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    1. MapPoint North American Maps 2004
    $169.99 list($299.95)
    2. Niles Endnote 8.0 Windows
    $69.99 $48.75 list($74.95)
    3. Microsoft Encarta Reference Library
    $89.99 $43.95 list($99.99)
    4. Microsoft Works Suite 2005 [Money,
    $69.99 list($74.95)
    5. Microsoft Encarta Reference Library
    $74.99 $69.98 list($89.99)
    6. Corel WordPerfect Office 12 Home
    $67.99 $67.88 list($79.95)
    7. Microsoft Proofing Tools 2003
    $196.99 $179.99 list($229.99)
    8. MapPoint 2004 Upgrade North American
    $59.99 $50.90 list($69.99)
    9. Encyclopedia Britannica 2005 DVD
    $29.99 $22.80 list($34.95)
    10. Microsoft Encarta Deluxe 2005
    $16.99 $11.99 list($19.99)
    11. Merriam-Webster's 11th Edition
    $59.99 $25.00 list($69.95)
    12. Encyclopedia Britannica 2005 CD
    $26.99 $9.95 list($49.99)
    13. Rand McNally StreetFinder &
    $26.99 list($34.99)
    14. Word Menu 2.2
    $27.99 $19.94 list($29.99)
    15. Encyclopedia Britannica 2005 Deluxe
    $29.99 $18.72
    16. National Geographic Presents:
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    17. Encarta Deluxe Encyclopedia 2004
    $81.89 $64.95 list($129.99)
    18. NEW INTL DICT OT THEO/EXE 5.1
    $29.99 $18.43
    19. WorldBook Encyclopedia 2005 (2
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    20. World Book Encyclopedia 2004 Edition

    1. MapPoint North American Maps 2004
    list price: $299.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00009XFRI
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 1021
    Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (5)

    1-0 out of 5 stars $269 for this GARBAGE?
    I wouldn't pay $2.69 let alone $269.00!!!! for this dreadful program. It is NOT user friendly. The data mapping is worthless. This program makes Street Atlas 2004 (mediocre mapping program) look like the best thing since sliced bread.

    Don't waste your money!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Stand-alone only sucks
    For many years, I've used the Microsoft Map feature of Excel. It's a great little tool that only does a few things but served its purpose well, and on occasion even justified using Excel rather than SPSS or some other data-management tool.

    Then came OfficeXP, with an Excel version from which Microsoft has stripped that Mapping tool. Now I have to pay hundreds of dollars and gets lots of data I don't want or need (and could find much of on the web anyway)? No thank you.

    Time to find an alternative...

    4-0 out of 5 stars OK, now that I've been using it...
    If you used Mappoint 2002, you will be very comfortable with 2004 as the interface is identical. The biggest upgrade is the updates to the street maps themselves - although it is still not perfect. I live in a fast-growing suburb of Cincinnati, and Microsoft still missed a major huge street that was actually built in 2002!?! Oh well, it IS Microsoft after all, perfection should not be expected. At least you can't get a virus through this program! I think...

    THE GOOD: Other upgrades/changes include 2002 Census update data, and a whole bunch of new data fields that can be mapped thematically. These are consumer-oriented demographics, like households with internet access, computers, etc. There are a lot of statistics on avg. household expenditures (movies, clothing, furniture, food, etc.) Another nice upgrade is the ability to print maps almost edge-to-edge, getting rid of that stupid huge amount of white space at the bottom that took up 25% of your page real estate. There are more pushpins, and it is supposedly easier to import new pushpins (I have not tried that.)

    THE BAD: Mappoint 2002 had census data projections for 2005; this version has no projections for anything, 2002 is as current as you are going to get. No upgrades that I have been able to see with respect to territory mapping, they still have the same small (and ugly) selection of colors to shade your territories. Data is still mapped at the census tract level or higher - if you need block group level fuggedaboudit. Data import options seem to be unchanged as well.

    THE BOTTOM LINE: If Mappoint 2002 floated your boat, this is a required upgrade just to get updated roads. If the older version didn't have the flexibility or features, you probably should be looking at coughing up the dough for Arcview by ESRI. For a real comprehensive list of all the updates and changes, go to the Mappoint home page on Microsoft's web site.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Ummm
    How exactly has the first reviewer been able to comment on the 2004 version, as it has not been released yet? Anyhow, the previous version is a great product, so hopefully Microsoft didn't mess it up. Easiest to use, and most powerful, off-the-shelf desktop GIS out there. And believe me, I've bought them all...Maptitude, BusinessMap 3 from ESRI, etc. While Mappoint does not have as many customization options, it is MUCH easier to use, and comes bundled with good demographics dataset. Here is hoping that the new version has really updated the streets, freshened the demographics, and has incorporated a web update feature. Users of Arcview, forget about it, this will seem like a joke to you, Arcview is the best (but a real bear to learn).

