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81. Rosetta Stone Latin Personal Edition
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82. PrintMusic 2004
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83. TurboTax Premier 2004 Win/Mac
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84. Logic Pro 7 Upgrade from Logic
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85. MICROMAT TechTool Pro 4 ( Macintosh
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86. Close Combat: First To Fight (Mac)
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87. The Incredible Machine: Even More
88. Quark Xpress 4.1
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89. Apple GarageBand Jam Pack 4: Symphony
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90. Adobe Illustrator 10.0
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91. Corel Painter IX Upgrade Win/Mac
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92. Adobe InDesign CS2 Upgrade (Mac)
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93. Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional
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94. StarCraft Battle Chest
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95. Microsoft Word 2004 Upgrade (Mac)
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96. Checkmark Payroll
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97. Myst 10th Anniversary DVD Edition
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98. Art Explosion 750,000 For MAC
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99. Diablo 2
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100. JumpStart Advanced 1st Grade

81. Rosetta Stone Latin Personal Edition Level 1
list price: $195.00
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Asin: B00006AW2Z
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fairfield Language Technologies
Sales Rank: 1445
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.

The Rosetta Stone Level I program offers a comprehensive course of study for beginning learners, leading to intermediate proficiency. The program contains over 3,500 real-life images and phrases in 92 lessons and more than 250 hours of mastery instruction in listening comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing. Systematic structure teaches vocabulary and grammar naturally, without lists and drills. There are reviews, exercises, and tests for every lesson with automated tutorials throughout the program. (Ages 6 and older) ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this right now!
I was interested in learning Latin, and my high school only offers Spanish and French. I resolved to learn it on my own, and this product was invaluable. It was amazing how fast I picked up Latin! Within a couple of weeks of study, the language seemed to flow off my tongue. Buying this product is the single most important step you can take to learning Latin. My only criticism is that there isn't a Latin II product to continue my studies. ... Read more


82. PrintMusic 2004
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Asin: B00029XAUG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: MakeMusic!
Sales Rank: 186
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Features

  • Music notation software for creating, hearing, and printing sheet music
  • Free music scanning and SmartMusic instrument sounds
  • Write songs up to 24 staves; create scores and print out parts
  • Create lead sheets with lyrics, chord symbols, and guitar fretboards
  • Easy to print, e-mail, or save as SmartMusic Accompaniment

83. TurboTax Premier 2004 Win/Mac
list price: $69.95
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Asin: B00062AKWK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit, Inc.
Sales Rank: 44
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Features

  • Tax preparation software with step-by-step guidance and free electronic filing
  • Help and advice for investments, Schedule C businesses, and rental property
  • Extra guidance on business asset depreciation and home-office deductions
  • Assistance with reporting stocks, bonds, and mutual funds
  • Maximize 401(k) contributions without decreasing take-home pay

84. Logic Pro 7 Upgrade from Logic Pro 6, Logic Platinum and Gold 5,6
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Asin: B00066M0TM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 2248
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Features

  • Complete music studio for musicians, engineers, and producers
  • Advanced audio processing and world-class MIDI sequencing
  • New instruments and effects; state-of-the-art loop composition tools
  • More processing power using networked Macs
  • Compose, record, edit, and mix music in any studio environment

85. MICROMAT TechTool Pro 4 ( Macintosh )

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Asin: B00013WGZ8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Micromat
Sales Rank: 786
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • New Volume Journaling tool makes you run your directory structure for quickly & efficiently than ever
  • Multiple protection and prevention features send mail alerts anytime a problem is found
  • Complete suite of Self Monitoring Analysis & Reporting Technology(SMART tests) monitors overall performance and keeps you aware of the situation
  • Runs faster and more efficiently with the power of Mac OS X
  • Checks Internet connections, networks, modems and some 3rd-party external peripherals

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars This is the only game in town for a general Mac utility
In an earlier review I lamented how Techtool had seemed degraded in its performance since its upgrade to vers. 4.0 and Mac OS X compatibility. I have since learned that Symantec, maker of Norton Utilities, has indeed decided to no longer upgrade their general utility program. (According to news reports, they will continue to upgrade their virus and Internet Security software.)

So what does this mean for Mac users? For one, DiskWarrior is a must have. As for Techtool, there's almost no choice - you have to have a general utility that's more powerful than Apple's rather weak First Aid. Here's hoping that Micromat comes up with a good update to Techtool and gets it back to the days of when it was arguably the best utility for the Mac.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not Micromat's best effort
I've been using Macs and utility programs such as Techtool and Norton for about a decade now.

Through the years I would say that Norton Utilities and Techtool have traded back and forth in the top position as the best utility to own. As a fan of Techtool 3 I would say that Micromat had the better product for several years.

I can't say that now.

Running a B&W upgraded to a 500 MHz G4 with ample RAM I've yet to find Techtool 4.0.4 useful - under either Mac OS 10.2 or 10.3. My first major problem Techtool couldn't fix and I quickly purchased a copy of DiskWarrior which, although slow, fixed the problem. But DiskWarrior only fixes the disk directory. You need a broader utility such as Techtool or Norton for general errors.

Now I've got some new problems with my hard drives (I have three in my machine). Techtool says it found the errors and, if I want them fixed, I have to redo the test with the "repair on" button checked. Well, the button _was_ checked. Infuriating.

Overall, I'd say that Techtool 3 was a far better product. The interface seemed far more friendly and you knew that when you told the program to automatically fix errors that it would do so. Unfortunately, Vers. 3 isn't meant for OS X.

I'm giving Vers. 4 three stars, not because of what it has done, but because I assume it will earn its keep eventually - or perhaps they'll release an update to this version which will address these problems. In any case, you never can have too many disk repair utilities. Still, I think it's time to venture back to Norton to see what they've got cooking. It certainly can't be any less functional and helpful than this. ... Read more


86. Close Combat: First To Fight (Mac)
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Asin: B0002Z5YP4
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: MacSoft
Sales Rank: 4863
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Features

  • Provide covering fire, provide assistance when a teammate is pinned, and find the right strategy for the urban combat you'll face
  • Call in the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) -- get air support for Cobra helicopters and ground support for M1 Abrams tanks
  • Make sure you follow all rules of engagement -- the biggest challenge any Marine can face
  • For added challenge, you'll have to manage the psychology of your teammates - make sure confidence stays high and avoid giving orders that are questionable
  • Two very different modes of play -More casual, traditional shooter action in Normal Mode or try Simulation Mode - where enemies are more precise, teammates will take on more damage

87. The Incredible Machine: Even More Contraptions
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B00005KB3J
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sierra
Sales Rank: 110
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

This fantastic program will have your brain working as hard as a mandrill on a conveyer belt with bananas dangling in front of it. Don't worry, we'll explain. The Incredible Machine: Even More Contraptions gives players dozens of tools that perform an action: balls that bounce, cats that chase (and don't bounce), pulleys, ropes, generators, and yes, mandrill baboons on conveyer belts, bananas a-dangle in front of them. Then players are given a problem to solve with all of this crazy energy. Here's an example: in one puzzle called "Wood is Good," players must get three balls into a box, make wooden toast, and wood-smoke a hunk of gouda cheese for a mouse. Among the tools available to accomplish this task are a bike pump and an antigravity pad. And this is one of the easy puzzles.

