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      12.10.2009 21:07
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      A useful magazine

      I get a lot out of reading this magazine even if it hasn't as many pages as some others. The main reason for this I've found is the hands on aspect. I have an interest in the hardware and physical side of computing and this magazine caters for that. In actual fact I think this side of the magazine has been following consultation with readers.

      There are great tutorials on how to hack existing products and hardware giving another side to my PC and its uses. An example is how to build a home made light gun for game playing. The magazine also comes with one of the best cover CD/DVD software selections I've seen and provides previous issues in PDF format for reference.

      The articles are usually relevant to myself and cast a real life view on the new and current issues. This magazine does seem to be on the side of the ordinary punter. The product reviews are good but there aren't as many as other magazines.

      A good read and usually offers up something I haven't seen before.

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      14.12.2005 18:40
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      Not different from it's competitors

      PCPlus has updated itself in the December 2005 edition due to increased competition in it's market sector. The magazine seems to be aimed at IT professionals and people who have more intermediate computer knowledge i.e. those that know the difference between an operating system and an office suite.

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      Each issue the magazine has a CD edition and a DVD edition containing software. The DVD edition is about £2 more expensive but contains more software. The software is a mixture of trial programs e.g. Dreamweaver, copies of commercial programs for home use e.g. ZoneAlarm and open source software e.g. The Gimp. The software is divided into categories such as alternative operating systems, utilities and development.

      Before the wide availability of broadband in the UK these CDs and DVDs where very useful as they allowed you to get software without having to endure a long download and clogging up your phone line, however now I have noticed that some software is an edition behind on the CD/DVD then what can be downloaded from the web.

      The CD/DVDs still open your eyes to the wide range of software that is available usually for free, and although I have never done this some trial software allows you to upgrade to a full edition for a much cheaper price.

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      The magazine as well as containing IT news/current events and readers letters contains sections called tutorials (Hands On), watchdog, helpdesk and reviews.

      The tutorial section covers linux and mac computing as well as microsoft software. There are also articles on the programming languages Delphi, Java and C#.

      In the current edition there is a OpenOffice 2 on the CD/DVD and a tutorial showing you how to use this office suite to make a marketing flyer. Not all tutorials are indepth as this and some just point out an element of a subject that is not widely known. I have never done any of the longer tutorials and perfer the shorter tutorials.

      Watchdog deals with consumer complaints. When a consumer complains over a faulty product/service and gets no response from the company and writes to the magazine the magazine my take the complaint up to resolve the issue. The magazine is more likely to take up complaints from products/services it has reviewed.

      Helpdesk is a section of the magazine that uses a panel of experts to solve a wide range of readers computer problems. In the December 2005 issue these included how to set up a wireless network using NTL broadband, what is CC and BCC in emails and what are the strange packets in a mixed Operating System network.

      The review section seems to be the biggest section of the magazine and looks at hardware, software, computer services and components that are newly available on the UK market. Each issue the magazine takes one item such as broadband services, desktop PC under £1000 or routers and compares a selection of the items against each other using a certain set of criteria. The review articles are written by different people and are therefore only subjected to their individual bias.

      Summary
      After reading the magazine I find the layout of the pages cluttered and find the magazine no more informative than it's competitors which are PCPro and Personal Computer World. I only buy this magazine once or twice a year when one of the articles screams out to me on the newstand and unfortunately nothing in this revamp will make me subscribe.

      Pros:
      1. Informative
      2. Comes with CD/DVD of software

      Cons:
      1. Expensive if not a subscriber
      2. Some of the software on the CD/DVD out of date and freely available on the internet
      3. Nothing to differientate it from it's competitors unless you are a Delphi programmer.