    5-0 out of 5 stars I found my way there ! Worth EVERY Pennty of price !
    Lets say your lost, and you have your laptop and you have a connection to your digital phone ?

    I found myself absolutely lost the other day driving around Fort Lauderdale, Florida looking for an address of a friend in the area.

    I plugged in my cel phone, fired up my laptop, entered my location and BOOM, a CURRENT map that I could use and direct instructions.

    I have used other programs and services before and found myself at the "Road Closed" intersection or at the exit that no longer was where it was supposed to be.

    With Map Point that does not happen as I can get a current map that has been updated.

    The Update makes it all worth while.

    Best Regards to all, MC - TheStickRules.Com ... Read more


    2. Niles Endnote 8.0 Windows
    list price: $299.95
    our price: $169.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002ER3GI
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Niles Software
    Sales Rank: 825
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Features

    • Essential tool for research, writing, and publishing
    • Create instant bibliographies; organize references and images
    • Build libraries of any size; new reference types and fields
    • Add, edit, and display references in any language
    • Search online bibliographic databases

    3. Microsoft Encarta Reference Library Premium 2005 DVD
    list price: $74.95
    our price: $69.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00027TJCG
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 87
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Complete learning resource for home or school use
    • Multimedia encyclopedia and feature-rich reference tools
    • Explore science, history, cultures, geography, art, and more
    • Encarta dictionary, thesaurus, and translation dictionaries
    • Designed for students as young as 7 years old

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Encarta versus Britannica
    I have bought both Encarta and Britannica for years (EB in printed edition too: 32 volumes, 32.000 pages). This is my opinion in brief: Encarta is excellent in all aspects, but Britannica's authoritative text (sometimes outdated) makes interesting to buy both.
    TEXT: Britannica is a superb encyclopedia of text (not in visual aid) since 1768 (you know: an article by Einstein and so on...). Contents in electronic version differs from printed encyclopedia (very large articles have been shortened). Britannica claims that it has more entries that Encarta, but this is a joke: articles like "Mexico" are only one (with a lot of subdivisions) in Encarta, while in Britannica subdivisions are unconnected, and you must "jump" from one subdivision to another, which is slow and very annoying, especially if you want to copy it in "WORD". Very often, the text is not updated.
    In the other hand, Encarta's text is not bad at all. Most articles have the name of their contributors and their professions, works...: They are not "John Doe". You can find large fragments of literary works, literature guides, a lot of sidebars and thousands of quotations. "Encarta Africana" is included. The Pop-Up (double clicking a word) Dictionary and Thesaurus has sound for correct pronunciation (by the way, it can read aloud, with a robotic and ugly voice, a whole article). The "Translation Dictionaries" to Spanish, French, German and Italian must be improved, because they are minimal. It gives you a lot of "Internet links", even if you are not connected. With Britannica you must be "on-line" and it searches in an EB Web page.
    In theory you can update Britannica over the Internet free for a year quarterly (4 times), but this does not work. Encarta can be updated free EVERY WEEK with new articles and additions or corrections to the old ones (until October 2005). With Encarta updating really works. Technologically is amazing to see the changes in old items.
    ATLAS Britannica has not a real atlas; only a worlds map whose maximum detail are the States of USA. Statistics are very poor. Encarta's Atlas is like another encyclopedia, with a great detail (1 inch = 10 miles all over the world) and 20 varieties of atlas presentations (statistical ones can be counted by dozens). If you look at a geographical article (city, river...) you can see in a corner where it is placed and, with only a click, open the Atlas. In articles of cities, if you are on-line, you can see in another corner the weather of this place in that moment. If it is a USA place, you can read the latest news.
    MULTIMEDIA: They say that "serious" or "adult" readers do not care about "pictures"; that multimedia is only for kids. I do not agree, because I think that, sometimes, "A picture is worth a thousand words". Works of art, anatomy, historical maps, diagrams... Encarta devastates Britannica with a lot of photos, paintings, drawings, charts & tables, animations, interactivities, videos, music and sounds, pictures, 2-D and 3-D virtual tours, 360-degrees views, timeline, games... It is not only the quantity and quality. It is the easy access you have to all the multimedia, and that text and multimedia are fully integrated. Britannica is not really multimedia. It has photos and videos, but they make the program slow and sluggish. They should edit an alternative version with only text, as they did with the first edition in 1995. It performed fast and easy in old computers.
    INTERFACE AND PERFORMANCE: This is the worst side of Britannica. With Encarta you only have to type a word or the beginning of a word to see all the articles and multimedia that contain it. If Encarta does not find anything, it gives you automatically alternative spellings. Even if you write the name of a small village lost in any country, you see it in the atlas. If you need to copy text or pictures, the integration with Microsoft WORD is perfect. It has additional ways to find content, including subject or multimedia browsing, "related articles" and the standard A-Z method. The "Research Organizer" is very helpful too. Encarta's TEXT FONT is very clear (Britannica's...) and you can choose 3 sizes.
    Navigating with Britannica is disappointing. I will only give you an example: if you do not know the exact and correct spelling of a name or word, it does not help you with similar spellings (unless you open a window and "battle" with it). As I said before, the program's performance speed is very slow and sluggish, and it must be dramatically improved. To go "back and forward" you do not find any icon and you need to open a "menu".... One "pro" for Britannica: they say it works with Macintosh.
    INTERNATIONAL EDITIONS: Encarta has a lot in different languages. The four I utilize (United Kingdom, Spanish, French and Italian ones) are adaptations of USA version, which is necessary talking about History, Geography, Literature and other topics. The MISERABLE thing is that articles that equally concern any human being (Health, Mathematics and the rest of Sciences) are a VERY RESUMED translation of USA edition that is, of course, the best of all. Why Microsoft follows such a policy? I think this is MISERABLE in all the meanings of the word.
    I repeat my modest piece of advice: Encarta is excellent in all aspects, but Britannica's authoritative text (sometimes outdated) make interesting to buy both. ... Read more


