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1. Adobe Photoshop 7.0 [Replaced
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2. Adobe Photoshop CS
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3. Corel DE10ENG0Designer 10 Full
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4. Microsoft Works Suite 2005 [Money,
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5. Apple iLife '04
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6. Microsoft Digital Image Suite
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1. 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

Reviews (42)

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


2. Adobe Photoshop CS
list price: $649.99
our price: $599.99
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Asin: B0000DBOAX
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 85
Average Customer Review: 3.71 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Improved file management, new design possibilities, and a more intuitive way to create for the Web
  • Support for 16-bit images, digital camera raw data, and non-square pixels
  • Create or modify photos using painting, drawing, and retouching tools
  • Customized workspace; save personalized workspace and tool settings; create customized shortcuts
  • Unparalleled efficiency--automate production tasks with built-in or customized scripts

Reviews (14)

5-0 out of 5 stars An Advice for Beginners
I totally agree that Photoshop is an excellent software to use in editing images and making original art from scratch. This version of Photoshop, CS, brought with it many new improvements and enhancements that have already been taken up by previous reviewers. What I don't agree with is that most people say it is difficult to learn when in fact, it isn't! Those of you who wanted to own Photoshop and not afraid of experimenting, this is the perfect time to buy Photoshop and be counted as one image editing savvy person!

For newcomers and prospective buyers, don't let the "steep learning curve" routine preached by other folks discourage you. Photoshop is no more difficult to learn than any other software like Paintshop or PhotoImpact. I have tried all three and settled on Photoshop as THE EASIEST! All you need to have to learn it is a desire to improve your digital images, the knack to experiment, and a good book to guide you along (if you're learning on your own, like myself.)

Open Photoshop and you will see an almost unremarkable, unassuming interface which belies its true power. But this is a good thing because Photoshop functions can be simple or sophisticated as you like. It has a much neater interface compared to the above other softwares which means you can open functions only when you need them.

Get a good book that starts with simple concepts and go one step at a time. The beauty of going from simple tasks first (like how adjustment layers work) to more complicated ones (like layer mask compositing) is that you gradually develop your confidence. Pretty soon you will begin to discover on your own! Practice with you own photos and see the results immediately! Who said you have to be a professional to use a professional caliber software?

I agree on the saying that Photoshop is difficult to learn BUT only on the concept of making art. Not everybody have that eye. If you want to create works of art, then it only follows that you invest time in learning how, steep learning curve or otherwise. But this applies not only to Photoshop but to other softwares you might be using!

Now if most of your editing consists of uploading your digital images from camera to PC, enhancing exposure, cropping, framing, optimizing for email, boosting resolution to uncover detail for printing, how difficult can Photoshop be? It's easy! It's specifically designed for these tasks! Of course, other software can do this too at a much lesser price but I am assuming you want the top gun. With Photoshop, you can totally, CLEARLY do loads of other things. Because when you're ready to do more elaborate compositions, Photoshop will be there with even more specialized tools at your disposal.

If you like all the good things that you've heard about Photoshop, if you want a totally flexible, CLEAR tool to use in editing your images where all the non-destructive adjustments are right there at your fingertips CLEARLY laid out for you to turn on or off or adjust so you can instantly see how they affect your image, then do yourself a favor and buy a copy.

Just about the only reason I would recommend Paintshop or PhotoImpact (respectfully capable softwares, too) over Photoshop is the high price of Photoshop. On the other hand I understand you can take Photoshop classes and get BIG student discounts on Photoshop saving you hundreds of dollars. Read the reviews on beginning books on Photoshop and select one you believe will suit your taste. I strongly suggest one with practice images on CD and color pictures in the book itself.

Good luck and have fun!

1-0 out of 5 stars Bloatware at its best
Adobe is a big company and has tons of money, so why are they charging us an arm and a leg for bloatware that runs very slow? Launching the program takes half a minute on my 6-month-old PC with 512 mb RAM. A lot of things are hard to understand, which means you'll need to shell out more cash for a learning book, and Adobe wants you to buy their expensive books! Get jasc or other better products from independent software publishers. There's even a decent open-source (and free) image editing program.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Homerun for Adobe!
Adobe continues its tradition with an industry-leading product in Photoshop CS. Photoshop has long been the industry standard in graphics and photo editing. With the introduction of Photoshop CS, the product has gotten even better. What's more, Adobe listens and is uniquely in tune with the needs and requests of Photoshop users. They have listened and added the most requested enhancements to this product.

Many new enhancements are added. For example, the color replacement tool. This wonderful tool allows you to choose a color on a photograph that you would like replaced, pick the color you would like to replace it with (even between images and layers!), then easily highlight and replace the offending color. This saves so much time and effort when editing and correcting photographs.

Photoshop CS has also picked up new things from it's cousin Illustrator. You can now to text on a line with ease. This has been a standard feature of Illustrator for a long time. However, it did not come in Photoshop. Now, rather than hassling with drawing the curve and using warp or some other technique to "wrap" the text onto the line, Photoshop CS can do it in one easy step.

As a Web Designer, I cannot say enough about all of the features available in this program. ImageReady has been enhanced to include improvements in the user interface. You can now create and modify web designs faster with multiple object selection, object grouping, and smart guides. There are also great improvements in image slicing, which is very important. You can now slice complex, layered images and apply appropriate format and compression settings to each area before exporting as an HTML table.

Another enhancement for Web Designers is that Photoshop CS can export as a Macromedia FlashÓ (SWF) file. Now you can use ImageReady CS to create FlashÓ animations that include the vector artwork and variable text. This enhancement really helps when compressing images and vector art for inclusion on a webpage or into a FlashÓ presentation.

Since I also occasionally work with video in Adobe Premiere, I can also really appreciate the enhancements that they have included in Photoshop CS for 16-bit and video production. The square to non-square pixel issue has always been a problem when taking images to video. Adobe has once again listened to the users and improved the non-square pixel support. Now we can create and work with non-square pixels with different aspect and not have to worry about distortion.