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      5 out of 5 for quality of writing and information on subject matter.
      4 out of 5 for reviews
      2 out of 5 for layout of magazine
      3 out of 5 for originality
      2 out of 5 for price
      3 out of 5 for the accompany DVD/CD

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        16.04.2003 16:14
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        PCPlus is a computer magazine that covers news, reviews, and new developments and also has a helpdesk section. ***FRONT OF THE MAGAZINE*** PCPlus usually has 3 ?SuperDiscs? on the front. There is normally 5 ? 10 full programs on the discs, and also freeware programs. There is also trial software, open source software and also on the DVD edition are Linux programs and tweaks. The programs are always useful, but be careful not to go overboard on the installation and the uninstallation! Also included on the discs are all the helpdesk and master classes, that are in the magazine (read on to find out more). ***IN THE MAGAZINE*** REGULARS News ? this gives the latest news in detail, including company news, new legislation and possible new products. Mailbox ? the mailbox gives the readers the chance to write in and give their points of view across, about any subject, the star letter will win a prize, and this is not normally one to be sniffed at. Campaign ? the Campaign gives the readers the opportunity to write n and complain about any computer related companies that have caused heartache. PCPlus will then try and get in touch with the company and will print their rely. This in effect names and shames companies that cause problems and enables people to make their own decisions as to whether to use the companies, some of them big companies that you would expect better from. There is also a section, which names a good guy of the month, which gives a company the praise it deserves, sometimes it?s the little companies that are the best. ON TEST This regularly has one big test, probably a computer system test. This will test 10 pc?s from different manufacturers for a certain criteria e.g. under £799. Three awards are normally given ? Editors Choice ??the top award for products that combine exceptionally performance with superb value for money?. Performance Award ? ?awarded to produc
        ts that excel in out performance quality tests where money is no object?. Value Award ? ?awarded to products that represent outstanding value for money, giving you more bang for buck?. PCPlus uses a benchmark to test the pc?s it says it provides an objective and scientific way of testing pc?s. Each review gives the price including and excluding VAT, the supplier, the phone number and the website of the supplier. It gives the verdict of the magazine, the points for and against a certain product as well as the overall score. Each review also gives an in-depth write up of the item. There is also an in-depth analysis table, which gives all the specifications and contact details of the computers tested. They also test the latest hardware and software products around so that we may see what products we are really buying before we buy them. Each test also uses the above rating system, which uses the following criteria: Value ? this judges the cost of the actual product against what the product actually contains. Features ? this gives detail on how the features and components rate against what the product was supposed to do. Performance: this takes in the speed and power against the overall price and specification. There is then an overall score which lets you see quickly whether the product is worth having or not. Typical products tested are mobile pc?s, applications and peripherals. NETWORK This part of the magazine is a part that is dedicated to business and enterprise computing. Also in this section they review the best hardware and software for business as well as the latest news. This is a small section in the main magazine, it takes the same format as the main magazine and is dedicated to the business world, but although it is aimed at the business market there may be bits in it that may interest the home user. HELPDESK The helpdesk section answers readers letters a
        bout problems they are having with their computers, and also software problems along with hints and tips that will enable you to get things done quicker and far easier. This section is usually an invaluable source of information and may readers have the same problems as you and therefore some of the most frustrating problems can be solved. All Helpdesk problems, hints and fixes are available on the SuperDisc. MASTERCLASS The master class section is a part of the magazine, which gives workshops on a wide range of topics from creative graphics to programming. Expert Workshops: this may take the form of taking some of the software on the front cd?s and giving a hand in getting started. The magazine gives a project time, a skill level from beginner to intermediate to advance, it also tells you what you will need to complete the project. They then work you through step by step and then give you other hints and tips about going further. These are normally ongoing projects and there maybe several instalments over several issues. PROGRAMMERS WORLD This section is obviously dedicated to programming and the skill level ranges from intermediate to advanced. Sections include C#, Visual Basic, Delphi and C++. All the files needed for any of the master classes or programmers world are on the super discs. SUPERDISCS The SuperDisc section goes through each full program that is on the cover disks and explains how and what you use the software for. Each full program has a section dedicated to it and gives details on how to use the software and what may be done with it. It gives information on system requirements, the skill level required, how to obtain a serial code, and any other information that may be required. There is also information on how to upgrade and save money; PCPlus has rights to enable its readers to upgrade its super disc?s full programs to the latest releases at special prices.
        PRICE The price of the PCPlus CD version is £5.99, I don?t know what the DVD editions costs. This is fairly expensive for a magazine but the excellent content and the excellent cover discs do make it fairly good value for money. You can also subscribe to PCPlus either by direct debit - £12.50 for the CD edition every 3 months or £13.75 for the DVD edition every 3 months. It?s also possible to pay for 13 issues at once, this costing £49.99 for the CD edition and £54.99 for the DVD edition. CONTACT DETAILS www.pcplus.co.uk Letters for publication: pcplus.mailbox@futurenet.co.uk tel: 01225 442244 fax: 01225 732295 SuperDisc problems: pcplus.support@futurenet.co.uk Subscriptions: customerservice@futurenet.co.uk tel 0870 444 8662/01458 271135 fax: 01458 274378 VERDICT This magazine tackles anything from the home user to the professional. The helpdesk section is an invaluable source of information and help. The master classes help you to use different kinds of software and gives you handy hints. The reviews help you to decide what to buy and what not to buy, giving reviews to the latest products on the market. This is a good magazine that anyone at any level would find interesting and helpful. The price is a little steep but the cover discs are such an excellent source of free software that it makes up for it. Overall a great magazine.

