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121. Microsoft FRONTPAGE 2003 WIN32
$509.99 $509.97 list($699.00)
122. Dantz Retrospect 7 Single Server
$7.00 $1.23 list($9.99)
123. IdeaSoft iClean Internet Privacy
$49.99 $47.99
124. WebEasy Professional 5.0
$24.99 $3.95 list($29.99)
125. Stomp StealthSurf X-treme
$39.99 $37.41
126. Internet Radio Recorder
$32.99 list($49.99)
127. Ghostsurf 2005 Platinum
$499.00 $339.67
128. Studio MX 2004 with Flash Upgrade
$19.99 list($29.99)
129. GhostSurf Professional
$94.95 $23.98 list($99.95)
130. Norton Internet Security 2004
$20.95 list($99.95)
131. Namo Webeditor 5.5 - Namo Interactive
$29.99 $26.20
132. Anonymizer Digital Shredder
$59.85 list($69.99)
133. Norton Internet Security 2005
$19.99 $2.92
134. IHateSpam 4
$199.99 $89.99
135. Inside Editing With Final Cut
136. WEBROOT Window Washer 5.0 (Windows)
137. Dreamweaver UltraDev 4.0/Fireworks
138. Director 8.0 Shockwave Internet
$579.99 $544.99 list()
139. Adobe Creative Suite Standard
140. Flash MX

121. Microsoft FRONTPAGE 2003 WIN32 ( 392-02322 )

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Asin: B0000C6FJM
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Microsoft Corporation
Sales Rank: 5864
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122. Dantz Retrospect 7 Single Server
list price: $699.00
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Asin: B0007KI7IU
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Dantz Development Corporation
Sales Rank: 2474
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Dantz Retrospect 7 for Win, Single Server edition ... Read more


  • Protects a single file server or business-critical application server, plus desktops, and notebooks.

123. IdeaSoft iClean Internet Privacy Protector (Jewel Case)
list price: $9.99
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Asin: B0000CA1IE
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Nova Development
Sales Rank: 1128
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Easy-to-use program for privacy protection
  • Thoroughly erases all traces of Internet activity
  • Regains disk space by clearing out temporary Internet files
  • Removes cache and history files
  • Automatically deletes cookies from Web servers

Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars Do we need it?
Most of these functions come already inInternet Explorer,
Netscape, etc, so why does one need it? Can someone specify
what extra features does this software has?

5-0 out of 5 stars iClean is the BEST!
i have tried lots of different software to get rid of pop-ups, erase files from the internet, get rid of cookies, etc., but BY FAR, the best one is iclean!! i keep coming back to it over and over. recently i even tried the norton software to stop popups, but i still kept getting popups and other irritating stuff, so i AGAIN went back to iclean. the other day after being online for only a few hours, i ran iclean to find over 6,000 files that would have tied up my system!!!! its great now, but if they ever upgrade it, i will purchase it HANDS DOWN over any other product! ... Read more

124. WebEasy Professional 5.0
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0000BZ2VK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: V-Communications
Sales Rank: 4219
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  • Extensive library of templates, graphics, animated GIFs, forms, and sounds
  • Creating custom Web sites with advanced features--just drag-and-drop
  • Interactive Tutorial combines techniques, demos, and trouble-shooting help
  • Choose from over 60,000 images for a customized Web site
  • Built-in tools for e-commerce, order forms, credit card transaction, and more

125. Stomp StealthSurf X-treme
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B0006698BU
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Stomp Inc
Sales Rank: 3520
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126. Internet Radio Recorder
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00062VOV6
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fogware Publishing
Sales Rank: 2712
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  • Playback of internet radios in MP3, OGG, or any other format commonly used Records internet radio shows
  • Separates the received stream into individual songs automatically
  • Names the individual songs automatically
  • Belated recording of the currently playing song
  • Comes with a broad selection of internet radios

127. Ghostsurf 2005 Platinum
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0002X0514
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Avanquest
Sales Rank: 969
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128. Studio MX 2004 with Flash Upgrade from Studio MX, MX 1.1, MX Plus
list price: $499.00
our price: $499.00
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Asin: B0000CAVVJ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Macromedia
Sales Rank: 5508
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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  • Streamline web development and create data-driven applications and high quality video experiences
  • Integrated tool set includes the newest versions of Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks and FreeHand
  • Build websites and applications with Dreamweaver
  • Create interactive content with Flash
  • Device deployment streamlines production of content for mobile phones, PDAs, and other devices

Reviews (8)

2-0 out of 5 stars Going downhill... but there is still hope.
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.

1-0 out of 5 stars Full of Bugs and S__L__O____W
I've been working with computer doing design work for 12 years. Web for 7. I've used everything, Photoshop, Illustrator, Freehand, Flash, PageMaker, Quark, InDesign (love it), Director, GoLive (not bad). But Studio MX 2004 is so loaded with bugs and so slow that I've reverted back to an old version of GoLive. It's sad. Click to open a small file... and wait. CSS... oh, it decided to erase them and replace them witih crap. SO much for my styles. What you see is NOT what you get. AND tech support - awful. Their web site is the most awkward thing to navigate and find information on. STAY AWAY FROM THIS PIECE OF TIME-CONSUMING SOFTWARE. It will spin your wheels and give you headaches.

2-0 out of 5 stars Expensive, difficult, and quirky.
If you like software that's expensive, difficult to master and quirky, and if you think good looking is more important than good working, this might be just the thing for you. But be warned, working with this software is frustrating at every turn. Macromedia has given the user interface elements with minds of their own. Scroll bars mysteriously disappear and reappear. When working with some of the many, many dialogs, the tab key does more than just move from option to option. At certain places it magically removes all the dialogs and the tool bars from the screen. There is no printed documentation, just some brief PDF files.