In summary, this is another homerun for Adobe with a product that far exceeds its competitors-bar none. The new enhancements, plus the ability to extend Photoshop CS exponentially with third-party plug-ins makes this program a must-have for any serious photographer, graphics designer or web designer.

Way to go Adobe!

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the most influential inventions in history.
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.

5-0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal, but not for everyone
This is more than a mere software application; Photoshop is a multifaceted platform for creative expression. You can of course use this program to perform routine tasks such as cropping and touching up photos. However, you can also use it to design complex works of digital art. The top Photoshop gurus can create original photorealistic artwork that is virtually indistinguishable from the real thing.

Photoshop is used to create print ads and logos, and the program even has its place in the creation of special effects for film. If you want to do professional-grade graphic design work, then you will want to buy this program. It simply has no competition at the higher end of the design spectrum.

Nonetheless, there are a few caveats to consider. Photoshop has a hefty price tag. It is priced for professionals, not for hobbyists. Before you spend the money, ask yourself if you really need all the features that Photoshop has to offer. If you simply want a program that will allow you to retouch and crop personal photographs, then either Photoshop Elements or PaintShop Pro will be more than adequate, and much cheaper.

Photoshop also has a steep learning curve. Casual users will likely be overwhelmed by the interface, with its multitude of tools, commands, and palettes. Don't expect to produce great results the first time you use PS. However, if you decide to commit yourself to learning Photoshop, there are plenty of tools on the market that can help you. An entire cottage industry is devoted to teaching neophytes and advanced users alike about the intricacies of alpha channels, layers, clipping masks, etc.

Finally, Photoshop requires a powerful computer in order to run efficiently. Before you buy it, make sure that your machine exceeds the minimum hardware requirements specified by Adobe. If you are using the same computer that you bought three or four years ago, then you will likely be looking at an additional hardware investment before you can take advantage of Photoshop.

In summary, this is a phenomenal program, but look before you leap. The investments of time and money needed to purchase and learn to use Photoshop are substantial. However, the results that a dedicated user can achieve with this program are truly amazing. If you are serious about graphic arts and/or photography, then Photoshop is a must-have piece of software. ... Read more


3. Corel DE10ENG0Designer 10 Full

our price: $429.99
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Asin: B00008BO6Y
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Corel
Sales Rank: 2756
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Delivering precision tools that improve efficiency, Corel Designer 10 was built specifically to streamline the production of technical design. It lets you create, manage, plot, share, and reuse technical diagrams, illustrations, and schematics, ensuring seamless file sharing within your technical drawing workflow.

New and enhanced tools for technical graphics are now available so you can design or enhance complex illustrations, diagrams, and schematics with speed and precision. Robust technical illustration tools allow you to create and modify detailed callouts with halos, and add dimensions, connector lines, line style sizes, and custom line endings to your projects. Control all image transformations in one place with improved editing tools.

Extensive compatibility give you support for AutoCAD 2002 DXF/DWG, CGM, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Visio, PDF, SVG, HPGL, CorelDRAW, WordPerfect, Corel Ventura, Corel Grafigo, and Corel Presentations. Create a personalized workspace that suits your unique preferences, and take advantage of scripting technology to develop plug-ins or customize tasks to your needs. Plus, you get complete network scalability so you can easily deploy Corel Designer 10 across corporate intranets. ... Read more

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Program, But...
As a regular user of CorelDraw and AutoCAD LT, I was intrigued by Corel Designer, so I downloaded a trial version off of the Corel web site. After trying out the program, I came to the very quick conclusion that Designer should only be purchased under certain circumstances. And at the risk of sounding obvious, Designer is nothing more than CorelDraw with a limited number of AutoCAD type enhancements. With that being said...

PROS: For someome who doesn't own Draw or AutoCAD, it's a very nice cross between the two. It's comprehensive, easy to use, and accurate. It's perfect for individuals or businesses who need technical graphics without the high costs of owning both Draw and AutoCAD LT. From this standpoint, you can save a sizeable chunk of change by buying Designer; especially when one considers the cost of AutoCAD LT & the full-blown AutoCAD.

CONS: Owners of CorelDraw can pretty much do the same things in Draw that can be done in Designer; with only a slight bit more work. Designer carries a far too hefty price tag based on that.

BOTTOM LINE: If I were starting from scratch in regards to technical graphics or desktop publishing, and wanted AutoCAD type accuracy thrown into the mix, then Designer would be a very good place to start.
But if you're an experienced Draw user, then you pretty much already own Designer. ... Read more


4. Microsoft Works Suite 2005 [Money, Encarta, Picture It, Streets & Trips, Word 2002]
list price: $99.99
our price: $84.99
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Asin: B0002KQOP8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft Software
Sales Rank: 287
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Features

  • Write like a professional with Word 2002
  • Get up and go with Streets & Trips 2005
  • Edit and organize your photos with Picture It! Premium 10
  • Explore the world with Encarta Encyclopedia Standard 2005
  • Get those finances in order with Money Standard 2005

5. Apple iLife '04
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0001ACK2K
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Apple
Sales Rank: 118
Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, and GarageBand music application
  • Use iLife to have more fun with digital media
  • Easily create professional-quality slideshows, music, movies, and DVDs
  • Seamless integration--iLife applications work together better than ever before
  • Single installer that updates all existing iLife applications

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Apple hit... well worth the price.
The iLife suite has been completely revised for the new iLife '04 release. In this review, I'll list some of the improved features.

iDVD received a nice update with some new themes and other small features. I wasn't incredibly impressed by this particular update, but that's because I rarely use the application. Not a major interface overhaul, but some nice updates.

iMovie has been significantly sped up along with an improved interface and new transitions, effects, and more. You'll quickly notice all the new features in this update if you use iMovie frequently.

iTunes has been updated, but you can simply download the update... you don't need to buy the suite to get the newest version of iTunes.

iPhoto previously suffered from extreme performance issues before this revision... if you had a large amount of images in the database there would be a large slowdown, but this revision fixes that issue. It allows you to rate photos 1-5 stars, which is handy but not a necessary feature. Another nice new feature is the ability to create "smart albums" like "smart playlists" on iTunes... you can make albums that only contain, say, five-star pictures containing the phrases "Katie" and "1st Birthday" with little effort.