There are 250 gizmos to build here, some designed for single players and some designed for head-to-head puzzling competition. There is also a field where players can design their own Rube Goldberg Machine from scratch. The vast amount of projects and their complexity make this a program with staying power. Mercifully, there is a tutorial that takes rookies and right-brainers in hand. Players can choose four levels of difficulty: easy, which is quite challenging; to expert, which is insane. Mitigating the challenge factor is a function that turns the cursor into a question mark, and allows players to inspect gadget elements and get in-depth information about what each object and surface does.

This game does a great job graphically. The well-rendered objects all perform as they ought, and form never hinders function. A thoughtful extra is a place where mad scientists can mess with their invention's appearance and background music: nice final touches for folks who want to take their custom-built games online to challenge others who are addicted to The Incredible Machine. This program's biggest strength is that it manages to put a humorous and creative spin on physics and engineering. They're not just giving you levers and weights to work with, they're giving you bottle rockets and alligators. A final wonderful point: there is no "right way" to build your contraption. If you scrabble something together that achieves the goal, it's right, no matter if you used the antigravity pad on the cat or on the bowling ball. No age rating given; we recommend ages 8 and up. --Anne Erickson ... Read more

Reviews (9)

5-0 out of 5 stars I love it! It's a great thinking game!
This game is soooooooo 3D!
You won't find silly cartoons stick poeple etc in this game!
I love making my own contraptions and letting my mom play!
If you want your kid to now a lot about physics then this is a great game!
It has a lot of new stuff like a monkey and a jack in the box.
It keeps all the old contraptions the same so don't worry about losing contraptions in the old game that you liked.
The gears are made easyer so you don't need to take them out then put them back to get them working unlike in the first game.
It is very compatiple with most computers I heard it works on Mac and I had a Windows me wich it worked on and now I have a XP and it works even better on that.
This game is not like most games that you complete in weeks, months, days, or even one day this game takes years!
But it's not too hard so you won't need to wory about not beeing able to complete one contraption.
The tutorial level is to get started and to learn the basics.
The easy level is to get you to understand the controls and to get your brain runing and any other stuff it also gets you better at reading the real hints and knowing those things that might trick you like extra parts.
This game is a great buy!
But there is some things like harming animals but what I do is say thay are just robots.

5-0 out of 5 stars 5 Year Old Loves it!
We got this game for my five year old son thinking it would be a great game to do together. That is an understatement! He is actually spending hours doing and completing contraptions on his own and is up to the harder levels. Definitely not a game for the mechanically uninclined but not as difficult as a previous review stated. My son is actually helping ME complete them. Tons of fun and learning!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great program and runs on Mac!
It's a very fun game for kids or adults. It allows you to build Rube Goldberg-like contraptions on your computer, and then watch them in action. You can also "solve" existing (partially built) contraptions by figuring out what pieces to put where to make it accomplish a specified goal. And you can build contraptions for other people to solve. Very cool!

There's little to criticize about it. The directions aren't as clear as they could be (typical: they describe how to do things instead of *showing* you) but you'll catch on quickly, since its very simple, and anyone who has used a computer will understand their cartoon-like interface (take normal computer widgets and make them big and cartoon-like and colorful: take a look at the screen shots to see what I mean). So if you have very young kids who haven't used the computer before, you might want to play it and let them watch: they'll catch on quickly. My first kid is still 4 weeks away, but I still can't wait to play this with him: we'll both enjoy it.

Another criticism is that you have a very small space in which to build the contraptions, so they can't be as big as your screen (unless I just didn't find this option). That is annoying and limiting, but it's still lots of fun.

The level of reality is cartoon-like, fitting the Rube Goldberg theme (many of Rube's contraptions wouldn't actually work because everything wouldn't fall perfectly into place) but that's good, of course.

1-0 out of 5 stars Save your money
This game is very difficult (even the easy level.) It has a lot of bugs. Clicking Help on the main screen freezes my computer. The objects are difficult to manipulate when they overlap anything. Everything has to be in perfect alignment for the puzzle to be solved, which is very difficult to do. I am returning it to Sierra for a refund.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent thinking game
This is a good, clean game that will provide hours upon hours of entertainment. It has a lot of puzzles at various difficulty levels that make it fun for beginners and those looking for a challenge. The game is very addicting, guaranteeing that you'll get your money's worth out of it. An excellent way to exercise your brain and have fun at the same time. ... Read more


88. Quark Xpress 4.1

Asin: B00004RGIO
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Quark
Sales Rank: 6715
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

QuarkXPress software gives you powerful design command over every aspect of your document, from conception to output. QuarkXPress lets you create a wide variety of materials quickly and efficiently from within an intuitive, standards-based environment. This premier electronic page-layout application provides you with software solutions to meet your publishing needs. Building on existing tools to facilitate digital workflow and multipurpose publishing, QuarkXPress 4.1 includes improved support for PDF, scripting, and Internet publishing. Some of the new features include PDF Import QuarkXTensions software (import pages from PDF files created with Adobe Acrobat Distiller 4.0 into QuarkXPress picture boxes and print high-resolution output, as you would any other graphic); PDF Export QuarkXTensions software (output PostScript files optimized for use with Adobe Acrobat Distiller 4.0, with the option of distilling your file immediately or saving it as a PostScript file that can be distilled later); and HTML Text Import QuarkXTensions software (import HTML text into QuarkXPress text boxes, the same as other text formats). You can also author XML content easily and efficiently; generate high-resolution image previews; use the new Scissors tool to cut text and picture boxes, lines, and text paths; use custom bleeds to specify a bleed value for each side of a document; and more. ... Read more

Features

  • Premier electronic page-layout application for multipurpose publishing
  • Improved support for PDF, scripting, and Internet publishing
  • QuarkXTensions software: HTML Text Import and PDF Import/Export
  • Author XML content easily and efficiently
  • Generate high-resolution image previews

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent and not compatible with OSX
I just installed OSX, and Quark is not able to work in the way it used to. However, even before OSX, it doesn't work in the same manner from file to file.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very buggy!
I've lost countless hours of work to this software! Many documents, when reopened, look different than when I saved them! What's up with that?

