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21. Microsoft MS Visual FoxPro Professional
$89.99 $46.97 list($99.99)
22. Norton SystemWorks 2005 Premier
$149.99 $148.34
23. Macromedia Contribute 3.0
$42.99 $24.99 list($49.99)
24. Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Developer
$269.99 $38.57 list($299.99)
25. FileMaker Pro 7
$484.99 $349.90 list($499.00)
26. Flash MX 2004
$689.99 $375.00 list($699.00)
27. Flash MX Professional 2004
$64.99 $47.98 list($69.99)
28. Norton SystemWorks 2005 [AntiVirus,
$179.99 list($199.99)
29. Norton AntiVirus 2005 Office Pack
$128.00 list($249.99)
30. Adobe Acrobat 5.0 [Replaced by
$834.99 $672.00 list($899.99)
31. Adobe FrameMaker 7.1
$454.99 $399.00 list($499.99)
32. FileMaker Developer 7
$1,289.99 $1,276.50 list()
33. Allaire COLDFUSION MX 7 STANDARD
$279.99 list($299.99)
34. Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Standard (Mac)
$179.99 $100.00 list($199.99)
35. NetObjects Fusion 8
$111.99 $79.96 list($119.99)
36. Norton Internet Security 2005
$269.99 $33.67 list($299.99)
37. FileMaker Pro 7 (Mac)
$869.99 $411.00 list($899.00)
38. Macromedia Studio MX 2004
$79.99 $50.88 list($99.99)
39. Norton Systemworks and Personal
$52.99 $34.99 list($59.99)
40. McAfee VirusScan 2005 9.0 and

21. Microsoft MS Visual FoxPro Professional Edition - ( v. 9.0 ) - upgrade package ( 340-01230 )

Asin: B00066FHMY
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
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22. 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

23. Macromedia Contribute 3.0
list price: $149.99
our price: $149.99
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Asin: B0002OQY0O
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Macromedia
Sales Rank: 712
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24. Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Developer
list price: $49.99
our price: $42.99
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Asin: B000050AVL
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 426
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

SQL Server Developer Edition is a version of SQL Server with some restrictions on functionality, and is designed for development and testing purposes. It is ideal for those developers who want to get a taste of the Enterprise Edition before purchasing the full product. The description following applies to the full product.

SQL Server 2000 is a fully Web-enabled database product, providing core support for XML and the ability to query across the Internet and beyond the firewall. Its features include a data-mining feature called Analysis Services, which lets anyone with SQL and Microsoft Visual Basic programming experience use OLAP tools to create custom analysis applications. Using a middle-tier server, SQL Server 2000 can perform complex analyses on large volumes of data with exceptional data-retrieval performance. Two new features, linked OLAP cubes and HTTP access to cubes, offer powerful data analysis over the Web. In addition to enabling you to extend your analysis capabilities to partners outside the firewall, these features deliver new value by creating opportunities to sell access to your database to new customers over the Web.

SQL Server 2000 extends your e-commerce functionality through rich support for XML, easy Web access to database information, and powerful analysis tools, coupled with high availability and tight security. This means that Web developers can access data using XML without having to do complex programming, and database administrators can manipulate data easily in XML format using Transaction SQL (T-SQL) and stored procedures. Secure HTTP database connectivity ensures that data can be queried--even by relatively inexperienced users--through a URL and intuitive user interfaces. SQL Server 2000 also makes querying from the Web relatively easy. The enhanced English Query tool allows developers to build natural, English-language interfaces to SQL Server in Microsoft Visual Studio. In addition, English Query can now generate Multidimensional Extensions (MDX) to query against OLAP cubes. ... Read more

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars read the small print carefully
The product description states ..."SQL Server Developer Edition is a version of SQL Server with some restrictions on functionality, and is designed for development and testing purposes. It is ideal for those developers who want to get a taste of the Enterprise Edition before purchasing the full product. ..."
What it does not tell you is that SQL Server 2000 will NOT install on Windows XP.
I am a fan of Sybase because their latest server ASE 12.5 does run on Windows XP ... oh, and by the way, the Sybase developer edition is free ...

