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    1. Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger
    $197.99 $180.00 list($199.99)
    2. Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger Family Pack
    $129.99 list($149.99)
    3. Microsoft Office Standard Student
    Too low to display list($699.00)
    4. Apple Final Cut Studio Upgrade
    $292.99 list($329.00)
    5. Rosetta Stone Spanish Level 1
    $344.99 $259.99 list($399.99)
    6. Microsoft Office 2004 Standard
    Too low to display $52.35 list($79.99)
    7. Apple iLife '05 (Mac)
    $544.99 list($549.00)
    8. Adobe Creative Suite Premium CS2
    $739.99 list($749.00)
    9. Adobe Creative Suite Premium CS2
    Too low to display list($1,299.00)
    10. Apple Final Cut Studio (Mac DVD)
    $1,144.99 $1,049.99 list($1,299.95)
    11. Adobe Creative Suite Premium CS2
    $292.99 $290.00 list($329.00)
    12. Rosetta Stone French Level 1 &
    $199.99 $149.00 list($289.99)
    13. Final Draft 7
    $247.99 list($299.95)
    14. QuickBooks Pro 2005 for Mac
    $89.99 $74.99
    15. Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 (Mac)
    $869.99 list($899.00)
    16. Adobe Creative Suite Standard
    $437.99 list($499.99)
    17. Microsoft Office 2004 Professional
    $49.99
    18. The Sims 2 (Mac)
    $292.99 $284.95 list($329.00)
    19. Rosetta Stone German Level 1 &
    $79.99 $14.95 list($99.99)
    20. Toast 6 Titanium

    1. Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger
    list price: $129.99
    our price: $129.99
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    Asin: B0002G71T0
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Apple Computer
    Sales Rank: 552
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    Features

    • Surf, receive RSS news-feeds, personalize content, and view Web pages in 1 place
    • Safari RSS consolidates most recent news and info from the Web
    • iChat AV multi-way video and audio conferencing with a stunning 3D interface
    • Open and close Dashboard instantly using function key to access Widget mini-applications
    • Automate manual, repetitive, and batch tasks with point-and-click simplicity

    2. Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger Family Pack - 5 Client [DVD]
    list price: $199.99
    our price: $197.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007LW1MW
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Apple Computer
    Sales Rank: 3
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Mac OS X Tiger Family Pack, Version 10.4 ... Read more

    Features

    • Safari RSS technology that delivers the latest news, information and articles from thousands of web sites in one simple-to-read, searchable article list right to your Mac.
    • The latest iChat AV delivering multi-way video and audio conferencing with true-to-life picture and sound quality.
    • Revolutionary Spotlight technology that lets you search every corner of your Mac instantly: files, emails, contacts, images, movies, calendars and applications. Even save results as Smart Folders that update automatically.
    • A set of nifty, beautifully designed mini-applications called widgets for checking stocks and weather, looking up phone numbers, performing calculations, finding dictionary definitions and more — with one click right from your personal Dashboard.
    • A personal Automator assistant for automating all of your time-consuming, repetitive manual tasks efficiently and effortlessly. It's simple to create custom Workflows just by dragging items, pointing and clicking.

    Reviews (14)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Well done Apple!
    Although the installation was a tad shaky, Tiger runs beautifully on my Mac Mini 1.42 GHz 512 meg.I am completely in love with Dashboard- new widgets come out every day, and although they aren't all useful, they are all a lot of fun to use.I have yet to use every feature, but I do recommend Tiger.It is a wonderful upgrade from Panther, and has a lot of room to grow.Apple, I salute you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars multi camera ichat not avalible for powerbooks
    With the new version of tiger, unless you have a dual driver, multi camera isight is not possible at all.WHAT A DOWNER. just to let you know if thats a big reason you are buying it.

    1-0 out of 5 stars ordered april 29th-still no spoftware
    How can Amazon claim immediate shipping when I have been waiting 2 weeks?

    4-0 out of 5 stars No Tiger in sight...
    I placed my order April 12th; it is now May 9th and Amazon says my estimated ship date is May 5th (free shipping of course) also I don't see the reference to the $50 coupon for the 5 user version - the coupon requires order placement (not shipping) before 5/31 so I bet all more profitable orders will go out first... I'm not in a rush but this (shipping delay) is still frustrating.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Seamless update, great features, minor problems
    I bought the "Family Pack" and so far have installed on two computers -- a 12-inch laptop and a 5-year-old G4.The new system is quite impressive -- I'm very happy with Dashboard already, and this can only become more useful as people come out with more Widgets.Spotlight caused a slowdown for about the first hour after install, as it indexed my hard drives, but this appears to be a one-time issue.Spotlight is amazingly fast at finding information, and the "Smart folders" in Finder will no doubt prove useful in ways I haven't thought of yet.

    The only issue I've noticed with the update is that Windows network printing appears to be messed up -- a trip to the Apple discussion boards confirmed that a good number of other people are having the same issues.Thus, if you need to print to a Windows-connected printer on a network, you may want to wait for 10.4.1 or so -- Apple no doubt has a bugfix in the works.

    Overall I was very impressed with this new OS.I started on OS 10.1; 10.2 was a good update; 10.3 was probably not worth the price as an update.10.4 is unhesitatingly worth checking out. ... Read more


    3. Microsoft Office Standard Student and Teacher Edition 2004 Macintosh
    list price: $149.99
    our price: $129.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001WN16M
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 26
    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • A productivity suite with a host of ground-breaking new features
    • Full versions of the leading productivity applications from Microsoft
    • Easily share ideas across platforms and around the globe
    • Confidently create stunning documents with impressive new tools
    • Spend less time managing info and more time using it

    Reviews (9)

    5-0 out of 5 stars I am impressed.
    I am surprised to find myself impressed with a Microsoft product. I vowed I never would be, but I have to admit that the Macintosh Business Unit of Microsoft has truly released a must have product. I bought the upgrade as soon as it came out and so far it has only crashed once (while doing an import into Excel). If you have Office v.X then I doubt it's really worth an upgrade. Unless you see one of the new features as a must have v.X will work well for quite a while. However, if you use another product I must impress upon you how wonderful this suite actually is. The new project center in Entourage is very handy if you have problems with keeping files together and the new notebook view in Word is especially useful if you often take notes in meetings. Presenter Tool's in PowerPoint is also a great feature. Messenger is useless, but you already have iChat so you don't even have to bother with it. I have found that all of the applications feel more "Mac-like" with a more appealing interface. While a completely Apple built suite would win me over, I doubt I would be satisfied with any other companies product. If you are in a business or academic environment, then this product is a must have. So, while I think that all of the rest of Microsoft's products put together are worth about $5, this is simply a must-have product unless you already have v.X.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Another "perl" from Micro$oft
    Well, this much phrased "office" is another ugly buggy full of crap Microsoft "product". It consistently crashes, It uses some idiotic algorithm for tracking grammar that makes it HORRIBLY slow. Removed this garbage from my computer and use Nisus. Much more convenient program and by far more reliable. If you need the REAL grammar checking take Grammarian! It is the real stuff!
    I maintain the policy "NO MICROSOFT PRODUCTS ON MY COMPUTERS". I ignore them completely and I have no viruses, no security issues, I don't have to deal with zillion buttons etc. Let me put it this way: you have wonderful Apple box, what is the reason to put this PC garbage on it? Enjoy the real software, good programs and creative mood!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Basically a waste of money
    I thought the previous version looks better and even works better. I noticed only very few minor changes that didn't make this one better for me. But may be it's just me...:)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Upgrade
    Don't get me wrong, I enjoy bashing Microsoft with the best of them, and I think most "upgrades" from Redmond are a waste of money at this point, but Office 2004 for the Mac is not one of those cases.