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          11.09.2001 04:40
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          I recently purchased PC Plus magazine for the first time to help me decide about buying a new home PC. I don’t normally buy computer magazines, but an article about 10 awesome machines for only £699 court my eye when I was purchasing petrol one day. So £4.99 later I was the proud owner of the August 2001 addition! The review I was interested in tested 10 computers that were made by lesser-known companies. The computers where: - Atlas Meridian 1.2GHZ scored 8 out of 10 Best price Poweroid 1.3GHZ scored 10 out of 10 Big Red Pentium 3 1 GHZ scored 7 out of 10 Carrera SSC Pro 1.2GHZ scored 7 out of 10 Compute IT Discover MX 1.3GHZ scored 8 out of 10 Multivision Vision DDR Raid ME 1.3 GHZ scored 9 out of 10 Polar Picasso 1 GHZ scored 7 out of 10 SNS Patinum 1.3GHZ scored 9 out of 10 Systemax 1.3GHZ scored 7 out of 10 Time machine 1.4GHZ 8 out of 10 Last time I bought a computer, I did so from PC world and have always said I wouldn’t return. I have did a lot of research before I jump in headfirst and could not believe what kind of spec these computers where offering. For an example the Multivision was voted the best performer with the following spec: - 1333 Athlon 266 Hz 256Mb PC2100 DDR RAM 2x20Gb UDMA-100 Drives (RAID 0) 32Mb VL Vivid 16x DVD-ROM (40x CD-ROM) 17inch NEC Monitor 56k Internal Modem 12x18x32 ReWriter 1.44Mb Floppy Drive Logitech Internet Deluxe Keyboard & Scroll Mouse Microsoft Windows ME (CD & License) 4yrs RTB L/O & Lifetime Technical Support Price was £699 plus VAT and delivery of £40. I have ordered one of the above so hopefully in 3 weeks I will be writing a review on this model myself. Hopefully it will be better than paying £1399 for PC worlds similar model. Ive paid an extra £80 and have added a 1400 processor, and a 64MB G Force graphic card as well as 1 year on site warr
          anty. At the end of the day would you have found a computer at PC World or Dixons on the high street for this price? I would have been happier if VAT had been included! But you cannot have everything. Sorry for going on about this slightly, but it shows that by reading these magazines you could save yourself a fortune and get a better system. The rest of the magazine is very good, with a lot of reviews of software, desktops, laptops, and peripherals. For a change in a computer it comes with a steady amount of adverts which are of a glossy nature. The magazine comes with 2 free CD which offer £700 worth of free software. I cannot say if they work or not, as I have found free CD to make more problems that they are worth on my home computer. Therefore I do not touch them. I will say that with one or two of these software programs I am tempted to use. Inside the magazine you get 18 pages of reviews and help about the programs on the disc. With regards to my computer purchases, I am in two minds to buy the above, or wait until AMD bring there new processor out in October. I would appreciate any Dooyoo members views what they thing about the above computer and any information you can give about the new processors

