PC WORLD MAY 2002


Whats On the CD

COVER STORY

56 Great upgrades for under $500.

Cheap Thrills.

Can you teach an old PC new tricks? Absolutely. And with the 27 add-ons here, it's never been cheaper or easier. We've rounded up plenty of ways to extend your computer's capabilities - whether it's into the areas of digital photography, Web conferencing, audio, or networking - while keeping a watchful eye on your bank account.

FEATURES

51 Web and you.

Fiscal fitness.

Turn your PC into a sleek money-management machine with these sites. There are thousands of finance-focused Web sites, all ready to help you get your money matters in order. Plus, many offer their services for free.

64 Lights, camera, action!

10 DV software packages reviewed.

The fast processors, cheap memory and large hard drives in today's PCs make video editing simpler than ever before. We take a look at the cutting-edge cutting room software you need to create your cinematic masterpiece, both entry level and (semi-)professional.

70 Moviemaking 101.

Step-by-step DV editing workshop.

Want to get started making movies on your PC? With this workshop and PC World's cover CD, you can! We walk you through the stages of editing a movie using Pinnacle's Studio 7.0 to illustrate the techniques involved.

76 Keeping account.

Finance tools for SMEs.

Many small businesses see financial software as a necessary evil. With careful selection, however, the right software can boost the performance of your company as well as taking care of the nitty gritty tasks like BAS reporting. PC World rounds up some options, along with tools for managing your personal finances.

84 DVDs Explained.

DVD storage buyers guide.

DVD has come a long way since its launch in 1997 and is now a fast-selling consumer electronics format. To demystify DVD, and explain how the standard has evolved since its introduction in the late 1990s, PC World explores just what DVD has to offer, and how you can make the most of it.

FIRST LOOKS

HARDWARE:

30 Apple iMac.

32 Imation RipGo, Waitec Clipp and Waitec HipHop.

34 Logitech Z-560, Aego2 and Creative Inspire 5.1 Digital 5700.

36 Cyberbank PC-EPhone; Panasonic DMC-LC5.

37 Creative PC-Cam 600.

42 Leadtek WinFast A250 Ultra TD.

SOFTWARE:

37 Adobe LiveMotion 2.0 and Macromedia Flash MX beta.

40 Macromedia HomeSite 5.0; VCommunications System Commander 7.

42 CyberLink PowerDirector.

44 Ontrack SystemSuite 4.0.

BEST BUYS

90 PCS:

OVER $4000: Xenon Metro 855 Multimedia PC; Peripherals Plus Athlon MP1900+; Peripherals Plus Inspire P73; Acer Veriton 7200D.

$2001-$4000: Altech Computers Home P4 2GHz; Hallmark Viewmaster eXtrema ND02AH; Dell Dimension 4400; Infocom Gaming Beast; Acer Aspire EL; Acer Veriton 7200; IPS A2000-Bis; Peripherals Plus Aspect V11; Peripherals Plus Athlon XP 1800+; Altech Computers Business P4 2GHz.

SUB-$2000: Infocom Multimedia System; CWS HomePro 3000; SATO GamePC J-G50; Altech Computers Hyperdrive 1700; IPS A1700-Bis.

102 NOTEBOOKS:

OVER $6000: Toshiba Satellite 5100; IBM ThinkPad A31p; Dell Latitude C400.

$3001-$6000: Dell Inspiron 8200; Dell Inspiron 8100; Xenon Metro M30; Dell Latitude C810; ASUS L1000.

SUB-$3000: Digital Star PowerNote 240MDT; Pioneer SOHO Notebook; ASUS A1300; Digital Star PowerNote 240MRT 1200T; Dell Inspiron 2600.

112 DVD STORAGE: AOpen DVD+RW RW5120A; HP DVD-Writer DVD 100I; LaCie SuperDrive DVDCPRW-N2I; Mitsubishi Diamond Data 2x1x6 DVD-RW; Panasonic DVD Movie Studio LF311-PIN; Philips DVDR1000.

NEWS

12 dingo blue bites the dust.

14 Windows XP SP in view.

14 Fujitsu's got the Loox.

16 Xbox gets scratchy start.

16 What price StarOffice?

18 Intel cools on Rambus.

18 Alliance pushes DVD+RW/+R.

19 Hackers trick IM users.

19 Creative's graphics play.

20 broadband.

Telstra funds broadband push.

22 alt.net.

The Internet cemeteries - virtual graves.

26 tech.files.

New chips off old blocks.

DEPARTMENTS

10 EDITORIAL: The race for Oscar.

46 READERS' FORUM plus DILBERT.

119 LINUXWORLD.COM.AU: Using Linux: Personal finance management.

BACKBYTES

169 SKILLS.

IT skills for small business.

170 BOOK REVIEW.

Upgrading & Troubleshooting Your Mac: Mac OS X Edition.

Measuring the Success of Your Website.

Home Networking Survival Guide.

171 WEB REVIEW.

PSC Meteorology Program Cloud Boutique.

Cadbury Learning Zone.

Kodak Taking Pictures.

Behind the Scenes at the Powerhouse Museum.

Don't forget Mum!

172 GADGETS AND GIZMOS:

Ellula Sounds inflatable speakers.

JNC MP3 player.

LifeView FlyVideo 3000.

Primera Signature IV CD Color Printer.

Primera Business Card Adapter Kit.

Nostromo p45 GamePad for PlayStation 2.

Targus ThumbPad Keyboard.

NXT SI-5 Gen 2.

174 GAMES:

Command & Conquer: Renegade.

Secret Agent Barbie.

Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast.

Wreckless: The Yakuza Missions.

Shrek.

Genma Onimusha.

176 BYTESBACK.

HERE'S HOW

120 UPGRADER: Master the Windows XP upgrade process.

124 WINDOWS XP HOME: Let the games begin.

126 WINDOWS XP PRO: Disaster and Dynamic Disks.

128 MAC OS: Instant messengers for Mac OS X.

130 LINUX: Sharing an Internet connection.

132 AUDIO: Using a MIDI keyboard with your PC.

134 GRAPHICS: Restoring photographs: Part 3.

136 HTML: Introduction to frames.

138 PHP: PHP and PostgreSQL.

140 HELP SCREEN

140 Operating Systems:

Windows XP - XP doesn't read Me backups; Upgrading more than just OS; Windows 98 - No audio? Check your drivers; Windows (all versions) - Make users save to floppy; Best OS for security?; Sleep causes lockups.

141 Office Applications:

Office XP - Managing long Word documents.

141 Hardware:

How fast is your processor?

142 Bugs and Fixes:

Supercookies: you are being watched.

142 Internet:

Spam address scam; Avoid spam from the get-go; Stop ICS hang-ups; Make Outlook 2000 default.

143 General:

Print multiple photos on one page.

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