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    $78.99 $6.14 list($99.99)
    1. Roxio Easy Media Creator 7 Digital
    $139.99 $124.99 list($149.99)
    2. Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 plus
    $189.99 $179.99 list($229.99)
    3. Corel Painter IX Upgrade Win/Mac
    $69.99 $7.40
    4. Calendar Creator 9 Business Suite
    $85.99 $76.99 list($89.99)
    5. Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 (Mac)
    $25.99 list($29.99)
    6. Microsoft Plus! SuperPack for
    $11.95 list($79.99)
    7. Video Deluxe 2.0 Plus
    $29.99 list($99.00)
    8. Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 [Replaced
    $149.99 $120.00 list($179.99)
    9. CorelDraw Graphics Suite 12 Upgrade
    $229.95 list($424.99)
    10. Adobe Illustrator 10.0
    $5.95 list($99.95)
    11. Nero 6 Ultra Edition
    $15.82 list($49.99)
    12. Hallmark Card Studio Deluxe 2004
    $49.88
    13. Printing Press Platinum
    $27.99 list()
    14. ClickArt Christian Publishing
    $29.99 $8.79
    15. Calendar Creator 10
    $30.92 list($39.99)
    16. American Greetings Creatacard
    $249.99 list($299.00)
    17. Corel Painter 8 Windows/Mac
    $462.00 list($999.99)
    18. Mathcad 11
    $159.95 list($609.00)
    19. Adobe Photoshop 7.0 [Replaced
    $59.99 $56.99 list($69.99)
    20. The Print Shop for Mac 8

    1. Roxio Easy Media Creator 7 Digital Media Suite
    list price: $99.99
    our price: $78.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001BG1NI
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Roxio
    Sales Rank: 17
    Average Customer Review: 3.58 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Includes PhotoSuite 7, VideoWave 7, Napster 2.0, and Easy CD & DVD Creator
    • Organize with Media Manager; password-protect and encrypt private data
    • Transform still photos with stunning pan and zoom effects
    • Take complete control of video with advanced timeline editing tools
    • Produce professional-looking VCDs, SVCDs, or DVDs

    Reviews (93)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Must Have Product for Digital Video and Digital Camera Users
    Easy Media Creator 7 integrates several full-featured applications together to create a software suite with a consistent user experience. In no time, I was using it and creating projects with it. I use Creator Classic all the time to burn data and music to CD and DVD and appreciate the automated backup feature. Even though I use those features all the time, I really bought Media Creator 7 for all the great digital media creation tools.

    Photosuite is a wonderful photo-editing product. Since I am a casual point and shoot digital photographer, I use the autofix option all the time to clean up my pictures, plus of course the red eye removal tool and the clone tool (to remove the date/time stamp I forgot to turn off in some of my pictures). I use VideoWave to transfer/capture my video to my PC, and then edit it down to remove unwanted video clips. I also use it to add text using different fonts, styles and effects, plus add transitions between clips, and background sound tracks. When complete, I then send the output to DVDBuilder for authoring to DVD.

    I could go on and on how I use it, but the bottom line, this product is outstanding. It is loaded with excellent features and is a must have product for transforming your digital content to marvelous DVD movies or slide shows.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to Use, Great Features and for the Price it's a Bargain
    Easy Media Creator 7 offers an easy to learn and understand interface that enables you to quickly use any of the applications that make up this integrated software suite. My daughter just graduated from high school and this weekend I created a video comprised of digital photos and video clips, select music, transitions, titles, etc. all blended together of all the events this past month leading up to graduation. I am so proud of my daughter but also have great pride and sense of accomplishment in what I just did by creating a great looking video that I burned to DVD.

    Roxio provides many materials to help you find all the answers, such as how-to video tutorials, and PDF user guides. The Roxio web site knowledgebase also helps you find answers to any questions, and if you still need help, I found their tech support email responses were quick, only taking 1-2 days to get answers.

    I recommend this product for people at all levels.

    5-0 out of 5 stars CD and DVD Media Creation Just Got Easy
    Creator 7 has so many great features and capabilities that I suggest you do as I did and read the many pro reviews that thoroughly put the program through its paces. For me, my favorite and most frequently used component is storyboard, which enabled me to combine digital photos, video clips, and songs into a slideshow. It has creative features that include the ability to add transitions, titles, and a narration track. Then using the DVDbuilder component, I can create VCDs or DVDs to master my slideshow creation to disc. Overall, this is a great product for anyone dabbling or serious about working with digital media.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Recommend it to everyone
    Installed fine on my XP system, although it was a slow process. Nice interface and the tutorials and help files made it easy to learn. Use Creator classic, Photosuite Videowave and DVDbuilder all the time and everything has worked flawlessly. Haven't used all the other features yet, but its nice to know they're there when needed. What a deal - all these features for the low cost.

    5-0 out of 5 stars works great after upgrade
    had problems out of box ( mostly with DVD-r burning ) but after a 53MB download from website it's working great. Very easy to use compaired to others I've tried (U-lead, Movie maker). Tutorials are weak, more of an overview of what you can do than a how to, but help files are good. Great product for the money! ... Read more


    2. Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 plus Adobe Premiere Elements
    list price: $149.99
    our price: $139.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002UDQ8G
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Adobe
    Sales Rank: 18
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    Features

    • Perfect, transform, organize, and share digital photos
    • Create impressive home videos with Hollywood-style transitions and effects
    • Burn dynamic slide shows to DVD for easy sharing
    • Use video clips in photo creations; include photos to video
    • Spark the imagination and learn advanced techniques with easy How Tos

    3. Corel Painter IX Upgrade Win/Mac
    list price: $229.99
    our price: $189.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00030CBUE
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Corel
    Sales Rank: 432
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    Features

    • A highly-sophisticated painting and illustration application, the fastest version of Corel Painter yet
    • Most brushes work, on average, twice as fast; includes more than 30 brush categories plus custom brushes
    • Animators can now test frame rates directly in Corel Painter; movies can be saved as animated GIFs, QuickTime movies or AVI movies
    • Supporting industry-standard ICC4.0 profiles, this software enables color matching between on-screen and printed colors
    • Includes Corel Painter IX, both Mac and Windows versions; libraries of unique gradients, nozzles, patterns, stock photos, paper textures, and brushes; The Corel Painter IX Handbook

    4. Calendar Creator 9 Business Suite 9
    list price: $69.99
    our price: $69.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00007L4WF
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Broderbund
    Sales Rank: 1803
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Calendars are more than just a list of dates--they remind you of the contacts and commitments that you value in your life. Create a calendar that works for you and your business in powerful new ways with easy-to-use Calendar Creator 9. The software's multiple layouts, versatile design tools, and intuitive time management features get you--and keep you--on track. Import contacts and data from Microsoft Outlook into your customized calendar. Sync your new calendar with your Palm OS handheld device to take it with you on the road. Plus, Business Suite 9 adds three bonus programs to your desktop: MediaShop Express, ClickArt Presentation Graphics, and Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 8. ... Read more

    Features

    • Choose from thousands of premium graphics and eye-catching fonts to design your own creative business calendar
    • You can even import your own photos & images to use in your art -- turn your snapshots into great-looking quality artwork
    • Photo Workshop lets users alter and edit images to create something new -- work with numerous graphics tools like Tint Control and Repair Tools
    • Add appointments, birthdays and other important milestones to your calendar
    • Streamline your organizational tools to repeat schedule events and edit calendar entries

    5. Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 (Mac)
    list price: $89.99
    our price: $85.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002UDQAO
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Adobe
    Sales Rank: 17
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    Features

    • Photo enhancing tools with industry-leading technology
    • Make quick fixes or use advanced editing options
    • Get high-quality with camera raw and 16-bit support
    • Enjoy flexible print options; process batches of photos at once
    • Easily adjust shadows and highlights; view before and after

    6. Microsoft Plus! SuperPack for Windows XP
    list price: $29.99
    our price: $25.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002UECTS
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 13
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    Features

    • Easily create amazing slideshows with digital photos
    • Personalize PC with 8 screen savers and 4 themes
    • Take a break with fun and exciting games
    • Easily create music CD/DVD labels and inserts
    • 50 video effects and transitions for Windows Movie Maker 2

    7. Video Deluxe 2.0 Plus
    list price: $79.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000069CEU
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Magix Entertainment
    Sales Rank: 1849
    Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Video Deluxe 2.0 Plus offers support for both analog and digital camcorders, with excellent, easy-to-use editing features, and a huge range of highly configurable special effects and transitions. You can burn the results to CD-ROM, Video CD, or DVD, complete with professional-style chapters and menus.

