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21. Norton Ghost 9.0 - Disk Imaging
$1,569.99 $1,100.99 list($1,880.99)
22. Mathematica 5.1
$889.99 $259.99 list($1,019.00)
23. Microsoft Windows Server Standard
$184.99 list($199.95)
24. Symantec pcAnywhere 11.5 Host
$39.99 $39.95 list($49.99)
25. Roxio Popcorn (Mac)
$79.99 $79.88 list($99.99)
26. Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac 7.0
$99.99 $94.88
27. ScanSoft PDF Converter Professional
$989.99 $848.00 list()
28. ScanSoft DRAGON NATURALLY SPEAKING
$62.99 list()
29. ZoneAlarm Security Suite 2005
$129.99 $123.88 list($149.99)
30. Omnipage Pro 14
$87.99 list($109.99)
31. ScanSoft Dragon Naturally Speaking
$89.99 $46.97 list($99.99)
32. Norton SystemWorks 2005 Premier
$109.99 $105.00 list($129.99)
33. Microsoft Virtual PC 2004
$89.99 $43.95 list($99.99)
34. Microsoft Works Suite 2005 [Money,
$64.99 $47.98 list($69.99)
35. Norton SystemWorks 2005 [AntiVirus,
$89.99 $89.86 list($99.99)
36. Retrospect 6.0 Desktop Mac
$179.99 list($199.99)
37. Norton AntiVirus 2005 Office Pack
$128.00 list($249.99)
38. Adobe Acrobat 5.0 [Replaced by
$64.99 $37.49 list($69.99)
39. Norton PartitionMagic 8.0 - Create,
$834.99 $672.00 list($899.99)
40. Adobe FrameMaker 7.1

21. Norton Ghost 9.0 - Disk Imaging Solution
list price: $69.99
our price: $64.99
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Asin: B0002RQ5AU
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 387
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Features

  • Advanced backup and recovery for the PC
  • Create backup images without restarting Windows
  • Incremental backups save time and disk space
  • Schedule backups to run automatically
  • Includes Norton Ghost 2003 for extended backups

22. Mathematica 5.1
list price: $1,880.99
our price: $1,569.99
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Asin: B0007D9QQ4
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Wolfram Research, Inc.
Sales Rank: 1391
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Features

  • A uniquely productive programming language
  • Creates publication-quality documents with its customizable, cross-platform file format
  • Fully-integrated, technical, computing system; symbolic & numeric computation
  • Used by over a million scientists, engineers, analysts, educators, and students
  • High-performance optimization and linear programming, data analysis, and visualization

23. Microsoft Windows Server Standard 2003-5 Clients
list price: $1,019.00
our price: $889.99
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Asin: B00008MNXV
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 1860
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars A good work from ms again!!!
To the company of the all specializers it is adviced to have this one..

5-0 out of 5 stars Windows 2000 with just a few enhancements
I got my MSDN shipment yesterday and loaded up the Enterprise version on an HP Pavillion (don't laugh).

All was well, except for sound incompatibility - Turtle Beach not happy.

My biggest gripe - IIS would not start the default web due to "the process cannot access the file because its in use".

Bummer.

And, I tried loading the Adminpak.msi that allows administration of servers from an XP box etc. It did not extract due to "incorrect cluster size".

These are my only complaints so far. Its not a "must have" upgrade for your existing Windows 2000 servers. Nothing really compelling out of the box that I can see. All admin tools are the same, AD etc.

Microsoft still makes the best software on the planet no matter what anyone says.

