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$429.99 $229.99 list($499.00)
21. Microsoft Visio Professional 2003
$320.00 list($1,229.99)
22. Adobe Creative Suites Premium
$179.99 $175.65 list($209.99)
23. Microsoft Publisher with Digital
$39.88
24. TECHSMITH SnagIt 7.1 ( Windows
$320.00 list($1,229.99)
25. Adobe Creative Suites Premium
Too low to display $49.99 list($99.99)
26. Keynote
$19.99
27. DarkBASIC
$149.99 list($159.99)
28. Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional
$159.99 Too low to display list($249.99)
29. Pantone Colorvision Spyder with
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30. ACD SYSTEMS ACDSee Photo Manager
$89.99 $86.95 list($199.99)
31. Poser Artist Fourth Edition
$164.99 $157.00 list($199.99)
32. Toast With Jam 6 (Mac)
$929.99 $849.88 list($999.99)
33. QuarkXpress 6.0
$589.99 $548.95 list()
34. Adobe Creative Suite Standard
$239.99 $229.99 list()
35. Pinnacle Studio MovieBox Deluxe
$749.99
36. Adobe Creative Suite Premium 1.3
$899.99 $700.00 list($999.99)
37. Adobe Creative Suite Standard
$87.99 list($99.95)
38. Microsoft Visio 2003 Standard
$1,124.99 list($1,229.99)
39. Adobe Creative Suite Premium 1.3
$169.99 list()
40. Pinnacle Studio Plus 9 AV/DV Deluxe

21. Microsoft Visio Professional 2003
list price: $499.00
our price: $429.99
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Asin: B0000BZ54T
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 462
Average Customer Review: 4 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
  • Great for building, space, and floor plans

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


22. Adobe Creative Suites Premium 1.1
list price: $1,229.99
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Asin: B0000DBN6M
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 680
Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars
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Features

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

Reviews (10)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anthony Trendl

5-0 out of 5 stars Great product - with extras!
Another fine product from Adobe. In addition to the four main software programs packaged together in the Creative Suite Premium edition (Photoshop CS, Illustrator CS, In Design CS, and GoLive CS) it also includes Adobe Acrobat Professional edition 6.0 and Version Cue. Version Cue is a library management program that can keep track of versions and allows users sharing files to check them in and out - and it's FREE. Thanks, Adobe!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


23. Microsoft Publisher with Digital Imaging 2003
list price: $209.99
our price: $179.99
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Asin: B0000C120D
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 252
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Features

  • Comprehensive business publishing and marketing materials program
  • Includes Publisher 2003 and Digital Image Pro version 9
  • Create impressive marketing materials for print, Web, and e-mail
  • New photo-editing tools, advanced selection tools, and touch-up tools
  • Use catalog merge to help create a new publication from a database

24. TECHSMITH SnagIt 7.1 ( Windows )

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Asin: B0006JI3MC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Techsmith
Sales Rank: 1519
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Features

  • With two mouse clicks you can capture any type of graphical content from the screen
  • Capture text from error messages, file directories, database & HTML tables and more
  • Simple one-step Web capture tools capture an entire site's JPEG, GIF and PNG files in one click
  • Printer Capture saves the content exactly as it would print -- print any document to SnagIt's virtual printer and save that output as a graphic file
  • Use the SnagIt add-ins and plug-in toolbars for Microsoft Office products - insert srceenshots into frames or to other applications

25. Adobe Creative Suites Premium 1.1 (Mac)
list price: $1,229.99
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Asin: B0000DBN4H
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 1584
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

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

Reviews (4)

2-0 out of 5 stars Don't forget to factor in manuals to the final price.
I grew up on Adobe products. They used to include great manuals and tutorials. Now I have paid more and received less. I am trying to learn how to use GoLive but the online manual doesn't make a whole lot of sense. How come a printed manual isn't included? Oh, I have to pay more for it? How come I seem to be paying for printing costs then? Customer support? To get real help I'll have to pay for it. I used Adobe Premiere for Mac but that product got abandoned. I will not buy another Adobe product until they either give more or charge less. If you are getting started with web design I would suggest going somewhere else. That being said... Illustrator and Photoshop are both still great products and the upgrades were easy for me to understand (probably because the last versions I had included a printed manual and tutorials). Let's face it, if it wasn't for OS X, I would have just stuck to the older versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, and PageMaker and bought Dreamweaver instead. Photoshop CS - Classroom in a Book = $45. Illustrator CS - Classroom in a Book = $31.50. GoLive CS - Classroom in a Book = $45. InDesign - Classroom in a Book = $45. Acrobat Pro - Classroom in a Book = $45. $211.50 in manuals right there. Its a good product but it keeps on costing you in time and money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent design software
No software is perfect, but Adobe comes as close to well designed, intuitive, user-friendly software as I have ever seen. Photoshop and Illustrator have always been the industry standards, and here they are both improved - particularly the digital photographer will be happy with the new photo filters in Photoshop CS, and the much improved file browser and the new filter gallery are also excellent additions. As far as publishing programs are concerned, InDesign is a greatly more intuitive program than Quark at a fraction of its cost, and because its pallets function much the same as in Photoshop and Illustrator, it is an easily acquired program if you are familiar with Adobe software.

