Sector guide: Creative and self-improvement software

From learning a new language, passing a driving test, manipulating images or promoting the next generation of DJs, there?s plenty on offer in the software market. Andrew Wooden takes a look at what?s new in self improvement and creative software?
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CYBERLINK POWER DIRECTOR 9 ULTRA 64
SRP: £79.99
Distributor: Gem
They say:
The world’s first 64-bit consumer video editor. With performance-driven technologies including the introduction of CyberLink’s new TrueVelocity video rendering engine, Power Director accelerates video processing in every possible way.

NERO 10 MULTIMEDIA SUITE
SRP: £61.25
Distributor: Koch Media

They say: Nero Multimedia Suite 10 Platinum HD gives creative enthusiasts the professional edge in HD video editing, burning, backup, Blu-ray Disk playback and more, all bundles into one comprehensive suite.

NERO 10 PLATINUM MULTIMEDIA SUITE HD
SRP: £81.70
Distributor: Koch Media
They say:
Nero Multimedia Suite 10 is a bundle of three powerful products – Nero Vision Xtra, Nero BackItUp and Burn and Nero Burning ROM. Designed to provide digital enthusiasts with advanced video editing and authoring, disk burning and backup solutions, plus project enhancing tools, it’s the most complete multimedia package available.

ROXIO CREATOR
PRO 2011
SRP: :£69.99
Distributor: Gem Distribution

They say: Enhance, preserve, capture and share your digital media with Roxio Creator 2011.

KAZ TOUCH TYPING
SRP: £19.99
Distributor: Koch Media
They say:
Using KAZ Typing Tutor’s unique accelerated learning system, you will learn to touch type correctly and master your keyboard in minutes instead of hours. Whatever your typing abilities are now. No matter if you are 6 or 96.

ROXIO TOAST 11 PRO
SRP: £124.99
Distributor: Gem Distribution
They say:
Create pro-quality photo and video projects on your Mac… even if you’re not a pro.

APERTURE 3
SRP: £173.00
Distributor: Westcoast
They say:
With more than 200 new features and enhancements, Aperture 3 is the perfect choice if you’re ready to take your photography to the next level.

LOGIC STUDIO
SRP: £417.00
Distributor: Westcoast
They say:
Logic Studio features Logic Pro 9, MainStage 2, Soundtrack Pro 3, and a massive collection of instruments, effects, and audio loops.

FINAL CUT STUDIO
SRP: £834.00
Distributor: Westcoast
They say:
Six applications give video editors all the tools they need to edit, animate, mix, grade, and deliver – at a price that’s more affordable than ever.

BERLITZ RANGE (FRENCH, GERMAN, ITALIAN, CHINESE/JAPANESE & SPANISH)
SRP: £30.62
Distributor: Gem Distribution, Interactive Ideas and CentreSoft
They say:
Berlitz is the most trusted name in language learning and has been helping people speak and learn a new language for more than a decade.

SERIF PHOTOPLUS X4
SRP: £69.99
Distributor: EntaTech, Gem Distibution
They say:
With PhotoPlus X4, anyone can turn good photos into great pictures. Advanced tasks like editing RAW files and HDR imaging are made straightforward, while common fixes like red eye removal, resizing, and removing flaws from portraits are always at the fingertips.

SERIF MOVIEPLUS X5
SRP: £59.99
Distributor: EntaTech, Gem Distribution
They say:
Edit video content with MoviePlus X5. It has powerful, yet easy-to-use, editing tools and studio-quality effects so stunning movies can be created in minutes. Burn HD videos to DVD or Blu-ray Discs, or upload movies to the web and share them with friends, family, or the world.

SERIF CRAFTARTIST PLATINUM
SRP: £39.99
Distributor: EntaTech, Gem Distribution
They say:
CraftArtist Platinum is the all-in-one tool for creating any type of print project - everything from photobooks, tags and invitations to greeting cards, gift bags and scrapbooks.

REALLUSION CRAZY TALK
ANIMATOR STANDARD
SRP: £39.99
Distributor: Interactive Ideas
They say:
CrazyTalk Animator is the next generation of 2D animation, where you can create actors by using any photo or illustration and bringing them to life with automatic facial animation & innovative puppeteering
controls.

MAGIX AUDIO CLEANING LAB 17 DELUXE
SRP: £39.99
Distributor: Interactive Ideas
They say:
Magix Audio Cleaning Lab 17 Deluxe is an excellent tool to digitize and optimize both old and new music. Loaded with great functions that allow you to burn to CD, back it up to your computer’s hard drive, or simply transfer it to your iPod (or any other mobile device), creating flawless sound has never been so easy.

INFINITE SKILLS ADOBE PHOTOSHOP CS5 TRAINING DVD - TUTORIAL VIDEO
SRP: £79.95
Distributor: Interactive Ideas
They say:
Infinite Skills utilises state of the art audio-visual information delivery methods to accelerate your learning and increase retention. Each course is taught by an expert trainer, who breaks down every topic into short, comprehensive videos that will allow you to quickly understand the material.

DRIVING TEST SUCCESS RANGE
SRP: Various
Distributor: Focus Multimedia
They say:
Absolutely everything a learner driver could possibly need to pass their driving test.

AVID - PINNACLE STUDIO HD ULTIMATE COLLECTION
VERSION 15
SRP: £99.99
Distributor: Gem Distribution
They say:
Pinnacle Studio HD Ultimate Collection v.15 makes it easy to edit like a pro with intuitive new features, ultra-fast performance, and a massive
content collection. Quickly import videos and photos then edit scenes and make HD movies with over 2,200 effects and other content.

EJAY DANCE 5
SRP: £5.10
Distributor: Focus Multimedia
They say:
Bringing the nation’s favourite music creation software back. Let your music creativity flow with an astonishing 5,000 royalty- free dance and club samples to choose from.

TOTALCAD 2D/3D V2
SRP: £10.20
Distributor: Focus Multimedia
They say:
TotalCAD 2D/3D v2is an easy-to-use, versatile CAD program combining 2D drafting with powerful and precise 3D modelling. Easily design anything from complex architectural and mechanical drawings to simple everyday projects and hobbies.

AVID STUDIO
SRP: £134.99
Distributor: Gem Distribution
They say:
Transform your HD videos, photos, and audio files into rich, multimedia experiences with Avid Studiomovie production software featuring the same technology used by Hollywood editors.

101 LANGUAGES OF THE WORLD
SRP: £40.84
Distributor: Focus Multimedia
They say:
Whether you’re a language enthusiast, fascinated by different languages, a budding Jason Bourne, or you want to greet business partners in their native language, 101 Languages of the World features over 140,000 words and 25,000 phrases, native speaker comparisons and hundreds of interactive dialogues.

CONTACTS
Focus Multimedia: 01889 570 156
Gem Distribution: 01279 822 822
Koch Media: 0870 027 8700
Westcoast: 0118 912 6000
Interactive Ideas: 020 8805 1000
EntaTech: 0333 101 1000
CentreSoft: 0121 625 3399

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