5-0 out of 5 stars For developers
SQL Server has proven to be very reliable. This is the version I develop with and it has been good. Looking forward to Yukon.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good product, smart licensing
Choosing a database server is largely a matter of personal preferences. I've been using SQL Server 2000 & 7 for more than 5 years for large scale applications, and I'm quite happy with this product's features, performance and value for money. Compared to other database engines, it's main limitation is SQL Server's weird implementation of triggers. One more thing: I have entered C# programming thru Visual C# 2003 Standard (cheap & powerful). If you want to access SQL Server from this Standard edition, you will have to install a local MSDE copy, and only then, SQL Server's client tools. At runtime, however, you can change the connection string content to access any other server or instance. And don't forget to install Service Pack 3, to protect the engine against the Slammer virus.

4-0 out of 5 stars Careful - Not backward compatible
I still have not used the product to full capacity, however, it is much faster. I would be careful however if you are putting it in a native SQL 7 environment - you can upgrade the database, however any manipulations you do in 2000 will not be reflected when transfering back to SQL 7. If you upgrade (as if you have a choice), realize there is no capability to use both versions. ... Read more


25. FileMaker Pro 7
list price: $299.99
our price: $269.99
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Asin: B0001LUH9M
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Filemaker Inc.
Sales Rank: 658
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Track and manage people, projects, images, and data
  • Do more, faster with 30 starter solutions
  • Exchange data with a virtually limitless number of applications
  • Store, track, and archive files and documents
  • Secure data with assigned accounts and privileges

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Database Application
Now that you've read the previous 0 star rating, (tab buttons - give me a break), realize that FileMaker 7 is a great database development platform.

Just a few of the upgrade's improvements:

No File Size Limit (that's a heck of a lot of recipies Bob). The days of needing to migrate when a file hits the 2 Gig file size wall are OVER. Your database can grow to fill the largest hard drive a computer can support.

Multiple data tables per file.

Improved browser support of buttons and scripts through instant web publishing feature.

Improved security.

And if one is really worried about lining up their "tab buttons" on layouts, FileMaker offers a free 30 day evaluation for download from their website.

In fact, the only negative comment I can make is that the Server version won't be available until this summer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to Use
I've been using FileMaker Pro for many years. I used to use Microsoft Access, but FileMaker is much easier to setup and share your data. I highly recommend this software for both Mac and Windows users.

1-0 out of 5 stars Only for recipe or CD collections databases
I purchased and installed this FileMaker Developer product and ran into a brick wall, that precludes its use as a serious development tool. FileMaker Pro suffers from the same deficiencies. My real rating is 0 stars.

Filemaker does not use tab controls. It gets around this shortcoming by requiring that a separate layout be designed for each tab. Importantly this is not just for the information on the tab, BUT FOR THE WHOLE COTTON-PICKIN layout!!!

Then when a user clicks on the tab "button", a new layout is repainted over the old. Even though Filemaker provides the ability to copy a form, I have found that the repainted forms "jump" and give an entirely unsatisfactory visual experience. Like watching a web form flicker repaint over a slow dial up connection.

Filemaker appears to be a maintenance nightmare. If you have a layout with header information and with a five tab area, and you wish to change the header information (field width, color, etc.) you have to change it five times on each layout!

I thought the purpose of databases was to normalize information, that is to reduce redundancy in data storage. Filemaker may reduce this redunduncy, but it it adds it back in spades when it comes to application development!

The screen flicker caused by full screen repaints and the large number of forms required to accomodated simple tab displays makes this a no brainer. Filemaker is fine for your receipe or CD collection database, but forget about using it for serious development. ... Read more


26. Flash MX 2004
list price: $499.00
our price: $484.99
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Asin: B0000CAVI6
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Macromedia
Sales Rank: 876
Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Tool for creating effective, rich content across desktops and devices
  • Accelerate projects while maintaining a high degree of creative control
  • Jumpstart projects with templates & components, and take advantage of the online resource library
  • Speed workflow by directly importing media, including digital video, PDF and EPS files
  • Add interactivity with powerful scripting

Reviews (5)

3-0 out of 5 stars What no normal mode for actionscript
I'm familiar with the previous versions of flash. I find the no normal mode for actionscript to be a major headache. I use flash primarily for animation. I'm not too keen on the programming aspects. I'll leave that to the computer geeks.

3-0 out of 5 stars Flash MX 2004
I'm just a kid but when I discovered this at school, I used all my free time just playing with the animation, motion and shape tweening, actions, motion clips, sound, everything. This product is good but some of the tools are to basic. It's so hard to get an Alpha on a object. Even when I motion tween it, it still won't let me!

