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1. Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional
$149.99 list($159.99)
2. Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional
$279.99 $219.99 list($299.99)
3. Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Standard
$84.99 $69.00 list($94.99)
4. Microsoft Digital Image Suite
$209.00 list($299.00)
5. Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Standard Edition
$424.00
6. Adobe PageMaker 7.0
$89.99 $88.88 list($99.99)
7. Pinnacle Studio 9 Plus - Video
$49.99 list($999.00)
8. Visio Enterprise 2000
$172.99 list($199.00)
9. Microsoft Visio 2003 Standard
$39.99 list($49.99)
10. Microsoft Picture It! Premium
$409.99 $349.99 list($449.99)
11. Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional
$92.99 list($99.99)
12. Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Standard Upgrade
$69.95
13. Cadpro Platinum Bundle
$399.99 $190.00 list($449.00)
14. Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Professional
$119.99 list($149.99)
15. Autodesk AutoSketch 9
$399.00 list($249.99)
16. Adobe Acrobat 5.0
$44.99 $43.95 list($49.99)
17. Ulead CD & DVD PictureShow
$219.99 list($249.00)
18. Microsoft Visio Professional 2003
$79.99 $49.99 list($89.99)
19. Microsoft Picture It! Digital
$27.99 $15.99 list($29.99)
20. Paint Shop Photo Album 5 Standard

1. Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional Upgrade from Professional Version 6
list price: $159.99
our price: $149.99
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Asin: B00069DSRC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 41
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Features

  • Create PDF files with the click of a button from Microsoft applications and AutoCAD
  • Create a single Adobe PDF document from multiple sources, including portions of Web pages and previously combined Adobe PDF documents
  • Use the included Adobe LiveCycle Designer 7.0 software to create PDF forms that look like the paper forms they replace
  • Easily attach source documents such as spreadsheets, multimedia files, images, and drawings to an Adobe PDF document
  • Enable anyone with free Adobe Reader 7.0 software to use highlighter, sticky note, pen, and other commenting tools

2. Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional Upgrade from Standard Version 4-7
list price: $159.99
our price: $149.99
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Asin: B00069ECAO
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 43
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Features

  • Create PDF files with the click of a button from Microsoft applications and AutoCAD
  • Create a single Adobe PDF document from multiple sources, including portions of Web pages and previously combined Adobe PDF documents
  • Use the included Adobe LiveCycle Designer 7.0 software to create PDF forms that look like the paper forms they replace
  • Easily attach source documents such as spreadsheets, multimedia files, images, and drawings to an Adobe PDF document
  • Enable anyone with free Adobe Reader 7.0 software to use highlighter, sticky note, pen, and other commenting tools

3. Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Standard
list price: $299.99
our price: $279.99
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Asin: B00069E7JA
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 51
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Features

  • Easily create Adobe PDF files—create PDF documents with one-button ease from Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Windows users can also convert to PDF from Access, Internet Explorer, Outlook, and Publisher.
  • Enjoy improved performance—with improved performance you can quickly convert, collect, and organize Adobe PDF documents.
  • Create Adobe PDF documents from Microsoft Outlook—Collect, convert, and organize Microsoft Outlook e-mails into searchable Adobe PDF documents. Include attachments, links, and bookmarks sorted by sender, date, or subject.
  • Assemble documents—create a single Adobe PDF file from multiple sources—including Web pages and e-mail—to deliver one professional document that anyone can open using free Adobe Reader 7.0 software.
  • Protect sensitive and confidential documents—control documents inside and outside the firewall, online and offline.

4. 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.

5. Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Standard Edition
list price: $299.00
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Asin: B00008ZGRY
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Average Customer Review: 2.92 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Standard software lets business professionals quickly and easily convert any Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, or other paper or electronic document to a reliable Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) file. Adobe PDF files preserve the visual integrity of documents so that they can be e-mailed to colleagues and then viewed and printed on a variety of platforms using free Adobe Reader software.

Acrobat 6.0 Standard software’s intuitive review tools allow business professionals to comment on documents electronically and make it easy to track, manage, and incorporate feedback into original documents. Acrobat’s full set of features help you streamline communications and reduce the costs and inefficiencies associated with paper-based review processes.

Password protection lets you secure files to prevent unauthorized users from opening and viewing sensitive documents. Apply permissions with 128-bit encryption that control whether users are allowed to view, edit, comment on, sign, or print Adobe PDF files.And with digital signature support you can approve final documents, verify authenticity, and build a list of trusted certificates. ... Read more

Reviews (53)

