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101. PaperPort Pro 9 Office
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102. Game Programming Starter Kit 4.0
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103. BDG PUBLISHING Mastering JSP(Java
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104. BDG PUBLISHING Mastering Flash
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105. Approach 3.0
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106. Hauppauge WINTV-PVR 350 PCI WATCH
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107. Borland JBuilder 6 Enterprise
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108. SQL Anywhere Studio 8.0 Workgroup
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110. Borland C++ Builder 6 Enterprise
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111. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Enterprise
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101. PaperPort Pro 9 Office
list price: $199.99
our price: $179.99
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Asin: B00008A6CI
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Scansoft
Sales Rank: 4012
Average Customer Review: 3.08 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (12)

5-0 out of 5 stars Better in every way
I am a long time user of PaperPort, and I think this verison is by far the best. By basing the entire product on the PDF file format, PaperPort is now one of the most useful products on my machine. The speed and stability issues mentioned in reviews above have all been ironed out in 3 service packs released over the last several months, and the last pack seems to fix all the major issues. Why is this version so godd?

- I can create PDF files from any type of document (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and combine them right on the PaperPort desktop by right-clicking and stacking.

- I can scan paper documents into PDF, add electronic annotations and then email them to lawyers, accountants, mortgage brokers and all the other people who ask me to fax them things. It is so much faster and reliable to email instead, and with PDF files, I know they can open it on their computer and see it just as I did.

- The new "batch processing" feature lets me clean-up multiple scanned documents at one time and also apply a clean-up operation to all the pages of a single document. This is way better than it was in v8.

These are just a few of the reasons why the new verison is great. As further proof of this, PC Magazine named PaperPort one of the top 100 technologies for 2003 (one of only 6 productivity software titles along with Microsoft Office 2003 and QuickBooks.) Smart Computing put PaperPort on its top 50 list, and there are numerous other great reviews out there as well.

Don't let the few angry people here give you the wrong idea about PaperPort 9. It's great.

1-0 out of 5 stars Scansoft's very low grage product
Whatever we read All that Manufacturer's describtion On this SOFTWARE as an advertisement, does not work fully. It just like a bait. I was using Paperport 8 Deluxe which was almost thousand percent good enough in compare to PaperPort Pro 9 Office. So after I upgraded Paperport Pro 9 Office from Paperport 8 Deluxe, I feel myself a very stupid.

5-0 out of 5 stars PaperPort 9 is a Great Productivity Tool!
PaperPort has changed the way my company does business. With it's scan to PDF and PDF creation abilities we have turned piles of paper credit applications into electronic documents that we can easily email, store and quickly retrieve when needed by using the SimpleSearch feature. My word processors use batch processing to perform tasks on groups of documents to save even more time when reviewing the applications before we send them to their respective card issuers for approval or denial. We used to process about 2,000 applications a day, now with the help of PaperPort we can easily process over 10,000 a day with the same number of staff!

5-0 out of 5 stars New Version of PaperPort is The Best Yet
I have been a dedicated PaperPort user for many years. I was surprised when I went to purchase the product and saw all of these terrible reviews. Since I had such a good experience for so many years I decided to give it a try. ScanSoft offers a 30 day refund policy there was no way I could loose. After using the product for a few weeks, I have found that this new version is the best yet. The software is much easier to use and faster when scanning large batches of documents. I have been using the FormTyper feature and found it very useful for completing paper documnts with information and saving a copy for my records - much easier than completing them by hand and then making a copy. I also have been using the tools to edit pictures from my digital camera.

2-0 out of 5 stars Too Slow by far
I am comparing Paperport 9 to Paperport 8. My major use is to store documents for future viewing and to maintain a record of my trading cards. I have no use for scanning into Adobe for later editing so I use the .max format. I own two scanners - a SCSII A4 scanner and a Parallell port A3 Scanner. Scanning documents is easy, especially with the ability to keep on scanning pages which are automatically stacked into a single file. However saving the document is very slow. Loading documents appears to take far too long. Loading a 200 dpi A4 page takes about 3 seconds with Paperport 8 and about 10 seconds with Paperport 9. Loading a 600 dpi trading card (6cm by 10 cm approx) - in Paperport 8 the picture starts to appear after 3 seconds and completes in steps in about 10 seconds - in Paperport 9 nothing happens for about 30 seconds and then suddenly the whole image appears.
Editing the document in Paperport 9 - enhancing, rotating, straightening - is fast about 2 or 3 times as fast as in 8. But after straightening, all straight lines become jagged - something that didn't happen in Paperport 8.
Saving is again very slow taking about 20 seconds to save a trading card. However try loading an A4 document at 600 dpi. My system hung 3 times (which isn't bad in XP). I gave up. ... Read more


102. Game Programming Starter Kit 4.0
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00004U2IF
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Pearson Software
Sales Rank: 5918
Average Customer Review: 2.63 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

For those interested in a powerhouse of programming and game designingcapabilities, Macmillan's Game Programming Starter Kit 4.0 will be the place tostart your journey. The package is a virtual compendium of resources forcreating your own games and is designed for those with some previous knowledgeof gaming, animation, and C++ programming. The package comes with gamer MarcSaltzman's book, Game Design: Secrets of the Sages, Second Edition,Genesis 3D SDK world generator and editor, Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 IntroductoryEdition, Shadow Realm Model Animator, and Microsoft DirectX 7.0, plus twoe-books from the Sams Teach Yourself series: Visual C++ 6 in 21 Daysand DirectX 7 in 24 Hours.

