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141. ProSoft Data Rescue PC - Drive
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142. Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac 6.1
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143. Norton AntiSpam 2005 - Single
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144. Symantec AntiVirus Small Business
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145. Delorme Mapping Street Atlas 2005
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146. Learn Microsoft Excel
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147. Adobe FrameMaker 6.0
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148. Adobe Acrobat 5.0
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149. Norton Systemworks for Mac 3.0
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150. pcAnywhere 11.0 Host & Remote
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151. Syd Field's Screenwriting Workshop
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152. Webroot SpySweeper AntiSpyware
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155. Ventura 10 Upgrade
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156. Webroot Spy Sweeper Internet Essentials
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157. Norton SystemWorks 3.0 and Norton
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158. WINZIP WinZip 9 ( Windows )
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159. V-Com Systemsuite 5.0
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160. Norton AntiVirus 2005 - Single

141. ProSoft Data Rescue PC - Drive Recovery Made Easy
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Asin: B0006AAOO6
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: ProSoft Engineering
Sales Rank: 1225
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Features

  • Guides users according to their expertise; fast and simple to use
  • Data-recovery utility for recovering files from a problem hard drive
  • Self booting; included operating system specially tuned for data recovery
  • Recovers all file types including digital media; file disposition indicator
  • Step-by-step directions for file recovery; friendly graphical user interface

142. Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac 6.1 with Window XP Home
list price: $219.00
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Asin: B0000AI0NX
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 3456
Average Customer Review: 1.88 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (8)

3-0 out of 5 stars Might as well... and I did
I considered buying Virtual PC, but after careful consideration I went for the other option: A real PC, utilizing Windows XP Professional and the Windows Remote Desktop client for Mac (free from the Microsoft website).
While this solution is more definitely more costly, it depends really dependes what your needs are. As I needed the PC to review PC software, I could not risk blaming the software for errors (or lack of performance) that might have been Virtual PCs fault. Yet, with Windows RDC I can copy and paste from and to my Mac, and have the PC handy in a little window at all times. The display does not refresh as quick as when not operated remotely, but on a 100MBit Ethernet-Connection, I can even listen to iTunes for Windows, and at least see movies at a reduced framerate.
And if that is not fast enough, I still have the option of connecting a monitor to the PC, and see it run a full throttle. The Mac client uses very little performance on the Mac, which is nice.
Yet, a word of caution: I found setting up my system painless, but I say the same thing about installing FreeBSD or Linux. You may want to have a PC-savvy person around. The setup also requires Windows XP Professional, Home does not support Remote Desktop clients.

3-0 out of 5 stars Make it it works on your system
This is a great program when it works. A friend bought a Dual G5 Tower -- the fastest mac available. -- turns out it Virtual PC does not work with it. Make sure you check out the specs you need.

2-0 out of 5 stars Useless with Windows XP; Dogged with Windows 2000
As a PC-to-Mac OS X switcher, I bought Virtual PC with XP Home so that I could continue to run some of my favorite Windows software: mostly small games and streaming media apps. XP Home under Virtual PC is so slow that it is practically unusuable. XP should not be an OS used under Virtual PC; for some reason, it runs incredibly slowly. I thought that maybe Windows 95 under Virtual PC would give me the speed I'd like. Although Windows 95 is more responsive, it taxes the CPU and running actual applications is quite slow (though better than XP). The best bet is Windows 2000 under Virtual PC, which will give you access to Windows applications, if you need. However, anything with motion like games or video is jerky, even on a G4. Don't count on Virtual PC to provide you with an alternative Windows experience on your Mac, as it is advertised. Buy it only if you must run a specific Windows application on your Mac, and then, use Windows 2000 and not XP.

As an alternative, consider Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac OS X, or just buy a desktop pc.

1-0 out of 5 stars Info About use Virutal PC
The Virtual PC Program is a good Program but not with Windows XP please note that I tried it with Virtual PC 6.0 at the time. I had to order an other verson Virtual PC 6.1 but this time I tried it with windows 2000 works alot better then the Windows Xp did. Runs fine with with MAC OS X .