    4. Microsoft Works Suite 2005 [Money, Encarta, Picture It, Streets & Trips, Word 2002]
    list price: $99.99
    our price: $89.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002KQOP8
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft Software
    Sales Rank: 446
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    Features

    • Write like a professional with Word 2002
    • Get up and go with Streets & Trips 2005
    • Edit and organize your photos with Picture It! Premium 10
    • Explore the world with Encarta Encyclopedia Standard 2005
    • Get those finances in order with Money Standard 2005

    5. Microsoft Encarta Reference Library Premium 2005 CD
    list price: $74.95
    our price: $69.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00027TDQS
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 216
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Features

    • Complete learning resource for home or school use
    • Multimedia encyclopedia and feature-rich reference tools
    • Explore science, history, cultures, geography, art, and more
    • Encarta dictionary, thesaurus, and translation dictionaries
    • Designed for students as young as 7 years old

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Encarta versus Britannica
    I have bought both Encarta and Britannica for years (EB in printed edition too: 32 volumes, 32.000 pages). This is my opinion in brief: Encarta is excellent in all aspects, but Britannica's authoritative text (sometimes outdated) makes interesting to buy both.
    TEXT: Britannica is a superb encyclopedia of text (not in visual aid) since 1768 (you know: an article by Einstein and so on...). Contents in electronic version differs from printed encyclopedia (very large articles have been shortened). Britannica claims that it has more entries that Encarta, but this is a joke: articles like "Mexico" are only one (with a lot of subdivisions) in Encarta, while in Britannica subdivisions are unconnected, and you must "jump" from one subdivision to another, which is slow and very annoying, especially if you want to copy it in "WORD". Very often, the text is not updated.
    On the other hand, Encarta's text is not bad at all. Most articles have the name of their contributors and their professions, works...: They are not "John Doe". You can find large fragments of literary works, literature guides, a lot of sidebars and thousands of quotations. "Encarta Africana" is included. The Pop-Up (double clicking a word) Dictionary and Thesaurus has sound for correct pronunciation (by the way, it can read aloud, with a robotic and ugly voice, a whole article). The "Translation Dictionaries" to Spanish, French, German and Italian must be improved, because they are minimal. It gives you a lot of "Internet links", even if you are not connected. With Britannica you must be "on-line" and it searches in an EB Web page.
    In theory you can update Britannica over the Internet free for a year quarterly (4 times), but this does not work. Encarta can be updated free EVERY WEEK with new articles and additions or corrections to the old ones (until October 2005). With Encarta updating really works. Technologically is amazing to see the changes in old items.
    ATLAS Britannica has not a real atlas; only a worlds map whose maximum detail are the States of USA. Statistics are very poor. Encarta's Atlas is like another encyclopedia, with a great detail (1 inch = 10 miles all over the world) and 20 varieties of atlas presentations (statistical ones can be counted by dozens). If you look at a geographical article (city, river...) you can see in a corner where it is placed and, with only a click, open the Atlas. In articles of cities, if you are on-line, you can see in another corner the weather of this place in that moment. If it is a USA place, you can read the latest news.
    MULTIMEDIA: They say that "serious" or "adult" readers do not care about "pictures"; that multimedia is only for kids. I do not agree, because I think that, sometimes, "A picture is worth a thousand words". Works of art, anatomy, historical maps, diagrams... Encarta devastates Britannica with a lot of photos, paintings, drawings, charts & tables, animations, interactivities, videos, music and sounds, pictures, 2-D and 3-D virtual tours, 360-degrees views, timeline, games... It is not only the quantity and quality. It is the easy access you have to all the multimedia, and that text and multimedia are fully integrated. Britannica is not really multimedia. It has photos and videos, but they make the program slow and sluggish. They should edit an alternative version with only text, as they did with the first edition in 1995. It performed fast and easy in old computers.
