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61. Merriam-Webster's Standard Dictionary
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62. M2K Webster's Millennium 2005
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63. ARCMEDIA Italian-English Talking
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64. Webster's Millennium Discovering
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65. Eyewitness Children's Encyclopedia
$3.78
66. SELECTSOFT USA The Pop-up Oxford
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67. Webster's Millennium New World
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68. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary
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69. Collins Talking French Dictionary
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70. Microsoft Personal Collection
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71. ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICABritannica
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72. Collins Talking English Dictionary
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73. Simon & Schuster New Millennium
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74. Collins Talking Spanish Dictionary
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75. Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia
$43.95
76. MOBILE SYSTEMS Oxford Reference
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77. SELECTSOFT USA The Pop-up Oxford
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78. Microsoft Encarta Reference Library
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79. World Book 1999 Multimedia Encyclopedia-deluxe
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80. Encyclopedia Britannica 2003 Ultimate

61. Merriam-Webster's Standard Dictionary (Jewel Case)
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Asin: B00009ZLE0
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fogware Publishing
Sales Rank: 6141
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Features

  • An authoritative language reference tool of the words most frequently used in English
  • 70,000+ clear, concise definitions, as well as pronunciations, word origins, and usage examples
  • More than 157,000 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic phrases, and related and contrasted words

62. M2K Webster's Millennium 2005 Reference Library ( Windows )

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Asin: B0002II7Q4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: M2K
Sales Rank: 3165
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Features

  • In Millennium Encyclopedia, browse through detailed histories of warfare and medicine, a foreign phrase guide, Dr. R. Brasch's Library of Origins, and a look at the most important scientific developments of the modern age
  • Webster's Millennium New World Atlas takes you to the ends of the earth -- study political, physical, and topographical maps; explore the continents' most unique geography
  • Webster's Millennium Unabridged Dictionary is a guided tour through the English language -- more than 315,000 entries, with 2,400 maps and illustrations and pronunciation keys
  • Go on a spectacular exploration of or planet and its solar system, in Earth 3D -Our Planet, Your Universe -- it has fly-throughs of planets and moons, a history of astronomy and hundreds of space-based photographs

63. ARCMEDIA Italian-English Talking Dictionary (Windows)

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Asin: B00009XBKN
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Arcmedia
Sales Rank: 5936
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Features

  • Using the latest computer-based learning exercises, users will have a speedy look-up for any words or phrases - it even helps with your pronunciation
  • Increase your vocabulary with crossword puzzles, shooting galleries and more
  • The software keeps statistics to monitor your progress, keeping track of where you need help and where you've become accomplished
  • Audio recording duplicate native pronunciations for better speaking skills
  • You'll gradually build your vocabulary until you can hold a conversation with no trouble!

64. Webster's Millennium Discovering the Human Body
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Asin: B00009WOAI
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Multimedia 2000
Sales Rank: 2081
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars SHAM: New Package Old Software
I feel like ive been ripped off. This software is supposed to be new but it is a bundle of titles I purchased back in 1999 (human 3d reference edition and interctive human body). Infact two of the programs OurBody and Human 3D are the SAME thing with a slightly different interface. This thing is a sham, DONT FALL FOR IT. ... Read more


65. Eyewitness Children's Encyclopedia
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Asin: B00002S886
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley
Sales Rank: 1472
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Eyewitness Children's Encyclopedia is entertaining and fun to use as well as being highly informative. Children can set off on a learning adventure via a magical 3-D landscape, where questions pop up at every turn to entice them into finding out. They can look up the answers using their portable (and customizable), multifunctional Navigator that entertains as well as informs.Or, for more serious research, they can move directly to the encyclopedia itself, which is presented as a superb blend of words, pictures, animations, and video. They're almost certain to find what they're looking for among the truly comprehensive range of subject matter--from ants to the constellations of the zodiac, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, and from the art of early man to Zen Buddhism. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars nothnig great about this encyclopedia
The encyclopedia is easy to install and not heavy on the system. The contents are not very exhaustive, and there are not sufficient MM clips as you would expect. Overall an average buy. ... Read more


66. SELECTSOFT USA The Pop-up Oxford World Encyclopedia (Windows)

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Asin: B00007E8BI
Catlog: Software
Sales Rank: 5681
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Over 20,000 entries on the widest possible variety of topics from every walk of life
  • Fully integrated reference tools work tohelp you look up more info on everything you need to look up
  • Runs in the background on your computer so you can look things up with no long waits
  • A reference tool for researching any subject with just a mouse click!