1-0 out of 5 stars Virtual PC does not work on the G5's
Virtual PC in not supported by the G5. If you want to run dual operating systems, do not buy this product or the G5! ... Read more


143. Norton AntiSpam 2005 - Single User
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Asin: B0002RPZQU
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 3941
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Features

  • Filters unwanted email messages in any POP3-compliant email program
  • Integrates with Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, and Eudora
  • Intelligent filtering engine learns what is and isn't spam
  • Ad blocking speeds Web page download times and reduces screen clutter
  • LiveUpdate automatically checks for new protection updates

144. Symantec AntiVirus Small Business 9.0 - 10 User
list price: $462.00
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Asin: B00022KJHK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 3964
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Features

  • Powerful, easy-to-manage protection for small businesses
  • Automatically removes viruses, worms, and Trojan horses
  • Detects certain non-virus threats, including spyware and adware
  • Provides automatic and on-demand security updates
  • Centralizes installation, configuration, and maintenance

145. Delorme Mapping Street Atlas 2005 for Handhelds
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Asin: B0002JP00Y
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Delorme Mapping
Sales Rank: 342
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Features

  • Full coverage of the U.S. and point-to-point address routing on the device
  • Voice prompts guide you and get you there(Pocket PC version only)
  • Millions of points of interest -Find any hotel, restaurant, bank, school on the map
  • Database of over 100 million residential and business phone listings - easily imported into contact management and spreadsheets
  • Load up topographic maps of any area you'll be visiting or exploring - and follow along on the map, as you travel

146. Learn Microsoft Excel
list price: $29.95
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Asin: B00008OIFV
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Learn2.com
Sales Rank: 436
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Features

  • Train at your own pace as you view more than 240 different learning topics
  • See how you can organize and present your data using Excel 97, 2000, and 2002
  • Perform data analysis, create your own charts, and work with different lookups and financial functions
  • Import or insert HTML and publish your spreadsheet as a Web page
  • Add and manipulate text, images and more

147. Adobe FrameMaker 6.0
list price: $889.99
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Asin: B00004TDR7
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 6725
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Adobe's FrameMaker 6.0 allows any author or organization to print orpublish documents and books of virtually any size in a variety of electronicformats (including PDF, HTML, and XML). Whether you distribute reports,technical documents, or even full-length books, the latest version of FrameMakeroffers a powerful mix of features that will let you move your publishing effortsonline with a minimum of effort.

Just as Adobe once pioneered paper-based desktop publishing with its PageMakersoftware, FrameMaker makes the same claim for electronic publishing in theInternet era. First and foremost, FrameMaker lets you lay out your page contentwith a capable set of tools and wizards. You can assemble small or largedocuments of even hundreds of pages from separate files (which can be importedfrom Microsoft Word or WordPerfect files as well as PDF and other formats). Youcan also add hyperlinks and graphics to your document easily.

In testing, we assembled an "e-book" from a literary manuscript of over twohundred pages, broken into a dozen chapters. FrameMaker includes solid word- processing abilities--even a spell checker and thesaurus--plus text and graphicslayout tools, so it was easy to add chapter headings and tweak text as wecreated the larger document. A real strength here is that as you add pages,FrameMaker updates all links (along with page numbers) between the table ofcontents, chapters, and index. The application includes a separate book fileformat and offers templates for blank chapters and other book components, so youcan create and store books easily. An absolutely indispensable feature here isthe ability to search and replace words across all sections of a document.

Another notable strength of FrameMaker 6.0 is its support for today's electronicpublishing standards. Once your FrameMaker documents are assembled, you candistribute them in HTML, PDF, and XML. A separate bundled utility, Quadralay'sWebWorks Publisher Standard Edition, takes you even further with support for XMLwith Cascading Stylesheets (CSS) and XSL. (These options let you view yourcontent with more precise formatting within today's browsers.) In all, with itsstrong mix of layout features and support for a wide variety of electronicstandards, FrameMaker will help anyone publish documents online successfully.--Rich Dragan ... Read more

