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1. Roxio Popcorn (Mac)
$89.99 $89.86 list($99.99)
2. Retrospect 6.0 Desktop Mac
$129.99 $129.88 list($149.99)
3. iListen with Headset/Microphone
4. MICROMAT TechTool Pro 4 ( Macintosh
$84.99 list($99.99)
5. iListen
$34.99 list($39.99)
6. Route 66 Route USA 2004 (Mac)
7. MICROMAT TechTool Pro 4 Version
$109.99 $79.99 list($119.99)
8. Norton AntiVirus 9.0 and Norton
$407.99 $369.88 list($462.00)
9. Symantec AntiVirus Small Business
$139.99 $137.88 list($149.99)
10. Norton SystemWorks 3.0 and Norton
$79.99 $74.83
11. Route 66 Route Europe 2004 (Mac)
12. Candy Bar Plus (Mac)
13. Norton SystemWorks 1.0
$89.99 $59.95 list($99.95)
14. Internet Security Barrier X Backup
15. Dataviz SMARTLIST TO GO V3.0 (
16. Virtual PC 3.0 for Power Mac (upgrade
$22.99 $4.89 list($24.99)
17. ScreenRecord (Mac)
$4.97 list($49.95)
18. SMITH MICRO CheckIt Firewall (
19. Virtual PC 5.0 for Mac with Windows
20. Virtual PC 4.0 with Windows 98

1. Roxio Popcorn (Mac)
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0006IJ0TS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Roxio
Sales Rank: 162
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  • Fast and reliable CD- and DVD-burning software for the Mac
  • Easily make high-quality copies of DVD movies; versatile copier
  • Powerful video compression; flexible extraction; informative copy summary
  • Full DVD support; personalize with custom disc labels and DVD case inserts
  • Share DVD burners with Toast users across the network via ToastAnywhere

2. Retrospect 6.0 Desktop Mac
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B0001G6Q2E
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Dantz
Sales Rank: 733
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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  • Complete protection for networked computers
  • Designed for use in home and small offices
  • Fast backups with 100-percent accurate restores
  • Proven automated technology provides easy administration
  • Intuitive, user-friendly graphical user interface

Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars Total Dung
Loved Retrospect when it first came out. I've used this version on 3 different computers. Some with freshly formatted source and destination drives. Never completes without errors that render the backup sets unusable. If you buy it make sure you suspect Retrospect first and not waste your valuable 30 days free support working on the drives as I did.

3-0 out of 5 stars Very powerful/reliable but slow and not intuitive
Dantz Retrospect 6.0 is an industrial grade product. From what I can tell it's nicely implemented when it comes to supporting backups in a "heavy" environment.

For my use on my G4 Mac (dual 825 Mhz processors w/1 GByte of ram) I find it pretty hard to use.

For example, to backup files from a single directory, you have to choose the "Source" but that only let's you choose a source disk or create a "Volume" that only seems to be able to contain a whole disk. There's no option to directly specify a directory as the backup "Source". There's no screen specific help button on the screens where these terms are mentioned.

To backup an individual directory, it looks like you have to specify a "Selecting" option separate from the "Source" option where the "Selecting" option let's you specify substring to match against filenames/directoris when looking at the "Source". Again there's no screen specific help button in the "Selecting" screen.

I'm trying to backup the files in a singe directory right now, but Retrospect seems to be scanning all files and folders on my Mac. I'm actually writing this review while waiting for Dantz to scan my whole hard drive.

This seems brain damaged. I suspect I'm doing something wrong. So I'll go read the manual and figure it out, but that's exactly the problem. You have to read the manual to use this product.

I'm also curious about why Retrospect has to scan each file on the whole hard disk *before* starting the backup. When finishing a whole disk backup it spends something like a half hour "closing files" (after files have already been backed up and verified on my 60 Gbyte disk with 15 Gbytes of space used). ... Read more

3. iListen with Headset/Microphone
list price: $149.99
our price: $129.99
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Asin: B0000C6EOQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: MacSpeech, Inc.
Sales Rank: 1253
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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  • Speech recognition software
  • Dictation in normal tone of voice and at a normal pace
  • Dictate, format and edit directly in any application
  • Correct and Update your Voice Model in almost any Application
  • Easy to install, train and use

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars works for me!
I do some pretty arcane dictation with lots of technical vocabulary, and have found the system up to my demands. I have worked at training the system, and it keeps on improving. I do find some of the interfaces a bit awkward to work with compared to the system I use with my PC (Naturally Speaking Standard Edition), but then, I've worked with that system somewhat longer. If the recognition of iListen improves with use as well as Naturally Speaking has, I will change my rating to 5 stars.