    INTERFACE AND PERFORMANCE: This is the worst side of Britannica. With Encarta you only have to type a word or the beginning of a word to see all the articles and multimedia that contain it. If Encarta does not find anything, it gives you automatically alternative spellings. Even if you write the name of a small village lost in any country, you see it in the atlas. If you need to copy text or pictures, the integration with Microsoft WORD is perfect. It has additional ways to find content, including subject or multimedia browsing, "related articles" and the standard A-Z method. The "Research Organizer" is very helpful too. Encarta's TEXT FONT is very clear (Britannica's...) and you can choose 3 sizes.
    Navigating with Britannica is disappointing. I will only give you an example: if you do not know the exact and correct spelling of a name or word, it does not help you with similar spellings (unless you open a window and "battle" with it). As I said before, the program's performance speed is very slow and sluggish, and it must be dramatically improved. To go "back and forward" you do not find any icon and you need to open a "menu".... One "pro" for Britannica: they say it works with Macintosh.
    INTERNATIONAL EDITIONS: Encarta has a lot in different languages. The four I utilize (United Kingdom, Spanish, French and Italian ones) are adaptations of USA version, which is inexorable talking about History, Geography, Literature and other topics. The MISERABLE thing is that articles that equally concern any human being (Health, Mathematics and the rest of Sciences) are a VERY RESUMED translation of USA edition that is, of course, the best of all. Why Microsoft follows such a policy?
    I repeat my modest piece of advice: Encarta is excellent in all aspects, but Britannica's authoritative text (sometimes outdated) make interesting to buy both. ... Read more


    6. Corel WordPerfect Office 12 Home Edition
    list price: $89.99
    our price: $74.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00030CBMM
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Corel
    Sales Rank: 498
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    Features

    • 8 leading home PC tools in 1 complete package
    • Quattro Pro 12 Home Edition versatile spreadsheets; word processing
    • 50+ templates with WordPerfect OfficeReady - Personal Finance Essentials
    • Compose and mix music CDs; Corel Photobook and Corel PhotoAlbum
    • Encyclopedia Britannica Ready Reference 2005; Norton Internet Security 2005 suite

    7. Microsoft Proofing Tools 2003
    list price: $79.95
    our price: $67.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000BZ54P
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 754
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    Features

    • Includes spelling and grammar checkers, and thesauruses
    • Also supplies AutoCorrect lists, Hyphenator, and other editing tools
    • Edit Office documents in more than 50 languages
    • Proofing tools for all languages are included on a single CD
    • Install only the languages you need

    8. MapPoint 2004 Upgrade North American Maps
    list price: $229.99
    our price: $196.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00009XFRJ
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 3083
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    Features

    • Street-level map content for all of North America
    • Create new maps and analyse geographic trends
    • Communicate location-based information by embedding MapPoint documents in PowerPoint, Word, and more
    • Integrate maps and other location data into other applications using ActiveX Control or COM APIs

    9. Encyclopedia Britannica 2005 DVD Ultimate Reference Suite
    list price: $69.99
    our price: $59.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002HQWLC
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Avanquest
    Sales Rank: 309
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Features

    • Brings first-rate reference materials right to the computer
    • Complete 32-volume Encyclopedia Britannica
    • 2 dictionaries and thesauruses; world atlas with 1,300+ maps
    • Vivid illustrations with 21,000 images, video, and audio
    • Categorized into 3 easy-to-use comprehension levels

    10. Microsoft Encarta Deluxe 2005
    list price: $34.95
    our price: $29.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00027T480
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 296
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Features

    • Easy-to-use, up-to-date info for work, home, or school
    • Research topics and get accurate comprehensive information
    • Explore science, history, cultures, current events, and more
    • New and updated articles; interactive multimedia
    • Access a world of information quickly and easily

    Reviews (1)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but better Encarta Reference Library
    ENCARTA DELUXE is good, but it is better to buy Encarta Reference Library, because it has more text, more multimedia and more features (Atlas and so on). I have reviewed it if you want extra information. The PC system requirements are about the same. ... Read more