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential For Book Publishing!
This is a fantastic product for book publishing. As a relative novice to book typesetting and interior design, I bought Framemaker 6.0 as my only chance to produce a book worthy of any major publishing house. A sincere thank you to Adobe's team of software specialists in designing a product, which truly worked for all our stringent page layout and publishing requirements! The manual is rather daunting at first, but I got my bearings by just reading through all of it from cover to cover before actually using the program itself. It could be somewhat more geared to the beginner user with clearer examples and an explanation of the publishing terminology, however, once you have mastered the rudiments, it is in general a user-friendly program. It took me about one month of concentrated effort to get into the program basics by focusing solely on our specific publishing needs. It more than proved its worth at our publishing house. We were able to import and convert chapters from MS Word to Framemaker 6.0 format, construct master pages with page numbering and running heads, align the text and lines on each page within each chapter, then build our own "Book Window" with all the chapters in sequence. Once in this "Book Window", you can adjust all the page numbering throughout the book, do bookwide editing, including search/replace etc. Unlike Pagemaker, this program is geared to larger tomes. Our book has 23 chapters and is 255 pages long and we had no difficulty. What was truly marvelous was the seamless interface between Framemaker 6.0 and Illustrator 9.0. To make our book special, we were able to design our own decoration for the chapter initials at the beginning of each chapter, the dividers within the book pages and the decoration in the running heads, all in Illustrator 9.0 and then import these right into the Framemaker 6.0 book pages. It was marvelous to be able to do so and then easily adjust the "sizing, runaround and gap" about the image to fit it onto the page. And even more, we were able to import other grayscale images, e.g. onto the chapter page and at the end of the book for advertising one of our already published books! By the way, we were not able to import objects drawn with shadows in Illustrator and transfered into Framemaker, but in our case it did not matter all that much. Also we found the conversion of the entire book in "Book Window" to Adobe's PDF for final printing very easy too. Overall, this program truly allowed us to make a book come to life! If you'd like to see our finished results and what can be done with Adobe's programs (both Illustrator 9.0 and Framemaker 6.0 were used for all the artwork/design and no clipart!), our book is entitled, "Accused By Facet-Eyes, A Classic Science-Fiction Novel" (by C.B. Don). In conclusion, I am very happy with Framemaker 6.0 and I would highly recommend it for any book publishing projects.

5-0 out of 5 stars High-End Publishing Tool
Adobe FrameMaker 6.0 is a high-end utility, which combines the functions of an advanced word processor, layout program, mathematical editor and pre-processing software for commercial printing.

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DOCUMENT-WIDE EDITING
The document structure construction tools are the most powerful feature of FrameMaker. Instead of simple overlay of text formatting, Frame also allows you to work with character and paragraph designs which, once set, can be applied to any paragraph at any time. Moreover, once you change your mind, it's sufficient to change the definition in an easy-to-use and extremely powerful and comprehensive "paragraph designer". Then, changes are applied to every paragraph of this type across the document, and to the user's joy - in all files that use this paragraph. FrameMaker makes extensive use of an additional document structure tool - the famous *.book file, which virtually binds your chapters into a book, a single, operational structural file. Apply a paragraph change to a book, and every single chapter, kept in a separate file - will reflect the change. You don't have to do it by hand, and worry that you will omit one instance or another. Automation and book-wide commands are the ultimate strength of this program. A special Character Designer allows you to apply an additional layer for a selected set of words or text objects in your document. This is handy for casual editing. The Paragraph Designer and Character Designer, which appear in Adobe-unique floating boxes, are your everyday working tools.

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DOCUMENT STRUCTURE
In addition to powerful editing tools, FrameMaker makes extensive use of document-layers, much in the vein of Photoshop. Except the document body, you keep separate files, called the Master Pages, which are the utilizable templates affecting all body pages. A master page defines document-uniform layout properties like page size, position, header, footer, page numbering, text frames, graphic layout elements like dim background, border art, footer symbols, etc. Widely available on the web, and also from Adobe, are the document templates, with pre-defined styles and useful text-formatting definitions. All of those work like macros. Once specified, they can be applied instantaneously to any selection or all documents at once via the book window. Importing select definitions is a snap, so that you have infinite possibilities of formatting, while preserving the benefits of automation.