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            13.08.2001 20:33
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            As an IT professional I am constantly in need of up to date information and good quality opinions. I usually get this information from magazines (for unrequested stuff) and from scouring the net for on demand information (i.e. when I need it!). To this end I subscribe to a number of publications, funnily enough most of them are from the same company (cue twilight theme song) – Future Publishing. PC Plus is one of the magazines I have quite recently allowed into this exclusive group! In a nutshell, PC Plus is really NOT ideal for beginner computer users. I really think it IS aimed at somebody like myself, someone who works in the IT sector or somebody who has an avid interest in IT and a good knowledge base already. The magazine is released monthly and there are DVD and CD versions available. I get the DVD version, purely because they cram a hell of a lot of stuff on there for you!!! Okay, onto the magazine itself. It is split into 3 MAJOR categories to my mind, news, previews and reviews, and technical instruction and help. There are a lot of sections within these (like letters, different types of tech pages and different product sections – but I am trying to keep this short!!). The News Section. This is at the start of the magazine and is very informative and well-written stuff. They have columns of the short stuff, rumours, gossip etc and also some multipage ‘investigations’ and feature articles. For example this month has an in depth article on Consumers Rights and Wrongs. This section is helpful to me to learn things in the pipeline, goings on in the major companies and stuff like that (sorry!). They also have a letters page where readers put their two bobs worth in about the magazine (I usually SKIP this bit!). Now the biggest section – reviews, labtests and previews. This is the section I REALLY get this mag for. Every month they have a major labtest – this varies
            month to month – this month it is PCs under £699, top of the range notebooks and Hard Drive utilities. They ask the major manufacturers to submit products to be tested and then show all the results and their recommendations. They have done laser printers before, laptops, lots of other things. They usually do a couple of these each month as well!!! They have a large section in here called ‘on test’. Basically they take a lot of the newly released products (I have a feeling it is just what has been submitted by companies hoping for free ads!) and tell you about them and what they think they are like compared to other products out there. This is EXTREMELY helpful for somebody like me. They have a wide range of products in this section (PCs, laptops, applications, printers, mice, graphics cards, you name it really). They do come across slightly advertorial sometimes, but for the most part I have found their advice to be quite sound and their ratings to be quite well thought out. I would however add that I never trust one review completely, and always double check my information on the web! Now we come to my other favourite section (very close between this and the on test section I might add!). The technical help section starts with helpdesk where people write in with their problems and the staff of PC Plus will find the answer!! They cover all the main software and operating systems and even hardware!! It’s the kind of section you read and say ahhhhhh didn’t know that, and you might glean the odd bit of information for your own uses. I remember many a time when I have come across a problem and remembered the solution from a magazine such as this, so cram it all in there grasshopper – its all helpful!! Following this they have expert workshops, which are like tutorials on how to accomplish things in certain programs. They quite often have these spread out over a few issues, and deal in a multit
            ude of different programs (graphics, office, web development, Java programming, XML, Linux, and tonnes of others). This is helpful if you use any of the stuff, but a lot of it I don’t and I ignore it (I don’t program in Java and stuff like that!). Okay so I’ve told you why I like it, how its laid out and what’s good. Now you want to know what’s bad don’t you?? Why are you all such pessimists!!! Haha okay here goes. Like all magazines these days (and ESPECIALLY PC ones it seems!) PC Plus is overflowing with ads. I don’t mean the odd page, I mean 10 page catalogues for one place, 5 page ads for gateway computers, fold out cardboard ads for Dell, you name it. I cannot complain really as I am sure a magazine with a DVD would cost a lot more if they didn’t have so many ads. The other thing I don’t like is the false advertising they participate in, okay I take that back its not really. Let me explain. Like most of you I love the disks you get with magazines – have loved them since floppy disk days (showing my IT age here!) and always will. There seems to be a scam of kinds going round these magazines (probably because they are all the same publisher!) where they advertise on the cover and the disk that you get a FREE FULL WORKING VERSION…. this is clever because you really do get this, they fail to mention though that it is not the latest version, and also offer for you to upgrade to the latest version for some special price!! You do get used to this though, and it is useful to get a full version of a program (rather than a trial edition) and sometimes it is good enough for your uses and you don’t need to pay then!! For example I got Picture Publisher off one of the disks – a full version – and it does everything I need in picture editing, so why buy the latest version?? I can see this tactic fooling newbies but most people who have been around IT for a while
            will be used to it now. So there it is, my long winded opinion on PC Plus, if you stuck around to read this bit congratulations and I hope you rush out and subscribe now. If you just skipped here from the top, just click the VH button and continue your scanning never the wiser about this fabulous magazine. Thanks for reading.  An original opinion by Ken Scammell, 2001.