Starting with characters, you can tinker with Shadow Realm Model Animator'ssamples (a complete soldier plus six geometric simple examples) to understandwhat SRMA has to offer. The brief, straightforward tutorial keeps things inperspective and walks you through your model animation from the early steps(importing a mesh, designing and modifying bones and their orientation andjoints) to the more crucial stages (defining components, model animation, andanimation frames).

Your folks will need a place to interact in, so next you can start working onthe environment with the Genesis world generator and editor. Not for the faintof heart or impatient, this package rivals some of the most complex, and mostcapable, design utilities available. You will begin by gaining an understandingof the terminology and language used by this application; once you're onboard inthat regard, you'll be using its features with abandon. You'll have a plethoraof textures at your fingertips for the variety of shapes and constructionsoffered; you can modify everything from the sky to the fixtures on a wall. Andbest of all, if you're terribly persnickety about the angles of things, degreesof rotation, or vantage points, you'll have modifiable numeric control ofvirtually every aspect of your world.

You'll then turn to the nuts and bolts design of your game with Microsoft'sVisual C++ 6.0 Introductory Edition compiler and DirectX 7.0 developmentlibraries. For the newbie, you'll want to check out the e-books, as well as anyother material on C++ that you can find (we recommend Borland C++ Programming Starter KitDeluxe 5.0. And even when you're done reading the books, you'll find thatboth the compiler and DirectX have extensive online tutorials and help sheets toget you through any rough spots.

For those experienced in the beauties and intricacies of C++, you'll find thiscompiler ready to go and complete with a debugger (for those errant typos andoversights) and a resource editor. And, for those who want to make the most oftheir game (and isn't that all of us?), the DirectX libraries will provide youwith the support for two- and three-dimensional graphics, plus sound andmusic.

To tie it all together, and possibly to get a little inspiration, browse theGame Design: Secrets of the Sages. Here you'll learn about everythingfrom basic design to artificial intelligence, puzzle workings to agents andheadhunters. --Emilie Dirks ... Read more

Reviews (19)

2-0 out of 5 stars Some usable material, but box doesn't give full info.
I bought this because the ShadowRealm character assembler costs $45 online by itself, so I figured I was getting a good deal - basically a "free" book and other software along with a ShadowRealm license. I was wrong!!

The publishers fail to mention that they've included the shareware version of the product, which doesn't even export files in a format usable by the Genesis SDK!

Further, the Genesis SDK is available online for free, and also comes with a character assembly tool, so the ShadowRealm tool isn't helpful at all.

However, that said, the "kit" does include Visual C++ -- a full version that just doesn't let you redistribute your applications but lets you build them -- and a couple of books in PDF format for learning C++ and DirectX programming. These are great starters, and I've been learning them on my notebook computer in my spare time.

And the book, "Game Design Secrets of the Sages" gives some interesting food for thought on game design approaches, though it gives no programming advice.

Short answer: if you have designed games using Basic or another high level language, and want to move towards more complex game programming, this might be an OK collection. However, if you are buying it just to learn C++, or to learn game programming from scratch, there are much more straightforward books on the subject.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as others claim
Yes, I know it says "Programming 'Starter' Kit" but heck, the box doesn't really say it's for beginners either!

When I bought this product, I knew exactly what I was paying for. Genesis 3D SDK, Visual C++ introductory edition, and Shadow Realm Model Animator seemed like GARBAGE to me (and my assertion was correct), but what really appealed to me were the two PDF books and the "game design" book.

Since I was only familiar with DOS game programming, the PDF books were exactly what I wanted to get myself started into Windows game programming. PDFs has the disadvantage of having to read them off the monitor, but I think it beats having to pay twice as much to get them in print. Besides, when you're programming in front of the computer, it even allows you to copy and paste the context directly to the IDE.

The "Game Design" book was not very informative in game programming but I'm having a great fun reading it - and it even might help you with the game design in the long run.

"Everything you need to program your own games" smells like a false advertisement to me, but then again, if it has Visual C++ included, what CAN'T you make? :) I know that many people who bought this products were disappointed - and I sympathize. The product should have noted that it is for people who have some experience with non-windows programming environment.

In my opinion, Game Programming Starter Kit is not a bad product. I'm quite satisfied with its useful contents.