Overall it's pretty good. I'm still learning though.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as they'd tell you
Look, Flash MX 2004 is great! Most other people are sad because of a little action script that they don't know. Sure, there may be sometimes where you want to do something and you don't know how to do it. Well, I don't know a thing about actionscript, so I'm buying a book on MX 2004 actionscript. Maybe you should, too. This is a great animating program. It really isn't that hard to do things once you get the hang of it. You can make some simple special effects with motion tweening, shape tweening, and masking. You can easily make looped animations with the symbols. You can even make a video and import it into flash, then add in special effects later. The only problem some people might find with this is that it isn't much different than MX, and it doesn't just give you the action script like MX did, and some things have been relocated and are now harder to find. As far as I know, this can do anything that the other versions could, it's just a little more complicated. If you need to make an animated banner ad for someguy you work for, get flash MX if you can. If you are familiar with Flash and want a more powerful version, get this. If you're not familiar, get this anyway! I didn't know the first thing about flash when I go this, but now I feel fine with it. If you haven't memorized your simple actionscript yet, though, maybe you should just stick with what you've got.

1-0 out of 5 stars Severe setback for non-programmers
This version of Flash has eliminated the user-friendly "normal" mode for actionscript. Although Macromedia insists that using the "behaviors" panel works just as well, I don't find this to be the case. Users of previous versions will likely be utterly lost (and utterly ticked off) unless they are well-versed in programming syntax. A tremendous waste of time and money.

2-0 out of 5 stars Rich with Features, but...
- FEATURES - I like it! From the beginning, gave me a screen on what I would like to make and had a simple template for everything. Movie sizes were smaller and liked how I can preview movies in another tab.

- COMPATIBILITY (HEADACHE)- If you want to use their latest components or library, be prepared for users to install Flash Player 7.0+. This part is giving me a headache since my users are very novice with these things.

- UNSTABLE - This has to be the biggest flaw of this software. Now I'm use to saving after every change because of how unstable it is. I get the annoying "Windows cannot recover Flash MX 2004" and it crashes out.

- OVERALL - NICE, if it worked the way it's suppose to be. I would NOT recommend it to other buyers. Develope in Flash MX until Flash Player 7.0 has gone around the world. Remember to save frequently. I wish I can get my money back =(. ... Read more


27. Flash MX Professional 2004
list price: $699.00
our price: $689.99
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Asin: B0000CAVRR
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Macromedia
Sales Rank: 4097
Average Customer Review: 1.62 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Top-of-the-line Flash development environment for advanced content and applications
  • Tools for creating forms-based data-driven applications, interactive presentations, high quality video experiences and more
  • Build effective data-driven applications with familiar forms-based development, powerful data-binding, and Microsoft Visual SourceSafe integration
  • Add interactivity and customized interfaces to high quality video
  • Broad device deployment is easy with device-specific emulators, templates and sample content

Reviews (8)

1-0 out of 5 stars Crash and Burn
Flash MX 2004 Pro.

No doubt about it. So far this morning it has frozen my tablet (what's it doing with serial ports?????), refused to initialise the panel set i just saved, crashed 100% of the time with a single layer on the timeline and very few objects when i try to test the fla (using flash 4 player compat).

Not acceptable! Downloading the latest updater has made it worse if anything.

I'm just about to reinstall flash 5.

Macromedia have tried to make a Visual Studio 2005 type leap here and have failed miserably with the quality control. I'm sure there are heaps of users getting along just fine with it, but i don't care - there are no other apps on my systme that run this way.

1-0 out of 5 stars I downloaded the trial and....
I downloaded the trial and....It worked fine for 3 or 4 days, then the program crashed and now won't work at all. Any suggestions for something else to work with dreamweaver?

1-0 out of 5 stars Two thumbs down
I agree with the other reviewers who voiced their complaints about Flash MX 2004 crashing. The timeline effects will work flawlessly a couple of times and then when you try it again it'll pop up a script error message. Also, it will crash unexpectedly right in the middle of you doing something and you'll lose all your work. Didn't anybody test this program before they released it? Also, what's up with two different versions of Flash? Flash MX 2004 Professional and Flash MX 2004 for Nitwits which includes half the features as the professional version. Macromedia laid an egg on this one.