I use these programs on a Mac OS X platform and for me they are very stable. I have had none of the crashing problems or tech support difficulties that another reviewer of the Adobe Creative Suite has had. For anyone using many design programs at once, enough RAM is always a requirement for smooth operation. But if you have enough RAM and a Mac platform, you should have no significant problems at all. PCs crash more by their nature because their operating system is not as stable as a Mac's, but still Adobe products are not only more intuitive than Microsoft's (for example), they also will crash far less on a PC than most other types of software (like Microsoft's).

Photoshop and Illustrator have always defined the state of the art for photo editing and raster graphic software respectively, and here Adobe is carrying on the tradition. InDesign looks as though it is fast replacing Quark in the publishing industry as well, so if you are a creative professional you will be more than happy in the end to own the Adobe Creative Suite. What else would you use?

1-0 out of 5 stars i used to like adobe...
...then i needed to contact their technical support because illustrator crashes when you try to label layers. they go out of their way to make it as difficult as possible. no email support. instead you have to ring an area code 206 number and wait until some overworked undertrained person tells you to reinstall the product or the operating system... very helpful. just like their software.

i'll look elsewhere the next time i look for an illustration package or a graphics editor. and i won't even bother discussing their inept page layout program.

4-0 out of 5 stars glad I got it
I just bought it off of AMazon a week ago (which is the lowest price for the full version I have been able to find so far) and IM glad I did. For new people to the software, you may wanna stay with your older version for a bit and just get used to it before shelling out the money, but if your serious about design and making your workflow work to the max for you, this new collection is a must. Tight integration and the help of the version Cue additional file managment software will help even the messiest designer keep thier files inline. If design is what you want to do, then theres no better package to get. Ive been using Photoshop for years and Illustrator and Indesign for a while now and this is defenitly an inovation in design.
I gave it 4 stars due to small problems I had installing the whole suite at once. I have never had the problem with anything else and it was frustrating. But after that its smooth saling. ... Read more


26. Keynote
list price: $99.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B000088NEW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 1096
Average Customer Review: 4.11 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com

Keynote, Apple’s answer to Microsoft’s PowerPoint presentation software, has the limited feature set of a first offering but makes a good-looking show out of the gate.

Users accustomed to PowerPoint’s robust array of clip art, pre-populated themes, and pre-set transitions will be disappointed with Keynote’s small offering of pre-fabricated elements. However, they won’t be able to find fault with the visual quality of the elements that Keynote does include; any of the tasteful Keynote themes, detachable chart elements, or cinematic slide transitions would easily stand out against their PowerPoint counterparts.

Keynote’s interface is fairly similar to PowerPoint, although there are some differences. As with PowerPoint you can setup and see the progress of your slide show in a vertical panel on the left. Most of the formatting controls are in a control box called the "inspector"--whether building a chart, making a graphic twirl, or mandating the transition between two slides, you are mostly using the inspectors’ controls rather than dropdown menus or key commands to get things done. In addition to being able to animate imported graphics, audio and movie files can be played within a slide, though these multimedia effects will not run across multiple slides.

What will have to wait for the next version are comprehensive chart creation and exporting capabilities. Currently Keynote provides nine beautiful chart styles to choose from, but getting data into these pre-populated formats can be tedious. Users may find it easier to construct their more complicated charts outside the program, and import them as pre-made images into the slideshow.And, though you can export Keynote presentations to QuickTime and to PowerPoint, there is no Keynote-to-HTML conversion as yet. --Elizabeth Aoki

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Features

  • Design razor-sharp text, beautiful charts & tables, and professional-quality layouts, all with just a few clicks
  • Create high-quality visual effects like transitions between slides, element effects and more
  • Intuitive slide navigator and simple thumbnail viewer for more precise controls and better slide organization
  • Professional themes and images combined with must-haves like anti-aliased text, dynamic alignment guides and snap-rulers
  • Experiment with different typefaces to create the perfect text for your presentation

Reviews (9)

4-0 out of 5 stars New Turn Your Slide Presentations with Keynote
For most Mac users, slide presentations means Microsoft's Powerpoint. Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, in 2003 decided there is the ÔMac WayÕ for presentations. In Steve Jobs words, ÒKeynote makes your presentation really count. Ó

Under the Keynote Hood

You can choose transition, style, direction and speed when you use KeynoteÕs Inspector. Creating object builds adds visual interest to your slide presentation. You can animate the elements on a single slide or in a group of slides.