5-0 out of 5 stars Takes some getting used to, but it's great!
It took me a few months, but I finally stopped complaining that they'd screwed up XPress. Version 4.1 is light years beyond version 3.3. And, it's a whole lot better than 4.0. The new features make this program a pleasure to work with. The user interface is more intuitive than ever. And, it still beats PageMaker and InDesign by a mile.

5-0 out of 5 stars good stuff
quark is still the leading software in publishing. the 4.1 version convinces with easy handling and new features.The must have for any print designer! ... Read more


89. Apple GarageBand Jam Pack 4: Symphony Orchestra (Mac)
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Asin: B0007GCYC4
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 1297
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

With the newest member of the Jam Pack family you can conduct your own orchestra with new sounds for GarageBand, Logic, and Soundtrack. Create lush symphonic music with this collection of software instruments and loops, including strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, piano, and more. From classical compositions to Hollywood-style scores to rock and hip-hop textures, with Jam Pack 4: Symphony Orchestra, you are the conductor.

(Jam Pack 4: Symphony Orchestra does not require Jam Pack 1, 2, or 3)

Features:

  • Over 2000 Apple Loops:Build orchestral themes using over 2000 prerecorded loops in different styles and tempos, including symphonic, chamber, and solo performances. Or use loops individually to enhance songs in any genre.
  • Strings:Conduct an orchestral string section including first and second violins, violas, cellos, and double basses. Control the dynamics and expression of each instrument, as well as articulations such as staccato, tremolo, and trills.
  • Brass and Woodwinds:Arrange woodwind and brass sections with flutes, oboes, French horns, trumpets, trombones, tubas, and more. Play solo instruments or entire sections for a fuller sound. You can even control the playing style of individual instruments.
  • Keyboards and Percussion:Play new keyboards, including full church organs, a Steinway Piano, and harpsichord. Or enhance your song using a wide selection of pitched and unpitched percussion instruments including timpani, bells, gongs, celesta, xylophone, marimba, and more.
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Features

  • Compatible with Logic Express 7, Logic Pro 7, and Soundtrack
  • Software instruments and loops for creating lush symphonic music
  • Strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, piano, and more
  • Over 2,000 pre-recorded Apple loops in different styles and tempos
  • From classical compositions to Hollywood-style scores to hip-hop textures

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5-0 out of 5 stars garageband
This is so cool! I really recommend it. It is so fun to make your own music with this program. It has all kinds of genres and all kinds of instruments. When you start making a song it is so fun that you can't stop. This a really fun passtime.
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90. Adobe Illustrator 10.0

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Asin: B00005QVPW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 2365
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

While Adobe Illustrator has traditionally been reserved for the printand prepress marketplace, recent versions have targeted a broader audience,including a growing contingent of new-school Web designers. With the latestincarnation of Illustrator, Adobe aims to please both print and prepressdesigners, as well as cutting-edge Web designer communities. If you're lookingfor a greater Web focus from your vector graphics program, look no further thanIllustrator 10.

For those concerned about Illustrator becoming too Web focused, don't fret. Allof Illustrator's previously existing drawing and text tools remain intact.Version 10 also introduces improved tools for drawing lines, arcs, and grids.These new drawing tools will maximize your productivity and provide an easy wayto create the shapes you want.

In addition to the new drawing tools, Adobe has jumped on the graphics symbolbandwagon by allowing users to save any text object or graphic object as asymbol. Once objects are saved in the Symbol palette, they can be reusedinfinitely, thus providing easier management of files and decreased file size.Users will fall in love with the simple drag-and-drop usability of the symbols,while the newly added Symbol Sprayer lets you easily add multiple instances of asymbol directly into the document.

Adobe has also undertaken the task of minimizing the monotony of tedious andrepetitive design tasks. By taking advantage of Illustrator-supported scriptinglanguages, users can easily automate repetitive tasks by writing scriptsdirectly in Illustrator. Any of the three popular scripting languages--VisualBasic Script, JavaScript, or AppleScript--can be used. When creating a design,users can assign a text object or graphic object to a variable. These variablescan then pull information from any ODBC-compliant database. With this type ofpower, users can easily create templates for documents such as Web pages orproduct catalogs.

In this latest version of Illustrator 10, Adobe has managed to enhance itsexisting drawing tools with powerful productivity aids. By focusing on importantworkflow, productivity, and database-connectivity features, Adobe has given theuser more time to explore new creative possibilities. --Rich Ting ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars possibly the definitive drawing program
Illustrator is probably the BEST product around for anyone seriously creating drawings and artwork on a computer. It packs in all the usual features, Bezier curves, color models, line and artwork control, and it has dozens of nifty new features. These include a powerful macro facility (direct or via Applescript), a rubber stamp like "symbol" facility, artistic styles that can be applied to surfaces, filtering "effects", gradient meshes for creating shaded surfaces, and the ability to define your own keyboard shortcuts.

Yes, it has a serious learning curve. No, it is not a paint program. Yes, it has some flaws and a few bugs. No, you still have to have some artistic ability to use it.

I've tried Freehand, Expression, Corel Draw and several other rivals. They are not bad programs, but they lack the completeness, the immediacy, and the sense of control that you get in Illustrator. If you are serious, you would be hard pressed to do better.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great, but not without flaws
Seeing as the other "review" here is not particularly helpful or easy on the eyes, I figured I'd write a brief one of my own that will hopefully be useful to someone. :)

Illustrator is, simply, an extremely powerful piece of software. It has some amazing features, both in terms of power and in terms of usability. There are multiple ways to do just about everything, depending on what suits your style of working. You could also spend hours customizing the interface and setting things up the way you like (this could be a pro or a con, depending on how much you value your productivity).

While Illustrator gets high marks for raw power, there is one area where Adobe needs to improve it: stability. I've experienced a few crashes running it under Mac OS X, often while doing very simple operations (i.e. switching between Illustrator and another running task). Illustrator is not multitasking friendly, from my experience. It also doesn't seem to take very good advantage of having a dual processor machine, which is a bit of a shame.

