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61. FileMaker Pro 7 (5-User Pack)
$139.99 $39.92 list($149.99)
62. FileMaker Pro 7 Upgrade (Mac)
$169.00
63. Adobe GoLive CS2 Upgrade
$620.00 list($1,229.99)
64. Adobe Creative Suites Premium
$184.99 list()
65. Extensis PORTFOLIO 7 1-USER (
$74.99 $68.54 list($99.99)
66. Namo Web Editor 6 Suite
$579.99 $335.94 list($599.00)
67. Studio MX 2004 with Flash Pro
$399.99 $200.00 list()
68. Freehand MX
$199.00 $175.00
69. Flash MX 2004 Upgrade from Flash
$189.99 list($199.99)
70. Adobe FrameMaker 7.1 Upgrade
$149.99
71. Internet Security Barrier Platinum
$949.99 $931.57 list()
72. Dantz MU10A007000 Retrospect 7
$89.99 $84.88 list($99.95)
73. REALbasic 5.5
$36.99 $15.69 list($39.99)
74. Norton AntiSpam 2005 - Single
$499.00 $470.95
75. Studio MX 2004 Upgrade from eligible
list($889.99)
76. Adobe FrameMaker 6.0
$399.00 list($249.99)
77. Adobe Acrobat 5.0
$54.99 $54.97 list($59.95)
78. Webroot SpySweeper AntiSpyware
$139.99 $79.98 list($149.99)
79. FileMaker Pro 7 Upgrade
$84.99 $79.99 list($99.99)
80. Norton Ghost 9.0 and Partition

61. FileMaker Pro 7 (5-User Pack)
list price: $1,299.99
our price: $1,299.99
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Asin: B0001LUHE2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Filemaker Inc.
Sales Rank: 3292
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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

62. FileMaker Pro 7 Upgrade (Mac)
list price: $149.99
our price: $139.99
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Asin: B0001LUHEW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Filemaker Inc.
Sales Rank: 857
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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

63. Adobe GoLive CS2 Upgrade
list price: $169.00
our price: $169.00
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Asin: B00081G38Y
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Adobe
Sales Rank: 2494
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Adobe GoLive CS2 Upgrade .Adobe GoLive CS2 software lets you unlock the power of CSS with intuitive visual tools such as prebuilt CSS objects that you can drag and drop to build sophisticated sites. Jump-start your designs by automatically converting Adobe InDesign layouts into XHTML or CSS Web pages. Or, design leading-edge Web and mobile content and applications in an advanced coding environment that supports SVG Tiny, SMIL, MMS, MPEG-4, XHTML, CSS, and other open global standards. Maintain your sites with comprehensive site management tools.Build sophisticated CSS-based Web content in an intuitive visual environment and enjoy comprehensive site maintenance. Efficiently create or leverage assets for your Web and mobile sites through tight integration with Adobe Creative Suite 2 software. Design mobile sites and applications based on open standards, using visual authoring tools and native device emulation. ... Read more

Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars Not Worth Upgrading For
Very disappointing release! I have been a GoLive user for going on two years now and after a long waiting period, CS2 is finally upon us. Unfortunately, CS2 did not herald the bug fixes and core improvements so many GoLive users have been waited for.

The most glaring problem is that GoLive CS2 still does not have a history feature. Even ridiculously simple functions like previewing your in-development pages make it impossible to revert to a previous state and undue any mistakes. Perform a find/replace and again, once you commit to the replace you cannot back out of this change and revert to an earlier state.

What is the point of previewing your webpage if you can't go back and correct a mistake? It is this kind of blatant oversight that damns GoLive to being a subpar program that just doesn't feel as intuitive or polished as other Adobe products.

There have been a number of improvements (such as an advanced CSS library) but small tweaks cannot make you overlook the fact that at its core, GoLive CS2 is a buggy and fundamentally broken product that fails to deliver on every level.

