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181. Simon & Schuster Encyclopedia
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182. Webster's Gold Encyclopedia 2001
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183. ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICABritannica
184. ANALYTICAL SOFTWARE America's
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185. Encyclopedia Britannica 2003 Deluxe
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186. Microsoft TechNet Starter Kit
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187. The Simon Schuster New Millennium
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188. Webster's Millennium 2003 Reference
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189. World Book Encyclopedia (Jewel
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190. TOPICS ENTERTAINMENT World Almanac
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191. New Millenium Encyclopedia &
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192. The New Century Encyclopedia
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193. ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICAEncyclopaedia
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194. ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA Britannica
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195. ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICAEncyclopedia
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196. COSMI 3D World Atlas & Almanac
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197. MOBILE SYSTEMS Pocket Oxford Italian
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198. Britannica 2005 Deluxe
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199. World Book 1999 Multimedia Encyclopedia:
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200. Small Business Encyclopedia

181. Simon & Schuster Encyclopedia Deluxe 03
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Asin: B0002E6CKG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Interactive
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182. Webster's Gold Encyclopedia 2001 3 CD-ROM Set (Jewel Case)

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Asin: B00005RJFQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 5711
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Webster's Gold Encyclopedia 2001, Express Edition presents several sources of information to give you a more well-rounded and authoritative viewpoint on your subject matter. In addition to the encyclopedias, this suite includes dictionaries, an atlas, Internet hyperlinks, quiz sections, and slide shows. This three-CD-ROM suite includes: Webster's World Encyclopedia 2001, Events That Changed the World, and Hutchinson's Educational Encyclopedia 2000.

Webster's World Encyclopedia 2001 contains 11 million words, 12,000 pictures and maps, up to 30 minutes of video footage, two dictionaries, a foreign phrase guide, up-to-the minute world news, and the latest on scientific research. This CD-ROM also contains an easy-to-use Project Creator option, making it the ideal source for school projects, summarizing information, and catering to your specific interests and research needs.

Events That Changed the World is a reference encyclopedia on 60 events that changed the course of history. From the first steps on the moon, to the detonation of the atomic bomb, to the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World, this informative software program takes the user on a journey through mankind's history.

With an emphasis on education, Hutchinson's Educational Encyclopedia 2000 features more than 50,000 articles, 10 million words, 40,000 hyperlinks, an integrated atlas, animations, and much more. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Deal - Mixed Bag
With this package, you get three unrelated CD-ROM products geared toward older children (8+). The Hutchinson's Educational Encyclopedia is great for that purpose. It was designed to conform to the British educational system and includes short encyclopedia articles as well as numerous games, quizes, and multimedia to assist with learning. The reading level is much more basic than Encarta or Britannica and the layout is straight forward. This is a good buy for the Hutchinson's Educational Encyclopedia alone.

The other two programs are less useful. The Webster's encyclopedia hails from Australia and it looks like a low quality shareware package. It is not even worth installing. There are much better programs available for free on the Internet.

The history program comes with a large teacher guide book that tells how to integrate the program into a history curriculum. It looks like it could be a good program for someone willing to invest considerable time understanding how to use it properly. ... Read more


183. ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICABritannica Concise Encyclopedia (Windows/Macintosh)

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Asin: B00007BGPZ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Encyclopedia Britannica
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Features

  • This sophisticated knowledge index contains an easy search tool so you can browse over 600,000 articles in no time
  • State-of-the-art animation and multimedia displays present hundreds of subjects to users through a set of impressive presentations
  • Concise text fully explains the people, theories and ideas that have altered and shaped our world
  • Also includes a wide variety of photographs, drawing and sound files that help present users with new ways to absorb this new knowledge

184. ANALYTICAL SOFTWARE America's National Parks & Forests

Asin: B000059OOD
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Analytical Software
Sales Rank: 5964
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Features

  • Now the magnificent beauty of the national park system is available on your PC
  • This software includes narrated videos and slide shows, interactive maps, including detailed park maps, photographs and information on over 500 national parks, forests & historical monuments

185. Encyclopedia Britannica 2003 Deluxe Edition
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Asin: B000067OSS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Pearson Software
Sales Rank: 4255
Average Customer Review: 2.43 out of 5 stars
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The award-winning Encyclopedia Britannica 2003 Deluxe Edition CD-ROM brings the authoritative Encyclopedia Britannica, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, a comprehensive atlas, Britannica timelines, and much more to your desktop. Ideal for students, teachers, or anyone who wants facts fast, this deluxe CD-ROM suite offers easy access to the most comprehensive information available.