3-0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed!!!
I've had this product for quite some time after it came out which I payed $... to get it. I was very disapointed when it came to the grahical side of this product. In the SRMA program to import a mesh you need another software product that is not included. I mean really who wants buy this under the impression that once buy GPSK 4.0 they are ready to make their own 3d games when really they have to spend another $... getting a program that can make and export meshes before they can even start to make character models.?

1-0 out of 5 stars DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY
Sure the intro version of VC++ is nice, but everything else needs better documentation. Everything you need to create your own games YEAH RIGHT! The Genesis 3D engine need a how to . Actually everthing in the box, except the VC++ and Direct X, needs more documentation on it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Software Here!
Get this software if you want to create games like quake 1 and 2, and doom 1 and 2! If you are an advanced programmer get a better engine like codewarrior! ... Read more


103. BDG PUBLISHING Mastering JSP(Java Server Pages) ( Windows/Macintosh )

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Asin: B0006VC3TE
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Bdg Publishing
Sales Rank: 12450
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Features

  • Discover how the tag libraries and function libraries work, the JSP XML syntax and much more
  • Set up the Apache Tomcat server, error handling and debugging tools and more
  • Understand the use of the Java Server Page API
  • Learn about integrating servlets and JavaBean components with JSP

104. BDG PUBLISHING Mastering Flash 5

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Asin: B00007L9RE
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Bdg Publishing
Sales Rank: 9177
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Features

  • Learn the basics by learning to navigate your way around the user interface
  • Learn to use the drawing tools
  • Work with the line filling & the color filling tools
  • Add text to your animated designs
  • Work with HTML

105. Approach 3.0

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Asin: B00002S8AJ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Lotus Development
Sales Rank: 7789
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106. Hauppauge WINTV-PVR 350 PCI WATCH RECORD TV ON YOUR PC WINDOWS 98/ME/XP ( 990 )

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Asin: B00005QWZW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: HAUPPAUGE
Sales Rank: 3134
Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (5)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great analog video capture and output quality
After 6 months, I only use the Hauppauge WINTV-PVR 350 for analog video capture and output to/from a VCR. The personal videorecorder (PVR) feature was a disappointment.
Pros:
1. Great analog video capture and output quality.
2. Great analog cable TV channel video quality (although I'd rather watch TV on a TV)
Cons:
1. The user interface is not designed for analog video capture and output, and is awkward to figure out and use. For example, you click the tiny green bar twice to switch from the cable TV input to the composite video input, and you capture and output video by clicking on the Record button.
2. Only MPEG-2 740x480 with 44.1 kHz audio outputs correctly, otherwise you can get strange error messages like "there is no common media type between these pins".
3. Occasionally I get a blue screen error in another driver when shutting down my PC after using WinTV, so I suspect it's driver has a wild write bug that is overwriting another driver.
4. When playing back recorded TV programs, there is no Close Captioning (I've come to depend on this due to a slight hearing loss).
5. It doesn't mark/skip commercials like my Panasonic VCR.
6. The remote control is so difficult to use to manually skip commercials that I gave up on using WinTV as a PVR, and never even tried the Snapstream trial.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great hardware, Software included not so good
I bought the PVR350 to transfer VHS and Beta to hard disk for eventual transfer to DVD (when I get a DVD burner), as well as to experiment with replacing VCRs with a home-made replacement. My plans included a dual-boot system (Windows 2000 and RedHat Linux 9, both freshly loaded and updated prior to card installation) dedicated to my home entertainment system; hardware is a 933 MHz Pentium III, 512 MB, 10 GB plus 80 GB drives, ASUS motherboard, etc.
After working with the 350 for about a week now, I've got some opinions on some aspects of it. Overall, the hardware seems pretty good - no problem at all with the TV component outputs from the card to the TV - mpegs recorded off of cable seem to be just as good as the original feed. No problems at all with audio/video synchronization I see often complained about elsewhere - I've yet to have any sync problems (after probably 20 hours of recording). I'm getting between 1 to 2 GB of file size per hour, so my 80 GB drive would seem to be good for at least 40 hours.
Only real problem I've had is with the nanoPEG editing software, and a slight problem with the PVR350 software (drivers or application, I don't know). First, the main software will not play the last 5 to 10 seconds of the MPEG file to the TV outputs. After doing a fair amount of editing - getting rid of stuff at the beginning and end of a tape transferred to the PC, I find that I'm missing the final few seconds (often disruptingly so) of the file. However, I can verify the information *is* in the file when I play it on the PC screen via Windows Media player, etc. The nanoPEG can't join two files, either, although it seems to succeed. My correction to the first problem was to attempt to append 10 seconds of blank screen/no audio to the end of affected clips. What I ended up with was a ten minute file that now says its 10 seconds long, even though it keeps playing past the 10 second mark, but you can't do any jog or other operations with the resulting file.
The DVD-making software seems pretty good (Ulead DVD Movie Factory), but, as I have no DVD burner yet, I can't say for sure - I went through the motions of creating one, and it seems not bad (but I have no experience with DVD creation software).
And, Hauppauge tech support seems fairly unresponsive. I sent them email, no response.
My next step will be to work with it under Linux (all previous comments refer to it under Windows 2000), but then all of the software is Open-Source, and I know I'm on my own.
In short, the hardware seems pretty good, but I'm not too impressed with some basic issues with the WinTV2000 viewing software and the NanoPeg editing software.