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              Hospitals are boring places if you are a patient especially once the pain has been taken care of and you are fit enough to get out of bed but ‘they’ won’t let you go home. It is such a scenario that forced me to occupy my time as best I could by buying PC Plus from the hospital shop in the hope that I could learn something rather than lying around bored out of my skull or listening to hospital radio. Published by Future publishing, issue 179 the August 2001 edition cost me £4.99 for 242 pages of human input and two CD ROM’s, which it was claimed contained £750 worth of software free. Must remember to look at them one day soon. This hefty tome did indeed keep me occupied for more than a day or two as I read it from stem to stern and yes even the many, many adverts. As a slight aside, we the general public pay for a variety of goods and the money gained by the various manufacturers and shops, goes in part to pay for their advertising. Then the shop pays the magazine publisher to have their advert published in the magazine and we then buy a magazine full of adverts. Methinks that we are paying twice. Yes I know, if there were no adverts the magazine would cost more. At least that’s what we are told. So just what did I get for my money? Quite a lot, with 60 pages of Master Classes on a variety of subjects, in depth analysis of 12 top quality scanners, head to head testing of every leading video editing software and the headline eye catching reviews of ten professional PC systems with stunning performance at an incredible price – 1.3 GHz for only £599. There is also the obligatory reader’s letters pages, four to be precise, although there is an advert on each page which effectively reduces the total to just three pages, where readers can vent their spleen on all things computer. For readers with computer problems, an eight pages help desk does its best to find an answer. Readers are in
              vited to subscribe and save around 40% on the cost of buying each month. Thus it would cost £64.87 for 13 issues in a year if bought monthly as opposed to the subscription price of £37.90 paying by a 3 monthly direct debit mandate of £9.47, which means that in fact you only pay £37.88. There is also a DVD version, which costs £5.99 per magazine or £43.32 at £10.43 per three months on DD. These prices are for UK sales only. The magazine is put together professionally and contains more data than you can shake a stick at but for me it will not be a regular buy.

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                I have been reading PCP ever since I got my first PC in 1992. Back then it was very much a techies mag, delving into subjects almost unheard of today, such as assembly language programming. Looking back at the help pages now is quite amusing, one reader wrote in asking why his screen kept flickering on his laptop "oh, just write a simple program in C. That'll fix it" was the reply. Fortunately using computers has become much simpler since then, and they have become more mainstream - you don't need two degrees to do anything more than type a letter! The magazine has therefore become less technical than it once was through necessity, but over the last couple of years the quality has dropped quite considerably. The magaizine has tried to become more accessible for everyone, and while it is still a serious user's mag, it has certainly been "dumbed down". There are more adverts and the technical pages have gradually diminished in volume. One of my favourite sections Paul Stephen's "web workshop", which practically got me into designing web pages and using DHTML has been changed from an advanced section to yet another beginner's tutorial on how to start creating web pages. This is fine as far as it goes, but so many of the other programming sections have gone the same way - do beginners tutorials really have a place in what is meant to be a more advanced user's magazine? Now that I've finished having my little rant about the demise of what was once the daddy of all computer magazines, I'll take a more general look at it. Compared to the rest of the PC magazines on the market, it's still good, and better than most of the competition, which are full of adverts and short on content. While not what they were, the articles in PCP are still of a high standard and the reviews are very informative. There isn't an excessive amount of advertising (look at Computer Shopper if you want that!) and the mag a
                lso covers hot topics in the computing world like no one else, such as "what does your software license actully mean?". One section that has avoided the editorial axe is the marvellous HelpScreen (now called HelpDesk, though no one really knows why) written by Ian Sharpe, who has been writing it ever since I can remember. It is one of the finest problem pages in any magazine (though PC Answers comes close) and just about every computing dilemma is covered from how to install four operating systems on one hard drive to adding a hotkey to menu options in Notepad (why you can't save files using Ctrl+S as standard I'll never know). It is always the first section I turn to and almost worth buying the magazine for on its own! It can solve problems you don't even know you've got. The cover CDs (I've never looked at one of the DVDs yet) again, aren't what they were, but they still have more useful software on than any other UK mag that i've ever seen. If you are into programming they reqularly have compilers for most common languages, and are one of the few magazines that do this. They also have a very easy to use and fast HTML interface which runs in your web browser (IE4+ only though) unlike the pondorous and slow Macromedia interfaces used by pretty much everyone else. The CDs also contain useful tutorials as well as software, although sadly the brilliant web workshop section is no more! Overall, though PCP has gone down in quality over the past eight years it is still one of the best computer magazines for the serious user, and well worth a read.