One click and you alter the opacity of a graphic using the Slide Inspector. Click twice and you can set the playback parameters for a QuickTime movie. The Build window in the Inspector allows you to preview, add, and manipulate transitions within and between slides.

AppleÕs Keynote allows you to include sound for your presentation. AppleÕs KeynoteÕs sound formats you can use are MOV, Flash, MP3 and AIFF. Also, you can add files from iTunesÕ music library to your Keynote slide presentation. In addition, you can add a Quicktime movie to your slides.

Pro Reaction

Keynote has crisp, fresh graphics. KeynoteÕs ÔDrag and DropÕ and exporting to AppleÕs Quicklime both work well. You can import Microsoft PowerPoint or AppleWorksÕ presentations and create a custom theme base on those slides.

You can store your images in KeynoteÕs Image Library. KeynoteÕs Cube and Mosaic Large transitions are outstanding for updating your MicrosoftÕs PowerPoint. You receive a KeynoteÕs User Guide manual. No missing manual here.

Con Reaction

Keynote lacks prebuilt presentations. Also, Keynote has very little clip art to work with in presentations. Also, you have limited presentation themes to choose from in Keynote.

Keynote Cube and Mosaic Large and small transitions do not render well when exporting in MicrosoftÕs PowerPoint or AcrobatÕs PDF formats. Missing from KeynoteÕs User Guide is an index.

Final Notes

You can count on KeynoteÕs sharp appearance, ease of use, and great price. Keynote makeÔs it easy to create professional-looking presentations compatible with MicrosoftÕs PowerPoint. In addition, Keynote gives your presentations attractive slide-transition effects. I use AppleÕs KeynoteÕs software as a companion software for revising my MicrosoftÕs PowerPoint presentations.

5-0 out of 5 stars Charts and clean presentations...
I work with plenty of powerpoint charts in my work with windows users...but when I need a great statistics chart, I turn to Keynote. I have plenty of control over the output and the results are stunning.

The export to powerpoint works terrific. However, if you build a presentation in Keynote, you may just consider exporting it into Quicktime so that the viewer can simply run through the presentation in pristine quality and enjoy all of the terrific transitions.

I hope to see more office apps like this from Apple in the future.

5-0 out of 5 stars It knows what you need.
For years, PowerPoint has been the bain of my existence. My boss is obsessed with it. Every week it's another presentation in PowerPoint. Finally, an alternative. As usual, Apple takes the "point" out of a Microsoft product. It seems fair, all things considered.

The user interface for this program is fast and easy to learn. It even gives you several options of themes to use for those deadline crunches that we all run into from time to time. It includes the famous drag-and-drop functionality that we've come to expect.

Most importantly, you can save it out to PowerPoint for those less enlighted souls who still think that a Windows machine will help them keep up with the times.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bill Palmer's Keynote Review
Despite its youth and inexperience, Keynote represents everything that's right about computing in the Mac universe, and easily explains why I use a Mac.

My full thoughts on Keynote are too long to post here, but if you would like to read all about it, just follow this link (cut and paste it into your browser if it's not clickable):

Bill Palmer's Keynote Review
[website]

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy, Sharp, Intuitive, Apple
After being a slave to both Mc and PC versions of PPT, Keynote came along and threw off the bonds. As I own my own business and can use what I want, Keynote will replace PPT without hesitation.
Graphic acuity, more choices and freedoms to manipulate charts and graphs with ease.
No problem leaving MS PPT at the curb with the rest of the mutts.. ... Read more


27. DarkBASIC
list price: $19.99
our price: $19.99
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Asin: B00005V57T
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Enteractive Inc.
Sales Rank: 431
Average Customer Review: 3.91 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Easier to comprehend than some other game-programming packages out there, DarkBASIC offers both a fun tutorial and a powerful code editor. You can start programming right away in this offshoot of the BASIC language. First you will learn about the principles of programming, then advance onto media and 3-D topics with further study. The program makes it easy, and with a handful of impressive examples you can learn by doing on several short, fast programs.