Another poor showing. When will Adobe get this right? Not worth the money as a stand alone product and certainly not worth upgrading from CS. ... Read more


64. Adobe Creative Suites Premium 1.1
list price: $1,229.99
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Asin: B0000DBN6M
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 987
Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • An integrated design environment featuring the industry's foremost design tools
  • In-depth tips, expert tricks, and comprehensive design resources
  • Intuitive file finding, smooth workflow, and common interface and toolset
  • Single installer--control what you install and when you install it
  • Cross-media publishing--create content for both print and the Web

Reviews (10)

4-0 out of 5 stars Creative Suite puts Creative juices to work
The Adobe Creative Suite brings many tried, tested and true programs to a new level of functionality and integration. The popular programs, Photoshop, Illustrator, GoLive, Acrobat and InDesign have been redesigned to make users more efficient and streamline the work. The latest addition to the Adobe family, Version Cue, also makes an appearance. Version Cue is a great server program that allows multiple users to edit and update files simultaneously. (full review @ bytesector.com)

5-0 out of 5 stars Designers Need the Apps and the Price is Good
Everything is in here. All of the design apps are on two installer CDs. Any designer -- whether web or print -- has at least a few of the applications in this suite. You only need to decide if the price is right, and if your current upgrades would make the purchase worthwhile.

Buying this suite is the equivalent of a corporate employee owning Microsoft Office. Adobe's name now equals design software. Knowing Adobe's product line is simply required knowledge. Print houses will accept and produce your files without problems, and multiplatform file transfer can be completed with minimum processing time.

For me, I was using a dated version of Illustrator, PageMaker 6.5, Photoshop Elements. The additional programs and new versions of what I had made the purchase a no-brainer. I also primarily use Dreamweaver, but learning GoLive will help me as I meet with clients. Outside of InDesign and GoLive, every application here is the industry standard, and those two programs are strongly coming into their own.

To explain the virtues of each individual application is not necessary. You know the benefits of Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, and GoLive. InDesign might be new to some of the veterans, but it is beyond a replacement for the inferior PageMaker, and is a force of its own.

With the quality increase of InDesign, designers are now able to choose something besides Quark for their page layout application. Including InDesign here made the purchase for me easy. I have no reason now to piecemeal together my software base.

Each application has all of the features that they have when independently purchased.

I fully recommend "Adobe Creative Suites Premium." Designers need these apps, and so your decision is only about price and value.

Anthony Trendl

1-0 out of 5 stars BEWARE OF THIS PRODUCT
I have spent 9 hours in 2 days on the phone with Dell to try to install this piece of s**t. Version Cue will not install nor will photo shop. No 800 number for support from Adobe. Paid for call and recieved many voice ads for products and was told if I need support call at 'top of the hour'. Dell says the problem is in the installer. Adobe Foroums have pointed to the same but no suggestion has worked. Guess I will work on amazon to try to return it for a full refund, it was shipped defective.

1-0 out of 5 stars BE AFRAID! BE VERY AFRAID!
Windows XP users beware! You'll need lots of bug killer with this supposed "upgrade" - especially the GoLive module.

Speaking as a long time user of Adobe software (Photoshop since version 3.0) this is the most bloated and unstable iteration ever. The added goodies in Photoshop CS would be great, if my (quite adequate) Dell Workstation didn't freeze up every other minute.

Most annoying of all is a screen redraw problem most visible in GoLive CS; a problem that makes GoLive essentially unusable. If you plan to use GoLive - most especially if you have an NVidia graphics card - visit Adobe.com and look through the GoLive User Forum BEFORE you buy the CS version. LOTS of good reading there.

Adobe has (reluctantly) admitted the screen redraw problem to be a "bug" that they are "working" on... but jeez! Wouldn't that bug have been far better stomped on BEFORE Adobe CS was released onto loyal, trusting Adobe users??

To sum it up - BUYER BEWARE! Check out the Adobe Forums before you shell out your hard earned for Adobe CS, because that's where you'll get the real truth about real-world use. Download the trial version of CS if you can - maybe it will run for you... but if not, no money lost.