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ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY

Yes, but not in Frame. Whatever you needed to do by hand in popular programs, you can automate in FrameMaker - an enormous advantage of this program. Whether you need to apply specific changes like text layout, text-flow, sidebars, or various paragraph formats, it's a matter of a single click, IRRESPECTIVE of the length of the document, its degree of complexity, and the number of chapters in a book. Popular programs give you only some control over the text and are helpless with layout or complex documents of substantial length. If you need to work on a textbook or a highly technical scientific document of any length, Frame applies all changes in a split-second - a real eye-opener for those who thus far lived in the World of Word.

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OBJECTS

Frame places all objects in frames, and allows a full customization of frames, their layout, graphic resolution, etc. This is handy for all graphics, including bullets in numbered lists, and any anchored objects that appear in sidebars. From experience I can vouch for the easiness with which FrameMaker handles these usually cumbersome tasks. In other applications, equations are treated as objects, and should you need to change a setting, you need to do changes by hand for every object. Imagine the degree of workload for a 1000-page document full of math! Frame applies changes in a second, since it treats equations as text. This feature is the sole reason why technical writers should stop using other popular programs and switch to Frame immediately.

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CROSS-REFERENCES, INDEX, TABLES OF CONTENTS

FrameMaker handles cross-references like a dream. So often we need to use footnotes, endnotes, references, definitions, not to mention a good index or table of contents. There is nothing wimpy in Frame in this respect. Updating cross-references, working with them - is very easy, once you learn how to use context-specific menu. Then, all changes are updated automatically, and your index shall be admirable, and will not take days of erroneous manual wading through a document. That is the sole reason for Frame to be the primary choice for textbooks and technical documents. The capabilities and scope of configuration options might give you a headache of bliss.

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EXPORTING

The package contains also built-in utilities for exporting the mother format into portable web documents, and a separate utility, Webworks Publisher Standard that allows you to transform the Frame documents into web-wide languages of HTML, DHTML and XML. Obviously, Frame supports PDF - you can export your complicated book into PDF with all structure preserved. Adobe Distiller is on the program CD, so that you can "print" your document, or set of documents - into this virtual printer and generate an Adobe PDF. In consequence, you do not really need a full version Adobe Acrobat. Many dynamic user-active web documents were created in Frame, and converted by Webworks utility with XML specification.

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PRICE AND COMPETITION

Yes, it does cost two or three times the competitive products. Once you overcome the learning curve, not only you will have easy time with all documents you will need to work with in your life, irrespective of their length or complexity, but you will also create documents of excellent quality, which are cross-platform-compatible, and which are more than acceptable for commercial printing. In fact, if you work closely with your publisher, they will either demand a Frame-generated postscript, or a Tex file. They are very similar products, but Frame is much more user friendly, since the latter is essentially a programming language. Frame has its mouse-clicker advantages, and thanks Adobe for that. The world of high-end publishing is finally available for everyone.

4-0 out of 5 stars Framemaker, excellent but....
Framemaker is an excellent product that offers all sorts of advanced features. For example, it is simple to produce and print out a double-sided document with a universally applied page format. However, the instruction manual is the worse example of documentation that I have ever experienced. After completing production of a book (several files amalgamated into one group that may be worked on as an entity)it is reasonable to assume the next step will be to generate a list of contents. You will have to work it out for yourself as the section dealing with this topic is gobbly- gook, disjointed,full of unexplained terminology and frankly not understandable. Take my advice, if you are not good at working things out for yourself, the instruction manual is a very good reason why you should choose another product

5-0 out of 5 stars The standard for professional desktop bookmaking
Adobe Framemaker is the industry standard for professional desktop bookmaking. Widely used by technical writers in the computer industry, Framemaker is the only desktop publishing software that can handle the production and publication of 1,000+ page books. (MS Word usually falls apart at around 300 pages.) Framemaker has fully enabled style mark-up, indexing, and cross-referencing features, as well as being the only word processing package on the market _designed_ to be coupled with Adobe Acrobat to create active, fully cross-linked PDFs.