1-0 out of 5 stars A nice expensive White Elephant piece of %#@*!!!
This has been a complete waste of time & money. Mainly I bought it for the video editing software. I got it installed okay but then it proceded to not work. When I try to record something the picture freezes. When I try to edit anything I've managed to record the nanoPeg editor "encounters a problem" & has to close losing any work I've managed to accomplish. The "handy" manual contains barely a page on how to use the nanoPeg and nothing at ALL in the way of troubleshooting. The bundled Ulead DVD MovieFactory SE comes with (surprise!) absotlutely NO INSTRUCTIONS WHATSOEVER (not even a help file)on how to use it! Fat lot of good it was to include it in the package. Now I guess I've got to download patches & zip files & uninstall this & change that & unzip files & install them just to get this <*#@] thing to do what it should've been able to do in the first place. Unfortunately the computer I (intended to) edit video on is not connected to the 'net. This item is an Amazing Colossal Waste of Time. Obviously you can't trust any of the positive reviews posted about this item. Spend your money on something more useful (which would be just about ANYTHING else).

5-0 out of 5 stars WARNING!
I bought this product to transfer home movies from VHS to DVD. It works very well. Installation is a little challenging and there isn't much to the manual. The problem is, once you get it set up, see the clear picture, the free internet TV schedule, the remote recording function; that's it. Your addicted! You won't want to do anything else but mess with this toy. You've been warned!

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good product for converting VHS to DVD
This is an excellent product for converting VHS tapes to MPEG files for making DVDs. I didn't really care about the TV feature as my main objective of buying this product is to convert VHS tapes to DVDs, but the TV feature works very well also. If you read CNET or other sites you will see that this product gets bad reviews, I think it's because of the old driver, I use driver version 1.6 and it works the first time without a problem. This thing does the MPEG encoding in the hardware so it does not hog your PC like software encoding, the quality of video is excellent. As of this writting I see there are 'used' prices on here at $$$, I wish I had checked here first :) It's a bargain at $$$. ... Read more


107. Borland JBuilder 6 Enterprise
list price: $2,999.00
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Asin: B00005TT7G
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Borland International
Sales Rank: 15932
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Product Description

Borland JBuilder 6.0 Enterprise.JBuilder 6 Enterprise makes EJB(TM) 2.0 development easy with two-way visual designers and rapid deployment to the leading J2EE(TM) platform application servers, including BEA WebLogic, IBM WebSphere, iPlanet,(TM) and the integrated Borland Enterprise Server. Enhance developer productivity with UML(TM) code visualization, refactoring, unit testing, and documentation tools. Develop and deploy applications on Windows, Linux, Solaris,(TM) and Mac OS platforms. Efficiently collaborate as a team with support for leading version control systems. Build data-driven Web applications using servlets, JSP,(TM) and XML and connect business logic and Web-based front ends using InternetBeans Express.(TM) ... Read more


108. SQL Anywhere Studio 8.0 Workgroup with 10-users
list price: $999.00
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Asin: B00005V60J
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sybase MEC
Sales Rank: 13234
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109. Borland JBuilder 5.0 Enterprise

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Asin: B00005KGTQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Borland International
Sales Rank: 12360
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Amazon.com Review

This is the Enterprise edition of Borland's highly regarded JBuilder integrated development environment (IDE). Which is to say, this is the edition you want if your Java ambitions include commercial work with Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) and the Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) environment. It's tightly integrated with Borland AppServer (which is included in this package), BEA WebLogic Server, and IBM WebSphere, and includes an assortment of tools and components that ease the process of designing, implementing, deploying, and testing distributed Java applications. On top of that, JBuilder's Enterprise edition allows development teams to work together, thanks to its integration with all popular version-control systems.

Like other versions of JBuilder, this is an example of a typical IDE, with which you can write software projects, debug them during test runs, and manage the collection of files they require. All the tools you expect are present, including a drag-and-drop form designer for assembling user interfaces graphically, a source code editor with syntax highlighting, a debugger that allows you to monitor variable content and set breakpoints, and an object browser that makes properties, methods, and hierarchical relationships explicitly obvious. The IDE is moderately customizable. Most of the components are fixed in place (albeit in a logical way) in a single tabbed window, but you can change the look and behavior of the code editor rather extensively.