The Encyclopedia Britannica 2003 Deluxe Edition's two CD-ROMs are filled with the entire 32-volume Britannica, with more than 75,000 articles, many written by Nobel laureates and other renowned contributors. Also added are a Merriam-Webster dictionary and thesaurus, with nearly 555,000 definitions, synonyms, and antonyms that users can access from encyclopedia articles with a single click. Additional tools include an updated world atlas, timelines, and multimedia collection, as well as the interactive KnowledgeNavigator Web browser and Britannica's clever research organizer. ... Read more

Reviews (14)

5-0 out of 5 stars Britannica 2003 Deluxe Edition MS Windows CD Version
The software problems of earlier versions have been completely corrected:
The software installs easily if your antivirus software is disabled first.
The CD version can be completely transferred to the hard drive so that Britannica can be operated without a runtime CD in the drive.
The Britannica display window now can be sized to take advantage of larger monitors.
The text if very legible and I'm using the smallest size text available on an 18 inch display without any problem.
The search routine speed is dependent on the amount of ram memory you have. The more memory, the faster the speed. With a mere 512MB of ram the search routines are blindingly fast.
The Search routine allows Boolean operators (explained in the help file) so you are able to narrow down the search results to the desired data almost instantly.
As always, the Britannica content is the most complete of the available encyclopedias.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Gold Standard, but let down by a poor Atlas
Encyclopedia Britannica has been the 'Gold Standard' of print encyclopedias for some two-hundred odd years, but its electronic incantations have been much less impressive. Dogged by poor user interfaces, high cost, and ineffective software design (related to poor management at the corporate level and bad business and investment decisions in the 1990's), competitors such as Encarta have run rings around this venerable warhorse of information and knowledge.

Britannica Deluxe 2003 improves on its predecessors, and has attempted to address the problems mentioned above, but still suffers from major weaknesses. The user-interface is better designed (it is easier to make searches), the content more comprehensive and accessible, and more research tools have been added in. The written articles are of first class quality, and the inclusion of the current Britannica yearbooks adds to its value.

However, the package still has some glaring faults. The quality is nowhere near that of the Print Set, with many important maps and diagrams in the print version of the encyclopedia simply being left out in the software version. This is especially frustrating when one is reading an article where map references are essential, i.e. the articles on history, geography or on important countries and geographic regions. The encyclopedia has no provision for updates, unlike its competitors, forcing the user to buy a new package every six months to a year. The organisation of the encyclopedia is also somewhat confusing, unlike the excellent organisation of the print version, which has extensive indexes and a guide to navigating the encyclopedia. The World Atlas is far behind Encarta in quality and in simple interactivity, and it is in fact the weakest part of the whole package.

I would personally recommend that along with Britannica, the Encarta package should be purchased as well. Encarta has 'lighter' content than Britannica but has a first-class atlas, whilst Britannica has a first-class encyclopedia but a second-rate Atlas. The weaknesses and strengths of the both packages tend to complement each other, hence one would be better off with both than with one alone.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very difficult and often impossible to install
Tried installing on two ( 2 ) excellent PC's running Windows 98 with no success other than ruining one hard disc drive - Britannica website support was POOR and troubleshooting section was no help - Major problem appears to be a goofy Java loader called "InstallAnywhere" that locks up your machine and often destroys CLOGS UP your HDD with junk that can't be removed by any of the procedures Britannicas POOR instructions - Hope that Britannica can stop using goofy and buggy zerog.com software so they can provide a good product that actually works ! ??