1-0 out of 5 stars Be glad I didn't enter this with iListen
I purchased iListen about three years ago. I found that it might have been useful for verbal commands to control computer functions, but it was useless for dictation. I upgraded to version 1.2.1, patiently went through at least three, new "training" sessions, and still was unable to create useable text via verbal input. When iListen kept sending me e-mail solicitations, I offered to upgrade if they could demonstrate that they had improved accuracy. They replied, "Because there are so many variables, and everyone has a different definition of what is acceptable results, all sales of iListen software are final."

My definition of acceptable dictation was that accuracy was sufficient to permit replication upon proof reading. I would accept errors, but not so different from what I had said that I could not reconstruct my text from its translation. It never even came close. Perhaps my voice is incompatible with iListen, and maybe it will translate your speech accurately. In either case, remember, all sales are final. ... Read more

4. MICROMAT TechTool Pro 4 ( Macintosh )

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Asin: B00013WGZ8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Micromat
Sales Rank: 786
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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  • New Volume Journaling tool makes you run your directory structure for quickly & efficiently than ever
  • Multiple protection and prevention features send mail alerts anytime a problem is found
  • Complete suite of Self Monitoring Analysis & Reporting Technology(SMART tests) monitors overall performance and keeps you aware of the situation
  • Runs faster and more efficiently with the power of Mac OS X
  • Checks Internet connections, networks, modems and some 3rd-party external peripherals

Reviews (2)

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

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

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

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

I can't say that now.

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

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

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

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

5. iListen
list price: $99.99
our price: $84.99
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Asin: B0000C6EOL
Catlog: Software
Publisher: MacSpeech, Inc.
Sales Rank: 1487
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  • Dictate, transcribe, edit, format, and speech navigate within any application
  • Transcription can generate text from WAV and AIFF audio files
  • Easily correct, update, and teach iListen new words and phrases
  • Extensive vocabulary of more than 330,000 words
  • Offers multiple profiles and is Internet ready and AppleScript compatible

6. Route 66 Route USA 2004 (Mac)
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00013MS7O
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Route 66
Sales Rank: 477
Average Customer Review: 2.39 out of 5 stars
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  • Door-to-door route planning for the United States and Canada
  • Over 7,300,000 miles of road; 4,000,000+ points of interest
  • Over 6,500,000 streets; 75,000,000+ house numbers
  • GPS-compatible; new up-to-date maps
  • Multi-lingual user interface including Spanish

Reviews (18)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Product With Some Need For Improvements
This product isn't perfect, but it's quite good considering this is the first time I've seen it and could not find any mapping software for OS X a year ago.

The interface is a little strange, but once you get used to it, it seems fine.

The detail of the maps seems very good, although some out-of-the-way small towns (with a few hundred people) may have little to no detail. It did, however, find two addresses that Yahoo Maps and MS Streets had no record of, which I thought was impressive.

One thing that most mapping software is horrible at is printing options -- the options for Route 66 I thought were very good.

The redraw speed while *scrolling* (not zooming in/out) was a little slow and could probably be easily fixed with an update that cached surrounding map details better. No matter how much detail I had turned on or what my zoom level was, it never took more than 1.5 seconds to redraw while scrolling. This may depend on how fast your computer is and how much memory you have -- I have 1.1gb of RAM and Route 66 was using 212mb according to "top" (command line resource reporter).

The GPS compatibility is nice, but haven't tried it yet -- I need to find a USB cable for my eMap GPS.

This software is very much worth supporting since I know of no other mapping software for the Mac currently and this software costs $35-$40. In my opinion, it's worth every penny of the $40 I paid for it.

1-0 out of 5 stars 3 thumbs down
i was a user of MS streets and trips, and belive that it was the one thing MS did correctly and i am shocked to say that not only is the mac competition (RT66) lacking, but simply not worth using. RT66 makers should be ashamed and do not deserve to be among mac and its usual integrity.