    It is simply a must have upgrade.

    What I love about the new upgrade:

    1. Long file names
    2. Better change/edit management
    3. Lots of new features in PowerPoint (although Keynote still looks better displayed)
    4. Much cleaner interface

    I'll give credit where credit is due. This is a fantastic update, one I am glad I paid for.

    Only one beef, to be balanced, is MS should work on speeding up the apps in the .1 release.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Work around for EndNote incompatibility...
    If you have the previous version of Word (from Office v.X), you can continue to use that version of Word to insert citations from EndNote, while using the rest of the new suite (including Word 2004) for everything else.
    It is possible to have Word v.X and Word 2004 installed at the same time. The only stipulation is that you can't have both versions launched & running at the same time. ... Read more


    4. Apple Final Cut Studio Upgrade from Final Cut Pro (Mac DVD)
    list price: $699.00
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0009319NK
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Apple Computer
    Sales Rank: 178
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    Features

    • Edit with Final Cut Pro—The scalability, performance, and workflow of Final Cut Pro make it the first choice of professional editors everywhere.
    • Create Audio with Soundtrack Pro—Soundtrack Pro revolutionizes the way audio and video professionals edit and design sound.
    • Make motion graphics with Motion—Apple's real-time motion graphics software Motion is the easiest way for artists and editors to animate text, movies, and graphics.
    • DVD Studio Pro—From DVD dailies to highly interactive commercial titles, DVD Studio Pro is the easiest and most popular way for professionals to author SD and HD DVDs.

    5. Rosetta Stone Spanish Level 1 & 2 Personal Edition (Latin America)
    list price: $329.00
    our price: $292.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000077DD8
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Fairfield Language Technologies
    Sales Rank: 236
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Learn a new language with the award-winning method used by the U.S. State Department to train diplomats. Proven effective by NASA astronauts, Peace Corps volunteers, and millions of students worldwide, the Rosetta Stone Language Library teaches new languages faster and easier than ever before.

    We all learn our childhood language by associating new words and phrases with the world around us. The Rosetta Stone method replicates this process by presenting vivid, real-life images to convey the meaning of each new phrase. Instead of translating, memorizing, and studying rules of grammar, you actually learn to think in the new language. Vocabulary and grammar are integrated systematically, leading to everyday proficiency.

    This comprehensive program provides up to 550 hours of mastery instruction in listening comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking. Systematic structure teaches vocabulary and grammar naturally, without lists and drills. Previews, exercises, and tests accompany every lesson, with automated tutorials throughout the program. Graphical speech recognition displays your voiceprint and compares it with native speakers to help improve your pronunciation. (Ages 6 and older) ... Read more

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars I needed the Rosetta Stone in high school!
    This is an amazing product! I have to preface my comments by stating my biases-I think the best way to learn a language is through immersion lessons in that country (this is how I learned Czech). If that's not possible, then the next best way is with intensive lessons with a great teacher (I don't have a Spanish tutor yet, but I'm going to get one). But for those of us who want to study Spanish on our own every day (I do one lesson a day, which takes me about two hours), the Rosetta Stone is awesome. I've never used any other language software, so I don't know if there are other great programs on the market that are this good, but I doubt it.

    Why is this product so awesome? It's intuitive, fun (isn't that half the battle in learning a language?), interactive, and comprehensive. I'd describe the method as similar to the Berlitz language school method in that you start the lesson and great looking pictures come up on the screen with the words that match each picture (the obvious difference being that the Rosetta Stone does this with great graphics on your PC versus a Berlitz teacher using a picture book). Then the words are spoken so you intuitively learn by making these connections (you need a good headset).

    After you learn the words the lesson goes through the same words, but in 4 different exercises (Listening, Reading, Speaking, & Writing). Over time the words build up to phrases and then to sentences. I really like the creative way the lessons teach each activity while repeating the words/phrases you're learning in a way that's not boring.

    The other thing I'd say is these lessons are fun, which means I'm highly motivated to keep learning (I actually look forward to doing my lessons every day!). I wish the Rosetta Stone had a Czech version when I learned that language because it would've changed my experience from being a grind to being enjoyable.

    I should mention there are a couple of things that annoy me about the software (in the Writing exercise there's not an Auto-scroll function for 2 of the parts, so you have to click on the next picture to advance; also, there's not an easy way to tell what exercises you've completed in the lesson, so I have to write down what I've finished when I take breaks). Although I'd like to see these improvements made, they are relatively trivial compared to the overall brilliance of this product.

    But back to the positives, I've also noticed how mentally exhausted I've been since I started using this program. I had the same feeling the first couple of weeks when I started learning Czech intensively, so this is a good sign my brain is really being stretched by this software.

    Lastly, the Rosetta Stone is very interactive because you have to click on the correct pictures/text or type in the correct spelling as you do the exercises. So, it's easy to stay engaged as you're learning, versus feeling being bored by reading some grammar lesson from a textbook or wasting your time making dull flash cards.

    Based on the excellent progress I've had so far, I'm going to buy either the Italian or French versions from Rosetta Stone next, since for the first time in my life I'm having a blast learning a language and I'm progressing faster than I thought was possible.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great software but has room for improvement.
    The only thing I don't like about this program is that the method does not take into account the fact that people who try to learn another language have amassed a great deal of knowledge before they embark on a new language journey. For example, in my case my thought process is very much efficient if things are explained not only in pictures but also in textual form, particularly the English language. For this reason, the course should have considered the mother tongue of different people, to make the learning process a lot easier and faster. In my case, to overcome this handicap, I downloaded the PDF text file of the English Level 1 and 2 from the Rosetta Stone website to help me grasp words and phrases that are not adequately conveyed by the visual choices of the program. The English version is not the mirror of the Spanish lessons, but it is a great help when one is lost in the occasional inadequacy of the visual examples of the program. An optional translation of the lessons, by way of one toggle switch in the interface, would have been perfect. With the proliferation of MP3 capable CD players in car stereos and other portable devices, Rosetta Stone should also squeeze all the audio lessons contained in its language disks in just one disk (I am very sure this is possible if done in MP3 format), thereby extending the learning process to the car or somewhere when the learner is simply far from the desktop.

    Despite the above, I rate this product as a 5 star, because in less than 3 months of intensive use it helped me attain a very high level of proficiency, which even my Spanish speaking officemates are simply amazed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Learning A Language With Success
    There is no better program we've found than this. Though skeptical at the onset, we made the purchase. An airport sign advertised promises that seemed unbelievable. Yet months later and through interesting lessons, we've grown much in our knowledge of Spanish grammar and context. Give this one a shot, it doesn't disappoint! ... Read more


    6. Microsoft Office 2004 Standard (Mac)
    list price: $399.99
    our price: $344.99
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    Asin: B0001WN0M2
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 334
    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • A productivity suite with a host of ground-breaking new features
    • Access e-mail, documents, contacts, and more from one central location
    • Take notes, flag information, and record audio directly into documents
    • Convenient Excel page-layout view and PowerPoint presenter tools
    • Improved junk e-mail protection

    Reviews (2)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Wow.
    Wow. I said this one word when I started working with Microsoft's latest revision to their suite of software, Office 2004.