And, finally, the application that almost everyone is buying this for... GarageBand. GarageBand is Apple's new music editing program. It's a music mixing application that allows you to record songs on your Mac.

GarageBand has a nice variety of realistic-sounding musical instruments which can be played using a MIDI keyboard or guitar plugged into your Macintosh. You can then add effects, use amplifiers, and so much more.

If you don't know how to play any instruments, GarageBand also includes a wide variety of amazing-sounding loops for use in your songs. Not only are they nice for people who can't play any instruments, but they're nice if you're in a band and you want to hear how a song sounds but your drummer isn't there to play a drum track.

GarageBand lacks a few features that would make it a professional music creation title... the ability to change the tempo throughout the song instead of using just one for the whole song would be nice; but one could even run a small professional band on this program if they had to.

I can count the number of times I've completely crashed my Mac on one hand, but it did crash (not a kernel panic, just a crash) during the install. After a restart, all worked well again.

Another thing to note with this software title is that while it does work on *most* Macs, GarageBand and iDVD require a G4 or better, at *least* 256MB of RAM, and a DVD player to use the install DVD. Actually, you can install GarageBand on a 600MHz (or higher) Mac with a DVD drive, but you can't use software instruments then.

All in all, a nice package, and worth the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars I would have preferred an upgrade option, but...
The latest update to "your digital lifestyle" is a great one. iMovie includes more options for editing and adding titles. iDVD adds more great themes, easier interfacing with iMovie, and ups the final production minutes from 90 to 120. iTunes is a free download anyway (cause Apple makes money through the iTunes Music Store. iPhoto, to be honest, I don't play with a whole lot because I already use PhotoShop, ImageReady and Fireworks.

Then, there is GarageBand. It may not be the most necessary piece of software ever, but it certainly is the coolest. I managed to create a short song in less than an hour. Me! I can't make music with anything resembling an instrument. Apparently though, I can produce music. The ease with which the program works is astounding. Adding new loops is as easy as click and drag.

The minor complaint here, at full screen GarageBand eats memory. My iBook starts to scream in pain when I open the program. On a G5 or my G4 iMac it works great though. You can ease the memory requirements by using less screen space for the program, but it only eases the issues, doesn't resolve it.

Also, considering that Apple just made us buy the program to begin with last year, an upgrade option for those of us who did would be nice. At least they kept it at a fairly reasonable price though.

5-0 out of 5 stars Make your personal computer be a personal compter!
Computers are wonderful tools that have greatly changed just how we do just about everything. Apple iLife software continues this tradition. I have used both Mac and PC computers. I have also used software written for both. There is nothing easier or more intuitive than Apple iLife. It is not the most powerful software. For $400-$600 you can by professional grade software that will blow the socks of iLife. However, for the average "Joe" there is nothing better. It doesn't take a lot of computer savvy. iLife does most of the work for you - and quickly. Other software we have used for loading pictures is slow, hard to manage and less desirable in many ways. I used this software at my sister-in-laws wedding. In no time at all I had a wonderful slide show set to music for everyone to watch. Doing all this work on a PowerBook G4 15" laptop allowed me to later show my father-in-law what he missed due to some health issues.

With iLife, you can edit your pictures. You can order copies with just a click of a button. With just another click, you can e-mail them to anyone in your e-mail address book. Another click you can post them on a web-sight for your friends to see. For example, we recently moved to a new state. I posted a slide show of our new home for all our old friends to see. We had over 60 different friends view the web sight. Can you image the cost of making prints for all those people? In addition, you can set your pictures, web sights to your favorite music in iTunes.

Speaking of iTunes, I love music - always have. If you like to listen to music, make your own recordings of your favorite tunes you will love iTunes. Plus, iTunes makes it easier and more affordable to buy music. I don't understand why the music industry continues to over-price their CD's but they do. And who can afford to buy an entire CD for just two or three songs. Now, with iTunes you can buy only the songs you want from a particular CD. Once down loaded, you can arrange them in any order you want, burn them on your own CD or hook your Mac to your home stereo and listen through you speakers. In addition, whatever music you have in iTunes is easily used in iPhoto, iDVD or the other applications iLife opens for you. You will not be disappointed with iLife unless you desire to spend tons of money for three or four different software programs that will not work together as seamlessly as iLife.

5-0 out of 5 stars ...what you've all been waiting for...
Face it. Most of those interested really want Garageband above all. That being the main program I use from iLife, I'll review it.

Garageband is the Final Cut Pro of Music. It's excellent for musically talented and musically challenged.

No need to worry about beats or anythin', because Garageband makes any and all set loops go together with ease.

Disregard the review by a fellow who claims it is a program for kids and idiots who want to show everyone else their noise. It IS a very sophisticated music editor while remaining simplistic and fun to use. I spent hours mixing and matching endlessly. The possibilities are infinite.

The "drag and drop" style of operating masks movie-editor Final Cut Pro, also available here at Amazon. It's an easy to learn, easy to use tool that most people will love.

I recommend, that, if you planned on buying iLife '04 solely for Garageband, then by all means, do so. I really think that if you love music and you love making it, regardless of playing an instrument, that you will adore this product.

2-0 out of 5 stars Garageband should be called "i-casiotones"
This is a review of the garageband application in ilife. It is a big disappointment. Modern music is suffering from a surplus of hooks, loops, and grooves and a dearth of melodies. Here comes Apple with a software program that allows any tone deaf and musical illiterate to pile samples and loops one on top of another and put a beat to the mess. Change chords? Nope. Melody? Nope. Modulate? Nope. Hey! This is music that requires no instrumental playing ability. Think of it as an audio collage tool. The result is mind numbing. Now anyone can be Philip Glass and have endlessly repetitive cells of notes. There is an onscreen keyboard (laughingly called "grand piano") that will let you hunt and peck whole notes (if you can see the keyboard - the keys are so small you will need great fine motor control to hit the right key).
Remember those annoying keyboards that allow you to add endless rhythmn and background arpeggios to whatever you are playing? Here is one for your computer.

