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PCR's guide to back to school software

A look at the latest software for students
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As the back to school period approaches, it’s a good idea to stock software that students will be searching for to help them organise, protect and advance their schoolwork.

We take a look at what’s on offer.

SONY IMAGINATION STUDIO 4
SRP: £119.95
DISTRIBUTOR: Gem Distribution
THEY SAY: Imagination Studio 4 is the essential way to get the most out of your video, music, and pictures. Turn your video shoots into Hollywood-style movies, make your own original music, and share your creations online. This bundle features four powerful Sony applications that, together, create a total multimedia experience. Edit video in stunning AVCHD or stereoscopic 3D, create original music, and enhance multichannel audio. It’s easier than ever to take control of your own creativity and weave your ideas into high-quality movies that you can upload to Pixelcast (a new Sony site for sharing and collaboration) and YouTube or burn to a DVD or Blu-ray Disc.

CORELDRAW HOME & STUDENT SUITE X6
SRP: £99.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Gem Distribution
THEY SAY: CorelDRAW Home & Student Suite X6 brings the power of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 to hobbyists and students who are looking for a product to be used exclusively for non-commercial purpose. Based on the same core as CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6.1, Home & Student is built from the ground-up for the users who create graphics for print and the web in non- commercial usage, e.g. for your school project or not-for-profit associations and clubs.

OFFICE 365 UNIVERSITY
SRP: £42 - £60
DISTRIBUTOR: Entatech, Gem Distribution, Target Components
THEY SAY: Microsoft Office 365 for education gives academic institutions a familiar Microsoft Office desktop suite with online versions of next-generation communications and collaboration services. Educators, staff, and students get anywhere access to email and calendars, Office Web Apps, video and online meetings, and document-sharing. Office 365 has your favorite Microsoft Office features online and allows you to better prepare coursework, create sophisticated reports and presentations, and collaborate over the web with fellow teachers or students.

ADOBE CREATIVE SUITE 6 DESIGN STANDARD
SRP: £1,032
DISTRIBUTOR: Computers Unlimited, Computer 2000
THEY SAY: Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design Standard combines industry-standard tools for professional print design and digital publishing. Create stunning images and graphics with innovative painting and drawing tools.

ESET CYBER SECURITY PRO
CONTACT: ESET
THEY SAY: Eliminates all types of threats, including viruses, worms and spyware. Show your kids only the good side of the internet. Opt to block more than 20 categories of potentially offensive web content. Allow or block different website categories for a number of users or choose from predefined user profiles – child, teenager or parent. Don’t let hackers steal and misuse your passwords or banking details and protect your online identity during online shopping.

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KASPERSKY PURE 3.0 TOTAL SECURITY
SRP: 1PC - £34.99, 3 PCs - £41.99, 5 PCs - £62.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Entatech, Gem Distribution, Ingram Micro
THEY SAY: For the ultimate PC security solution, choose Kaspersky PURE 3.0 Total Security. It delivers everything you need to protect your PC – including your digital identity and your documents, photos, music and passwords – against the latest, sophisticated malware and internet threats. PURE 3.0 preserves your PC’s performance by working in the background and providing PC Cleanup tools so you can keep working on projects without being interrupted.

NORTON ONLINE BACKUP
SRP: £39.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Gem Distribution
THEY SAY: If a computer disaster strikes, will you be ready? Norton Online Backup automatically safeguards your files, music, photos and other important documents from loss. Backup files from up to five of your family’s computers, even if they run different platforms. Email links to files in your backup set so you can easily share them with family, friends, and colleagues.

OFFICE HOME AND STUDENT 2013
SRP: £75.0 - £109.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Entatech, Gem Distribution
THEY SAY: Staying connected to family or working together at school is easier than ever with the latest Office. Brainstorm school and home projects, share notes and plan in OneNote. Unleash your creative side at home or for school. Drag pictures, videos, and online media into your documents, and expertly align them with ease. Office saves your documents to SkyDrive so your notes, photos, and files are always accessible.