The main editor area of the program is attractive, although it does remind us a bit of the role-playing games of the late 1980s. Our favorite perk was the Command Line Interface (CLI) button in the page header: this feature allows you to test single or small groups of commands without constructing an entire program. The online help system is multifaceted: it offers a "fast track" option for those with programming experience (or who are just impatient) as well as a more structured lesson plan.

The user manual is particularly friendly and witty in tone, and we appreciated the Further Tutorials pamphlet that accompanied the package. The initial tutorials cover basic program form, creating line objects, using color, and terraforming. The advanced tutorials examine everything from determining camera perspective to the use of fogs and backdrops, from explosions to bullets and monsters.

We first took DarkBASIC out for a spin with a simple text program, and then moved on to creating a simple 3-D game (unfortunately without conclusion). The package comes with a number of textures for floor, wall, and ceiling, as well as other objects like monsters, weapons, and the like. You're not limited to using only these: DarkBASIC covers how to import your own images and assets for use in your program. This package handles five types of media files: images (as bitmap files), sound (as WAV files), music (as MIDI files), animation (as AVI files), and object models. For each of these, you may specify the correct editor, ensuring a strong connection and compatibility between DarkBASIC and your selected applications.

We were very impressed with the media browser and accompanying contents: in this gallery-style view, you can check out the goblins, samurais, game sounds, streaming music, textures, and game screens (like the "game over" screen). Our only issue with DarkBASIC was that there wasn't a minimize option readily available, making it difficult to multitask with other projects we're working on (yet easy to get engrossed in our dreams of 3-D game generation).

Overall, DarkBASIC ran very smoothly after install and left plenty of resources free for other applications to continue running. In the end, we recommend DarkBASIC to future (and present) game-programming gurus for ease of use, quality, and the overall fun factor. --Emilie Herbst ... Read more

Reviews (11)

3-0 out of 5 stars Good concept, but Darkbasic pro is a better choice
I own both this and darkbasic pro,

I would like to say that they are both great products, but not for those with no programing mentality. Writting a game requires good understanding in maths and generaly thinking in a clear logical way. So it is not as easy as it says on the packaging. The tutorial on the manual is very good, and will get you started writting first person shooter games in no time. Otherwise, the manual is very poor when it comes to describing what the commands do. Only the syntax is explained properly. The actual function of the commands is not very clear unless you already know what you are doing, or the command is a very basic one.

This programing language needs a good book to accompany it before it gains any value.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dude that uses DrakBASIC
DarkBASIC is a great product. I use it as my primary language for the game I am creating. I find it to be an increadably easy to use language. The code is simple, it comes with a manual that explains everything, and some tutorials that explain it further. I find these things really helpful. It has a great interface and uses DirectX to its full extent. It includes sample games that show you how to do certain things, models and art for game creation, and its own editor/compiler. On thier website, they tell news, downlads for other games, support, additional artowrk and examples, links, and other things. A great recommendation, if you use DarkBASIC, is downloading a windows editor that is if not as much, easier to use than the one supplied by Enteractive. Also, due to DarkBASIC being written in C++, it can go as fast, or sometimes even faster, than C++. If you want to make a game, but don't want to spend a lot of time learning C++ and the money for a comiler, DarkBASIC should definently be your choice.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good if you want to work hard
This program is good if you want to mold the matrix bit by bit. But if you want to make games in a snap, spring for the professional and get a level editor on a DarkBASIC website.

5-0 out of 5 stars darkbasic by legolas
If you can't do much else in darkbasic try this sample program:
type this in:
DO
PRINT "WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT"
LOOP
now you got a crazy program that has that for lines down--- IT'S YOUR FIRST PROGRAM! and the first thing on the telegram, I think. (...)

2-0 out of 5 stars Good idea, but bad design
I got this as a present about two years ago, and I have had mixed feelings. I like it, but I get really frustrated because the program is buggy. I cannot create a standalone executable, and the program has random bugs. Also, it is very hard to create proffesional-type games. Be aware that the machine you run standalone programs on has to have a video card, regardless of whether you use it or not. In conclusion, good idea, but very buggy. ... Read more


28. Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional Upgrade from Professional Version 6 (Mac)
list price: $159.99
our price: $149.99
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Asin: B00069DSSQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 126
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Features

  • Create PDF files with the click of a button from Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Internet Explorer
  • Create a single Adobe PDF document from multiple sources, including portions of Web pages and previously combined Adobe PDF documents
  • 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
  • Protect documents with passwords, certificates, and other security controls