No professional writer should be without it. ... Read more


148. Adobe Acrobat 5.0
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B00005ATSQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 3025
Average Customer Review: 3.58 out of 5 stars
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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


149. Norton Systemworks for Mac 3.0
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Asin: B00009U14R
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 3665
Average Customer Review: 2.67 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Includes Norton AntiVirus and Norton Utilities
  • Retrospect Express Backup by Dantz
  • Spring Cleaning by Aladdin Systems
  • For free online support 24 hours a day
  • Telephone support options are available for an additional fee

Reviews (6)

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't bother if you're running Panther with large files
Spent $100 elsewhere on this. I've used Norton in the past but had switched to TechTool. I decided to try them again. I was sadly mistaken.

First, I ran Disk Doctor. Got error 23005, which the support said to run Volume Recover. Nothing found there. Got the same error from Disk Doctor. Tried Disk DeFrag and it said that the directories were too large for "this version" of SystemWorks to defrag.

Useless. I'll be returning it and using TechTool again.

1-0 out of 5 stars SPEED DISK MAY DISABLE YOUR STARTUP DISK IN OS X
Using Speed Disk on OS X may disable your startup disk, and Symantec thinks so little of their customers, that they make you pay to fix the problem. The answer is to re-instal your system software. It's happened to 3 other people I know, so don't risk it. Good Luck!

1-0 out of 5 stars May Disable Your Startup Disk
UTILITIES 8 MAY DISABLE YOUR STARTUP DISK IN OS X IF YOU RUN SPEED DISK, AND THERE'S NO FREE PHONE SUPPORT! It's happened to 3 other people I know, and Symantec thinks so little of their customers, there's no free phone support, no exceptions! Don't risk it, get TechTool or DiskWarrior

4-0 out of 5 stars This program saved my butt
I bought a new G4 15" laptop with a bad screen. Before I sent the product back to be fixed, I imaged my hard drive with Carbon Copy Cloner. However, I forgot to check the integrity of the backup. Anyway, when I restored my system, I had cross linked files, bad data forks, mouse troubles, boot problems, etc. All it all it was a random mess that at times made me feel like the computer was on crack. I called up (computer company)and they said the X.3 disk utility would not fix my problems. Instead they suggested Norton. While the disk utility from Apple discovered nothing wrong, Norton found my system was full of major problems. Norton fixed everything and my machine is back to working great. The only problem I can say I had is I still cannot boot from the Norton CD yet when using OS X.3. Thank goodness I have a firewire drive to boot from.

5-0 out of 5 stars Once again, very pleased!
I've been using Norton now for almost 15 years and once again, with this upgrade, I'm very pleased. I haven't used any other program for a long time so it is unfair for me to compare it to any other program, but I can say I haven't HAD to use any other program. Thanks for keeping my computer operating well and safe! ... Read more


150. pcAnywhere 11.0 Host & Remote
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B00009V3JV
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 562
Average Customer Review: 1.67 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Quickly resolves helpdesk and server support problems
  • Remote utilities: Regedit, Task Manager, Command Prompt, and NT Event Log
  • Work uninterrupted while files transfer in the background
  • Easy-to-use, graphical user interface provides consistent navigation
  • Queue up multiple files and DOS commands with new Command Queue

Reviews (3)

2-0 out of 5 stars Clunky Upgrade
There is a definite downturn with this new release- screen draws are noticeably slower and simply starting the application takes longer. The new interface has the task-based side bar found in newer applications, but it adds no benefit while robbing me of valuable screen space - the old toolbar at the top was much better. I applaud Symantec's fixing odd behaviors (non-invasive, such as strange 'quick' popups to handle internal routines, etc), and I appreciate their attempt at making the user experience more consistent and smooth, which they did, but the overall value of the product has dropped. For the core features I use (connect, control, end session) the performance has dropped- and I have no need for the new features. I'll be selling this on ebay... right after I go back to the odd but faster 10.5.

1-0 out of 5 stars I regret upgrading
I upgraded several systems from 10.5 to 11.0 and have found that the new version does not work nearly as well as the old version. My biggest complaint is that in cases where the host computer has a dynamically updating screen, the remote computer may not receive updates at all making it look as if the host computer is either stuck or is still processing something when it has in fact finished.