2-0 out of 5 stars Pretty awful...
I recently switched to Mac from PC and so I'm coming from a background of MS Streets and Trips, and Autroute.

In comparison to the MS offerings, the Rt66 product are, well, kind of a joke. I purchased both the US and European versions (they're the only game in town for Mac.)

The maps are drawn (slowly) in such a way that they are quite unclear. They are also kind of incomplete. It couldn't find my old house (11 years old) only the street. It doesn't even know the 4 year old subdivision I live in exists.

Smaller towns are really hard to find. I searched for Carrie, Idaho (near Sun Valley) and the search engine came up empty. So I scrolled over to where I know it is and finally found the name of the town spread out over a general area and superimposed with another word in the same font.

From an overview position on the map, there was no indication at all where exactly the town was. I knew, though, so I zoomed in on the area. It took until I was at a 2000 foot distance before the streets began showing up. Street names didn't appear until 500 feet. If that doesn't mean anything to you, think about reading a map with your nose an inch from it.

So, in a nutshell, if you know exactly where a town is and are familiar with all the streets, you may be able to find it on their map. How useful...

How did MS Streets do? It found Carrie immediately, displayed it clearly, and showed all the streets from an impressive distance.

Overall, a pretty dismal product. I'm looking into a Windows emulator to allow me to run Streets and Autoroute, but I'm guessing that it'll be too much trouble and I'll just suffer with these. If anyone out there is a programmer--here's a nice opportunity for you...

2-0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
I bought this software because, well, it was the only one available for OS X. This is beta stage software at best - it doesn't tend to crash, but the UI is really poor. It is as if 12 different people wrote different pieces of the program and then tried to cobble them together. Nothing is very intuitive, and things that should be simple are cumbersome. The routes are sometimes often adequate, but not infrequently poor choices or just wrong. For instance, I tried to plot a route from Durham to Salisbury, MD. I had a nearly impossible time 'forcing' it to choose the most logical/shortest/fastest route. It continually tried to send me 100 mi. out of my way. Even when I roadblocked all of the roads it wanted to send me on, it sent me 250 mi out of my way rather than the most direct route.
I hope this software improves. If the company is motivated, it could be the basis for a really good program. However, any company that would put something this haphazard on the market with almost a complete lack of documentation AND no competition is unlikely to put much effort into this. After all, why should they?

In summary, if you need a map program for your mac that has a lot of points of interest, a good database of roads (although poor search engine), GPS input capabilities, doesn't require a CD in the drive, and 35 bucks doesn't seem like too much for slow, unintuitive, occasionally counterintuitive information and interface, go for it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Printing problems!
I must concur with the previous review. The mapping software is really quite good and shows much promise; but there is a major bug in the software. It will *not* print directions - only an overview map of your trip! Very odd. I thought this might be a problem unique to my G4 Powerbook, but I encountered the exact same problem on a desktop and another more up to date Powerbook.

Again, to echo the other reviewer: Route 66 software is on the right track, but this piece of software is *certainly* not past a beta testing stage and shouldn't be offered as a fully functioning, full-priced product.

If and when they iron out the kinks, they'll be cooking with gas. ... Read more

7. MICROMAT TechTool Pro 4 Version and Competitive Upgrade ( Macintosh )

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Asin: B000294HBM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Micromat
Sales Rank: 778
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  • The new Volume Journaling runs your directory structure more quickly & efficiently
  • Prevention features send mail alerts any time a problem is found
  • Multiple protection tools for checking Internet connections, networks, modems and some 3rd-party external peripherals
  • Complete suite of Self Monitoring Analysis & Reporting Technology(SMART tests) monitors overall performance and keeps you aware of the situation
  • Powerful repair and diagnostic features -- save your information with these great volume repair and data recovery tools

8. Norton AntiVirus 9.0 and Norton Utilities 8.0 Bundle (Mac)
list price: $119.99
our price: $109.99
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Asin: B0002KMSP8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 1380
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  • Detects and blocks viruses in instant message attachments
  • Automatically removes viruses, worms, and Trojan horses
  • Scans and cleans both incoming and outgoing email messages
  • Rebuilds damaged disks; helps identify and recover vital files
  • Defragments and organizes files; permanently removes sensitive info

