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    1. Microsoft Office Standard Student and Teacher Edition 2004 Macintosh
    list price: $149.99
    our price: $129.99
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    Asin: B0001WN16M
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 26
    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    • 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

    2. 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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    • 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

    3. QuickBooks Pro 2005 for Mac
    list price: $299.95
    our price: $247.99
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    Asin: B00062AJQ2
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Intuit, Inc.
    Sales Rank: 165
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    • 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

    4. 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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    • 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

    5. The Sims 2 (Mac)
    list price: $49.99
    our 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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    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


    • 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

    6. .Mac 2.5 Retail
    list price: $99.99
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B0002HTDUO
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Apple Computer
    Sales Rank: 365
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    • Award-winning virus protection from McAfee Virex with automatic eUpdate
    • First-class email service - 15MB of storage and no ads
    • 10 new templates for movies, photos, cross-platform file sharing, and more
    • Over 200 new iCards and built-in access to .Mac Address Book
    • Expert training from Apple for .Mac, Panther, and iLife '04

    7. Microsoft Office 2004 Standard Upgrade (Mac)
    list price: $239.99
    our price: $214.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001WN0KY
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 471
    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    • 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 (8)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Better than Office v.X
    This new version of MS Office for Mac OS X is definitely a big improvement over the original version.
    As a student I had the option of getting the full version for a reasonable price, so I did, mostly because several other students I know had problems with the upgrade version. I can't really comment on their experiences other than hearing their complaints and frustrations persuaded me to go with the full version.
    I had no problems with the installation or the use of the Office 2004 full version.
    Yes there are some (relatively) minor annoyances, but most of the major problems (text formatting, printing alignment issues-- the old version was definitely NOT WYSIWYG) are gone. Admittedly I have fairly low expectations after the disappointing original version. The new one has not crashed or lost data yet.
    Although I find the Project Center (or whatever it is called) awkward to use, it is definitely a good idea. Hopefully it will become easier and more intuitive to use in future versions.

    It is a big disappointment that it does not work with my Palm. I still have to use and iCal because I rely on my Palm. It would be nice to have everything integrated into one environment.

    Visually Office 2004 seems less clunky and more sleek than OpenOffice, which is surprising because it runs noticeably slower than OpenOffice.

    4-0 out of 5 stars MS: I'd like to clear something up...
    My friend worked with the MS team on this product. So reading some of the reviews, I've noticed quite a few inaccuracies. I personally have no direct connection with Microsoft and not interested in defending its interests much, but I'm against spreading bogus information.
    First of all, there is no "3 strikes you are out" rule with the new Office 2004.
    Some people seem to claim that Office 2004 can only be installed 3 times, after which user would have to do a clean re-install of the system. This is completely not true. Student and Teacher, Standard and Professional versions of Office 2004 do not have any special write protection and do not count how many times you install the program on your computer. However, license agreement for Standard and Pro versions states that you can only use one copy of software on one (1) desktop and one (1) laptop computer connected to the same network. Program does indeed check computers connected to the same network for opened Office 2004. If any Office 2004 program is opened on a desktop computer that is connected to the local network, it will refuse to launch until program on other computer is closed.
    This is a security measure that doesn't affect regular consumers at all most of the time. The only reason for this is to make sure that small and even big businesses do not use one copy of a program on many computers. There is nothing new here either. Many companies have been utilizing similar security features for quite some time.
    Student and Teacher edition which retails for a low price has ALL the features of Standard edition and can even be installed on three (3) computers at the same time.
    The down side to it is that Student & Teacher edition cannot be upgraded in the future. But again, is not a big deal since upgrade for Standard version still costs more than full S&T edition. And of course, one must be a student or a teacher to purchase it.

    I would recommend upgrading to the Office 2004 for many reasons. Not only you get a more stable programs now but also many new features like advanced Power Point timers, advanced printing themes and previews, audio note taking, a better option grouping and support for long file names, and many more. Most operations now also work faster and smoother.

    Just like any new program, of course, Office 2004 will have a fair share of bugs, but they will be taken care of in a timely manner.

    My Recommendation: Professional edition is a great buy for those who want to get Virtual PC 7.0 (included), as a VPC7 will retail for over half the price of the Office 2004.

    If you are not sure about Office 2004 and would like to take it for a test drive, go to and download a "test drive" version. Try it out for yourself.

