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41. 2003 Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia
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42. Microsoft Encarta Standard 2005
43. ARCMEDIA Collins English Talking
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44. Encyclopedia Britannica 2004 Ultimate
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45. Random House Webster's College
46. Encyclopedia Britannica 2004 Almanac
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47. My Body Myself (Jewel Case)
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48. Encylopedia Britannica Profiles:
49. MOBILE SYSTEMS Oxford Crossword
50. MOBILE SYSTEMS Pocket Oxford English
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51. Microsoft Encarta Africana Third
52. Street Atlas USA 2004 Plus
53. SELECTSOFT USA Oxford Pop-Up Spanish/English
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54. Encyclopedia Britannica Profiles:
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55. Webster's Millennium Discovering
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56. Microsoft Personal Collection
57. SELECTSOFT USA The Pop-up New
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58. Look It Up, Merriam-Webster
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59. Merriam Webster Word Craft
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60. Encyclopedia Britannica 2005 Student

41. 2003 Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition
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Asin: B00006IFSM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: The Learning Company
Sales Rank: 5012
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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With content appropriate for three reading levels, the 2003 Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia is perfect for every member of your family. Enhance your learning experience with more than 200 videos, 15,500 illustrations and photos, a comprehensive atlas with 1,200 maps, and access to more than 80,000 articles--all of which will captivate your mind. Whether you need to research ideas for a school project or just have a thirst for knowledge, the 2003 Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia has all the information you need. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Limited Utility
This product only works on PC. We have the 1997 which was also Mac compatable so I assumed this would be too. I am so disappointed ... Read more

42. Microsoft Encarta Standard 2005
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Asin: B00027TPH0
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 3570
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Timely and accurate information with up-to-date reference materials
  • More than 30,000 new and updated articles
  • Learn about events around the world as they occur with Live Media
  • Interactive multimedia includes music, videos, audio clips, and more
  • New search bar for instantly finding information needed

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3-0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but very much better Encarta Reference Library
ENCARTA STANDARD is not bad, but it is very much better to buy Encarta Reference Library, because it has very much more text, very much more multimedia and very much 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

43. ARCMEDIA Collins English Talking Dictionary (Windows)

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Asin: B00009XBKL
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Arcmedia
Sales Rank: 5550
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  • Increase your vocabulary with fun crosswords and develop better pronunciation skills with the AudioPad
  • Track your prgress throrughly and follow your development with handy, colorful graphs
  • Gradually build a sizable working vocabulary and become a fluent English-speaker in no time at all!

44. Encyclopedia Britannica 2004 Ultimate Reference Suite
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Asin: B0000AFX41
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Pearson Software
Sales Rank: 1470
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Vast, comprehensive multimedia reference work
  • Free updates for one year
  • Covers all areas of human knowledge
  • Research organization tools
  • 21,000 images plus audio and video

Reviews (6)

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.
┬┐DVD or CD? Both editions are actually the same. You can copy them in your hard disk.
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.

5-0 out of 5 stars User friendly encyclopedia
I bought recently the Brittannica Encyclopedia Ultimate Reference Suite in CD.

I'm very satisfied with the product. After reading the reviews, I was expecting a "less-friendly" software. However I was very possitevely impressed on how easy was to conduct a search, to use the links and to use the research assistant. Even my 4 years old kid is enjoying the navigation thru the contents, pictures and videos.

I also think that the general contents of the Encyclopedia are better (deeper and more complete) than the Encarta's.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
First, let me tell you: I've consumed encyclopedias (book and e-form)for a long time now, I am also a teacher and for me this is an OK product but not great. It is not user friendly, the text looks poor on the screen (I have top of the line Viewsonic monitor), the maps are bad (no zoom, no roads, no details--only political). The layout is not very efficient, windows tile and you constantly have to move them around.

The strongest point I can make for this product is its in-depth articles but that's it. It does not encourage exploring like Encarta. In short, I'd say that this product is more for college students than smaller kids. If you have kids through HS, then I'd recommend you get Encarta.

5-0 out of 5 stars Much Better Than the Other Products
I have reviewed both Encarta and Britannica. If you want great presentation, very light content, and biased history, buy Encarta. If you want history more in line with the actual facts, in depth articles, articles by great minds (i.e., Einstein, etc) buy Britanica.

In most cases you can find both products at a local Library and review them for yourself. My own experience led to me buying Britannica. Britannica is the more accurate and the product demonstrates the qulaity of its scholars.

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor, sluggish, especially on a Mac!
Save your money, especially if you're on a Mac.

The program is sluggish even on a fast computer (you can count 5-10 seconds before windows open up). Its auto-completion algorithm distractingly flashes alternative search text when you try to type something in--and slows that down, too!