3-0 out of 5 stars Upgrade is no help for Real Estate
As a Realtor who is pushing the envelope, attempting to move to digital file keeping, digital recording, digital faxing, and digital signing, the concept of Adobe Acrobat is extremely helpful. I've been using Adobe Acrobat since version 4. Version 5 was a very useful upgrade, worth every cent. Version 6 was a grand waste of money and has turned into a waste of time. Files take longer to save in Adobe Acrobat 6, but they do end up being smaller, so maybe there is a more advanced compression algorithm at work. Nevertheless, files do take about twice as long to save in the new version.
Furthermore, at least for my line of work, I see no useful additions to the software. The interface looks a little fancier, and a little more advanced with more curved lines and a splash screen with transparency...(everybody together now, "Oooooh, aaaaaaah"). But, at least for my line of work, I have not seen any productivity or security upgrades which make the investment worthwhile. Save yourself the money and stay with version 5.0.
Unfortunately, it seems that the other reviewers' negative comments are right on the money.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Software
This software Create PDF files from almost any word processing or html programs with very effective compression ratio almost 1/10 the original size. You can also convert post script ps files into PDF files. You can extract pictures, text from any already created PDF files as well.
With this version you can also create an interactive electronic forms similar to the tax forms. This upgrade version will only install on your system if you have Adobe acrobat 4 or 5 installed. This version only works with windows XP, 2000, NT with latest service package.
The difference between the acrobat 6.0 and the acrobat 5.0 is not so big. The new version is optimized for intel P4 systems and it's slightly faster than the old version.

1-0 out of 5 stars Waste of time and money.
I bought the 6.0 upgrade without reading the reviews. Woe to the foolish. It slowed WORD to a crawl, brought DtSearch to it's knees, and twice locked my system up so tightly I couldn't get the task manager open.

I didn't waste any additional time seeing how slow it was at its own tasks. I'll take everyone's word for it.

Less than one day on the machine. I've gone back to 5.0.

1-0 out of 5 stars Lasted 1 day on my PC
I downloaded an evaluation copy of Acrobat 6 before I read the reviews here. I can confirm what others are saying: unlike the upgrade from 4.0 to 5.0, 6.0 doesn't offer the average user additional usefulness over 5.0.

It's also much slower to load and takes twice as long to creat .pdf files. The interface is completely different, so there will be a steep learning curve for users upgrading from previous editions. Sometimes, software developers just screw one up, and this one is such an upgrade.

Pay close attention to the features you need: If you just want to print files to .pdf, you don't need all the stuff 6.0 offers. You'll never use 80% of the features they've added.

After one day, I got frustrated, realized I didn't have the time to learn an entirely new piece of software so that I could simply continue to make .pdf files, and uninstalled it.

Lesson learned: Check for reviews FIRST.

5-0 out of 5 stars Here is the Skinny on the Deal
By the time I was done reading the reviews for Adobe Acrobat 6.0 I was depressed. Not only do I not have Windows XP, or Windows 2000, or NT installed in my machine (The only operating systems that will work with 6) I also couldn't muster up the confidence in the product after so many people were giving it the thumbs down. I want to create an eBook, and Adobe Reader is the most popular reader out there, with some 400 million, to a half a billion users with it installed. What a dilemma. I kept coming back to read some more. Finally I found the answer. I bought a new Adobe Acrobat 5.0 here at Amazon from one of their vendors, and it works great with my Windows 98SE. I planned on buying the 6.0 upgrade after they got the bugs out, and or I got a new computer with XP. Then I found out that 5.0 was the only version before, and that was the professional version. 6.0 Standard is a geared down version of 5. Ok, so it has some additional features, but it is missing even more of them.
So what's the skinny on the deal? For what I paid for a new 5 that is the full program, unregistered, and upgradeable, plus what I would have to pay here at Amazon for the 6 Professional Upgrade, I saved 80 bucks, and wound up with both versions 5 and 6 pro. Which as I mentioned are both professional versions. If I bought 5 and upgraded to 6 standard, I would only spend a little more for both versions. (About 4 percent more for standard, and about 20 percent less for professional) That way if 6 standard turned out to be as bad as many were saying it is, I would have 5 also.
In the final analysis, I am using 5 and am super excited about the new capabilities that Adobe Acrobat gives you. I'm hoping that by the time I get a new machine with XP on it, Adobe will come out with 6.something, or a second edition of 6 etc. with the fixes built in.
I'm not the only one to come to this conclusion. I noticed in the sales rank at the time I bought it and wrote this review, that 5 was outselling 6. Also I noticed that in the "Those who bought 5 also bought this" section, it had a special note that said, 47% of the people who bought 5 also bought the 6 upgrade. If your running XP, 2000, or NT, get them both. That way all the bases are covered.
Check out the reviews on 5 you'll be surprised how everybody raves about it. To be perfectly honest with you, if I had an XP machine, I would have ordered the 6 upgrade at the same time. Hope this helps. ... Read more


6. Adobe PageMaker 7.0

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Asin: B00005M63K
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Adobe may have the lock on professional graphics production withPhotoshop, but it has long been engaged in a drawn-out battle with Quark for thehearts and wallets of the desktop publishing crowd. PageMaker 7.0, Adobe'slatest effort in the desktop publishing arena, won't set it ahead of QuarkXPress4.1, but it does have plenty of appeal for small businesses and other audiencesthat have minor publishing needs.

PageMaker 7.0's user guide measures in at more than 400 pages, and itthoughtfully explains every aspect of the vast and complex program. A wide rangeof impressive-looking templates, which cover just about every type of documentimaginable (including business cards, labels, newsletters, ads, posters, andmore), makes PageMaker a little more accessible to users unfamiliar with itsfunctionality. The templates are divided into various levels of complexity, withthe lowest level containing helpful annotations for novice users.