29. Pantone Colorvision Spyder with PhotoCAL
list price: $249.99
our price: $159.99
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Asin: B00007IT9B
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Pantone, Inc.
Sales Rank: 1427
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Calibrate your monitor in easy-to-follow steps
  • All-digital, 7-filter colorimeter; works with both CRT and LCD monitors
  • Calibrate monitor to selected tone response and color temperature
  • Create an ICC profile of the monitor in its calibrated state
  • Designed for novice users; requires no startup time or user training

Reviews (2)

2-0 out of 5 stars Questionable Color
First and foremost you need to know my background. I'm an Illustrator and I've been working with color and images a very long time. I'm also extremely adept at computers having my A+, Network+, MCSE, MCSA and CCNA certifications. I've always relied on Adobe Gammma to do the job but my Dell 5100 Laptop needed a lot of help.

Ok, so I've been trying to get my color calibrated correctly for a while now. The main problem has been my Dell 5100 Laptop showing colors a tad bit too dark. So I went out and bought this Spyder with PhotoCal software.

Installation was a breeze. The software booted up great onto Windows Xp Pro and Home and it instantly recognized the Colorimeter tool (the plastic attachment that measures the color on your screen).

The calibration is only Wizard-based (which kinda sucked). It guides you step-by-step with the following questions...
1) Is this a CRT or LCD
2) Would you like 1.8 or 2.2 Gamma?
3) Would you like 5000 or 6500 color temperature.
4) Can you adjust the color settings? Yes, No and Presets are options.

If you select No, then it starts the calibration immediately by scanning all gradations of RGB, White, Black and Grey.

If you select Yes, then it quickly scans normal RGB and then asks you to adjust the colors through your monitor until they all meet inside a thin rectangular box (I thought the calibrator was supposed to do this!). Once you calilbrate your own monitor, it starts running through all the gradations of RGB, White Grey and Black as mentioned above.

Finally...it asks you to save your ICC profile and it creates a nifty Startup program similar to Adobe Gamma that boots with Windows.

First was my 19" Dell 1901FP LCD monitor. The love of my life. Color on this monitor is quite nice but I decided to give it a go and test it out anyways. I deleted Adobe Gamma from my startup folder and away we went.

Once done, I was somewhat happy. The white, however, seemed rather blueish. All the other colors seemed ok. I was semi-content and moved on to my notebook. This was trickier since I can't adjust color settings and I had to completely rely on the Spyder to do the job. It finished and looked semi-decent. So being in a hurry I packed everything away and left to work.

At work...things got bad quick. I booted up my Dell 5100 Laptop and immediately noticed the colors were quite dark. As a matter of fact, my gamma was screwed. I was looking at a picture of some black Rollerblades I was selling on eBay and I couldn't differentiate the blacks from the midtones. It was just a congestion of really dark mids and highlight.

So I did some research and found out I was supposed to calibrate without any ambient light sources. This was buried in the PhotoCal CD and was never mentioned in the Wizard. At the time I had daylight and tungsten lights (Reveal lightbulbs) so I guessed that's what I did wrong. So tonight, in complete and total darkness I once again calibrated both the LCD and Notebook monitor and I achieved the same results. The notebook was deathly dark and although the colors were much better off, I simply couldn't adjust the gamma. The whites on the Dell 1901FP 19" display were still blue-toned.

This product did not calibrate my Notebook as promised and it left my LCD's colors questionable. In my line of work, there can't be any questions. This product is going back.

5-0 out of 5 stars Yes, you do need this, and it works
If the image on your monitor doesn't match what comes out of the printer, this gizmo will fix the problem. It works with both CRTs and LCD's. It takes 15 minutes and when youre done the monitor will use a custom profile that sets the mix of red, green and blue correctly, along with the brightness. You have to know in advance what kind of controls your monitor has -- no color controls -- common on laptops, or user-set RGB and color temperature controls. But the insructions tell you how to find out, and the product works with either type. Hint #1: To see the monitor controls and the calibration pattern simultaneuously, open the PhotoCal software, drag it over to one side of the screen and then open the monitor controls and drag them over to the other side. #2: Re-run the calibration after you adjust the monitor to check the results -- the software doesn't cycle back by itself. ... Read more


30. ACD SYSTEMS ACDSee Photo Manager 7.0 ( Windows )

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Asin: B0006Q7FC4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Acd Systems
Sales Rank: 1294
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Features