On a Mac, the program runs inside of a window--with tiny Windows menus (those distracting items with underlines for keystrokes) on a thin Windows toolbar and uses Windows windows (with a series of small icons in the upper right corner). No Aqua or brushed metal interface, no red-yellow-green window controls. All this, even though it is running under OS X.

I've had windows open up such that the close/zoom controls are off the screen and no amount of moving the window around will bring them back! The windows are actually confined within another window and do not behave like Mac windows where you can slide a window to and fro.

The program takes forever to launch also. And wouldn't you know it, in spite of the much vaunted supposed thoroughness of EB, one of the very first thing I searched for--the variations in Earth-Sun distance--was not readily available. Others have noted how sparse and poor the multimedia offerings are. I loved the hard copy EB, but this doesn't live up to that. I had much better luck with Grolier's Encyclopedia, but that was in the OS 9 days.

I got this FREE as part of a TurboTax promotion and, even so, I am ready to delete it from my hard drive! ... Read more

45. Random House Webster's College Dictionary (DVD)
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Asin: B0002DKTY2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 4837
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  • Extensive dictionary features and content in one user-friendly program
  • Over 87,000 entry words; more than 207,000 definitions
  • 4 powerful search options; crossword help; Spellcheck Plus
  • Drag-and-drop words for instant definitions; easy to use
  • Instant Windows interface; help page for phonetic symbols

46. Encyclopedia Britannica 2004 Almanac (Jewel Case)
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Asin: B00018XOOK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Atari
Sales Rank: 3656
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  • Complete source of information for everyday life
  • Biographies of thousands of notable people
  • Politics, sports, science and technology, and pop culture
  • Basic information, year in review, quizzes, trivia, and more
  • Ideal for school, work, or the sheer joy of learning something new

47. My Body Myself (Jewel Case)
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Asin: B00009ZLGP
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fogware Publishing
Sales Rank: 2315
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  • Discover how and why your body works
  • Learn how the body creates energy from food; watch the digestive system at work
  • Learn how the brain receives information and responds; observe the nervous system's role
  • View bone movements in interactive 3-D modes
  • Recommended ages: 7-12

48. Encylopedia Britannica Profiles: U.S. Presidents (Jewel Case)
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Publisher: Atari
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  • All the information you need about the U.S. presidents
  • Hundreds of articles, photographs, Internet links, and more
  • Information on the political parties, from the obscure to the popular
  • Detailed election results dating back to 1789
  • Audio and video clips to transport you back in time

49. MOBILE SYSTEMS Oxford Crossword Dictionary

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Asin: B00027M6LW
Catlog: CE
Sales Rank: 10452
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  • Innovative MSDict Viewer combines high data compression for memory restricted devices with a fast search algorithm and user-friendly interface
  • Text font remapping for dynamic change of font sizes
  • Advanced searching and filtering features for finding the right word, every time
  • Dynamic word history list for each session
  • Add custom notes to any article in the dictionary

50. MOBILE SYSTEMS Pocket Oxford English Dictionary

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Asin: B00027M6KI
Catlog: CE
Sales Rank: 25769
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  • In-text lists and tables that focus on core study subjects
  • Usage notes included, for clear guidance on points of grammar and usage
  • Special pronunciation feature for sounding out new and unfamiliar words
  • WordBuilder informs users on related words, as well as countries, chemical elements, and nationalities
  • Greater explanation of etymologies

51. Microsoft Encarta Africana Third Edition
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Asin: B00004U0YW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 3488
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Encarta Africana is an absorbing interactive exploration of the historyof African culture. From early man's appearance 4 million years ago on theAfrican continent to Sir Mix-A-Lot explaining the technology behind making arap recording, this comprehensive CD-ROM tackles a massive amount of culturalhistory, fully utilizing its multimedia format to make the informationeducational, entertaining, and enlightening.

The program's introduction reflects the ambitious scope ofEncarta Africana; therich harmonies of Zulu choral music swell as a montage flashes across thescreen: Nelson Mandela, art from 4000 B.C., and a raised fist are among theimages. These pictures are superimposed over a patterned background that, uponcloser inspection, is actually a diagram of a slave ship, jam-packed withhumancargo.

The program itself is divided into nine sections: a library of black America;a history and music timeline; a civil rights chronology; a section entitledAfricana on Camera, in which famous blacks discuss different issues; historicsites; an interactive map; a section called Africa to Americas that tracks howAfricans were dispersed throughout the Americas; virtual tours; and TopicTreks, a feature that allows users to explore various topics in greater depth.Each of these sections (with the exception of the library) is vast, easy toexplore, and filled with articles, photos, sounds, dates, and facts. Thoughthelibrary doesn't serve up pictures or sounds, it does include the completetextsof 160 poems, essays, and novels about the experience of being of Africandescent in America.