    Hope this helps.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Entourage is flawed
    If you use a Palm Tungsten T or E, and other PDA's, the Entourage conduit is not compatible and will not allow you to sych your handheld with Entourage. This is a serious flaw if you use Entourage as your primary address, emal, calendar and to do list application. Microsoft is completely aware of this and offers no excuse. They simply state that the Entourage conduit will not work and they have no solution for it.

    In Office X the Entourage conduit worked flawlessly.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Mixed Review
    The Project Manager is a nice feature, but 2004 is full of bugs and problems. Some examples: when trying to save in Word, you have to use the "Column Browser" which lists your top tier folders and destinations, and recent folders, but you can't access subfolders. Very annoying. Entourage rules that worked in Office X don't work, and when I redo, they still don't work other than manually. Send and Receive schedule works occasionally, no pattern to its failure I can see. Mail view listings in outbox show sender (me!) not recepient. Really, some of the problems are just plain careless or thoughtless, and online support worthless at this stage. I would wait until problems fixed.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not really that stable
    The very first time I used, Word would repeatedly crash when trying to switch language from the TOOLS menu. Powerpoint still lacksuster compared to Keynote. ... Read more

    8. Apple iWork '05 (Mac)
    list price: $79.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007GCXZ2
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Apple Computer
    Sales Rank: 26
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    iWork '05 ... Read more


    • Integrated iLife media browser and photo masking
    • Create, present, and publish work quickly and easily
    • Cinema-quality slide presentations; streamlined, yet powerful word processing
    • 40+ professionally designed templates with multiple page designs
    • Freeform graphics canvas; easy-to-use text styles, charts, and tables

    Reviews (16)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Don't Underestimate This Program.
    A number of reviewers have commented upon how easy this program is and, I suppose, in one sense it is, especially if you stick to using the templates.However, as one who has had occasion to work with "Adobe Pagemaker," this program can do sophisticated page layout and, as such, there will be a learning curve for the inexperienced.

    But, the User Manual is good and there are good books coming out, like one from Visual Start in July, that will help people learn.

    It is wrong to think of this program as a word processor "in competition with" Word."MS Word" is a robust word processor; "Pages," as its name implies, is a page layout program.Having also worked with "MS Publisher," the real point of comparison and not "MS Word," "Pages" far exceeds "Publisher" in capabilities and yet for relatively simple layouts is as easy as "Publisher" to use.

    I have not as yet put any real strain on the program, but at first blush, on my Powerbook G4 1.5, speed of operations is just fine.Yes, as a few reviewers have pointed out, some of the palettes could be more elegantly combined.One tends to get a clutter of open palettes.But, these are refinements that will be made in future editions, I am sure.

    Bottom line: If you want to layout pages with a lot of the sophistication possible in the more expensive "Quark" and "PageMaker" programs; if you want to be able to export your documents to universal portable PDF file format and print out beautiful documents; if you want to pay, basically, only about $40 for these benefits ["Keynotes," the other half of iwork represents another $40], then buy "Pages."

    And, if you are a novice with respect to not only page layout programs but also to very robust word programs like "Word," don't expect that everything will be simple.You will have to learn, but you will be rewarded relatively quickly.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I almost didn't buy it....
    I thought, "I have MS Office for the Mac, why do I need iWork?" Was I wrong!

    Okay fine I suppose I don't really NEED it. But it is a great program, and worth the price. The ability to export my work as a .pdf file is worth the price by itself. The Pages interface is much better, cleaner than Word. And the templates are suprisingly useful. I created a web page by costomizing a template and exporting it as HTML. I twas easy and quick and the result looked great. Most of the people I work with are PC users and because they were unfamiliar with pages the web Page looked fresh, not like a modified copy of someone elses work.

    I use my Mac for research mostly and the ability to save documents as .pdf files is very valuable as they are searchable. With Tigers ability to search the text within a .pdf I can now save my work as a .pdf and later find everytime a particular work appears in the fines I've created. This has made cross-refrecing very easy and fast. I now use a program called Pyramid to create a "mind map" of my work and create links from the "map" to refrences in the .pdfs.