DO NOT buy this thinking you are getting a sophisticated mixer and tracker. You aren't. This is for kids only or idiots who want to inflict their noise on everyone around them. Next to this, cleaning spam our of your inbox seems like a worthy use of one's time. ... Read more


6. Microsoft Digital Image Suite 10.0
list price: $94.99
our price: $84.99
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Asin: B0002DOECA
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft Software
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Features

  • Edit and organize your photosWith Microsoft Digital Image Pro and Digital Image Library included, you can conveniently edit and organize your photos.
  • New Autofix toolsNew Autofixes for red eye, color, exposure, and Camera Phone make fixing photos faster than ever.
  • Make compelling photo creationsCreate a wide range of creative, high quality photo projects. Choose from more than 5,000 images that you can add to photo collages and design projects.
  • Turn your photos into video The new Photo Story 2.0* lets you add music, narrate your story, and then burn a DVD for playback on your TV. * Windows XP required
  • Share your photo creationsShare photos through e-mail, order prints online, or use Auto Collage to print multiple sizes and multiple photos on one page.

7. DesignCAD 3D MAX 14
list price: $179.99
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Asin: B0000TQ15E
Catlog: Software
Publisher: IMSI
Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Customize your workspace, views and templates -- use BasicCAD to create macros that automate repetitive tasks
  • 3D Texture Mapping, Solid Modeling and Drafting tools for perfect three-dimensional design
  • Multiple 2D drafting and design with transparency and fogging tools
  • Fully compatible with other CAD programs such as AutoCAD, TurboCAD and CADKey
  • Integrated 2D drafting and 3D modeling tools for high-quality, precise drawings

Reviews (5)

4-0 out of 5 stars Horsepower at a give-away price . . .
I am longtime user of DesignCAD. Started with DesignCAD 95. I've also compared numerous CAD programs against it in my quest for POWER and USEABILITY.

While other programs offer more for a price . . . this software has been my consistent favorite. EASY to learn, and capable beyond what most users will need for 2D drafting and 3D modeling.

Customizable menus and toolboxes, as well as macro and Basiccad scripting give uses of all levels control over the design process. Keyboard shortcuts quickly become second-nature and speed up the process considerably.

From custom equipment trailers, conveyors and farm equipment, to home remodeling and aircraft parts, this program has been a pleasure. Even complex curved surfaces and transparent solids are within reach of the average user.

The new owner: IMSI, is less responsive than the former: Upperspace Inc, but the user forum at is a treasure trove of answers and help from advanced DesignCAD users. It's one of the best CAD forums on the web.

4-0 out of 5 stars I've Used this Program for Years and It's Great
I'm writting this review to correct some reviews on this site which are very unfair, written by users who seem to have only tried out DesignCAD for a couple of days.

I've used DesignCAD for years, for everything from designing furniture to creating 3D models for a mathematics class and it has been able to do anything I ask of it. Easy to use. Versatile to customize. Adaptable with 2 scripting tools, one simple enough for a non-programmer, the other the full-blown Visual Basic for Apps. If you want an honest appraisal, go to http://forums.upperspace.com to get the opinion of devoted users who have been loyal to this wonderful program for many years.

Don't let the low price fool you.

4-0 out of 5 stars value for money
this product is great value for money. it is easy to learn and is very customisable. the ability to create macros to automate drawing tasks is a huge advantage and is simple to use.

support is offered via the discussion forum on the website http://www.upperspace.com/products/designcad.asp and is a great source of knowledge.

very good!

1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY!!!
I gave this a one star rating because I had to pick something. This CAD package deserves no credit. I purchased a copy of this software a few weeks ago. Once you receive the CD you must then contact the company for an activation code to have full use of the software!!! Activation was easy online. But, that's where all the support comes to a screeching halt. If you purchase the package get some insecticide ready as it is FULL of bugs!!! After several phone calls and several e-mails spanning the course of TWO WEEKS I finally got someone to relocate the patch on their server so that I could download it. (With all the manufacturing and other businesses moving across the border you would think they would do a better job to keep themselves employed.) Back to the bugs, and to name a few, the screen requires a constant manual refresh each time you move your view. The vertical scroll bar on the viewing area will slide all the way down covering a toolbox on the right side of the screen. Once it's down there you can't move it back up, you instead start selecting the tools that were hidden by the scroll bar! Select a pattern in the Hatch menu, then when you get ready to do a Hatch Fill, you've got to select it again even though it's believed to be the default Hatch pattern for the drawing! Believe me there's plenty more. No one answers the phone in tech support. IMSI tech support avoids answering the phone (they also distribute TurboCAD). The customer service department will gladly take down a message, but that's all that appears to happen. A word of advice, save your money for a better written, better supported package. What a waste!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible
After a few days of use you must get an activation code. But just try to reach the company for the code. After being told by their computer to hold for the next rep, after a while they dump you to voice mail. Of course they never call back.

A big wast of $75. ... Read more


8. Pinnacle Studio 9 Plus - Video Editing Software
list price: $99.99
our price: $89.99
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Asin: B0002XHAX0
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Pinnacle Systems
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Features

  • Advanced consumer video editing and disc authoring application
  • On-demand access to hundreds of professional-quality functionalities
  • Special video effects and more than 100 transitions; image stabilization
  • Audio features and effects; advanced video publishing
  • Intuitive interface and seamless workflow

9. Adobe Photoshop CS Upgrade (Windows)
list price: $169.99
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Asin: B0000DBOBZ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 112
Average Customer Review: 3.19 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Improved file management, new design possibilities, and a more intuitive way to create for the Web
  • Support for 16-bit images, digital camera raw data, and non-square pixels
  • Create or modify photos using painting, drawing, and retouching tools
  • Customized workspace; save personalized workspace and tool settings; create customized shortcuts
  • Unparalleled efficiency--automate production tasks with built-in or customized scripts

Reviews (26)

5-0 out of 5 stars RAW file support rocks!
I've read complaints about activation, but I didn't have any problem with that. Of course, you need to be connected to the internet and you you can't let Aunt May borrow the disk to put on her computer so she can then give it to Grandma to put on hers, and so on and so on.... As far as the upgrades, the ability to work with the digital negatives (RAW files) it is worth the upgrade alone! I have a Canon 10D and the difference in my photos has greatly improved just by being able to tweak the little things (exposure, sharpness, shadows, etc.). I thought the file browser in versoin 7 was just a novelty, but the one here in CS is actually a powerfull tool. I stopped using ACDSee! I thought that although the healing brush is a cool tool, Photoshop didn't improve much going from 6 to 7, and I didn't expect much from CS in the way of changes. Boy was I wrong! This was the upgrade I was waiting for. Well done Adobe!