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                PC Plus is a great computing magazine, for many different levels and types of user, it is packed full of reviews, help and information. The magazine has many different sections for many different people: a help area for questions and anwsers on very good questions submited by readers: a review area, reviewing many different new computer related items, a news section with all the latest computer news, a programmer section for programmer related help and many more articles that help tons. The free CDs\DVDs are packed with software that I really like and would normally cost hundreds of pounds overall. I have been reading PC Plus for a while and enjoy it very much, it helps me with all and many of my computer problems and helps me learn about computers. I first bought the magazine when I broke my computer and it helped me fix it. Overall the magazine is a very good read, enjoyable, entertaining and educational.

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                  PC Plus is a long running magazine, starting way back in the 80's (This is proved by the fact that the Retro section is going back over 15 years!). It has, in my opinion, the best mix of News, Reviews, Features, and Disc content in the PC Magazine world. Read on for more? The magazine is aimed at professional PC users, not like Computer Act!ve, (read my review of that) which is aimed at novice's. This does not mean that if you use PC's for hobby's (like me) you are ignored. It covers advanced topics, such as programming, registry editing and XML. The magazine got one hell of a slating from 'Hardcore' PC Plus readers when it changed its hardcore look to a more 'friendly' look. A lot of people were upset; many stopped subscribing, and as a consequence it has lost 20% of its readership in 2000 - Also, future net (The publishers) are issuing profit warnings all over the place. Anyway, enough of the history lesson - lets explain what I like about the magazine: PC Plus' News section is one of the best news sections available anywhere. It might not be the most up-to-date news (because the magazine has to be ready long before anyone reads it), but it is sure-as-ass the best. Nicely organized, plenty of it and 'Special Reports' all make it the best. Reviews. Hmm. They used to be much better then took a nosedive at the redesign, with quantity over quality, but with the editor appearing regularly in the PC Plus' forums (http://www.futureforums.co.uk), things quickly got sorted out with a revamp. Features. Well, same as above, really, but I'm afraid still aren't very good. PC Answers style "99999999 best tips to make windows fly" aren't really my taste. More Work needed. Tutorials. Brilliant, amazing, incredible. The best anywhere. Imaginably called 'Master class', they provide informative and practical solutions to everyday problems. There are
                  currently {3} sections, all which I love. These are: *Office/Windows - superb reading for people who aren't as brilliant when it comes to office and windows as they'd like to be. *Linux - separated into three parts: Beginner, Expert and Helpdesk. Helpdesk is where readers ask questions and (hopefully) get answers (surprise, surprise) *Programming once again set into four sections, C++, Visual Basic, Java and XML. 'Nuff said. *Web - Helen Bradley introduces you into a world of site promotion, design and HTML to help you get that obscure website working. *Graphics - duhh! Graphics. Currently working with Jasc's excellent Paint Shop Pro 7, showing you how to get the most out of PSP. *Handheld - perfect for the Palm, Psion or Pocket PC user. #179 was covering editing graphics on the move. The PC Plus's SuperDiscs. Always been the best, always will. Full products have included Edit Studio 1.5, TCM 3, Star Office 5.2 etc. You can choose to buy the Double CD or DVD issue. (Tip: if you can't find the DVD issue, try your local PC World, they usually have it, and keep a couple of back issues of it) I buy the DVD issue, so I have Linux distributions, more full products. The DVD issues costs £6, CD £5. There really is no other choice for the proper PC user. Go buy a issue now - you'll be impressed!

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                    I have read PCPlus on and off for over 3 years, and have been a subscriber for the last two. As a serious computer user who likes to keep up to date with current news, the magazine suits me well - it is written in a professional manner, and contains features for the more advanced user. By far the strongest areas for the magazine are its programming and linux sections - This magazine frequently has both on its coverdiscs, and usually proceeds with in-depth tutorials and projects over the proceeding issues. In fact, it was PCPlus which introduced me to Delphi, as well as teaching me how to use it - and it has remained my favourite language since, but I digress... The mag has long-running tutorials on Basic Pascal, C and Java as well as web design, Linux use and Office applications, which are generally more advanced than the basic and bog-standard 'how to create a poster' that is in many other mags. Reviews are also well-written and professional, and you get an immediate feel that the reviewers know what they are talking about - a know-how which also extends to the helpdesk section, which has dealt with some quite unusual problems up until now (a good example escapes me). A slight negative note is the inclusion of the games section - currently 1 page of each issue is devoted to games each issue, reviewing typically 3 games. Please, editor - either do a decent section or dump it - 1 page in a 100+ page mag is a little half-hearted! Oh, and a final plus point - it was PC Plus that alerted me to Dooyoo. For which I will be eternally grateful (creep!)