I've used OSX, Linux, SGI O/2, and nothing can compare to ease of use, tools, and built in services. ... Read more


24. Symantec pcAnywhere 11.5 Host & Remote
list price: $199.95
our price: $184.99
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Asin: B0006DNVWA
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 6742
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25. Roxio Popcorn (Mac)
list price: $49.99
our price: $39.99
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Asin: B0006IJ0TS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Roxio
Sales Rank: 162
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Features

  • 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

26. Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac 7.0 Upgrade
list price: $99.99
our price: $79.99
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Asin: B0002NTA0G
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 213
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Features

  • Access PC-only software, files, networks, and devices with your Mac
  • Zero-configuration printing; better graphics handling; expanded preferences
  • Cut and paste between platforms; share folders and other media between platforms
  • Easily shut down virtual PC and relaunch right where it left off
  • G5 support; simple, intuitive installation process; use PC and Mac peripherals

27. ScanSoft PDF Converter Professional 3.0
list price: $99.99
our price: $99.99
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Asin: B00094OT7C
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Scansoft
Sales Rank: 143
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

PDF Converter Pro 3.0 ... Read more

Features

  • Combine multiple source files, such as JPEGs,Word files and Web pages, to create a single PDF file to share your work as an integrated document.
  • PDF Converter delivers everything the business user needs, including powerful document and form creation, conversion and editing.
  • Instantly create 100% industry-standard PDF files that can be read, printed, or processed.
  • For the first time you can edit directly within a PDF file. Add copy, rearrange words, even change the position of charts and graphics.
  • Convert PDF Files into Microsoft Word, Excel and Corel WordPerfect documents.

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars A solid alternative to Adobe Acrobat
I found this to be an amazing PDF product - but its not from Adobe.I have used Acrobat in the past, but this does things that Acrobat doesn't do - like turn PDF back into Word, and turning forms into fill-able forms. I use scansoft Paperport too, and this works perfect with the PDF files from scanners. ... Read more


28. ScanSoft DRAGON NATURALLY SPEAKING MED ( A709A-X00-8.0 )

our price: $989.99
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Asin: B0006I5EYI
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Scansoft
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29. ZoneAlarm Security Suite 2005

our price: $62.99
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Asin: B0002VRPDC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Encore Software
Sales Rank: 565
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Features

  • Advanced Heuristic Detection uses behavioral analysis to detect unknown viruses
  • Universal, transparent protection for all popular instant messaging tools
  • Built-in logging keeps a record of any attempts to crack your security
  • Strike back at hackers with Hacker ID - track them anonymously and report them to their ISP
  • Stop spyware and trojans from installing themselves on your system with Outbound Program Controls

30. Omnipage Pro 14
list price: $149.99
our price: $129.99
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Asin: B0000ZG0W2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: ScanSoft
Sales Rank: 763
Average Customer Review: 3.25 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Save time and money with this powerful document conversion application
  • Eliminating retyping; turn documents into e-files you can edit, search, and share
  • Precision OCR technology, advanced layout analysis, and powerful editing tools
  • Turn paper and PDF files into editable e-documents that match the original
  • Turn text documents into audio books; add digital signatures to your e-documents

Reviews (4)

4-0 out of 5 stars Sorry! No Customer Support
This is a good product but forget about getting any available service packs from Scansoft and they won't help you. They also bury postings in the online help community if they are negative. The online knowledge help system is a joke. The company seems to be 'dead' to helping customers. I can see why Microtek scanner company dumped Scansoft to favor Abbey Fine Reader for bundled software. Wish I would have gone with Abbey instead. An important item with version 14 is the PDF tool. It is completely useless. You cannot get control of any fonts and the unicode or multinational font driver is 16 bit and won't do most of the characters. Trying any advertised acrobatics with a PDF is hopeless and security? none. Someone at Scansoft referred me to Digital River where it was bought via Scansoft online store to get help and Digital River simply ignores your request, and not only that their system retains email address use to buy it even if it changed and you cannot update it. They 'say' their response will go to dead email address. Looks like money rules to hell with the users. (This review is about the flagship OmniPage Pro 14 Office.)

2-0 out of 5 stars Beware of bugs and no free support
I want to add some more specifics to my review below. I bought Omnipage 12. It would not instal. Only after extensive searching on the internet did I find that it was incompatible - believe it or not - with the Windows XP start menu and also with all desktop backgrounds except the XP logo!