9. Symantec AntiVirus Small Business 9.0 - 10 User
list price: $462.00
our price: $407.99
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Asin: B00022KJHK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 3964
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  • Powerful, easy-to-manage protection for small businesses
  • Automatically removes viruses, worms, and Trojan horses
  • Detects certain non-virus threats, including spyware and adware
  • Provides automatic and on-demand security updates
  • Centralizes installation, configuration, and maintenance

10. Norton SystemWorks 3.0 and Norton Personal Firewall 3.0 (Mac)
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B0002KMSS0
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 5093
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11. Route 66 Route Europe 2004 (Mac)
list price: $79.99
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Asin: B00013MS7E
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Route 66
Sales Rank: 4880
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  • Door-to-door route planning for Western Europe
  • Over 2,700,000 miles of road; 700,000+ points of interest
  • Over 4,750,000 streets; 54,000,000+ house numbers
  • GPS-compatible; up-to-date maps and traffic information
  • Multi-lingual user interface including Spanish

12. Candy Bar Plus (Mac)
list price: $24.99
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Asin: B0006ZSZGK
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Aspyr Media
Sales Rank: 1243
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Every Mac is an Island
My gal Sara bought this because she's been a Mac person forever (I'm a former Window's person, who's made the switch) and has been used to using ResEdit to design her own icons under System 7 through 9. So now she's at it again, changing, rearranging and creating icons and I have to say, it's infectious. Who says the boys in Cupertino have to have the last say on what your desktop is going to look like. Want Microsoft Word to appear as a devil on the screen. You got it. You also get a thousand free icons with the program to start. Good ones. Macs have always been unique, now they are more so. Thumbs up from me for CandyBar Plus.

Jack Priest, Writer from the Darkside ... Read more

13. Norton SystemWorks 1.0

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Asin: B000050NQK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 1778
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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Norton SystemWorks 2001 provides an integrated suite of softwareapplications that cover almost every aspect of keeping your Mac runningsmoothly, and fixing problems when they arise. The suite consists of fourcomponents. Utilities 6.0, oneof the best known Mac disk utility packages, offers a full range of disk andfile maintenance functions, allowing you to recover badly damaged disks, fixminor disk and file damage, optimize your drive by defragmenting files andapplications, and recover accidentally deleted files. If the worst happens, andyou find that you can't even start up from your Mac's hard drive, the NortonSystemWorks 2001 CD also works as a start-up disc, giving you a chance torecover files and fix the damaged drive.

Virus protection, in the form of Norton AntiVirus 7.0, is simple andcomprehensive. Version 7.0 of the AntiVirus application not only protects youfrom Macro viruses, which are the most common form of virus on the Mac, but willeven scan e-mail attachments as you download them, to warn of potentialinfection before the file has a chance to infect your computer. It evenintegrates itself into the main Norton Utilities control screen, so that allyour Norton applications are available from a single launch pad. The LiveUpdatefeature keeps both the Norton applications and the essential virus definitionfiles up to date by automatically checking for updates when you connect to theInternet, or at prescheduled times.

Backing up your essential files is always advisable, but often difficult to doeffectively. Dantz Retrospect Express allows you to automate the process,backing up to removable media, another hard drive, or to an Internet archivewith ease. The wide range of configuration options takes some time to configure,but once this is done, backing up becomes a single-click operation. Finally,Aladdin Spring Cleaning allows you to keep your valuable disk space free bydeleting unwanted and unused files, duplicate files, temporary Internet browsercaches, and even removing unnecessary code from some software applications.

Mac users looking for a total troubleshooting and maintenance package for theircomputer will find that Norton SystemWorks 2001 provides a solution that is hardto beat. --Daniel Jardine ... Read more

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars It's not like we had much choice !
Whether it's a pc or a mac, symantec always has a decent software package.

In the mac world, there isn't many utility packages to choose from.

BEWARE: I believe it was OS 8.6 and/or OS9 that would NOT work with systemworks 1.0. Could cause drive corruption.
(You needed systemworks 2.0)
I bought this package and gave it to the end user.
I warned him about only using it as directed on the package.
Well,naturally he used it with the wrong Mac OS and lost some data.