There is a good deal of mystery about option interdependence. The programs have hundreds of icons scattered through dozens of toolbars and dialogs. As you're working with them, you often find that when you're ready to use something, it's "grayed out". It can take hours to figure out why. It's typically because using it would lead to lead to invalid code, but it might also be that you're just not following Macromedia's rules of design. You're not doing things in the "right" order, for example. Don't depend on the help files; they were deliberately designed to be difficult or impossible to read. Here again Macromedia is demonstrating their preference to be trendy rather than useful. The help files have tiny light gray text on a white background, making them difficult to manage for people with normal vision and impossible for those without.

The software requires product activation. The activation procedure worked well, but I'm troubled that some day Macromedia will decide that I've used the software enough and cease activating this product, making it impossible for me to install the software on some future computer. Who knows, perhaps I won't even be able to use it on the computer where it's installed now. When that day comes, I will certainly wish I could "deactivate" my $600 payment.

I am not a newcomer to Macromedia software. I'm on my fourth or fifth versions of some of the programs in this package. And I have to say that most of the changes from version to version did not involve significant new features. Most of the changes were to the user interface. Each version gets more quirky and non-standard. Every time I upgrade I have to learn new ways to do old things. That makes the software very expensive indeed.

While it might be true that using this software can save you from having to learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript, etc., mastering this software is a formidable task. And it's a dead-end street to learn software like this instead of learning the underlying technologies. When you can't figure out how to make it do what your client wants, and you can't find a plug-in that will do it, you'll just have to tell them you can't do it. You'll tell them that a lot, if Studio MX is all that you know.

5-0 out of 5 stars MX 2004 Continues to Blow the Competition Away
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!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Flash is slow; Freehand, useless. Buy it anyway.
I heard that they were going to speed it up. Apparently that meant the compiled swf files. The program itself is so slow as to be annoying. Launch (wait) click (wait) click (wait)... it is very unresponsive. Moreso than it's predecessor MX.

I also hate the MX 2004 name. Let's call it seven. No one knows what the MX stands for... roman numerals? MX missile? It's dumb, and I hope it ends soon. And what about this false marketing dichotomy of "professional" and, what, "amateur?" Ridiculous and confusing. Pro means you can do decent video, or something.

The capabilities of the program? The object-oriented stuff may turn out to be great, but right now it's just a wrinkle in the already strange mix of timeline, event, and function-based programming. There's got to be a better way. It will undoubtedly spawn countless books and magazine articles and keep the publishers happy, and maybe even make your Flash project better. But what about the simple things that Flash lacks? How about a scripts window (not the explorer) where you could page through all the code you've written and do find-and-replace easily? How about a snappy, responsive tool that doesn't make you wait while it considers your request?

Of course, I bought it mostly for Flash, but there's more to the studio. Freehand still can't zoom in and out with keystrokes correctly. It does weird things with layers. The Freehand programmer has still not acknowledged the Illustrator and Photoshop conventions that Flash has learned.

Yet, it is a necessary upgrade, and you will probably end up buying it, as I did. Then you'll buy a few books and spend a few days learning things. And so it goes. ... Read more

129. GhostSurf Professional
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B0000CDVUP
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Avanquest
Sales Rank: 5566
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Protect your private personal and financial information
  • GhostSurf hides your identity, removes spyware, and blocks hackers
  • Surf the Web anonymously
  • Your info is routed through anonymous hubs around the world

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars You Have Got To Be Kidding Me!
Got some spyware on my cpu so a retailer suggested this product as it advertises right on the box: "disable spyware." Well I loaded it up and guess what? It didn't work at all. So I tried to get support and found out that I had to pay an additional $9.95 for this company to support this product. Then when I called, a recording told me no one was available at this extention, but I could leave a voice mail message. Obviously, don't buy this product.

1-0 out of 5 stars No Tech Support
I installed this program on my computer yesterday. The first day it seemed okay. I still got pop-ups but I figured I had to do the whole reboot thing. Today I logged onto my computer and couldnt access the internet. Tried to open the program but it wouldnt open at all. The book refers to tech support at a website but I couldnt access the Internet.

If you want phone help its $9.95.

The one positive thing I can say is that the websurfing - for the day I had it was anonymous. Only seemed to slow down a little bit when using it.

5-0 out of 5 stars GhostSurf Pro
Great software for pop-ups, ok on spyware not great but it will work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good
I brought this on concerns of saftey online, and it did its job. It basically hides your idenity online, and has features that can delete cookies, web history, etc.. Overall it did very good. ... Read more

130. Norton Internet Security 2004 Professional
list price: $99.95
our price: $94.95
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Asin: B0000C8Y0L
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 1184
Average Customer Review: 1.71 out of 5 stars
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  • Norton Personal Firewall hides your PC from hackers
  • Norton Intrusion Detection automatically blocks suspicious connections
  • Norton Privacy Control prevents personal data from being unknowingly released
  • New Norton AntiSpam keeps unwanted messages out of your inbox
  • Norton Productivity Control limits Web site and newsgroup access

Reviews (24)

1-0 out of 5 stars Simply awful
My husband was so frustrated with MANY problems that he finally uninstalled the whole mess. Even getting it off his machine took 2 days. For the first time in his life, he considered suicide.

It slowed my PC down (and I have a new AMD). I cannot access IE without disabling Internet Security Professional (this started out of the blue a couple months ago). I'm afraid to even try to uninstall it. I'll probably end up taking it in to a shop and having them uninstall it - and paying.

I will never buy from Norton again. I thought Norton was supposed to have a reputable product. It's trash.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Product... With One Exception... Caveat Emptor
For the past several years I have used various Symantec/Norton products. Furthermore, as an IT professional I typically recommend their products to family and friends, primarily because of the User Friendly consoles.

However, as my subscription was about to expire for updates, I recently upgraded to Norton Internet Security Professional 2004 (NISP2K4) from 2003 (non-Pro) . I encountered a problem which I have found to be fairly common among folks who use multiple user profiles on their machines. I found users of 2000, XP Home, and XP Pro were all affected.