While its improvements over version 6.5 are minimal, PageMaker 7.0 makes a fewworthy strides to justify its sparkly new version number. Among the most welcomeis a surprisingly intuitive data merge feature, which allows users to configuretarget areas in their publications and import respective fields from aspreadsheet or database. Unfortunately, it only recognizes comma-delineated CSVor TXT files; it doesn't import data directly from common file formats createdby Microsoft Excel or Lotus 1-2-3.

Ironically, another area of improvement in PageMaker 7.0 is compatibility withother programs. It easily imports and handles layered image files fromIllustrator and Photoshop 5.0 and 6.0, and features input converters for filescreated in QuarkXPress and Microsoft Publisher. PageMaker's PDF exportcapabilities have been enhanced both in the main program and with the includedAcrobat Distiller applet, allowing users to configure security and embedded tagoptions.

Even with its plethora of templates, PageMaker 7.0 isn't by any means anentry-level application. Nonprofessional users who have never used a high-caliberdesktop publishing program should probably consider a simpler package such asMicrosoft Publisher. While hardened, professional magazine designers tend toprefer QuarkXPress, Adobe PageMaker 7.0 is nonetheless a complex and powerfultool that packs a serious learning curve.

PageMaker 7.0 is perfect for small businesses that can't afford to hire outdesigners for promotional materials, or for companies that have the need tocreate professional-looking PDF files. Owners of PageMaker 6.5 might not feelcompelled to upgrade, but companies and creative folks newly in the market for amuscular desktop publishing tool will be well served by PageMaker 7.0. --JoelDurham Jr. ... Read more

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Class Act for Mac Computer Users
PageMaker marries your text, graphics and images into one PageMaker file from your computer desktop. Also, you can send the file to a service provider. Commercial service providers can turn your PageMaker files into high quality newsletters and magazines.

Thumbnail Designs to Comps

You need pencil and paper to create your thumbnail designs. The tradition still works for creating your design for layout pages in PageMaker. Follow this with the "Comp" (Comprehensive Sketch) for the number of pages, number of columns, picture placement, type specs and add color for affect.

The Comp is the first proof the client approves. Comps could include tables, sidebars, footnotes and various headlines. Next, have your client approve or suggest alterations for your work.

PageMaker Basic to Advanced Construction

You have the required tools and utilities built into PageMaker for creating basic layouts. With PageMaker you can automate repetitive tasks and combine manual operations into a few short steps. These are just some of the ways for speeding up your production time with PageMaker.

Avoid Costly Mistakes

Advantages of digital files allow you to change the text fonts, images, and colors before finally sending your publication to your service provider. Create several documents from your Master document. Use your PageMaker magazine advertisement on your website. You can also use your PageMaker file for your company sales kit and trade show posters and banners.

PageMaker Work Environment

Start with: Title Bar, Menu Bar, Tool Palette (Tool Box) and Control Palette. Add Page Navigation icons and finish with Story Editor.

The PageMaker mighty nine menus: Start with File, Edit, Layout, Type, Element and Utilities. Add View, Window and Help for direction.

PageMaker 7 and PDF files

PageMaker supports the import of Acrobat 5's PDF format files. Also, PageMaker 7 can now produce PDF files throughout the new Distiller 5. This is significant as PDF has establishes itself as one of the preferred medium for commercial print.

Quick Look at PageMaker 7 Improvements and Bundled Goodies

• Graphic placement is improved.
• Drag-and-drop placement works well.
• QuarkXPress 4.0 documents can be converted to PageMaker format.

Bundled goodies worth having: PageMaker 7.0 includes 57 font families with 207 Adobe typefaces, a huge collection of design templates, and a large library of Adobe Illustrator clip art and stock photo images.

Pro Reaction

PageMaker 7.0 has hundreds of A4 and U.S. letter templates for newsletters, brochures, flyers and advertisements.

PageMaker 7 now supports files in Photoshop's native PSD and Adobe Illustrator 9's AI format. In addition, PageMaker 7.0 comes with its own 401 page User Guide.

PageMaker's unique features are its ability to wrap text completely around objects. Another unique feature to PageMaker is its preflight capabilities to help users deliver error-free documents to printers and service bureaus.

Con Reaction

PageMaker 7 works with Mac OS 9 Classic and not directly in Mac OS X. You can still access it throughout OS X platform.

Missing is the Adobe Press book on how to use the Adobe PageMaker 7.0 templates similiar to Adobe PageMaker Plus 6.5 Productivity Kit. Also, there is no command to automatically open the placed PSD back into Photoshop.

3-0 out of 5 stars For Beginners Only
I learned graphic design and layout on PageMaker, and wished Adobe would take the product seriously. Instead, PageMaker seems to be falling into the ranks of Microsoft Publisher as a program people use believing it'll do the job right.

While many service bureaus still offer PageMaker services, it is by far better to go with Quark. It can do more, has more flexibility with printers and publishing houses, and will cause fewer problems regarding bugs and crashes.

The plus side is the templates. Beginners will depend on these, and templates simply aren't found in Quark. They will reduce the learning curve a little, though be aware, as a result, you templated documents will suffer from a canned, over-done look. Just the same, your work will be clean and well-structured.

If you intend to be a serious designer, stay away. None of the people you want to work for use this. This is for amateurs only.

If you have PageMaker, don't upgrade. 6.5 is plenty: the new stuff isn't worth the money. Do a little homework on Quark, and figure out how to convert your files with the newest version. It the short run, you'll spend a few more bucks, but in the long-run, you'll save time and frustration.