A good, all around utility package.

Thumbs up !

2-0 out of 5 stars Norton who???
Version 1.0 is average at best and this is also only able to run in OS 9 or lower. It does not run natively in OS X, but they have come out with a 2.0 version. The 1.0 version does have good optimization and defragmenting properties, but the 2.0 version has included Alsoft's Disk Warrior. Makes one wonder why Symantec would share the spotlight with another software company. I know why but will remain silent at this time...

5-0 out of 5 stars How did I cope without Systemworks!!!
I bought Norton Systemworks after suspecting I had downloaded a virus on my Mac. I had never used the product (or any other like it) before, so I was pleased that it was user friendly and extremely efficient. I ran both Antivirus and Utilities (both included in the price) to check my system for bugs and general "bad things" and within 2 hours, my Mac was back to its old self.

I am impressed by the wealth and versatility of all the other programms that are included on the CD-ROM (like Aladdin Spring Clean and Dantz Retrospect). Similar to the flagship programmes, they are easy to use, easy to install and set-up, and most importantly they work well.

I would reccommend Norton Systemworks Macintosh for anybody who is having problems with their Mac, or for people who want that extra peice of mind. My only problem is that I wish I had bought it sooner, then my Mac might not have kept crashing orignally.

Fully deserves the 5 star award.

5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Norton: easy to use and effective.
SystemWorks for Macintosh combines Norton Utilities with Norton Anti-Virus, Aladin Clean Sweep, and Datz Retrospect. The Norton suite installs effortlessly (easier then NAV for PC in my experience), you install Clean Sweep and Retrospect seperately off the same disk. SystemWorks has the familiar Symantec features: control panels (the Norton products can all be accessed through a main panel), and live update. A new to me feature is that when (for example) you run "software update" NAV will detect it and ask you if you want to suspend auto-protect while you're installing software. I happen to like Norton products and have had good luck with them, this product for Mac is no exception. I think Norton SystemWorks is a must have for any Mac home user. ... Read more

14. Internet Security Barrier X Backup Edition (Mac)
list price: $99.95
our price: $89.99
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Asin: B0001IQNAC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intego
Sales Rank: 3687
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15. Dataviz SMARTLIST TO GO V3.0 ( 765205-012769 )

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Asin: B0001ZJRK8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Dataviz, Inc.
Sales Rank: 37459
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16. Virtual PC 3.0 for Power Mac (upgrade to Windows 98)

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Asin: B00002S6WU
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Connectix
Sales Rank: 8394
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Connectix Virtual PC 3.0 provides the ultimate in compatibility--the flexibility to run any PC operating system on your Mac. From Windows 98, 95, NT, or Windows 3.11 to DOS, IBM OS/2, and Linux, Virtual PC does it all. You can also access PC networks, as well as easily share files between Mac and Windows environments. And since Virtual PC is a software solution, no additional hardware is needed to get full PC functionality. ... Read more

17. ScreenRecord (Mac)
list price: $24.99
our price: $22.99
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Asin: B0000DG7G9
Catlog: Software
Publisher: macXware
Sales Rank: 1277
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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  • Allows for capturing continuous images on screen as a QuickTime movie
  • Useful for creating training CD's, visual tutorials, or use as a monitoring device
  • Precise capture timing; save to multiple formats; editing tools
  • Stream to DV cameras; fixed, smooth panning or auto panning cameras
  • Capture in full screen; easily create training movies or tutorials

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product!
I teach Graphic Communications and Printing Technology at the Center for Arts & Technology in Phoenixville, PA. I am currently working on a presentation for the International Graphic Arts Education Association and will be featuring your product in my presentation. As more and more teachers in my building see what I'm capable of doing with your tool, I have no doubt that they too will be ordering your product quickly just like I recently did. I'm also helping one of my students develop an introductory level class on CD and it's been a great learning experience for both of us. He is learning just how difficult it can be to create a learning module for a beginning student and I'm finding out just how much he knows about his computer which is quite a bit I'm happy to say. ScreenRecord is a great advancement for hands-on education like this.