I am running XP Professional w/ three (3) user profiles (one work related, one for personal use, and one for wife). Each profile has it's own separate e-mail account set up in Outlook.

Before loading NISP2K4, I was not experiencing any problems. Following the installation, whenever I start Outlook after switching profiles, I receive the message listed below:

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library
Runtime Error!
Program C:\ProgramFiles\MicrosoftOffice\Office10\OUTLOOK.EXE
This application has requested the Runtime to terminate it in an unusual way. Please contact the applications support team for more information.

Troubleshooting Steps: I initially performed an Uninstall (including shared files) and then performed a Custom Install, selecting a single configuration for all profiles on the machine. Still receiving error messages.

Conducted the following Google search: (Norton Internet Security 2004 Outlook Runtime Error terminate)

Based upon some of the postings I read, this is a widespread and common problem with users of machines with more than one profile. I found a work around which disables the Norton Anti Spam toolbar, but still am seeking permanent solution which would leave the toolbar intact and not generate the error message.

If this problem is not resolved soon and integrated into future updates of Internet Security Pro 2004, I hope it will be integrated into the 2005 release and since I complained we might receive a free upgrade.

Sitting here thinking about it a little more, I realize that the problem may be specifically with the Anti-Spam portin of the suite. Will update with any responses I get from Symantec/Norton Tech Support.

As they say, Caveat Emptor... Buyer Beware!

5-0 out of 5 stars Gives meaning to the word 'safe'
This is very good. My pc has never been faster, and more safe. Plus you get Norton Antivirus Professional 2004 for free with this! Very good protection and regularly updated. Firewall gets a Truestealth rating on Gibon Research's ShieldsUp! test (
Only problem with the popup blocker (which works just fine by the way) is that some sites that use popups to navigate don't work. Luckily you can define not only what sites should be allowed to display popups, but also what PART of the site. It is possible to have the main site display popups and another part blocked.
I have seen people having problems with installing it. The problem seems to be that after installing and rebooting the program does not start, only a tray icon with a red cross. Pointing at this icon causes it to dissapear. Also, it is impossible to activate and register the program. I have a solution so more people can enjoy this fine program (cause you shouldn't expect much help from Symantec)
This solution only works for Windows XP. Sorry...
First, uninstall EVERY Symantec program you've got. After you are CLEAN of those programs, do the following:

A. C:\Program Files\Symantec (this could already be removed)
A. C:\Program Files\Common Files. Delete the Symantex Shared map.
C. C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data. (If Application Data isn't visible, enable 'view hidden files in Map options). Delete the Symantec map COMPLETELY.

D. Each account that the programs have been used on also have files (check all of them). See C:\Documents and Settings\(enter user-name here)\Application Data. Delete the Symamtec map.
E. ****These are register deletes. It is advisable to make a backup before you do this****
Open the Regedit (type Regedit in the Execute window(or whatever that is in English, I have a Dutch version). (Or go to Task Manager, New Task, and typ Regedit).
Now go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE. Delete the Symantec map.
Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE and delete the Symantec map here.

I would do a reboot at this point. After that, install Internet Security. This time, the registration window will appear.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad Product For Developers..
The "Norton/Symantic" Shepard is much worse than the "Adware" Wolf. If you are a developer or need access to local development tools such as IIS, DON'T INSTALL THIS PRODUCT. I'm sorry I didn't read the Amazon reviews before I installed. It'll kill your machine's speed, IIS localhost and you'll either have to reformat OR IF YOUR LUCKY Restore to an earlier restore point. - (thanks to windows XP restore). I was lucky. Worst part is that there's no way to get a refund. I can't imagine how a large company like Symantec could put out such an ill conceived product - and even worse - a very sick help-and-support department. Talk about internet wolves. Get McAffee for antivirus and ZoneAlarm for Internet Security. Much better.

1-0 out of 5 stars Norton support has really deteriorated
I am on Amazon tonight to look up alternatives to Norton Anti-Virus because of their poor maintenance. (They have outsourced their maintenance, I think to India, and there is such difficulty and so many emails exchanged to try to get understanding and answers that I eventually just gave up on the anti-spam package and will never buy it again. I have had better results with the corporate version of anti-virus, but even with the business edition I have to wait very lengthy times to get to a customer service representative, but the ones I have gotten have been really great. But they are sitting at a phone right here in the USA. I have been a long time giving up on Norton because of past history. I started with windows back in the days of Windows 3.1 and Norton had wonderful software that filled the gaps in Windows and made the Windows experience better. I was also treated extremely badly when I tried to complain to the corporate/sales people about my dislike of and disapproval of outsourcing. The person ultimately hung up when I asked that my comments be relayed to her superiors. All of that being said, I feel my instincts were right and I am not even going to consider Norton, especially for a combination product. I also feel that the quality of the products are worse. They used to be much easier to configure and get working. These problems started before their firewall product, but that one was a particularly difficult product to deal with compared to many products in Norton's pass. Well, ultimately even a very loyal customer like me has to wonder whether it is time to give up. ... Read more

131. Namo Webeditor 5.5 - Namo Interactive
list price: $99.95
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Asin: B00008Z0ET
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Namo
Sales Rank: 3227
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars Pure & Total JUNK!
This program is waste!! I created my website with this, and it took me almost 3 months because this program wouldn't work properly..(At all!), and would blow me out of it if I just tried to save something.Nothing worked! If I needed to just publish an edited page to my website, supposedly, you can just select to publish the edited pages.Well, when I tried doing that, it blew me out of the program.So, I tried to psychronize the pages.Well, when I tried doing that, it blew me out of the program again.So, I had to publish the entire thing all over again, just to get one page updated.At 99%, it blew me out again, and of course no changes were made on the site!! Total junk, total joke, TOTAL WASTE OF TIME & MONEY!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Namo is nifty but not for neophytes
I want to make it clear that Namo WebEditor is not for people who are "wet behind the ears" and barely understand the concept of Copy and Paste. Namo WebEditor is easy to use for those who feel like they have at least grown past the dazed and confused, clueless newbie stage.