Sound weaves itself throughout this multifaceted program. Progress along ahistorical timeline, and the soundtrack transitions from spirituals to ragtimeto hip-hop as the people and achievements grow closer to present day. Visualvignettes are present throughout as well: the familiar forms of the pyramids,asmall swatch of Asante kente cloth, a short film of Whoopi Goldberg discussingrace. Encarta's developers adeptly exploit this medium, seamlesslyblendingsound, visuals, and written information to superbly capture the powerful storyof African culture. --Anne Erickson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars great resource
My music instructor suggested this cd rom for intro to music, from my oppinion,I think it is the best thing any student can use while in school. Since then I used it for my art presentatin, and history. Also, I think that every one should have one of this in their library.
I give this a five star rating.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
I attempted to locate this software at CompUSA & Best Buy. Unfortunately both failed to have this displayed for sell on their shelves. (Possibly discontinued?) However, I purchased it ... and use it daily in furthering my research on Black History. The Researcher function of the program helps to tie in resources found on the Internet as well. My daughter also has found it helpful in retrieving additional information for school projects.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
Certainly worth all of the pennies I paid for it and more!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Informative
I haven't seen any other software like it. Very informative with a reference section for doing papers. A MUST for researchers, students, and teachers alike!

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great resource for students!!
I am a college student and this software not onlt helped me projects but has taught me a lot about my history -- Even on topis that I am familiar with! Samples of music, clips, Internet searches - it's GREAT!! Also, you can have the program read articles out load so you can concentrate on your notes. There is also a great reference tool. Colleges make a big deal about citing references and Encarta Africana assists with that. This is a great learning tool! ... Read more

52. Street Atlas USA 2004 Plus
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Asin: B0000AZVVK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Delorme Mapping
Sales Rank: 4876
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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  • New colors and more readable fonts to further improve map readability
  • Import data for automatic symbolization of imported records and text files on your maps
  • Create maps for presentations with new printing layout capabilities
  • Verify the accuracy level of imported and geo-located addresses with new Import Tools
  • Attach digital pictures, spreadsheets, documents, and more to locations on the map

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1-0 out of 5 stars Poorly Designed User Interface
We've used Delomre's Street Atlas software in our business on a daily basis since Version 4 (1996?). Upgrading to each new version was a no-brainer since we were happy with how easy it was to use. However, when Delorme redesigned the interface with Street Atlas USA 2003, we continued using the older (version 9) edition. The interface is non-intuitive and extremely difficult to use. Other comments here describe the problems well. In addtion to the interface, we found the software to be innacurate. For some reason many of the routes are wrong. Sometimes it will not allow you to cross a railroad crossing on certain routes and will route you around it. No matter how much you try with VIAs you cannot make it cross certain railroad crossing. In addition, we found that sometimes it routes you off an interstate, and back on at the next intersection. It appears that it thinks you can't go on I-80 westbound at certain cities. As a result, the software is just plain unreliable. Numerous contacts with Delorme's support desk and product manager has resulted in no resolution. Product manager refuses to acknowledge. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Primitive Software
Having worked in the IT industry for the better part of a decade, I consider myself fairly adept at navigating software. Almost nothing in this application is designed for easy, quick, or intuitive use and the help feature is of very limited value.

I purchased SA 2004 Plus primarily for being able to upload multiple addresses from a spreadsheet and then computing the most efficient route. While the software does technically perform this function, the user interface is just so incredibly counter-intuitive that as a practical matter it was nearly impossible to get a route computed. We retained the software for a few months hoping that familiarity would breed usability. It did not. We switched to the less expensive Microsoft Streets & Trips and have been very happy since. It is very disappointing to see a respectable firm such as Delorme deploy such a primitive product.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing!
I rarely have trouble using software. (I'm an IT person, so these things should come easily for me, right?)

This goofy (can't think of a better word) user interface is throwing me for a loop. I don't think DeLorme knows the definition of the word "intuitive". Almost every feature I've tried to use is a mystery until I look in the help file. The features all seem to be there, but with all the work involved in finding out how to use them, this is going to be a long, painful project.

I travel for my company, and setup and troubleshoot remote offices. My original plan was to both use the product for route-planning, and create useful interactive maps for reference (click on a remote site, and up pops all their information). I still think I will be able to do this, but no longer have any illusions about knocking it out in an afternoon. Maybe in my spare time over several weeks.....

A colleague recently showed me Microsoft MapPoint 2002. What a difference! Intuitive, easy to use, and predictable with normal pull-down menus instead of these weird tabs that just get in the way. It even downloads updated road-construction information over the internet to help plan your routes.

MapPoint is expensive, and doesn't have the same feature set (really overkill for me), but the DeLorme folks should buy a copy and start taking some UI design pointers. ... Read more

53. SELECTSOFT USA Oxford Pop-Up Spanish/English Dictionary (Windows)

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  • This special dictionary contains over 170,000 words and phrases and 240,000 translations-- you have a complete guide to the language
  • Concise and accessible, this special guide to the language and culture will prepare you for your trip abroad!