Honestly, though, the stability issues are not enough to warrant less than 5 stars for Illustrator. You can do some amazing stuff with this software, given enough time to learn how to harness all the tools... and given the creative talent to do them justice. Artistic ability not included. :)

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST VERSION YET
THEY HAVE ADDED PROCESSES TO THIS VERSION WILL MAKE ADJUSTMENTS WITHOUT HAVING TO GO BACK AND FORTH TO PHOTOSHOP... ... Read more


91. Corel Painter IX Upgrade Win/Mac
list price: $229.99
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Asin: B00030CBUE
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Corel
Sales Rank: 392
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Features

  • A highly-sophisticated painting and illustration application, the fastest version of Corel Painter yet
  • Most brushes work, on average, twice as fast; includes more than 30 brush categories plus custom brushes
  • Animators can now test frame rates directly in Corel Painter; movies can be saved as animated GIFs, QuickTime movies or AVI movies
  • Supporting industry-standard ICC4.0 profiles, this software enables color matching between on-screen and printed colors
  • Includes Corel Painter IX, both Mac and Windows versions; libraries of unique gradients, nozzles, patterns, stock photos, paper textures, and brushes; The Corel Painter IX Handbook

92. Adobe InDesign CS2 Upgrade (Mac)
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Asin: B00081I5H6
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Adobe
Sales Rank: 1625
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Product Description

Adobe InDesign CS2 Upgrade for Mac .Design professional page layouts using unparalleled support for native Adobe file formats, sophisticated typographical controls, and rich creative options, including transparency effects, flexible table creation, object and text styles, and more. Achieve greater efficiency through tight integration with the Adobe applications you use every day, including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, GoLive, and InCopy software. Preview and adjust separations, overprinting, and transparency flattener settings. Then reliably output pages to print or as Adobe PDF files using professional controls, including comprehensive printing options, trapping support, color management controls, and print and Adobe PDF export presets.Browse, organize, label, and preview graphics and InDesign documents, templates, and snippets in Adobe Bridge. Drag and drop assets from Adobe Bridge into layouts easily and efficiently. Search for files using metadata, such as keywords, colors, and image resolution. Apply and globally upd object-level formatting more efficiently using object styles. Save a wide range of graphic, text, and frame-level attributes as object styles to create more consistent designs and speed up production tasks.Adobe Photoshop and Adobe PDF layer support. Selectively display layers and layer comps in Photoshop files, and layers in Adobe PDF files, to experiment with different design options or use multiple variations of a file in your layout, all while linking to a single file. ... Read more


93. Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional Upgrade from Professional Version 6 (Mac)
list price: $159.99
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Asin: B00069DSSQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 3587
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Features

  • Create PDF files with the click of a button from Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Internet Explorer
  • Create a single Adobe PDF document from multiple sources, including portions of Web pages and previously combined Adobe PDF documents
  • Easily attach source documents such as spreadsheets, multimedia files, images, and drawings to an Adobe PDF document
  • Enable anyone with free Adobe Reader 7.0 software to use highlighter, sticky note, pen, and other commenting tools
  • Protect documents with passwords, certificates, and other security controls

94. StarCraft Battle Chest
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00001IVRD
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Sales Rank: 451
Average Customer Review: 4.84 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The full versions of StarCraft and the acclaimed expansion pack Brood War, as well as complete strategy guides for each, make StarCraft: Battle Chest a treasure chest for real-time strategy fans.

Instead of two similarly powered enemies facing off, the three distinct races in StarCraft have unique capabilities and strategies. Everyone still competes in the RTS genre's typical race for resources, but that's the only shared trait. Terrans can move their bulky mechanized bases as necessary, while the reptilian Zerg grow their colonies and warriors from mutating larvae. Meanwhile, the noble Protoss warp in equipment from their home world using psionic powers.

Not only does game maker Blizzard juggle the races' playability and match it with superb art and sound effects, it also weaves together an engrossing three-act plot. Early on, as a Terran magistrate, you spend a breathtaking 30 minutes defending against a Zerg onslaught. As the story unfolds around you, you'll experience the Zerg's hive mentality and decipher the mysterious Protoss by the game's dramatic conclusion.

Missions vary in scope and are effectively framed with dialogue, chapter screens, and in-mission exposition. Multiplayer games are also very well represented by Blizzard's own free Battle.net service. If you'd rather play over a local area network, StarCraft will generously "spawn" up to seven copies so your friends can join in.

In keeping with StarCraft's groundbreaking design, Brood War presents you with three sides of a galactic conflict. Scheming humans, insidious Zerg, and proud Protoss collide again, with stunning new cinematics setting the stage. Old friends and foes and ominous new arrivals give the story a breakneck pace, while a handful of additions to each race's arsenal makes for tense battles. Brood War also features stellar new environments and ambient art, as well as more than 100 additional multiplayer maps.

Some missions require a bit of finesse, breaking the resource-gathering routine while making good use of the new units. Humans now have Valkyrie missile frigates as well as medics who automatically try to heal your grunts. New for the Zerg air force is the acid-spewing Devourer; the new Lurker unit provides heavy-duty (under)ground support. Along with the Corsair fighter, the Protoss reenter the fray with Dark Templar, which can merge to form the devastating Dark Archon. Unfortunately, units old and new still suffer from weak artificial intelligence in path finding.

Real-time strategy games don't get any more epic or any more satisfying. --Jack Gardiner ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Still a great game
I took a several year break from computer gaming until I recently bought myself a PowerBook. With my new machine I decided to try out StarCraft because the Battlechest was cheap. Even years after it's release, StarCraft is still a great game. The three races (Terrans, Protoss, and Zerg) have such different play styles it's like having three games in one. The storyline does a great job of keeping the gameplay fresh; otherwise, it would be another game of "build up your forces and rush your opponent."

I recommend the Battlechest for another reason: the two hint books that come with the bundle. If you're in school, you may have time to burn playing the scenarios two or three times until you get it right, but I have to hold down a full time job. I usually play until I've figured out the gimmick for each scenario, then I check the hint book because I can't waste a lot of time getting to the next mission (I told you the storyline was good). This goes doubly for any married StarCraft player: unless you're spending quality time with your kids playing this game, you'll jeopardize your marraige by spending hours in front of the computer trying to finish this game. The hint books make it possible to have some fun and still get on with life.