1-0 out of 5 stars Flash MX 2004 is very unstable
My experience using this program has been horrible. As soon as you attempt to do anything complex you run into errors left and right. Random and unpredictable freezing, crashing, etc. For example, the new time effects seem to work fine when you first implement them. But then, for no apparent reason, if you try and implement them a second time, the program becomes erratic and crashes. I don't know how Macromedia could possibly release this in good conscience.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
the two eariler reviewers are quite correct, flash mx 2004 is a very poor release from macromedia. performance is unacceptable, even the script editing, which is little more than a text editor, is sluggish; crashing is constant; adherence to OS human interaction guidelines is mostly ignored. the new "features" added are buggy and not implemented very well at all making them all but useless in many cases. unfortunately this is indicative of the current state of software development from macromedia (many of the complaints against flash can be lodged against dreamweaver and fireworks as well). they enjoyed their most successful year following the release of the original MX studio, which while flawed was at least usable and relatively stable. MX 2004 was very obviously pushed out by marketing/accounting far too soon and they are now reaping the rewards of their greed (macromedia missed their quarterly earnings because of the "slow uptake of studio 2004" and the stock has suffered). one can only hope that the financial sting of releasing a shoddy product will encourage them to pay attention to the little details in future releases. though the quality of the recently released 7.0.1 updater does not leave me overly confident. ... Read more


28. 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

29. 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

30. 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


31. Adobe FrameMaker 7.1
list price: $899.99
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Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 3374
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32. FileMaker Developer 7
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B0001LUI1E
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Filemaker Inc.
Sales Rank: 3370
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Streamline database development and maintenance
  • Deploy customized kiosk and runtime applications
  • Debug scripts with systematic tests and troubleshoot scripts
  • Re-use calculation logic across tables, only change in 1 place
  • Develop and troubleshoot solutions more effectively

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Dual Platform
Previous produt from Filemaker (version 6Dev) is overall satisfactory.
Even if the way of building tabs might take some work, other improvements do largely compensate for this weakness. To avoid the "flicker" one has just to be precise to the pixel in the placement of the layout elements. And FM does offer tools to do so even in version 6!
Previous versions and information from Filemaker Inc. clearly state that the intaller is dual platform, Mac AND Windows on the same disk. So, unless amazon is marketing a special version this product should also work for Mac computers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Development Tool
Now that you've read the previous 0 star rating, (tab buttons - give me a break), realize that FileMaker 7 is a great database development platform.

Just a few of the upgrade's improvements:

No File Size Limit (that's a heck of a lot of recipies Bob). The days of needing to migrate when a file hits the 2 Gig file size wall are OVER. Your database can grow to fill the largest hard drive a computer can support.

Multiple data tables per file.

Improved browser support of buttons and scripts through instant web publishing feature.

Improved security.

And if one is really worried about lining up their "tab buttons" on layouts, FileMaker offers a free 30 day evaluation for download from their website.

In fact, the only negative comment I can make is that the Server version won't be available until this summer.

1-0 out of 5 stars Developer edition is an oxymoron
I purchased and installed this product and ran into a brick wall, that precludes its use as a serious development tool. My real rating is 0 stars.

Filemaker does not use tab controls. It gets around this shortcoming by requiring that a separate layout be designed for each tab. Importantly this is not just for the information on the tab, BUT FOR THE WHOLE COTTON-PICKIN layout!!!

Then when a user clicks on the tab "button", a new layout is repainted over the old. Even though Filemaker provides the ability to copy a form, I have found that the repainted forms "jump" and give an entirely unsatisfactory visual experience. Like watching a web form flicker repaint over a slow dial up connection.

Filemaker appears to be a maintenance nightmare. If you have a layout with header information and with a five tab area, and you wish to change the header information (field width, color, etc.) you have to change it five times on each layout!

I thought the purpose of databases was to normalize information, that is to reduce redundancy in data storage. Filemaker may reduce this redunduncy, but it it adds it back in spades when it comes to application development!

