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PowerDirector 12 Ultra (PC)
PowerDirector 12 Ultra (PC)
Price: 59.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Decent upgrade, 25 Feb 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
As a previous PowerDirector user I must say I am impressed with this package. PD10 bears a lot of similarities and older users should also feel right at home. Installation was simple and relatively quick. Personally the main draw for me were the new 3D and 4K options. This time we have 'real' 3D as used on a 3D tv, and it works well. This will of course at least double your hard-drive usage for a given length of video, and also rendering time. Personally I only mess about with small close-camera effects which are very short, but this software is undoubted capable of use for full-length videos as long as you have the PC to cope. Rendering times on my Win 7 SSD i7 16GB rig were acceptable.

I don't have any 4K native equipment yet, but it was able to handle some timelapse clips I'd made (in another package), although it was noticeably slower than in 3D use. I'm sure this will become standard in all editing software within the year.

The rest of the package is full-featured and at least as good as anything under 100. Cyberlink have fixed some of the smaller annoyances of old versions and everything is a little bit quicker in terms of interface (again assuming you have upgraded your PC in the past few years).

A beginner may find this software a little overwhelming at first, but like all video-editing applications the functions and layout will be quite familiar to anyone using a mainstream package in the past five years or so.


The Student Nurse Toolkit: An Essential Guide for Surviving Your Course
The Student Nurse Toolkit: An Essential Guide for Surviving Your Course
by Ian Peate
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.32

3.0 out of 5 stars Great guide, 20 Feb 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Tells you almost everything you need to know, with nice bits of detail and excellent (and colourful) layout, which for me makes things easier to remember. I would definitely recommend this to anyone becoming a student nurse.


Don't Look, Don't Touch: The science behind revulsion
Don't Look, Don't Touch: The science behind revulsion
by Valerie Curtis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.89

3.0 out of 5 stars A nice little book on a revolting topic.., 20 Feb 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
...if you know what mean. A short buy interesting journey through how and why we find certain actions repulsive. In simple terms this is an examination of the evolutionary reasons behind this feeling, and not an analysis of any societal or psychologically-derived complexities. It is well written and concise, and doesn't stry into jargon except when specificity is needed. Books on this subject are rare, so it's worth a read.


Nature's Oracle: The Life and Work of W.D.Hamilton
Nature's Oracle: The Life and Work of W.D.Hamilton
by Ullica Segerstrale
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 22.50

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting..., 20 Feb 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have an interest in evolution and Hamilton is one of the lesser-known names in the subject. The author gives a good account of what made Hamiltons work revolutionary, but seems to focus a little too much on trying to make him a mythic figure. Hamilton certainly inspired many later greats such as Dawkins, but it feels like the author is trying to stretch the facts into something more than they are; the book could have been a quarter the size and still been just as informative and interesting. The writing is perfectly adequate, however, although I admit to skipping some of the more mundane biographical sections. Worth a trip to the library, but I would not buy this.


Veet Warm Wax Microwavable Jar - Essential Oils - 250 ml
Veet Warm Wax Microwavable Jar - Essential Oils - 250 ml
Price: 5.80

3.0 out of 5 stars Does the job...., 20 Feb 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a relatively quick method, and for my hair is better than the strips. The only faff is heating it up in the first place. This holds hair much better than the Veet strips, and for me is more economical. There is little pain when compared to an epilator or the irritation of a razor, making this is the choice when wanting to 'get rid of everything' as comfortably as possible. These is a mild perfume to this product, but it isn't annoying.


Veet Easy Grip Ready-to-Use Wax Strips for Normal Skin 40 Pack + Four Perfect Finish Wipes
Veet Easy Grip Ready-to-Use Wax Strips for Normal Skin 40 Pack + Four Perfect Finish Wipes
Price: 5.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Good, not perfect..., 20 Feb 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These work as good as any other strips I've tried, but compared to the jars of wax, they are only 'average'. Most importantly they only work on long hairs, and strong hair is also needed. You will not get a 100% clearance with these, you will still need to shave/pluck the ones that get away. They are good for when you need a quick smoothing on an area you neglected, or as a preliminary to a proper shave.


Amazing Spaces
Amazing Spaces
by George Clarke
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.60

3.0 out of 5 stars Much like the TV show...., 20 Feb 2014
This review is from: Amazing Spaces (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
....in that it is a tour of fantasy homes, and of almost no practical use to anyone building anything remotely normal. So this is home-design 'Penthouse', full of pretty things to look at but which are beyond the grasp of 99.999% or readers. These is little to no info on the price of materials or work, the specific skills needed, or any other useful factoids, which is a great shame. On to the good points: it's a beautifully photographed book; the choice of properties are varied and inspiring.

In fact, that's my review: Inspiring, beautifully photographed fantasy fodder.


Journey Through the Solar System: The Wonderful World of Simon Abbott
Journey Through the Solar System: The Wonderful World of Simon Abbott
by Simon Abbott
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 5.07

3.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly an accurate description..., 20 Feb 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
...of our solar system, but then it is aimed at small children. It is prone to making everything 'amazing' and being a bit confusing in it's terminology 'big', 'small', 'heaviest', what exactly do these things mean in space or when comparing planets? As an amateur astronomer, this is just confusing, but perhaps kids will just accept it without questioning. The illustrations are decent enough, certainly colourful, but again obviously not realistic.

Decent enough for a cheap 'first space book'.


PaperPro Prodigy 25 Sheet Capacity Stapler with One Finger Power
PaperPro Prodigy 25 Sheet Capacity Stapler with One Finger Power
Price: 20.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice..., 20 Feb 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
...no matter how many fingers you use. You could use One Finger Power, but personally I just use my palm. For stapling I mean.

This is a well designed and powerful product, I've used this for archiving a lot of old printouts and it hasn't had a single jam yet. Loading is easy, and it has enough force to go through about a dozen or so pages reliably. Build quality is very good, although this isn't a premium product, so some plastic is used to save costs.

Overall - very good, I would buy a replacement if needed.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Fits the bill, it you..., 20 Feb 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
...can afford the bill. Let's face it, this isn't a cheap option. This is for those who REALLY need to outfit their Fire with the best protection available. The design and build quality is truly exceptional. The childproof function works well. In fact I was confident enough in the product that when I dropped my kindle down a couple of stairs I wasn't worried it would be damaged - I was only concerned about scuffing the case (which didn't happen).

Now, the two downsides; it makes your tablet a lot bulkier, and it is very (very) expensive. Just remember that currently this is the best protection you can get, and anything comparable will be just as bulky.

An excellent product.


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