I cautiously recommend PageMaker 7.0, but only as a tool for users intending to publish newsletters from their desktops.

Anthony Trendl ... Read more


7. 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

8. Visio Enterprise 2000
list price: $999.00
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Asin: B00004R9AS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With Visio Enterprise Edition, tasks you'd otherwise do by hand or with expensive high-end tools are streamlined. Enterprise-wide networks and directory structures can be documented automatically. Design and re-engineer database systems with ease. Or reverse engineer and generate Microsoft Visual Studio code to get a head start visualizing and generating application structures. Get the green light from your clients or feedback from IT team members. Enterprise Edition makes it easy to share your documents using its dynamic Web publishing features. Save diagrams as HTML or in VML format so that users can review them using Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0.

Enterprise Edition works with the leading directory services, database systems, programming environments, and other IT tools. And, it's fully integrated with Microsoft Office 2000 and Windows 2000. Easily update and manage your network diagrams with AutoDiscovery and AutoLayout. Get accurate equipment representation in your diagrams with the more than 13,000 network manufacturer-specific shapes that come in Visio 2000 Enterprise. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars visio 2000 ee ain't bad
ee has auto discovery of devices on the network which is a neat feature that maps out the network for you so you don't have to do the tedious work of figuring out all the devices. has native support for active directory and nds too! ... Read more


9. Microsoft Visio 2003 Standard
list price: $199.00
our price: $172.99
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Asin: B0000AZJVM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • It's never been easier to assemble diagrams -- just drag the pre-defined Microsoft SmartShapes symbols into the desired location
  • Generate common diagram types from all sorts of existing data, to put complex concepts, processes, and relationships into their proper context
  • Create visually rich diagrams that ive your ideas maximum impact -- then share them in workspace files on your team's SharePoint site
  • Track reviewer's comments and customize your diagram, to meet the needs of your organization
  • Integrate with other business systems by extracting data from Visio diagrams and importing it to Excel, Word, Access,SQL Server, XML and other formats

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Powerful, Versatile, Sophisticated Business Diagramming
Visio has always been an excellent solution for technical diagramming. Version 2003 is no exception and improves upon its predecessor with support for the web and integration with other Office applications. The program still lacks certain elements of Microsoft Office which I feel concerned about. Users are able to import Native Auto CAD drawings directly into Visio, and use the Visio tools to further customize and edit drawings to their hearts content. You can create custom stencils save them and share with other Visio users over a corporate network. You can export diagrams as a webpage so that users who don't have Visio installed locally on their machine can View diagrams through web browser at different resolutions with ease. The program enables IT Adminstrators to create Diagrams for Active Directory role outs for Windows 2000 Server and Server 2003. SQL Server or other third party database products such as Oracle and IBM DB2 can use the Visio functionality to outline a companies storage of data through active digrams that automate how data is stored and used. You can create simple project management task, and also export other Visio digrams to PowerPoint and further edit within PowerPoint or Word.Other features include searching for stencils online in the program, which makes it easy for you to find that particular diagram. Visio still lacks certain elements such as native support for WordArt. Overall, this upgrade is a must have for existing Visio 2000 or 5.0 users, but some 2002 users might not see any need for some of the functionality and might wait first to see if their diagramming and network infrastructure needs demand the new functionality and technology that Visio 2003 has to offer. ... Read more


10. Microsoft Picture It! Premium 10.0
list price: $49.99
our price: $39.99
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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

11. Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional
list price: $449.99
our price: $409.99
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Asin: B00069E7KO
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 64
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Features

  • Create PDF files with the click of a button from Microsoft applications and AutoCAD
  • Create a single Adobe PDF document from multiple sources, including portions of Web pages and previously combined Adobe PDF documents
  • Use the included Adobe LiveCycle Designer 7.0 software to create PDF forms that look like the paper forms they replace
  • Easily attach source documents such as spreadsheets, multimedia files, images, and drawings to an Adobe PDF document
  • Enable anyone with free Adobe Reader 7.0 software to use highlighter, sticky note, pen, and other commenting tools

12. Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Standard Upgrade from Standard Version 4-6
list price: $99.99
our price: $92.99
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Asin: B00069EAFG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 110
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Features

  • Easily create Adobe PDF files—create PDF documents with one-button ease from Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Windows users can also convert to PDF from Access, Internet Explorer, Outlook, and Publisher.
  • Enjoy improved performance—with improved performance you can quickly convert, collect, and organize Adobe PDF documents.
  • Create Adobe PDF documents from Microsoft Outlook—Collect, convert, and organize Microsoft Outlook e-mails into searchable Adobe PDF documents. Include attachments, links, and bookmarks sorted by sender, date, or subject.
  • Assemble documents—create a single Adobe PDF file from multiple sources—including Web pages and e-mail—to deliver one professional document that anyone can open using free Adobe Reader 7.0 software.
  • Protect sensitive and confidential documents—control documents inside and outside the firewall, online and offline.