    Wow. I also remember saying this when I say the gigantic headed Bill Gates up on the video screen behind Steve Jobs a few years ago when Apple and Microsoft agreed to play nice. (OK, there was more to it than just "play nice," but as usual, I digress.)

    I do really like Office 2004. I like what I can do better with it. And, there is now also an envy factor. Not only do I have a better operating system at home than at work (my employer is still stuck in XP-land), but I now have a better Office software suite.

    Allow me to tell you that I have been an Microsoft Office user for a few years, on both Windows and Mac OS 9. I was very happy with having Office X work so well on cross-platform work (when I travel without my Powerbook, I carry my USB thumb-drive and Office documents are quickly interchanged across operating systems.)

    So, I have been very pleased with this latest version of Office. The 2004 suite installs very smoothly (I recommend following the install program, but you can drag-n-drop the entire suite also.)

    I won't go into great detail about many of the different features (many Mac websites and magazines are filled with the current buzz about Office) but I will mention some high points and a few quirks.

    I loved Project Center. This made Entourage a win for me. Prior to this, I had Office X, but I used Apple's Mail exclusively. Now, I use both (I'll mention this in one of my reviewed quirks below.) The ability to organize, track, and group all my electronic work together (emails, documents, spreadsheets, presentations, contacts, calendars ...) has been very useful. Plus I like the reorganized Entourage viewing panel for reading emails (the email opens and can be viewed to the right of the screen, rather than the traditional top and bottom view.)

    Plus I really liked Word's updates in two key areas: Notebook layout and the formatting palette's transparency. The notebook layout helps me to take notes smoothly during presentations. Plus, it has a sound recording option. This was really neat. At a recent User Group meeting on databases, I sat and took notes during the presentation, and recorded the presenter's voice. During playback (90 minutes for about 8 megabytes), my notes are marked to the side by where in the presentation the recorded voice is currently. I'm almost willing to go back to college with this tool! But I can see where it will be useful in my current day to day work also. (I have a colander for a memory retention device, and I'm always taking notes in some form or another.)

    Plus, I like the new feature of the formatting palette. When idle (maybe 10 seconds, if I counted), the palette allows the window below to show through, so that I can read my stuff a whole lot easier. Formatting for output is easier with this palette.

    I use Excel, and I like it as a simple database. But I didn't see any really killer upgrades (but then I'm not a power user in the Excel world.) I do like how the charts and diagrams seem a whole lot easier now.

    I've been a PowerPoint fan for quite a while now. But Apple's Keynote took away most of PowerPoint's thunder with its release. In 2004, PowerPoint fires back and wins back some issues on "Gee-whiz" tricks of animation and preview. The little addition of a timer makes the preview ability (the presentation on a separate screen/projector and the preview screen on your laptop) a key issue for the combination of making smooth and organized presentations. There are a whole new bunch of animation transitions and tricks. But, Keynote still wins in slide transition (the cube transform in PowerPoint falls flat.)

    With this segue, I'll mention some of the downsides to Office 2004 which I experienced. In setting up Entourage, I brought over both an IMAP account (my .mac address) and a POP account (another email address). The IMAP works well enough, but I am used to "seeing" the email the Apple Mail way, and it took me a while to get used to seeing my .mac emails not move around as easily in filing (I'd have to copy the email somewhere, then delete it from the IMAP inbox. And my POP account (which worked so easily in Mail), never did get set up. I'm not smart enough to figure it out yet, so I still use Mail. And if Apple gives Mail a revision with at least an option to view emails from the side, rather then from above, I might switch back. All I know is that I like Entourage, but I don't really like it.

    And, I encountered a series of application failures in PowerPoint when building a presentation for this review. Every one seemed somehow related to slide animations, but I couldn't see any one issue. For every one, I allowed the program to send its report to Microsoft with some hopes that this might get resolved.

    And now, I'll finish by letting you know that Mom always said if I had nothing nice to say, that I ought not say anything at all. I have gotten in trouble with not listening to my Mom before. So with that, I offer my review of MSN Messenger: iChat Rules! But if you want full functionality of Entourage, load Messenger, but don't run it. With it installed, Entourage will let you preview emails when you are running other applications in the foreground (definitely useful feature.)

    Lastly, as mentioned at the beginning, I use different Office versions, and I move documents around routinely to others. This Office version has one other neat trick -- a compatibility report. I can check my 2004 documents for compatibility with other versions to see what items might not work well. This is a nice simple feature, and I see this helping me out some also.

    2-0 out of 5 stars That's all ????
    As a user of v.X, I was looking forward to this. Well, as much
    as anyone looks forward to new MS software. Maybe a root canal would
    be more fun.

    I just don't see it. They want me to cough up $350 for a some really minor
    feature additions? Even on the MS webpage, they have a hard time finding
    more than 1-2 bullet 'enhancements' for each component. And I'd have
    to believe that NoteTaker or NoteBook is a better application than whatever
    MS's v1 of their Notebook facility is. And don't forget the all important Messenger
    integration :(

    Very disappointed. ... Read more


    7. Apple iLife '05 (Mac)
    list price: $79.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007GCZ46
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Apple Computer
    Sales Rank: 6
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    iLife '05 ... Read more

    Features

    • Easily perform, record, and create music with GarageBand
    • Fun-to-use suite of tightly integrated creative tools
    • Import, organize, edit, and share digital photos with iPhoto
    • iMovie HD quickly turns home video into home cinema
    • Create Hollywood-style DVDs with iDVD; iTunes digital jukebox

    Reviews (13)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Need a Different Operating System
    Amazon clearly says OS X.I have 10.2.8.I can't install ilife5.There should be a bold face warning that you need Panther or Tiger to install.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Working with iMovie HD
    `Established' Shot and Location

    In the Timeline, I set the order of my Clip Panes with the first being the important `Established' shot. Clips are pieces of movie footage that you rearrange into your movie for storytelling. Later, I add a movie title that answers the questions of  when and where the movie was filmed. You will find that location and date anchor the movie for your viewing audience.

    Major Editing in Post Production

    I change the Preference to Clip Panes shelf when I do the major editing of my movie. Next, I split my movie clips into several new clips and drag them to the Clip Panes shelf for later editing.

    Most of my movie clips need slitting (Command `T') to remove poor movie footage such as shaky hand-held camcorder shooting. The Post Production editing is the most time- consuming. I find that a ratio of one minute of movie footage is equal to one hour of editing time. This includes selecting the proper music, editing the sound and enhancing the video.

    Analog Signals into Digital Signals

    An analog-to-digital converter, or ADC as it is more commonly called, is a device that converts analog signals into digital signals. Computers, which handle data in digital form, require analog-to-digital converters to turn signals from analog to digital before it can be read.

    Could I convert my VCR cassette`s Analog Signals into Digital Signals?

    According to the Canon ZR60 camcorder's manual, the answer was negative for traditional replacing of existing scenes for the AV insert. Taking my roundabout approach, I worked at importing film footage from my RIC master VCR tape from my Rhode Island College Video project from 1992 using iMovie HD. My Canon ZR60 camcorder manual hinted at the solution for importing the VCR's analog video and sound.

    How did I connect the devices? I used my ST-250N Stereo Video cable supplied with my Canon ZR60 camcorder and connected it to the VCR's video and sound ports.