    Video Deluxe 2.0 Plus works with a wide range of popular video formats including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, AVI, Windows Media, and QuickTime. You can input either WAV or MP3 files to use as a soundtrack, and it'll even play back MIDI files (although these need to be converted to WAV files before you burn the finished CD). If you don't have the raw video files already stored on your PC, Video Deluxe 2.0 Plus makes it easy to pull them in from an analog or digital camcorder. However, your PC will need to have either a DV card or connections for the RCA cables used by most analog camcorders.

    Magix has acquired a reputation for producing cheap, powerful music-sequencing programs, where instruments are recorded on individual tracks laid across the screen like lanes in a swimming pool. Video Deluxe 2.0 Plus uses the same kind of interface, except that you use one track for the video itself, another for effects, another for the soundtrack, a fourth for background music, and other tracks for borders, titles, and so on. There are 32 tracks in all. The program has a built-in synthesizer for producing ambient and dance music, and a clever song wizard that lets you pick a style (including reggae, jazz, or classical), select your instruments, and then create a musical soundtrack. You can alter the volume of individual audio tracks (using a proper onscreen mixer), and there's a wide range of preset effects for adjusting EQ and reverb, reducing background noise, and so on.

    The video editing facilities in Video Deluxe 2.0 Plus are fantastic. Not only can you trim the length of individual scenes but you can also adjust their brightness, color, contrast, and sharpness. When you apply a special effect, there are a bewildering number of settings to tweak so you can get the effect just right. The program also includes a wide range of high-quality transitions, scrolling text for titles, and end credits (you can also overlay text on top of video).

    Once the movie's finished, you can save it in the formats mentioned above so it's suitable for playing back on a PC, attaching to an e-mail, or broadcasting from a Web site. It's also possible to record back out to either a DV cassette or standard VHS, although this is covered a bit sketchily in the user's guide. Alternatively, click the Make CD/DVD tab at the top of the screen and you're suddenly in a proper authoring program where you can create an opening menu with background graphics, chapters, and so on, just like a commercial DVD. A CD cover and label design program is even included.

    In the nicest possible way, this program is a bit of a monster, but if you've got a powerful enough PC (the minimum recommended configuration is a 400 MHz Pentium II with 128 MB memory), then it's hard to think of a video editing job that Video Deluxe 2.0 Plus couldn't tackle. --Rob Beattie, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

    Reviews (15)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Out There!
    Okay, I tried all the other ones. Pinnacle, to be more specific. I got this and guess what..IT WORKS! I just got the new Sony DCRDVD300 (that camcorder that records direct to DVD) and I was looking for a software that I could edit my films. I tried everything and this one actually captures the movie and edits... and... oh my god..I can burn direct to DVD with no problem. And after I am done, I put the disc in my DVD player and it PLAYS. I think this is the best software out there. And believe me, I am what you call a "software junkie". I have them all.. DVD X Copy..etc. With Magix, Video 2.0 Deluxe, you can really edit, burn, copy..gosh...anything. I love it. And it recognized my brand new DVD burner (also from Sony). Make sure you have the right DVD discs so you can burn at max. speed which right now is 8x (of course, as you read, they are now coming out with 10x). I love this software. It is very rare (exept for Adobe and Jasc) that you buy a software and you can actually do what the box say you can do.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I like it.
    It took some time to get a handle on it, it's not simple at first like Pinnacle. But once I got it, its been great. I like it way over Pinnacle Studio 8. It does everything I could ask and more. Pinnacle was easy at first but you can do so much more with Video Deluxe 2.0. I did have a problem with the sound not matching the video but after getting a patch from Magix it has been working great. You can do so much with this program. I keep trying new things with it. Tons of fun and for this price can't beat it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great features but annoyingly buggy with large files
    I have used this program with mixed success. While I love the multi-track editing feature, the interface took a bit of getting used to. The printed manual was not very helpful at all, and onscreen help was no better. Regardless, I was able to create some very nice digital photo slideshows with dazzling transitions and smooth music scores. I even made a few short videos with synchronized split-screen (PIP) effects from my camcorders.

    But it takes an embarassing long time to load large movie files, and often crashes from simple video clip manipulation operations such as copy and pasting on large files. Then I have to wait while it reloads the movie clips again, followed by another crash, etc.

    Because of the bugs and crashes, I found it to be most comfortable creating slideshows and short video clips no more than 5 minutes in length. Any larger projects were simply a waste of time and cursed with crashes.

    I had little trouble capturing digital video from my Samsung MiniDV (FireWire) camera, or NTSC analog video through my ATI All-In-Wonder card, although it had noise trouble with mono audio sources.

    I just wish they had spent a lot more time debugging the software before releasing it.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this product!!!!!
    I completely agree with the previous reviewer from Belleville IL. I have been trying for two months to capture video from my MiniDV Sony Handycam without success. My computer far exceeds the system requirements, and I have no problems capturing with Windows Movie Maker. However, with Video Deluxe 2.0 Plus, the captured video is choppy and the audio is out of sync. I have tried everything suggested on the small users forum as well as the skimpy FAQ section on their website. Moreover, technical support is slow, surly, and totally unhelpful. I am throwing this useless software in the garbage and this will be the last product I ever buy from Magix.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Produces Incorrect AVI-1 File With Wrong 44.1 Audio Stream,
    I have to say that, never have I been so disappointed with a product. Furthermore, tech support has been nearly nonexistent and worse yet, they couldn't have been more rude, misleading, and just plain untruthful whether over the phone or at their childish excuse for a support forum. Many people have pointed out obvious bugs with this product and instead of the company dealing with it in an adult, responsible manner, with a promise to fix the product with patch upgrades, they've been threatened, insulted, misled, and verbally assaulted. And that's if they bothered to respond to queries at all which isn't often.

    This software has had so many bugs from its first release that many of us have wondered if it ever went through any kind of initial testing at all. After several years on the market, it still produces/outputs a nonstandard DV-AVI file with a 44.1k audio sample rate. ALL DV-AVI files should have a standard audio sample rate of 48k. Every DV Camcorder on the market produces an AVI file at this rate. Thus, every time you want to transfer between the DV-AVI camcorder and your computer via Magix, you'll be doing an audio conversion both ways. Needless to say, you're loosing bits with every conversion. The whole purpose of digital video/audio is its ability to create lossless copies. This is simply non-existent with Magix Video Deluxe.

    There is still the same nagging problem of jittery videos. Magix' answer to this was to tell people to turn off it's sync to beats/stretch to beats option. This is supposed to be an option for adjusting the video and audio lengths and keep them in sync during the process. Why have it there in the first place if it never worked from day one? Instead of telling us to turn it off, why not fix it and offer a patch?

    You'll find that when exported via mpeg video that there is absolutely no option for changing audio bitrates or resolutions. They're completely grayed out. Further, many people use Sound Blaster sound cards, most of which, prior to Audigy2 had a default bitrate/sample rate of 16/48, which cannot be changed. For those people, the grayed out boxes will forever read 48k and everyone else's will read 44.1 with no option to change them. A Sound Blaster may record at 48k but you should of course be able to convert and play back at any sample rate you want including 44.1 just fine.

    There is also an option for changing the default movie audio settings including the sample rates; however, the geniuses at Magix didn't bother to put any kind of save button on the menu. In short, you can click in a checkbox for 48, 44.2, 22.5 etc, but there's no way to save the setting! It's beyond absurd!

    This is just the begging of the problems with this software. Tons of features, all of them useless if you can't export a compliant DV-AVI file. Sloppy thinking, sloppy engineering, and a company bedside manner usually reserved for cavemen. Stay away from this company! You've been warned.

    ... ... Read more


    8. Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 [Replaced by PhotoShop Elements 3.0]
    list price: $99.00
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006ANW9
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Adobe
    Sales Rank: 96
    Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    For intermediate digital image enthusiasts who don't need Adobe Photoshop, Adobe's barer-bones Photoshop Elements 2.0 works atop the same engine and provides many of the same tools for a fraction of the price.

