignores Customers
The Calendar Creator product is useless for all but the very lucky. The software appears to be impossible to install without customer support and there IS NO customer support. It has proven to be impossible getting any help at all from Broderbund either on-line or by phone. We have been trying for two months and have spent almost as much in long distance charges (all of it on hold) as we spent on the product. Steer Clear!

2-0 out of 5 stars Frustrating
In order to use this software it seems one would need to have a degree in graphic information technology and I'm not sure even that person would be able to use it. The company provides no support for persons having difficulty using the program and the "Help Center" is not structured in a useful manner. ... Read more


55. Adobe Creative Suites Premium 1.1 (Mac)
list price: $1,229.99
our price: $1,119.99
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Asin: B0000DBN4H
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 1007
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

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

Reviews (4)

2-0 out of 5 stars Don't forget to factor in manuals to the final price.
I grew up on Adobe products. They used to include great manuals and tutorials. Now I have paid more and received less. I am trying to learn how to use GoLive but the online manual doesn't make a whole lot of sense. How come a printed manual isn't included? Oh, I have to pay more for it? How come I seem to be paying for printing costs then? Customer support? To get real help I'll have to pay for it. I used Adobe Premiere for Mac but that product got abandoned. I will not buy another Adobe product until they either give more or charge less. If you are getting started with web design I would suggest going somewhere else. That being said... Illustrator and Photoshop are both still great products and the upgrades were easy for me to understand (probably because the last versions I had included a printed manual and tutorials). Let's face it, if it wasn't for OS X, I would have just stuck to the older versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, and PageMaker and bought Dreamweaver instead. Photoshop CS - Classroom in a Book = $45. Illustrator CS - Classroom in a Book = $31.50. GoLive CS - Classroom in a Book = $45. InDesign - Classroom in a Book = $45. Acrobat Pro - Classroom in a Book = $45. $211.50 in manuals right there. Its a good product but it keeps on costing you in time and money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent design software
No software is perfect, but Adobe comes as close to well designed, intuitive, user-friendly software as I have ever seen. Photoshop and Illustrator have always been the industry standards, and here they are both improved - particularly the digital photographer will be happy with the new photo filters in Photoshop CS, and the much improved file browser and the new filter gallery are also excellent additions. As far as publishing programs are concerned, InDesign is a greatly more intuitive program than Quark at a fraction of its cost, and because its pallets function much the same as in Photoshop and Illustrator, it is an easily acquired program if you are familiar with Adobe software.

I use these programs on a Mac OS X platform and for me they are very stable. I have had none of the crashing problems or tech support difficulties that another reviewer of the Adobe Creative Suite has had. For anyone using many design programs at once, enough RAM is always a requirement for smooth operation. But if you have enough RAM and a Mac platform, you should have no significant problems at all. PCs crash more by their nature because their operating system is not as stable as a Mac's, but still Adobe products are not only more intuitive than Microsoft's (for example), they also will crash far less on a PC than most other types of software (like Microsoft's).

Photoshop and Illustrator have always defined the state of the art for photo editing and raster graphic software respectively, and here Adobe is carrying on the tradition. InDesign looks as though it is fast replacing Quark in the publishing industry as well, so if you are a creative professional you will be more than happy in the end to own the Adobe Creative Suite. What else would you use?

1-0 out of 5 stars i used to like adobe...
...then i needed to contact their technical support because illustrator crashes when you try to label layers. they go out of their way to make it as difficult as possible. no email support. instead you have to ring an area code 206 number and wait until some overworked undertrained person tells you to reinstall the product or the operating system... very helpful. just like their software.

i'll look elsewhere the next time i look for an illustration package or a graphics editor. and i won't even bother discussing their inept page layout program.

4-0 out of 5 stars glad I got it
I just bought it off of AMazon a week ago (which is the lowest price for the full version I have been able to find so far) and IM glad I did. For new people to the software, you may wanna stay with your older version for a bit and just get used to it before shelling out the money, but if your serious about design and making your workflow work to the max for you, this new collection is a must. Tight integration and the help of the version Cue additional file managment software will help even the messiest designer keep thier files inline. If design is what you want to do, then theres no better package to get. Ive been using Photoshop for years and Illustrator and Indesign for a while now and this is defenitly an inovation in design.
I gave it 4 stars due to small problems I had installing the whole suite at once. I have never had the problem with anything else and it was frustrating. But after that its smooth saling. ... Read more


56. American Greetings Spiritual Expressions 7 (Jewel Case)
list price: $9.99
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Asin: B00006IS7Q
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Broderbund
Sales Rank: 1190
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Celebrate your faith with grace, imagination, and style
  • Create cards, banners, stickers--even entire Web sites
  • 4,800+ inspirational art images; 2,000+ project templates
  • Straightforward design tools and abundant help features
  • Complete your project using the new Finish Project button

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars Hated it!
Did not like the program or the graphics. Returned it! Recommend
Hallmark software or Microsoft Print It! for home publishing of cards, banners, etc. They are the best.

3-0 out of 5 stars a little upset
I had an older version. Bought this for an upgrade, found out there was no spell check. Loved the upgrades, hated no help with spelling.