    11. Merriam-Webster's 11th Edition Collegiate Dictionary & Thesaurus
    list price: $19.99
    our price: $16.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00009ZL50
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Fogware Publishing
    Sales Rank: 231
    Average Customer Review: 3.12 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Dictionary: take charge of today's language with access to 225,000 definitions
    • Thesaurus: zero in on the right word with over 340,000 synonyms and antonyms
    • Easy Installation: installs quickly onto your hard drive for instant access anytime
    • Audio pronunciations: including variant pronunciations by real voices
    • 21 search options: more ways to search for the right word than any other dictionary

    Reviews (8)

    4-0 out of 5 stars A very nice product; but doesn't integrate with browsers.
    This is undoubtedly the best dictionary & thesaurus available today. The features that impressed me the most are:

    1: You don't have to leave the CD in the drive to use the 'pronounciation' feature. You can optionally install the sound files on your hard disk. (Approx. 532 MB)

    2: Multiple pronounciations invoked where appropriate.

    3: Installs without a glitch and integrates with MS Word.

    4: Has a lot of nice features like 'Spelling Help'.

    I hope the 12th Edition will integrate with email browsers, not just with MS Word. Also, I would have preferred the thesaurus invoked automatically in an additional pane instead of switching between dictionary and thesaurus.

    4-0 out of 5 stars good word pronounciation
    I already owned the Microsoft Encarta World English Dictionary when I bought Merriam-Webster because I wanted the software to pronounce every word, and Encarta doesn't.

    Merriam-Webster's main good point:
    pronouces every single entry, including various forms of each word, such as "beauty", "beautiful" plus you can copy the whole disc into your computer, so you don't have to put in the CD every time you look stuff up. Can't do with Microsoft.

    Other than that, it isn't a very good computer dictionary. It looks like somebody just scanned the information into the computer. The dictionary has limited space, that's why stuff is crammed in the there, but the computer should read with more paragraph separations which costs no more memory. There are few examples.

    I also don't like the fact that you have to clear each entry before you can look up the next word, which I don't have to do with Microsoft's.

    It is a usable dictionary and thesarus, and has plenty of entries. I think it is particular worth it for someone learning English as a foreign language.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Voice helps me a lot!
    Three is no other dictionary that I can rely on more than Merriam Webster dictionary. This new edition, 11th, got all updated words used for internet and new high tech terms with accurate vocal sound. I saw some other dictionary with sound, but this dictionary got most accurate sound that I can trust. For some words that have two sounds, it pronounces both of them.
    I can not work without this dictionary.

    2-0 out of 5 stars great for kids
    The Amazon Features: recommended this dictionary for age 9 to adult and this should have been a big clue. Generally 9 year olds and adults aren't looking for the same things in a product of this type. This is a cute program but all of it is freely available on the Web.

    My two biggest disappointments were the brief simplistic definitions and that it lacks cross-referencing or hyper-linking within a definition, -- yes, you can easily jump to new definitions from words within a given definition, but, for me, this lacks the learning that comes with hyper-linking.

    My last comment is that as of January 04, the reviews listed under this Medical Dictionary are reviews for other Merriam-Webster products, but not for the Medical Dictionary. Read closely and notice the reference to a thesaurus that the Medical Dictionary does not have.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Easier than grabbing a heavy hardback
    The MW Medical Desk Dictionary's best feature is that it's convenient. It offers you the option to install macros that put an icon on your Word or WordPerfect toolbar that will launch the dictionary. Highlight a word in your document, click the icon, and it will look it up. Type the beginning letters of a word in its search feature, and it will attempt to match what you type with a word in its dictionary. Where it fails is when you don't want that word and it's automatically filled the search box with some other word, so you have to delete the letters that don't apply. Sure, it's easier than grabbing a heavy hardback, and better than the outdated dictionary I had, but its automatic look-up ability needs serious work. I also wish it was a spell-checker plugin rather than an add-on dictionary; you can't tell Word (or any other Office application) that it's a dictionary you're adding in because there is no *.dic file for the program to find to add in. Still, for the money, this is a very good program if what you want is a dictionary and not a spellchecker. ... Read more


    12. Encyclopedia Britannica 2005 CD Ultimate Reference Suite
    list price: $69.95
    our price: $59.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002HQWLM
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Avanquest
    Sales Rank: 2363
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Features

    • Categorized into 3 easy-to-use comprehension levels
    • Brings first-rate reference materials right to the computer
    • Complete 32-volume Encyclopedia Britannica
    • 2 dictionaries and thesauruses; world atlas with 1,300+ maps
    • Vivid illustrations with 21,000 images, video, and audio