    I experimented with iMovie HD to solve the problem. My Canon ZR60 captured the master VCR tape footage after I set the camera to AC-In mode. Next, I reverse the book instructions from David Pogue's "iMovie 4 & iDVD, the Missing Manual" to make it work.

    I chose File to Share (Shift-Command-E) then I clicked on the "Videocamera" icon. The instructions said, `Record your movie to a tape in your videocamera. This operation may take several minutes to complete.' Next, I changed the wait time to a maximum of 59 seconds for camera to get ready. Finally, I changed the Add time to 59 seconds of black before and to end the movie.

    By using this method, I could capture 59 seconds of my RIC public speaking instruction master VCR tape to my MiniDV digital video cassette in my Canon ZR60 camcorder. Importing the entire RIC master VCR tape was 10 minutes and I had to stop and start 10 times bringing in the VCR film footage.

    Note: This will not work with Copy Protected videos for editing videos.

    The quality from analog to digital tape was quite good. A commercial Analog Signals into Digital Signals converter sells for $500 to $900 retail. Therefore, the effort was worth it for this project.

    Final Notes

    I find the iMovie HD program one of the best iMovies program series. iMovie HD worked well with some of my old iMovies 4 footage and enhanced my previous low-light film footage when transported and burned in iDVD 5 program.



    4-0 out of 5 stars Great upgrade, but...
    All I wanted to do was create a DVD for my brother.IMovie is decent.It has a few minor quirks to it.The amount of time for title slides has a max of 4 seconds.All of my slides are 4 seconds.Anything else seems too short and amateurish.It had a problem importing MGEP 1 movies.I had to go through a convoluted process to get the movie into place.Even then, the first .5 seconds of the audio was missing...due to the conversion process.This is not Apple fault, except they should be able to import those movies.all other formats works fine.

    I found iDVD to have major quirks.First, the audio was 1 second behind the video on the DVD.Then the audio kept advancing forward, make it ouf of sync, more and more as the movie played on.Then the movie would stop the audio at the first sound effect i placed in a text slide.This was extremely frustrating.I thought it was supposed to be easy!?

    iDVD just takes a movie, renders it, and burns it to a DVD with some selection screens.How hard is that?I ended up remaking one of my iMovie projects three time before it finally came out.The other project, well, I had to extract the audio so that it would be on the DVD (except the first and last video).Lastly, the final chapter (movie marker) pointed to the start of the movie.

    I like Garageband, it's easy but not a powerful tool like Logic.
    ITunes, well, it's iTunes!It is definitive.
    iPhoto is awesome.It still feels like it is just feature creeping, for better or worse.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Sometimes it doesn't just work.
    iLife '05is supposed to support RAW image processing (see product description above) for photos in iPhoto.The surprise is that although my Canon camera is supported, it's RAW image format is not, rendering iPhoto useless for most of my photographs.This was unexpected as third party companies have image conversion software that manages to do this with little problem.I know there are many RAW image formats, but it's the job of good technology to simplify a complex environment.

    I'm new to Apple products and very pleased overall since we purchased the imac G5.It seems like in most cases "it just works" describes their system well, but in this case, I guess we needed to read the "fine print".

    I also noticed that it is still not possible to record anything on GarageBand with the iSight's (Apples webcam/microphone).Apparently there is some type of software/hardware incompatibility.Expected in Windows machines, (fortunately) unusual in Apple products.Not a major issue for most, but the incompatibility of Apple hardware and software is still an unwelcome surprise.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The iPhoto alone is worth the price
    All of the improvements are great. I was editing a video for a presentation when my order arrived. There was a transition that I simply could not get the old iMovie to do. I installed the new iLife and told it to make the same transition in the film and it worked perfectly. I don't know why or how but I was sold five minutes after the box arrived.
    I still think iPhoto is the best improvement however. I really like the scrollable photo index when looking at a picture in edit mode. I also like the ability to eject the camera from within iPhoto(I sometimes forgot to do this before.)And the one-touch red-eye correction is nice too.
    Also I like the new themes for iDVD. The movie I was editing ended up getting one of the new themes instead of the old theme I had originally picked and I was very pleased with the end result. The presentation was a big success. ... Read more


    8. Adobe Creative Suite Premium CS2 Upgrade (Mac)
    list price: $549.00
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    Asin: B00080DPHM
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Adobe
    Sales Rank: 362
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    Adobe Creative Suites Premium 2.0, Upgrade ... Read more


    9. Adobe Creative Suite Premium CS2 Upgrade (Mac) from PhotoShop [Any Version]
    list price: $749.00
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    Asin: B00080DPMC
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Adobe
    Sales Rank: 282
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    Product Description

    The complete design environment for print Web and mobile publishing.Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium software is a unified design environment that combines full new versions of Adobe Photoshop CS2 Illustrator CS2 InDesign CS2 GoLive CS2 and Acrobat 7.0 Professional software with new Version Cue CS2 Adobe Bridge and Adobe Stock Photos. Delivering the next level of integration in creative software Adobe Creative Suite 2 enables you to realize your ideas anywhere -- in print on the Web or on mobile devices.To install this upgrade successfully you will need a licensed version of Adobe Photoshop CS or Photoshop 7.0 or earlier on the same platform as this purchase. Each upsell sku has the full installer for the new products and only an upgrade for the qualifying product. User will have to have an existing copy of the qualifying product installed for the upgrade portion of the program to install.-- NEW FEATURES --* Image editing with Adobe Photoshop CS2 - Revolutionary Vanishing Point Achieve amazing results in a fraction of the time with thegroundbreaking Vanishing Point which lets you clone brush and pasteelements that automatically match the perspective of any image area. - Multiple layer control Select and move group transform and warp objects more intuitivelyby clicking and dragging directly on the canvas. Easily align objectswith Smart Guides. - Smart Objects Perform nondestructive scaling rotating and warping of raster andvector graphics with Smart Objects. Even preserve the editability ofhigh-resolution vector data from Adobe Illustrator software. - Multi-image digital camera raw file processing Accelerate your raw file workflow with simultaneous processing ofmultiple images while you continue working. Import images into yourchoice of formats including Digital Negative (DNG); enjoy automaticadjustments to exposure shadows and brightness and contrast; andmuch more. - Image Warp Easily create packaging mock-ups or other dimensional effects by... ... Read more


    10. Apple Final Cut Studio (Mac DVD) [Final Cut 5, Motion 2, DVD Studio Pro 4, Soundtrack Pro]
    list price: $1,299.00
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    Asin: B0009319Q2
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Apple Computer
    Sales Rank: 226
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    Features

    • Edit with Final Cut Pro—The scalability, performance, and workflow of Final Cut Pro make it the first choice of professional editors everywhere.
    • Create Audio with Soundtrack Pro—Soundtrack Pro revolutionizes the way audio and video professionals edit and design sound.
    • Make motion graphics with Motion—Apple's real-time motion graphics software Motion is the easiest way for artists and editors to animate text, movies, and graphics.
    • DVD Studio Pro—From DVD dailies to highly interactive commercial titles, DVD Studio Pro is the easiest and most popular way for professionals to author SD and HD DVDs.