Get the Battlechest: you won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars all your needs in one box
The battle chest is a great way to get both Starcraft and it's expansion BroodWar, together the make one of the best combat / strategy games. If you don't own Starcraft buy the battle chest and get all the extras. They will help you enjoy the game fully. If you already own Starcraft unless you really want the two strategy guides just buy the expansion pack Broodwar instead. Starcraft really needs to be played with the expansion; it adds more depth to both the game and tactics with new missions and new units. The basic game play is pretty easy to pick up and if you play the single player missions in order you'll quickly learn the strengths and weaknesses of each troop type. Then the fun really begins when you battle against real opponents across the Internet. After you have played the single player missions you'll have your favorite race either Terran, Protos or Zerg. You'll come up with your own tactics on how to deal with your opponents There is a huge on-line community out there defending the 'Honor' of each respective race. Buy the game and come play. This game came out back in 1998 and it is still being played now. Few games can say they have that lasting appeal. The battle Chest is 100% value for money

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Game!
I borrowed Starcraft from a friend and after a few hours of playing knew that I had to get it. So, I went out and bought the Battle Chest. This comes with both Starcraft and the Starcraft: Brood War expansion pack, plus guides for each game and a technology tree map (shows which buildings are needed in order to build more advanced buildings). This is the perfect way to get started playing Starcraft. The game itself is excellent. My friends and I have spent many hours playing and plan on playing it for many years to come. Blizzard hit it right on the head with this game. If you don't have it get it right now. This truly is the standard to which all real-time strategy games are compared to.

5-0 out of 5 stars I give it 5+stars
This game is great, and cheap! When u buy this u will be getting the original Starcraft, The expansion Starcraft Broodwar, and both stratigy guides. The stratigy guides show how to play the game and each charictor and how to use them. I have been playing this game for about 2 yrs and I still love it. Blizzard has made the BEST selection of games I have ever played. If u get this and like it you might want to look into buying any of these great games Diablo Battle Chest, Diablo, Diablo2, Diablo2 The expansion, Warcraft Battle Chest, Warcraft, Warcraft2, Warcraft3, and Frozen Throne, Starcraft Ghosts.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another thing to add..
Everything about this game has generally been summed up in the other reviews, yes, this is a TRULY AMAZING game even since it came out. It is still one of the most popular strategy games for the PC and you shouldn't worry too much about finding another multiplayer opponent.

About the campaigns: When first purchasing this game it might be instinct to go ahead and install Brood War right away and start playing it, but it is CRUCIAL that you do NOT play the Brood War campaigns until you finish the original game. Why?

1.) It will spoil some of the storyline from the first game.
2.) You will get your butt whooped.

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95. Microsoft Word 2004 Upgrade (Mac)
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Features

  • Craft great-looking documents with confidence
  • Record sound right into notes while typing
  • Discuss changes in real time with MSN Messenger
  • Improved reference tools; dynamic reviewing capabilities
  • Enhanced views for organizing thoughts; improved track changes

96. Checkmark Payroll

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5-0 out of 5 stars Saves me money
This payroll runs year after year and that saves me money. It prints the checks and tax forms, but not the state tax forms. After setup, running the checks takes a few minutes. And I can run a payroll anytime I want. Love the printed manual. ... Read more


97. Myst 10th Anniversary DVD Edition
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Publisher: UBI Soft
Sales Rank: 522
Average Customer Review: 3.73 out of 5 stars
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  • Collection includes Myst Masterpiece, Riven, and Myst III: Exile
  • Explore new ages, dramatic storylines, and incredible sights and sounds
  • Engineered to be fully compatible with Windows XP
  • Exclusive interview with Rand Miller
  • Footage from the making of

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    5-0 out of 5 stars I love this set!
    I too got this free with my purchase of URU, but it has sat around for about six months until I got a DVD-Rom drive. I was going to have to buy one anyway to play the upcoming Myst IV Revelation, and I'm glad I did! I had found my old Myst to be very difficult to play on my present XP system. All three games played beautifully on my system, although Riven did crash the first time I opened one of the gold domes. I love not having to switch disks with Riven! The only flaw I personally have found is that the clues to find the final page in Myst are a little off on my copy. I might have needed a walkthrough for it if I hadn't played it before.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great games - Poor collection
    I've got a lot of fond memories of playing Myst and Riven, so it was great to go back and play them again. Unfortunately, this new collection's benefits are far outweighed by its massive flaws. It's great to get three spectacular games for a relatively low price, and thanks to DVD, disc swapping is a thing of the past. That's about all the nice things I can say about it though. The package boasts full Win XP compatibility, but at the cost of functionality with anything else, sans Win 98 for some unfathomable reason. (Why skip 2000?) Furthermore, only Myst 3 seems to work perfectly. Myst and Riven are plagued with bugs and video card incompatibilities. The best part is that a lot of the bugs are addressed in the readme files with solutions such as "turn transitions off until you pass the trouble spot, then reactivate." So they new about a lot of these problems, but did nothing. Great quality control.
    So if you love Myst, have Win XP, a DVD drive, a newish video card with up to date drivers, and a lot of patience, then by all means buy this. Otherwise, dig out your old copies and live with switching discs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great
    I have windows XP--just so you know.
    The first game I played in this three disk set was Exile, for I have played the originals of the first two games before. It ran perfectly, but that might be because I bought a brand new very up-to-date video card to play Uru on. (It didn't work with my old card.)
    Having Riven on only one disk is great, but I haven't played the whole game through yet (since I played the original very recently). The only real problem with it was the music was a little choppy. Same with Myst. Since I have bought the soundtracks, however, this isn't too much of a loss--besides, the music was a little choppy and off in the original sometimes anyway.
    The following goes for all three:

    Graphics: Five Stars! They are excellent and detailed. You can see yourself in these beautiful worlds, and completely get lost in them. They are very fun to explore just for hours at a time, so traveling back and forth from place to place rarely, if ever, gets tedious. It is also a wonderful addition, in Exile, to be able to look around you almost 360 degrees--though it moves really fast and sometimes gave me a headache when I played in the dark.
    The animations were excellent, and looked like real people/creatures (probably because they used real people), but sometimes in Myst/Riven it was tiresome to have to watch an animation all the way through before you could move again--especially if you had seen it before. In Exile, most of the time you can move around while animations are playing, which is great.

    Gameplay: FIVE STARS! Though it is hard to get used to the scrolling in Exile, it is always simple to move around and interact with things etc. etc. All the puzzles fit into the game, the plots have no holes, the acting is great (for computer games) and it is always very absorbing (for lack of a better word). When you finish a game sometimes you open it up again to see if there can be another ending, or simply to look at the beautiful scenery again.

    Music: Four and a half stars; and that only because it can be choppy and grainy in the first two games sometimes. Otherwise, it supplements the game perfectly and gets better from sequel to sequel. The introductory music of Exile gives me chills, sometimes, for it is hauntingly beautiful.