4-0 out of 5 stars Activation is becoming a standard for major software
For the big companies you can expect activation to be part of the package. Microsoft, Adobe, Macromedia all do it now. They have a lot to lose and if this is one way to get more folks to pay instead of passing one paid for disk around, well, it works.

As for the product, I have loaded the 30 day trial and in about 15 days will purchase the upgrade. I like what I have played with so far and the filters are nice. I made some posterized pics out of a bad photo to check it out and was truly amazed.

Don't let activation be the stopping point. If you need the program, get it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Plug-Ins Incompatibility: the deal breaker
I am a professional photographer, and, though I came to this page planning on buying PS-8/CS I just bought PS-7 instead ( I am currently using PS-6.5).

Having used PS since V2 I have found that getting every other upgrade has been the most satisfactory way to go. Until V4 the real strength and utility of PS was in its ability to make excellent color separations (for ultimate printing on a press). It has never been a state of the art image editor, and until V4, was not even a decent one.

PS-6 was the first version I was happy with both for editing, and for pre-press. PS-7 did not add much, so was going to skip it for PS-8.

Instead of PS-8 we get PS-CS which has valuable new tools in it (I wanted it for the "patch tool" alone!), but which has more problems than new features.

As do many of the other commenters, I do not like software activation. Computers are fragile, MS-Windows even more so - but, unfortunately - the only new, fast, and affordable programs are written for Windows. So, if you are counting on a Windows system, you better have a backup system (or two). I have four computers that I am actively using at the moment (3 desktops and a portable) - but, as I only use one at a time, I certainly do not feel that I am violating any of my software licenses by having a program installed on all four (though, with PS, I actually have different versions installed on each of the computers).

I also do not like WinXP (It was recently installed at my office). Of my personal computers one runs W2K, two W98, and one Linux/Lindows. Software written for any WinVer except for XP will run on Lindows (albeit more slowly) and it is ever so much more stable - Though W2K/NT3("5") - is actually quite good. My feeling is that is one of the main reasons the new versions of Adobe products are written to XP (yes, I do think there is a close relationship between Adobe & MS).

But. Having said all that, I would have bought XP just so that I could run PS-CS except for the deal breaker: Plug-In incompatibility.

Years ago I was trying to decide which 35mm camera system to go with. I had pretty well decided on Canon when they announced what was to be their THIRD lens mount system in 8 years: the old lenses would not work (or would not autofocus) on the new system. So, I went with Nikon - virtually any Nikkor lens made will work with the newest Nikon camera. When you've spent tens of thousands of dollars on lenses, the cost of a camera body is insignificant: you just want some assurance that you can use your existing lenses!!

Likewise with Plug-Ins. I have spent thousands of dollars on PS Plug-Ins. Why? Well, some make repetitive actions (such as repairing damaged jpgs, creased photos) quick and easy; others do things that are very difficult or impossible to do by "hand" (converting an image to only black and white - not the greyscale of B&W photos - with an acceptable loss of image quality); some are just fun (like adding crepuscular rays of light, or mist).

So. To "upgrade" to PS-CS would mean 1) a new OS (with all the attendant driver problems and incompatibilities, and weeks spent getting the system stabilized and working again); 2) at least $2000 to replace my existing Plug-Ins (IF they still exist).

Not a good deal for me, I can afford neither the time nor the money. So I bought a used PS-7 from a (poorly rated) Amazon Partner instead. I know it will be my last PS update ever - unless Adobe has an interest in retaining old customers ...

5-0 out of 5 stars Activation
"I wonder what kind of jerk-around the people at Adobe will give me when I try to do this and re-activate the software"

None, as your license (you did read the EULA didn't you?) allows for two installations, one on a dekstop and one on a notebook. As long as you don't use them at the same time you'll be fine.

2-0 out of 5 stars Bitter disappointment from Adobe
I ordered my upgrade from Amazon.com, feeling certain that Adobe would continue to provide high quality software. Yes, it's premium-priced, but it's always been worth it. So worth it that while I waited for the package to arrive, I downloaded the tryout program.

Right from the start, I had problems. (And before I go any further, let me just say that this is not a resources issue. I have more than enough RAM, disk space and power to run this puppy.) It took forever to install and a long time to boot up. Finally I got it up and running, changed a few settings, including telling it where to look for my filters and plug-ins, shut it down and rebooted. And it refused to start. Told me a file was missing. So I tried again. Same error message. I reinstalled per their instructions. Booted up. Another crash, same error message. I don't really know how a file can be missing if I've just installed it.

So I uninstalled everything, reinstalled (This is installation #3. It's going on an hour and a half now, between the download and the installation issues) and booted up. No problem. I pointed the program to my plug-ins directory, shut down and rebooted. Guess what? Yup, crashed on boot-up again, and again I got the file missing message. Long story short: Photoshop CS won't use or even recognize any of my plug-ins from PS7. None.