    I don't use Keynote as much. I t more visially appealing than Powerpoint and pretty easy to use. The ability to use Quicktime movies in the presentation is helpful and the ability to export as a Powerpoint file is nice.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Great program if Microsoft can develop an imitation
    Keynote and Pages, the two applications included in iWork, were flawless under the Panther operating system. The Keynote app has always suffered from its inability to share with PC users. Oh yeah, I know I can convert a Keynote file to Powerpoint, .swf, QuickTime, or PDF, but the problem is that, especially when converting to PowerPoint, Keynote loses all its buttery-rich goodness. It's a PowerPoint problem, I realize, but without a Keynote viewer, there's no way around it. Thus, Mac folks must rely on Microsoft for slide presentations if they don't want to lug around their Mac laptop.

    Also, installing Tiger will mess up the purchased Keynote templates you have saved. Even reinstalling them won't help.

    My humble advice is to wait a couple of years until Apple fixes the bugs in Tiger, then MAYBE think about using a Mac. Until then, I'm switching back from a Mac to a PC.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Big time winner!
    iWork comes with two programs, Pages (a word processor) and Keynote (Apple's version of PowerPoint).Both of these programs are very simple to use and very effective.Without a doubt, there are better programs available, but their cost several hundred dollars more and for the average user don't provided more bank for the buck.

    When I first turned on Pages I thought "How cheesey!"But as I got to using it I found my first impression was totally wrong.It's simple appearance is very deceptive.This is a word processing program that can do everything that is needed for ordinary personal documents and beyond.You have to be willing to explore the program to discover its gems, but once you learn were things are you will find it a very fast and easy to use.The real value of the program is its desk top publishing.The 40 some templates let you create profession grade newsletters, journals, resumes, invitations, marketing brochures, and many other kinds of documents.This is worth the price of the software alone.It seamlessly works with your iPhoto, iTunes and iMovies.This is one powerful piece of software.With it you can produce commercial grade color brochures or newsletters at an entry level price.

    Keynote makes wonderful multimedia presentations, and like Pages is seamlessly integrated with iPhoto, iTunes and iMovies.If you are using graphics or want to import photos into your presentation, Keynote is significantly easier, quicker, and simpler to use that PowerPoint.You can't miss with this program.You can even save you presentation as a PowerPoint, Quicktime, or PDF file or post it on the internet for all to see with the easy of a single click.

    I have used both Microsoft Word and PowerPoint and keep them on my hard drive but rarely use them.As my skill with Pages and Keynote has grown I have found them to be more than sufficient in producing quality documents from personal letters, teaching handouts, to professional grade overhead presentations.
    For the cost, iWorks cannot be beat!And you will not be disappointed.

    iWork `05 System Requirements
    - Macintosh computer with a 500 mhz or faster Power PC G3, G4 or G5 (G4 for PowerBook); G4 or G5 recommended
    - 128 MB of physical RAM (512MB recommended)
    - 8 MB of video memory (32MB recommended)
    - Mac OS X v10.3.6 or later
    - QuickTime 6.5 or later

    2-0 out of 5 stars Pages is a disappointment
    I had high hopes for Pages, Apple's new Word Processing Application, but these hopes were shattered once I tried to design a newsletter with it.

    I find the interface unintuitive, unlike most Apple software, and the templates are not easily customizable. What's more, the application continues to mysteriously "erase" work that I have done, even after I have saved it.

    Apple, I know you can do better than this... ... Read more

    9. Microsoft Word 2004 (Mac)
    list price: $229.99
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    Asin: B0001WN1FS
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 629
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    • Word processing with innovative new tools
    • Improved reference tools; dynamic reviewing capabilities
    • Keep text, pictures, logos, and other important info right at hand
    • Soft drop shadows; decline auto corrections, numbering, and bulleting
    • Search and flag relevant info; record audio into documents

    10. Microsoft Office 2004 Professional Upgrade (Mac)
    list price: $329.99
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    Asin: B0001WN0NG
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 487
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    • 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

    11. Quicken 2005 for Mac [Track, Save, Invest]
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    Asin: B00029J1QI
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Intuit
    Sales Rank: 172
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    • Save, invest, and track profits in minutes
    • Download banking, credit card, and brokerage transactions
    • Track spending; manage investments; prepare for tax time
    • Track portfolio performance; read news stories related to holdings
    • Track home inventory and value; convenient iCal calendar