For now, I'm thinking it's back to my previous versions so I can at least get some work done. In fact, it's so bad - I'm beginning to consider getting a MAC! Aaaargh!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm Lovin It
I have had the new Adobe Suite for a few weeks now and I am lovin it. I have been onboard since version 4.0 and I must say that the CS upgrade of Photoshop is the most signifigant ever. I use the RAW plug in with my digital Photos now, more then anything else. RAW and 16 bit editing have changed my workflow forever. The LEns Blur filter, the Photo filters, and the awesome filter gallery are extremly useful too. I do not use Illustrator much, I think that I will use it even less now that Photoshop can type on a path, but I did play with the new 3D tool, it is pretty cool and I can't wait to implement it into my designs. I have no opinion of InDesign, I haven't had the need to use it yet. What I have read about it is that the CS version is the final nail in the coffin for Quark. Go Live is great, I appreciate the Smart Objects, and Adobe has finally cleaned up the code that Go Live writes. At first Iwas peeved that they took out Dynamic editing, but I am okay with it now. I use it side by side with my old copy of Dreamweaver so I can get the best of both worlds. Go Live is more designer friendly.
Version Cue is another can't live without addition. All of the sudden, I am organized. Well I could go on forever about why I love the new suite, Adobe did a great job with this one. If you are a designer or student buy this suite, chances are you are already planning too. ... Read more


65. Extensis PORTFOLIO 7 1-USER ( FCE-18707 )

our price: $184.99
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Asin: B0002FHEQ6
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Extensis Corp.
Sales Rank: 1071
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66. Namo Web Editor 6 Suite
list price: $99.99
our price: $74.99
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Asin: B0001LV6V0
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Namo
Sales Rank: 857
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Easily create and manage personal and professional Web sites
  • Drag-and-drop site layout; integrated graphics features
  • Design and script templates; instant report generation
  • Full WYSIWYG editing environment; dynamic navigation bars and trees
  • Powerful JavaScript actions and events; wizard for database-driven pages

Reviews (5)

1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS JUNK
I wonder how this junk came to be listed at Amazon. The program installs spy-ware as well as other ad supported programs. Most importantly, Namo does not do its job. It is alot easier to build a website using Dreamweaver or Frontpage. Just dont buy this. If you are thinking about it, then go download the trial version of it and see if you still want it. This is a junk. The worst product I've ever bought at amazon.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent web authoring tool
WebEditor is a fine tool bundled with good utilities and very good content such as themes that are better than MSFrontpage. If you are more than a beginner when it comes to web authoring or are a quick learner, this is an excellent product at a great price. If you are a novice or want a simple tool to throw up webpages then MSfrontpage *hosted on a server with MSFrontpage server extensions* is an easier tool to use. If you don't have a server with MSFP extensions, then this is a better tool then MSFP which is not too flexible without the extensions.

The tool is very well execute. Although you may miss some of Microsoft's ease-of-use features, it is well organized and, at many things, better than MS frontpage. It also comes with a real manual instead of the lame manual-let that MSFP comes with (plan on paying another $40+ for a decent MSFP manual if you buy that tool.)

I've come across a few crashes but overall, the tool is quite stable for a *.0 rev.

I purchased this tool in order to create a school website that would be hosted on a server without MSFP extensions. I liked it so much that I switched my home page to it and have no plans to ever use MSFP again.

If you want more power with a tad less ease of use than MSFP and at a much better price, this is the tool get.

Marc

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have
I have Front Page and Macromedia and both have some major issues.
If you used any of these, Front Page has uploading problems and will not allow you to use MP3 files. Plus you can spot a front page site a mile away (boring).
Macromedia is too hard to use and not user friendly at all.

Namo is the best of both worlds.
-It's easy to use and has allot of great looking templates and utilities. I switched my website file to Namo easily and loving it!
I highly recommend it. ******!