There is an interface change that added a navigation panel to the left of the remote display that oftentimes makes the entire window too large thereby forcing me to scroll through windows that I didn't have to scroll through using the old version. The addition of the 'Remote Management' tools would be helpful if they worked properly. The command line tool very often didn't respond properly at all, making it not worth attempting to use when I can just open a command window through the remote window.

I am going to have to go through the extra work of uninstalling 11.0 and reinstalling 10.5 on several systems. Very disappointing!

2-0 out of 5 stars Step backward from 10.5
I regret spending the money for the "upgrade" from 10.5. PcA 11 no longer shows time remaining for file transfer, nor does it show transfer speed. It hangs, giving a "Cannot create directory" message for no discernable reason, where there was no problem with 10.5 If 11 has some advantages, I find nothing that does me any good. It has a different interface, but I don't see that as either better or worse. I'm going to remove it and go back to 10.5. ... Read more


151. Syd Field's Screenwriting Workshop
list price: $39.95
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Asin: B00008XP04
Catlog: DVD
Sales Rank: 32227
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152. Webroot SpySweeper AntiSpyware - 3 User
list price: $59.95
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Asin: B0009I5SGY
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Webroot Software
Sales Rank: 2405
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153. Norton Ghost 9.0 and Partition Magic 8.0 Bundle
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B0002V87EI
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 882
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154. Panda Platinum Internet Security 2005

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Asin: B0006LCHUE
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Panda Software
Sales Rank: 2243
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155. Ventura 10 Upgrade

our price: $219.99
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Asin: B00006IZJ8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Corel
Sales Rank: 3070
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

This version of Corel's heavyweight desktop publishing program boosts its usefulness as a Web tool and further improves large-document handling. Corel describes Ventura 10 as "intelligent publishing for business," and for once the catch phrase is close to the truth. Ventura has been with Corel for five years, and during this time the company has molded the program into one of the key members of its professional graphics lineup.

Ventura has always been an excellent vehicle for designing large documents. If you have a book or lengthy report to produce, there's little that can compare with the document management provided by this program. More recently, though, Corel has added several ease-of-use features and improved graphics support by borrowing elements from CorelDRAW and Corel Photo-Paint. It has become an excellent general-purpose DTP program, aimed at business users.

Ventura 10 adds three key new features: XML import, table tags, and the ability to publish directly to PDF files. XML is rapidly becoming a de facto standard for text documents and this enhancement makes Ventura even more useful for creating pages intended for the Web.

Table tags work similarly to Ventura's paragraph tags, the program's way of handling styles. The new feature enables you to save the style of an entire table and apply it directly to other tables in the same or other documents. This can save a lot of time and help maintain a unified corporate style.

Ventura 10's ability to directly create Acrobat PDF files improves its ability to produce Internet documents quickly and easily. Among other new features and enhancements are 100 new effects you can apply directly to bitmap images, without using separate photo-enhancement software. There's a brand-new preflight engine, too, to reveal any problems with a document before it reaches printed proofs. A new wizard to help prepare for printing at a professional print shop works well with the preflight engine to prevent unexpected surprises.

The program is designed for Windows 2000 and XP only and comes with Database Publisher, the screen-capture utility Corel Capture, and a bar code tool. Over 1,500 TrueType and Type 1 fonts are bundled into the package. --Simon Williams, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars A new Start
We waited a long time for Corel to produce VPXML and when the did they called it Corel Ventura 10. A bit unadventurous ? In more ways than one.

First major change is that Ventura will now run only on Win2K or XP (and presumably the successors). Corel reason that instability was on of VP's bubears and have addressed this by running only on stable platforms. It seems to wrk. it has not crashed on me in 2 months.

The second big change is the ability to import XML. Lets make that clear. This is not an XML editor. It will import, format and paginate xml files. But they cannot be edited in situ. They are linked back to the original xml file which can be edited and VP will display any changes to the source xml.

The XML facilities have been bolted on to VP. A new utility called the Mapping Editor allows users to map xml structures to VP tags including paragraphs, inline formats, page styles, tables, frames, rows and cells. Ther map is stored as an xml file with a .vmf (Ventura Map Format ?) extension.

