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    1. Apple iLife '05 (Mac)
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    4. Adobe Creative Suite Premium CS2
    $89.99 $74.99
    5. Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 (Mac)
    $869.99 list($899.00)
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    1. Apple iLife '05 (Mac)
    list price: $79.99
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    Asin: B0007GCZ46
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Apple Computer
    Sales Rank: 6
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    iLife '05 ... Read more


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

    Reviews (13)

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

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

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

    Major Editing in Post Production

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

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

    Analog Signals into Digital Signals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Final Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2. Adobe Creative Suite Premium CS2 Upgrade (Mac)
    list price: $549.00
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    Asin: B00080DPHM
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Adobe
    Sales Rank: 362
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    Product Description

    Adobe Creative Suites Premium 2.0, Upgrade ... Read more

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

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

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

    Reviews (1)

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

    Here is what happened:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    5. Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 (Mac)
    list price: $89.99
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    Asin: B0002UDQAO
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Adobe
    Sales Rank: 29
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    • Photo enhancing tools with industry-leading technology
    • Make quick fixes or use advanced editing options
    • Get high-quality with camera raw and 16-bit support
    • Enjoy flexible print options; process batches of photos at once
    • Easily adjust shadows and highlights; view before and after

    6. Adobe Creative Suite Standard CS2 (Mac)
    list price: $899.00
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    Asin: B00080DPPE
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Adobe
    Sales Rank: 1257
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    7. Toast 6 Titanium
    list price: $99.99
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    Asin: B0000C0ZM1
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Roxio
    Sales Rank: 66
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    • Turn your DV camcorder footage into a Video CD, Super Video CD, or DVD
    • Share disc burners across a network or the Internet with other Toast 6 Titanium users
    • Turn still photos into Motion Pictures using pan and zoom, dissolves, and soundtracks
    • Schedule regular, automatic back ups for peace of mind
    • Burn files and folders directly from the desktop with a single-click, pop-up menu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Give the Package Bundle five stars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    8. Apple iLife '05 Family Pack (Mac)
    list price: $99.99
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    Asin: B0007GCZC8
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Apple Computer
    Sales Rank: 102
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    iLife '05 Family Pack ... Read more


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

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great update
    iPhoto 5 is a great update. It does lots more, and on a dual processor G5 really flies! It does have a bit of a funky response if you tweak the saturation of a photo in extreme highlights (window in a backlit situation) where the whole area of complete white goes a funky color. But just undo what you by reverting to the original and start over. iMove and iDVD are good updates too with the new 16:9 ratio and some really nice themes. Better performance, and more functionality. Garageband with recording up to 8 lines in at once is a major improvment, especially being albe to see notes appear as you write your music! It may not be Logic Express (also owned by Apple) but it really works well. Garageband alone is worth the upgrade.

    And if you're an education professional, there is a great price break! ... Read more

    9. .Mac 2.5 Retail
    list price: $99.99
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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

    10. Adobe Creative Suite Standard CS2 Upgrade (Mac) from Photoshop [Any Version]
    list price: $499.00
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    Asin: B00080DQAS
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Adobe
    Sales Rank: 1052
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    Product Description

    Adobe Creative Suite Standard CS2 Upgrade for Mac from Photoshop .The Adobe Creative Suite 2.0 brings together full new versions of Adobe's latest print and Web publishing tools in a comprehensive design environment. In addition to the new features of each component product noted below, the Creative Suite offers integrated file-management and workflow benefits designed to let you focus on your creativity. The Creative Suite Standard edition combines the full versions of Photoshop 9.0, Illustrator 12.0, and InDesign 4.0 also supported by Version Cue file-management features, an Adobe PDF workflow, and training resources, for a comprehensive publishing solution.Adobe Adobe Creative Suite 2.0 FAQ ... Read more

    11. Adobe Creative Suite Standard CS2 Upgrade (Mac)
    list price: $349.00
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    Asin: B00080DQ12
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Adobe
    Sales Rank: 880
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    Adobe Creative Suites Standard 2.0, Upgrade ... Read more