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great tool with so many free utilities
I just bought this product to make a simple website out of it. As soon as I launched it, I found out all the powerful features this webeditor included, and I had to continue build my website to be more professional looking. With the WebBoard, I am now able to keep in touch in my family back where I am from. This is just a great product.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very high quality product
I have created a number of sites using this product. They look very professional, even thought I am not a professional web developer. Well, that is the whole point! It is easy to install, easy to create web sites using site wizard, easy to choose themes, easy to CHANGE themes, has a wysiwyg editor, easy site upload and sync. I was able to easily define the site structure. It easily picks up files in the folder hierarchy, created by other applications ~ like jAlbum that I used to create photo albums. It has never crashed on me so far. I have used WebEditor 5.5 and upgraded to 6.0. Version 6.0 has scripting tool and excellent web-board. I have hosted some silly family forums there too. It also comes bundled with a number of powerful utilities. Checkout their website for detailed feature list. ... Read more


67. Studio MX 2004 with Flash Pro Upgrade from eligible Macromedia Product
list price: $599.00
our price: $579.99
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Asin: B0000CAVVK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Macromedia
Sales Rank: 2878
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • This is an upgrade from select Macromedia products; see the Manufacturer's Description below for details
  • Integrated tool set includes the newest versions of Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks and FreeHand
  • Build websites and applications with Dreamweaver
  • Streamline web development and create data-driven applications and high quality video experiences
  • Device deployment streamlines production of content for mobile phones, PDAs, and other devices

Reviews (2)

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 Studio MX 2004 - Macromedia Continues to Set the Standard
If you are serious about working on the web whether novice or professional, you cannot get any better than the Macromedia products. I've owned the suite since the second version was out and, with the exception of Adobe PhotoShop, the Macromedia products are the ONLY thing I ever use.

Dreamweaver MX 2004 with Flash Pro continues the tradition of creating seamless code so you have to do very little tweeking - only if you know how and need to do so! It saves me so much time in coding and I can trust that it will not add extensions that are not viewable by all, such as the Frontpage product. It has roundtrip HTML, meaning you can easily add your own code, modify existing code, etc. without any problems at all.

The interface builds upon MX by making CSS much more powerful. You can view your CSS styles incase you forgot what it looked like very much as you would a font in Microsoft Word 2000. The pallets are more intuitive and takes a slight adjustment to get used to from MX. Dreamweaver MX 2004 also has more robust features with added internal extensions to make your code bank stronger. The simple drag and drop method makes it so easy to use. I've used the MX 2004 version for about a month now and am thoroughly impressed. It's a significant upgrade and worth the money.

Flash MX 2004 Pro and Fireworks MX Pro simply build more functionality and makes life much easier. Flash MX Pro has more powerful tools for backend developers, video streaming and WAP devices.

The interface for all of the products are very easy to learn. I am a professional now, but have used the products prior to becoming professional and it has helped me to make my transition from professional counselor to full-time web developer a dream come true! If I can use it, ANYONE can!! ... Read more


68. Freehand MX

our price: $399.99
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Asin: B00008JOMT
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Macromedia
Sales Rank: 4311
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69. Flash MX 2004 Upgrade from Flash 5 or MX
list price: $199.00
our price: $199.00
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Asin: B0000CAVRQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Macromedia
Sales Rank: 2681
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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

70. Adobe FrameMaker 7.1 Upgrade
list price: $199.99
our price: $189.99
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Asin: B00019OXFI
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 1485
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71. Internet Security Barrier Platinum Edition X Su (Mac)
list price: $149.99
our price: $149.99
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Asin: B0007QKP70
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intego
Sales Rank: 1251
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Features

  • Internet Filter and Privacy tool gives you control over cookies and blocking ad banners
  • Back up data more easily than ever - multiple options for your backups, restorations, synchronizations, archives and clones
  • Encrypts and decrypts iChat messages on the fly, using military-grade 512-bit encryption
  • Personal Firewall protects and monitors all incoming and outgoing data
  • Antivandal blocks all attempts to break in, catching detecting wrong passwords and logging vandal attacks

72. Dantz MU10A007000 Retrospect 7 Multi Server with CD & Manual Win

our price: $949.99
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Asin: B0007KI7HG
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Dantz Development Corporation
Sales Rank: 7288
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Dantz Retrospect v.7.0 Multi Servers for Windows - Complete Product - Backup & Recovery - 1 Server(s) Complete Product - Standard,Unlimited Clients - PCRetrospect Multi Server is designed for a business protecting three or more servers. It provides licenses to protect an unlimited number of networked servers, desktops, and notebooks. ... Read more

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for businesses with multiple computers to back up!
There's not much to go by in the item description given here, so visit this page to find out more: http://www.dantz.com/en/products/win_business/index.dtml. The Dantz website says that "Retrospect Multi Server is designed for a business protecting three or more servers. It provides licenses to protect an unlimited number of networked servers, desktops, and notebooks."