The problem could apparently be resolved by downloading service packs 1 & 2. So I changed to the new start menu and XP logo background and installation then was possible. But when I tried to get service packs 1 & 2, which can only be accessed by using the upgrade function within the program, nothing happened. An e-mail request to ScanSoft for help was ignored. No help was available on the users group either as no-one had found a solution.

But I persevered and tried to use Omnipage without the service packs. Then came the next unpleasant shock. I have an HP OfficeJet d135 four-in-one. Although listed by ScanSoft as a compatible scanner I found that this is only partly true. The shocking part was that Omnipage was not compatible - believe it or not again - with the automatic document handler on HP scanners! So I must feed in each page separately while it slowly scans them.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Omnipage users group is moribund or dead. I don't know if ScanSoft is blocking postings to the website because there were so many that were less than complimentary or whether users just gave up because there were no solutions.

Abbyy FineReader offers as complete a contrast as can be imagined. Free, unlimited technical assistance and a lively users group populated by a clearly contented group of users.

So decide for yourself.

2-0 out of 5 stars Beware of bugs and no free support
Beware of this product. It is buggy - see eg the users group at http://webboard.scansoft.com/ - and there is no free support, even for program bugs. Scansoft's attitude to known bugs is illustrated by the fact that there is a bug in both versions 11 and 12 which prevents many users from updating the program but despite a large number of postings to this effect on Scansoft's own website already referred to and e-mail notification to ScanSoft the bug remains. Abby FineReader apparently offers free support and a scanner that users say is better, for example, for OCR scanning.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best !
You can't go wrong with this sofwtare, it's the best of its category. It blows away Abby and IRIS softwares technologies and capabilities. ... Read more


31. ScanSoft Dragon Naturally Speaking 8 Standard
list price: $109.99
our price: $87.99
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Asin: B00030096W
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Scansoft
Sales Rank: 244
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Features

  • Surf the Internet by voice
  • Faster than typing
  • 20% more accurate than before
  • Works with all your favorite applications
  • A noise-canceling microphone included

32. Norton SystemWorks 2005 Premier - Single User [AntiVirus, Utilities, GoBack, Ghost, CheckIT]
list price: $99.99
our price: $89.99
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Asin: B0002RQ442
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 192
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Features

  • Powerful tools to solve PC problems and protect valuable data
  • Norton AntiVirus blocks Internet worms before they enter PC
  • Norton Ghost provides powerful backup and recovery tools
  • Norton Utilities and Norton GoBack help fix, prevent, and undo system problems
  • CheckIt Diagnostics offers quick, thorough evaluation of PC's hardware

33. Microsoft Virtual PC 2004
list price: $129.99
our price: $109.99
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Asin: B0000DC67P
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft Software
Sales Rank: 452
Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Re-architected to ensure that it meets Microsoft's most stringent security standards
  • Support for up to 4 GB of memory and up to 4 network adapters
  • New file-based configuration of virtual machines; OS/2 integration features
  • Virtual machine additions; portable VHDs; differencing and undo disks
  • Virtual disk support; support for most x86 Oses with no custom drivers

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars It works!
This software is great. I have successfully tested Dos 6.22, Windows 3.0, several versions of Linux (Red Hat and Suse), Windows 95 and Windows NT.
I agree with other reviewers that it can be used for recreational purpouses. My case is about retro-ware and retro-gaming. I have to admit that sound emulation is a little tricky for some old games, but overall the product is excellent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 Rocks
This is one of the best emulation software out there in the market. It is so much EASYER to use than VMWare Workstation 4x. You dont have to set up the cd drives or the floppy drives. I think that this is a much better software for beginners.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for creating CCNP or MCSE 2003 labs...
Awesome product, I was previously using Partition Magic 8.0, which works,but you have to reboot and go into your other operating systems. I can now seamlessly boot from one operating system to another, using my sniffer, tftp server, ftp server, protocol generator, etc. you see where I'm going. This along with some free utilities for generating UDP and TCP floods is a great addition for training. Highly recommended!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars I weighed the options.
I compared VMWare 4.0.5 and Virtual PC 2004 (VPC) side-by-side for a couple of weeks and ultimately decided on VPC for it's affordability, larger memory support, and standard S3 Trio video card emulation which greatly improved the guest OS graphics experience (especially for non-Microsoft OSes). I installed multiple instances of Linux (Redhat and Trustix) and they ran surprisingly well though obviously slower than on a dedicated machine. But, for setting-up a multi-network virtual lab where "how" it works was more important to me than "how fast" it was perfect. Using VPC I was easily able to setup a multi-network virtual lab with several routers, DHCP servers, and DNS servers to iron out some complex interaction scenarios.