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not for Pentium III 1000 Mhz 512 RAM
    I buy every year Britannica and Encarta. Your can read my opinion in Encarta 2005.
    The system requirements they recommend in www.eb.com and in the box of the product are very cheap, but the reality is different.
    Britannica 2004 was slow, but 2005 is exasperating. I made a full installation (4.1 GB, 510 videos) and then tried installing only the Application (550 MB) and the Articles (only 390 MB), but it's the same. It's not a problem of quantity of contents: Encarta 2005 takes 3.2 GB and responds immediately. It's a problem of the application. I've bought a new and more powerful PC and I'll tell you how it goes. One pro for Britannica: it's compatible with MAC (Encarta isn't).
    About the content I can't say very much for the moment. They have added 510 videos but, still, it is not a multimedia product due to, in part, the limited options you have to search (Encarta has a lot). Its AUTHORITATIVE TEXT is still authoritative, but some of their authoritative contributors died years ago, and updating does not work with Britannica (Encarta is updated every week free till October 2005 with new articles and additions to the old ones).One example: Encarta's articles for George Bush and John Kerry are updated till August 18. Kerry has 12 sections, 2 photos, internet links, related articles... George Bush has more. Britannica does not have entry for Kerry (mentions him twice when it was only a Senator) and Bush has utterly less information (perhaps more authoritative... I'm not an expert). Britannica's large articles of printed edition have been shortened, and others modified (for good or bad). They make comparison in the box with Encarta and World Book and claim that they have "More than 100.000 articles!" They confuse articles with sections and windows, windows and more windows that open slowly but inexorably. In Encarta one article is one article, good or bad, and you can scroll very fast or open in any moment the Index and go immediately to any section. Encarta 2005 includes "Encarta Kids" with an interface very colorful and appealing. Britannica has "3 encyclopedias in one": Britannica, Student and Elementary. The interface is the same for all. If you're not interested in Student and Elementary, you can buy Britannica Deluxe. But I've heard it goes very slow too!
    All this said, I think Britannica is a marvelous encyclopedia. I have the printed edition (32 volumes, 32.000 pages) and I buy every year "Britannica Book of the Year". Why don't make an "only text" electronic edition like the first one in 1995? Its performance was excellent even in those old computers. ... Read more


    13. Rand McNally StreetFinder & TripMaker Deluxe
    list price: $49.99
    our price: $26.99
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    Asin: B000066JBL
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Topics Entertainment
    Sales Rank: 2477
    Average Customer Review: 1.42 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    With more than 130 years of experience, Rand McNally knows whattravelers need and want in mapping and travel planning products.StreetFinder & TripMaker Deluxe offers routing, travel planning,organizational tools, and area attractions to users--all in aneasy-to-follow design with helpful guides and tutorials that make planning andfinding directions easy. This is the ultimate routing and travelplanning suite for the business traveler and vacationer. ... Read more

    Reviews (19)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get this puppy off the ground
    I wasn't able to install this software and my machine exceeded all the requirements. I am very frustrated and disappointed with this product. I chose this over MS's map software because it was Rand McNally, a respected map maker. Apparently software is not their forte. I now have to make a trek back to the store to return this product and buy the MS software. A waste of time, a huge aggravation, and a big disappointment.

    1-0 out of 5 stars What a waste of my hard earned money!
    Microsoft Streets & Trips is much easier to use, more flexible in planning routes and does not require access to the internet to get turn-by-turn instructions. I'm very disappointed in this product.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Difficult to use
    I have attempted to use this product many time for trips and it is at best difficult to use. It frequently locks up when calculating the route or accessing trip sense. The fact that it chooses ridiculous routes is not unusual for map software, but again attempts to tweak the route by using the "prefer segment" feature often doesn't work or locks up.
    The PDA downloads are virtually worthless.
    It is difficult to use Streetfinder also in that when in high zoom, many streets are not indicated by their state of federal route numbers.
    My opinion is stay away from this product.

    2-0 out of 5 stars I'd pay hundreds for one that does it all well - where is it
    I have been using this software for 3 years and will continue to use it. BUT, I find myself frequently finding ways in which the program could and should be improved. We travel with a pop-up camper for 70 days a year, logging in an average of 6000 mile /year. Plenty of "test" time.
    Pros:
    - Cheap. A limited version was free and I liked it enough to by the $30 Deluxe 2001. It is now packaged with the StreetFinder which I do not have.
    - GPS function is a hoot. It is not always on the nut for coordination with the map, but it works well and it gives my wife something to do in lieu of correcting my driving.
    - Mapping a basic route is very simple. Major roads and most secondary highways are right on the money.
    - Using the program saved me at least once on every trip by correcting a missed turn to re-routing through detours.