4-0 out of 5 stars Strong Pros Strong Cons
Other reviewers have covered this, but wanted to reinforce their points.

1. No other software encyclopedia I have seen has articles whose scholastic quality is anywhere in the ballpark of Britannica's. I use it every day, for serious research, and have looked up everything from physics to impressionist painting to American history. The articles are TOP NOTCH.

2. The software interface, images, and charts leave much to be desired. The interface is brutal, and searches slow. Not that a ten second wait is a big deal, but. . .with the entire thing on the HD this seems excessive. You also can't search within articles, which is maddening. It is frustrating to read a whole article to find a keyword that other programs like Encarta automatically highlight.

I have used Encarta and other products. Encarta is a superficial Encyclopedia that is excellent for children, or the typical individual looking for simple, quick summaries. I didn't realize how meager Encarta's entries are until using Britannica. This is not a simplistic bashing of Encarta: I think the products have two different goals, and audiences. I think Encarta is a good product, but not for scholars. However, finding a list of all Presidents, or other such info--a simple task in Encarta--is impossible in Britannica. Its articles are great, but if you need anything but an article, which I often do. . .

The shoddiness of the interface is GLARING. Using things like the atlas is a royal pain in the buttocks. If Britannica had a better interface, and more chart/graph features (lists of things, broad overview charts, etc.,) it would be almost perfect.

Even with its shortcomings, I would still reccomend it. I use it every day because the thoroughness and quality of the articles makes the other headaches bearable. You can reference most any topic, and be assured that you are recieving a fairly thorough overview from an EXPERT. Once you grow accustomed to this scholastic quality, Encarta articles seem like something written for a child.

1-0 out of 5 stars Use Google, save your money !
I bought this for my kids but even I cannot get any information out of it. Though it has everything but it is poorly organized and makes getting answers painful
For example, my son wanted to know numbers of states in India. After wasting 4 hours I could not find any place where states are listed. Finally I turned to Google and got the answers. Another example - he wanted to find towns on Mississipi River. We went crazy to get names. In the end we picked old Atlas and got the names. ... Read more


186. Microsoft TechNet Starter Kit Single
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Asin: B00002S9J4
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 6846
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Microsoft TechNet CD-ROM subscriptions deliver convenient, timely access to technical information, and resources to help IT professionals evaluate, deploy, and support Microsoft products successfully. TechNet gives you product information well in advance of product releases, granting you more time to test, evaluate, and develop deployment and end-user support strategies. TechNet supplies everything you need to evaluate, deploy, and support Microsoft products. Updated content is delivered monthly directly to you.

Customers who purchase TechNet subscriptions outside the United States or Canada automatically receive additional technical information, service packs, and utilities developed for internationally localized Microsoft products. U.S. and Canadian subscribers can purchase an International TechNet or International TechNet Plus subscription if they wish to receive the additional content. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An absolute necessity for IT Pros
If you have to support a Microsoft Windows network installation of any size you need a TechNet subscription.I have been using my subscription not only to support my network administration duties but it has been absolutely great as a resource for my MCSE certification efforts. If you are just beginning your MCSE quest AND you have a slow Internet connection, the TechNet subscription should be part of your educational materials. Most of the current material on the TechNet subscription is available on the TechNet web site but it might be hard to find.Also once you've got it on the CD or DVD disk it won't disappear when it becomes "obsolete" on the website.

Consider the subscription a moving 1 year "window" on Microsoft products.Any time you order the subscription, you start out with what is current in the subscription for the last 12 months. At the beginning of each month you get the updates.You remove the CDs that are considered obsolete.I save the removed disks, especially if they cover old software I'm still supporting.

The seminars on the training disks that are part of the subscription are usually very good.I have been to some of the same TechNet seminars covered by the training programs on the CDs in the subscription.It appears that Microsoft picks the best presentations or seminars and puts them on the disks.