    Elements' interface is less complex then Photoshop, packaging oft-used quick correction tools in easy-to-access locations. The program gears itself toward the novice user looking to learn more about digital image modification and enhancement. You can also enter keywords into a search field and Elements will offer up related walkthroughs and instructions.

    Elements can input images from a variety of sources, including scanners and digital cameras. It's more powerful than the average program bundled with any of these devices, so you can make it your default image editor for either or both. Stills can also be snagged from a variety of video formats, including QuickTime, MPEG, AVI, and Windows Media. Before opening images, you can browse through their thumbnails, which include a preview of the image as well as its size and type.

    Inputted images can be enhanced, distorted, corrected, or combined into panoramas through the PhotoMerge stitching tool. The new Selection Brush lets users simply paint over an item they would like to cut or copy. While it still takes a steady hand to select non-straight edges, it's easier than using the standard selection tools such as the rectangular marquee or the lasso. Elements works well as a file manager as well, its new batch processing feature allowing users to make changes to several images at once.

    Output options are also expansive, including attaching photos to e-mail messages, printing images, or saving them in a smaller Web format and then uploading them to the Internet. Beyond these typical tools, Elements users can create image slideshows in PDF format that can be viewed on PDAs as well as other PCs.

    While there are other image editing programs that sell for the same price, Photoshop Elements brings to the table much of the power of its bigger sibling while making it accessible for the average user. --J. Curtis ... Read more

    Reviews (109)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, excellent, excellent!
    I cut my teeth on Adobe Photoshop 3 back when I was working as a photojournalist, and later used Corel PhotoPaint 8 extensively. I was considering an upgrade to the latest version of Photoshop, but the high price tag made me wince. So, I read some reviews of Photoshop Elements 2.0, was impressed, bought and installed it, and in no time I was up and running.

    This is the bottom line: Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 is outstanding! I have an old 8x10 class photo from 1973 that has deteriorated to such a state that it now has a severe magenta cast over the entire image. I wanted to archive this image into electronic format before it got any worse, so I scanned it high res into Photoshop Elements, and a couple of mouse clicks later I was looking at the image in its bright, original colors. Once you tap into the power of this program, you'll wonder how you ever got along without it.

    It's very easy to use, it's very powerful (especially its selection tools and layering ability), it produces excellent results, and doesn't require a library of volumes to understand how to make it work (like its big brother does). Although Adobe provides a decent and comprehensive user manual in the box, I highly recommend purchasing Visual Quickstart's Photoshop Elements 2 (by Craig Hoeschen and Christopher Dahl) along with the software. I have always been a fan of the Visual Quickstart Guides, and this book is no exception. It breaks everything down in digestable chunks so that in no time at all you will be working with layers and filters to create some very dramatic images.

    The only thing I didn't really care for in Photoshop Elements is the image browser. P4 machines shouldn't have much of a problem, but it slowed down my Celeron 766mhz considerably. But the solution to that was easy: I simply don't use it. Instead I use File>Open to get my images, which also provides a thumbnail preview.

    All in all, if you own a digital camera, scanner, or do any image-editing work, then definitely give this software a try.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A huge improvement over Photoshop LE
    I've been a little out of touch when it comes to Adobe products for the last few of years. Until about six months ago, Photoshop LE has been meeting my needs. Six months ago I replace my desktop with a Power Mac G4 (QS933) and in doing so, changed OS' to OSX pretty much exclusively. Four the last few months, when working with photos I've been running Photoshop LE in classic mode, and it had continue to work well. A couple of weeks ago (when Jaguar-10.2 came out) I decided to abandon classic all together and started shopping around for a new photo editing app and discovered Photoshop Elements 2.0. I've never used version 1.0 so I can't compare the two, but without question, Elements 2.0 is a huge improvement over LE. One of the biggest things I didn't like about LE was the lack of ability to go back and undo changes that I made to my images. While I really could not consider this a short coming to LE (the full version of Photoshop didn't have that ability back then), I always thought it would be useful as I was always making changes and applying filters that could not be undone (after the next change was made). I would end up playing around with a picture so much, it became almost useless, and then I'd start again from scratch until I found what I wanted. God bless Adobe for adding the history pallet with Elements. Now I can play around all I want, and if I don't like the results, I can go into the history pallet and delete any of the changes I made to the image. Unfortunately, once the image is saved, it does not save the history, but it's still a huge improvement over only being able to undo the last change. I simply can't tell you how valuable that feature is to me.

    The interface and tool bars are also much improved. While I always felt that LE was simple to use for basic editing, many of the more advanced filters and layers could be somewhat difficult for the novice to figure out. Elements 2.0 has made these advanced features much more usable with the excellent tutorial and Recipes feature. With the Recipe feature users are walked through features that would have been daunting even to intermediate users.

    Stability and responsiveness has been been very good on my machine. Thus far, Elements 2.0 seems almost as stable as OSX itself (in the year and a half I've been using OSX it (the OS) has NEVER crashed-hard to believe, but true). Elements does take longer to launch then LE, but with all the extra features, that's to be expected. I have been having some problems importing images from my digital camera, but I don't know if that's Adobe's fault, or Olympus', and is the only reason I give it four instead of five stars.

    Over all, Photoshop Elements 2.0 is an outstanding product. Not only does it have far more features then Photoshop LE, Adobe almost makes these features more accessible and easier to use. And, last and more importantly, it runs great in OSX.

    4-0 out of 5 stars It will do what you need it to do.....
    I got his program primarily to annotate my digital images. I have very high resolution scans, and most programs cannot handle the file size. This can do it very well. At 4000 dpi scans, I find the font size needs to be 1 mm and there are not very many programs that can do this. In addition, one can drag and size the text boxes, and delete them individually, as each box is a layer, as well as change the color of the text. One can also do a lot of fancy things with the text. One has a large selection of image formats in which to save the file and within those formats a degree of resolution, as well as a direct to web format file size, although one has to work with a more modest file size for that to be useful.
    A drawback is that the program is a serious memory hog. It is slow with 512 RAM. The program also loads slowly. And, if one forgets to click on the image background before saving (i.e. it is still on a text box) the saving of the file will be extremely slow. Also, if one sizes a text box to get the font size other than that listed in the preset sizes, only one save will be kept which may be a drawback if one is using many font sizes other than those listed. However, one has options of a number of different font sizes as one can select pixels, inches, cm, mm, picas, points and % for font size. It is trivial to put type vertical, horizontal, or on curves with a high degree of control.
    The software actually comes with a written manual which is helpful. That is becoming rare nowadays.
    I have taken high resolution images, selected a portion of the image, saved it at much lower resolution, and e-mailed the result in a decent file size for the recipient.
    I am still learning the features, but found it easy to do what I wanted to do with minimal problems. Kudos to Adobe for allowing one to download a fully functional program good for 30 days which allowed me to determine that this program would do what I needed. I ordered the software shortly thereafter.
    For all that is offered, the price is very reasonable and the features outstanding.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Power - GREAT Value
    I stepped up to PSE2.0 about a year ago, after using Adobe's PhotoDeluxe for several years. PSE is an outstanding program, giving me the "digital darkroom" capabilities I'd been craving, at a fraction of the "real" Photoshop price. The key functions for me were Burn and Dodge, the ability to lighten or darken sections of a photo. The brightness/contrast controls are great, and the "Levels" function expands it even further! This has been everything I wanted, and lots more. I did invest in a 3rd party tutorial, which helped me learn even more capabilities. If you want great image editing capabilities without a $600 price tag, Elements is a great choice!

    5-0 out of 5 stars 5
    Wonderful product, like most Adobe software it takes sometime to figure out but it's worth the effort. The one minor complaint is that the "Quick Fix" focus always seems to leave the picture grainy. You can even make your own web grapics including banners... ... Read more


    9. CorelDraw Graphics Suite 12 Upgrade
    list price: $179.99
    our price: $149.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00014TCTK
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Corel
    Sales Rank: 893
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Produce creative, accurate shapes and objects with new smart design tools
    • Advanced features that increase productivity, such as real-time visual feedback
    • Keep your workflow smooth with industry-standard file compatibility
    • Integrated applications for vector drawing, page layout, digital imaging, and more
    • 10,000 clipart images, 1,000 TrueType and Type 1 fonts, 1,000 photos and objects

    Reviews (14)

    5-0 out of 5 stars This Product ROCKS!!!
    I have been a user of CorelDRAW for more than 10 years and have often used many other graphics products including the so-called industry leader Adobe products. After using CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12 I believe I can finally rid myself of all these other products and stick solely to this suite. All the new features are incredibly useful and time-saving. All the applications work well with one another, and I've pushed it as hard as I can with some huge files, and it hasn't had any problems at all. This truely is an incredible release... thanks Corel!!!