    11. Adobe Creative Suite Premium CS2 (Mac)
    list price: $1,299.95
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    Asin: B00080DOXW
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Adobe
    Sales Rank: 1204
    Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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    Adobe Creative Suites Premium 2.0 ... Read more

    Reviews (1)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Installation Issue
    I received my CS2 yesterday and ended up spending over three hours on the phone with Adobe with installation issue and another 45 minutes this morning trying to get my free gift to no avail. Beware of what they tell you re: free gift! If you can't install the software and register THROUGH the software, you won't get your gift. It's a catch 22 - you can't register through the software if you can't install it, you can't get tech support if your product is not registered, so you register on the phone and NO gift!


    Here is what happened:


    Insert CD, double click on installer, prompted for password, then it quit with Apple's message "the ... has unexpectedly quit . . . "


    Tried a few things using Adobe.com support knowledgebase. When trying to install on a different computer yielded the same issue, I called Adobe customer service.


    Took a half hour before getting the product "almost" registered, then got transferred to tech support by mistake and they couldn't help me since my product was NOT registered.


    Had to call back and did the registration thing all over again and was ASSURED that they could still send the email out for the free gift if I were to register on the phone (which was a lie I was told today). Another 30-45 minutes.


    Another 20 minutes with some third party person (apparently Adobe does that BEFORE allowing you to talk to tech support to "weed" out the callers, great customer service, huh?). I finally spoke with a tech support guy who in turn was reading everything I already read online. He suggested that I copied the discs onto my desktop and intall from there.


    Another 30 minutes of copying disk image, the installation failed the exact same way.


    Had to talk to another third party person to get through to tech support. 10 minutes.


    FINALLY someone who was knowledgeable who walked me through step-by-step on how to enable root user in Netinfo Mgr and the installation was successful!


    No email on the free gift. 45 minutes with another Adobe customer service guy resulted in "we are sorry but the other agent was mistaken, there is nothing we can do for you regarding your free gift."


    I started using Adobe products with Ilustrator 1.0 in 1987, have been a loyal customer and have switched from Quark to InDesign. BUT this experience made me sad that it is acquiring Macromedia. Now I have to deal with Adobe on my Flash and Dreamweaver products too!


    I still love the products but Adobe's customer service and policy leave you wondering if it has gotten too big for its own good. ... Read more


    12. Rosetta Stone French Level 1 & 2 Personal Edition
    list price: $329.00
    our price: $292.99
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    Asin: B000077DD2
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Fairfield Language Technologies
    Sales Rank: 412
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Learn a new language with the award-winning method used by the U.S. State Department to train diplomats. Proven effective by NASA astronauts, Peace Corps volunteers, and millions of students worldwide, the Rosetta Stone Language Library teaches new languages faster and easier than ever before.

    We all learn our childhood language by associating new words and phrases with the world around us. The Rosetta Stone method replicates this process by presenting vivid, real-life images to convey the meaning of each new phrase. Instead of translating, memorizing, and studying rules of grammar, you actually learn to think in the new language. Vocabulary and grammar are integrated systematically, leading to everyday proficiency.

    This comprehensive program provides up to 550 hours of mastery instruction in listening comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking. Systematic structure teaches vocabulary and grammar naturally, without lists or drills. Previews, exercises, and tests accompany every lesson, and there are automated tutorials throughout the program. Graphical speech recognition displays your voiceprint and compares it with the native speaker to help improve your pronunciation. (Ages 6 and older) ... Read more

    Reviews (4)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Blows the competition out of the water!
    Nothing I've seen comes close to this program. It's an entirely different level. But do yourself a favor before shelling out the $300. Go to the rosettastone.com web page and ask for a demo cd. They'll send you a sample with every language they offer included. It gives you a very good sense of what it's all about.

    5-0 out of 5 stars English speaking son in law
    Hi,

    I bought this program because I am married to a French Canadian and we never taught our kids to speak french. The last visit we had with her parents was the straw that broke the camels back for me, so I did a little research, saw that this program was used by NASA, the State Department and the Peace Corps and decided to go ahead and spend more on any one piece of software than I have ever spent before. I couldn't be happier!
    I told the kids, (16 and 14) that I wasn't going to make them use it, it was up to them. Granted, they are probably a little more motivated than most, but the program is fun. I speak a little french, but it is always me translating everything in my head, this program works completely differently than any other that I have ever heard of. There is no english at all, and as you go through you find yourself not translating as much but just answering the questions. Other reviewers have done a better job than I ever will, but my 14 year old figured out the first lesson the first day, and he has never had any french at all. I cannot say enough about it, and if it is the price that is holding you back, all I can say is what is it worth to you to learn french, to learn it faster than you probably could otherwise and to have fun as you are doing it? For me it would be a bargain at twice the price.

    Thanks

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent learning method!
    I have, in the past,purchased every kind of "Learn French" product on the market.Some were good;others lacked real content;some were frankly boring; or some assumed too much about the beginning student.However,the Rosetta Stone method surpasses all of them.In the two days I have been using it,I have learned,and more importantly, retained everything I have studied so far.This is not to say it is easy..but the new words and phrases that are introduced to you make you think and visualize,not just repeat over and over the same phrases/words until you are blind with boredom.Each level includes four different methods of learning,and all of them together equal perfection.When I can comfortably speak/read French on my own,I think I will pursue learning another language..because these programs are so complete and well presented.
    I can't recommend this product enough!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fun to use, very extensive
    The Rosetta Stone language learning system is based on the idea that foreign languages should be learned the same way as children learn their very first language - not by learning words isolated from their content and later putting them into sentences using painfully learned grammar rules, but by direct association of words and sentences with visual images. The Rosetta Stone contains no instructions in your mother tongue. If you bought German, the program communicates with you only in German. The only means which the program uses to explain you the meaning of the foreign words are pictures. You may not understand the meaning of the new word or phrase immediately. However, the program will use this word over and over again, and soon you will get an idea what it means. Remember how parents teach their children to talk, repeating the same thing again and again in different combinations? This is what Rosetta Stone does to you. You do not get a translation - insted, you get an image, an idea, a feeling.

    I purchased French, but all 24 languages supported by Rosetta Stones use the same software and the same or nearly the same structure of lessons and images. The program works as follows. Once you have chosen a lesson out of a list, you have a selection of several modes of learning. In one, the program tells you phrases, and you have to choose one of four pictures which fits the phrase. In another, you see a picture and chose one from four written words/phrases. In the third, you chose the written phrase which matches what you just heard. In the fourth, you see a written word/phrase and match it with one of four phrases read to you by the computer. The program keeps on making new and new combination of the words and phrases for as long as you need to start feeling confident. If you want to practice your writing, Rosetta Stone will offer you either to put together sentences by dragging whole words with a mouse, or will suggest you to type them in from scratch and will correct you mistakes along the way. Finally, another part of the program works on your pronunciation and intonation. It not only records your voice as you repeat after a native speaker, but also provides graphical analysis of the patterns of your speach, thus helping to identify mistakes. This part of the program requires a high quality headset..., a cheap computer microphone will not work.

    This program costs much more than the other programs on the market, but it also has a lot more to offer. Levels 1 and 2 combined contain over 200 units, and each unit may take several hours (depending on your age and language learning ability) to master. A great advantage which helps to make the buying decision is that Rosetta Stone offers a fully functional demo version of the program, which can be downloaded from their web site (rosettastone.com). This demo differs from the real thing in that you can try only 5-6 units out of 210 in any of the languages. This is sufficient to get a very good idea of how you like the program, as well as to understand how the level matches your prior knowledge of this language. Actually, I must say that Level 2 goes pretty far, I was surprised how advanced the sentences were when I opened one of the level 2 units in a language which I learned before.