It is possible to find dummied-down web editors out there that are even easier to use than Namo WebEditor, but you'll usually have to give up a lot and put up with a lot. You'll probably get bloated, slow-loading code that may not be cross-browser compatible, and if the program allows you to access to the HTML, it will probably be limited and the program might mangle any code you insert. It's usually a pain to add or delete text and images with those programs since the pages will not adjust automatically like they will when using Tables with Namo WebEditor. After a while, you'll start to feel the invisible shackles of those babyfied web editors and you'll ache for something better. Namo WebEditor is that something better. It gives us the freedom and power we desire without sacrificing user-friendliness. It doesn't assume you are a rocket scientist, but it doesn't treat you like you're in diapers either.

If you require a boat load of generic templates to choose from so your web site looks exactly like 10,000 other web sites out there, Namo WebEditor may not be for you since it doesn't come with that many templates at this time. But, if you hate the cookie-cutter look and want to create your own pages, Namo's WYSIWYG drag and drop editor makes it easy. I created my own pages with Namo WebEditor from scratch and it was fun, not frustrating. I designed a page that I was satisfied with (I call it my sourdough page) and used that page to make all of the others. You only have to create one page from scratch and then use that page as a template. Some newbies try to create every page from scratch which is silly and I can see why they would be frustrated.

I don't have room here to mention all of the things I have written on my Web Design Deodorizer page about why I love Namo Web Editor, but I'll try to hit the highlights. One really cool feature that could be overlooked is the Document Information dialog box. It shows the total file size of the page (including the file sizes of images), it gives you a word count, and it tells you approximately how fast the page will load using different connection speeds. Even a chronically negative person would have to admit that is a very useful feature.

If you've used other web editors, the copy and paste abilities of Namo's WYSIWYG editor might shock you. Many other web editors only copy plain text (stripped of all attributes), but Namo WebEditor allows you to copy the style, font, color, links, paragraph style, background color, table properties, cell properties, and so on. After you copy and paste using Namo WebEditor a few times, your old web editor may seem awkward and outdated.

Namo WebEditor also has a built-in spell checker, multiple undo/redo, case changer (upper case, lower case, sentence case, and more), HTML verification, and it will also clean up the HTML for you if you want. Namo WebEditor not only has find and replace, but it also has global find and replace which is great for doing things such as updating the copyright date on every page. If you have a lot of pages, you can change in seconds what it would normally take days to change by hand.

On top of everything else, Namo WebEditor has an instant access, color coded HTML editor. Of course, you never have to use it, but for people who know at least a little HTML or those who just need to add special code to a page (such as code for an advertisement), it's such a nice thing to have.

I've only had a few questions since owning Namo WebEditor and I got fast answers at their forum every time. The whole Namo experience has been enjoyable so far and I don't think things are going to change any time soon since I've had Namo WebEditor for over a year now. It's a great product for creating and maintaining a web site and unlike some other web editors, it doesn't require a monster computer to run. Namo WebEditor worked as smoothly on my old 233MHz computer as it did on the 2.60GHz computer that followed. That's impressive on it's own, but add in all of the other things along with the affordable price and you're looking at a must-have web design product that almost anyone with a PC can enjoy.

1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible Company
From day one this software has been a nightmare with nothing
working right, a so-called beginners guide that guides you into a mess and more questions than it answers.
Add to this the worst possible support where you cannot ever speak with anyone, and have to rely on a forum or e-mails and wait and waste time awaiting a reply which is normally very short and requires numerous follow ups to have any idea what they are saying.
Stay away from this garbage unless you want a lot of headaches or have a lot of intuitive skills to wind your way through this thing.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Bottom line, and low-down from a newbee!!
First let me state this: There is a reason Web-Designers and Web-Masters sometimes get paid hundreds to thousands ofdollars for their services.Web-Design is a skilled "Technical Form Of Art"!

I'm new to Web-design,and my purchase of Namo 5.5 is my first such program. I know little of HTML and such... and I will be making my first website. ( I'm so new at first I did not even know what a table is). After researching about all the web-design programs out there I decided on Namo because of its price point,its "Beginners" ease of use, and it seemed like a "professional" software program I could grow into.I HAVE NOT BEEN DISAPPOINTED! You should visit Namo's website and view its movie telling all about it.Also,you "don't" have to know any HTML at all to use this program - none, thank god!
But, a word of caution to the New-bee's like me.Like I stated above " Web-Design is a skilled "Technical Form Of Art" there is a learning curve to deal with, but its well worth it!

I have had the program for about three weeks now.I started with a pre-made theme, but I'm now heavily modifying it. Because of this I am needing some online support from time to time.The support is done on message boards (there is no phone support). But you do get answers to your questions rather quickly (same day so far), works good for me.

Another reviewer statedthat after 3-days he gave up and still had no web-site -- no kidding, what did he expect! Namo is not a cheep web-builder, its an amazing tool.Don't get me wrong, you could by using Namo's pre-made themes have a web-site built in a day (that's making no changes).But my golly-gee when you start to see WHAT YOU CAN ALL DO with this tool, you won't be able to contain yourself form making changes.This program is simply exciting to learn how to use!
I would suggest that you make a practice pre-made website and use it to go thought the "Beginner's Guide" instruction book. It walks you though beginner web-design and "management" step by step. Don't just read it but actually "do" what the instructions are explaining on your practice website. This will greatly get you up to speed, end confusion, in your beginners learning curve.

What has surprised me the most was just how much and involved the making of a "good looking and good working" web-site can be.Web-Building and Web "Management" of your site is both an art andTechnical skill.What I have seen, Namo is up to the toughest of professional job's, along with its ability to bring along first time New-bee's in site design and management.I'm glad I got it!