A version manager lets you view the contents of earlier saved versions of a project and revert to previous (perhaps "known-good") versions. You can even, in this edition of JBuilder, see the differences between versions highlighted. The code editor's CodeInsight feature, which allows you to call up lists of appropriate parameters and object members with a (configurable) hot key combination, is another attractive touch. Speed of compilation is, subjectively speaking, totally adequate.

In addition to the considerable collection of features included in the Professional edition, this JBuilder variant includes extensive support for XML and all standard aspects of distributed application development. Just using wizards, you can create interface definition language (IDL) files for use as CORBA interfaces, create skeleton CORBA server applications from existing IDL files, and create EJB interface frameworks. Another wizard speeds creation of Java Message Service (JMS) consumer and producer classes. There's also an EJB deployment wizard that, in this latest version, allows you to deploy EJBs to containers without stopping the container, a feature Borland calls "hot deployment."

Other tools ease creation and editing of EJB home and remote interfaces, EJB deployment descriptors, deployable EJB archive files, and EJB packages. Most of the relevant ancillary technologies, like Java Naming and Directory Interface (JNDI), Java Transaction Service (JTS), and Remote Method Invocation (RMI), are supported as well. Plus, this product integrates with Concurrent Version System (CVS), Rational ClearCase, Microsoft Visual SourceSafe, and, to a limited extent, Merant PVCS Version Manager.

Borland JBuilder 5 Enterprise has the tools you need to create, improve, and profit from J2EE applications. You'll be pleased with its features and performance. --David Wall ... Read more


110. Borland C++ Builder 6 Enterprise Suite Client/Server Upgrade
list price: $1,899.00
our price: $1,609.99
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Asin: B00006347V
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Borland International
Sales Rank: 13144
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111. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Developer
list price: $1,799.00
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Asin: B00005RV51
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 6128
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Visual Studio .NET is a superb, next-generation development tool. At its heart is the .NET Framework, a runtime engine and class library that enables rapid application building for both Windows and Web applications. The runtime engine handles housekeeping, like memory management, while also providing fine-grained security and version awareness. The class library reduces the code needed to build rich applications. Visual Studio .NET also provides a slick visual environment, with features like tabbed and docking windows, dynamic online help, and automatic code completion and hints. The common runtime is language-neutral, so, for example, Visual Basic programmers can use components written in C# and vice versa.

Other languages, such as COBOL and FORTRAN, can plug into Visual Studio, and Microsoft provides a version of the Java language called J#. These two languages, along with J#, have full support for the visual design tools in Visual Studio .NET. Also included is JScript .NET, Microsoft's version of JavaScript, although this comes without a form designer. Visual C++ is more similar to earlier versions, and is the only compiler included that can build old-style Windows executables. With a compiler switch, it can also target .NET, making it particularly flexible.

The Enterprise Developer edition has source-code management with Visual SourceSafe, performance testing, and analysis tools. It also includes developer versions of many of Microsoft's server products, including SQL Server, Commerce Server, Exchange Server, and the Windows 2000 Advanced Server operating system. These are licensed for development only, but even so, it is a rich range of products. Finally, there is the ability to use enterprise templates. New in Visual Studio .NET, these are sophisticated skeleton projects that assist organizations in maintaining consistent best practices. The twist is that, while Enterprise Developer can use these templates, it cannot create them. For that you need the high-end Enterprise Architect.

Overall, Visual Studio .NET is a radical break from the past for Microsoft. C# is an entirely new language, aimed at C and C++ programmers looking for something safer and more productive. Visual Basic .NET is a new twist on the old Microsoft favorite, losing compatibility with earlier versions but gaining full object orientation as well as access to all the .NET libraries.

There are a few points against Visual Studio .NET. One is that, like earlier versions, it only creates applications that run on Windows. Web applications are a partial exception, in that they support cross-platform clients, but deployment requires a Windows Web server. Another factor is, with its multiple compilers and mountains of documentation, Visual Studio .NET eats up gigabytes of disk space, and the IDE tends to be slow with less than around 384 MB RAM. Serious developers will take this in stride, but casual users could have difficulty. Fortunately, the applications created have more modest system requirements, although Windows 95 is not supported. Finally, developers coming from earlier editions face a lot of learning, with radical changes in both Visual Basic and ASP.

Despite these minor issues and a steep learning curve, Visual Studio .NET is an extremely versatile, sophisticated, and capable development tool. --Tim Anderson, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars This stuff really works!!!
I have just started using this program and have already made a great website with flash, and HTML designs I highly recommend it to anyone who wants programming to be an easy thing. ... Read more


112. FAXSERVE 7 FOR NW & GROUPWISE

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Asin: B00006HVSP
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Accpac
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113. Borland C#BUILDER V1.0 ARCH CD-MOST 1U ( CSA1310WWFS180 )

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Asin: B00009L7MC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Borland International
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114. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Developer 2002 Upgrade
list price: $1,079.00
our price: $969.99
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Asin: B00005S811
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 5643
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Visual Studio .NET is a superb, next-generation development tool. At its heart is the .NET Framework, a runtime engine and class library that enables rapid application building for both Windows and Web applications. The runtime engine handles housekeeping, like memory management, while also providing fine-grained security and version awareness. The class library reduces the code needed to build rich applications. Visual Studio .NET also provides a slick visual environment, with features like tabbed and docking windows, dynamic online help, and automatic code completion and hints. The common runtime is language-neutral, so, for example, Visual Basic programmers can use components written in C# and vice versa.