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars At your finger tips
Just as promised by the advertisement. No need to carry tons of reference books or dictionary in your bag. Download and carry with you and all knowledge available at your finger tips. I'll say this because it helps my kids so much. They just pulled out the screen tip and type any question for a quick referral. It helps improved their world histories, geography and general knowledge. And helps to stir up further interest to make further research later on. ... Read more


67. Webster's Millennium New World Atlas
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Asin: B00006H3DG
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Multimedia 2000
Sales Rank: 4615
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (3)

2-0 out of 5 stars False advertising, don't buy it
This software is not what I expected at all. It comes with three CD-ROM's that date back to 1997. The atlas it has is literaly just maps, which are extremely hard to navigate. It includes an Earth CD that is all old, which doesn't have too many things on it. It's "3-D" CD is all really old and outdated. If you want a real atlas buy something else, maybe something newer. Don't buy it, and if you do you'll regret it. Honestly, it's just a waste of money.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected
Disappointed in the lack of detail and very small scales of foreign country maps.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not Quite a 2003 Edition
Almost false advertising.Perhaps the other two items are "2003" editions, but the atlas itself is circa 1997. I wanted something up-to-date and got the stone age. ... Read more


68. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary & Thesaurus
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00004Y3VM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fogware Publishing
Sales Rank: 2979
Average Customer Review: 3.93 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Ideal for students, this CD-ROM version of Merriam-Webster's perenniallypopular dictionary and thesaurus hits the mark with a fast and friendlyinterface and a comprehensive database that includes more than 500,000entries.

As in previous editions of the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, the content here moves well beyond simple words and etymologiesto include famous political and cultural figures from world history, placenames, classical allusions, and some of the latest scientific terminology (amust for any college student). Browsing through, we even found numerous entriesfrom areas as diverse as theoretical physics and literary theory--there's trulysomething for everyone here. But, if users crave more information, they can linkto the Web for many entries and hear a real speaker pronounce more than 100,000entries--particularly useful for difficult words and words with non-Englishorigins.

Installation of this CD was truly effortless, and we found the program'sinterface to be instantly useful; search and navigation capabilities are a realstrength. In addition, users can search for clues to crossword puzzles (byinputting words with missing letters) and anagrams--and even more esotericoptions, such as cryptograms (where letters are substituted with others byshifting positions along the alphabet). Better yet, users can move betweenthesaurus and dictionary effortlessly.

Generations of students have relied on Merriam-Webster to inform their writingand reading through college, and this revised electronic edition is sure tocontinue the tradition through the digital age. --Rich Dragan ... Read more

Reviews (14)

4-0 out of 5 stars Necessary Tool
Since I updated from Word 95 to 98 in October, 2000, I have had a great deal of difficulty accessing a usable list from the built-in Thesaurus; plus I discovered that the dictionary is not nearly as complete and easy to use as in the previous version of Word.

I am a writer, and though I own twenty or so dictionaries in hard back, I required a tool that was easier to carry with me on the road than my back breaking load of books. I needed access to the many varieties of words and their second or third meaning, as well as other words with similar meanings. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary & Thesaurus program link directly into Word; so, with the click of the button I have a thorough and user-friendly link to my Word World.

I also am an Editor. It is imperative that I know what the meaning is of a word that one of my client uses, so if it is unfamiliar or not obvious, I now have the means to quickly review alternative definitions and edit a work with the writer's choice in mind.

This is an excellent program from a renown source. The only aspect that bothers me is that when I click on a word in my document, the program inserts it again and adds a paragraph break; this means that once I check it I then have to make the correction manually by both retyping the misspelled word and deleting the second entry and line break.

This caused me to give it a 4 star rather than 5 rating.