    In French which I bought each level came on 2 CDs, one with the software, the second one with the language library. Probably as a heritage from 1993, when the disk space was scarce, the program reads language data straight from the CD instead of copying them to hard disk. One has to keep the language library CD in the CD-drive, where it starts spinning every half a minute or so. With a noisy 40x drive it is rather annoying. The program runs on any Windows version after 3.1 (including XP) and on the Mac.

    Besides CDs, the program comes with a manual (how to install and run the program) and a booklet with cirriculum, which contains a list of all words and phrases used in the program. There is no booklet on grammar, and no dictionary because any of these items standard in adult learning would contradict the spirit and the method of The Rosetta Stone. Both the manual and the booklet can be downloaded in PDF format from The Rosetta Stone's web site (another good way to evaluate how much you can expect to learn if you buy the program).

    The developers claim that the program covers 5-year middle/high school program and includes around 2500 words. I had several other language programs in the past, and there is no doubt that Rosetta Stone covers a lot more language than any other program I saw.

    Overall, it is a good learning tool, fun to use. It is not cheap, but if you divide the price by the number of hours of patient instructions which you get from your computer, you will end up with a cost which is way, way lower than any teacher would charge per hour for individual or group lessons. All of us used The Rosetta Stone method of learning between the ages of 1 and 7 and keep on using it when teaching our little ones. The fact that the developer remains in business for over 10 years and keeps getting new awards shows that it is also good for adults. I liked it. Check out the demo version, you probably will like it, too. ... Read more


    13. Final Draft 7
    list price: $289.99
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    Asin: B0001XNGZ2
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Final Draft
    Sales Rank: 186
    Average Customer Review: 2.69 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Word processing combined with professional script formatting
    • Designed for writing movie scripts, television episodics, and stage plays
    • Automatically paginates and formats script to industry standards
    • 100-percent cross-platform compatibility; easily import/export files
    • 50+ templates; text to speech, have your script read back to you

    Reviews (16)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great formatter with poor font rendering.
    As a screenplay formatter Final Draft 7.0 works as well as its predecessors, but still has a rotten font rendering quality. I would have thought that this would the number one priority to attend to at this stage in Final Draft's development cycle.

    That gripe aside - and it's a really significant one - everything else works very smoothly.

    Because of this issue, I would recommend Screenwriter 2000, which does everything that Final Draft can do, and doesn't have any issue with its ability to render fonts cleanly. In addition, screenwriter 2000 has a more useful suite of associated products, notably: Dramatica 4 pro and Storyview 2. The tech backup is superior, too.

    2-0 out of 5 stars If you're a new user, DON'T BUY IT!
    I've used Final Draft since version 5 through version 6, and although it was antiquated and clunky compared to contemporary word processing software, it was at least useable and relatively stable.

    HOWEVER - I recently upgraded to FD7, and it's a mess. It implemented new features in such a way as make them impractical in daily, minute by minute by use, while simultaneously dumping several genuinely useful features from previous versions. It's been through two patches since it was released already, and it's still clunky, bug ridden, crash prone, and less usable in practice than the previous version.

    If you are a first time buyer, I'd recommend delaying your purchase for at least six months till they sort out the bugs (assuming that's possible), or consider buying another of the many products available, e.g. Screenwriter or Sophocles.

    ADDENDUM:

    I'd also recommend you read some of the reviews on this site with a pinch of salt - there are a couple that I would consider suspiciously glowing. There's nothing to stop someone from the manufacturer adding a review, is there...?

    1-0 out of 5 stars Just add words?
    I have to work every day with FD 7 (Mac OSX) as the production company I write for asked me to do so. To cut it short: I have never ever seen a programme with so many bugs and crashes! Unfortunately recent updates have not changed anything. :-(

    3-0 out of 5 stars Weird (on a PC anyway)
    I have a friend who uses the Mac version and swears by it. I purchased the PC version and it's certainly interesting. It behaves like no other text editor I've ever seen. Simple operations like cut and paste become strange exasperating games to see what text Final Draft will actually decide to let you cut and paste. I guess it's trying to keep script elements contiguous--but there are times when you just...want...to move...the damn...WORDS. Final Draft makes the mistake of assuming too much.

    Edit: I hereby redact the rest of my review. I still think the program could use some polish on a PC...but my previous ire was more from ignorance than the program itself. It ain't so bad.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Finished Another First Draft With Final Draft
    I have written or re-written over 30 scripts, both hits and flops, both TV and Feature, with Final Draft. Like most people who have made the mistake of buying Movie Magic Screenwriter, I switched when the program didn't work and they made me angry on the phone. I have never had a problem with my fonts, or tech support, or upgrading or updating. Ever. They even make their own font to make the switch from Mac to Win seamless and it is. The other programs are okay, but not as 'finished', maybe because just about every TV show and Film is made with Final Draft. It really is combat tested. I just bought another copy from amazon.com for my office and both companies are great! ... Read more


    14. QuickBooks Pro 2005 for Mac
    list price: $299.95
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    Asin: B00062AJQ2
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Intuit, Inc.
    Sales Rank: 165
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    Features

    • Financial management software for small businesses
    • Easily pay bills, print checks, track expenses, and much more
    • Export reports to Microsoft Excel; customizable reports
    • Transfer data from Quicken for Mac or QuickBooks for Windows
    • Takes advantage of more Mac OS X features, including iCal and .Mac

    15. Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 (Mac)
    list price: $89.99
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    Asin: B0002UDQAO
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Adobe
    Sales Rank: 29
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    Features

    • Photo enhancing tools with industry-leading technology
    • Make quick fixes or use advanced editing options
    • Get high-quality with camera raw and 16-bit support
    • Enjoy flexible print options; process batches of photos at once
    • Easily adjust shadows and highlights; view before and after

    16. Adobe Creative Suite Standard CS2 (Mac)
    list price: $899.00
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    Asin: B00080DPPE
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Adobe
    Sales Rank: 1257
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    17. Microsoft Office 2004 Professional (Mac)
    list price: $499.99
    our price: $437.99
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    Asin: B0001WN1A8
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 662
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    Features

    • A productivity suite with a host of ground-breaking new features
    • Easily share ideas across platforms and around the globe
    • Confidently create stunning documents with impressive new tools
    • Spend less time managing info and more time using it
    • Includes Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac Version 7

    18. The Sims 2 (Mac)
    list price: $49.99
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    Asin: B0006B63RW
    Catlog: Video Games
    Manufacturer: Aspyr Media
    Sales Rank: 7
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com

    The Sims was one of the most popular games ever made. In it, players micromanage the lives of a family of virtual people, or Sims, and influence their paths toward success or something akin to a nervous breakdown. Its open-ended blend of cartoonish behavior and everyday living is unique in an art form otherwise obsessed with carnage and sports. With The Sims 2, longtime fans now have a deeper game with lots of ways to customize and share their experiences. The game will also attract first-timers because the goal-oriented gameplay and the luridly fun starter families make it easier to get into the action right out of the box.


    Now Sims are born with the traits of their parents, families grow, and Sims grow old.

    The People in Your Neighborhood
    The game starts at the neighborhood level. Here you can create a housing development from scratch or start with one of three premade neighborhoods, each with its own theme. From there, you'll settle on a house and a family of Sims to control.