SERIF DESKTOP PUBLISHING SUITE
SRP: £30.63
DISTRIBUTOR: Gem Distribution
THEY SAY: Serif’s Desktop Publishing Suite is the fast, fun and easy way to be creative with design and print. Greeting cards, invitations, calendars, labels, homework projects, newsletters, re?sume?s, and notices can all be made in moments – using high-quality templates or designing from scratch. Desktop Publishing Suite offers a friendly workspace, flexible document types that include regular and folded layouts, hundreds of ready-made design templates, hundreds more ready-made pieces of gallery artwork, and plenty of design tools to help make sophisticated documents.

SOFTWARE ESSENTIALS 2013
SRP: £129.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Gem Distribution
THEY SAY: This exclusive bundle from Gem offers the ultimate in home PC security. With five patented layers of protection, Norton Internet Security is engineered to be safer and is optimised for speed and performance, and protection from all types of cybercrime including online identity theft, social media threats and phishing scams. The software is now partnered with Office Home & Student 2013, which includes the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote for 1 PC.

JUMP AHEAD YEAR 1
SRP: £10.20
DISTRIBUTOR: Focus Multimedia, Target Components
THEY SAY: Join Frankie the dog in an interactive classroom filled with animation and song. Packed with 18 activities that cover essential skills for Year 1, this version of the award-winning original program features assessment technology and a printable workbook.

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WEBSITE X5
SRP: £59.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Incomedia
THEY SAY: With WebSite X5 no programming skills are required. You can create your very own sites, blogs and online stores using a fully visual and intuitive interface. Choose your template, then drag and drop your text, image, video, gallery, widget or email form object into the grid to create the content. With the same simplicity you can set the e-commerce, blog, and reserved area advanced settings and get your website online with the built-in FTP engine.

COMPUTER CLASSROOM AT HOME STUDY PACKS
SRP: £15.31 each
DISTRIBUTOR: Avanquest
THEY SAY: Make learning at home a fun adventure with these fantastic Computer Classroom Room at Home Study Packs suitable for ages 5-11. Designed to strengthen your child’s English, Maths, Reading and Spelling skills, each pack contains four superb programs. Each study pack features a comprehensive range of progressive lessons designed by experienced teachers to support children’s learning at school. Your child will have fun working through a diverse range of animated lessons; full of fun and engaging puzzles, games and activities.

REALLUSION CRAZYTALK ANIMATOR
SRP: Standard - £29.99, Pro - £109.99
CONTACT: KL Associates
THEY SAY: With Reallusions CrazyTalk Animator students of all ages can quickly turn photos, sketches, statues, paintings, comics and toys into amazing animate-able characters. Engage students by introducing them to the world of easy and fun animation. Perfect as a teaching tool, the product will bring lessons to life quickly and simply. Available for Windows PC and Mac.

SESAME STREET PRESCHOOL PACK
SRP: £15.31
DISTRIBUTOR: Avanquest
THEY SAY: Developed by trusted experts in childhood education, these educational Sesame Street titles help children learn fundamental skills essential for every preschooler’s growth and progress. Activities are specially designed for 2-5 year-olds and automatically adjust to allow children to play at their own pace and appropriate skill level, providing individualised feedback and support. Each title features fun and engaging activities, encouraging children to learn as they sing, play and explore.

CONTACTS
AVANQUEST: 01480 496666
COMPUTER 2000: 0871 880 3000
COMPUTERS UNLIMITED: 020 8358 9578
ENTATECH: 0333 101 1000
ESET: 0800 138 0802
GEM DISTRIBUTION: 01279 822 822
INCOMEDIA: 0039 0125 253491
INGRAM MICRO: 0871 973 3000
KL ASSOCIATES: 01327 844880
TARGET COMPONENTS: 01977 739 300

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