Al Tucker ... Read more

18. SMITH MICRO CheckIt Firewall ( Windows )
list price: $49.95
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Asin: B00005NF9F
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Smith Micro
Sales Rank: 8623
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CheckIt Firewall is a user-friendly personal firewall. It ensures that your personal computer is protected from malicious hackers and other intruders, while preventing unauthorized access from your computer to a network. In essence, CheckIt Firewall makes your protected machines invisible to the outside world. That makes CheckIt Firewall a valuable security measure for any PC that connects to a private network or the Internet.

Once your computer has been compromised, every other network you connect to is at risk, including your home, business, and online bank accounts. No matter where you use your computer, whether remotely or behind a corporate firewall, whether dialup or an always-on broadband Internet connection, CheckIt Firewall can give you confidence that your business, personal, financial, and other data is safe and secure. CheckIt Firewall also includes advanced active-scan vulnerability assessment to pinpoint your PC's weaknesses and fine-tune your security policy.

Policies regarding applications, IP addresses, ports, protocols, and scheduling can be customized to support and secure any network configurations or requirements. Designed with high performance in mind, CheckIt Firewall delivers security without restricting your computing power. Whether you're working, banking, gaming, or chatting, CheckIt Firewall is protecting your computer by actively looking for hostile intruders and Trojan horse applications. If an intrusion attempt occurs, CheckIt Firewall detects it in real time with built-in host- and application-based intrusion detection technology, while blocking it by default. You are immediately notified and, with your approval, your Internet connection is adjusted to prohibit further attacks. ... Read more


  • It's a complete rule-based security policy that lets you set up new policies for applications, trusted IP addresses, and ports
  • Detect worms, viruses, trojans, and other intruders in real-time
  • You will be immediately notified when any intrusion is attempted, and you can automatically adjust to prevent the same type of attack in the future
  • Highly configurable, easy to use, and best of all, strong enough to keep the hackers away!

19. Virtual PC 5.0 for Mac with Windows XP Home

Asin: B00005TZTX
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Connectix
Sales Rank: 5630
Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars
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Even the most die-hard Mac user needs to use a Windows-based PC once in a while; there's just no getting around it. Short of buying a second computer, Connectix Virtual PC 5.0 is the ideal solution. This powerful emulation engine turns any Mac into a Windows PC, if only for the time that it's running, without the need for additional hardware. It also takes advantage of existing hardware, like tablets, mice, printers, and hard drives, and uses your existing network connections for connecting to the Internet. Most remarkable of all, it runs as if it were a Mac application, alongside other Mac apps, supporting full copy-and-paste and file-sharing functionality.

Virtual PC 5.0 offers full Mac OS X compatibility, supporting multiprocessor Macs, Windows XP Home and XP Professional, the ability to share removable media drives, an improved user interface, and other enhancements. Virtual PC also supports the installation of multiple guest operating systems, such as Windows 98, Windows 2000, and even Linux.

Because this is a software-only emulation package, its performance is directly tied to the speed of your machine. In our testing, we installed Virtual PC 5.0 on both a 400 MHz G3 PowerBook (Pizmo) with 640 MB RAM, and a 500 MHz dual-processor G4 with 1.5 GB RAM. Both machines were running OS X 10.1.4. As one would expect, Virtual PC 5.0 on the PowerBook was substantially slower, while the dual-processor G4 was fairly snappy. Virtual PC 5.0 itself performed as advertised, though, making this an ideal solution for someone who occasionally needs Windows compatibility.

Would we want to work full-time on this kind of Windows machine? No. But if we need to translate a document or test a Web site on the Windows version of Netscape, or perform some other Windows-specific task, this approach sure beats buying and maintaining additional hardware (assuming the hardware you've got has the necessary horsepower). --Mike Caputo ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Software I mean Great Great Great SOFTWARE.
I had an macintosh computer for 1 year running mac os 9. I had Roadrunner as for the internet. And when I purchased This Great Software Windows for MAC it was cool. Only thing was it was slow i mean very slow but i got a long with it ITS LIFE. WHEN YOU HAVE ROADRUNNER YOU HAVE IT AND IT HELPS OUT ALOT TOO