    The Sims 2 body shop
    Create your own Sim (above) or your own house (below) from scratch with advanced tools.
    The Sims 2 house-building tools
    Aside from the basic needs carried over from the previous game, Sims now have aspirations, wants, and fears. The wants and fears are the day-to-day things that occupy their minds, like wanting to see friends or get married and fearing death or being rejected for a kiss. Satisfy their wants, and they become more efficient at completing tasks you assign them. Realize their fears, and Sims become lethargic, cranky, and unresponsive to your commands. Aspirations are the big-picture things, like raising a family, becoming wealthy, and gaining knowledge. Succeed here and you'll be able to buy odd gifts for your Sim to improve his or her life, like a money tree that pays dividends or a "fountain of youth" water cooler.

    What Else Is New?
    Of course, you wouldn't be able to juggle all that if it weren't for the improved "Free Will" option, which makes it easier for Sims to fulfill their basic needs. The artificial intelligence of the game is noticeably improved; they won't turn on radios just as a family member is going to bed but, strangely, they do occasionally put their dishes on the floor.

    Another big change in the series is the concept of the lifespan. Now Sims are born with the traits of their parents, families grow, and Sims grow old. Not only does this go hand in hand with aspirations (growing up is the first aspiration that a baby Sim will have), it provides a limited time with which your Sims can achieve their goals.

    Sims in live mode
    The Universal Control Panel helps you manage your Sim family.
    A Family Affair
    The Sims 2 not only lets you create just about any type of Sim in any type of family, build elaborate houses, and even create a neighborhood from scratch, but it also allows you to start the game in medias res, with premade households. These families all have backstories that are smart spoofs of soap-opera plots--lots of scheming, romance, ghosts, and family fighting. Parents of teens shouldn't worry, though, because nudity is tastefully blurred out and "woo-hoo" between Sims takes place completely under the covers. The ESRB has given this a Teen rating. If The Sims 2 were a film, it would likely land between PG and PG-13.

    The makers have included some nice tools to help share the universe you've created. For example, you can capture in-game stills and video to show friends the private moments, family interactions, and house parties of your Sims. You can even package a household to share as a blog or an album on a special Web site.

    The Sims 2 is for patient gamers. Like life itself, the game is filled with mundane details, like getting ready for work and doing dishes. The game also demands a level of creativity from its players that the run-and-gun game genres wouldn't know what to do with. But those who stick with it will be rewarded with an absorbing, amusing diversion and a virtual family history that they've created themselves. --Porter B. Hall ... Read more

    Features

    • Build dream homes and design neighborhoods with new building options
    • Lifestyle simulation where you manage your Sim's dreams and fears over a lifetime
    • Mix Sim genes and see physical and personality traits through the generations
    • Control the camera and capture the action into mini movies
    • Generate unique Sims with the new Create-A-Sim feature

    Reviews (6)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Sims2 for Windows
    Hi, I have the sims2 game. My friend and I really enjoy playing it! It is so much fun. People just need to try it out and see if they like it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Sims 2
    Yes, I am a Mac user, and yes, I can't wait until May 30th!!
    I have played The Sims 2 before, and it is SO COOL!! I love to go to the park, stand under the trees. It feels like you're right there with them!
    I may not have to wait, though, if I get the Windows computer I've been wanting so badly. And if I don't get that computer, then I'll just get this on May 30th. Oh, lucky me.
    Well, anyway, I've always liked building the houses, and now I can make so many changes (especially when I do the cheat -- hee hee!)
    All my friends like The Sims, especially me. So I root the sequel on!

    -- Nina S.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Sims 2 for Mac - Why the Wait?
    I've waited since the slightest infromation of the Sims 2 to get it, with much impatience. And now, I find out that it's not coming out for Macs until May 30th? I really, can't wait this long. All of my friends have it and I just watch them play it in raging jealousy. So not fair. I wish Maxis would have waited until May 30th to release the Sims 2 for Mac and PC, then I wouldn't have to watch all of my friends play it and brag and stuff. I played it at my friends house, and I was glued to the screen until I had to go home! I can't...wait...until...May...30th. I'll be so mad if Maxis pushes it later for Macs like they did for PC!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars finally...
    Well I'm really excited that they're coming out with sims 2, but does it have to be in may? the 30th? But luckily I'm getting a new computer, so I really don't have to wait. But its a really good game, and you guys should enjoy it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Super game
    Sims 2 is the best game I've played. Now you can actually choose the color of your Sim's eyes and hair, choose what type of cheeks, eyebrows, nose, chin, lips (ect) you want!!! And this time, Sims actually GROW UP!! It's much more reallistic than the other Sims. May 30th is waited with impatience.... ... Read more


    19. Rosetta Stone German Level 1 & 2 Personal Edition
    list price: $329.00
    our price: $292.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000077DD3
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Fairfield Language Technologies
    Sales Rank: 845
    Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (4)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Decent progam, lousy online support.
    This would definitely be the way to go with this company. I used the online version of this program for over a year and found it to be very helpful. When I ran into technical problems, however, the technical support was virtually non-existing. I had to cancel.

    The price is a bit steep, but the structure of the lessons and the features are very good. Get the CD and don't suffer the incompetent "support."

    3-0 out of 5 stars Learn vocabulary fast
    The Rosetta stone teaches by 'complete immersion'. Using picture context the student asborbs vocabulary with ease. Immediate rewards for correct answers help motivate the learner to keep working. However, there are some weaknesses. First, you need to have a reliable dictionary on hand. There are times that you come to wrong conclusions about word meaning and you must double check with a dictionary. Second, this course is weak in grammar. I recommend a text to demonstrate basic grammatical structures. Last, this software does not give separate phonetic information. you are expected to learn by listening. Certain individuals, based on learning style may want to see phonetic information in print.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The ONLY worthwhile language learning software!
    The Rosetta Stone series of language instruction software is "Pimsleur" level of effectiveness and unfortunately, Pimsleur level cost as well.

    The programs work on a total immersion basis, with no English used at all. There are several types of drills, ones where you hear a word or sentence and pick it out of a group of pictures, another where you read the text of the word and pick out the pictures, etc. There are also typing drills in your language to help you spell (without having to download special fonts), pronounciation drills that allow you to hear a word, speak it to your computer and hear your voice in comparison to the native speaker played back to you.

    This is the first program of it's type I've found where this feature actually works!

    I own both German and Russian 1 and 2. There is a LOT to learn here, especially if you do all the types of drills for each lesson. You learn grammar from inference, such as word endings when the subject is "in" something rather than "on" or "under" it. You see the same endings used, compare them with the pictures and you start to recognize patterns.

    But one of the best things about this software is the user interface. Since it's an immersion program, there's no English used and by it's very nature needs to be intuitive. This is how it should be done. I've used other types of language software that had a klunky, confusing interface with features that didn't work, etc. None of that is the case with the Rosetta Stone software.

    On another note, I switched to Mac about nine months ago and Fairfield Language Technologies sent me out a new Mac OS X systems disc for free, no questions asked. At this price level you'd think this would be commonplace, but it's not. Adobe allowed me to change from PC to OS X when I upgraded from Photoshop 6 to 7, but Macromedia wouldn't and expected me to buy all new software (I didn't). So kudos to FLT for their stellar customer service!

    Is it too expensive? I'd say yes, but this is a serious language learning tool for serious self students, and it's a lot cheaper than classes at the U. The axiom is true with both this and the Pimsleur method tapes; you get what you pay for.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic learning tool for the beginner to intermediate stu
    I would have given the product a 5 star review if it could have found the contents of the Lesson CD I copied to my laptop hard drive. You are forced to use the Lesson CD in the CD drive to work the program.