    12. Apple iWork '05 (Mac)
    list price: $79.99
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    Asin: B0007GCXZ2
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Apple Computer
    Sales Rank: 26
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    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

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    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

    13. Adobe Photoshop CS2 (Mac)
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    Catlog: Software
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    14. Adobe Illustrator CS2 Upgrade (Mac)
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    Catlog: Software
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    15. Adobe Creative Suite Premium 1.3 (Mac)
    list price: $1,229.99
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    Asin: B0006J2PM6
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Adobe
    Sales Rank: 3588
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    16. Apple Production Suite [Final Cut Pro HD, Motion, DVD Studio Pro]
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    Asin: B0002V4GT8
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Apple
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    • Essential software suite for film and video production
    • Real-time production tools; common user interface elements
    • Professional graphics, video, audio, and DVD authoring applications
    • Provides seamless, intuitive, and integrated workflow
    • Includes Final Cut Pro HD, DVD Studio Pro 3, and Motion

    17. Adobe Photoshop 7.0-Mac
    list price: $609.00
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    Asin: B000063EMZ
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Adobe
    Sales Rank: 2621
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Mixed-media professionals such as photographers, Web designers, and graphic designers will not be disappointed with Adobe's latest incarnation of Photoshop. While the major difference between this and earlier versions is that Photoshop 7.0 is Mac OS X compatible, this version also successfully addresses the issues of file management, easy photo retouching, and smarter output for the Web. In addition, new, improved tools such as painting and an enhanced brush palette allow Photoshop to build on its reputation as the leading tool for image manipulators. New-school designers of wireless applications will smile when they discover that Photoshop 7.0 finally offers support for WBMP-format graphics.

    Photoshop 7.0's new file management system comes in the form of a Windows Explorer-like file browser that allows users to easily sort and locate their images within various projects. Users can now organize projects by name, date, resolution, and a number of additional parameters.

    The enhanced brush palette allows users to create custom brushes and save them as a preset that can be accessed from the Tool options bar. Users can easily vary different aspects of the brush by changing the hue, opacity, or flow of the brushes for pastels, oils, and charcoal. Photoshop 7.0 also introduces a new Healing Brush and Patch Tool. With this tool, users can easily "heal" their images by removing scratches, blemishes, and other imperfections while also preserving shading, lighting, and texture attributes.

    Adobe has taken great strides in revamping Photoshop 7.0 to be more Web-ready than ever before. With the help of its companion software, Image Ready, users can now easily create rollovers and complex navigation bars with selected state by using the new Rollovers palette. Additional Web-ready features include enhanced Web export functions that allow designers to preview images designed for PDAs and mobile phones in the WBMP format. Users can easily create a slide show of their images and post online using the new Web Gallery. For those concerned about posting their images online, they can secure their images with the new password protection feature before sharing them.

    A long overdue spell checker has finally been introduced, with wicked multilingual spell-checking capabilities.A new search-and-replace feature allows users to search and replace across different layers in the same document.

    While Photoshop 7.0 introduces an impressive array of features that allow photographers and Web and graphic designers to work more effectively with Web and wireless devices, Photoshop still remains the leading tool for anyone serious about digital imaging. No other software package provides users with the ability to create such high-quality images. --Rich Ting ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Expensive but Quality
    I never had access to many Adobe products, with exception for Pagemaker, because of the high price. But at my high school we have what we they called an Academy of Graphic Arts and Design. There, with the financial help of a well known college, the academy was given a full copy of Adobe Photoshop 7.0!

    I really enjoyed learning how to use Adobe Photoshop 7.0. I'm not one to read manuals or help menus and just like to play around. Learning how to use everything is fairly easy.

    One feature I LOVED is what is called "layers". You can have a photo in the background and then open other files and drag and drop onto the first picture. Then you can choose to erase part of the pictures you placed on top. But not everything is erased...each layer underneath the one you are erasing is still visible! There are various erasers (shape-wise) too, so it can look blended or have neat edges.