4-0 out of 5 stars Virtual PC 5.0 Windows XP
I have an "old" Power Mac G4 dual 1 GHZ processor with 1.5G of RAM installed. I am running the software under OSX. I do not believe that the OS 9 version supports dual processors.
The installation was a bit rough. I had to install and uninstall two times. The upgrade, v 5.04 is supposed to make this easier. I don't think you can install the update until you install the original version so any fixes seem useless if you first have to jump the install hurdle before updating.
Once things booted up, performance has been great. I would hesitate to wonder how well it would work with a slower processor. This version recognizes both processors.
I echo the comments about documentation. Connectix assumes too much. The second CD is used if you are prompted to insert your Windows CD. I guess it has a bunch of drivers.
I am waiting for a response from technical support regarding neccessity of using a firewall and antivirus. I run NIS on both the Mac and the virtual XP PC. I think it is needed, but NIS definitely bogs down the app. Still acceptable, but not as jawbreaking fast as the original install.
Another sore point I have with Connectix is technical support. You get one free incident response and then you are charged[...]after that. So my inability to initially install burned my response up and that response also applied to my email request.
They do have a forum, but I would have hoped for a little more support, maybe 30 days.
I would definitely respect the minimum system requirements listed. I am near the top as far as Mac performance and would wonder how well it would work with a G3 or a 500 MHZ G4.

1-0 out of 5 stars Lousy piece of software!!!! BEWARE!!!
I am a recent Mac convert. I have used Windows machines for many, many years. When I bought my IMac, I had heard about this program and was very excited...just think the best of both worlds, OS X and Windows XP Home. I plunked down my hard-earned ... and boy am I disappointed. THIS SOFTWARE IS BEYOND SLOW!!!! The documentation is lacking, the installation took several hours, and I now remember why I switched to a Mac in the first place. Believe me when I say, PLEASE DO NOT BUY THIS SOFTWARE!!!! YOU WILL REGRET IT IF YOU DO. IT IS MUCH, MUCH TOO SLOW TO BE OF ANY USE.

1-0 out of 5 stars Waste of time and money
I bought this program to run one Windows program for a Garmin GPS receiver. I have a newer model Imac with 1 gig of memory, so it's not short of resources. I was completely frustrated and finally gave up. To begin with, Connectix' documentation is very bad. You get to the installation instructions about 3/4ths of the way through the manual. They are incomplete and unclear. The onscreen instructions are just as bad: they don't even tell you to insert the second of the discs at the appropriate time. It was only after hours of trying things that I finally got Windows XP to run at all. And that's when I discovered how slowly it runs. I mean crawling, not walking, slow. It took forever to draw a map, print it, etc. I gave up; just loaded the map program on the wife's pc. You do the same and you'll save the money and effort. What a waste of both.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great
I think this is a great product that brings Windows XP to the mac with style. ... Read more

20. Virtual PC 4.0 with Windows 98

Asin: B000056N26
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Connectix
Sales Rank: 6153
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Once you get over the creepy experience of seeing a Windows desktop on the face of your lovely Mac (and hearing the Windows start-up chimes reverberating from your speakers), you might start to appreciate the benefits that a program like Virtual PC 4.0 has to offer. For those Mac users who need to occasionally access Windows 98, Virtual PC 4.0 supplies just the solution without making you invest in a new machine.

Virtual PC doesn't profess to offer lightning-fast speeds. Remember, you're running a second operating system, so don't expect even the mightiest G4 to keep up at its usual pace. However, we did note improvements in speed in most applications over the 3.0 version. Enough of a difference, in fact, to consider an upgrade if you're one of the many who've been frustrated by the sluggishness in the past. However, as before, Virtual PC is still not a good solution for playing PC games. Additionally, we tried watching two QuickTime movies over the Internet on both our Mac and in Virtual PC. While on our T1 line the Mac version was flawlessly gorgeous and buffered instantly while watching, trying to watch the QuickTime movie in Virtual PC was stuttered and clunky. And even when watching QuickTime movies that had been fully buffered first, the player still resorted to a slide show instead of smooth, streaming video.

One major change in this latest version is in memory allocation. Whereas in the 3.0 version you had to allocate memory to the Virtual PC application itself, in this version you allocate memory to each virtual "machine," which can be expanded and changed even while you're in the midst of using that machine. Additionally, drive images are now only as large as they need to be. That means that even if you create a drive image of 8 GB for your virtual machine, but the application is only using 2 GB, then the image will only be 2 GB--a great disk space saving feature.