MS virtual hardware support is not as robust as VMWare however as it seems that you are limited to emulating (4) IDE drives. This wasn't a serious hindrance to me but should be considered.

As of 3/5/2004 MS was offering a 45 day evaluation download from the VPC product page. I heartily recommend this product.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very cool!
I initially approached this product with one raised eyebrow, however after putting it through the works I can say I am quite pleased with it.

At 1/3 the cost of VMWare's product, this piece of software does the job nicely.

Its marketed mainly as being useful for business and training applications, however I'm willing the speculate that the majority of this product's use will simply be for fun "playgrounds". :-)

I pulled out my old OS/2 and Win 3.11 boxes that have been collecting dust and brought them to life on VPC. Very cool.

Didn't try Linux on it, but it's reported to work. I wouldn't want to run Linux day-to-day on it anyhow, I'll just stick to using partitions and allowing Linux to get full use of computer resources.

At the least, its very cool (and very fun!) to have DOS/Win3.11 under XP. I've now had a reason to break out all my old DOS/Win 3.11 games again. :-) ... Read more


34. Microsoft Works Suite 2005 [Money, Encarta, Picture It, Streets & Trips, Word 2002]
list price: $99.99
our price: $89.99
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Asin: B0002KQOP8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft Software
Sales Rank: 446
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Features

  • Write like a professional with Word 2002
  • Get up and go with Streets & Trips 2005
  • Edit and organize your photos with Picture It! Premium 10
  • Explore the world with Encarta Encyclopedia Standard 2005
  • Get those finances in order with Money Standard 2005

35. Norton SystemWorks 2005 [AntiVirus, Utilities, GoBack, Check IT]
list price: $69.99
our price: $64.99
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Asin: B0002UCWIG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 123
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Features

  • Easy-to-use software solves problems and protects valuable data
  • Norton AntiVirus blocks Internet worms before they enter computer
  • Norton Utilities helps fix and prevent system problems; Norton GoBack to undo
  • One Button Checkup feature for quickly selecting exact scans desired
  • Eliminate viruses, prevent problems, and restore system to healthy state

36. Retrospect 6.0 Desktop Mac
list price: $99.99
our price: $89.99
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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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Features

  • 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


37. Norton AntiVirus 2005 Office Pack - 5 Users
list price: $199.99
our price: $179.99
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Asin: B0002Q80YK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 2624
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Features

  • Antivirus software protects computer against viruses and worms
  • Removes viruses, worms, and Trojan horses automatically
  • Defends against malicious code; detects spyware and other non-virus threats
  • Internet Worm Protection blocks certain more sophisticated worms
  • QuickScan and PreInstall scan; enhanced packer support

38. Adobe Acrobat 5.0 [Replaced by Adobe Acrobat 6.0]
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B00005ATST
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 644
Average Customer Review: 3.58 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Any business that requires documents to be shared, reviewed, and editedacross broad networks will undoubtedly benefit from Adobe Acrobat 5.0. If you'venever used Acrobat before, you'll be amazed at how easy it is to convert Officedocuments and Web pages to PDF files (portable document format). If you alreadyuse Acrobat, new features and enhancements--including the ability to uploaddocuments to Web sites and intranets--make this version a worthwhile upgrade.