    I also liked the variety of "filters". These filters help change the picture. You can add texture to the picture, distort it, add light to a certain area, make the picture look like it on a stamp (as in rubber stamp)...the list goes on.

    The one bad thing about this is you can't do "Undo except for the change you just did (meaning if you made a mistake and decided to try something to "cover it up", if you didn't like the outcome of the "fix" you can't go back and change the mistake) EXCEPT if you are layering, you go to the box where it shows each layer and go to the history where you can delete (or "undo") up until the mistake you had made is gone.

    My point is, this program is Top Class. The best I have used (and I have tried a few) Although I'd like to try the Windows version, for those who have a Mac (this is the version I used and have experience with) GET THIS if you love photoediting. The possiblities are endless.

    Now if only I could save up enough money...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Cannot pull myself away
    Photoshop 7.0 is incredible. The new paint enhancement are mindblowing. Everyone should learn how to use this program. I have been able to do so many things, Edit and enhance my own artwork and comics, make custom t-shirts, make beutiful portaits and photo collages, just let my artistic mind run wild. This program has opened a world of opportunity, and it should for you to. BUY IT, worth every penny.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Adobe Photoshop Rocks
    Adobe did it again. Not only did they make a product that runs great in OS X but they inhanced it and made it better with new features like the heal tool. If you have been waiting to upgrade to OS X because of Photoshop order both right now. ... Read more

    18. Adobe Photoshop CS (Mac)
    list price: $649.99
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    Asin: B0000DBOA5
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Adobe
    Sales Rank: 945
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    • Improved file management, new design possibilities, and a more intuitive way to create for the Web
    • Support for 16-bit images, digital camera raw data, and non-square pixels
    • Create or modify photos using painting, drawing, and retouching tools
    • Customized workspace; save personalized workspace and tool settings; create customized shortcuts
    • Unparalleled efficiency--automate production tasks with built-in or customized scripts

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Photographer's Point of View and Adobe Photoshop CS
    It's all about control. Now you have the photo editing control power in your hands with Adobe Photoshop CS.

    Raw format allows photographers greater latitude in how they want their pictures to appear. Open the camera raw image files. Next, quickly apply adjustments such as exposure compensation or tonal adjustments without compressing the image or losing any of the original image data.

    Shoot photos in your digital camera's raw format when image quality is the most important factor. Raw format saves all related image data with no in-camera processing.

    Photoshop CS allows photographers to:

    Control their raw camera images

    View live histograms as they work

    Create lens blur effects

    Simulate photo filter effects

    Easily correct exposure problems

    Quickly replace color

    Automatically crop and straighten photos and Create Adobe Photoshop CS panoramas

    The 'Inner Core' of Adobe Photoshop CS

    Most of my Photoshop CS work is done in the Browser. I single-click the photos that I need for my Photoshop CS project. Now I have a group of highlighted photos that can be used in the Browser's Automated menu.

    The inner core of the Photoshop CS Browser's Automated menu contains: Batch, PDF Presentation, Contact Sheet II and Online Services. Also, Automated menu contains Photomerge, Picture Package and Web Photo Gallery. Running these automated menu tasks from the File Browser saves me a lot of time. I can avoid opening each photo file separately in Photoshop CS.

    The Photoshop CS Browser has Sort capabilities that contains the Filename, Flag, Rank, Width and Height. Also, Sort capabilities that contains File Size, Resolution, File Type and Color Profile. Finally, the Photoshop Browser's Sort contains Date Created, Date Modified, Copyright and Custom. You can sort them in ascending or descending order.

    Photoshop CS Photomerge and PDF Presentations

    In Photomerge, I can make a collage of photos and move them in any order. Also, I can take several sections photos of a large bridge using a tripod. I then take the section photos and join them together with Photoshop CS' Photomerge. I still have to edit the new Photomerge photo for length, size and contrast.