    PS. If you don't believe me, download the trial from Corel's website and try it for yourself (www.corel.com)

    Jim

    5-0 out of 5 stars In response to objection about the PhotoPaint
    I am upgrading from version 10, and version 10 already has a way to make your default units in Photopaint Pixels.

    There is also one user that has reviewed this three times with a bad review. C'mon, now.

    Just press Ctrl-J and change the default units to pixels. Simple.

    One of the greatest things about CorelDraw is the active help you can get from expert users at http://www.egroups.com/community/cdug

    If you had posted this question there, we would have shown you how to do this 3 years ago.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good bang for the buck...
    I am an amature photographer and painter. And I love using photoshop too. But I can't afford photoshop. Adobe makes great products but they are overpriced. This is why I got Corel Graphics Suite. It supports all the plug-in's for photoshop, does pretty much everything photoshop and illustrator can and all for a cheaper price. If you are just starting out with computer graphics this is a good alternative to Adobe. Or if you are a student with little or no money and need a legit image suite this is the way to go.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Photo-Paint 10 User looking for Upgrade
    I have a 5MP DSC camera and use Photo-Paint 10 for all my digital photo work. I am continually irritated by the inability to set default values for the ruler. To edit EVERY photo using pixels, the process is Tools : Options : Units : Pixels ; OK - FIVE clicks for EVERY photo. I thought this would have been fixed in Photo-Paint 12 since the issue is continually brought up in Support. I downloaded the trial version of CorelDraw 12 from corel.com and alas it has not been fixed. I would pay the upgrade price for this feature alone.

    2-0 out of 5 stars crash city
    I upgraded from v10 hoping to see a lot of new features. CorelDraw in itself is a very valuable program - I have used it for years.

    However v12 does crash and it does crash often, and for this reason alone it is extremely dissapointing. I don't think it was worth the upgrade, there just aren't enough new useful features to offset the frequent crashing / memory leak problems.

    Basically what you get is some spiffy modernized graphics and icons, no significant improvement to the UI. The word on the street has it that there are some new features however I haven't explored enough to find them. I suppose the masking is a bit better. They still haven't added a curve smoothing option to the path tool in photopaint, this was a feature I was hoping I would see in v12. ... Read more


    10. Adobe Illustrator 10.0
    list price: $424.99
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    Asin: B00005QVPY
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Adobe
    Sales Rank: 938
    Average Customer Review: 3.56 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    While Adobe Illustrator has traditionally been reserved for the printand prepress marketplace, recent versions have targeted a broader audience,including a growing contingent of new-school Web designers. With the latestincarnation of Illustrator, Adobe aims to please both print and prepressdesigners, as well as cutting-edge Web designer communities. If you're lookingfor a greater Web focus from your vector graphics program, look no further thanIllustrator 10.

    For those concerned about Illustrator becoming too Web focused, don't fret. Allof Illustrator's previously existing drawing and text tools remain intact.Version 10 also introduces improved tools for drawing lines, arcs, and grids.These new drawing tools will maximize your productivity and provide an easy wayto create the shapes you want.

    In addition to the new drawing tools, Adobe has jumped on the graphics symbolbandwagon by allowing users to save any text object or graphic object as asymbol. Once objects are saved in the Symbol palette, they can be reusedinfinitely, thus providing easier management of files and decreased file size.Users will fall in love with the simple drag-and-drop usability of the symbols,while the newly added Symbol Sprayer lets you easily add multiple instances of asymbol directly into the document.

    Adobe has also undertaken the task of minimizing the monotony of tedious andrepetitive design tasks. By taking advantage of Illustrator-supported scriptinglanguages, users can easily automate repetitive tasks by writing scriptsdirectly in Illustrator. Any of the three popular scripting languages--VisualBasic Script, JavaScript, or AppleScript--can be used. When creating a design,users can assign a text object or graphic object to a variable. These variablescan then pull information from any ODBC-compliant database. With this type ofpower, users can easily create templates for documents such as Web pages orproduct catalogs.

    In this latest version of Illustrator 10, Adobe has managed to enhance itsexisting drawing tools with powerful productivity aids. By focusing on importantworkflow, productivity, and database-connectivity features, Adobe has given theuser more time to explore new creative possibilities. --Rich Ting ... Read more

    Reviews (16)

    4-0 out of 5 stars For Artists Only Plus Buggy
    If you are thinking of using this program without having any art ability, I have one word for you: DON'T. Unlike Photoshop, which can be used by people with a variety of image needs, with Illustrator you better already be an artist. I am an artist and this program is taking everything I've got. I find it extremely difficult. This is not to say that it is more or less difficult than any other drawing based art program, just that it is hard. I've always been a better painter than a drawer so that could well be bedeviling me in learning it too. What lowers the grade to a 4 though is that Illustrator 10 seems to have a lot of bugs when you use it on Windows XP, which is what I'm using. I notice another reviewer here catalogs all the problems it presents on a Mac so I caution you that installing it on Windows may not solve those problems. Perhaps Adobe just rushed it a bit prematurely into production. If you go to the Adobe website and then to the Illustrator User Forums, you can see all the computer bugs that users are running into with Illustrator 10. That can give you a better idea than I ever could about some of the problems you will need to work around after installation... The reason I went with this program is that it is the one that is the industry standard. It is also the drawing program taught in most colleges' commercial art departments. Apparently some advanced drawers also use a program called Freehand so you might want to read about that one as well before taking the plunge with Illustrator 10.

    3-0 out of 5 stars The Busoni of vector editors?
    The composer Federico Busoni had a habit of writing music that was difficult to execute, technically. He didn't do so because particular musical ideas demanded it; his aim was merely to prevent amateurs from playing his works. I was somewhat reminded of him coming to Adobe Illustrator 10 after the intuitive logic of Xara X. Even though I am acquainted with the complex Adobe-style interface through Photoshop 7, Illustrator again has me convinced that Adobe program-designers go out of their way to make things deliberately esoteric. Now, that would be understandable and forgivable if the complex interface were necessitated by a wealth of options not offered by other vector programs. But though Illustrator 10 does offer a few extra's not available in Xara X (and no doubt the new Illustrator CS has yet a few more), none of these are essential and some are no more than fairly lame gimmicks ('lens flare', for instance). Other tools such as the scissors, the knife, or the magic wand may seem handy at first, but soon they reveal themselves to be just extra buttons for functions that Xara performs equally well simply using the line or shape tools. Of course, Illustrator being touted as the 'industry standard' for vector editing, you may want to pay the exorbitant price of this program merely to boost your self-confidence and credibility as a graphic artist. Some peer pressure may do the rest - according to some, if you don't use Illustrator, you're no more than a wannabee... But don't you believe them! I have yet to come across the first piece of vector art that was done in Illustrator and would be impossible to do in Xara. In fact, Xara is every bit as powerful as Illustrator, yet is generally faster, much easier to use, very visually oriented, with an uncluttered, cleverly thought out interface and lots of straightforward drag-and-drop functions. So if you define yourself as a graphic artist through your work rather than through your 'professional' (i.e. expensive) tools, I would advise you to save yourself a lot of money, a lot of time learning a needlessly complicated interface, and go for Xara X. After all, who ever heard of Busoni?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Software but....with Xp. Yuk!!
    I have been a Graphic Designer for 6 years and I have been using Illustrator the whole time. The program has been upgraded with some good new features, although Corel (which is evil) has Illustrator beat with the Envelope feature. Illustrator is EXTREMELY glitchy with XP. I find that it works well with 2000 and even 98. This is the program to get if you are in the field of Graphic Art, I have been teaching it for 3 years as well and new users really enjoy this Program. Once you get the basics down you can go many places with Illustrator.