Installation is quick and easy; within 15 minutes of opening the box we weresaving Web pages as PDF files and adding comments to our documents. New usersmay want to take a tour around the help sections (either online Help or tooltips) to get acquainted with the program. In addition, checking out the helpsection will ensure you don't miss out on some of the more hidden featureswithin the application, such as color management and timesaving Windows and Macshortcuts.

One of the most important new features of version 5.0 is the ability to developnew documents from PDF files. You can now save the PDF file to Rich Text Format(RTF), and then edit the document using your word processor. Another importantnew feature is the ability to create interactive forms, which actually look alot like their paper counterparts. And once you figure out how to upload theseforms to your company intranet, you can share them with all relevant teammembers. Team members can even sign these forms, using a password-protecteddigital signature.

As always, the ability to comment on documents and Web pages remains animportant reason to use Acrobat. A toolbar on the left-hand side gives userseasy access to the list of comment tools, which range from highlighting tools,note boxes, pencil and line tools, and strikeout tools which let you erase linesof text. Once you've marked up a file or Web page, you can send the file to teammembers, business contacts and clients. As long as they have the Acrobat Reader(available free from Adobe's Web site), they should be able to read these files. And Acrobat retains the quality of your documents when you print them, so youdon't have any nasty surprises when you pick up your documents from theprinter.

Companies with employees in different physical locations can only benefit fromAcrobat 5.0. While version 4.0 is obviously still a strong and very usefulproduct, upgrading to Acrobat 5.0 promises a host of Internet-ready new featuresdesigned to accompany your business to the next level of high-speedcommunication. --Gisele Toueg ... Read more

Reviews (60)

5-0 out of 5 stars Much needed upgrade
Acrobat for Windows (and other Adobe software) is expensive. Way too much. Every Adobe program costs hundreds of dollars, and only recently they started offering product suites that greatly reduce the cost of ownership. Acrobat is included in every such collection. The problem with such collections (4 programs) is that the price tag approaches 4 digits. All of these suites contain Acrobat (4.0), the heading program of "e-paper solutions". If the changes from version 3.0 to version 4.0 were profound, then the change to version 5.0 is much more than substantial, it's overwhelming.

REMARKS FOR FIRST-TIME USERS: If you don't already know that, here is a short, but important message for newcomers to the PDF world: if you only need to read PDF files - you do not need Adobe Acrobat - just download a free Acrobat *Reader* from Adobe website. If you need to create the simplest possible version of PDF documents, there are free tools on the web that will allow you to do that. Acrobat is a powerful program that is designed to assist you in almost every aspect of publishing electronic documents online, or sharing them in a multi-platform environment. Hence, as this software is expensive - you might reconsider your purchase. If you regularly publish important stuff online and you work in a potentially multi-platform environment or the whole network AND you think seriously about your work, then Acrobat is for you (this is why I tested and bought yet another upgrade). Nevertheless, this powerful tool may be too much. If you need to distribute files among friends or post some messages online, you might consider using HTML (available even via any word-processing software like Word). PDF format is really designed to be multi-platform - and you have to pay a "nice" price for the opportunity to create such documents.

WHY IS THE UPGRADE WORTH YOUR ATTENTION: For the first time in Acrobat history you are able to RESTRUCTURE existing PDF documents. It's especially useful when you no longer have the original version of the file from which PDF was created. To this end, Acrobat uses the RTF format recognizable by every word processor. Acrobat can publish user-interactive documents online - with integrated (yet still limited) options used in productivity office suites: calculation, spell-checking, multi-user collaboration. You can specify permissions on distributed documents, like allowing/disallowing printing, changing or copying text to clipboard. Newly supported encryption is now 128 bit. Finally, FINALLY, Adobe decided to simplify the user interface a little. Now, more than ever, Acrobat toolbars are much more customizable - you can arrange them in the floating Photoshop-type way, or use all toolbars (including new formatting toolbar) at once, as in Microsoft software. This is a step in a good direction. Last, but not least, you have a PDF repair utility. It is especially useful when you use a browser plug-in (Acrobat integrates with MSIE and Netscape) to save a web page, or capture it and convert to PDF. There is a high probability that the file will include unnecessary portions of html code, including scripts. That's a very good reason to upgrade, if not anything else.