13. Cadpro Platinum Bundle
list price: $69.95
our price: $69.95
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Asin: B000224MPK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Delta Software International
Sales Rank: 618
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14. Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Professional
list price: $449.00
our price: $399.99
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Asin: B00008ZGS2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 170
Average Customer Review: 2.92 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Professional software allows business, creative, and engineering professionals who work with graphically complex documents to exchange business-critical documents accurately and efficiently. Convert any document to Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), and with one click from Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Project, as well as from Microsoft Visio and AutoCAD, preserve document layers.

Combine multiple documents—including large-format technical drawings and page layouts—into one compact Adobe PDF file in a single step. Automatically initiate and manage document reviews using intuitive electronic tools. Create forms that can be exchanged with colleagues and customers, and archive your project files as searchable Adobe PDF files.

View, navigate, and comment on large-format documents with tools that eliminate the need for paper-based reviews, making it faster and easier to meet critical deadlines. Streamline proofing cycles with robust tools that let you automatically track, manage, and incorporate electronic feedback. View detailed artwork or large-format documents with intuitive navigation tools. Output PDF/X-compliant files, and help eliminate surprises at the printer by preflighting files and previewing and printing color separations. ... Read more

Reviews (53)

3-0 out of 5 stars Upgrade is no help for Real Estate
As a Realtor who is pushing the envelope, attempting to move to digital file keeping, digital recording, digital faxing, and digital signing, the concept of Adobe Acrobat is extremely helpful. I've been using Adobe Acrobat since version 4. Version 5 was a very useful upgrade, worth every cent. Version 6 was a grand waste of money and has turned into a waste of time. Files take longer to save in Adobe Acrobat 6, but they do end up being smaller, so maybe there is a more advanced compression algorithm at work. Nevertheless, files do take about twice as long to save in the new version.
Furthermore, at least for my line of work, I see no useful additions to the software. The interface looks a little fancier, and a little more advanced with more curved lines and a splash screen with transparency...(everybody together now, "Oooooh, aaaaaaah"). But, at least for my line of work, I have not seen any productivity or security upgrades which make the investment worthwhile. Save yourself the money and stay with version 5.0.
Unfortunately, it seems that the other reviewers' negative comments are right on the money.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Software
This software Create PDF files from almost any word processing or html programs with very effective compression ratio almost 1/10 the original size. You can also convert post script ps files into PDF files. You can extract pictures, text from any already created PDF files as well.
With this version you can also create an interactive electronic forms similar to the tax forms. This upgrade version will only install on your system if you have Adobe acrobat 4 or 5 installed. This version only works with windows XP, 2000, NT with latest service package.
The difference between the acrobat 6.0 and the acrobat 5.0 is not so big. The new version is optimized for intel P4 systems and it's slightly faster than the old version.

1-0 out of 5 stars Waste of time and money.
I bought the 6.0 upgrade without reading the reviews. Woe to the foolish. It slowed WORD to a crawl, brought DtSearch to it's knees, and twice locked my system up so tightly I couldn't get the task manager open.

I didn't waste any additional time seeing how slow it was at its own tasks. I'll take everyone's word for it.

Less than one day on the machine. I've gone back to 5.0.

1-0 out of 5 stars Lasted 1 day on my PC
I downloaded an evaluation copy of Acrobat 6 before I read the reviews here. I can confirm what others are saying: unlike the upgrade from 4.0 to 5.0, 6.0 doesn't offer the average user additional usefulness over 5.0.

It's also much slower to load and takes twice as long to creat .pdf files. The interface is completely different, so there will be a steep learning curve for users upgrading from previous editions. Sometimes, software developers just screw one up, and this one is such an upgrade.

Pay close attention to the features you need: If you just want to print files to .pdf, you don't need all the stuff 6.0 offers. You'll never use 80% of the features they've added.

After one day, I got frustrated, realized I didn't have the time to learn an entirely new piece of software so that I could simply continue to make .pdf files, and uninstalled it.

Lesson learned: Check for reviews FIRST.

5-0 out of 5 stars Here is the Skinny on the Deal
By the time I was done reading the reviews for Adobe Acrobat 6.0 I was depressed. Not only do I not have Windows XP, or Windows 2000, or NT installed in my machine (The only operating systems that will work with 6) I also couldn't muster up the confidence in the product after so many people were giving it the thumbs down. I want to create an eBook, and Adobe Reader is the most popular reader out there, with some 400 million, to a half a billion users with it installed. What a dilemma. I kept coming back to read some more. Finally I found the answer. I bought a new Adobe Acrobat 5.0 here at Amazon from one of their vendors, and it works great with my Windows 98SE. I planned on buying the 6.0 upgrade after they got the bugs out, and or I got a new computer with XP. Then I found out that 5.0 was the only version before, and that was the professional version. 6.0 Standard is a geared down version of 5. Ok, so it has some additional features, but it is missing even more of them.
So what's the skinny on the deal? For what I paid for a new 5 that is the full program, unregistered, and upgradeable, plus what I would have to pay here at Amazon for the 6 Professional Upgrade, I saved 80 bucks, and wound up with both versions 5 and 6 pro. Which as I mentioned are both professional versions. If I bought 5 and upgraded to 6 standard, I would only spend a little more for both versions. (About 4 percent more for standard, and about 20 percent less for professional) That way if 6 standard turned out to be as bad as many were saying it is, I would have 5 also.
In the final analysis, I am using 5 and am super excited about the new capabilities that Adobe Acrobat gives you. I'm hoping that by the time I get a new machine with XP on it, Adobe will come out with 6.something, or a second edition of 6 etc. with the fixes built in.
I'm not the only one to come to this conclusion. I noticed in the sales rank at the time I bought it and wrote this review, that 5 was outselling 6. Also I noticed that in the "Those who bought 5 also bought this" section, it had a special note that said, 47% of the people who bought 5 also bought the 6 upgrade. If your running XP, 2000, or NT, get them both. That way all the bases are covered.
Check out the reviews on 5 you'll be surprised how everybody raves about it. To be perfectly honest with you, if I had an XP machine, I would have ordered the 6 upgrade at the same time. Hope this helps. ... Read more


