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PCR's guide to self-Improvement and Adult Learning Software

We round up the latest software products on the market
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Whether you want to learn how to create your own music, speak a new language or publish a website, we’ve got you covered.

We round up the latest software products on the market.

POSER DEBUT
SRP: £29.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Avanquest
THEY SAY: Finally there is an easy way to learn 3D and be creative, even if you can’t draw or have never taken an art class. Create scenes, add 3D characters, pose them, animate them and make cool images or video. Poser Debut comes with everything you need to get started in 3D. Quickly learn 3D with the easy to follow, step-by- step project guide and use the Poser library, which includes over 70 ready-to-pose 3D characters, to make gorgeous art and cool animations that will impress family and friends.

INTERACTIVE GUITAR/PIANO WORKSHOP
SRP: £30.62 (each)
DISTRIBUTOR: Avanquest
THEY SAY: Whether you are a complete beginner or intermediate, these interactive, workshop-led programs will effectively help you to discover and refine new guitar and piano playing techniques at you own pace. All workshops include a complete recording studio supporting MIDI, Audio and MP3 modes. The ‘plug and play’ intuitive learning approach allows all your interpretations to be immediately captured on-screen to aid improvement.

SONAR X2
SRP: £79 (Essential), £169 (Studio), £385 (Producer)
DISTRIBUTOR: Roland UK
THEY SAY: Thanks to the revolutionary Skylight user interface, Sonar X2 lets users move seamlessly among the elements, instantly going from recording to editing to mixing and back again. Comes with unlimited audio and MIDI tracks and a number of virtual instruments including Z3TA+ Classic.

MANGA STUDIO 5
SRP: £49.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Avanquest
THEY SAY: Manga Studio 5 is the world’s leading all-in-one comic and manga creation software, allowing users to quickly and easily create manga and comics with its powerful cutting-edge drawing tools, inking and colouring tools, filters and special effects. Ideal for aspiring artists wishing to enhance and perfect their pen-and-paper illustrations, as well as professional artists wishing to complete the entire process of creating manga and comics digitally.

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MUSIC CREATOR 6
SRP: £45
DISTRIBUTOR: Roland UK
THEY SAY: Music Creator 6 turns your computer into your own personal recording studio and includes everything you need to create, edit, and mix professional recordings. Whether it’s a cover of your favourite tune or an original composition, turn a simple idea into a finished song with Music Creator’s powerful suite of tools, loops, instruments, and effects. And when you’re ready to share your music with the world, you can burn a CD or use SoundCloud to post your music on Facebook and Twitter.

COMPLETE GARDENS: PLANT AND PRUNING GUIDE
SRP: £10.20
DISTRIBUTOR: Focus Multimedia
THEY SAY: Recent years have seen a huge rise in the popularity of gardening and self-sufficiency. Featuring 2,700 specially selected ornamental and fruit plants (from bulbs and perennials to shrubs and trees) and 9,000 stunning photographs. Complete Gardens is the perfect teaching aid, project companion and gift idea for British gardeners of all ages and experience.

LEARN TO USE OFFICE TUTORIALS 2013
SRP: £30.62
DISTRIBUTOR: Avanquest
THEY SAY: This comprehensive training program, which includes five essential Microsoft Office training programs, couldn’t be easier to use. On-screen video demonstrations take you step-by-step through all the key areas, each with clear and concise instructions. Simply pick the topic you want to study and sit back and watch the experts show you exactly how it’s done. Then it is time for you to actually ‘do it’ yourself in your own copy of the program.

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DRIVING TEST SUCCESS ALL TESTS 2013
SRP: £10.20
DISTRIBUTOR: Focus Multimedia
THEY SAY: This is the UK’s best-selling and most complete learner driver pack. Features include Theory Test, Hazard Perception Test, Practical Driving Lessons, The Official Highway Code, Mock Driving Test and Braking Distance Simulator.

BERLITZ PREMIER
SRP: £30.63
DISTRIBUTOR: Avanquest, Exertis Gem
THEY SAY: The Berlitz Premier range helps you learn either Spanish, Italian, French, Chinese/Japanese or German more effectively, with the language tools that have helped other for over a decade. If you need to learn fast, and learn it well, here is a guaranteed solution. This unique, time-proven learning system offers three ways to learn at your own pace: Watch lessons on your PC or Mac, listen in your car, or load them up to an iPod or media player. Communicate with people from around the world, easily and effectively.

WEB DESIGN STUDIO 3
SRP: £10.20
DISTRIBUTOR: Focus Multimedia
THEY SAY: Everything you need for professional-quality web publishing. Create and publish professional interactive websites with shopping carts (including PayPal), web forms, blogs and more. With just a few clicks you can preview your design in your web browser, check the layout and links and publish to a local folder on your computer or directly to the internet.

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REALLUSION CRAZYTALK ANIMATOR
SRP: £29.99 (Standard), £109.99 (Pro)
CONTACT: KL Associates
THEY SAY: With Reallusions CrazyTalk Animator you can quickly turn photos, sketches, statues, paintings, comics and toys into amazing animated characters. Bring actors to life with automatic facial animation and innovative puppeteering motion. Drag and drop to build sets with scenery and props. Film and direct all the action with the camera and timeline tracks for complete 2D animation.

SERIF DESKTOP PUBLISHING SUITE
SRP: £30.63
DISTRIBUTOR: Exertis Gem
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 documents.

REALLUSION CRAZYTALK7
SRP: £29.99 (Standard), £109.99 (Pro)
CONTACT: KL Associates
THEY SAY: Bring any face to life with CrazyTalk7’s simple face-fitting guide, and then use your own voice to puppet your actor’s performance. Auto-animation in CrazyTalk7 is an innovative, time-saving feature that helps you create life-like animations in a matter of minutes. The ability to animate characters with any voice or the text-to-speech engine, allows any user to quickly create animated shorts, video hosts, cartoon characters and more. Choose a photo or illustration, fit the facial features, add audio to generate animations, and see your characters perform in real-time.

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WEBSITE X5
SRP: £59.99
CONTACT: 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.

FAMILY TREE MAKER 2012
SRP: £40.80 (Deluxe Edition), £61.27 (Platinum Edition), £102.12 (World Edition)
DISTRIBUTOR: Avanquest, Exertis Gem
THEY SAY: Family Tree Maker contains a wide variety of innovative and advanced features to enable users to create the most detailed family tree possible. This software lets users collaborate with others online to allow trees to grow faster. Most genealogy programs let you add media items to a family tree. And Family Tree Maker is no exception. You can incorporate photographs, important documents, and video and sound clips into your tree, which can be used in charts, family history books, and slideshows.

HALLMARK CARD STUDIO DELUXE
SRP: £30.62
DISTRIBUTOR: Avanquest, Exertis Gem
THEY SAY: Hallmark Card Studio Deluxe is the number one greetings card software. With 200 new UK card designs, 16,000-plus premium Hallmark graphics and an exclusive Hallmark fonts and sentiments library, users will be able to make a card or project for any occasion. The software also comes with an event planner to remind users of important celebrations.

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CONTACTS
AVANQUEST: 01480 496666
FOCUS MULTIMEDIA: 01889 570156
EXERTIS GEM: 01279 822822
INCOMEDIA: 0039 0125 253491
KL ASSOCIATES: 01327 844880
ROLAND UK: 01279 702701

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