    Cons:
    - Zoom. Maps are primative at low zoom levels and have many errors at high zoom levels, but generally provides "passable" information. It's easy to miss detail on the maps unless you remember to zoom in. It is slow in redrawing a zoomed or re-centered map.
    - Missing information. As campers who prefer the more rustic locations we find that some of our preferred campgrounds are missing from the database. For example, there is one listing each for the White Mountains, The Green Mountains and the Alleghany Mountain National Forests. It does not list individual campgrounds of which there are many. Some state parks are missing too. There is little excuse for that as all the information is on the net.
    - Commercial. There is lots of info on private campgrounds but not all. I suspect that there might have been listing fee involved and that takes presidence over accuracy. Unfortunate.
    - Outdated. One campground changed their name in 1996 and it still was not listed properly in the 2001 edition. We drove past it 4 times before we believed the GPS and went in to check. Many other examples of that.
    - Inaccuracies. It was kind of fun to see that we were traveling in the Bay of Fundy. Most of the Canadian and rural areas maps had poorer coorination with the GPS.

    Recommendation: Extensive review of the reviews does not turn up a program that fulfills the promise of mapping and travel planning software. I'd pay hundreds for the program that does it all. Where is it?
    In the meantime, this program provides a service and is more fun than frustrating. Where else can you spend $30 and keep your wife entertained for days on end?

    1-0 out of 5 stars Tripmaker is bugridden
    TripMaker is so buggy that I would be reluctant to buy any Rand McNally product again. I bought it very cheaply at Costco -- I do not care about the money -- it is the lack of quality that bothers me.
    There were several error messages during the install process, and the program hangs whenever I try to input a date. In addition, its routing and street level detail is primitive, to be kind. ... Read more


    14. Word Menu 2.2
    list price: $34.99
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    Asin: B00016V3VS
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Write Brothers
    Sales Rank: 1701
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Reverse Dictionary - find words by meaning or by looking up related words
    • Glossary Treasury with nearly 800 divisions and 80,000 entries
    • Almanac with entries for holidays, sports terms, science and more
    • Helps arrange your words in a logical, categorized structure
    • Automatic Web updating of the Word Menu database

    Reviews (2)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good idea, needing attention to basic details.
    This is a very comprehensive resource of categorised words and their meanings, which is easily navigated and understood. Loaded onto a laptop, one has a lot of power easily to hand.

    The Fractal Browser looks like a good idea and would be a visually attractive feature for school kids. But I would have been happy to ditch this feature in place of having a standard dictionary browsing option outside of the categorised options, and still retain links to the corresponding categories. Another aspect of the Fractal Browser is that the links are images with quite fine text. This doesn't respond to the browser 'Text Size' selector in Explorer. So monitors set at higher resolutions than 800 x 600 will be problematic for users with less than good eyesight. Users of IBM Thinkpads will not be able to get around this. This is also a problem with respect to the category tree.

    A good product in principle and at a very reasonable price, but falls a little bit short in the overall design, with too much attention to the deluxe features, I think.

    Searching for words is straightforward and the history feature is useful, but if you aren't sure of a word's spelling it can be tedious to find it, by trial and error, unless you know its category and go manually browsing for it. Google smarts would be useful here, and worth a few dollars more.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Five stars!!!! BUT...
    It's amazing! A real partner if you like the sound and taste of the words and definitions; The Fractal Browser help to see the word in its context, that is just one the top features. Writers, screenwriters, language lovers, scholars, will love it. BUT... the software has a bug when you install it in the Spanish Versions of Windows XP and Windows NT: The Split Results View doesn't appears. ... Read more


    15. Encyclopedia Britannica 2005 Deluxe Edition
    list price: $29.99
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    Asin: B0002HQWL2
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Avanquest
    Sales Rank: 536
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    Features

    • Brings first-rate reference materials right to the computer
    • Complete 32-volume Encyclopedia Britannica
    • Dictionary and thesaurus; world atlas with over 1,300 maps
    • Vivid illustrations with 17,000 images, video, and audio
    • Ideal for students, lifetime learners, and curious adults