54. Encyclopedia Britannica Profiles: World Religions (Jewel Case)
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55. Webster's Millennium Discovering Our Universe
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Publisher: Multimedia 2000
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56. Microsoft Personal Collection 2001
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Asin: B00005IB38
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Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 6388
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Microsoft Personal Collection 2001 includes four programs: Office Personal Portfolio 2002, Picture It Photo 2001, Money 2001 Standard, and Encarta Encyclopedia Standard 2001.

  • Personal Portfolio contains 600 easy-to-use templates that help you do more with Microsoft Office. Organize your home life, club or organization, career, and schoolwork. Create seasonal calendars, holiday letters, meal planners, and recipe cards. Find templates for resumes, newsletters, flyers, stationery, or award certificates.
  • Encarta 2001 includes a wealth of knowledge to enhance your understanding and knowledge of the world. Reference more than 36,000 up-to-date articles. Find relevant Web sites with one click in the Web Center.
  • Money 2001 lets you easily track, analyze, and take control of your personal finances. Set up your accounts, schedule bills, and balance your checkbook. Track spending, make a budget, and manage your cash flow. Bank online with major financial institutions.
  • Picture It! Photo 2001 makes good pictures great pictures. Crop, rotate, remove red eye, and sharpen your photos. Find 300 photo projects for cards, calendars, stickers, and more. Share photos easily through prints, e-mail, and the Web.
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Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for College Students
ENCARTA: In college, I can't use an encyclopedia as a source on a paper. However, I can look things up with the encyclopedia, so I have some clue about the topic and can determine where I should look to future research the topic.

MONEY: This is really good for keeping track of all of my bills (tuition, books, car payments, insurance, credit cards, etc.) This program takes a little bit to get used to and you have to keep using it to see how effective it is, but it helps make managing money a little bit easier.

PICTURE IT! PHOTO: I have a program that came with my scanner that does a pretty good job. When I want to add the 'little extras' to graphics, I use this program. I can create effects with this program.

5-0 out of 5 stars "No Longer a Skeptic"
At first I was reluctant to purchase this software (could be I was intimidated by the newness and unfamiliarity?). The installation was quite simple - just sit back and follow the simple instructions. I have used other software prior to Microsoft Personal Collection 2001 somewhat similar but not as sophisicated. I thoroughly enjoy using this software. I find me challenging myself to produce more projects, with the gratifiation that I they will be presented in a professional and neat format. I find this software to be very user friendly. ... Read more

57. SELECTSOFT USA The Pop-up New Oxford Thesaurus of English (Windows)

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Sales Rank: 1420
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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  • No more racking your brains looking for the right word -- over 600,000 entries are here. You'll find the right synonym or antonym in no time!
  • Use the amazing new iFinger Pop-up interface for easy access to any word -- just roll your cursor over a word, and a thesaurus entry pops up in a window
  • This book is an unrivalled reference resource for students, professionals, and writers of every kind!

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Tool
This thesaurus is an excellent tool for the student or writer. It is easy to install and use. Since it installs on your computer, the CD rom is not needed once installation is complete. After installation the double click function can be turned on. To find a synonym, you highlight a word and double click. A pop up window opens which gives multiple meanings of the word and various forms of that word: verb, noun, adjective. It works great with windows. However, it will not replace the highlighted word with the chosen synonym. ... Read more

58. Look It Up, Merriam-Webster
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Asin: B00006HI5C
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Publisher: Fogware Publishing
Sales Rank: 5670
Average Customer Review: 3.12 out of 5 stars
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  • 4 powerful, easy-to-use reference tools with accurate, up-to-date information
  • 70,000+ definitions; 157,000+ synonyms and antonyms, idiomatic phrases, and more
  • Spell Checker delivers 300,000+ words for no spelling worries
  • American Concise Encyclopedia with more than 15,000 up-to-date entries
  • Increase writing efficiency and enliven grammar with The Perfect Sentence

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

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60. Encyclopedia Britannica 2005 Student Library
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Help young minds find answers to their many questions with the Encyclopedia Britannica Student Library. Two complete age-appropriate encyclopedias - the Elementary Encyclopedia for Grades 1-5 and the Student Encyclopedia for Grades 5-9 - form the cornerstone of this comprehensive tool that interests and involves young learners. ... Read more


  • A complete reference library for grades 1 to 9 (Ages: 7 - 14)
  • The Elementary Encyclopedia for Grades 1-5 and the Student Encyclopedia for Grades 5-9
  • Includes Merriam-Webster's Student Dictionary and Thesaurus
  • Features: Atlas; Learning Games and Interactive Study Guides; Timelines
  • Online Outreach: Link to 166,000 Web sites selected by Britannica editors

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