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Parallels Desktop 5
Dr. Seuss's ABC's
Bento 3
MacOS X, Snow Leopard, 10.6
Garage Band 09
iDVD 09
iWeb 09
Numbers (iWork '09)
Keynote (iWork '09)
Pages (iWork '09)
iMovie 09
iPhoto '09
TechTool Pro 4.6
MacOS X, Leopard, 10.5
Photoshop Elements 6
Audio Hijack Pro
Pages (iWork '08)
Numbers (iWork '08)
Keynote (iWork '08)
Retrospect Desktop 6.1
Comic Life
iPhone: the Missing Manual
InDesign CS
WMV Studio Pro HD
the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers
Aperture 1.5: Professionally Manage Digital Photographs
iMac Core2Duo 20"
BBEdit 8.6
iWork '06-Keynote 3
iWork '06-Pages 2
Instant Music for Mac
Final Cut Express HD
Sticky Brain 2.0.2
Photoshop CS
QuicKeys X2
Stuffit Deluxe 8
Airport Express
Soundtrack 1.0.1
Digital Photography Pocket Guide
Indesign 2.0
Photoshop Elements 2.0
Acrobat Standard 6
World Book Encyclopedia Jaguar Edition
TIVO Hacks, 100 Industrial-Strenght
iPod: the Missing Manual
Keynote
Illustrator 10
Mac OS X, 10.3 (Panther)
Current Product Reviews
iLife 11: iMovie
By Monte Ferguson

iMovie 11 has a mixture of features with this release. They range from really cool to pretty slick. It is obvious that iPhoto gets the most attention, and the most features. But that doesn't mean iMovie is taking a backseat to iPhoto. Like iPhoto many of the changes and updates involve existing features. Also, like iPhoto, these improvements really beef up the existing feature set and make things work better.

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iLife 11: iPhoto
By Monte Ferguson

Apple has said that they're taking cues, and coding, used for the iOS and bringing that back to the Mac. It is evident that the engineers working on the iLife suite had that in mind with this release of the iLife suite. Full screen view, a carry over from iOS, makes its debut on the Mac. It could be argued that full-screen mode is the only new feature in iPhoto 11. The rest are features that have been there but have received major quality and functionality enhancements.

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Ion USB Turntable
By Monte Ferguson

When my old turntable died during a move I was deeply saddened. Not so much at the loss of the record player but what that meant. It meant that there was a part of my music library that I was cut off from. It force me to face the fact of format obsolescence. Without a record player all of those albums I had acquired were now worthless.

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Vinyl Studio 7.5.x
By Monte Ferguson

In this day of digital media it may sound archaic, but there are those of us who still have older material that we’d like to preserve. Namely record albums and cassette tapes. (If you’re someone who is under 30 I will pause while you look up those terms, records and cassette, in a search engine….. )

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VMWare Fusion 3.1.x
By Monte Ferguson

Macs in the enterprise world today are a very small percentage of the computers used in business’. A growing, but a minor player in the enterprise world to be sure. That means, at some point, a business Mac user will have to deal with a Microsoft dominated infrastructure. Most of the Microsoft/Windows enterprise tools, such as print servers, file servers or network authentication servers , do not support Mac clients. To get along, you have to play along. For many that means having to run Windows.

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RipIt
By Monte Ferguson

I have always been an admirer of the Keep It Simple Stupid, or KISS, method of design. It demands a very focused approach to design. It also forces the designer, or in this case developer, to focus on exactly what task the product is designed to do. Once that has been decided, only those features that accomplish the desired task are necessary. There are few programs that live up to that ideal. But I have found one. It is called RipIT.

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