    16. National Geographic Presents: 3D Globe
    list price: $29.99
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    Asin: B00032HEXG
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Topics Entertainment
    Sales Rank: 1967
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    17. Encarta Deluxe Encyclopedia 2004
    list price: $34.99
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    Asin: B000096L6V
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 2938
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (4)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but better Encarta Reference Library
    It is better to buy Encarta Reference Library, because it has more text and features (Atlas and so on). I have reviewed it if you want extra information. The system requirements are about the same.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Reference resource
    Encarta allows students to retrieve current information on thousands of topics. The reference tools are great for research papers and slide show presentations. Students can cross-reference the Internet with little effort. As well as, export information into Word and Power Point.
    The software delivers reliable content through multimedia, articles, web links, images and maps. And still yet, information is given on sidebars and timelines throughout. Encarta allows students to access up to date reference materials with ease. Microsoft updates the software automatically to keep information accurate.
    I feel that Encarta is one resource every secondary level classroom should have and utilize.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pay attention to what you purchase
    There is no doubt that the [$] price is a good incentive to give Encarta Deluxe 2004 a try. Before you do spend a bit of time examining all the available encyclopedias and most important put time into figuring who will be the primary user. If research and detail is required consider spending a few dollars more and getting the Encarta 2004 Reference Library or consider Encyclopedia Britanica; possibly even World Book.

    I mention this because Encarta does a reasonable job as an encyclopedia but as others have discussed, is brief to the point of being unsatisfying. Where Encarta makes up for the lack of detailed text is in it's multimedia content and interface.

    Microsoft has done a fine job of making a Encyclopedia for the casual user and has outdone itself in areas like interactive tours. The good side of brevity is the way Encarta holds one's interest without being terribly challenging. For middle school students Encarta Deluxe 2004 is a good choice as it makes learning fun. It's negative side is important as well. Compared to Encyclopedia Britanica the articles are too brief and simply lacking for adult content. Users from High School Juniors through University students will need more details not to be found in Encarta or it's additonal web content. The links, however, are substantial and useful to those of all age and learning styles.

    In conclusion, Encarta Deluxe 2004 is fun to browse and is engaging in a way Britanica is not. If you are a visually oriented user that doesn't need adult level discourse or the sometimes stuffy writing style found in Britanica. if you enjoy tooling around 2D and 3D areas of importance then Encarta is your encyclopedia.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My Teen Loves It As Much As I Do!
    My 10th grader wanted an update on our Encarta 2000 and I noticed that the Encarta Deluxe Edition 2004 was available from Amazon for under $20 after rebates. What a deal! This is a great reference source featuring panoramic location photos, instant bar graph country comparisons and loads of historical information. It sure beats paying hundreds of dollars for a set of dust collecting book encyclopedias and it is a heck of a lot quicker than spending hours surfing the net for basic research and background information. Microsoft uses the Collier encyclopedia for much of the information. Encarta also has a search engine feature which accesses the internet for the most current information on a topic. Old newspaper articles and other sources are also available when relevant. All and all, this is a solid product and a great value worthy of your consideration. ... Read more


    18. NEW INTL DICT OT THEO/EXE 5.1 CDROM
    by Willem A. Van Gemeren
    list price: $129.99
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    Asin: 031024840X
    Catlog: Book (2004-11-01)
    Publisher: Zondervan
    Sales Rank: 341910
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    Book Description

    The complete 5 volume set on one CD-ROM. ... Read more


    19. WorldBook Encyclopedia 2005 (2 CD Set)
    list price: $29.99
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    Asin: B00032IYDK
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Topics Entertainment
    Sales Rank: 1430
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    20. World Book Encyclopedia 2004 Edition
    list price: $29.99
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    Asin: B0000ALSKP
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Topics Entertainment
    Sales Rank: 198
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Encyclopedia
    I can't believe this Encyclopedia is so inexpensive. It is truly excellent. I bought this for my 4th grader and it has a ton of stuff to help students. There are tools to help with report writing, a "How to study" cd, "sticky notes" you can use to put notes into articles, an integrated dictionary... Well, you can read the list of features in the product description.

    I really like that this encyclopedia is so easy to use. I like it much better than Encarta. The articles seem better, with more information than Encarta, too. The installation lets you copy the entire contents of disk 1 to hard drive (~700mb). After that, you only have to insert the second encyclopedia disk if you select something that requires it.

    The "Surf the ages" feature is pretty cool. You get a webpage of news from assorted dates in history. I think my son will have a lot of fun with this since he is a history buff. There is also a monthly info summary (can't remember the exact name), but it gives you a single page with a lot of information relating to all kinds of stuff.

    My son is doing a report on Thomas Edison for school. I looked him up and got a timeline of his life, a lengthy article on him with all kinds of references to areas of science and technology he influenced.

    I then downloaded article updates off the web. There was one about recent Supreme Court rulings related to Affirmative Action. I followed that link, started reading the article and then followed another link into an entire history of african-americans.

    There is a wealth of information in this encyclopedia and it is very easy to access. If you have kids, this is the encyclopedia to buy. The ability to easily cross-reference topics and follow links to get more in-depth info on any topic is awesome. ... Read more


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