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Movie Magic Screenwriter 6 (PC & Mac)
Movie Magic Screenwriter 6 (PC & Mac)

40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic software, 26 Mar. 2008
I checked out a few screenwriting programs over a period of time and the one I've felt most comfortable using is Movie Magic 6, which just works elegantly and smoothly. A PDF instruction manual plus a built-in tutorial run you through the basics. I found them incredibly useful to grow more confident using the program.

The NaviDoc is one of the program's greatest features, allowing you to make outlines and notes on your script. You can prep acts, scenes, sequences, beats etc by describing what you want to write. These appear colour-coded on your page, but don't appear when you export as Word or PDF files. This allows you to write down your thoughts which you can then work off of right in front of you, while you're writing the intricate details.

It doesn't try to hold your hand while you write. It doesn't tell you how to write. But as a writing tool for just allowing you to get down what's in your head, it's amazing.

If you check out Final Draft's reviews you'll notice one particular review by a BBC writer who recommends Movie Magic over Final Draft 7. Final Draft 7 has had quite a few bugs, ranging from page numbering and activation issues through to files not opening (as well as not exactly being a joy to use). Movie Magic just works.

Zune - Portable Media Player
Zune - Portable Media Player

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great player!, 21 July 2007
Great player, pity about the software. The Zune MUST be used with its own software - you can't use Windows Media Player to synch music and videos with. The Zune software can be quite slow to scroll through, too, so all in all it's an annoyance. Maybe they'll fix it.

However, I've owned many mp3 players, including iPods, and the Zune is the best one I've used hardware wise. The sound is superb, the magnetic headphones are great, the clickwheel is superior to the stylish yet impractical iPod's, and watching videos is a pleasure.

The menu system is also easier to navigate, being a Windows user. With one click you can go from album to artist categories, far faster than iPod's clunky menu system.

The radio sounds great, and the reception is better than my standalone radio. Only annoyance is it's FM only, so I can't listen to football commentary on it.

Haven't been able to use sharing function, but that hardly matters. The Zune is stylish, the doubleshot is very nice, the screen is huge, you can customise by having your own backgrounds... it really is better than the iPod. Unfortunately, it's not going to create waves just yet. Maybe a couple of versions down the road will really stun people, but as it stands it's a nifty device. I like the fact that a few months down the line, it looks as new as when I bought it.

My Zune has actually gone wrong, but having had my iPod gone wrong outside its warranty, I can live with it. I was afraid I would have difficulty getting help from Microsoft being a UK buyer, but they took my phonecall fine. If you can get someone's address in America to register with (e.g. a friend, or company you bought from), and get them to post replacement etc for you, you are covered if anything goes wrong. And if you can't do this arrangement, you could always sell your broken Zune on eBay with receipts to a US customer - better than throwing it away!

Philips HDD6320 30GB Digital Audio Player
Philips HDD6320 30GB Digital Audio Player

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, 17 Jan. 2007
There are pluses and negatives with this player.

+: It looks great; I love that it comes with a pouch (thus saving it when I've dropped it a few times); it has excellent sound quality; it's got good navigation (though it's pretty identical to the ipod); nice touchscreen interface; scrolling through menu is fast; good having volume controls on the side; it can work as a portable hard drive; voice recorder and line in are great; transfer of files are fast; it works fine 95% of the time; synching with Media Player is great.

-: It does tend to be slow sometimes; when audio effects like wow are selected, navigation is incredibly slow; the fast forward requires rigorous tapping and is actually "slow" forward; the charger doesn't unplug from the synch cable so it's hardly a portable hard drive alternative; viewing pictures isn't great (I transferred some 1024x768 pictures, and instead of being fullscreen they had black bars on right and left; there has been 1 occasion in past 3 months when it hasn't shown the files in the menu (but firmware has been released to fix this problem - this was easily fixable anyway and didn't cause much trouble); it doesn't play movies; the battery goes down over 1-2 days whether you use it or not.

All in all, it's actually a good player, if you can deal with the odd not very major drawback, and learn how it works. I had an ipod previously, and that died a year and 2 days after I bought it, so if the HD6320 outlasts that then I think it's a better deal. 3 stars because of the inconveniences when it wasn't running smoothly.

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