When an xml file is imported, a vmf file must be allocated to the import so that VP knows how to format the xml. A VMF can have an XSLT transformation attached to it so that the original xml can be restructured BEFORE VP sees it, again without affecting the source XML.

If this sounds complicated, well XML can be complicated. And to use the XML facilites to their best you need to understand XML itself.

The third major change is the addition of table tags. Know a standard table style can be allocated a name and reused accross a publication.

This is a very good start and for me the use of xml is key.

It works. But it needs a few more facilities to be top notch.

Score 4/5

5-0 out of 5 stars Powerhouse for Desktop Publishing
Ventura has always offered more features per dollar than its rival desktop publishing programs (some experts who use them all estimate it would cost $10,000 in add-ins for Quark Express to have all the features included with Ventura). I've tried some of the others, but none really can match the ease of use and power of Ventura 8, and now Ventura 10. Ventura is simply the best for publishing books, newsletters, magazines, brochures, flyers, and catalogs.

New to Version 10 is a great "Publish to PDF" feature that turns your Ventura documents into letter perfect PDF files with a few clicks of the mouse. Ventura's modeless cursor really speeds up production as does its built-in Database Publisher which enabled us to produce over 300 fully formated pages of our book "International Job Finder" in an afternoon -- including two extensive indexes! The Navigator makes it easy to change the order of chapters in a document and easily track down index entries, markers, and cross references.

I won't pretend Ventura 10 is perfect -- it was designed to run only in Windows XP and 2000. But it is very stable; bugs are no worse than what its competition offer. Since I started using version 8 several years ago, I have not had to call Tech Support even once. There's an incredible newgroup of Ventura users (at cnews.corel.ca, under corel.graphic_apps) around the world who can quickly -- and accurately -- answer any question you proffer. ... Read more


156. Webroot Spy Sweeper Internet Essentials Suite
list price: $69.99
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Asin: B00062DK9A
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Webroot Software
Sales Rank: 707
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Features

  • Guard your privacy and protect your personal information from Internet criminals
  • Stop spyware in its tracks, before it can track you
  • Wash away Internet activities for improved privacy and PC performance
  • Close the door on uninvited email
  • Block intrusive pop-up ads and enjoy your Internet again!

157. Norton SystemWorks 3.0 and Norton Personal Firewall 3.0 (Mac)
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Asin: B0002KMSS0
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 5093
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158. WINZIP WinZip 9 ( Windows )

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Asin: B000242412
Catlog: Software
Sales Rank: 1119
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Features

  • Advanced Zip file security -State-of-the-art AES encryption guards your sensitive files
  • Set favorite zip folders to find your Zip files instantly
  • Increased support for the 64-bit extended format, eliminating restrictions on Zip file size and capacity
  • Quick Pick Tray gives easy access to WinZip and recently used Zip file
  • Create self-extracting zip files for sharing files with those who don't have have a zip utility

159. V-Com Systemsuite 5.0
list price: $69.99
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Asin: B0000C4DZ5
Catlog: Software
Publisher: V-Communications
Sales Rank: 2224
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Fix Utilities, NetDefense, VirusScanner Pro, EasyUninstall, BootRepair, and SecurErase
  • All utility features are accessible from one easy-to-use interface
  • Utility packages work and act like one comprehensive software program
  • 50+ powerful tools to protect, diagnose, fix, recover, and manage your PC
  • Free bonuses: PowerDesk 5, Recovery Commander, MailWasher Anti-Spam, and more

Reviews (12)