I have found that hot fixes and Service Packs on the TechNet disks usually come out pretty close to their release on [their] website.Knowledge Base articles on the TechNet subscription have been and always will be a subset of the website articles.That's one area that Microsoft should improve on.It might be possible that a full DVD release will allow a broader range of Knowledge Base articles. Lately the subscription has been focused more tightly on Windows 2000 products, no surprise there! There is still some support for Windows NT 4.0 products but you'll be seeing less of that this year.

The problem with Microsoft's policy with TechNet is that it has a horizon line that follows the marketing department. Anything over a year old or deemed "obsolete" by the marketing weenies gets deleted eventually from the TechNet subscription.They should expand coverage to include more legacy products.I still see Novell 3.12 network installations running Windows 3.1!If you are supporting legacy Windows systems, the support in the TechNet subscription has already begun to decrease.Microsoft could make a "Legacy" edition for Windows 3.1, Windows NT 3.1 through 4.0 and the Windows 9X products.Maybe not a subscription, but a pack of CD or DVD disks for each of the Windows versions.

5-0 out of 5 stars Professional Support for IT Professionals
Product information about Microsoft products is critical for IT professionals.While this product is far too expensive and detailed for average users, IT people that are using Microsoft products will find itenvaluable.

Extras include on CD seminars and training that is reallypretty good most of the time.The new 32 bit search engine is excellent(for searching technet).

All in all, it's 5 stars for a networkprofessional but zero stars for any home user that is running Windows 98and a few Microsoft apps.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good resource for supporting Microsoft products
TechNet has been invaluable a few times in supporting Microsoft products (who else but Microsoft knows more about their own bugs!)The information in the CDs (updated monthly) is more complete and extensive than what youcan find on Microsoft's Knowledgebase (online support).This is both ablessing and a curse.It is a blessing when I can find a solution on itthat I could not find in the Knowledgebase or anywhere else.It is a cursewhen I search for a solution and have to browse through hundreds of hits. What I usually do in troubleshooting is search the Knowledgebase first.IfI don't find a solution there, then I search TechNet.TechNet has saved mehours of work more than a few times - enough to make TechNet worth theprice. ... Read more


187. The Simon Schuster New Millennium Reference Desk

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Asin: B00002S6K4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Pearson Software
Sales Rank: 4751
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188. Webster's Millennium 2003 Reference Library
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Asin: B00008N6NN
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Multimedia 2000
Sales Rank: 11680
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189. World Book Encyclopedia (Jewel Case)
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Asin: B00008NRU9
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 4043
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The people at World Book know a lot about a lot, but they understand students best of all. Homework, essays, term papers--when research is required, nothing frustrates learning faster than the time-consuming search for relevant information. So rather than cramming the World Book Encyclopedia with thousands of peripherals, World Book has cut through the clutter to provide over 21,000 concise, timely, and informative entries--the articles that students need most.

With its extreme ease of use and fee-free online encyclopedia updates, World Book Encyclopedia supplies the most effective interactive multimedia research tools available--guaranteed. (Update services may not be accessible by all browsers and may be suspended without further notice.) World Book is firmly established as a premier reference source. As the world changes, World Book changes with it, while remaining true to its goal of providing students, parents, teachers, and librarians with the most useful, up-to-date information.

Regarded as the number-one most-trusted name in reliability and accuracy, World Book continues to provide comprehensive, factual detail in an easy-to-access format. With more than 80 years of specialized experience in the fields of education and communication, the World Book Encyclopedia employs the expertise of over 3,700 scholars, authenticators, and reviewers in the service of its multi-award-winning family reference source. ... Read more


190. TOPICS ENTERTAINMENT World Almanac and Book of Facts for Handhelds

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Asin: B0000ADY4N
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 109040
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Product Description

The whole world in your hand - that's The World Almanac® and Book of Facts for Handhelds. Packed with hundreds of thousands of facts, this reference tool for Palm OS® and Pocket PC combines authoritative data with easy navigation. A quick tap of the stylus activates your search options, as you explore any of the 16 extensive global databases. A world of knowledge is at your fingers with The World Almanac® and Book of Facts for Handhelds. ... Read more

Features

  • Easy search tools make it simple to find the information you need on any given subject
  • Draw information from 16 unique databases, from the Arts to World History
  • Over 80 images help illustrate the subjects while you study them
  • Keep an entire world of knowledge at your fingertips!