  • Acquire, organize, view and manage your images faster than ever
  • Use the Curves tool to correct exposure
  • Examine your images in their original RAW formats -- supports RAW files from Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Olympus, Kodak and Minolta
  • Copy photo files to CD/DVD instantly with the Create Disc Wizard
  • Optimize your workflow using the Context Sensitive Toolbar

31. Poser Artist Fourth Edition
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Asin: B00028ZLA4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Curious Labs, Inc.
Sales Rank: 1058
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Features

  • Premiere 3D character and figure design solution for artists and animators
  • Create images, movies, Web media, print content, and posed figures
  • Multiple light sources; high-quality surface mapping and shadows
  • Easily scale and manipulate individual body parts
  • Rich gallery of ready-to-use 3D character models, poses, and more

32. Toast With Jam 6 (Mac)
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B0001597KI
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Roxio
Sales Rank: 729
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Toast 6 Titanium: CD and DVD burning software for Mac OS X
  • Jam 6: DJ-style mixing and mastering software
  • Bias Peak Express: powerful stereo editing software
  • Dolby Digital Sound: Hollywood-standard encoding and decoding software
  • DVD Music Album: hours of music on a single DVD

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Bling bling music DVDs
Put your music on DVDs... play them in your home stereo... party on.

Plus, burning software that has always been the best!

5-0 out of 5 stars Toast w Jam 6
The programs included in this box was Toast© Titanium 6 and Toast© with Jam 6. For simplicity sake I will refer to them as "Jam" and "Titanium". Both programs are very easy to use. Just drag and drop and you are on your way.

"Jam" deals with just audio files. That however is mildly putting it. You can make CD's or DVD's like a DJ, digitize analog records and tapes plus make more in depth edits to your tracks in Peak Express. "Jam" is pretty easy to use the interface window gives you all the info about your tracks. You can adjust the "Cross Fades" in between your tracks or you could completely remove them to create a party type mix where the music never stops. You can "Trim" tracks so if you want that track to end sooner you can tweak your "Gain" and "Fade" to really control that track. You know for the songs that have endings you could do without you could quick "Fade" them. After all of your tweaking just burn your CD or DVD straight from "Jam" no need to go to another program. After you select your "Write Speed" for your CD or DVD you can select the option of also having the program eject the media when finished or send it to your desktop or just wait for you.

"Titanium" handles "Data", "Audio", "Video" and "Disk Copy". An interface window similar to "Jam" opens up with the different "Media" tabs on the top of the menu and the "Basic" and "Advanced" features on the left pop-out menu.

For "Data" burns you have six choices when it comes to how you want to be able to access the media later. Choose the one you want, then just drag and drop your files into the interface window hit the red record button tell it what write speed you would like and it starts a burning.

Audio files you just drag and drop and arrange the tracks to your liking. You don't have the same options of adjusting or tweaking your audio tracks like you do in "Jam" you could adjust the pause in between tracks but that's about as much tweaking that you can do. It would definitely be better if you did your adjusting in Peak Express before bringing them into "Titanium". You have five choices to choose from as to the type of media that you want to burn.

Video files just drag and drop your photos or videos into the interface window. You have three choices to choose from. In this program you don't have templates like you do in IDVD or DVD Studio Pro so if you just want something basic this will work great. "Titanium" creates a basic "Menu" so your finished product still can have a bit more professional look. The "Menu" you can have up to three "Buttons". The "Buttons" you can customize a bit; name it, the photo "Button" can be any slide or any frame within the video and adjust the duration of the slides, (if you want them to change automatically or manually). Then hit the red button and a burning you will go.

There is also a neat feature called "Plug and Burn" Just hook up your DV camcorder to your computer put in a DVD and you can burn your tape straight from your camcorder to a DVD. "Titanium" captures the video and puts it on your disc for you. "Titanium" will even rewind to the beginning of the tape for you before it starts recording.

The "Copy" tab lets you make an exact copy of any single-session disc. Audio discs, backup discs, MP3, IDVD and Mac and Windows discs. You have five choices in this mode. It will allow you to do this even if you only have one drive you just have to swap discs when prompted.

Both programs were very easy to use. A step above the basics, but limited when compared to IDVD or any of the higher dollar programs. "Jam" is great if you really want to start getting into controlling your audio tracks a bit more. I would call these programs low-medium range when it comes to skill levels in CD & DVD authoring. They both give a nice intro before getting into some of the higher end and more complicated programs, like IDVD and DVD Studio Pro.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is just what the Doctor ordered!!
The addition of Jam has allowed me to make an Awesome musical DVD album!
Jam's new high compression allowed me to make not just a musical DVD but add pictures to view as well for a party i had which was very entertaining to those just sitting around. One DVD with music played from the time of set up until the next morning! AWESOME!