5-0 out of 5 stars American Greetings Spiritual Expressions
Outstanding program! I hate figuring out how to do things and need a "no-brainer" program for address labels and business cards which I use to make all kinds of things for my Developmental Kindergartners. This is the easiest program I have ever used for that. They also have exceptional clip-art. Buy it! You'll love it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Expressions of Faith
This program is wonderful. I just updated to version 7 from an earlier version. The main thing that caught my attention was the ease in using the program. It's easy to move around in, make changes, more art work, and makes life easier when I need to make a card, certificates, banners, bookmarks, mini-cards. I have no desire to go looking for any other programs of this type. It blends well with my CreataCard version 7. I'm glad they came out with it. ... Read more


57. SUMMITSOFT 2500 TrueType Fonts ( Windows )

our price: $17.99
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Asin: B0001MMH9O
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Summitsoft
Sales Rank: 2125
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Features

  • Complete set of 2500 fonts for adding character to your writing and making it stand out
  • Maintain their sharpness at any size, with any application
  • Protect your system from accidental deletions and preserve all your favorite fonts
  • Easy-to-use one-click installation and advanced font management tools for creating great-looking documents

58. Video Explosion Deluxe
list price: $79.99
our price: $69.99
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Asin: B000066B44
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Nova Development
Sales Rank: 455
Average Customer Review: 3.73 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (15)

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing program, the most powerful I've ever used.
First off, this is a great program, I don't know what I would do without it. It is so easy to trim video to exactly what you want, and the preview window usually renders in real time to show you almost exactly how the finished product will look. VED accepts almost any kind of video file and can render to just about any other format. Unfortunately, the included separate DVD writing software is crap, however, I can render to very nice MPEG 2 video and then use software like Pinnacle Studio (Much better for DVD than editing) to turn the edited video into a great looking DVD in no time. As for the included content, it's really not very impressive, but I use my own music and sound effects collection anyway, and some of the included stock footage is pretty good. I was thrilled that version 1.5 added a third video track as well as chromakeying (AKA Green/Blue screen). Some features I would love to see in future releases include reverse video and audio, rendering to different aspect ratios, and high resolution rendering (maximum now is 800x600). Still, VED is an awesome program and I wouldn't trade it for anything else I've ever used. Good job Nova!

1-0 out of 5 stars Another video editor with A/V sync problem
I was hoping to get a video editor that does not have A/V sync problem that seems to plague all other video editors including Video Deluxe 2.0 and Pinnacle Studio 8.x. Unfortunately, this one has the same A/V sync issue if the video being rendored has lots of motion and scene transition. If the video has lots of transitions, the audio and video will lose sync and many video frames will be dropped (this is during the rendering phase which is NOT done in real time). This makes the software useless for me.

3-0 out of 5 stars Navagation proves difficult.
Ok I have this program & have installed it & uninstalled it a number of times on my computer. I love all the cool effects it has, but I have had problems actaully trying ot use them!! I LOVE WMM2 & have found that VERY easy to navigate, but it doesnt have nearly the amt of cool effects as this does! If someone could help me out, I'd appreciate it!
I would love to continue making more BTVS videos, & hopefully get my $$'s worth out of this software!

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome video editing software
This software rules! I've wasted money on MGI Videowave, and Ulead Videostudio, but Video Explosion is better than all of these. It's incredibly easy to start making movies. I like the ability to use slow/fast motion in my videos, as lots of my video includes jumping off cliffs, surfing, stuff like that. You can choose what format to create your movies in, so its easy to make a short clip for an email, or a medium-quality movie for a CD-ROM, or a high quality DVD. I use a digital video camera, with a firewire (IEEE) cable to transfer video, and the end movie is just as clear as when I play it on TV directly from the camera. Its true that this software doesn't include a good DVD burning program, but I've been using 'Sonic My DVD', which came free with my Dell computer and it works great. All my family and friends think I should go into professional video production, but they don't understand how easy it really is. I haven't even begun to use all the sounds and short video clips that came with the software. If you're trying to edit home movies from a camcorder, then buy this software, you won't regret it!

1-0 out of 5 stars Make your videos into DVDs....NOT!
If you are looking for a video editing software that is both powerful and easy to learn look no further. I have used Videowave, Pinnacle, and Showbiz all of which have their inherent problems mostly associated with causing my 2.8 gig AMD processor running MS XP Pro to crash repeatedly.

On the other hand if you desire to make DVD disks of your production avoid this program like week old sushi. The included obsolete version of MyDVD can't read the native Video Explosion files requiring an additional rendering and resultant resolution loss, that is when it even works. This is a monumental mistake for Nova Development the makers of Video Explosion. I predict this omission will soon prove fatal to an otherwise superior product.

Nova Development are you listening? Provide us with the ability easily to burn a DVD directly from the editing screen without resorting to the obsolete unworkable second party add on. Until this "oversight" is rectified I am recommending Pinnacle Studio. My quest for a workable video editing program will continue,... stay tuned. ... Read more


59. 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


60. 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


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