191. New Millenium Encyclopedia & Home Reference Library Deluxe 2002
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Asin: B00005LB8J
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Simon & Schuster Interactive
Sales Rank: 6504
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Do you have bookshelves full of dictionaries, thesauri, and archives ofmagazines? Or do you have to connect to the Internet each time you want toreference a quotation or annotation? Either way, the Simon & Schuster NewMillennium Encyclopedia and Home Reference Library, Deluxe Edition will freeup your bookshelves and phone lines.

Simon & Schuster New Millennium Encyclopedia and Home Reference Libraryis a comprehensive source of information. Standard installation takes about 15to 20 minutes, but you do have the option of installing a compact version. Thecompact version uses the two-CD set while running, but it takes up much lessspace on your hard drive.

The primary sources included in this package are Webster's CollegeDictionary, Roget's Thesaurus, Webster's Quotationary,Webster's Biographical Dictionary, Webster's English Language DeskReference, The 1999 World Almanac and Book of Facts, Simon &Schuster World Atlas, and The NASA Chronicles. Each of theseresources contains a myriad of different subjects, factual information, and thecure for anyone's curiosity.

Using Simon & Schuster New Millennium Encyclopedia and Home ReferenceLibrary is as easy as you want it to be. You can browse, search, read,print, and connect to the Internet with a modicum of training. Anyone familiarwith using a computer will find this program a breeze. The reference books aredivided by subjects and subdivided by author, keyword, or country.

Whether you're a student researching a paper, an intellectual quoting acolleague, a traveler plotting a route, or simply a student of the worldfurthering your education, Simon & Schuster New Millennium Encyclopedia andHome Reference Library is a powerful tool. While leather-bound volumes doadd an aesthetic quality to your library, nothing can compare to the ease andspeed that is Simon & Schuster New Millennium Encyclopedia and Home ReferenceLibrary. --Kendra Hayden ... Read more

Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars Outdated and not recommended
I had several problems with this product:
First, the link to update the CD ([URL) is defunct. There is no way to register the program or to update it past year 2000, much less "beyond year 2002" as the packaging suggests.
Second, you must have the CD in the drive in order to run the program. I do a lot of research and find this an annoyance.
Finally, the other books included with the program, such as the dictionary, can't be run separately from the main program.
Spend a little extra money to get a current version of a different program. I wonder why Amazon continues to recommend this product.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Information but...
I received New Millenium Encylopedia October 16.The program itself is wonderful, however, after repeated tries I still have not been able to register the program and the Info Center link in the program hasn't worked.Other than those problems and that the Versabook features (the ability to get more books for the reference program) is only available with registration, the books and information are well worth the money.

5-0 out of 5 stars EducationalFun
This is a terrific interactive encyclopedia for both kids and adults.It is concise,educational and fun.Great pictures and factual entries make this a wonderful tool for school, or just plain learning for the fun of it.Easy to navigatewith descriptivetext - the whole family will love it! ... Read more


192. The New Century Encyclopedia
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Asin: B00007791E
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Multimedia 2000
Sales Rank: 5624
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193. ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICAEncyclopaedia Britannica 2003 College Edition (Win/Mac)

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Asin: B00007BGQ0
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Encyclopedia Britannica
Sales Rank: 10813
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • This special edition has over 40,000 entries on every conceivable subject
  • The powerful search engine makes looking up information on any subject easy and quick
  • Diagrams, multimedia demonstrations and timelines help paint a complete picture for the young scholar
  • There's also a built-in dictionary & thesaurus, to help young people express themselves more fully
  • Aid young adults in their discovery of new knowledge with the Britannica 2003 College Edition!