5-0 out of 5 stars DVD Music Albums & Dolby Digital are Great Additions
Toast with Jam 6 does lots of things very well. And it comes with a great bundle of other applications such as Motion Pictures, Bias Peak Express, CD SpinDoctor and Discus. But the new features that are the greatest for my interests are the DVD Music Albums and Dolby Digital sound encoding. First, the DVD Music Albums allow me to do something that never was possible before: make long-playing music DVDs. I can have about 7 hours of CD-quality music or more than 30 hours of Dolby Digital music on one DVD. The playlists I create are shown as individual albums on my TV and I can see and select any music track on the DVD with my player's remote control. Even though it was created on a Mac it can be played on any DVD player.

Dolby Digital AC3 is the sound format used on commercial video discs (although Toast's Dolby Digital is 2 channel stereo, not 5.1 surround). It sounds great yet takes up much less space than the uncompressed "PCM" sound so you can get about 2 hours of video on a DVD-R rather than just 1-1/2 hours.

Prior to Toast with Jam 6 I couldn't do either of these. I'm happy!

And you should see the fabulous DVD I made of my grandson's first year using Motion Pictures. It's amazing how much is gained by panning and zooming on still images as music plays. From 8 hours old to 1 year old in a 5 minute DVD; he steals your heart. ... Read more


33. QuarkXpress 6.0
list price: $999.99
our price: $929.99
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Asin: B0000A1GPA
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Quark
Sales Rank: 640
Average Customer Review: 2.38 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Page layout utility
  • Output PDF files directly from QuarkXPress without buying third-party software
  • Layout spaces with synchronized text
  • Improved, interactive tools for Web page design
  • Improvements to output features, including As Is Color Space and DeviceN

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Design Resume Absolutely Must Have Quark
I learned how to effectively use Quark in the first 2 weeks of my college Prepress class, and anybody in the design world knows that if you can't use it you're a novice. It's itelligent, straight forward and an essential program for any graphic designer to master. All the complaints about this program are the result of non professionals who are either unwilling or unable to learn how to use it properly. "In Design" - what a joke. I love Adobe products, but let's get serious. If you can't use Quark, you might as well start applying for a job designing the Church Newsletter, because you can't get a top level design position without knowing this program. If you are studying to be a designer - trust me... learn it, know it, love it!

1-0 out of 5 stars QuarkXpress 6.0 is a joke
I am actually writting this review while on the phone with their tech support group in India. I can barely understand the person and the can you believe that you have to call them to reactivate the software every time we go from Daylight Savings Time to Daylight Time. That is twice per year. There is a bug in their authentication/serial number system, which by design includes the DST flag for the local computer in the activation routine.

This is crazy...After paying full price for two copies, why do I have to spend 30 minutes per machine twice per year to reactivate their product to help them control piracy, of which I am not a part of.

Sounds like class action suit time...We should all sue for the time lost just in reactivating their products.

I used to be happy with version 3.x and 4.x.

1-0 out of 5 stars Stress Is Not Worth It
This is the most poorly designed software yet from Quark. First, installing it can prove to be a terror if you have to ever reinstall it. Quark has set up a monstrous procedure where you must call them or attempt at their website to activate the software, which can force you to wait 2 to 3 days before you can use it. The orginal from the factory is actually their demo. Not just that, but the length of the activation code is 47 numbers and even though you get them right, they won't work on their website application/registration/activation page.

Now, let's assume you get that far. Once into the working Quark you'll find you spent a lot of money for nothing more than what Quark 4.1 offers except for a "clear vision" extension and some minor bells and whistles. They advertise that you can "build web pages" using Quark, clearly deceiving you to believe you can "translate existing Quark documents" to web pages. Forget it. You have to redo or build from scratch. It's also very old technology and is not the kind of page you want to post against the newer W3C rules. You'll play with the deveil in the end.

Best to use the older version if you still have it. If you've never used Quark and are tempted to buy it to try it...go to Adobe's Indesign first or pick up an older copy of Adobe's Pagemaker.

Finally, Quark's support service is AWFUL. They just aren't there for you when you need them, unless you pay them a lot of money for a "service agreement." If you do get hold of someone, they are in a foreign country and barely understandable and worse, they are reading something or blaming you for their product not working correctly. Quark has changed from its original service company to the newer modern insult-the-customer business style.

Thumbs down on this one.