Other languages, such as COBOL and FORTRAN, can plug into Visual Studio, and Microsoft provides a version of the Java language called J#. These two languages, along with J#, have full support for the visual design tools in Visual Studio .NET. Also included is JScript .NET, Microsoft's version of JavaScript, although this comes without a form designer. Visual C++ is more similar to earlier versions, and is the only compiler included that can build old-style Windows executables. With a compiler switch, it can also target .NET, making it particularly flexible.

The Enterprise Developer edition has source-code management with Visual SourceSafe, performance testing, and analysis tools. It also includes developer versions of many of Microsoft's server products, including SQL Server, Commerce Server, Exchange Server, and the Windows 2000 Advanced Server operating system. These are licensed for development only, but even so, it is a rich range of products. Finally, there is the ability to use enterprise templates. New in Visual Studio .NET, these are sophisticated skeleton projects that assist organizations in maintaining consistent best practices. The twist is that, while Enterprise Developer can use these templates, it cannot create them. For that you need the high-end Enterprise Architect.

Overall, Visual Studio .NET is a radical break from the past for Microsoft. C# is an entirely new language, aimed at C and C++ programmers looking for something safer and more productive. Visual Basic .NET is a new twist on the old Microsoft favorite, losing compatibility with earlier versions but gaining full object orientation as well as access to all the .NET libraries.

There are a few points against Visual Studio .NET. One is that, like earlier versions, it only creates applications that run on Windows. Web applications are a partial exception, in that they support cross-platform clients, but deployment requires a Windows Web server. Another factor is, with its multiple compilers and mountains of documentation, Visual Studio .NET eats up gigabytes of disk space, and the IDE tends to be slow with less than around 384 MB RAM. Serious developers will take this in stride, but casual users could have difficulty. Fortunately, the applications created have more modest system requirements, although Windows 95 is not supported. Finally, developers coming from earlier editions face a lot of learning, with radical changes in both Visual Basic and ASP.

Despite these minor issues and a steep learning curve, Visual Studio .NET is an extremely versatile, sophisticated, and capable development tool. --Tim Anderson, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Only Way to Go If You Go Microsoft
If you're a Microsoft developer, you don't have much choice. There are some semi-lame development tools out there for the .NET platform but this is your only real choice. Of course, this is Version 1.0 of new technology so I expect vast improvements in the future. Microsoft is not famous for coming out with high-quality stuff in version 1. I think the visual interface looks worse than Visual Studio 6.0 - not as polished. In fact, it looks kind of like they hired the guy who designed the interface for the Forte for Java thing they push over at Sun - uuuuugly.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Visual Studio
Visual Studio .NET is the ultimate tool for the internet, intranet and stand alone developer from entry to high end specialized development. This kit, the enterprise kit includes every tool and documentation that one would need to build any kind of application intened for a Windows Platform or .NET framework.

Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Architect Edition includes the following enhancements over the Enterprise Developer version

Microsoft Visio®-based database modeling
Capture and communicate business requirements clearly with conceptual, logical, and physical database modeling tools.

Enterprise template project type
Share best practices and provide architectural guidance across the development team with the new Enterprise template project type.

Microsoft BizTalk™ Server
Build distributed business processes that integrate applications and partners, as well as quickly establish reliable, secure trading relationships with customers and partners over the Web.

Overall, no matter where you want to take your code today, you can build it better, smatter, faster with .NET Technologies. ... Read more


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120. REALbasic Standard Edition 4.5
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Amazon.com Product Description

REALbasic is a powerful, easy-to-use tool for creating your own software for Macintosh, Mac OS X, and Windows. It runs natively on Mac OS X, as well as Mac OS 8 and 9. REALbasic allows almost anyone to build software to solve problems, run a business, or just have fun.

Simply drag and drop elements into your application's windows and dialog boxes to create anything from a small utility, to a large application, or the next great game. Experiment, explore, learn, and innovate as you build your applications step-by-step while REALbasic handles all the details for you. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I feel the same way as the others.
Read the other reviews, I feel likewise about REALbasic. Good!