REMARKS: PDF writer (a simple PDF-producer included as a "virtual" PDF printing option) fails more often than not and in order to have correct results, it's better to use Distiller (a full-featured virtual PDF printing engine) which may be not user-friendly to new users. Still, in this version 5.0 the old truth remains the same: not every graphics object you have in your document will be converted - sometimes you will get a blacked area instead of the picture. There is no other way around than experimenting with the file type, which may be confusing in some productivity applications.

SUMMARY: Powerful tool for those who really need multi-platform secure document creation and distribution. It's still relatively-user unfriendly. If you have already used a previous version, 4.0., do not hesitate. If you are contemplating first-time purchase, read the above remarks and think twice. That's of course if you have enough money to buy Acrobat.

5-0 out of 5 stars For functionality and reliable cross-platform compatibility.
Acrobat 5.0 can convert any file type from its application's print command into a PDF, which, when viewed by someone with the free Acrobat Reader, will look the same as you created it, irrespective of their monitor's resolution setting, or computer platform. This means that a document containing text and images will look correct on screen and when printed. At present, the Adobe PDF format is the only means of achieving this.

You can create a navigation path within your PDF using the Bookmarks feature. Highlight and add annotations to sections of the document. And include hyperlinks as in an HTML page, etc.

Using Acrobat to create a bookmarked photo-gallery, for example, will result in a file much smaller than an equivalent HTML item when you use Acrobat's screen-optimised Distiller settings, and with all the images retained within the PDF itself, instead of split between a contents folder and its associated HTML page. The PDF can be secured so that your images and text are secure from simple pilfering.

The security settings in Acrobat 5.0 are a little more comprehensive than was available in 4.0. Examples being password encryption at 128 bits, and print resolution options of high and low. Even so, PDF security is a matter of hot debate at present, as is security in any computer format. So don't get overly confident. Only regard a secured PDF as being safe from access or tampering by Joe Public. In the case of my photo-gallery example I can secure the PDF from interference in the Reader and the application by using a password. But the images can still be extracted in a PC by simply hitting the print-screen key and then pasting the clipboard contents into an image application such as Photoshop. This also applies to text which can then saved as a TIFF file and processed in an OCR application such as Fine Reader 5.0 Pro, or by straight transcription.

Some features are now more easily accessed: Distiller and Security settings being two.

Whether or not Acrobat 5.0 is a major improvement over 4.0 is superfluous, since 4.0 will soon be unavailable. 5.0 does everything that 4.0 did, and more, but some of the features are not backwards compatible with earlier versions of the reader. Users of your files will have to be forewarned if you are using such features, to upgrade their reader. Adobe claim over 200 million Acrobat Reader installations, but that includes readers of 3.0, 4.0, and 4.05 vintage. An example of incompatibility would be an access password set at 128 bits. The recipient must have the 5.0 reader installed to gain entry. Sorry to rabbit on about this, but it is a current point of contention as to why PDFs are not used as often as they might be. Joe Public seems to have an aversion to updating even their internet browser, which is why web-masters have such a fun time keeping their web-sites as compatible as possible. PDFs can be used instead of HTML pages on your web-site but for maximum compatibility you will have to ensure that all important features can be read by a 3.0 reader. Bit of a pain, but there you are. Keep your PDFs simple and there shouldn't be a problem.

When you buy Acrobat 5.0, and you haven't any prior experience, I would recommend that you buy and work your way through Adobe's Acrobat 5.0 - Classroom in a Book. This, in conjunction with the Acrobat help guide ( Help > Help guide ), will tell you all that you need to know. Methodically work your way through the classroom book first though. It'll be a lot easier if you do.