While it offers nothing new in the way of its own filters, the plug-in gallery is a nice touch and too long in coming. Unfortunately if I have more than about 10Mb of images open doing anything in the gallery crashes the program. I'm sure there ae a lot of wonderful features in this program, but judging by my own experiences with the try out, and the customer reviews (I should have read them before ordering!) I can tell you that the package is going back as soon as it arrives. And if Adobe doesn't get its act together, it's lost me as a customer. And I've been a devoted user since PShop3. ... Read more


10. Adobe Photoshop Album 2.0
list price: $49.99
our price: $44.99
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Asin: B0002UDQ90
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 226
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Features

  • Easily share memories with family and friends
  • Fun-themed templates for greeting cards, calendars, and photo albums
  • Create a slide show with captions, transitions, and music
  • Back up photos; find photos fast; fix flaws in seconds
  • Share with prints, by e-mail, or on the Web, CDs, or TV

11. Digital Image Suite 9
list price: $129.99
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Asin: B000096L6T
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 1199
Average Customer Review: 3.55 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing at best
Pros: Easy, attractive interface. Good integration.
Cons: Too easy to modify original photo. Too underpowered. Keyword handling has poor functionality. Resizing difficult. Red eye reduction poor.

Now for the details:
This product seriously underperforms compared to Adobe's products. The Adobe Album and Elements combination is MUCH more powerful. Digital Image Suite (DIS) doesn't even create web photo galleries. The keyword function is crazy... it's all one level, so once you add any number of keywords, you have to scroll through long lists (Album has multi-level keyword handling, but only to three levels). With Album, you double-click to edit simple things, such as red-eye reduction and cropping, or right-click for more complicated tasks. With DIS, any editing requires opening Digital Image Pro, which can be a resource drain for the average computer. Additionally, you have to make a copy of a photo to edit a copy... Adobe creates a copy automatically, which prevents you from accidentally editing your original photo. And the red-eye wizard in Album is better... eyes look more natural (note: neither program gets rid of pet "red-eyes", since they're not really red).

And something that I can't believe they did: you can't resize the image by pixels. So if I want to resize my 2492x1924 image to 640x480 image to email, I have to guess what printed size that would be at a certain resolution. With Adobe Photoelements, you can specify size in pixels or inches.. MUCH more useful.

I got this software since I thought Microsoft would put out a competitive product, but I was very disappointed. This product doesn't have a single feature that is better than Adobe Album/Photoshop elements, and most features aren't as good, if they are available at all. I wish I could return it...

2-0 out of 5 stars CPU killer
Pros:
cool features such as organizing pictures using keywords.
Versatile.
Satisfies average user.

Cons:
CPU consuming!!!!
I am using a P4 2.4Ghz 512MB PC. Everytime i open the "Digital Image Library", the CPU usage immediately goes to 100% continuously and the pictures start flashing! When i use this amazon window the cover the library window, the CPU usage drops down immediately. It looks like the library is constantly refreshing the pictures. I am sure there is sofware defects with this product because displaying the pictures shouldn't be that CPU consuming.

I decided not to use it to organize my pictures anymore because it's to uncomfortable to use a software that will monopolize the CPU.

1-0 out of 5 stars A Good buy
It's def. worth the money. Would reccomend to any future buyer.

3-0 out of 5 stars Basic features are missing!
I had trouble immediately upon using Microsoft's D.I.S. 9
You decide if these will bother you:
1) No lossless .jpg rotate. This means you can't straighten out photos you took while holding the camera sideways without recompressing the image and consequently throwing away image data in the process. I find this deeply disturbing, since every other image manager I've used has this feature, even freeware apps.
2) No auto-rotate. This means that you can't just use the information your camera puts in the .jpg file to have the software automatically re-oritent pictures taken while the camera was sideways. Ever upload 50 or 100 pictures at once to your computer? If so, you probably won't appreciate having to rotate them one at a time to the proper orientation.
3) No thumbnail update. This one takes the cake. If you alter a picture in another image program (perhaps to avoid the two problems above!) then the thumbnail shown will NOT be updated. I called MS about this and the best they told me was to delete the .POD database file. If you have 1000's of pics like I do, you won't appreciate the time wasted to rebuild this large database.

So in summary, I'm pretty much living with the image manager I had before I bought D.I.S. 9. Good luck in your decision.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Beginners Point of View....
This review is strictly for people like me...beginners in the field of digital photography...who love digital photography so much, you want more and more stuff associated with it! But do you need this much photo software?

If you're like me, you already of course have photo software on your computer...I already had the MY PICTURES XP software, the Dell photo software, the ArcSoft photo software that came with my Canon scanner, the HP photo software that came with my HP printer, the PictureIt! photo software that came with MSN 9 internet service, and the Kodak EasyShare software that came with my camera. Oh, and just today I got the Ofoto photo software that came with my first Ofoto archive CD, which contains my film photos.

So, what in the world did I buy this for? Well, I got it half price, and I guess I was thinking the Digital Image would become the Almighty photo software, which would allow me to discard all the others. Wrong! It has not worked out that way.

This software has a great library, but so does the PictureIt! that comes with MSN 9. It's actually like the same Microsoft library. The Kodak software also has a great album library...only many time the photos are there only in thumbnail, and the files are in some other software library...at which time I must go find the photo file, right click, and open it with the Kodak software to get it back there.

But why would I want it back there, you ask...well, as it turns out, the Kodak software is the only one that flawlessly controls my Iomega external CD burner. The Kodak software also seems to make better prints, than when I use the HP software, which is what I must use with the Digital Image. Moreover, the Kodak software is simply easier and less time consuming.

Of course, the Digital Image has tons more editing features and such. So, what you need to ask yourself, if you are a beginner like me, is do you have the time and interest in exploring massive photo software? If you do, this is an excellent program to get. If you do not, you may want to save your money, and just use one of the easier, less costly softwares...such as one you already have.

This does come with a huge manual, which I was so pleased about, since I am an avid reader of manuals. Yet, I'm afraid the manual is not that detailed! It's odd--it even devotes lots of pages to a photographer who discusses her adventures with digital photography. Gee, if I wanted to read such stories, I would have gotten a photography book! This was suppose to be a detailed manual, but in my opinion, it fell short. Also, all the "auto-fix" editing devices have fallen short--the Kodak software does just as well in fixing photos.