2-0 out of 5 stars Wasted my money and 3 days of my time!!!
Yes, I read all the reviews before buying.I needed something simple with absolutely no programming involved.Since I didn't like any of the templatesthat came with the software, I decided to build my own.Well, to sum it up - after 3 very frustrating days of trying to build my own template, I accomplished zero.I read the manual from start to finish.It is VERY poorly written for anyone who wants to do any of their own designing in Namo.In fact, after getting on their website and looking at the forum topics, I discovered that you CAN'T build your own template for your entire site.THAT VERSION IS GOING TO BE RELEASED IN MARCH 2004!!!!!!!!!!As soon as I discovered this, I went to Best Buy and purchased WebEasy Pro which is much cheaper.It is also much easier to learn and extremely user friendly with a super help section.I would highly recommend that if you want to make your own design in ANY way - do not purchase NAMO!Buy WebEasy Pro which is cheaper and far superior to Namo!Thanks Namo for wasting my time and money.Just wish I could get a refund! ... Read more

132. Anonymizer Digital Shredder
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  • Cleans browser cache, cookies, temporary files, recent files, visited sites history, Microsoft Office files, and run history
  • One-click cleaning
  • Customizable hot key cleaning
  • Secure deletion of free space

133. Norton Internet Security 2005 - Single User [LB]
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Publisher: Symantec
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  • 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

134. IHateSpam 4
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Publisher: Sunbelt Software
Sales Rank: 4129
Average Customer Review: 2.73 out of 5 stars
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  • Spam blocking software for users of Outlook and Outlook Express
  • Automatically filter all incoming email
  • Does not lose emails you really need to see
  • One year of free anti-spam updates
  • Very easy to install and use

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2-0 out of 5 stars Slow, very slow
The latest IHateSpam version 4 is VERY slow compared to the previous version 3.2. I use it with Outlook 2002 and it takes about 15 minutes to filter out 80 or so spam messages I usually get when I turn on my laptop in the morning. Version 3.2 took only 2 minutes. It is hawking up so much resources that everything comes to a crawl when the filter is running. The fan has to come on for several times to cool the cpu down. On the positive side, its accuracy seems to have improved a bit. It misses only 3 spams after the fitering is done versus the old version that misses about 8 out of the 80 spams. The bottom line - I would go back to version 3.2 or look for a better spam filter.

5-0 out of 5 stars Spam?? What Spam??
Since I started using this product I have no more spam and it never ever catches my good email. I get 300+ spam messages a day and it catches all of them. Awesome product, and it's dirt cheap!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Outlook anti-spam tool out there!
iHateSpam not only blocks the lion's share of spam I receive, it also allows me to send a (convincing but fake) bounce message and/or report spam abuse to various authorities. iHateSpam also allows the user to easily tag a sender/domain as a friend or enemy and black/whitelist them accordingly. The program is easy to install and configure out of the box, and allows for extensive tweaking to make it work the way you want it to. As a network sysadmin who is very conservative about introducing new software in a corporate environment, I consider iHateSpam to be the most stable, user-accessible and empowering anti-spam software currently available, and have recommended it for corporate use without hesitation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Solid 95% Spam Detection out of the box
Really impressed by the 95% spam accuracy out of the box. With the bayesian training i have it catching close to 99% of the spam, with 0 legitimate email being caught. I'm a linux guy at heart, but on windows and Outlook (corporate sh**t) IhateSpam is awesome.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hate Spam - Love this product
This product works great with Outlook - even from behind my company's firewall. There's hardly any installation, and it catches about 95% of the spam (about 75 a day for me).

I have noticed that my system has slowed down at times and even crashed on a few occassions, but this seems to be a common issue with spam software and has not been a real problem.

Easily worth the money - you can also try it out for free. ... Read more

135. Inside Editing With Final Cut Pro 4
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Publisher: Global Marketing Partners
Sales Rank: 5920
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Learn to prepare projects for film, broadcast, DVD, and the Web
  • 4-plus hour training; work alongside expert, Evan Schechtman
  • Topics include color correction; audio mixing; compositing; media management
  • Teaches new applications of LiveType, Soundtrack, Compressor, and Cinema Tools
  • Covers techniques used at Outpost Digital in professional TV and film editing

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2-0 out of 5 stars Poor amateurish job.
Yeah! If you are too lazy to read VERY GOOD documentation that comes with FCP4 and have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA what NLE systems are, it is for you. Technically it is very poor, amateurish video. They should learn themselves how to use Final Cut , not to teach other. All recordings have a jumpy unbalanced and unabridged audio. In the first two lessons guys probably have played with some effects, to figure out what Final Cut is. The text on the package states that he is "professional editor", LOL. I would not be trust him to edit my vacation footage, the word "professional" n our time has many interpretations .
In the second lesson there is missing sub-lesson.
Video jumpy and poorly synchronized with sound. In some places it looks like a jock, the lips moves in almost second after the word was sounded.
The lessons are full with common bla-bla-bla, near third of lessons are "introductions" of any sort.
I found that FREE lessons on AVID website with approximation to FCP are more helpful AND WORLDS BEYOND PROFESSIONALLY.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy Quick Start to a Very Deep Program
Anyone using or wanting to use Final Cut Pro 4.0 should seriously consider investing in Magnet Media's tutorial series Inside Final Cut Pro. The DVD is packed with live video demonstrating step-by-step the basic operations, interface navigation and advanced techniques you'll want to use whether you are a hobbyist or professional videographer. I found the samples to be pertinent and the instruction straight forward.

The Video begins with an overview of the interface. Despite the fact that I've used FCP 1.25 through 3.0, I found new insights into how to better utilize FCP and its core features with this section. The lessons are taught by Evan Schectman, a professional editor and the founder of Outpost Digital, and I found him to be warm and without the arrogance and elitism of many editor/teachers. I understoood most lessons the first time through. Others, such as the concept of "nesting" and the Pro-audio features I have watched a few times through. Again, this is another benefit of this type of learning. You never have to reread anything. You simply replay the lesson as often as you need to. The learning feedback is simple and painless.