15. Autodesk AutoSketch 9
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B0002MAG0A
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Autodesk PSG
Sales Rank: 396
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Features

  • Comprehensive CAD tools for creating expert-quality drawings
  • Electrical details, floor plans, conceptual sketches, and more
  • Straightforward drafting in a Windows XP-like environment
  • DWG format compatibility for creating and viewing AutoCAD files
  • Tutorials and wizards for a fast start

16. Adobe Acrobat 5.0
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B00005ATSQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Average Customer Review: 3.58 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Any business that requires documents to be shared, reviewed, and editedacross broad networks will undoubtedly benefit from Adobe Acrobat 5.0. If you'venever used Acrobat before, you'll be amazed at how easy it is to convert Officedocuments and Web pages to PDF files (portable document format). If you alreadyuse Acrobat, new features and enhancements--including the ability to uploaddocuments to Web sites and intranets--make this version a worthwhile upgrade.

Installation is quick and easy; within 15 minutes of opening the box we weresaving Web pages as PDF files and adding comments to our documents. New usersmay want to take a tour around the help sections (either online Help or tooltips) to get acquainted with the program. In addition, checking out the helpsection will ensure you don't miss out on some of the more hidden featureswithin the application, such as color management and timesaving Windows and Macshortcuts.

One of the most important new features of version 5.0 is the ability to developnew documents from PDF files. You can now save the PDF file to Rich Text Format(RTF), and then edit the document using your word processor. Another importantnew feature is the ability to create interactive forms, which actually look alot like their paper counterparts. And once you figure out how to upload theseforms to your company intranet, you can share them with all relevant teammembers. Team members can even sign these forms, using a password-protecteddigital signature.

As always, the ability to comment on documents and Web pages remains animportant reason to use Acrobat. A toolbar on the left-hand side gives userseasy access to the list of comment tools, which range from highlighting tools,note boxes, pencil and line tools, and strikeout tools which let you erase linesof text. Once you've marked up a file or Web page, you can send the file to teammembers, business contacts and clients. As long as they have the Acrobat Reader(available free from Adobe's Web site), they should be able to read these files. And Acrobat retains the quality of your documents when you print them, so youdon't have any nasty surprises when you pick up your documents from theprinter.

Companies with employees in different physical locations can only benefit fromAcrobat 5.0. While version 4.0 is obviously still a strong and very usefulproduct, upgrading to Acrobat 5.0 promises a host of Internet-ready new featuresdesigned to accompany your business to the next level of high-speedcommunication. --Gisele Toueg--This review refers to the Windows version. ... Read more

Reviews (60)

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential software for your PC
Along with Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat 5.0 is the only other piece of software I own that I consider essential. This component - which includes the all-important writing facilty - is a 'must have' for anyone creating document-centric content that is either going to be either (a) posted on the web, or (b) circulated for review and comment.

Acrobat's portable data file ('PDF') output is as close to a lingua franca as you're going to get in computerdom. Pretty much the entire population has the Acrobat Reader. For those that don't, you can easily direct them to a download.

Although the software has many different options, the standard settings work straight out of the box. It integrates directly into your Office XP software via embedded macros. To create a PDF document out of, say, a Word ".doc" file, you just click on the little 'Convert to Adobe PDF' icon that will now appear on a new toolbar at the top of your Office applications. From there, it's a snap.

All software should be this easy. Another value-added advantage - the resulting PDF will almost always be smaller than your original Office-based document, making distribution less of a burden on your bandwidth-challenged friends and co-workers. For example, this morning I took a graphics-intensive 1.9 Mb Word file through the conversion process and ended up with a PDF of 700 Kb. Your mileage may vary, of course, and the biggest factor will be the nature of your content. Still though, I've never seen Acrobat become part of the problem by increasing the size of an already too-big document.

This software will pay for itself almost immediately.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best way to capture, archive and share electronic documents!
Before truly getting to explore Adobe Acrobat 5.0 I had thought Acrobat had only limited features and therefore limited usability -- to turn MS Word & Excel documents from virus-magnets into platform-independent files.

For most of the documents I create I use a personal layout with my company logo that I do not want tempered with or copied by people I send the documents to. I also use specific fonts that are not common to all computer users. With MS Word it was impossible to control the layout or font of the document when viewed by the customers. With Acrobat, however, I can embed the fonts with the pdf document instead of having to point a customer to a web site to download (or worse, to buy) a font used in the document, or live with the company logo showing up like totally and embarrassingly messed up on the client's machine. PDF documents created by Acrobat solved this problem both on the screen and for the printer.