The screen flicker caused by full screen repaints and the large number of forms required to accomodated simple tab displays makes this a no brainer. Filemaker is fine for your receipe or CD collection database, but forget about using it for serious development. ... Read more


33. Allaire COLDFUSION MX 7 STANDARD 2CPU ( CPD070D000 )

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Asin: B0007SL4M8
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Allaire
Sales Rank: 5175
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Macromedia Coldfusion MX 7 Standard 2 CPU .ColdFusion MX 7 Standard is the solution for delivering a powerful website or application on a single server. It features all the RAD development capabilities of ColdFusion, powerful new features such as PDF and FlashPaper document generation, rich flash forms, structured business reporting, and more all in an easy-to-manage configuration that is ideal for small to medium-sized businesses.Easily design and generate high-quality, repeating group, structured business reports and populate them dynamically in the context of web applications. Create rich Flash forms in minutes using just a few ColdFusion tags. Re-skin forms and reports easily across applications. Dynamically transform web content into high-quality printable, portable documents in PDF or FlashPaper 2 formats using a single tag.Move beyond HTTP and create groundbreaking, new interfaces to mobile phones using SMS text messaging, IM using XMPP (the emerging IM standard), and other Internet protocols. Become more productive by using the new ColdFusion Extensions for Dreamweaver MX to build applications rapidly. ... Read more


34. Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Standard (Mac)
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B00069E7IG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 1448
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Features

  • Easily create Adobe PDF files—create PDF documents with one-button ease from Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Enjoy improved performance—with improved performance you can quickly convert, collect, and organize Adobe PDF documents.
  • Assemble documents—create a single Adobe PDF file from multiple sources—including Web pages and e-mail—to deliver one professional document that anyone can open using free Adobe Reader 7.0 software.
  • Protect sensitive and confidential documents—control documents inside and outside the firewall, online and offline.
  • Enjoy improved attachment capabilities—easily attach source files such as spreadsheets and images to an Adobe PDF document.

35. NetObjects Fusion 8
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B00027TVI8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Netobjects
Sales Rank: 660
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Features

  • Web building software for user-friendly Web design
  • Easily build, manage, and promote sophisticated Web sites
  • Drag-and-drop simplicity; no HTML knowledge required
  • Designed for novice users as well as experienced Web developers
  • WYSIWYG design layouts; cutting-edge tools; e-commerce enabled

36. Norton Internet Security 2005 Home Protection Pack - 3 Users
list price: $119.99
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Asin: B0002Q89NM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 190
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Features

  • Essential protection from viruses, hackers, and privacy threats
  • AntiVirus; Personal Firewall keeps personal data in and hackers out
  • Privacy Control prevents personal info from being sent out without approval
  • AntiSpam filters out unwanted email and helps protect against email fraud
  • Parental Control blocks access to inappropriate Web sites and newsgroups

37. FileMaker Pro 7 (Mac)
list price: $299.99
our price: $269.99
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Asin: B0001LUHEM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Filemaker Inc.
Sales Rank: 1677
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Track and manage people, projects, images, and data
  • Do more, faster with 30 starter solutions
  • Exchange data with a virtually limitless number of applications
  • Store, track, and archive files and documents
  • Secure data with assigned accounts and privileges

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Have been using for 2 months now.
I have been using Filemaker 7 for Mac for 2 motnhs now. I am so happy with all the improvements they have made. Hands down this is the best database program (Mac or PC) ever made. A must buy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great software!
This Filemaker is the best version yet! Highly recommended!

2-0 out of 5 stars Filemaker Pro 7
I ran out an got this immediately when it was announced because I like to get the latest software and have been using Filemaker for over 10 years.
Now I want to go back to 6.
For some reason 7 is SLOWER than 6. All functions hang before executing from performing a find to changing between layout views there is a noticeable lag before the desired screen comes up and when you asked for it. Additionally once you perform the function you find yourself waiting. Especially performing finds I am noticing that it takes a while for the program to give me results. Since I use this function constantly that's a major pain in the ass. In 6 the delay between when I hit the find button and the results coming up was non existant. Performing finds in 6 on the same machine was lightning fast. In 7 it is not.
Since I use this function more than any other and because there is also an increase in wait times on many other functions in the program , like creating a new record, sorting and everything else, I would not reccomend this upgrade.
Ray ... Read more


38. Macromedia Studio MX 2004
list price: $899.00
our price: $869.99
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Asin: B0000CAVSE
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Macromedia
Sales Rank: 1015
Average Customer Review: 2.83 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Streamline web development
  • Integrated tool set includes the newest versions of Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks and FreeHand
  • Build websites and applications with Dreamweaver
  • Create interactive content with Flash
  • Generate web graphics with Fireworks, and incorporate vector graphics with FreeHand