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                      The bait was the Star Trek encyclopedia CD on the front but like a number of the disks on the cover of a magazine, it didn't work properly. That aside, "PC Plus" was a lot better than most magazines I've looked at. It is well laid out, not too technical so the magazine is easy to digest. It isn't cover to cover adverts, so the price is higher, one penny short of a fiver for the CD version. Considering the wide variety of features, it is a reasonable price to pay for such a publication. They've got the balance just right and there is something for all kinds of computer user, from the game fanatic to the home office user through to developers. What I found pleasantly surprising was their "campaign" feature, covering a number of consumer problems - a mini "watchdog", as it were. handy, as the first issue I bought had a piece taking on one of the biggest rogues in the UK computer industry, Timne Computers. As I am having "difficulties" with said company, I found that extremely useful and sent them the details. Like some other magazines of this genre, there is also a DVD option available at a higher price. Personally, I think the DVD version should be lowered of all titles to that of the CD version. Whilst I do not have any DVD equipment, I still think that this would be a fair thing to do.

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                      Being in the IT industry I subscribe to three magazines to keep me up to date with the latest goings on. These are Internet magazine; Net magazine and PCPlus magazine, the other two of these are also reviewed by myself on their own sections. The reason for buying all three that between them I get the full picture and all the information I could want, whether it be hardware, software, news or just coding bits. Obviously Net and Internet magazines deal with the Internet side of things while PCPlus spreads itself through all the areas of computing. If you are looking for a great general Computing magazine then there is nothing else that quite hits the spot like PCPlus. This is no overnight wonder, either, I have been buying the magazine on and off for over 6 years and even back in the days when the in machines were Amiga’s and Atari’s PCPlus was there leading the front for PC owners everywhere. Back then of course it was a lot thinner and a lot more technical and aimed at the hardcore guys. But age has done it some good. PCPlus costs £4.99 per issue and is published by Future Publishing and can be found in most newsagents. This is quite steep but is reduced considerably if you subscribe to £37.90 which works out to £3.16 an issue and believe me you get a hell of a lot for your money. One other thing that pleases me is that when it does arrive in the post it comes backed with a piece of hard cardboard, which I know is only a small thing but I am one of the fussy people that likes to keep all my magazines in pristine condition, and that piece of cardboard helps to do that. I must grumble with the chaps at Internet Magazine to do not do this and consequently my copy of Internet Magazine always arrives slightly damaged. It comes with a CD every month packed with the most useful software you will find on any free CD. Not only that but most of it is full applications only a version older then the current
                      releases and sometimes amounts to thousands of pounds worth of software. This is also quite broad from Firewall software, virus checkers, development tools, graphics packages to database applications and word processors. The list never ends. As long as you don’t mind not having the latest versions of software then you will never have to buy any software again! The first section of the magazine is ‘News’ which basically goes through all the months’ stories regarding all aspects of Computing. Just your run of the mill stuff but essential if you are to keep abreast of the latest goings on. Then you have the ‘Reflections’ section, which is basically a page, devoted to each of the main writers for them to basically sound off about anything they want. A good read, as their issues are always relevant to the readers. Then there’s the ‘Mailbox’ part, which is for reader’s general letters from complaints to praises about anything computers. An extension to this is the ‘Campaign’ section, which covers users letters complaining about products and services. The following sections are focused on the cover stories, which are the current issues in the computing world. This month’s one covered the ‘The Great Dot Com Disaster’. As well as this there is always a large group test of products, normally PC’s. Do not go and buy one before reading one of these group-tests, it tells you all you have to know so that you can make an educated choice. A good example of this is the number of group-tests they do comparing Intel based machines with AMD based machines. These group-tests also cover software and you normally get at least 3 or 4 different groups of products put through their paces and fully compared every issue. We then come onto the ‘On Test’ section, which is where they give in depth single reviews of a
                      ll the latest software and hardware. Again, very details reviews with ratings and good and bad points. Then there is the ‘HelpDesk’ section which is normally at least 8 pages long of reader’s letters regarding software or hardware problems they are having and giving them solutions. It never seizes to amaze me that every month I find a problem solved that I’ve encountered. We then get into the Developers section called ‘MasterClass’. This is basically a quarter of the magazine devoted to every type of developer out there (near enough). Every month they have articles aimed at Office Developers, Graphic Designers, Web Designers, Linux Developers, VB Programmers, C++ Programmers etc, etc. Basically enough to keep any Developer amused! The penultimate section is called ‘Internet Buyer’ and is basically a hardware buyers guide with ratings and prices, etc. The remaining section of the magazine is filled with details of all the software given on the free CD, and includes basic guides and also good offers to be able to purchase the latest versions of the software at a discount. That basically rounds it all up, without doubt the ‘Godfather’ of computing magazines. Go out and buy it!!