    4-0 out of 5 stars can be better
    Many people struggle when it comes to which software draw application to buy. Should it be Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDRAW, Expression,Deneba, etc. Well, they are ALL GOOD. Its up to you you to be GOOD. With each one of them you can create basically almost anything you want if you have creativity. Each one of them has some advantages over each (its up to you to research on the product own web site what it does..compatibility with other applications, etc..). For example, currently Illustrator is probably most widely used in USA because ot its ease and compactness with Photoshop. But, macromedia has recently released Freehand MX which also is smooth with photoshop, if not better than illustrator (Currently Adobe just released Illustrator CS [nov 2003]. My suggestion is that if you are mainly thinking of web than buy Frehand MX (best if you buy it included in the whole Macromedia package) and if you are mainly into print than buy Illustrator CS (you save if you buy it in Adobe suite CS which includes Photoshop CS, Indesign..). Also, I have found some other drawing programs from Europe that are in my opinion better for my taste, but remember also that most people dont need these expensive programs and much cheaper drawing programs can suffice most individuals (except pros; even pros can make great stuf with cheaper programs). Hopefully I did not create more confusion in deciding which software to buy. OK, if you want to be in a "click" buy Illustrator CS, but if you want to be "cool" buy Freehand MX or any other similar quality digi drawing program such as CorelDRAW or Sarajevo L'Express.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Version Yet!
    If you've used Illustrator before, you'll be amazed how much faster this is than the previous version, how many new features have been added, and how much more powerful it is than ever before! ... Read more


    11. Nero 6 Ultra Edition
    list price: $99.95
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000A1GQ3
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Ahead Software
    Sales Rank: 153
    Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (61)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile upgrade for the DVD tools
    I used the retail version of Nero 5.5 for 2 years. The learning curve on Nero 5.5 was rather steep (compared to EZ CD Creator), and I ended up just using it to burn CD's and VCD's while using other software for MP3 encoding and video/audio editing.

    I recently bought a DVD burner and now need DVD-savvy software. The DVD and video tools in NeroVision Express (NVE) that came with Nero 5.5 didn't impress me. I have Magix Video Deluxe 2.0 for video editing, and it came with DVD burning tools, but it was so buggy at dealing with large MPEG files that I desperately had to look elsewhere. So I have been trying out Nero Ultra 6.3.1.15 for the past week strictly on the DVD functions, since I know that CD (and VCD) functions worked flawlessly in Nero 5.5. The basic Nero Burning Rom user interface in 6 Ultra isn't much better than 5.5, although it's prettier. The Nero StartSmart interface is a lot better than Nero Wizard. It took a few minutes to get used to StartSmart, but now I'm sold on it.

    NeroVision Express 2 (NVE2) is quite an upgrade over NVE, especially since the DVD encoding tools don't require an extra-cost add-in. I was able to pull in large (1 Gb) files with only a few seconds delay for loading each file (Video Deluxe can take up to 10 minutes each), split/crop them inside NVE2, add chapter markers, and create decent DVD menus.

    I made a 2 hr 10 min (4.2 Gb) DVD using a mix of clips from 8mm video via an ATI All-In-Wonder analog capture card, MiniDV, and photo slideshow output from Video Deluxe (it has a lot more transition effects than NVE2, and still works pretty well for small files of up to a few meg). I was able to burn them to DVD+RW and DVD-RW with only minor startup issues on a 1.1GHz Athlon and NEC ND-1200AD DVD dual-format burner with Windows 2000. The 4.2 Gb file took 15 hours to encode to DVD format files on the hard drive. But actual burning takes 25-40 minutes depending on media type. There was little online or help documentation to explain the benefits of encoding to the hard drive, but it will save time if you need to burn the same project multiple times. Most notably, I am able to do almost everything using the tools in Nero 6 Ultra - something not possible (or at least with satisfactory results) with Nero 5.5.

    Nero Cover Designer is quite handy. It's powerful enough for the enthusiast, with basic text, image, and database tools. But it's not for professional graphic artists who need borders around text, translucent fills, or aligning objects with each other.

    Small problems I ran into with the DVD creation process:
    1. One bug I found in NVE2 was not being able to splice more than one movie clip back-to-back with one another on-the-fly - it allows you to do it, but produces an obscure error at the start of the burn process. The workaround was to add each movie clip separately and list them as separate movies (with their own chapters) on the DVD menu, or use NVE2 to combine multiple clips, export them to a single clip, and then use only the new combined clip.

    2. Another more annoying bug with NVE2's DVD encoding is that audio will sometimes lose sync with the video by a few seconds. I'm not sure what exactly causes this or how to fix it, but I can live with it for what I'm doing.

    3. Nero Cover Designer has an annoying bug in the user-defined Paper Stocks utility where you are not allowed to specify paper orientation, yet it defaults in portrait (which is useless for doing something such as a custom DVD insert stock). You can't modify the predefined stocks either.

    These are relatively minor problems. It was very stable, and never crashed Windows. I'm satisfied enough that I will spend the money to upgrade from 5.5 to 6.3 just for the new DVD features in NVE2. But if I was just burning CDs, VCDs, and MP3s, I'd stick with Nero 5.5. I would have given it 5/5 stars if it didn't have the audio/video sync problem.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Product, Very Slow Support
    I have been a fan of the Nero line for a good while and still love the product, but their support response time has got to be the slowest. As some have already mentioned, I recently had to wait over a week for a response to a simple registration question I had -- I had to reinstall my system and needed my registration key. I figured I'd have a response the next day considering how simple it was but no. Other than that, though, I'm still satisfied with the product.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good software suite
    I just bought a Plextor 708A burner, and opted to use this suite rather than their packaged software (Roxio). I found Roxio to be very glitchy. Nero is pretty user friendly and runs smoothly on my Dell Inspiron 8100, 1.6ghz, 384mb Ram, 30gb HD. Be sure to visit Nero's website for their update package, which makes a huge difference in functionality.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Support Sucks - Stay Far Away
    I sent them an email with a support question and it took almost a week one time and the other time I'm still waiting (3+ weeks). Call me stupid, but I even called them once and was ripped off to the tune of $1.29 minute. Nothing like buying it all over again!! I ditched this piece of trash and now have Roxio Easy Media Creator 7 and it works great and their support for the one time I needed it is far better - received an email response in a day.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Roxio Creator 7
    I found DVD compatibilty issues with Nero during playback that Creator 7 did not have. There are also a lot more features and an easier user interface in Creator 7. ... Read more


    12. Hallmark Card Studio Deluxe 2004
    list price: $49.99
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    Asin: B000083JY6
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Sierra
    Sales Rank: 372
    Average Customer Review: 2.67 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Features 4,500+ Hallmark cards for Deluxe and 3,500 Hallmark cards for Standard
    • 1,000 new cards from current Hallmark designs featuring familiar card favorites
    • 10,000 art images, 30+ Hallmark crafted fonts, new calendar layouts, and Hallmark sentiments
    • Quality clip art; PhotoPower stand alone and integrated photo editing
    • Intuitive and easy-to-use design and XP compatibility

    Reviews (21)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hallmark Card Studio 2004 Deluxe is super
    I looked at my Card Studio and I think Hallmark is great. The calendars are beautiful and the card selection is superb. I was disappointed when they didn't have the calendars last year. They have excellent choice of cards. The different card studios combined into one program makes it an good value, moneywise. I look forward to using the program in the coming year.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Easy to use, not enough card selection
    Whether you've used greeting card software before or not, the navigation through the project selection for the Hallmark Card Studio Deluxe is very easy and very similiar to using Internet Explorer or any other browser. Setup can take a while, depending on whether or not you choose to install the program entirely on your hard drive or to run content from the CDs. You can create your own cards, invitations, banners, newsletters, and more. The greetings are typical classy Hallmark, with some humor (more humor cards are available in a separate package; same thing with Christian cards). [Note: I don't do the extra projects, just the cards.] I upgraded from the very first version of this software and was pleased by the changes, but hate that the product doesn't come with as many greetings as I'd expected. American Greetings Platinium 7 gives you more cards for less money, but doesn't allow you to view individual cards as easily as Hallmark. The Deluxe version gives you about 1000 more cards than the Standard. Still, there's no risque humor, not enough Shoebox Greetings (or other specialty line cards), and the overall selection is sadly lacking, with no option (as in the original version) to "unlock" more content for a fee.