A well designed PDF is the best way for you to communicate your intentions whether that be an e-book, technical supplement, or a photo-gallery

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the best deal going right now for Acrobat
By the time I was done reading the reviews for Adobe Acrobat 6.0 I was depressed. Not only do I not have Windows XP, or Windows 2000, or NT installed in my machine (The only operating systems that will work with 6) I also couldn't muster up the confidence in the product after so many people were giving it the thumbs down. I want to create an eBook, and Adobe Reader is the most popular reader out there, with some 400 million, to a half a billion users with it installed. What a dilemma. I kept coming back to read some more. Finally I found the answer. I bought a new Adobe Acrobat 5.0 here at Amazon from one of their vendors, and it works great with my Windows 98SE. I planned on buying the 6.0 upgrade after they got the bugs out, and or I got a new computer with XP. Then I found out that 5.0 was the only version before, and that was the professional version. 6.0 Standard is a geared down version of 5. Ok, so it has some additional features, but it is missing all the rest of the professional features that 5 has.
So what's the skinny on the deal? For what I paid for a new 5 that is the full program, unregistered, and upgradeable, plus what I would have to pay here at Amazon for the 6 Professional Upgrade, I saved 80 bucks, and wound up with both versions 5 and 6 pro. Which as I mentioned are both professional versions. If I bought 5 and upgraded to 6 standard, I would only spend a little more for both versions. (About 4 percent more for standard, and about 20 percent less for professional) That way if 6 standard turned out to be as bad as many were saying it is, I would have 5 also.
In the final analysis, I am using 5 and am super excited about the new capabilities that Adobe Acrobat gives you. I'm hoping that by the time I get a new machine with XP on it, Adobe will come out with 6.something, or a second edition of 6 etc. with the fixes built in.
I'm not the only one to come to this conclusion. I noticed in the sales rank at the time I bought it and wrote this review, that 5 was outselling 6. Also I noticed that in the "Those who bought 5 also bought this" section, it had a special note that said, 47% of the people who bought 5 also bought the 6 upgrade. If your running XP, 2000, or NT, get them both. That way all the bases are covered.
Check out the reviews on 5 you'll be surprised how everybody raves about it. To be perfectly honest with you, if I had an XP machine, I would have ordered the 6 upgrade at the same time. Hope this helps.

3-0 out of 5 stars Merely a Stepping Stone
Since, for some unknown reason, Adobe doesn't offer a direct upgrade path from Acrobat 3 to Acrobat 6, I bought this Acrobat 5 Upgrade merely so I could qualify for a free upgrade to Acrobat 6. Not only is this silly of Adobe, it's also expensive. Instead of buying an Acrobat 6 package, sticking my old Acrobat 3 CD into the drive, and continuing on my way without further hassle or expense, I had to buy the Acrobat 5 upgrade, go to the Adobe website to find their customer support phone number, call them via their 800 number, get them copies of the receipt, pay a token shipping cost, and then install the new software. What's even worse is that I've spent over six weeks trying to do that. Amazon got me the package immediately. But, so far, I've had to talk to Adobe (at their expense) five times. The first time was to find out that the upgrade existed and get the instructions for faxing the information to them. Supposedly, my fax never arrived. Then, I had to talk to them about that and get a snail-mail address. Supposedly, THAT package never arrived. Then, with my next call, I managed to get an email address to send the documents to. Again, supposedly, that never arrived. Finally, I talked to a person who had me re-fax just the receipt and my Acrobat 3 serial number. She called me back within a half an hour and we completed the whole process (confirmed my shipping address and got a credit card number for the shipping fee). Besides the hassle I had to go through, this upgrade must have cost Adobe a bundle in phone and support personnel costs. The free upgrade period from Acrobat 5 to 6 is over now, but Adobe really needs to come up with a better way for their old Acrobat 3 customers to upgrade.