One tip-despite the fact that the DVD only runs on a Mac with a dvd drive-the files on the DVD are readable on a PC equipped with a DVD drive and quicktime (although trying to figure out which files are which can be a challenge) - I used this methed often to following along with Evan when things got complicated - worked like a charm.

Some other features covered are color-correction (fantastic overview with practical applications) compositing and animation, for those that wish to stay exclusively in FCP with out straying to the likes of After Effects or Combustion - Introductions to Soundtrack and Livetype, both new applications within the FCP 4.0 suite.

Overall I was impressed and thoughly pleased with my experience with Magent Media's Training. I believe this is the future of self-education in the video editing realm. Books can be cumbersome and time consuming. With Magnet medias Inside Final Cut Pro, you have an all-in-one instructor on a disc you can pull out for a refresher anytime you wish. And you never have to leave your house to get it!


5-0 out of 5 stars Great Training & Exceptional Value
This is an efficient and comprehensive way to get up to speed on Final Cut Pro 4. The instructor is clear and thorough and the examples are tremendously helpful. Best of all - it includes 7 hours of taining.

I learned more with this Inside Editing DVD than I have in many courses and weekend workshops I've taken.

I highly recommend this training DVD for anyone - from beginner to advanced - who wants to become a master at Final Cut Pro 4. ... Read more

136. WEBROOT Window Washer 5.0 (Windows)

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Publisher: Webroot
Sales Rank: 2244
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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  • These powerful tools completely clean out your browser cache, cookies, history and forms files
  • Set up automatic cleaning for regular hard drive space recovery, and better overall system performance
  • Cookie keeper save certain cookies to maintain preferred Internet settings
  • Free plug-ins clean over 150 popular programs for better privacy protection!

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1-0 out of 5 stars Poor at best !!
This product is too expensive for the little it does. It is a lame duck compared to Webroot Spy Sweeper. Ultra wincleaner one click is a far better product.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great little program
Window washer is a neat program that frees up alot of space by erasing un-needed stuff on your computer. It is a little to much money for all it does.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple and it works!
This product works as claimed, and the interface is well designed and easy to use, with lots of customizing options. An update some time after I purchased went smoothly and easily, and online support forum is friendly,lively, and informative. ... Read more

137. Dreamweaver UltraDev 4.0/Fireworks 4.0 Studio
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Publisher: Macromedia
Sales Rank: 6146
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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Dreamweaver UltraDev is an enhanced version of Macromedia'sleading Web-authoring tool. The standout additional feature is dynamiccontent, which is when pages have live links to databases or othertypes of server-side scripting. Most products of this type requireextensive manual coding, but UltraDev has an extensive library ofbuilt-in scripts, called Server Behaviors, that allow even moderatelysophisticated sites to be built with little or no code. Version 4 lookssimilar to its predecessor, but includes important changes that make itmore complete and easier to use.

One of the best new features is the split code and design view, whichlets you edit either the code or the visual design and see changesinstantly echoed between them. There is also built-in security, so youcan create login procedures and password-protected sites. Finally, theLive Objects wizards automatically create page elements to handlecommon tasks, such as a master/detail page set, or forms to insert andupdate records.

UltraDev supports three kinds of server-side scripting: Active ServerPages, JavaServer Pages, and Cold Fusion. Unfortunately, it does notsupport PHP, which is popular on Linux and Unix servers, althoughbecause UltraDev is extensible, there may be some third-party add-ins.The features for the three models are similar but not identical,although in every case there is excellent database support. Its greatstrength is that you can focus on designing your pages and let UltraDevhandle the data access code. You can even display live data at designtime, making it easier to get exactly the right appearance.

Everything in Dreamweaver is also in UltraDev, so this is the idealpackage for Web authors who need to add dynamic content with a minimumof fuss.

About Fireworks 4:

Fireworks is a dedicated Web graphics application. You can create bothvector and bit-map images, optimize them for Web pages, and addnumerous special effects for export direct to HTML.

The starting point is a familiar range of drawing and painting tools,such as shapes, lines, brushes, pens, and selection tools. In thedefault vector mode they create editable, scalable objects, and inbit-map mode they paint pixels. Fireworks supports layers andmasks--virtual overlaid surfaces that you can edit independently, enablingdesigners to achieve a wide range of effects. For example, you can varyopacity and blending to fine-tune the final appearance. Other Fireworkspanels include color, stroke, fill, and effects. There is also alibrary panel where you can store graphic elements for reuse.

A key feature for Web designers is optimization. Fireworks offersmaximum control over the critical tradeoff between quality and size. Atwo-up and four-up view lets you compare the quality of original andoptimized versions, using techniques such as reducing color depth andremoving unused colors. The software offers strong support for GIF,JPEG, and PNG image formats. Fireworks also lets you create animationthat is exported as an animated GIF. It will also generate JavaScriptto produce image rollovers and, in this new version, pop-up menus.There is great support for hotspots and slices, techniques for mappingor dividing an image to support HTML features. Integration withMacromedia's Dreamweaver 4 is better than ever in version 4 ofFireworks. Dreamweaver UltraDev 4/Fireworks Studio combines the twoproducts at a lower price. You can export to Dreamweaver--or launchFireworks directly from Dreamweaver--edit an image, and save it backwith all Fireworks-specific information preserved. --TimAnderson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Simply THE best web dev combination
DreamWeaver Rocks. Fireworks Rocks. Together they make for a spectacular web design/development combination.

Dreamweaver is packed with features for the beginner through advanced web developer; it's easy and intuitive to use. It may take you a while to learn all the capabilities, but with each successive feature you discover and master, the development process becomes easier and faster.