5-0 out of 5 stars REALbasic is GREAT!
REALsoftware produces REALbasic 4.5.1. There are two Macintosh versions to choose, the Classic and OSX, but this review will only cover the Classic version. Additionally, there are two editions of REALbasic, the Standard and the Professional.
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The system requirements are a PowerPC or G3 or G4, MacOS 8.1 or later, 6.5 MB of hard drive space, and 4.5 MB RAM. The test system is a PowerPC 8100 with a G3 367 MHz daughter card, 136 MB RAM, several 4-8 GB hard drives, and MacOS 8.1 and 8.6, using Conflict Catcher 8. A 30-day demo is available for download from REALsoftware.

The REALbasic Demo

The REALbasic 4.5.1 demo contains the complete program. REALbasic allows programmers to build both Macintosh Classic and OSX programs, as well as PC programs. Programs compiled by the demo will operate for 5 minutes and only for the trial period. In order to continue using REALbasic beyond the 30 days, it is necessary to purchase a license. The Standard and Professional editions each contain the license, an application CD, and printed documentation. Included in the application CD are examples, tutorials, and electronic documentation. The demo can be obtained from the demo website .

The demo file is 8.2 MB. Using a 56K modem, the demo downloads in around 30 minutes. After REALbasic downloads just drag it to your applications folder, no extra installation is required. The demo folder contains the REALbasic 4.5.1 Classic program and six folders - IDE Extras, Internet Resources, Plugins, Read Me's, Soundtracks, and Stationary.

The IDE Extras folder has sample coding scripts and allows other applications to be added to the REALbasic menus. Weblinks useful to most REALbasic programmers, as well as links to other REALbasic developer sites, are included in the Internet Resources folder. Plugins add new functions to programs and REALbasic allows for this with the Plugins folder - simply install a plugin into the folder and it is installed as REALbasic starts up. Important development files and release notes are available in the Read Me's folder. Finally, the Soundtracks folder contains sound effects for use in REALbasic and the Stationary folder allows programmers to set default settings for projects. Most demo users, however, will not be using any of these folder features at the start.

The program started with no difficulties. Conflicts have been non-existent since installing the program on the test system, in either MacOS 8.1 or 8.6. During testing, Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 was run along with REALbasic to view the many PDF tutorials. On several occasions, Word 98, Netscape 4.74 and Adaptec Toast 4.1.1 have also run without any problems.

REALbasic has a toolbar-based interface, like PhotoShop and PageMaker. At start up, several windows appear: the Control Palette, the Project Window and its untitled Window Editor, and the Properties Window. Providing various Button controls, ListBox controls and EditField controls, the Control Palette contains over 30 interface objects. Drag and drop the required interface object to the Window Editor window to place it into the program. The Project Window lists the items in the program, such as menus, the untitled Window Editor, and any other windows that may be added. Each object, including interface objects, has a Properties Window. This window contains a list of properties and values for the currently selected object. When another object is selected, the Properties Window changes to show that objects properties.

Build a First Program

To build a first, simple program, such as "Hello World", start with the start-up windows: Control Icons window, Project window and its untitled Window Editor, and the Properties window. File > Save As the Project window to HelloWorld.rb. Change the untitled Window Editor name to "Hello World Program" on the Title field in the Properties window.

Drag and drop the PushButton Tool and the EditField Tool to the program window. Edit > Duplicate (Command-D) the PushButton Tool twice, and renamed the buttons "DisplayHello," "Clear," and "Quit" in their respective Properties Name field. Rename the EditField Tool "TextDisplay" in the Properties Name field. Place the "TextDisplay" EditField at the top of the window with the "Display Hello" and "Clear" buttons on the same line under it and the "Quit" button at the bottom.

Add the code to the PushButtons and the EditField. From the program window, Option-Tab to get the Code Editor window. From there, click the disclosure triangle to the left of the Controls icon and for each button add code. In the "Display Hello" button, place

TextDisplay.Text="Hello World"
in the Action item. The "Clear" button has
TextDisplay.Text=""
and the "Exit" button has
Beep Quit
added to the Action item. Choose Debug > Run (Command-R) to test the program.

Build the stand-alone applications by going to File > Build Settings. Choose whether to build a Macintosh program or a PC program or both. Name the program "Hello" for Macintosh and/or "Hello.exe" for PC (using the pop-up menu). Click OK and File > Build Application. REALbasic then builds the application(s). In all, the program should take about 15-20 minutes to build.

Additional Tutorials

REALsoftware also has several REALbasic Tutorial PDFs on their tutorial website . The main tutorial is 4.5 MB and involves building a simple Text Editor program, similar to SimpleText. In 12 separate chapters it covers such topics as Working with Documents (Ch. 4), Adding Drag and Drop to TextEditor (Ch. 6), and Printing Styled Text (Ch. 9). Each chapter is short and specific, explaining the steps necessary to build a workable program.

The Text Editor program is easy to build and will take several sessions with REALbasic. In order to get more experience in specific parts of program building, a new REALbasic programmer should refer back to the Text Editor program because it contains elements required in more advanced programs.