4-0 out of 5 stars Newbie to Acrobat
Yes indeed Adobe Acrobat is too expensive, but, when considering the alternatives of buying other brands of PDF software that have less than pleasing quality, it all boils down to choosing the product that has the highest quality. To my knowledge, Acrobat is still the best PDF software available.

My personal needs are to create PDF files, encrypt them, require passwords to view, and restrict the user from printing and copying. After testing a couple other PDF products, I quickly discovered that their security was overly easy to bypass, no I take that back, they were *ridiculously* easy to bypass. Adobe's security has so far proven to be usefully solid.

Since Adobe provides limited public information about their products, I recommend that you first buy a book teaching how to use an Adobe package and read it through so that you will know what the software actually does and does not do. Yes, I agree, having to purchase a book and spend the time studying is not the prefered way to learn about any product, but the few dollars invested can easily pay for itself by your knowing which software to buy (or more specifically, what not to buy!).

What has amazed me the most with my Acrobat experience is when I had to call Adobe customer service to get a complex upgrade to version 6. Not only did the girl answering know what I was talking about, she also accomplished the entire order within that one phone call! WOW! Customer service like that is unheard of today. Apparently Adobe does care about its products enough to hire quality employees, and with that level of care, I feel more confident that I made the right decision choosing Adobe. Too, I purchased Acrobat from Amazon for the same reason of wanting quality service.

There are other PDF products available, some are even free, but for those of us who prefer quality and usefulness over initially lower costs, Acrobat is an intelligence choice. Choosing the right product today, the one that does not crash nor take time away from our work to fiddle with settings, gives us more time to whine about the costs later. If Acrobat were less expensive, I would give it five stars. ... Read more


39. Norton PartitionMagic 8.0 - Create, Resize, Copy Partitions
list price: $69.99
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Asin: B00025O87E
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 288
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Separate and protect data; enhance operating system performance
  • Resize, create, move, split, merge, undelete, and convert partitions
  • Move files from one partition to another regardless of partition type
  • View changes that will be made before applying them; automatic file backup
  • Safely run multiple operating systems on the same computer

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5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome. And, better yet, it even works.
This product does what is otherwise impossible: shrinks a partition without disturbing the data therein.
Also it works very fast! It takes just a minute or two to shrink or expand a partition.

It has always worked for me. If you wonder why you would need this software, don't worry about it. If you need it, you know it. And when you need it, this is the only program on earth that will do this work.
When you need it and it works it is AWESOME!

Here's an example:
Say you have a teaching lab with 8 computers. You want to use Power Quest Drive Image to create a clone of the hard disk on computer #1 on CD. Then every Friday night after class you can restore the image on all 8 computers and Monday morning all your computers are fresh and ready, regardless of what last week's students did.

Computer #1 has a 100 GB hard drive in a single partition, but only 1GB is actually in use. The rest is free space. Since Drive Image backs up a partition at a time, you will need enough CDs to hold 100GB of compressed data, even though most of it will just be zeros. That might take you many CDs. What you need is a way to shrink the partition size down to just the 1GB in use. Conventional tools will not allow you to do this....they erase all the data in the partition if you shrink it. That kills you! That forces you to back up all the data to another hard drive, delete the partition, recreate the partition to the 1GB size, then format the partition, then reload the data from the spare hard drive, if possible, then create your Drive Image CD, and then go to through the whole process again to expand the partition back. This could take all day.

With Partition Magic, you just insert a diskette and about two minutes later you are done shrinking the partition to the needed size! Snap your image CD and then fire up Partition Magic again and in another two minutes the partition is back where it started! With this technology available doing it the old way makes about as much sense as using a Radio Shack cassette tape player for data storage on your IBM-PC instead of a hard drive.

The former owner of this program, Power Quest, was granted several patents on this technique. Check it out at www.uspto.gov - it's fascinating reading. Paraphrasing their words: obviously this function is not easy since it took 15 years from the introduction of the IBM-PC for someone to invent it. ... Read more


40. Adobe FrameMaker 7.1
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Asin: B00019OWW2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 3374
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