The two most notable benefits of Virtual PC are the ability for Windows to use your Mac's existing Internet connection (there's no need to go through any further setup), and the outstanding USB support in this new version (you can access USB printers, scanners, and other peripherals easily). However, you should have OS 9.0.1 or later in order to take advantage of its enhanced USB support.

Another neat addition in this version is the ability to add even more operating systems to Virtual PC. That means that if you have a copy of, say, SuSE Linux lying around, you can install that on another drive image, and access it from Virtual PC. The only caveats are that you must supply the OS and that you're still limited by the amount of RAM you have. But how cool is that?

Though it might make you feel a little dirty having to visit the dark side every so often, the benefits of being able to switch back and forth between your Mac and Windows are quite substantial, and warrant a look at Virtual PC 4.0 with Windows 98. --Ara Jane Olufson ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars One great Program!
Virtual PC 4.0 with Windows 98 is one helpful program. It allows you to access different programs that are only available for Windows machines. It doesn't emulate Windows, it emulates a Pentium processor on your computer, so if you want to upgrade to a different version of Windows at a later date, you will be able to. I really got this program for use with my Handspring Visor, since no one out there makes software to sync your address book and calendar over the internet for the Mac. I have used 2 different services thus far (Yahoo and MyPalm) and both of them have worked without a hitch. One thing everyone wants to know about Virtual PC though, is what about the games! I haven't really invested all too much money in that, but the ones that I have tried, have worked well enough (Grim Fandango and Close Combat series). If you decide to get this and want to run some games on it, let me caution you... first make sure the game does not require hardware acceleration as Virtual PC 4 will not access any 3D cards on your Mac. Secondly, check out the processor requirements. If a game requires a 500mhz Pentium, you are going to have one frustrating gaming session. The common rule of thumb is to take your Mac's processor speed and divide it by three (i.e. 466mhz mac = 155mhz Pentium). By following those simple hints, your gaming should be a good time! Overall, I wholeheartily recommend Virtual PC if your have no desire to get a full desktop PC and want to run a few Windows programs.

4-0 out of 5 stars Connectix has done a very good job with 4.0
If you need to run Windows apps on your mac, this is the way to go. I've run it under both 9.0.4 and 9.1 on 3 different machines and have had no problems. I've used Internet access through my Mac's DSL line, file sharing and printing in addition to running apps. You can boot multiple OS's (98. 95, Me) and the interface and speed is much improved from earlier versions. You can't play PC games on it, but for everything else, it's an excellent solution.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great
A think Virtual Pc is a great software! It let my kids play pc games on thier imacs. This software is easy to download and it is worth buying if you only have macs around your house. Its a heck of alot cheaper then buying a window computer.

1-0 out of 5 stars Good Packaging, Poor Product
The hype on the outside of the box is exactly that - HYPE. The product crashed my G4, on both Mac OS 9.04 and 9.1, and was unstable. Talk about Beta - this product has it in spades!

1-0 out of 5 stars This is a piece of junk!
The advertising for this product is no doubt accurate. Certainly, it is much faster than 3.0, which was glacial in its response. It is now like running Windows on a 386, rather than an 8088 chip. It is easier to manipulate via Mac controls. The transfer of files between the two OS's is much simplier, a shared file located on the Apple Desktop. A very nice status monitor is located beneath the main screen that tells you about what the hardware is doing. It was actually a joy to use at first, until all the problems began to crop up.

This program is actually a beta form pushed quickly into the market in time for the Christmas season, however. It crashed my 9.0 OS using IMac more than 15 times completely enough to require a complete reboot from the power key, while using their default settings of memory, etc. It says that it supports USB, which my printer uses, but it also turns off the Chooser when it takes over, so, when I try to print out something the job actually gets as far as the printer spool in the computer, but it never would bridge the gap between the computer and the printer itself.

And, so, at the price that you pay for the thing, it is not something that anyone should try, in the least. All the little advertised improvements really work, it is just that nobody seemed to have tested it out before they put it out on the market. As such, please don't buy this software! ... Read more

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