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1-0 out of 5 stars Good text, very bad software
I've bought both ENCARTA and BRITANNICA for years. This is my opinion:
TEXT: The Britannica is a superb encyclopaedia in text since 1768. If only its electronic version were worthy of it! Text in the electronic version is different from Printed Encyclopaedia (large articles have been shortened). Britannica claims that it has more articles than Encarta, but this is a joke: articles like "Spain" are only one with a lot of subdivisions in Encarta, while in Britannica subdivisions are considered articles, and you must "jump" from one subdivision to other.
In some areas Encarta is better than Britannica. For example consider "controversial events in modern history" such us "My Lai Massacre": In Encarta one large article and a lot of mentions in others; Britannica does not even know the name.
In theory, you can update Britannica over the Internet free for a year quarterly (4 times), but this does not work. Encarta is updated free EVERY WEEK) with new articles and additions to the old ones. The new articles and additions are included in the next version of Encarta, but this is not true for Britannica. For instance: "Bilbao, Spain": Britannica does not mention the Guggenheim Museum, which opened in 1997, and the population is !!estimated!! of 1982. The same article in Encarta: similar text, 3 photos, 1 map, related articles, sidebar, dynamic timelines and 4 internet pages, plus one specific article "Bilbao Guggenheim Museum". I think Britannica updates its contents very slow, whereas Encarta is completely alive.
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, maps, diagrams ... Encarta devastates Britannica with a lot of photos, paintings, drawings, maps, animations, interactivities, videos, music and sounds, pictures, literature sidebars, new translation dictionaries (not very good though), atlas, 2-D and 3-D virtual tours, timeline, games ... It's 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's Atlas is a joke and statistics do not exist or I have not found them. Encarta's has a great detail: 1 cm/ 4 km all over the world (though you find some mistakes) and hundreds of statistical maps.
INTERFACE AND SOFTWARE: This is the worst side of Britannica. In Encarta you only have to type a phrase, a word or the beginning of a word to see all the articles and multimedia that contain it. If you have typed the name of a small village, you see it in the Atlas without clicking again. If Encarta does not find anything, it gives you alternative spellings and you find what you were looking for. To go "jumping" from article to article is very easy and quick, because you have a lot of links and the "Related Articles" section. If you need to copy text or pictures, the integration with Microsoft WORD is perfect. If you don't understand a word, you can double-click it and the dictionary appears in a window.
Navigating with Britannica is different. You get crazy. I will only give an example: if you do not know the exact and correct spelling of a name or word, it does not help you with alternative or similar spellings. The dictionary does not permit double-clicking of words in the text of articles for their definitions. Once an article is displayed you cannot search for a word within the article. This is extremely annoying: you have to perform this task yourself. One "pro" for Britannica: they say it works with Macintosh computers.
This is my piece of advice: If you can afford it, buy both. If not... read again this review. ... Read more


194. ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA Britannica Deluxe Edition 2004 (Windows)

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Asin: B0000C6J46
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Encyclopedia Britannica
Sales Rank: 8906
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Features an updated version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, the world's foremost reference work -- over 75,000 articles covering science, politics, sports and more
  • Year In Review gives you a summary of the most notable events of every year from 1993-2002
  • Access over half a million definitions, synonyms, and antonyms with a mouseclick, by using Merriam-Webster?s Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus
  • Watch history unfold with the Timeline, or take a tour of the planet with the World Atlas
  • Read articles from famous Britannica contributors, from Sigmund Freud to Harry Houdini, in the new Britannica Classics feature

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5-0 out of 5 stars Britannica 2004 versus Encarta 2004
I have bought both Encarta and Britannica for years (EB in printed edition too: 32 volumes, 32.000 sheets). 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 in text (not in visual aid) since 1768 (you know: an article by Einstein and so on...). Text in electronic version differs from printed encyclopedia (very large articles have been shortened). Britannica claims that it has more items than 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 (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: You can not find new files. Encarta can be updated free EVERY WEEK with new articles and additions or corrections to the old ones (till October 2004). With Encarta updating really works. Technically, is amazing to see the changes in old items.
ATLAS Britannica has not a real atlas; only a worlds map whose maximum detail is the States of USA. Statistics are very poor. Encarta's Atlas is like another encyclopedia, with a great detail (1 cm/ 4 km all over the world) and 20 types of atlas presentations (statistical ones can be counted by dozens). If you look 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 worked 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 different. 2004 edition is better than 2003 one, but still it 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 fight 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.
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


195. ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICAEncyclopedia Britannica Deluxe 2003 (Windows)

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Asin: B00007GQLV
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Publisher: Encyclopedia Britannica
Sales Rank: 9574
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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  • The famous Encyclopedia Britannica features over 75,000 different articles on every important subject
  • With Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary & Thesaurus users have access to over 550,000 definitions, synonyms, and antonyms -- any student will have their vocabularies improved by leaps and bounds
  • The unique Timeline feature brings the flow of history to life with 14 timelines that open the past to thinkers of the present
  • More than one thousand clickable maps are here to explore, with links to more information about geography, population, economics and more
  • Deluxe multimedia features bring important subjects to life -- 10,500 images, videos, audio clips, and animated maps are here

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1-0 out of 5 stars Good text, very bad software
I've bought both ENCARTA and BRITANNICA for years. This is my opinion:
TEXT: The Britannica is a superb encyclopaedia in text since 1768. If only its electronic version were worthy of it! Text in the electronic version is different from Printed Encyclopaedia (large articles have been shortened). Britannica claims that it has more articles than Encarta, but this is a joke: articles like "Spain" are only one with a lot of subdivisions in Encarta, while in Britannica subdivisions are considered articles, and you must "jump" from one subdivision to other.
In some areas Encarta is better than Britannica. For example consider "controversial events in modern history" such us "My Lai Massacre": In Encarta one large article and a lot of mentions in others; Britannica does not even know the name.
In theory, you can update Britannica over the Internet free for a year quarterly (4 times), but this does not work. Encarta is updated free EVERY WEEK) with new articles and additions to the old ones. The new articles and additions are included in the next version of Encarta, but this is not true for Britannica. For instance: "Bilbao, Spain": Britannica does not mention the Guggenheim Museum, which opened in 1997, and the population is !!estimated!! of 1982. The same article in Encarta: similar text, 3 photos, 1 map, related articles, sidebar, dynamic timelines and 4 internet pages, plus one specific article "Bilbao Guggenheim Museum". I think Britannica updates its contents very slow, whereas Encarta is completely alive.
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, maps, diagrams ... Encarta devastates Britannica with a lot of photos, paintings, drawings, maps, animations, interactivities, videos, music and sounds, pictures, literature sidebars, new translation dictionaries (not very good though), atlas, 2-D and 3-D virtual tours, timeline, games ... It's 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's Atlas is a joke and statistics do not exist or I have not found them. Encarta's has a great detail: 1 cm/ 4 km all over the world (though you find some mistakes) and hundreds of statistical maps.
INTERFACE AND SOFTWARE: This is the worst side of Britannica. In Encarta you only have to type a phrase, a word or the beginning of a word to see all the articles and multimedia that contain it. If you have typed the name of a small village, you see it in the Atlas without clicking again. If Encarta does not find anything, it gives you alternative spellings and you find what you were looking for. To go "jumping" from article to article is very easy and quick, because you have a lot of links and the "Related Articles" section. If you need to copy text or pictures, the integration with Microsoft WORD is perfect. If you don't understand a word, you can double-click it and the dictionary appears in a window.
Navigating with Britannica is different. You get crazy. I will only give an example: if you do not know the exact and correct spelling of a name or word, it does not help you with alternative or similar spellings. The dictionary does not permit double-clicking of words in the text of articles for their definitions. Once an article is displayed you cannot search for a word within the article. This is extremely annoying: you have to perform this task yourself. One "pro" for Britannica: they say it works with Macintosh computers.
This is my piece of advice: If you can afford it, buy both. If not... read again this review. ... Read more


196. COSMI 3D World Atlas & Almanac (Windows)

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Asin: B000099SHL
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Publisher: Cosmi
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197. MOBILE SYSTEMS Pocket Oxford Italian Dictionary

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198. Britannica 2005 Deluxe
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199. World Book 1999 Multimedia Encyclopedia: Reference Edition

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