2-0 out of 5 stars InDesign Is a better choice
I've been using QuarkXpress for 8 years and was a dedicated Xpress user until the release of Quark 6.0 (which I purchased). The pdf feature and the high resolution preview of eps files and OSX compatibility as well as it's familiarity made me give it a try. I've been using Xpress 6 for about a month now and I'm not impressed. Customer support is weak at best and it is almost impossible to register because users have to enter a serial number and a registration number and a one hundred digit activation code (I'm not kidding 100 numbers and letters). Quark claims it's software will activate automatically on-line. It doesn't if you have a firewall. Many of the new features Quark claims to have added are extensions that must be installed separately (high res preview for eps images being one of them). Quark 4.11 users will be upset to learn that 6.0 will only save down to version 5.0 and there isn't a plug-in to fix this oversight as Quark claims. The icing on the cake is that if you change computers or if your system has trouble and you need to re-install QuarkXpress 6 you'll have to call Quark and get a new activation code. Be prepared to wait a week or two. Now if you've wasted enough of your valuable time you've probably been like me and bought a copy of InDesign. Yeah I have to learn a few things to be as fast as I was in Quark ..but it'll be worth it . The best part of InDesign is that I registered Photoshop, Illustrator, GoLive and InDesign with one serial number and I was up and running (at half the price of QuarkXpress).

2-0 out of 5 stars We'll be Watching You!
I love Quark's software. But it does have its quirks. First, most of its latest improvements seem to be in tweaking an aggravating activation system that is frequently corrupted and requires reactivation. So if you're operating off a notebook and can't reactivate, you have to call Quark, wait forever for a new code to be generated, and painstakingly type it in.

Second, Quark has gone through great lengths to make its web design module work better, but I never use Quark for web design, so that only makes the program bigger and klunkier.

Quark 6 does do multiple undos, for which it deserves kudos; however, it's maddening to find out that not all actions are undoable. Write down the ones that aren't or you'll be sorry.

Finally, one computer, one program. Forget about having this baby on your home and work computer or your desktop and notebook.

My advice? If you have Quark 5, keep it and cherish it. If you don't, get Quark 5 off EBay and let some other sucker upgrade. And finally, if you want to come over to the light side of The Force, get Adobe's fabulous InDesign. Not only is it better behaved, it has no activation and you can put it on both of your computers. It's also more stable. For me personally, I'm staying with Quark 5.

Good luck. ... Read more


34. Adobe Creative Suite Standard 1.1 Upgrade

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Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 2829
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Features

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

35. Pinnacle Studio MovieBox Deluxe 9.0 [USB 2.0]

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Asin: B00032Q3XS
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Publisher: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 587
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Features

  • Home Cinema support - Capture, edit and output 16 x 9 widescreen video, and create surround sound soundtracks
  • Automated editing - Let SmartMovie edit your movie for you
  • Fix poorly shot footage using Studio's new cleaning and restoration tools
  • Audio Filters - Apply professional-level effects such as Reverb, Graphic EQ and normalize
  • Image Filters - Create exciting video effects, such as Old Time Movie, Ripples, Lens Flares and more

36. Adobe Creative Suite Premium 1.3 Upgrade (Mac) from PhotoShop
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Asin: B0006J2PMQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 514
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Features

  • Create and publish content for print and the Web
  • Includes Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and GoLive
  • Also includes Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional software
  • Create reliable Adobe PDF files; streamline review cycles
  • Innovative Version Cue helps you find files fast, track multiple versions of your files, and share your files for creative collaboration

37. Adobe Creative Suite Standard 1.1
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Asin: B0000DBNHV
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 1570
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Features

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

38. Microsoft Visio 2003 Standard Upgrade
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Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
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Features

  • Visio 2003 is the simple & flexible tool that documents and organizes complex ideas, processes, and systems -- and illustrates them for others!
  • 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

39. Adobe Creative Suite Premium 1.3
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Asin: B0006J2PTO
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 874
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Features

  • Create and publish content for print and the Web
  • Includes Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and GoLive
  • Also includes Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional software
  • Create reliable Adobe PDF files; streamline review cycles
  • Innovative Version Cue helps you find files fast, track multiple versions of your files, and share your files for creative collaboration

40. Pinnacle Studio Plus 9 AV/DV Deluxe

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Asin: B00032Q1L2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 1001
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Features

  • Powerful, easy-to-use home-video editing software
  • Capture and edit home movies on PC using any consumer videotape format
  • Professional breakout box for easily attaching analog or digital video sources
  • Unique custom chip for highest possible video image quality
  • Pinnacle Studio PLUS v.9 and Pinnacle Hollywood FX Plus included

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