    12. TurboTax Deluxe 2004 Win/Mac
    list price: $39.95
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    Asin: B00062AKK2
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Intuit, Inc.
    Sales Rank: 4
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    • Tax preparation software with step-by-step guidance and free electronic filing
    • Extra help for mortgages, charitable contributions, and other important deductions
    • Assistance from official IRS publications and expert video advice
    • Updated life events planner; medical expense expert; complete tax library
    • Double-checks return for accuracy; compares last year's deductions to this year's

    13. Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Standard (Mac)
    list price: $299.99
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    Asin: B00069E7IG
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Adobe
    Sales Rank: 1448
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    • Easily create Adobe PDF files—create PDF documents with one-button ease from Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
    • Enjoy improved performance—with improved performance you can quickly convert, collect, and organize Adobe PDF documents.
    • Assemble documents—create a single Adobe PDF file from multiple sources—including Web pages and e-mail—to deliver one professional document that anyone can open using free Adobe Reader 7.0 software.
    • Protect sensitive and confidential documents—control documents inside and outside the firewall, online and offline.
    • Enjoy improved attachment capabilities—easily attach source files such as spreadsheets and images to an Adobe PDF document.

    14. FileMaker Pro 7 (Mac)
    list price: $299.99
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    Asin: B0001LUHEM
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Filemaker Inc.
    Sales Rank: 1677
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    • Track and manage people, projects, images, and data
    • Do more, faster with 30 starter solutions
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    • Store, track, and archive files and documents
    • Secure data with assigned accounts and privileges

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Have been using for 2 months now.
    I have been using Filemaker 7 for Mac for 2 motnhs now. I am so happy with all the improvements they have made. Hands down this is the best database program (Mac or PC) ever made. A must buy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great software!
    This Filemaker is the best version yet! Highly recommended!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Filemaker Pro 7
    I ran out an got this immediately when it was announced because I like to get the latest software and have been using Filemaker for over 10 years.
    Now I want to go back to 6.
    For some reason 7 is SLOWER than 6. All functions hang before executing from performing a find to changing between layout views there is a noticeable lag before the desired screen comes up and when you asked for it. Additionally once you perform the function you find yourself waiting. Especially performing finds I am noticing that it takes a while for the program to give me results. Since I use this function constantly that's a major pain in the ass. In 6 the delay between when I hit the find button and the results coming up was non existant. Performing finds in 6 on the same machine was lightning fast. In 7 it is not.
    Since I use this function more than any other and because there is also an increase in wait times on many other functions in the program , like creating a new record, sorting and everything else, I would not reccomend this upgrade.
    Ray ... Read more

    15. 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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    • 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

    16. 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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    • 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

    17. Microsoft Word 2004 Upgrade (Mac)
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    • Craft great-looking documents with confidence
    • Record sound right into notes while typing
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    • Improved reference tools; dynamic reviewing capabilities
    • Enhanced views for organizing thoughts; improved track changes

    18. Checkmark Payroll

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    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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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

    19. iView MediaPro 2.5
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    Asin: B0002MG5UK
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    Publisher: Global Marketing Partners
    Sales Rank: 2080
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    20. Age Of Empires 2 Gold Edition (Mac)
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    Asin: B00005RD6X
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: MacSoft
    Sales Rank: 1074
    Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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    Age of Empires 2 Gold Edition unites the exciting game play ofboth Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings and Age of Empires2: The Conquerors Expansion plus additional content for onecompelling gaming experience. Experience real-time evolution as youbuild your civilization into a flourishing empire, from the Dark Ageto the Imperial Age. Decide whether to conquer the world throughmilitary might, commerce and diplomacy, or intrigue andregicide. There are many paths to power but only one will reignsupreme.Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings spans 1,000 years,from the fall of Rome through the Middle Ages. Players control thedestiny of one of 13 civilizations. The game keeps the epic scope ofAge of Empires' gameplay while evolving the combat and economicfeatures. Developed by Ensemble Studios, Age of Empires 2features the expertise of Bruce Shelley, co designer of Age ofEmpires and the hit strategy game Civilization.Age ofEmpires 2: The Conquerors Expansion adds five new civilizations,four new campaigns, 11 new units, 26 new technologies, real worldmaps, and much more. Experience the adventure of the SpanishConquistadors as they enter the exotic lands of the Aztecs, or relivethe destructive force of Attila's pillaging Huns. This add-on packfocuses on the armies and military thinking of a handful of history'sgreatest tacticians, including Attila the Hun, El Cid, andMontezuma. The new civilizations each have unique attributes,buildings, and technologies, such as Chinese Rocketry and PersianMahouts. You'll put hussar cavalry, kamikaze siege units, andhalberdier infantry into battle in four all-new campaigns.Play up toeight other conquerors via modem, Internet, or LAN. ... Read more