3-0 out of 5 stars Good for low budgets. Look elsewhere if you have more.
Almost every essential utility program is packed into this low priced software cd-rom. It includes NetDefense which is a version of Sygate Personal Firewall and it has a Trend Micro Antivirus. Both were the main reason for me to get this. There's also a handy Recovery Commander that works like System Restore but easier to schedule checkpoints and will check before installs. It also has a dumb-downed Ghost Surf software which I bought the full-version afterwards. Other utilities were also very handy. Though I'm not too keen about the defragmenter. Seems rather slow compared to the defragger of WinXP. I recommend this for those looking for a all-in-one utility software but here's my reason for a 3-star rating:
1) Recovery Commander will somtimes slow my PC down during startup unlike System restore though this is really a small complaint since it's more handy than System Restore.
2) You can't do a quick disabling of the Anti-Virus on the fly like with Norton or AVG. You have to do a semi-uninstall. Then to reinstall requires a reboot.
3) The Clean-up utility is very thorough but I admit I'm not a pro. It lists ALOT of stuff you can delete but I don't recommend using this unless your a PC expert. Too risky.
4) Ghost Surf is good as a full version, not the version supplied with this suite. Although I don't recommend GS but that's another review. Yes I said it is good but IMO too good. Just try it out and you might see what I mean.
5) The Jet Defragger is very slow. If you have WinXP, just use the Disk Defragger. It does the job well enough for me.

Overall, it's serves well for the firewall and anti-virus (it updates automatically and often), and for budget minded people, BUT if you have more money, just get something else OR better yet, get separate software. I recommend the going to CNET and download some freebies like Sygate Firewall, Empty Temp Folders, Reg Cleaner, etc.

5-0 out of 5 stars V-Com's System Suite 5.0 Bundle
I Have used System suite 3.0 & 4.0 from ontrack But over a year ago V-Communications Inc. Purchased all of the utilities division from Ontrack, they have since Released a Upgrade to System suite 5.0 ..is simular in looks with a few minor improvements but is still Much better than norton system works...less problems....The registry fixer is much better, not as fancy as system works but reliable these days is more important....has everything that system works has,the virus program is only the engine of trend-micro but is quite reliable,same for the net defense from sygate, is still quite reliable, uses much less resources than norton system works which Is A Must....They include Recovery Commander ..Is Quite simular to windows XP System restore but Much more reliable..which you boot from a CD To Restore...The defragmenter has a bug but there is a patch available..overall, It Is A Great program, worth the Money

5-0 out of 5 stars Much better than Norton SystemWorks
I had been using Norton SystemWorks for the past 8 years. But, when the antivirus subscription ran out in March, I decided against renewing it. Instead, I purchased and installed SystemSuite 5.0. I think it was the best software purchase I'd made in years! On the first scan, it found and deleted over 19,000 unnecessary files and a virus undetected by Norton SystemWorks.
Recently, I convinced a friend who was having problems with his computer to switch from Norton Antivirus 2004 to SystemSuite 5.0. On his first scan, he found and deleted eight viruses!
Three caveats -- First, I didn't like any of the trial programs that came with SystemSuite 5.0, so eventually uninstalled all of them. Secondly, I think ZoneAlarm is a better firewall program than the one provided with SystemSuite 5.0. But SystemSuite allows you to choose the utilities / programs you want installed, so I've had no problems changing firewalls. Third, SystemSuite does not scan for or detect spyware or adware. You'll need to install a "spy-killer," like Ad-Aware 6.0, on your own.
Overall, since installing SystemSuite 5.0 four months ago, I've come to the conclusion that Norton SystemWorks is overrated. If you want an anti-virus / utility package that really works, try SystemSuite 5.0. I think you'll be glad you did.

3-0 out of 5 stars Virus Definition Downloads a pain
The program itself is not bad. The problem I have is with the virus definitions. You cannot just download the new virus definitions, you must download the entire virus definition file.
This has meant that 2-3 times a week I have needed to download a 4 mb plus file. This is a pain! I contacted the company and they currently do not have incremental updates.

1-0 out of 5 stars compatibility
Systemsuite5 is NOT compatable with AOL,Thers are no patches, corrupts windows xp, its generally useless. For aol, you have to uninstall the firewall and the mail virus scanner. The system defragment tool looks like something out the stone age. To cut a long story short, spend the extra money and get Nortons. ... Read more


160. Norton AntiVirus 2005 - Single User [LB]
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Asin: B0002Q7ZIC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 8149
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Features

  • Removes viruses, worms, and Trojan horses automatically
  • Internet Worm Protection blocks certain more sophisticated worms
  • Detects spyware and other non-virus threats
  • QuickScan and PreInstall Scan; enhanced packer support
  • Defends against malicious code; easy to use

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