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2-0 out of 5 stars Going Downhill
I have been using Macromedia Products since version 2 of Dreamweaver. I have a thorough knowledge of Dreamweaver and Fireworks. I have a bit less of Flash yet I do use it from time to time to create flash elements in sites that are primarily driven by html or xhtml code. I don't use Freehand because I think it is perhaps the most poorly implemented of all illustration programs bar none. I have always hoped that Macromedia would take Freehand seriously... and till this day I am still hoping.

Regarding the software...

Dreamweaver is by far the most popular web development software on the planet. In fact it has more users than all other web development platforms combined. This is a definite strength since you are able to find a tremendous amount of help around the Internet and in book stores.

Dreamweaver is still very good at what it does, however it has gone downhill with this most recent release (yes, I have installed the newest updater which does improve the software to a degree). The problems with the software are many. Macromedia has sacrificed a nice usable and professional interface for this 'flowery' looking gradient mess. Oh... it's pretty alright. The problem is I'm trying to get work done! The previous versions of the Studio have a much more professional interface. The program seems taxing to the system no matter how powerful your processor or how much ram you have. It also seems to have screen redraw issues. This is especially true when designing forms. Why that is... I have no idea. The way the program handles CSS is quirky at best. You need to basically go thru and make all these changes to the default behavior it is shipped with in order to get it to work and write CSS in an external style sheet else it will be written to the head of the current document (How stupid is that?). Macromedia should have used the Define Site Dialog box and asked developers if they wanted to create a CSS based site or used the older HTML methods. If a person chose CSS the program should have required them to enter the name of an external style sheet that all CSS would be written to by default. Then when using the property inspector, any changes to the design code would automatically be written to the external style sheet and not to the head or body of the document. It definately needs drastic improvement if it will ever be at the level of other Professional CSS coding software (think TopStyle Pro).

Another issue with Dreamweaver that I have is with its lack of ability to support a dual monitor configuration without major bugs, headaches, and screen redraw issues. I know many developers that have gone over to the dual monitor approach to development because of a tremendously improved work flow. YOu could have the design Window in one monitor and the code window in the other (Go to Window -- Code Inspector -- or hit F10). Once the code inspector is open, you can drag it over to the second monitor and thus develop both visually and with code. However, the newest DW version has some serious issues when you do this. First of all, you can't maximize the code window... so you have to manually drag one corner and size it yourself. The other is when you are between documents and have no current document open. The program seems like it just wants to crash, drawing and redrawing the entire interace. 'What in the world is going on here?' is the question that comes to mind minus profanities!

Flash has improved and is more powerful than previous version being more 'coder friendly' and allowing flash apps to be built using a forms based approach although I think they made a big mistake in making two versions of the software. It just confuses people and now is harder to share work within a team unless everybody is using the exact same version! Bad decision Macromedia.

Fireworks is probably the program in the group that deserves the highest honors. It is tops in the field of web graphics and functionality. I put it over Photoshop/ImageReady because it is specifically designed for the web whereas Photoshop is trying to be all things to all people. And to people who need that functionality, Photoshop is King! However, Fireworks is significantly easier to learn and use than PS. It will do anything you could possibly want in creating web graphics and eliminates all the functions that a print designer needs. Fireworks is for the web... not print. If that is acceptable for your work load.... use it!

Freehand is dead at this point in my eyes. Illustrator and Coreldraw are both vastly superior in usability and power. Freehand is a clunky and bug ridden program that does poorly what Illustrator does masterfully! Evidently Freehand has also taken a back seat in the eyes of Macromedia too. Freehand has always been delivered much later than the rest of the Studio. Even to this day in June of 2004, Freehand is still one version behind the rest of the software even though the MX 2004 Studio has been released for nearly a year (August 2003)! Some have argued that Macromedia purposely delays Freehand so that they can make more money off the developers who have already bought the current Studio and then need to purchase an upgrade to the latest Freehand. So perhaps this is a marketing ploy used in order to make more money. My opinion is that they will make more money if they improve their software, eliminate bugs, drop the 'flowerly' interace, and release the Studio as one release for both Mac and Windows (This means no 'pro' and 'non-pro' versions, all version share the same name...MX 2004 or whatever). Another note, Mac users should not be considered second class web developers. This particular offering for Mac users is particularly bad because of the bugs and speed of the software.