    The program is a very good learing tool. You learn to hear, read, speak and write in the language. The early lessons at first seem too easy, until you get to the unit that has you type in the words or phrases for the image you are viewing. That's when the learning starts. The advanced lessons will have you typing whole paragraphs.

    Better by far than any Berlitz programs etc. that you commonly find at a computer store.

    You won't truly learn a language until you can write in it. This one gives you a really good start! ... Read more


    20. Toast 6 Titanium
    list price: $99.99
    our price: $79.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000C0ZM1
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Roxio
    Sales Rank: 66
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Features

    • Turn your DV camcorder footage into a Video CD, Super Video CD, or DVD
    • Share disc burners across a network or the Internet with other Toast 6 Titanium users
    • Turn still photos into Motion Pictures using pan and zoom, dissolves, and soundtracks
    • Schedule regular, automatic back ups for peace of mind
    • Burn files and folders directly from the desktop with a single-click, pop-up menu

    Reviews (15)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Don't switch doctors.
    If you're happy using Toast 5 and are a heavy user of the bundled Spin Doctor, stick with it--unless you have OSX. Toast is the fastest and handiest CD-burning software I've tried, and I was content with my old version until the application for converting analog to digital (Spin Doctor) refused to open up in OSX, even with the update downloaded from Roxio. Toast 6 solves that problem while providing more colorful graphics and increased automation. The defining of a track is "streamlined," which takes some getting used to, and I haven't figured out yet how to edit wave forms, which are proving useless in this version. In order to recognize and remove "dead space" in a radio broadcast, I'm forced either to use the version of Spin Doctor in Toast 5 or go to the PC application, "Cool Edit." I can't speak to the other new features of Toast, as I don't use them much. I do notice, though, that Roxio has cut back a bit on the packaging (no case for the installation CD) and the instruction manual (it's now mostly under the Help menu).

    Since writing the above, I've discovered that Apple's bundled "Sound Studio" is the best way to edit wave forms, after which you can burn them to CD in Toast. Moreover, I've discovered that the distortion I was hearing while recording FM in Spin Doctor (only in the monitoring) is not a problem in Sound Studio. For recording LP's, I still plan to use Spin Doctor, but those colorful wave forms are little more than consumer cosmetics.

    5-0 out of 5 stars mmmm... Toasty
    Been a Toast user for years. Loved 5... didn't think it could get any better... but they figured out how to improve on something that was already near perfect.

    The interface - already super simple in 5 - is better in 6. They got rid of the "Other" menu (thank you) and added in a Video area. Plus you can now do multiple copies like printing multiple pages, and there's burning right from the desktop with a handy Toast It menu.

    Now I'm able to burn DVDs when I want and SVCDs when I want - no matter that my burner is external. It's a bit slow on my G4... but the quality is fantastic... and so it's worth the wait. VCD seems faster than in Toast 5.

    Motion Pictures is pretty cool. Sure you can do the same thing in iMovie... but it takes about 20 hours longer to get the same thing done.

    Spin Doctor is MUCH improved. I don't have many records to import... but it's done the job great on the first one I tried.

    The networked recorder thing is really amazing. My Powerbook doesn't have a burner, but I'm able to record to the burner in my desktop machine with no hassle.

    It comes with a detailed printed manual... which is pretty sweet (even though I've barely had to open it)... I can't remember the last piece of software I bought that came with a manual... oh wait.. now I can... it was Toast 5.

    This software is great... and definitely worth the price.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Discus 3.0.4 upgrade Label/Jewel Case Software is Tops
    I own Toast 6 with two upgrades. (6.0.5) Using OS X 3.4 I needed a software update for my LaCie Burner.
    The Technical Help is quick and fast at Toast/Roxio. They told me to download it and gave me the link.
    Last night I Toasted some CD-ROM's for training Case Managers. I burned Six CD and Printed Labels and Jewel Case Inserts and Tray liner in a half hour.

    The extra $20 to upgrade to Discus 3.0.4 is well worth the Time and Money. (Newer Software and Full artwork) Real Pro looking Artwork and Label from a great Library. You can use any brand of Paper (Avery, Neato, Memorex etc.) and even nudge 0.5 mm adjustment if necessary. Memorex tray liners got an adjustment and it work for all futures use of that paper. This software lets you import for iTunes and Toast what you are Toasting for a list of software or Song Lists etc. Software so easy, I did NOT read the directions. Just do what you want to do the MAC way. I Like the Neato Jewel case booklets for Training instructions (Music Album Notes) and Memorex tray liners. I have one software and Four brand of paper
    You can even print business cards on which I ton of good comments. "What a Beautiful Card."
    Spin Doctor takes out the starches on old LP's for converting to CD's.
    I was so happy with the Toast 6 package I did not take the rebate offer. I also used Toast 5 Lite that came with my LaCie.
    A New feature lets you Toast to a burner over the internet which are great for Training DVD's to people 15 miles away.

    Give the Package Bundle five stars

    4-0 out of 5 stars A must for any Mac owner!
    When I bought my eMac, this was the first software I HAD to buy. I make a lot of CDs, so I decided that this was a must, and I've owned Easy CD Creator for the PC, so I knew that it would be easy to use and feature most of the functions I would need.

    It's true that it meets most of my needs and with a simple, clean interface. I can make a music CD and store files in no time and it can even create Video CDs and DVDs with menus.

    Of course, to many, Toast may seem redundant, as Mac OS X can handle most of your burning needs natively, but I prefer to use 3rd party software for those things, as it was created specifically for that purpose. However, the two things that Toast can do that Panther cannot are create Video CDs and burn DVDs directly from MPEG and Quicktime files without the need to demux audio.

    I get some Japanese TV shows from friends in Japan in MPEG format and I like to watch them on my TV, so it's nice to be able to burn them into VCD or DVD format for viewing and backup. If you do a lot of video downloading, this really can come in handy. Also, it works GREAT with EyeTV (sold separately) for the Mac, so you can record your favorite TV shows and put them on CD!

    My only complaint is that the DVD/VCD menu option stinks. There is only one menu interface and you cannot choose layout, music, background photo or anything. It's just a plain blue screen with a thumbnail of the video and text titles. And the thing is, it's not very nice--it's borderline gaudy and not what I'd choose for a standard menu layout.

    But, with that aside, this is a product I can wholeheartedly recommend for any Mac user with above-average burning needs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Burn Baby Burn!
    Macs come with quite a robust burner in the Finder and the new iLife '04 goes even further than before in giving users more options to customize their discs. So what exactly does Toast do that the Mac OS can't do on it's own?

    - Multi Session Burning
    - Encrypt data discs with a password
    - Burn exact copies of a disc
    - Choose which OS the disc will be compatible with
    - You can save a burn project so you can burn it again at a later date

    These features alone make Toast a very tempting purchase. Thankfully though, it can do much more and it pulls it all off with ease. Drag and drop is about as complicated as the interface gets, but the results are that you have discs burned the way you want that work the way you want. Toast is a powerful, well-rounded, fully featured burning software that just about every user will find useful.

    As a bonus you get Discus (for making labels for all those discs you've burnt) and Spin Doctor 2 (for taking out pops and hiss from imported music from records and tapes). ... Read more


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