    If you are not patient, or not willing to spend a lot of time solving puzzles, this game is not for you. If you really want to play, however, but find the puzzles impossible, there are strategy guides available and plenty of online help. (I myself used the internet at least twice per game, and let me tell you--it is way less satisfying than solving it yourself).
    If you love shoot-em-up and other sorts of fast moving games, this game will never be for you.
    But, if you have a big imagination, plenty of patience, a grasp of logic, and a love of mystery, you'll get right into these games. You can practically feel the wind on your face and smell the salt from the sea when you're standing there staring at it all--and you'll wish it'll never end.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Some of the most thought provoking games ever!
    I am using Windows ME and have encountered absolutely NO technical problems using any of the games in this collection.

    MYST - What can I say. Classic. The music is very grainy, and the sound is distorted, but the puzzles are as fun as ever. Do not buy this game if you do not want to think a lot. MYST provides a break from all those action games that you see now days.

    RIVEN - Also great. Although it is still in slideshow format, the game is still great fun. The puzzles are quite a bit more challenging than MYST. The graphics are super photorealistic, and you could swear that you could just touch the screen (or page ;-) ) and be there. Music is great.

    EXILE - I rather enjoy being able to look anywhere I want to in this game. EXILE features a lot more interaction (through holograms) than RIVEN did. It also features somewhat of a moral battle, although I will not go into that here and will leave it for you to find out. The only thing that I dislike is the fact that the ages appear to be completely uninhabited (aside from the sabatoge). Even though they were just created for Sirrus and Achenar to learn, I still feel that they would sustain SOME damage in addition to the sabatoge (or maybe that is damage), knowing their personalities.

    The Making of Movies I enjoyed much more than the interview.
    Overall, a great package if you want to get into the MYST games.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Works so far...
    I have only played Exile from this collection so far (I've played the others before), but it seems to be stable. The "making of" movies are great, and the Riven one is different from the Riven making of I've seen in the past. The interview with Rand Miller is only mediocre, which is why I have only rated this four stars (I would rate it 4 1/2 if I could.) The interview has some interesting content, but quickly turns into an ad for the new game, Uru. (Also worth looking into.) ... Read more


98. Art Explosion 750,000 For MAC
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Publisher: Nova Development
Sales Rank: 1608
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars Product doesn't live up to the hype
I bought this product based on what I thought were some good looking images on the box, but once I opened it... Yuck! If you want some really great clip art, best go to a site like Artzooks.com, where you can at least preview the images, buy and download only the images you need.

1-0 out of 5 stars Watch out Mac G5 owners ....
I just got a Mac G5 with 2 GB of RAM and was looking forward to using this product. I would have to agree that from the book most of the clipart contained in this set is cartoonish, but my worst complaint is that I just couldn't install it. On install all you'll get is a window stating you don't have enough RAM and fail to continue.

Nova Development software support wasn't any help either. They were VERY familiar with the problem and the tech made it clear that a fix would NOT be coming out anytime in the near future. He immediately gave me the phone # to call and get a refund ... and I'll use it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Useful, but still lacking
I bought this book mainly hoping I could find good illustrations of a diverse selection of people. I find that most of those illustrations are too cartoonish for editorial use, and don't show much variety. The high resolution photos were of no use either as they are actually only "medium" resolution. They would be great for web usage but not for print. Also, I wasn't able to use the electronic image catalog and was unable to search the photographs effectively since the file names are not descriptive.
If you're looking for illustrations of things rather than people, then this is a good source. The vector images are well organized and the print catalog is easy to use. Overall, I'd say this is a good product, but I don't think it offers much more than the 525,000 or 600,000 image versions.

3-0 out of 5 stars Ton of clip-art.... good quality (great for the price)
You really can't beat the price on this set of clip-art. Many of the graphics are low quality vector illustrations which I wouldn't use... but the portion that is usable is well worth the price. The photos included are mostly useless for a serious graphic designer like myself. Most are 72dpi and many are poorly taken photographs. All of the business and people photos are outdated by about 10 - 15 years going by the clothing and equipment. The photos are not searchable by key word... you have to browse (which is very time consuming). Don't get me wrong - if you're looking for one set of clip-art that has just about everything, this is it.

5-0 out of 5 stars All You Need
I used this collection when I worked at a major college newspaper. I never got tired of browsing the discs and I always found perfect images for ads. It has everything. The antique images are great, as are the photographs. I can't stress how many images this thing has! ... Read more


99. Diablo 2
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Manufacturer: Vivendi Universal
Sales Rank: 286
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Everything that made the original Diablo great--nonstop action, wicked monsters, dark gothic atmosphere, and fantastic magic items--has returned. But new enhancements such as the class skill system and cheater-proof multiplayer competition make Diablo II even better than the original.

The millions of gamers who fought their way through the horror of Tristram'scatacombs in the original Diablo realized that all was not well aftertheir hero destroyed the demon's physical body. Diablo II opens with avivid animated vision of that mad, doomed hero, who unwittingly spreads chaos ashe moves toward a fate of Diablo's choosing. With the original character classesgone, players choose from a new cadre of champions: the Barbarian (can wield twotwo-handed swords at once, one in each hand), the Necromancer (raises the deadto fight his battles), the Amazon (master of bow and spear), Paladin (holycrusader), and Sorceress (wielder of elemental magic). These warriors follow adiabolical plot through four acts, and each act is roughly as big as theoriginal Diablo.

Diablo II looks and behaves very much like Diablo. Players areassigned quests by nonplayer characters and adventure through dark catacombs andcrypts. Hordes of vile monsters assail the hero, who survives by force of arms,powerful spells, and through the use of varied and exotic magic items. Randomlygenerated dungeons guarantee fresh adventure each time a new game is started.But unlike the original game, characters must fight their way through the above-ground wilderness before entering a dungeon. Fortunately, some of thefrustrations of adventuring have been lessened in Diablo II, thanks to thenew ability to run and the clever implementation of "waypoints" that let yourcharacter quickly travel to and from the safety of town.

Along with the new character classes comes a new character skill system. As inthe original game, players improve their character's ability scores as they killmonsters and gain experience. But unlike the original game, players get to addspecific skills, spells, and powers each time they advance. For example, aftergaining a level you could choose between taking a skill that improves yourattack speed or a skill that allows you to scatter your foes with a mightyshout. With this customizedadvancement system it is unlikely that two high-levelcharacters, even characters of the same class, will be alike. Instead ofprogressing along a set path, you can choose skills and powers that complementyour own particular playing style. Interestingly, this new customizable classsystem closelyparallels the changes made in the new editionof Dungeons & Dragons.