The best I can rate this offering is two stars... hopefully things will change in the near future. All that being said, I still consider myself a fan of Macromedia software... and just think they had a major hickup here with this latest offering.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Out There!
If you are an amateur or professional web designer, don't already have Studio MX and are thinking of moving over from competing Web design packages or bundles from other vendors, buy it. Now. You won't regret it. Dreamweaver MX 2004 is the best web site editor available, and Flash MX 2004 is the best Flash graphics creation package available - though this isn't surprising since the Flash format was created by Macromedia.

Macromedia unleashes its MX2004 product suite of upgrades. And its a home run. The new Flash improvements, especially for Flash MX2004 Pro edition are great additions - considerably advancing Flash as a database server aware application viable for delivery of cross-platform, rich media experiences. Dreamweaver 2004 & Cold Fusion 6.1 are improvements while Fireworks 2004 and Freehand 2004 offer only mimimal improvements relative to the competition. But it is still worth the price tag, especially when considering the trash HTML other applications add to web pages. Nothing out there, in the way of suites, can do what this product does. Nothing. Your web pages and sites will reflect the quality and commitment all designers strive for.

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor Release, especially on a Mac
There are a lot of neat-o features in this release, though unfortunately, they're overshadowed by the terrible sluggish performance on Mac OS X Panther (a very fast OS) and frankly, I'm shifting my web design over to Adobe software because of this poor release. Mac users - don't buy Macromedia software until they fix the terrible performance and many show-stopping bugs!

1-0 out of 5 stars Choose which OS you register with carefully!
I purchased Studio MX 2004 Educational version for use with building websites in a class I'm taking in college. It said it was for Mac and Windows, but it only allows you to register the product on ONE operating system. My problem is that I have both a PC (desktop) and a Mac (laptop), and I installed the software on my PC first, it told me to register it, so I did. BIG mistake, I tried to load and use the software on my Mac and I couldn't because I had already registered it on the PC. I called their Customer Service and their representative told me that my registation for the PC was for LIFE! She told me that I could move my SINGLE license to another Windows machine, but that I would never be able to switch it to the Mac. I'll NEVER buy anything from Macromedia again because of their STUPID registration policies.

4-0 out of 5 stars Out of the Box tools to take Control of the Internet!
For the Content creator who wants to reach users using tools that present rich media and content across the Internet, Studio MX 2004 is an exceptional Solution. Tools such as Flash MX 2004 present rich dynamic content in interactive ways, which makes information more lively and interesting to the audience.Features include adding effects to the timeline, making it possible to add interactions such as Blur, Drop Shadow, explode and many more. Dreamweaver MX 2004 focuses on making HTML code more stable and reliable while producing powerful webpages. To create a consistent HTML Style, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) comes to the rescue and to me is considered one of the central elements that make Dreamweaver MX 2004 powerful. The ability to designate the look of a web page and define the contents of a web page. So CSS adds to the power of this web editing tool allowing you to create very stable websites. Fireworks MX 2004 adds incremental improvements that only improve upon its ability to provide significant performance to web graphics, the interface is more intuitive and takes a more integrated approach with the other MX 2004 applications. Freehand MX is an essential part of the suite which provides the creation of content that seamlessly integrates with other MX 2004 applications, for Print and publishing easily to the Web. Overall, this suite offers a set of powerful applications that presents a deep learning curve. But experienced users who want to take the Web and show its full potential, Studio MX 2004 provides the answer to the Web Developers questions. For beginners to Web Design, who might want to take a shorter route to website creation and management, Macromedia offers an excellent alternative solution called Contribute 2.0. Its ease of use and intuitiveness, makes it an absolute choice for the beginner. ... Read more