    4-0 out of 5 stars This looks pretty good to me!
    I think this software is a great greeting card software to own. You have over 4200 pre-made Hallmark cards to choose from for ANY occasion. If you can't find one, just do a theme search and it will come up with an answer for you. The box does say 4500 cards to choose from, but when you live 100 miles from the nearest Hallmark store, fudging by 300 cards doesn't make that much of a difference. If you prefer to change the wording in any of the cards, you can choose from over 3900 greetings, or write your own. The clip art selections are numerous with drawn objects to actual photos. You can even change the pre-made calendars, which are very cute on their own, to suit your own picture preferences. Of course, you can create cards, calendars, postcards, etc from scratch if you prefer to work that way. The calendar selection includes monthly, weekly, and daily formats. If you are looking for the entire Hallmark selection, you need to buy all of their software, which could get pricey, or just make a trip to your local Hallmark store and buy one when you need one. This is a great and fun software. The Photo Power software that is included is a pretty simple photo editing software. It doesn't have many options for editing photos, but it works in a pinch for making cards, photo frames, etc. One big plus on that is it takes out red eye. You can use the photo editing on it's own, but it doesn't give you a print option. Hallmark Deluxe 2004 even has a simple event planner calendar and address book for you to use. Probably not the best planner for an office professional, but it works well for the home. Have fun with it!!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Deception in Number of Cards
    The program works fine on Windows XP and is easy to use. It lets you print cards of many sizes. The big disappointment is in the number of cards that comes with the program. The back of the box claims "4500+ Cards and Sentiments, Celebrate life's special moments with cards for all occasions". That's nice. The problem with that is that I counted the total number of cards that come with the program. It only adds up to 1045! So where are the other 3450+ cards and sentiments? Are you supposed to design them yourself? I just don't know. And certainly "cards for all occasions" means just that, doesn't it? Well there's lots of birthday cards and plenty of holiday cards but not one sympathy card of any kind. I guess you just need to buy those on your own.

    1-0 out of 5 stars This program should be recalled.
    As an avid user of Hallmark Card Studio programs, I must say that I am highly disappointed in Card Studio Deluxe 2004.

    This program refused to load on my XP machine.

    After spending considerable time and troubleshooting with the moderators of Hallmark Card Studio 2004, it was discovered if you previously had a particular version of Print Artist (Print Artist 12 in my case) installed on your computer, then uninstalled it, Card Studio 2004 would not load.

    Even though I do not want and use the Print Artist program (taking up disk space), I had to reinstall it in order for Card Studio to load.

    Up until now Hallmark Card Studio Programs have been "5 star" programs.

    I've also found that there is not enough ethnic content...if it is there, it's hard to find.

    Come on Hallmark...we are a melting pot!

    This program should be recalled and the purchasers should be compensated either monetarily or with the upcoming 2005 version.

    For more issues with this program, check the Hallmark Card Studio 2004 message boards. ... Read more


    13. Printing Press Platinum

    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00027EQMO
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Mountaincow
    Sales Rank: 1069
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    Features

    • Customize the look of your print projects -- alter your text, fonts, color scheme, photos and graphics
    • Personalize your stationary with new border graphics and sample projects
    • Work with semi-transparent background images -- make them float over or under the text
    • Align text boxes relative to each other, placing horizontal and vertical text on your stationary
    • Built-in spellchecker prevents embarrassing spelling errors

    14. ClickArt Christian Publishing Suite 3

    our price: $27.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: 157264317X
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: FindEx
    Sales Rank: 698
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • PC Print shop program collection with a Christian theme
    • Thousands of Christian clip art images
    • Create bulletins, calendars, Sunday school materials and more
    • Calendar creator includes scheduling options
    • Easy to install and use

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE BEST CHRISTIAN CLICK-ART IN THE WORLD!!
    BRODERBUND (THE LEARNING CO) MADE A HUGE MISTAKE WHEN THEY DIS-CONTINUED THIS PRODUCT. CLICK-ART THAT IS TRUE TO THE CHRISTIAN FAITH IS DIFFICULT TO FIND. BRODERBUND (THE LEARNING CO) SHOULD TAKE THE TIME (AND MONEY) TO MARKET THIS IMPORTANT SOFTWARE TO CHURCHES ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES.

    I DON;T THINK THEY RECOGNIZE A GOOD THING WHEN THEY HAVE IT IN THE PALM OF THEIR HANDS.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best religious clip art anywhere
    This is a great clip art program, and you get the extra calendar software and printing software too. I use the clip art to illustrate bible stories. They have great pictures of all the major stories in the bible which can be printed out onto card stock and used for felt board stories. The pictures are bright and colorful and the kids adore them. There are also plenty of traditional pictures which are great for adults and older teens. Most of the stories have black and white pictues too, which can be copied for the kids to color before or after the lesson. I love having the coloring pages match the art work used for the felt board, it seems very professional, but is as easy as hitting the print button. ... Read more


    15. Calendar Creator 10
    list price: $29.99
    our price: $29.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00009APIU
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Broderbund
    Sales Rank: 745
    Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Organize & customize your images more easily than ever with the Image Set Manager
    • A variety of versatile formats for sharing and printing your calendar designs
    • Get started in minutes with convenient templates
    • Choose the layout that meets your needs; view a day, a week, or a year at a glance
    • Set automatic reminders for important dates and events--you'll never miss a birthday again

    Reviews (1)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Give Calendar Creator 10 a miss.
    This package is bloated with fancy pictures that have no meaning to the average user who is trying to create a personal calendar. However, the user can import their own favorite pictures.

    The choices of holidays for various nationalities does not include Chinese holidays. Image ignoring 20% of the world's population!

    The final issue which prompted me to return my package to Broderbund was that the software does not allow you to create a split day-cell at the end of the month. When the last day of the month falls on a Sunday, you should be able to combine that cell with the one above. This allows you to have a calendar with 5 rows instead of 6. Despite the fact that Broderbund is at version 10 of this package, it seems that they've never noticed that most calendars follow this format. This is a Broderblunder.

    Response on the telephone support line is slow and is not toll-free.

    Save your money and give this one a miss. ... Read more


    16. American Greetings Creatacard Platinum 8
    list price: $39.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00009APGA
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Broderbund
    Sales Rank: 311
    Average Customer Review: 2.71 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (7)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Regarding: American Greetings CreataCard Platinum 8
    I currently have American Greetings CreataCard Gold 3, and I love it. It has been so easy to use, and I like the fact that I can create an envelope, which comes up with my return address already on it, and address it with a single click of the mouse. Then I can change the font and add an image. With the Platinum 8, I have not been able to do that at all. I tried to do their "Mail Merge", even had the instructions in front of me, but it would not work. The setup is not nearly as handy to use, and it is always trying to send me to the Internet for images. I am very disappointed with this product.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Poor Upgrade
    I have Create a Card Platinum 5 and really like it. I haven't upgraded for some time because I thought it was good as is. But I decided to buy the Platinum 8 to check it out. What a rip off. Hardly any upgrades at all in the format. A few new graphics, but what was available to me before is now only available on line. I felt taken buying this and think this company should be ashamed of themselves.

    2-0 out of 5 stars CreataCard Platinum 8
    I've been using CreataCard for eight years. This is my third updated version. The previous version was Gold 2. I have to agree with the other two who wrote their reviews, in that I was disappointed. What I really missed was the rotating screen saver. Another feature that was changed was the art format, which you could open like a book. I'm fortunate in that I still have the Gold 2. If this is your first version of CreataCard, it's worth the buy. If you have, as I do, Gold 2, save your money. In all fairness, since I didn't pay full price, I have chosen to keep the Platinum 8 version, but I will not buy another update.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hallmark Card deluxe 200-2004
    I think that the Hallmark Card deluxe 2000-2004 is great.
    I think it helps kids draw and helps to make thier family happy.
    If possible try to send me as many of these a possible without going
    over $20.00. Thank you so much dianna

    2-0 out of 5 stars Creatacard Platinum 8
    So far this is a real dud, much less then I had expected. I have used creatacard 3 plus in the past and this can't come close to being as nice as that one. Platinum 8 does not have the calender with all of the holiday capabilities. I am having trouble printing out my calender in the landscape mode. "Forget me not" will not appear when I turn on my computer which I miss a lot. ... Read more


    17. Corel Painter 8 Windows/Mac
    list price: $299.00
    our price: $249.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00008NR3S
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Corel
    Sales Rank: 1813
    Average Customer Review: 3.83 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (6)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for painting...
    I come from years of experience using Photoshop. I was VERY pleased to find out that the interface is VERY similar to Photoshop, so the learning curve was very very low. I find it extremely easy to learn.