Other enhancements include a method for creating and customizing magicitems, 3-D accelerated spell effects, anticheat multiplayer code, and a place to safelystore excess money and equipment. But even without these tweaks, even withoutthe sophisticated story line and all the cool new features, Diablo II isjust a great game. The sound, music, and graphics combine to create atantalizingly eerie setting. Players will willingly let their game-playing hoursslip well past reasonable bedtimes, suffering bleary-eyed classes and meetingsin exchange for "just one more" magic item, dungeon level, or characterskill.

Diablo is back. Say hello to the game that will once again dominate gamers'computers, and say good-bye to your free time. --Michael Fehlauer.

Pros:

  • Diabolical, engrossing story line told through brilliant cutscenes
  • All five of the new classes are distinct and fun
  • Fantastic music and sound effects
  • Random dungeons allow unlimited replayability
  • Millions of magic items, including rare items and sets of unique magicalequipment
Cons:
  • Addictive gameplay may cause loss of sleep, significant other, job
  • Virtually no improvement in graphics
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Features

  • Five all-new character classes with unique attributes and abilities.
  • Four different, fully populated towns complete with wilderness areas.
  • Multiple dungeons, caverns and crypts in every town for players to explore.
  • Expanded world filled with all-new quests, weapons, spells, armor, monsters and non-player characters.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best of the Genre
Diablo II is a helluva lotta fun.I'm not so much a single player person, but a multiplayer person.The gameplay is well thought-out and engaging.The plot is corny, but, then again, this is an RPG.

The graphics are kinda mediocre, but the gameplay makes up for it.The expansion is a must.Playing online is incredibly addictive, which I don't like, but I get a kick out of it.What makes this game is the interaction in multiplayer.

(...) is easy to use.They catch a fair few cheaters.

My main complaint is that there are many lamers.There is a group of people that buys duplicated items of the internet at like 10 dollars a piece.This is what I don't like.There are other people that hack accounts and steal characters and equipment, and that is just lame.Thankfully, this has not happened to me, although my brother got hacked a long time ago.

Even so, the fact that your account might get hijacked just adds to the reality that it is, after all, just a game.

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The single player is a lot like the multiplayer.It is a good way to learn how to start out independently.In fact, the multiplayer is like single player, but just with more people.(surprise)

There aren't many glitches, and there is skill involved, up to a point.

Buy this game.It's worth your money.So is the expansion.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great game!
Diablo 1 players. Yes, I know you have suffered, but Diablo 2 fixed all their problems and this game is 700 times better! Get it!

4-0 out of 5 stars Learned some lessons from DIABLO, but quests more restricted
DIABLO 2 can be summarized as "like DIABLO, but more so." DIABLO 2 has more locales, more varied scenery, more (and more elaborate) AIs, more control over developing your character's skills, more types of characters to play, better play balance, and so on.

Like the original, DIABLO 2's settings are (mostly) randomly generated, so that with the exception of some set-piece areas (like the Skeleton King's lair in the original), no two games follow exactly the same map. DIABLO 2 has four acts covering 5 locales (including Tristram, the setting of DIABLO). Each act has very different climate/geography and monsters differing accordingly.

You're following the trail of the Wanderer (the hero of the first game) as he locates the other Prime Evils, Diablo's brothers, before leading you into Hell and the final confrontation with Diablo himself. The settings in general have much greater variety and eye candy, and include outdoor segments as well as dungeon crawls.

Act I is a generic-Europe setting, with a lesser-demon Level Boss rather than a Prime Evil. Act I most closely resembles the earlier stages of the original DIABLO, and contains references back to the original, as the player's task is to help the Sisters of the Sightless Eye. (The Rogue from DIABLO was a member of the order; your closest-equivalent player character in DIABLO 2 is the Amazon, who has a different backstory.)

Act II is a desert scenario, with a sort of Egyptian flavor to the tombs, and a different, more formidable type of undead. Act III, by contrast, is a rainforest, emphasis on poisonous insects, water monsters, and fast-moving little AIs with blowpipe attacks. Act IV's revamped version of Hell is much more larger and elaborate than that in the original, with an assortment of demons and new attacks. The succubae weren't retained, but as a tradeoff Act I has hordes of renegade Rogues.

Many of the AIs have been revamped to make them tougher and to give them more distinctive appearances. While the distinct colour schemes were retained, the details are more elaborate and they're tougher opponents. The carver-type AIs now include shamans, who in addition to their own magical attacks can raise the fallen. Animated skeletons on higher difficulty levels may now have mages as well as archers with them.

That's one of the biggest changes from the original. Monsters not only regenerate after you've cleaned out a level (even lesser "unique" monsters, though not Level Bosses that have to be killed to end an Act), but many monster types can raise the dead or harvest energy from corpses. There are also delayed-action attacks, as poisons and antidotes have been added.

Other changes from original:
- Multiplayer and single player now use the same limited set of quests, rather than single player having a random selection of a larger set of quests.
- Play balance on character abilities now includes active and passive skills, differing by character type. Not just any character can learn spells.
- In addition to mana and life, player has stamina. While you don't have to eat or sleep as in, e.g. DARKSTONE, you either have to pace your character, stock up on stamina potions, or be content to move slowly.
- In addition to Town Portal spells, each Act contains a set of fixed waypoints, and the player can return to earlier Acts if desired.
- Towns are more elaborate. Apothecaries selling potions are now separate from magic sellers, and at least one NPC per Act can "gamble" with you. You can hire and equip NPCs who will follow you and fight what you fight. If they're with you, your experience points are divided with them, but they level up and become more formidable over time.

Some lessons learned by the designers:
- Local smiths can upgrade weapons, e.g. installing runes or gems in them. Partway through Act II, a quest item allows you to combine multiple gems of the same type to get a single gem of a better grade, so strategy is a factor.
- In town/camp you have a chest in addition to the inventory on your character's person. Items in the chest are safe, but if you're killed and resurrected, anything you were carrying has to be retrieved from the body. Since you're fined a large amount of your total gold when you're resurrected, you're motivated to scavenge your own body anyway just to get some of it back.
- Partway through Act I, you revisit Tristram and rescue Deckard Cain, who now has enough gratitude to identify items for free instead of gouging you.
- Some unique items now come in sets (e.g. helmet, breastplate, gauntlets) that are stronger together than apart, and mostly effective for specific character types (e.g. bonuses apply only to a paladin). Strategy comes into play: is it worth saving an item in the hopes of acquiring the rest of the set?

In summary: the thing I miss most from the original is the randomized quest mix on single player. The active/passive skill system is interesting enough to make up for restricting the player's ability to create super-powerful spell-casting Rogues and the like.