I intend to come back and edit this in the future, if I discover I can't live without this Digital Iamge software. But right now, I could. Easily. I just don't have the time to explore it all right now, or to troubleshoot the problems it has with the Iomega burner. In just a few minutes, I can burn hundreds of photos on a CD-R with the Kodak software. When I use this software to burn CD-Rs, it's one bizarre problem after another. I'd just rather spend my photography time taking pictures...not editing them...or troubleshooting software or hardware problems. ... Read more


12. Microsoft Picture It! Premium 10.0
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00029QX0A
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 235
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Features

  • Easy-to-use photo tools for a complete digital photo solution
  • Correct color, exposure, and camera phone images; eliminate red eye
  • Project templates for photo cards, calendars, labels, flyers, and more
  • 5,000+ images available to add to photo collages and design projects
  • Share photos through e-mail, order prints online, or print out

13. Paint Shop Photo Album 5 Deluxe
list price: $49.99
our price: $42.99
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Asin: B0002EZGPS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Jasc Inc.
Sales Rank: 295
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Features

  • An easy way to do more with digital photos
  • Organize collection and find photos fast
  • Fix and enhance photos easily
  • Drag and drop to create impressive keepsakes
  • Back-up and protect photos on CD

14. SMARTSUITE MIL ED 9.8 W9X-/2000/NT/ME/XP INT EN

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Asin: B00007E6Y5
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Lotus Development Corp
Sales Rank: 415
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • A complete suite for addressing the needs of both enterprise and individual users
  • Easily convert files from earlier versions of SmartSuite and other business applications
  • Supports the Windows XP platform--streamlined installation and seamless integration
  • Share files with users of all versions of Microsoft Office, including Office XP
  • InstallShield for Windows Installer--enables quick and easy customizable installation

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Wordpro is the best!
I have used Wordpro since it was Amipro in the early 90's. I also use MS Word because so many documents come to me in that format.
I much prefer Wordpro. In many ways, most prominently graphics handling and layout, and ease of text formatting, Wordpro is the better program.
This is another example of the better product being outdone by better marketing. Try Wordpro -- you'll never go back to Word. ... Read more


15. Microsoft Picture It! Publishing 2002
list price: $34.95
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Asin: B00005N9AI
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 432
Average Customer Review: 2.14 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Create exciting print projects with Picture It! Publishing 2002. The Web-based interface, helpful movies, and step-by-step instructions all along the way make it easy to create like a professional. Impress everyone by making such diverse items as personalized greeting cards, newsletters, invitations, stickers, and business cards.

Find the perfect template with 200,000 unique images and 10,000 projects from which to choose, and a wide range of greeting cards from more than 200 different artists. Picture It! Publishing 2002 features more text controls to create 3-D text, jazzy effects, and bends. And, of course, it offers spell checking.

Edit photos from within print projects. Picture It! Publishing products integrate photo editing and print projects in one seamless environment. Share thoughts and memories easily. Share ideas and creations with a color printer, on e-mail, or on MSN Photos--powered by Microsoft Picture It. Even create a gift design with the CD product, then have MSN Photos develop it professionally for you. ... Read more

Reviews (7)

1-0 out of 5 stars File Corruptions are Rampant
I wish I'd read these reviews before I bought the software. It's not very user-friendly, to begin with, but my biggest complaint is that files keep getting corrupted. I created a 4-page newsletter for my club and when I tried to edit the document later, I got an error message and the program ditched. Apparently, the file was corrupted. This happened on several occasions, and I can't even get my document done. I'm going to have to buy something else to finish it. I hate this program.

3-0 out of 5 stars Troublesome But Handy
My platinum edition is a trifle tarnished from all times it has stalled and I have had to restart or reload the application when I was working on a large project. I scan my pictures into Adobe Photoshop first, cropping--touching up or whatever, and then do a "save as" in jpeg. (PIP won't read PSD files.) Then when I get ready to do a collage of photos, I can open them in PIP. I have learned to turn off or close all programs when starting PIP except for Explorer and Systray and it does seem to help. However, PIP sometimes still refuses to budge and I have to resort to a System Restore to get back to a working application again. There are a lot of little neat bells and whistles such as "stamping" plus some quick fix operations to touch up photos but if you are a serious photo person, use Adobe for photo grooming and Word Perfect for projects. They can't be beat.

2-0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed, why did I even bother?
Microsoft Picture It! 2002 is a program I'm ashamed to own. Why MS developed this software so poorly is beyond me. The installation was quick and easy, but once using the software you'll see why many are turned away. There are A LOT of bugs and errors throught the program. It keeps freezing up. The selection of card designs are ridiculous. I do not recommend anyone to purchase this product. If Microsoft wants to develop good photo editing software then they should learn some lessons from Adobe and Ulead.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad spelled with three Bads
Just will not work on my Windows 98 SE does fine on my laptop that has ME installed. I also purchased Microsoft Greetings V.2002 same problem. These guys at Microsoft are not very good designers.

2-0 out of 5 stars Expect Error & Low Memory Messages Constantly
I do not highly recommend this software. It was easy to install, but that's about the only good thing about it. Ever since I have installed this software, I get error messages EVERY single time I go into it to use it. If you download 5 pictures and want to crop, etc. in PICTURE IT!, the program can barely hold all the photos at once without running out of memory. And forget about attempting to crop all photos in succession. The program will ALWAYS shut down on you and you will end up re-booting your computer a million times before you are done. Also, most of the graphics for this software are not downloaded with the initial program, so everytime you want to do a project with one of the PICTURE IT! images, you have to insert one of the CD roms just to get the picture. A hassle all around. I'm shopping around for better picture software right now........ ... Read more


16. Hallmark Scrapbook Studio 2
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00005Y0J4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sierra
Sales Rank: 575
Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Remembering special life events, such as weddings, births, graduations, and personal achievements, is what scrapbooks are all about, and Hallmark Scrapbook Studio makes scrapbooking fun. This flexible software suite delivers a rich and creative collection of scrapbook templates; just gather up your cherished photos and memorabilia, select from more than 4,000 Hallmark art images, and you'll have a one-of-a-kind electronic scrapbook that can even be e-mailed to family and friends. As a bonus, Scrapbook Studio also lets you create and send Hallmark's very special Memory Cards. Plus, this software's built-in photo editor allows you to retouch red eyes and enhance photos, so you can make your memories picture perfect. ... Read more

Reviews (20)

2-0 out of 5 stars Waste of time and money... for now
I had the previous edition for Win98 and thought the new edition for WinXP would have fixed the previous problems but it has not. I was able to load the software fine and it runs well, and the pre-designed templates are great! But... it still won't allow you to import digital photos to shapes other than squares/rectangles. So, at least half of the templates are useless unless you enjoy printing the template and manually cutting out the design (star, oval or circle) and putting a hard copy photo behind the shape. Yes, it is more like real scrapbooking, but come on! I know the technology is out there and it is just a matter of layering. Wait until Hallmark wakes up and smells the Elmers and makes a top-knotch scrapbook program... which we can only hope will come soon!