    I find it interesting that in some areas it is the BEST program, and in other areas it stinks. It has by far the most powerful painting/drawing brushes anywhere. Simply amazing. It puts Photoshop to shame. But then simple things like Transforms (rotate, scale, etc) are just plain bad! For example, when you scale or rotate something, all you see is the bounding box... you cannot see how the image looks until you commit to it. Also, if you have a layer mask on a layer, and you then scale or rotate the layer, the layer mask is deleted.

    If you're looking to use Painter as a total replacement for Photoshop, you will be disappointed. Use Painter for your artwork (painting/drawing), and do most everything else in Photoshop!

    4 of 5 stars is pretty high... that's because the brushes are soooo good! :)

    John

    5-0 out of 5 stars Slimmed down, slicked up--big improvement
    I've been using Painter since it's very inception as "Sketcher"--a b&w version that was sold in a cigar box to imitate a sketcher's kit of charcoal and pencils. The ensuing versions added virtual artists' media like oils, chalks, pencils and pens and textured papers to allow digital artists to create some astounding work.

    Painter 8.0 is now marketed by Corel, and it's definitely been slimmed down; the loading time for installation was very fast, indicating that the program overhead had been lightened considerably. Some improved features:

    1. Mixer Palette allows mixing of colors interactively--a big plus. Before, you only had the option to mix colors with a kind of blending algorithm and no control at all.
    2. Brush controls now are on a slider panel; you pull down the brush after loading the type of brush (oil, water, chalk, for example) and then can change the size with the slider. No need to pull down a menu to do this.
    3. The watercolor brush has been improved tremendously; the effect is like watercolor and wash, not just a smeary or blurred effect. It looks wet.
    4. The Image Hose (a brush that sprays or paints images rather than a stroke of paint) now has a fun cousin; a brush that lays down a flat stroke of patterns in a similar way. You can paint with feathers, stucco pattern and this is a very good enhancement to the idea of a digital image brush. For the image hose, you load pre-created images as the nozzle or make a custom nozzle from your own images. The pattern brush uses pre-loaded patterns (like the stucco) or you can create a pattern, capturing it from a graphic, and load it instead. This pattern brush is a wonderful addition.

    This program got an award from MacWorld (it comes in Win or Mac versions) and I think it deserves the award. While I use Photoshop Elements for photo manipulation, I still prefer Painter for digital art creation. This new version really impressed me.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Stay away from this one
    Corel offers essentially no support for the Mac. According to their website, there is no support after 30 days, except for customer discussions which are inaccessible to OS X (because OS X will not accept websites beginning with "news"). The program in version 7 is incompatible with Wacom drivers, according to the Corel website. Our copy will not open at all in Panther. Furthermore, the supposed upgrade for version 7 will not download from the Corel website. Clearly, Corel is in trouble -- and why should you get involved and founder with a sinking ship?

    5-0 out of 5 stars A fresh release
    Today, a creative professional can only notice how mature the graphics software industry has become, new software are offering more and more features that are using more and more computer resources, without being adding real marginal benefits. New upgrades are only to keep the products alive, on the expense of making them more cumbresome.

    Painter 8 is a different story altogether!
    Corel® has made a great effort to make this upgrade of a previously clunky yet powerful product, a much more versatile, standardised and user-friendly juggernault. Gone are the days where you have to hopelessly search among dozens of panels for a particular brush, style or method. A slick bar at the top dynamically changes according to the tool you're using, where you set the size, opacity, curviness..etc.
    Another thing that was greatly improved is the process of choosing the brush (that used to be very annoying with the old selective dimming). The brush selector is tucked at the upper right part of the screen (also in that slick bar,) in a much more logical and standardised way.
    One also has the feeling that painter 8 was given something similar to the Macormedia® MX treatment, where the palettes can be customised into different panels and the layout saved according to the project.
    The mixer panel IS useful, and is very consistant with the philosophy of this new painter release: the small things that make your work faster and stress-free. The os X over all performance is much snappier, not to mention the beefed-up photoshop compatibility, and o! have i mentioned that you get both a windows and a mac version with the license price ?

    In short, If you thought painter was too eccentric and boggy for you, this is the upgrade you've been waiting for. Its new slick interface made me thank God that Corel® had taken the torch from Metacreation.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Leave well enough alone! The bad first, then the good...
    As the other reviewer noted, Photoshop users will be on home ground here, but some basic Painter functionality seems to be lost. The "new" brushes are not really worth spending money for a new version, if you don't have any version of Painter already. Painter 7 is a fine program, with a vast functionality, though its learning curve is steep. Along with my compatriot, I mourn the loss of the capable and extremely useful expressions palette. The mixing window is fun, and I would suppose it to be useful to those who cannot mix colors easily. Once again, mixing, then eyedropper choosing was very easy before.

    The new brushes palette is not that hard to use, but what really new brushes are there? None that I can see. The Photoshop-like layout is not bad, but why change the interface so much, and not include some of Photoshop's best features? How about some really new filters that no version of Painter ever had? How about allowing difference, color, multiply, lighten, and so forth brush functions on the canvas, like Photoshop does? (If Painter 8 does this, I've missed it!)

    Now for the good... if a new user wants to get a Photoshop interface, then this is the program to get, considering it's half the price of Photoshop. For those who want Painter's wonderful brush engine, this version supplies a great deal of it at a great lowering in price from the earlier releases. This really is a fine program, capable of incredible raster graphics. The brushes are great, and the capabilities it presents for designing one's own brushes is a great plus. I like Adobe's interface, but I also liked Painter's interface. Six of one, half a dozen of these over here for me. By the way, the color choosing palettes are still the same as any of Painter's earlier releases, which is vastly superior to Adobe's anemic, hard to use color palette.

    Is Corel afraid Painter will supercede their raster graphics programs? (Corel Draw is a vector map graphics interface, hard to use, since it's a memory hog of colossal proportions.) I do not have the answer to that question. For my uses, I find Painter's earlier releases from 5 on up to and including 7 to be superior to ALL the other graphics programs I've ever used put together. That includes Adobe Photoshop, up to and inclusive of 6, Fauve Matisse, TV Paint, Ulead Photoimpact, XRes, Corel Photopaint, Pixia, Paint Shop Pro, and several others scarcely worth bothering to remember. All the named programs are fine, but only Ulead's program comes within sighting range of Painter for creating raster graphics. Adobe's fine program boasts excellent printing capabilities, and a suite of fine filters, but, even for editing photographs, I find Painter better, even this latest version.

    My opinion? Painter 8 is a fine program at a reasonable price compared to Adobe Photoshop and Painter 7. For those interested in serious computer graphics and creating art, I will highly recommend it. ... Read more


    18. Mathcad 11
    list price: $999.99
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    Asin: B00007JO17
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: MathSoft Inc
    Sales Rank: 1412
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Mathcad 11 is a complete solution for performing advanced calculations and preparing publication-quality technical documents. Its broad functionality, extensive interconnectivity with other engineering and business applications, and collaboration tools make it the natural centerpiece of the engineering desktop. Its unique visual format combines standard math notation, text, and graphs in a single worksheet, making it ideal for publishing and sharing technical work. Mathcad 11's improvements include better data handling, usability, worksheet editing, math functionality, and performance, all designed to enhance your productivity in engineering and technical applications. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Essential Toolbox For Working Engineers And Students
    I bought the upgrade version on Amazon.

    If you are a mathematics or engineering student or a working engineer or mathematician who frequently does beyond-spreadsheet mathematics, you need a math package. There are several competing products: Mathcad, Maple, Mathematica. MatLab and others. Most are very expensive items; but the student versions (full or nearly full versions in many cases) are reasonably priced.

    While Mathcad covers a very wide range of mathematical tools, you will want to be sure that the package you select fits your particular work environment. Students will find that their department probably has a preferred product. Working engineers and mathematicians in large companies will get the product from their employer. If you are already well acquainted with your computational needs, the websites all have ample information or trial installations permitting you to compare yout favorite tools.

    Mathcad 11 installs quickly and with no problem. The package includes a 473-page reference book, which is also on the CD. Activation is required and was painless; and you are allowed installations on a home and work computer with one license. Running on Windows 2000 Professional, I got an error message or two during heavy use the first week; but nothing that could not be ignored.

    Help includes lots of tutorials and spreadsheets. I bought a couple of third-party references but found the CD and the Mathcad book better and sufficient.