    Reviews (36)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Strategy Game Ever!
    Age of Empires II is really fun. I've played a lot of strategy games, and this one is the best. WarCraftII, StarCraft, Majesty, WarCraft, Civilization, Centauri. But none of them were this good. The Graphics are really nice, and the gameplay is fun. It's really easy to use too. The Campaigns span over many civilizations and different time periods. It's a lot more fun with the expansion though, so I recommend that you buy the Gold Edition. There are many many civilizations to play around with, so gameplay has no end. The option to make your own maps and Campaigns is a blast. You can also choose different paths to take your civilizations along. You could make a huge trading community with large farmland. Or you could take control of the world with huge armies. Although when you first start out, you don't make that many units,

    but when you become more familiar with the game you will want to create larger armies, but the most units you can make is 200.
    Good things:
    -Nice Graphics

    -Good Music Track
    -Easy To Learn
    -Difficulty Levels
    Bad things:
    -Cannot Create Recources In Map Editor
    -Strict amount of units you can create. (Only 200)
    Over all Age of Empires II is a great game. It is definitely worth the money. I recommend it to all ages.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An incredibly-exact, excellent transition of the PC version.
    Those who doubt the quality of Mac games transitioned from original PC versions... doubt no longer. Bold Destineer and Westlake Interactive have taken the PC version of "Age of Kings" and "Age of Conquerors" and brought them to the Macintosh in ALL of their full glory. I have played the PC version for countless hours... I have extensive experience in AoE2. So when I recently bought a Macintosh Powerbook and purchased this game as one of the classics of strategy gaming, I expected a "decent" but not-quite-faithful rendition of the PC version. How wrong I was! This version is *identical* to the PC version in essentially every way... the graphics, the sound, the speech, the control interface, etc. Simply a perfect clone of one of the greatest real-time strategy games ever created.

    Macintosh gamers... this is a MUST-BUY game if you have any interest in real-time strategy. The graphics might not be "fancy" by today's standards, but let the gameplay prove its worth and you will be convinced. Along with the Conquerors expansion (included in this version of course) this is one of the most detailed, balanced, and long-lasting games you'll ever play. To miss out on Age of Empires 2 would be a shame.

    5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!!!!
    Few games can combine the art of strategy and history AND do it correctly. The game offers an easy to read and precise instruction manual. PLUS there's a
    great tutorial which explains EVERYTHING you need to know. Everything is veryy versatile and can be customized to how you want to play. There are few things in life that can really give you your bang for your buck and AOE 2 is one of those rare things. It's difficult to not enjoy the game because of how every option offered can fit your liking. There is a reason why AOE is such a popular game and that's why -it can please just about anyone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great game. Single click difference.
    This is a great game for the PC or Mac. I actally prefer the Macintosh version because you don't have to do complex key-strokes or left-right click. The one button Apple mouse does it all much simpler.

    While the graphics of some similar games can be and are better, this remains one of my favorities. The game remain true to the time periods of the game. In contrast, Microsoft's Rise of Nations quickly moves through the Ages so you can end up with aircraft shooting down footsoldiers with spears. It doesn't make much sense.

    Age of Empires graphics, and sometimes humorous sound, are always entertaining. The various prayers and incantations of the monks are always great entertainment. Having owned the game for several months now, and sometimes playing for 8-10 hours at a time, I still haven't completed all of the permutations and combinations. The game remains interesting and challenging.

    That said, this is a more sophisticated game than something like WarCraft. If you are just getting started in this genre of software, you might consider starting with WarCraft (or StarCraft if you prefer Sci-Fi up and over above Sci-Fi down and under with Orcs).

    Newer games like Age of Mythology have greater detail, but can also be slower as they require more computing resources. And the great complexity sometimes detracts from the game more than adding to it. Age of Empires offers the best balance of quality, speed, and great fun in this genre.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
    Let me tell you, this game is the best military strategy game I have. It is complex, and the online play is fantastic. If you look at this game and decide not to buy it, you are crazy. ... Read more

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