2-0 out of 5 stars It's good for graphics but that's about it
It is so frustrating because you can't work a 2 page spread with the two pages side by side. I've only used this for printing out some clip art and/or sayings and such. And when I've used it for a full page layout, it always leaves a 1/2 inch boarder around the edges of white...I know that's a printer issue but it's still annoying. I would never use it for a full page layout.

1-0 out of 5 stars Agree with waste of time and money
If you are planning to use with digital photos, don't get this one. You must actually do the cutting to place photos. Has a lot to it but most is useless if you plan to design and print with your pictures.

1-0 out of 5 stars So disappointed...
I saw this in the store the other day and thought what a wonderful idea!! Considering the Hallmark name, I thought it had to be decent. I hate it. I put in the time to learn how to use it. I have a technical bachelors degree and work in the IT field, so you'd think I'd be computer savvy enough to use this. I have hundreds of digital photos and was quite upset to see the note in the instructions to only use the square or retangular templates with digital photos. What??!! That makes it useless to me. $20 down the toilet.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not so good
I was very anxious to receive the Hallmark Scrapbook Studio. The day it came in the mail, I installed it on my computer only to find it did not work. Each time I tried to use a pre-designed template, my computer would crash. I was unable to use the software even after contacting Sierra for advice. My computer exceeds the operating requirements yet the software did not work. I would not recommend this software. ... Read more


17. JASC Paint Shop Pro Studio
list price: $79.99
our price: $69.99
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Asin: B0002WSO40
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Jasc Software
Sales Rank: 1120
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Features

  • Edit, enhance, and repair with fun tools.
  • Restore faded, scratched, and aged photos.
  • Turn your current photos into masterpieces.
  • Make scrapbooks, photo, collages, even experiment with home remodeling projects.
  • Paint Shop Pro Studio includes Paint Shop Photo Album – Standard Edition

18. Screenblast Movie Studio 3.0
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B0000A0VG7
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment
Sales Rank: 1757
Average Customer Review: 3.97 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Editing, but buy another DVD authoring program.
I suppose that, considering the whole package, I shouldn't give Screenblast 5 stars, but the editing functions are that good. I've used other programs, but only Screenblast gives me the kind of precision editing I needed. And only Screenblast gives me truly professional-looking titling functions. After many frustrating hours trying to get Pinnacle to work, Screenblast was a pure joy from beginning to end.

The down side is that for DVD authoring, it provides a separate program, Sonic MyDVD. MyDVD worked once for me, and produced good results. But when I went back and wanted to make a second DVD from exactly the same project, MyDVD reported that my video files were incompatible. Looking at other people's comments, it's apparent that MyDVD is an albatross around the neck of Screenblast.

Just install the Screenblast portion of the software to do your editing and get a different product to do your DVD authoring. It's worth it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get this if you want a "better" home movie.
Look, you want to make your home movies interesting to watch...right!? You want some flexibility in your video effects and transitions...right!? You want to score your clips to existing CD tracks...right!? You're not afraid of spending a few hours on your PC instead of using a cut/paste video editor...right!? Get Screenblast. This software is great for someone who is interested in quality video editing. Even if you're a beginner, the tutorials will walk you through every step. The only part I didn't like about the package, is the DVD authoring software from Sonic DVD (Not part of Screenblast). It's like working on Windows 98 with 32MB of RAM. Buy the cheaper version of Screenblast without My Sonic DVD and find something that let's you display more than five buttons per screen. Anyway, good luck and enjoy this crash-free, easy to use video editor.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Editing Very Good Output
I've used Adobe Premiere in the past, excellent but too expensive, I tried Ulead what a horrible experience, pinnacle reviews said crash after crash. Based on the reputation of Video Vegas I gave this product a try and it is really excellent.

I've used it so far to create 2 online projects for work documenting team meetings and posting the video online. It's easy to work with different pieces of the timeline and then output them in an appropriate format like Windows Media 9.
Excellent integration with external codecs - quicktime, wmv, mpeg1 and 2, and real video. The only drawbacks I've found so far are no control over the output only fixed templates. For example if you wanted to fine tune the audio bit rate, SB will not let you do that. Oh well I guess it is an entry level package. Secondly, the outputted MPEG is a little bit halo prone. It's supposed to be main concept encoder, but since you are not allowed to tune it at all, there's no way to fix it.

Lastly the NTSC mpeg2 video it creates is actually non-compliant for DVD production, since it only supports mpeg audio. In the US you really should output either PCM or AC3 Stereo. Neither of those are an option. I've filed a bug against Sony, but they have not responded. If sony would allow a little more control over the output I would definitely give this package 5 stars.

First the pros: excellent stability, very easy to use capture, good editing capability, easy to generate output.
Cons: lack of control over output.

2-0 out of 5 stars Frustrating
I wish I had not purchased this software. It has many flaws. One, if you have several pictures on your timeline and wish to extend or shorten the play time of that particular picture, you have to edit ALL the pictures after it. Not much fun when you have 50 pictures up there! Pinacle automatically moves surrounding pictures, much easier!

5-0 out of 5 stars I Can't Believe It
Look people i will tell you right of the bat this program does it job. I am a film student and I am currently working on a 20 minute piece. And let me tell you i was editing within an hour. I have tried many other progams but this one really works. You will not be dissapointed. Pinnacle is a waste of money. Sony has done a good job. ... Read more


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