    The interface is simple enough; but it takes a while to get used to the tools for integration, differentiation, factoring, series expansion, Fourier and Laplace transforms, etc. on what Mathcad calls the symbolics menu.

    On a few occasions I was disappointed that Mathcad would not accept perfectly valid mathematical expressions but instead required me to use its more limited notation.

    Mathcad permits you to work with full sets of units and conversions are quite simple except that you cannot simply create or substitute units that are anything other than a multiple of the Mathcad standard units. In Mathcad (but not real life) the US system is: feet (ft), pounds (lb), seconds (sec), coulombs (coul), Kelvin (K). Since the conversion to Fahrenheit degrees includes an offset, conversion requires the user to create some simple functions. (This was annoying at first but OK once I got used to it.)

    Mathcad has extensive support for OLE, ActiveX, VBScript, JavaScript and integrates well with Excel and other office tools. All of the common cut and paste (and paste special) functionality between OLE applications seems to work fine. You can access data directly too from attached hardware in a lab environment (but this is not Mathcad's strength).

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE TOOLL THAT STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS USE.
    Use the tool that students and educators at more than 2,000 colleges and universities around the world are already using in their math, science and engineering departments. Through its patented technology and use of natural math notation, Mathcad lets students easily manipulate math and see the results change instantly, creating an unparalleled learning experience. Students and teachers can then focus on math concepts rather than getting bogged down in software syntax. Built-in examples, tutorials and reference material make Mathcad 11 the ideal calculation tool for both professors and students.

    Here are just some of the benefits of using Mathcad:

    - Cross-disciplinary
    If the curriculum contains math content, any student capable of taking the course is capable of writing, calculating, manipulating, and visualizing it directly in Mathcad. The benefits of powerful math software are no longer reserved for advanced students using programming packages.

    - Transparent

    Mathcad is truly intuitive and easy-to-use. It's the only calculation tool that allows you to seamlessly work with math in real notation, just as you would using paper and pencil. This ability provides an unparalleled learning experience, so students can focus on developing a true understanding of the mathematical material, not of Mathcad itself.

    - Widespread.
    Mathcad's calculation tools are used daily by millions of engineers and scientists to solve the most demanding problems. As such, it easily handles college-level problems, and will serve students into their professional careers.

    Mathcad 11 makes it simple to publish and view mathematics on the Web and still read them into Mathcad for further calculation, without needing any special browser plug-ins. This makes Mathcad the ideal Internet Course Authoring Tool. ... Read more


    19. Adobe Photoshop 7.0 [Replaced by Photoshop CS]
    list price: $609.00
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    Asin: B000063EMG
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Adobe
    Sales Rank: 72
    Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Mixed-media professionals such as photographers, Web designers, andgraphic designers will not be disappointed in Adobe's latest incarnation ofPhotoshop. In this release, Adobe aims hard at addressing the issues of filemanagement, easy photo retouching, and smarter output for the Web. While Adobemanages to successfully address these issues, it also remains true to its photoediting roots. New and improved features and tools such as a painting option andan enhanced brush palette allow Photoshop to build on its reputation as theleading tool for image manipulators. New-school designers of wirelessapplications will smile when they discover that Photoshop 7.0 offers support forWBMP-formatted graphics.

    Photoshop 7.0's new file management system comes in the form of a WindowsExplorer-like file browser that allows users to easily sort and locate theirimages within various projects. Users can now organize projects by name, date,resolution, and a number of additional parameters.

    The enhanced brush palette allows users to create custom brushes and save themas presets that can be accessed from the Tools options bar. Users can easilyvary different aspects of the brush by changing the hue, opacity, or flow of thebrushes for pastels, oils, and charcoal. Photoshop 7.0 also introduces a newHealing Brush and Patch Tool. With these tools, users can easily "heal" theirimages by removing scratches, blemishes, and other imperfections whilepreserving shading, lighting, and texture attributes.

    Adobe has taken great strides in revamping Photoshop 7.0 to be more Web-readythan ever before. With the help of its companion software Image Ready, users cannow easily create rollovers and complex navigation bars by using the newRollovers palette. Additional Web-ready features include enhanced Web exportfunctions that allow designers to preview images designed for PDAs and mobilephones in the WBMP format. Users can easily create a slide show of their imagesand post online using the new Web Gallery. People concerned about posting theirimages online can secure their images with the new password protection featurebefore sharing them.

    Adobe has finally introduced a long overdue spell checker with wickedmultilingual spell-checking capabilities. A new search and replace featureallows users to search and replace across different layers in the same document.

    While Photoshop 7.0 introduces an impressive array of features that allowphotographers, Web designers, and graphic designers to work more effectivelywith Web and wireless devices, it also remains the leading tool for anyoneserious about digital imaging. No other software package provides users with theability to create such high-quality images. --Rich Ting ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The best choice for Photo-editing!
    I will admit that this is not a easy to use application but if you want to become an expert, you have to go to a lesson class in graphics and photo-editing. It does pay off, the editing features of this program are amazing, for removing red eye giving pictures the best lighting and creating great photo-content. With new features for fixing photos such as the healing brush which I know a lot users will appreciate for removing wrinkles and other types facial problems in photos. You also have security with version 7.0 so people cannot steal your precious content or use dissrespectly with special water mark features and other secure and file protection stuff. A new file browser is in the product so you can find and select your photo-content easily. Over all for previous users of Photo-shop I recommend you upgrade, I highly recommend 5.0 & 5.5 users to upgrade most of all but for people who just purchased 6.0 wait about 3 to 6 month's and hear what everybody is saying. If you want to go in photo-graphics I highly recommend Photoshop 7.0 it's new and a little bit easier use. If you are a novice and new to Photo-editing stick with Photoshop elements.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome program... many applications
    I'm a freshman in high school and had no expierience in Photoshop until I began. There, I quickly fell in love with the program. I've worked with 5.0, 6.0, and 7.0, and 7.0 is easily the best out of all of them.

    I'll agree with the other reviewers: it is hard to learn at first. But as soon as you begin to understand the concept of layers and get into the tools a little more, it's really quite an easy program to learn. There's a wide array of filters to change the look of your images, a variety of brushes, the healing tool (which is wonderful for touching up photos), and many others. I've edited my own photos and created graphics and banners for personal forays into web design. ImageReady is also a great tool for creating animated images, rollovers, and image maps, and also serves as a mini version of photoshop when you don't feel like booting up the whole thing.

    I also have Corel PhotoPaint 9 at home, and Photoshop is easily the superior product. Period.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best Picture editor
    This program can do so much...

    weather it is making the color look nicer in pictures, Adjusting the light, adding things, or even making scenery textures for computer games! It is also great for making web pages... just draw out what you want your web page to look like, and seperate the links and Voila! I highly recomend Photographers (like me), Game editors (like me), web designers (like me), or other jobs that you are tired of using MS paint for or that ms paint cant do. What ever your need Adobe Photo Shop is a great program.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest inventions ever.
    Everybody talks of Photoshop simply as software. But it's implications in the modern day digital world are huge. Photoshop as an invention has been as influential as the light bulb, because it has changed our perception of reality. Today, every time we look at an image, say it's on a website, a magazine, television or any printed media, we wonder or contemplate the posibility of how much "Photoshopped" the image is. In the popular realm Photoshop can create crazy aberrations that are at times fun, and to the trained eye you can detect just where the editing took place. But in the hands of experts, we can just wonder how much media images have been manipulated without us ever noticing. What Photoshop has done over the years is to democratize digital image editing, something that was one time limited to high end image labs and pros. Photoshop has no real learning curve, because it's progressive. The thing is that if you're intrested, go for it, there are hundreds of learning resources available (tutorials included with the software are complete and comprehensive). Photoshop is a must have tool.

    3-0 out of 5 stars The ok adobe
    I think that this is and ok program but not a very powerful one. If you wont a powerful program go to this web site www.imagener.com/se/gc and get a program called Kneson imagener and you can get it in pro or standard version. And Adobe photoshop i rate it a 4/10 and the Kneson imagener a 8/10.

    SO, Go and get Kneson imagener NOW,

    Before its to LATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ... Read more


    20. The Print Shop for Mac 8
    list price: $69.99
    our price: $59.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000TR74I
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Riverdeep - Learning company
    Sales Rank: 839
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