As in the original, even in single-player a game can't be saved in multiple states; you can only have multiple characters working through different scenarios. In multi-player, items can be transferred between characters by drop-and-switch, but that's about it.

5-0 out of 5 stars nothing tops this
there have been many trys by different developers to copy the play style of diablo 2.they are no doubt good but they are NOT diablo 2.diablo 2 has the best story, fun factor, sound, cinematics, addictiveness and replayability.i stopped playing this a long time ago because i was hooked on starcraft but i am going to start a new character tonight just to see how fun this game is again.my previous barbarian only got up to lvl 46.i've been playin WoW and have a lvl 60 alliance human paladin but there is not nearly as much loot as there is in diablo 2, thus making many characters look the same.(to the post below- all mmorpgs require a fee to play...its what basically gets them paid to make updates, fix the servers, etc.)cant wait to start diablo 2 again!

5-0 out of 5 stars Another increible Blizzard's production
Lord Of Terror
When Diablo came out almost 4 years ago, it was the surprise hit of the 1997. One day there wasn't Diablo, the next it was on store shelves, and the day after North American productivity plummeted 25%. Although Blizzard liked to classify it as a RPG, it wasn't really one. More like an action-RPG, since so much of the game relied on reflex and mouse-clicking. The story development was slim and roleplaying aspects non-existent. Yet the simple, addictive gameplay hooked us all and had us begging for more.

After years of development, a few promises, a few leaked features and dozens of delays - Diablo II is here. The Second Coming of Hell and another dip in all IT stocks came to my desk less than a week ago, and grudgingly I accepted the job of reviewing the game.

For those of you who've been in a timewarp the past 5 years and never heard of Diablo or Diablo II, let me give you a brief rundown on both.


Diablo
Diablo was a game where you played a hero of one of three character classes - Warrior, Sorcerer or Rogue. This hero operated out of a small town called Tristram, underneath which Hell itself was opening up. At first simply trying to clear the local corrupted Cathedral of vermin infestation, the hero soon discovers that something much more sinister is afoot. Hence you keep going deeper and deeper through the game until you discover that none other than the Lord of Terror himself - Diablo - is at the root of all the problems. You see, he, along with his two other brothers - form the Three Prime Evils. They got banished from Hell by lesser evils and then rampaged around the world until they were captured in soulstones given to mortals by the angel Tyrael.

Through 4 different dungeons having 4 levels each you fought, died, and recovered your own corpse. You'd restart the game when it got too hard to gain xp in easier areas, and go back in again. It was all about getting to the next level, getting the next spell, getting the next better weapon or armor. It was simple to the point of being idiotic. Click the mouse to move somewhere, then click-click-click-click-click at some monster until it dies, and move on to kill more. That's an over-simplified description, of course - but the point is that Diablo was extremely addictive.
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100. JumpStart Advanced 1st Grade
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Publisher: Knowledge Adventure
Sales Rank: 122
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4-0 out of 5 stars Jumpstart Advanced toddler
We bought this as a Christmas present for our son that just turned 2. We were looking for an educational computer game for him and we already had Reader Rabbit Toddler (which he loves). When I first started Jumpstart Adv. Toddler I thought it was way too simple, then I discovered that most activities have 2 levels. Level 1 is pretty basic and doesn't require the kids to do a whole lot...my son was very bored with this. Level 2 is much better...in fact it is more advanced than Reader Rabbit. Most of the activities do not require toddlers to click on the mouse, but if you can click it goes faster. I was surprised by how fast my son figured out the activities. He can do most everything by himself, but he still needs me to help him navigate some. This package comes with 3 cd's - school time, song time and art time. THe song time cd has several fun songs that he just loves. Overall I really like this game and have found it to be very educational. As soon as my son has mastered clicking the mouse we will be getting the preschool version.

5-0 out of 5 stars JumpStart Study Helpers Math Booster
Knowledge Adventure's Jump Start Study Helpers Math Booster... is another real winner for all children in grades 1st-5th - like is partner - Knowledge Adventure's Jump Start Study Helpers Spelling Bee - this program has cute, fast paced, great music and sound three styles of arcade-like games to teach your children their math facts - no more boring math flash cards - learn math on a fast paced pinball machine, or arrange math facts for the the "burpers" or "smack" space ships and and space rocks to get correct answers to math problems - fast and fun - even for an old Grandma, me - all games are controled using the arrow keys and space bar excep to the outer space game where you shoot with a mouse - like the Spelling Bee it has over 800 pre-programmed math problems - all basic subjects are covered - addition, subtraction, muliplication, division, decimals and percentages in SIX different leveals - will auto advance at your child's own speed - on screen instructions for everything - also, like its partner, Jump Start Study Helpers Spelling Bee - you can program your child's "real" weekly math problems in to this program so they can learn their "real" weekly school math lessons in a fun arcade style of learning - you will love it for the small price tag - your children will love it for all of the fun they will have - and you will love it even more when your child brings home a A+ grade on their report card in Math. The [low price] is "right" - please buy it - once again this old Grandma is happy to be able to send my first grader, and my second grader back to school this year with this GREAT study tool. Knowledge Adventure can be very proud of these two programs ther Jump Start Study Helpers Math Booster and their Jump Start Study Helpers Spelling Bee - buy them both and enjoy!
A very pleased Grandmother,
Jacqueline Lee Wilson

4-0 out of 5 stars JumpStart Spanish a winner
My 5 year old loves her new JumpStart Spanish program. She has learned to count in spanish and her colors so far. Very fun games and rewards. She is really picking things up fast. We have not had any real computer problems, it has locked up once, but that has happened on other software as well. The sound works well. For the price I would recommend this as a beginning spanish program.

5-0 out of 5 stars My daughter simply loves it!!!!
My 2 year old loves this set of CDs. I found that it reinforces all the things we are teaching her.... shapes, colors, numbers the ABC. The duck that sings is very sweet to their ear. I found it sooo great I am buying it for my daughter's school so the other kids can benefit as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jump Start 4TH GRADE ADVANCED
I rented this software from the Library. It is a 3 disc program. My 3rd grader (almost 4th grader) loves the Ultimate Field Trips and Mystery Club volume 3. The fundamentals disc is a little too hard for her right now, so it is challenging. I played it because it looked fun and it was fun for me to play. I love the "mystery" tone of the software. I like these programs because there are fun games that do not get boring, and while your kids are playing the games, they are also learning a lot. I am going to purchase this software and the 3rd grade ADVANCED program so my child can review through the summer. ... Read more


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