Other tutorial programs available include building an URL manager. There are also many websites that contain step-by-step REALbasic programming tutorials. REALbasic University is an excellent resource for the novice programmer, with 73 lessons at last count.

Conclusion

This is a very impressive program. The user-interface is excellent and the features are helpful. The possibility to build new programs for both Macintosh and PC is of great benefit. The demo was used on the test system for the full trial period, with at least one hour per day using the program. Many of the tutorials were used during that time to explore the program. While the learning curve can be steep for some new programming languages, the author found that this was not the case. In fact, learning REALbasic was much easier on one's own than his experience learning C in the classroom. The author believes that the novice would have little problem picking up the fundamentals of REALbasic, especially if the many Internet resources are used. While not yet achieving several hundred line programs, beginners can gain confidence as they build more applications, adding new and complex code and features to them.

5-0 out of 5 stars REALbasic Rocks!
I'll let you know right off the bat here, I love to use REALbasic, and I have done so for about three years now as an avid Mac hobbyist programmer. REALbasic lets you write your own stand-alone applications for both the Mac and PC platforms. I don't do Windows, but I have shared an item or two with some of my PC users friends, much to their amazement.

REALbasic is a rich development environment for both professional, beginner and the curious. For me it has been a teaching tool. I always wanted to try and write my own programs, and now I can! I have tried many other programming languages and either found them too hard or not engaging enough to commit the time to learn them. Don't be fooled, any programming language takes a bit of time to learn, but for me, REALbasic has been totally worth it.

With REALbasic you can create an almost endless array of software titles. Anything from games to serious work related applications. I'm like a guy tinkering in his wood shop in the garage, I'll jump from subject to subject building little sample projects, like a little paint program, a GPS reader and a hang man game, to name a few.

One of the most surprising elements of using REALbasic, is the amount of support you can get from the developers of REALbasic, REAL software and the hordes of REALbasic users everywhere. The net is full of web sites that feature REALbasic examples. If you subscribe to the REALbasic New User group, you can post most any question or problem you have and I assure you, you will receive a quick and useful response. Learning by examples is a great way to learn to program.

REALbasic's interface is similar to a drawing program, a natural and familiar way of doing things on a Mac. You select an item from a tools palette and drag it to a window area you are working on. This allows you to graphically place the buttons, text and other things that you need for your program to interact with your user. Geeky word for this is User Interface (UI).

REALbasic's programming language is as you would expect, a version of BASIC. This is a modern BASIC language that encourages and supports the concept of Object Oriented Programming. Code is executed in a hierarchy of events.

REALbasic can be purchased in several versions, that is, there is a professional version and a standard edition. Optional packages are offered in the form of CD examples, Developer Documentation and Language References. REALbasic is upgraded with a new version about every six months or so. Theses upgrade prices are very reasonable and will vary depending on which version you have and the extra's you want.

My favorite area's in REALbasic are:

1) Drawing. Sounds silly, but getting your computer to "draw" things on your screen is not easy!

2) RB3D Space. REALbasic has a very cool "class" that lets you draw things in three dimensions. Very cool.

3) The on-line reference. At anytime, you hit command-one and up pops your handy dandy reference area.

4) The auto complete feature. Most languages are strict when it comes to typing in the right typed words. This one little simple feature will save you countless hours of typing.

5) As I've said above, the supportive nature of the people who make REALbasic. When was the last time Mr. X from company ABC emailed you with a response to a question you had about their software you just purchased?

If you're ready for a new challenge and adventure in to the area of computer programming AND you own a Mac, get REALbasic.

5-0 out of 5 stars REALbasic is awesome
This is a fantastic development environment, especially for those who are fairly new to programming. I tried to learn several other languages, but could never grasp the concepts. REALbasic is easy to learn and use, and it's also helped to understand object orientation as a plus. If you can afford, spring for the Professional version instead of Standard. That buys you database access to a variety of back ends and Windows compilation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very powerful for the price
I have used this product since its first commercial release. It is fairly easy to learn, is very powerful and the professional edition (you can upgrade from this version) allows you to use create database and Windows applications.

I used this product to develop a very sophisticated spacecraft simulator A-OK! The Wings of Mercury. I also use it as a consultant programmer. REALbasic programming work accounts for over 80% of my revenue.

The best thing about this product is not the product, but the people behind it. REAL Software is a very dedicated bunch of folks. Additionally, there is a real growing community of users that support each other. From old hand like myself (software developer for over 22 years) to newbies, all are welcome and all help each other.

It's not perfect, bugs do creep up, but REAL Software is always participating in discussion boards and mailing lists and is VERY responsive to fixing critical bugs.

REALbasic gets updated about twice a year. The upgrade prices are reasonable. Even the Professional version is much less expensive that other development systems.

I am convinced that this product will become the number one method of developing software for the Macintosh in the coming years. Additionally, it will also provide a nice alternative to using Visual Basic for developing Windows applications.

Great product, great company. ... Read more


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