39. Norton Systemworks and Personal Firewall 2005 Bundle
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B0002V87ES
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 1072
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40. McAfee VirusScan 2005 9.0 and Firewall 2005 6.0 Bundle
list price: $59.99
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Asin: B0002T8880
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: McAfee
Sales Rank: 241
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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McAfee VirusScan 9 / Personal Firewall 6 Bundle Mini Box .VirusScanAutomatically protects against thousands of known and unknown viruses, mass-mailing wormsTrojans. Auto scanscleans your PC, email, attachments, Instant Message attachmentsdownloads fast. New! ScriptStopperWormStopper stop mass-mailing threats using advanced, behavior-based technology. New! Spyware detection roots out adware, keyloggersWeb dialers that can lead to identity theft. Personal Firewall Plus Protects against hackers, identity thievesInternet worms over dial-up, DSLbroadband. New! Enhanced Intrusion Detection uses advanced heuristics to detect and log attempted attacks. New! Smart Recommendations minimize the number of alerts you receive and help you quickly respond to potential threats. New! Easy-to-use Setup Assistant helps install firewall protection quickly, even for beginners. ... Read more

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Safe surfing for life?
I bought this software as I was getting more and more worried about the threat of viruses infecting my home PC. My workplace has always used McAfee and I had always found it very easy to use and we have had no problems with viruses so far. So I invested in McAfee at home. After a few niggles installing the Virus Scan and the Firewall Plus I must say I am very pleased. The software runs quietly on my PC, only alerting me if anything suspicious happens and the Firewall blocks tens of events entering my PC everyday. The Security Center has a full analysis of what exactly has been blocked from your PC so you can investigate further if you wish. If you value your PC, like me, you really do need to protect it and this software is a good place to start.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy McAfee - look elsewhere!
I purchased this McAfee Kit that included both Personal Firewall and VirusScan to run on my WinXp P4, 512 system from a physical store (one of those fantastic discount warehouses) The software NEVER worked!

I installed the software from the disk as instructed; however, as soon as I went online it started attempting to verify my subscription. This process never worked; no matter what actions I took the product never appeared on my online MyAccount page and therefore never functioned as designed.

I contacted the McAfee online help desk which quickly informed me that they would only be able to resolve this issue over the phone.To my surprise (disgust) this phone help service is a PAID service.That's right, you need to pull out your credit card and pay just to talk to a help desk associate in some far off land.As a sucker that I am, I paid for a block of time to attempt to resolve this installation issue. It was like throwing good money after bad.This support desk promised emails back and never sent.Then on subsequent calls they promised call backs; which also never happened. After spending $30 on support calls I gave up!

I have serious doubts about this company as they DO NOT STAND behind their products.I suggest you look elsewhere when looking to secure your computer.

Also, don't get lured in by the promised rebates.After 5 months I am still waiting!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Beware of McAfee Internet Security Suite 2005
I purchased Internet Suite 2005 as an upgrade to 2004 - which incedentally worked very well. The same can not be said for the 2005 version. I have never come across a piece of software that is so unready for general release. The un-install is flawed and losses all previous settings. The software is full of bugs and inconsistances for which I have been on the phone for approx 2 hrs to attempt to fix (insist tha McAfee phone you back to save the £1 per minute charge)- e.g. - parms lost on update, permissions issues for XP sub users, un-install of previous versions does not work correctly leaving bits of the previous version arround causing problems with the install and the update of your registration - result - product can potentially unregister itself at the end of life of the previous version. Shredder does not work correctly - script errors. One of their fix instructions is to turn off the firewall and download a fix - so putting your pc at risk while the download occurs! I could go on and on. I'm sure they will update and produce fixes but at present the product, in my view, posses a risk.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works fine, but
Works fine for me and I am not very computer literate. Much better than my Norton, which I couldn't get to work right and had to uninstall. [...] I was plunged into a Kafkaesque nightmare of paperwork after sending in what I thought was exactly what they wanted, and am about to give up and kiss the thrity bucks goodbye.

1-0 out of 5 stars Works until your run into a problem.
I would give them0 stars if it weren't because I don't have that choice.
I got their yearly subscription and used the product for more than a year without any major problem, except for minor annoyances.
Since the past week I am not able to verify my subscription because of a bug in their "subscription verify system".
The worst part is that their technical support is clueless and they will ask customers to do manual uninstalls and play around with the registry, which is really scary.
At this point I am considering removing the product, cancelling my subscription, and moving to another virus scanner and personal firewall.
Too bad that McAffee does not provide a better customer support, and for basic and necessary products such a virus scanner and firewall they should pay more attention , just having a chat support and a forum is not good enough if they are no effective. I don't think the paying service would help either. ... Read more


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