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1. WordPerfect Suite 2002
Corel has climbed back into the office-suite fray with WordPerfect Suite 2002. Starting with the WordPerfect 10 word processor, Corel has an alternative for all of Microsofts core office software. The suite also includes the Quattro Pro 10 spreadsheet application, Corel Presentations 10 and CorelCENTRAL 10, a personal information manager. Business users that spring for the Pro edition of the WordPerfect Suite will also receive the Paradox 10 database application and the award-winning Dragon NaturallySpeaking voice-recognition software. For more information, visit Corels Web site.
2. Cherry Smart Card Keyboard
The Cherry Smart Card Keyboard works with Microsoft Windows 2000 to create an extremely secure working environment. There are no messy passwords to remember; just insert your smart card and you have access to the system. The keyboard is compliant with Novells Modular Authentication Service. The encrypted key contained on the smart card is virtually impossible to guess. The keyboard comes in either standard PS2 or a new USB model that features two downstream ports. For more information, visit the Cherry Electrical Products Web site.
ACDSee is one of the best image-management software applications out there. The program allows you to view, edit and print more than 40 types of image files -- perfect for managing your digital photo collection. The new ACDSee 3.1 adds a ton of new features including scanner and digital-camera support. You can process images in batches, create contact sheets or even generate thumbnail galleries for the Web automatically. ACDSee is available for all flavors of Windows and for the Mac. For more information, visit the ACDSee Web site.
4. Crystal Reports 8.5
Seagate Software recently changed its name to Crystal Decisions to better reflect its relationship with its flagship product, Crystal Reports. Crystal Reports is the Cadillac of report-writing software. The newest version of the software, Crystal Reports 8.5, delivers powerful content and analysis from virtually any XML, OLAP or other relational database. The interactive documents that are created can then be published in a variety of formats, including DHTML, RTF, Microsoft Excel and, now, PDF and XML for maximum flexibility. For more information, visit Crystal Decisions Web site.