Fireworks is the best in class web graphics software. It integrates very well with DreamWeaver. Creating animated GIFs is a snap, as is image optimization (file compression), image map creation, and exploring full tables (HTML and all!) for use in DreamWeaver.

You simply cannot go wrong with this package. Photoshop still has its place, but if you focus exclusively on the web and don't need to do exquisite image editing this bundle is all you need.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Awesome
I've been doing web development since 1996 and, to be honest, I fought tooth and nail against giving up Windows Notepad as my web development tool of choice. Microsoft FrontPage really ruined web development software for me and I pretty much vowed to avoid such applications in the future. Fortunately, my boss insisted that I use Dreamweaver and even sent me off to classes to learn the nuts and bolts. And now I'm hooked.

Dreamweaver is simply awesome and I can't imagine ever going back. Whether your a novice or professional, you'll come to love Dreamweaver's simple interface and ability to tackle otherwise tedious tasks -- such as Cascading Style Sheets, tables, layers -- with ease. Adding Flash, Shockwave or Java is as simple as it can possibly be. I took classes on Dreamweaver, but only because my boss insisted. The software is pretty easy to learn, though those with web development experience will have a fuller understanding (and respect) for the capabilities of the product.

The single most powerful part of Dreamweaver is the use of templates, which allow you to use the same look and feel across multiple pages and have all those pages updated when you make changes to the template. This alone will save you hours!

Another great thing about Dreamweaver is that creates clean HTML. This is something that any developer who has ever had to edit the HTML directly will respect -- especially if you've ever tried to make sense of FrontPage HTML nonsense.

Finally, the FTP application in Dreamweaver is outstanding. It keeps track of every page, graphic, link, etc. in your site and any change to any of them is cascaded through the entire site -- automatically updating links where necessary. With a simple click of a button your site is uploaded to your webserver.

There are so many features I haven't covered, but with the little I have this product is worth the money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stupidly Discontinued!
Get Macromedia Dreamweaver 4. They have turned this once great web design package into a hybrid cross of something that looks like Netscape/Flash and called it Dreamweaver MX 2004.

I used Dreamweaver MX 2004 for a month, uninstalled it and went back to Dreamweaver 4. It really is that terrible and the work space is terribly cluttered making it very hard to work within.

Bottom Line -- Get Macromedia Dreamweaver 4 instead if you can find it. Macromedia Dreamweaver 4 is a very good web design package that knocks Dreamweaver MX 2004 for ten. You will simply hate Dreamweaver MX 2004 when you install it on your system. I nearly barfed after a month of using that *new* completely hostile and non-user friendly piece of unstable and slow excuse for a web design software program.

Get this instead ... if you can find it...

5-0 out of 5 stars Review for Dreamweaver 5
-This review is for Dreamweaver 5- I absolutely love this software. I had Adobe Go Live but I never seemed to take to it like I did with Dreamweaver. Once it was installed within a day, I had made several webpages. As I continued to use it I learned more and more intuitively without needing much guidance from the manual. As a user you can create your webpages visually or in code mode, this makes it a great option for anyone no matter what your skill - it can be adjusted to suit your needs. You can learn and develop your webpage skills as much or as little as you like. You do not need to be intimidated by it's high price. You can learn it and the cost is well worth the output. ...
I don't have to look for anything else, I have hit paydirt with this program! If you are using Front Page or any other visual interface for ease, you know that you are trapped into a forced format, get this program and you will understand the freedom of control without fear!

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT
Wonderful program... I use it to write HTML for eBay listings... ... Read more

138. Director 8.0 Shockwave Internet Studio with Fireworks 3.0 Upgrade

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Macromedia is on a mission to make Director the most used authoring tool for building exciting, interactive content not only for CD-ROM presentations but for the Web as well. The new version of Director, 8.0, is totally geared toward reaching that goal.

This is not the first version of Director to offer integrated Web authoring features, but Macromedia has refined Director into a streamlined production environment capable of outputting to a variety of formats.

Improved sound controls include behaviors linked to objects for building immersive audio tracks. This includes more precise audio control over multiple audio streams, including better management of looping tracks. Many file types can be imported, among them AIFF, WAV, SND, and MP3.

The Property Inspector is a new window for editing properties of a sprite or other member. The window changes according to which element is currently selected and shows properties for that selected member. If more than one member is selected, the Inspector reveals only the common properties.

Also new is Runtime Imaging, for what is essentially on-the-fly rendering of images. This results in rich and exciting graphics without the overhead of a large download. Developers also have control now over off-screen compositing, onscreen effects, and transitions. All of this is controllable through Lingo commands.

New Web-specific features include Publish, a command for saving to streaming Shockwave files using HTML templates; and Loader movies, for creating small looping movies that play while the body of the Shockwave file is downloading. Also, Shockwave content can now be resized while maintaining its aspect ratio in a browser window.

Numerous tweaks and enhancements make this release of Director an important tool for the interactive-content creator. If your interactive projects are now being delivered through more avenues than just CD-ROM, Director 8 can help pave the road. --Mike Caputo ... Read more

139. Adobe Creative Suite Standard 1.1 Upgrade

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140. Flash MX
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Asin: B000063V0V
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Macromedia
Sales Rank: 3999
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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Since Macromedia launched Flash in 1996, it has grown into the de factostandard for development and delivery of high-impact, visually rich, interactiveWeb content. Flash MX promises a similar generational shift to the oneexperienced when Flash 5's enhanced ActionScript introduced an unprecedenteddegree of interactivity to the Web.

The most exciting new features in this version are those aimed at e-contentdevelopers and programmers. Integration with application servers such asColdFusion MX and Microsoft's .NET and Internet protocols like HTML, WebTV, andWAP make it possible to deliver Flash content to a range of platforms--from PCsto PlayStations to mobile phones.

But Flash MX also offers plenty to those who aren't part of a large team ofdesigners and programmers developing corporate sites. Novice users can takeadvantage of a range of prebuilt, customizable components, including scrollbars, buttons, list and combo boxes, and QuickStart templates for presentations,photo albums, ads, and more, making it possible to achieve great resultsquickly.