I was also pleasantly surprised to find daily uses for Acrobat, even for my personal projects. For archiving personal records that I do not want accidentally altered by myself or someone else, I keep them as PDF's with my signature, which has the date-stamp info. I no longer have to worry about new versions of Word being able to open my old Word documents, which, mind you, is a proprietary format whereas PDF is not.

I have also used the Web open/capture feature to capture groups of web pages or entire web sites to my hard drive as a single multi-page document. Instead of having to follow the link for each page from the table of contents page, I just put the web URL in the Web Open address box, and specify how many levels of links I want Acrobat to follow and capture. If you think this is a rare need, try downloading the lyrics for each song of a 2-CD set, or the top 10 recipes using the pumpkin, or even a multi-part study guide for Tommy's calculus class. After capturing all I needed from a web site, I can delete the pages I don't want (legal mumble-jumble, advertisements, or the answer sheet for the calculus review questions included in the study guide), perhaps saving those deleted pages as a separate document (in the case of the answers to the calculus questions), then print out the final document I wanted, or maybe email it, as a single PDF document, to Tommy who's (on a Mac and) stressing out about his calculus test in a college in another state. How convenient is that!

So, if you think Acrobat is too limited in features to justify its price, I can tell you that it is much more than a Word-document capturer, and it is truly indispensible. It is based on a great concept and well-designed, with a easy and short learning curve for a new user and still offers advanced features for those with a more technical background. Scripting to make forms from Acrobat, I've heard, is pretty nifty, but that's beyond me. Try Acrobat 5.0 -- it's a cliche, but it's true -- you'll be glad you did. :-)

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the best deal going right now for Acrobat
By the time I was done reading the reviews for Adobe Acrobat 6.0 I was depressed. Not only do I not have Windows XP, or Windows 2000, or NT installed in my machine (The only operating systems that will work with 6) I also couldn't muster up the confidence in the product after so many people were giving it the thumbs down. I want to create an eBook, and Adobe Reader is the most popular reader out there, with some 400 million, to a half a billion users with it installed. What a dilemma. I kept coming back to read some more. Finally I found the answer. I bought a new Adobe Acrobat 5.0 here at Amazon from one of their vendors, and it works great with my Windows 98SE. I planned on buying the 6.0 upgrade after they got the bugs out, and or I got a new computer with XP. Then I found out that 5.0 was the only version before, and that was the professional version. 6.0 Standard is a geared down version of 5. Ok, so it has some additional features, but it is missing all the rest of the professional features that 5 has.
So what's the skinny on the deal? For what I paid for a new 5 that is the full program, unregistered, and upgradeable, plus what I would have to pay here at Amazon for the 6 Professional Upgrade, I saved 80 bucks, and wound up with both versions 5 and 6 pro. Which as I mentioned are both professional versions. If I bought 5 and upgraded to 6 standard, I would only spend a little more for both versions. (About 4 percent more for standard, and about 20 percent less for professional) That way if 6 standard turned out to be as bad as many were saying it is, I would have 5 also.
In the final analysis, I am using 5 and am super excited about the new capabilities that Adobe Acrobat gives you. I'm hoping that by the time I get a new machine with XP on it, Adobe will come out with 6.something, or a second edition of 6 etc. with the fixes built in.
I'm not the only one to come to this conclusion. I noticed in the sales rank at the time I bought it and wrote this review, that 5 was outselling 6. Also I noticed that in the "Those who bought 5 also bought this" section, it had a special note that said, 47% of the people who bought 5 also bought the 6 upgrade. If your running XP, 2000, or NT, get them both. That way all the bases are covered.
Check out the reviews on 5 you'll be surprised how everybody raves about it. To be perfectly honest with you, if I had an XP machine, I would have ordered the 6 upgrade at the same time. Hope this helps.

3-0 out of 5 stars Merely a Stepping Stone
Since, for some unknown reason, Adobe doesn't offer a direct upgrade path from Acrobat 3 to Acrobat 6, I bought this Acrobat 5 Upgrade merely so I could qualify for a free upgrade to Acrobat 6. Not only is this silly of Adobe, it's also expensive. Instead of buying an Acrobat 6 package, sticking my old Acrobat 3 CD into the drive, and continuing on my way without further hassle or expense, I had to buy the Acrobat 5 upgrade, go to the Adobe website to find their customer support phone number, call them via their 800 number, get them copies of the receipt, pay a token shipping cost, and then install the new software. What's even worse is that I've spent over six weeks trying to do that. Amazon got me the package immediately. But, so far, I've had to talk to Adobe (at their expense) five times. The first time was to find out that the upgrade existed and get the instructions for faxing the information to them. Supposedly, my fax never arrived. Then, I had to talk to them about that and get a snail-mail address. Supposedly, THAT package never arrived. Then, with my next call, I managed to get an email address to send the documents to. Again, supposedly, that never arrived. Finally, I talked to a person who had me re-fax just the receipt and my Acrobat 3 serial number. She called me back within a half an hour and we completed the whole process (confirmed my shipping address and got a credit card number for the shipping fee). Besides the hassle I had to go through, this upgrade must have cost Adobe a bundle in phone and support personnel costs. The free upgrade period from Acrobat 5 to 6 is over now, but Adobe really needs to come up with a better way for their old Acrobat 3 customers to upgrade.