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                        PC Plus is produced monthly by Future Publishing and covers most areas of the PC industry. Hardware reviews are contained in every issue and usually form part of group tests where similar products are compared against each other and make for very informed reading. The editors require that any system reviewed is available for sale at the price stated and as specified and where this is found not to be the case the magazine does follow up on readers complaints and in at least one case have refused to publish any adverting from the company. This policy extends to software reviews as the require any review software to be the release version. The cover disks are excellent - usually 2 CDs but sometimes 3 or 1 DVD depending on which version of the magazine you purchase and include full versions of software which can be registered with the manufacturers without charge these usually come with special upgrade offers to the latest version at substantial discounts but why when it is the latest version included is it usually about 2 weeks after I have bought it anyway? The readers pages are also very informative and tips given are clearly marked as to the level of experience of the user who should implement them. There are workshop series on the major programming packages such as Visual Basic, Delphi, C/C++ and Java and on Linux with shorter series on other packages at times such as Visual Prolog and other lesser known languages. All the programs for these workshops are included on the cover disks along with some additional material and compilers for each have been included on the cover disks and are available in many cases from their website. The give good advice to anyone looking to purchase hardware or software and include comparison tables and contact details broken down by product. In addition their web site includes a tool to obtain a best price for most products, although if you are just looking to compare prices you would be better off with Micro Mart or C
                        omputer Shopper.

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                        Pc Plus has for some time been one of the best magazines for non beginners. The magazine was large enough, the content fascinating, and the CD's top notch. It was the magazine of choice for computing proffessionals who had no qualms about paying the price premium for it. Recently, however, the magazine has gone downhill badly. It has been getting extremely thin, and less interesting in many areas (with the exception of the excellent science articles). The CD's are also not what they once were. Computing experts have deserted it in favour of magazines like Pc Pro. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, however. The latest magazine shows a distinct return towards form. Lets hope they keep it up......Good luck to them

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                        PC plus is a great magazine that deals with all the major issues that a competent P.C user may encounter. I regularly buy this magazine because of its excellent quantity of the magazine and the great layout of there work. ***** Great Magazine ****** There are help pages for all people who may want to get more out of there software. This generally includes such things as Microsoft Office 2000 software and other programming languages help such as Delphi, C and C++. For the more keen P.C user, you also have the opportunity to review the latest technologies associated in computing. This includes advances in all types of software and hardware as the magazine caters for all types of P.C users. The more advanced users will surely be interested in this because of its excellent quality. The magazines advice is quite useful and can be found to be quite advanced for some people who do not use computers much or who are not aware of some of the concepts. This is why I feel this magazine is for the more advanced user. Included with the magazine is a free CD that is part of the magazine of every month. Most of the time it is very good and offers all basic utilities that you may need from your computer. The disks are worth keeping and collecting like I do as they will always have a task to perform for you at one time or another as I have found out. Included in this magazine, as with every computer magazine is hundreds of adverts for computers from all the major businesses in the UK who will all advertise computers at reasonable prices. Also, nearly all equipment you need can be found in here such as networking devices such as routers, hubs etc. The one main reason I rate this magazine over other similar magazines is because it is ideal for people who have sound knowledge of computers and who may study them. If you have £4.99 spare some time in the month and you are interested in computers and there
                        hardware and software, then this magazine may be right for you.

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