The Flash MX interface is now consistent with Dreamweaver and Fireworks. Nestedlayer folders and improved cursor feedback for frame adjustment make thetimeline more manageable, and the context-sensitive properties panel andcollapsing, dockable panels reduce screen clutter considerably. Vector drawingtools, one of Flash's weaknesses, have been largely overlooked, but there is anew Free Transform tool, which combines rotate, scale, and skew options. Video,another Flash weak spot, has fared much better with the inclusion of theSorensen Spark video codec. Users can import a variety of formats, includingMPEG, DV, and QuickTime. In addition, users can animate and script AVI and videoclip objects in the same way as bit maps, even using them on a mask layer.

Flash MX is backwards-compatible with version 5 (meaning users can publishversion 5 SWF files, although MX SWF files require the MX player), removing theonly argument for not upgrading. Those not yet convinced of the merits of Flashneed only look around. --Ken McMahon ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Host of new tools makes this indispensable
Since this is a upgrade version let me talk for experienced flash users - Macromedia seems to have taken a few right steps in integrating Flash MX with its other products like Dreamweaver Ultradev and Cold Fusion Server MX (acquired from Allaire). Even though Cold Fusion MX is at a beta 3 stage right now, its easy to see some of the powerful multimedia features being integrated into the Macromedia products based on that.

Some of the best new changes in Flash MX that warrant an upgrade are:

1. ActionScript, the scripting language that powers Flash interactivity, is now easier to write and analyze. Flash MX has a fully functional script editor with features similar to those found in its other programs like Dreamweaver, Cold Fusion Studio, and HomeSite. The editor helps both experienced and beginning programmers write valid ActionScript by providing code-hinting, auto-formatting, and search-and-replace functions. Flash MX also contains a complete debugger.

2. For the first time Flash is offering a collection of templates to simplify the production of standard Web documents such as ads, slide shows, and tutorials. In addition, the templates are smart; for example, a photo album template includes all the programming necessary for a photo slideshow.

3. A lot of UI components, like scroll bars, check boxes, and list boxes, that previously had to be laboriously created, are now included in Flash MX. The appropriate behaviors are built into these objects, so adding functional interface elements to an application is a simple drag-and-drop operation.

3. One of the biggest changes in Flash MX is the integration of video. The integrated video support, provided by the Sorenson Spark codec, can import standard video formats, such as AVI, MPEG, or QuickTime, and convert them to a streaming format that is displayed natively by the Flash MX player. The import filter can also resize the video or sync the frame rate to the Flash movie when converting a file.

4. Flash MX also provides a powerful tool to modify vector shapes. Flash's Free Transform tool is similar to the Free Transform tools found in standard illustration programs like FreeHand and Illustrator. The program lets you rotate, size, skew, and distort objects. A special bounding box-called an envelope-lets you manipulate an object's shape using control points and tangent handles. This kind of makes me wonder what it'll do to the already overpriced Macromedia Freehand software.

5. A lot of changes have been made to animation processes to make it more efficient. The import filter for Fireworks PNG files now intelligently preserves text and vector shapes which will make life a lot easier! Headline animations are easier to update, because Flash now maintains individual characters as editable text rather than as nontext vector shapes.

6. Some changes have changed the visual appearance of Flash MX workspace. Now you can dock and collapse palettes, and you have the ability to define and switch between different palette configurations like developer, designer etc. to optimize the workspace for design or coding. Layers can be organized into folders. The new Properties Inspector offers an easy way to change an object's basic attributes quickly.

7. The Library function has also been improved by allowing sharing of symbols between documents. Flash automatically tracks the original location of each symbol and auto-updates all instances in all documents if the original is modified!

As I mentioned, Macromedia seems to be moving towards integrating their other products. As a result, some powerful new features in Flash MX await the development of other products in the MX line. Macromedia has already announced Flash Server Solutions, which will consist of a gateway and a communications server. The latter will allow developers to add real-time messaging as well as two-way audio and video to Flash applications.

I think upgrading to the new version is not even a question!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Web Software EVER
Developers: Get this software.
This is probably far and away the best and biggest advance in web development out there today. The jump from Flash 5 to MX is enormous. Flash MX has broad capabilities. From static movie based websites to Forms and data entry, to full applciations created with backend Java/ASP/JSP integration.

If you have flash 5, you'll never look back when you see this software package. If you're new to Flash all together this is the place to start.

Create web applications using templates and 'pre-written' code allowing you to move through your development in half the time.

I may also add that although the price tag is hefty, the program is more than worth it. The future of the web is in my opinion focused in and around flash. Macromedia just purchased Jrun (some months ago) and that alone shows that they're serious about creating and making real world applications.
Support for the product is great too. Lots of forums for help.

5-0 out of 5 stars Important: you can buy it for 100$ acad version
I agree, the price tag is a little big if you are not an expert commercial buisness animator person, but it is a great product. It is not as hard to learn as everybody says, the interface is great. IMPORTANT: IF YOU ARE ANY STUDENT/TEACHER/MEMBER OF A ELM., MIDDLE SCHOOL, HIGH SCHOOL, OR COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY, YOU CAN BUY THIS PRODUCT FOR ONLY 100$. This is a lot less, 300$. Good Luck.

3-0 out of 5 stars MX ROCKS!!!
Flash MX is one of the most powerful development programs for web appliactions, web sites, web games, web cartoons, etc. The XML intergration (esp. XMLSocket) can be used to do everything from multiplayer games (like Jungle and the ones on to shopping carts to 3D model data. I am a Flash guru, game developer, and Mac user.

3-0 out of 5 stars Swish is better
Flash MX is a very good, detailed Flash making software. But it is also very advanced. For those of you with less than perfect flash making abilities, i recommend a program called "Swish". It's cheaper, and much much easier to use. ... Read more

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