4-0 out of 5 stars Newbie to Acrobat
Yes indeed Adobe Acrobat is too expensive, but, when considering the alternatives of buying other brands of PDF software that have less than pleasing quality, it all boils down to choosing the product that has the highest quality. To my knowledge, Acrobat is still the best PDF software available.

My personal needs are to create PDF files, encrypt them, require passwords to view, and restrict the user from printing and copying. After testing a couple other PDF products, I quickly discovered that their security was overly easy to bypass, no I take that back, they were *ridiculously* easy to bypass. Adobe's security has so far proven to be usefully solid.

Since Adobe provides limited public information about their products, I recommend that you first buy a book teaching how to use an Adobe package and read it through so that you will know what the software actually does and does not do. Yes, I agree, having to purchase a book and spend the time studying is not the prefered way to learn about any product, but the few dollars invested can easily pay for itself by your knowing which software to buy (or more specifically, what not to buy!).

What has amazed me the most with my Acrobat experience is when I had to call Adobe customer service to get a complex upgrade to version 6. Not only did the girl answering know what I was talking about, she also accomplished the entire order within that one phone call! WOW! Customer service like that is unheard of today. Apparently Adobe does care about its products enough to hire quality employees, and with that level of care, I feel more confident that I made the right decision choosing Adobe. Too, I purchased Acrobat from Amazon for the same reason of wanting quality service.

There are other PDF products available, some are even free, but for those of us who prefer quality and usefulness over initially lower costs, Acrobat is an intelligence choice. Choosing the right product today, the one that does not crash nor take time away from our work to fiddle with settings, gives us more time to whine about the costs later. If Acrobat were less expensive, I would give it five stars. ... Read more


17. Ulead CD & DVD PictureShow 3 Deluxe
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0002Z45CW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: ULead Systems
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18. Microsoft Visio Professional 2003 Upgrade
list price: $249.00
our price: $219.99
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Asin: B0000BZ54U
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • For IT professionals, engineers, and developers
  • Provides the most comprehensive technical diagramming and drawing tools available
  • Create and share complex information
  • Allows for software diagramming and reverse engineering
  • This is an upgrade--a previous verion of Visio is required

Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars Beware!!! Not an upgrade for Visio 2003 Standard
I just purchased this thinking that "of course I can upgrade to Visio 2003 Pro from Visio 2003 Standard". Nope. This is just plain silly. I still am trying to figure out if I can even upgrade my Visio *2003* Standard version to Professional.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Valuable Upgrade
I have been using the Visio diagramming software since the 2000 version. In my mind this upgrade is the best I have purchased.

The interface with the rest of the Office XP 2003 Suite is vastly improved. I can now take a diagram created in Visio and drop it into Word documents, PowerPoint Presentations and e-mails without having to reformat it. In the past the transfer was never clean.

Once the diagram is embedded, I can emphasize and clarify key points, gather input from team members and even share documents using SharePoint services. This is a huge timesaver for me.

If you embed your diagrams in other documents, you will love this upgrade.

4-0 out of 5 stars Powerful, Versatile, Sophisticated Business Diagramming
Visio has always been an excellent solution for technical diagramming. Version 2003 is no exception and improves upon its predecessor with support for the web and integration with other Office applications. The program still lacks certain elements of Microsoft Office which I feel concerned about. Users are able to import Native Auto CAD drawings directly into Visio, and use the Visio tools to further customize and edit drawings to their hearts content. You can create custom stencils save them and share with other Visio users over a corporate network. You can export diagrams as a webpage so that users who don't have Visio installed locally on their machine can View diagrams through web browser at different resolutions with ease. The program enables IT Adminstrators to create Diagrams for Active Directory role outs for Windows 2000 Server and Server 2003. SQL Server or other third party database products such as Oracle and IBM DB2 can use the Visio functionality to outline a companies storage of data through active digrams that automate how data is stored and used. You can create simple project management task, and also export other Visio digrams to PowerPoint and further edit within PowerPoint or Word.Other features include searching for stencils online in the program, which makes it easy for you to find that particular diagram. Visio still lacks certain elements such as native support for WordArt. Overall, this upgrade is a must have for existing Visio 2000 or 5.0 users, but some 2002 users might not see any need for some of the functionality and might wait first to see if their diagramming and network infrastructure needs demand the new functionality and technology that Visio 2003 has to offer. ... Read more


19. Microsoft Picture It! Digital Image Pro 10.0
list price: $89.99
our price: $79.99
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Asin: B00029QWTM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 303
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Features

  • Powerful photo-editing tools; easy to use
  • New color management and exposure tools
  • Improved fix red-eye tool; new panoramic stitching
  • Share photo creations; e-mail, order prints online, or print out
  • Designer templates for cards, calendars, and more

20. Paint Shop Photo Album 5 Standard Edition
list price: $29.99
our price: $27.99
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Asin: B0002H066E
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Jasc Inc.
Sales Rank: 2156
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Features

  • Smart and simple digital camera software
  • Download photos from camera with just two clicks
  • Easy-to-use tools for organizing and touch ups
  • Automatically back-up photos on CD
  • Share photos in 13 fun different ways

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