This software is easy to set up and use, and reliable so you'll know that your backup isn't going to be corrupt when you restore. Lots of people find out the hard way that not having a backup of your computer can be devastating, and in a business environment losing files can be make or break! When I recommend software for my friends, and I sometimes end up doing it AFTER they've lost everything because they had no backup, I recommend Retrospect, and I use it in the non-profits I consult for, who can't afford to replace their archives. Although this software is for Windows, it backs up networked computers running other platforms like MacOS and Linux. Dantz has been around for a long time, and has a great reputation. PCWorld recently said "Retrospect Professional remains the cream of the crop in desktop backup software." You'll be glad you're protected if you end up needing to restore. ... Read more


73. REALbasic 5.5
list price: $99.95
our price: $89.99
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Asin: B0001IQN8E
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Real Software
Sales Rank: 1914
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Features

  • Modern, object-oriented form of BASIC, similar to Visual Basic
  • Create games, utilities, business applications, and more
  • Fast way to learn programming; visual drag-and-drop process
  • Rich set of user-interface controls; easy to learn, fun to use
  • Can be upgraded to REALbasic Professional

74. Norton AntiSpam 2005 - Single User
list price: $39.99
our price: $36.99
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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

75. Studio MX 2004 Upgrade from eligible Macromedia products
list price: $499.00
our price: $499.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000CAVVH
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Macromedia
Sales Rank: 5840
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • This is an upgrade from select Macromedia products; see the Manufacturer's Description below for details
  • 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

Reviews (2)

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.

3-0 out of 5 stars Learn from a dummy
I purchased the Studio MX 2004 upgrade with the standard version of Flash. Stupid mistake... Now I find out that if I want to upgrade to Flash Professional I have to spend almost as much as the entire Studio MX upgrade price again. That seems a little ridiculous. Make sure that you go ahead and get the Studio MX version with Flash Professional - man I wish I did :(

As for the upgrades, Flash has many great improvements and worth the money. I'm not impressed with Dreamweaver. It is nice that they've finally included user authentication for PHP but it just seems like the program isn't as intuitive to work with as it once was. The page tabs on top of the screen instead of the bottom are a pain. Fireworks has a few nice features such as: motion blur, radial blur, and add noise. The autoshapes kind of give it a cheesy feel - something microsoft would make. I hope some day they'll add filters like: spherize, lighting effects, and so on like Photoshop. Of course, you can just go ahead and buy Photoshop to get the features you really want but Fireworks is such a great tool for web designers. (Much easier to learn.)

I'm just disgusted with myself for being so stupid to not upgrade to the Flash professional version. Macromedia was counting on dummies like me ;) ... Read more


76. 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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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

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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


77. Adobe Acrobat 5.0
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B00005ATSQ
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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


78. Webroot SpySweeper AntiSpyware - 3 User
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79. FileMaker Pro 7 Upgrade
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5-0 out of 5 stars All the business software you'll ever need!
As a daily user of FileMaker Pro, this latest upgrade provides the best FM Pro yet!

First, FileMaker Pro is not one product, but multiple. For example, you can use it as your customer contact manager, purchase order/invoice system, accounts payable, business card manager, etc. It can become all of the software solutions you need. What may cost you thousands of dollars to purchase individually is all capable within FileMaker. And the best part is you can customize it to YOUR liking.

FM Pro 7 gives even more options. One of the best features is the ability to store or link to other documents like pdf (Adobe Acrobat), word, excel, etc. Just imagine pulling up your client and having instant access to invoices, documentation, etc. right at your fingertips.

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80. Norton Ghost 9.0 and Partition Magic 8.0 Bundle
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