    In PDF Presentation, I can turn my photos into Acrobat PDFs and stitch them together. The fun is turning my new creation into a slideshow with various transitions. The PDF Presentation is cross-platform that can be used on a Mac and Windows computers.

    The 'Outer Core' of Adobe Photoshop CS

    The epiphany moment for me was using Adobe Photoshop Toolbar's one-key letter shortcuts. During an SIG (Special Interest Group) meeting on how to use Adobe Photoshop, the SIG teacher showed the club members the basic one-key letter shortcuts.

    Keyboard Commands

    The one-key letter shortcuts that I use quite often is M for Marquee, V for Moving objects, T for Text,  I for Eyedropper and C for Crop. There is a multitude of Toolbox one-key letter shortcuts that you can use or change.

    Toolbox uses the Shift bar to get to related tools on the same pop-out menu. For example, to cycle through the Lasso, Polygonal Lasso, and Magnetic Lasso tools, hold down Shift bar and keep pressing "L" key.

    Change Keyboard Commands in Photoshop CS

    This means that missing Photoshop CS Menu keyboard commands can now be added. For example, I am constantly making changes to my images by changing the photos' contrast and brightness.

    Now without using the computer mouse, I use the Command, Control, and C keys in unison. Like a piano chord, I can now change the contrast and brightness in my digital photographs. I use Command, Control, and letter keys for adding keyboard commands. This works well within the menus and plugin filters that I use in Photoshop CS.

    Pro Reaction

    Photoshop CS offers flexibility and nondestructive editing. Photoshop's Welcome screen and improved Help ease the learning curve for new users. The Help menu is changeable. I find Photoshop CS' Help menu an excellent way to learn the various functions of Photoshop program. Photoshop CS comes with a paper, hardcopy paper manual.

    Con Reaction

    You have to read and work with hardcopy paper manual. Photoshop CS is not compatible with older Mac OS. Photoshop CS requires Mac OS X 10.2.4 or greater.

    Final Words

    Photoshop is the industry standard for professional photo editing, graphic design, and digital imaging. Adobe Photoshop is considered the industry standard. Photoshop skills are required for employment in the graphic design field. 

    Digital photographers will benefit from Adobe Photoshop with its strong digital-camera raw workflow. Adobe Photoshop is made for Jaguar (Mac OS 10.2) and Panther (Mac OS 10.3). ... Read more

    19. Apple Final Cut Express HD (Mac)
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    Final Cut Express HD gives you the tools and flexibility to create stunning, professional-quality DV and HDV projects. Whether you want to make sophisticated home movies complete with transitions and effects or pro-level videos for your business, it provides the compositing, titling and effects capabilities you need to express your creativity. As a full-featured package, it offers an unparalleled combination of power and affordability. ... Read more


    • Precision tools and techniques for flexible editing; versatile interface
    • Filmmaking software with powerful DV editing tools
    • High-definition video (HDV) capability for both new and experienced editors
    • Full-featured, professional-quality animated titling program, LiveType
    • Create custom musical accompaniment for video projects with Soundtrack

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    5-0 out of 5 stars unbelievable video production program
    If you've only worked with iMovie or Windows Movie Maker, you may be intimidated at first, but the end results speak for themselves.It is true that Final Cut Express HD isn't necessarily intuitive and the options are innumerable, but you will emerge from the other side of the learning curve amazed at how polished your works have become.

    You can update old iMovie projects easily; just import them into Express HD and add high quality titles and credits and an attractive soundtrack.If you want to take it further, you can experiment with an astounding variety of professional quality transitions, filters, and effects to deliver the full visual and auditory impact you desire.

    If you already have a previous release of Final Cut Express, the inclusion of LiveType and Soundtrack alone justify this upgrade.For a bonus, GarageBand musicians will love the hundreds of Apple loops included in the Soundtrack package. ... Read more

    20. Adobe Creative Suite Premium 1.3 Upgrade (Mac) from PhotoShop
    list price: $749.99
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