4-0 out of 5 stars sufficient for most people
I've been using this for sometime, and until now, I've found all the words I was looking for. I used to have Encarta dictionary and I feel that both Encarta and Merriam-Websters are equally good - both have a thesaurus and both have audio of the pronounciations. Some words have examples of proper usage in a sentence - but I would have been more satisfied if all the words had it. Not a big problem for me since I tend to look up words as soon as I see them in an article (is'nt that one of the main reasons that you get a CDROM version of the dictionary - so that you dont slack off?!). Definitely much more bang for the buck than Encarta dictionary(>$... for the deluxe pack that includes the dictionary).

2-0 out of 5 stars Regretted buying
Dificient contents as a paid computer based material. I was expecting this MWCD would be more full coverage dictionary rather than a thinny handdy reference. Lacking examples and ediums, it only offers short definitions of words which is not eye-catchingly displayed though by the way. Relatively easy install and access, yes I agree on that. But it did bump with my Windows ME and word 2000 several times and I needed to boot-up again once in a while. Slow pop up was another pain. You may want the definition boxs to come up in 2 seconds when you have COMPUTER DICTIONARY INSTALLED, not ten seconds chewing your finger and listening your hard drive deadly spinning. I also felt crooked that there are many free on-line dictionaries with comparable quality(actually I feel them better) including pronounceation. One virtue of this MWCD is it plays on and with word processing software. With a few mouse clickings, you can consult and find right on working paper.

5-0 out of 5 stars High quality and easy to use
The Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary & Thesaurus computer program (on CD) is an excellent value. This program is very useful for anyone who types a lot on his/her computer or is a writer. This software is very easy to use. Once you install the dictionary you can get started right away with searching for words. The interface is intuitive and simple, and there are a huge number of words to search from.

There are also many valuable options that come with this program. You can look up homophones and synonyms. If you have a jumbled word like "DOIMSW" you can quickly use the option for "Jumble" option and find out that the word is "WISDOM" (or if you have letters like "RETINAS" you'll find numerous words). You can search for words that rhyme with each other. You can even search for words from specific dates (like 1777). If you don't know the exact spelling of the word there's a few neat options that you can learn to find words (involving special characters like *,&,^,!).

This dictionary also is very convenient because you don't need the CD to run the dictionary. You can just install it and then quickly use the program anytime. If you want to hear pronunciations, however, you need to use the CD unless you install all the sound. The pronunciation guide is very useful and the sound is realistic.

The dictionary provides both entertainment and education for me. I find myself just playing around with the program, typing in random letters to see if there's a jumble, looking up synonyms, listening to the pronunciations for vulgar words, and just browsing the vast number of entries. I'm confident that buying this dictionary is a wise investment.

4-0 out of 5 stars Merriam-Webster's Collegiate & Thesaurus
An excellent doctoral professor recommended Merriam-Webster because it's the standard for APA and other professional associations. Most importantly, Merriam-Webster provides linguistically correct definitions as opposed to politically correct definitions like some of the other more conservative dictionaries. ... Read more


69. Collins Talking French Dictionary

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Asin: B0001YH7K6
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Global Marketing Partners
Sales Rank: 4559
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Features

  • Bilingual dictionary in French to English and English to French
  • Over 80,000 words and phrases
  • Computer-based learning exercises expand vocabulary
  • Quickly build vocabulary with fun crosswords and exercises
  • Headwords in dictionary spoken by native speakers

70. Microsoft Personal Collection 2002
list price: $54.95
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Asin: B00005TQNM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 5938
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Four essential products in one package, Microsoft Personal Collection extends Office 97, 2000, and XP for personal and home use. Enhance your personal work in Microsoft Office. Edit photos to use in Microsoft Office documents. Select from hundreds of templates for your Microsoft Office applications. Improve your Microsoft Word reports and PowerPoint presentations with pictures and facts from Encarta. Export transaction data and account summaries to Excel with Money Link. Personal Collection 2002 includes: Microsoft Office Personal Portfolio 2002, Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia Standard 2002, Microsoft Money 2002 Standard, and Microsoft Picture It! Photo 2002. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect!
This is a simple but commendable collection of popular Microsoft products. Encarta Encyclopedia is great for looking up interesting articles and helping people getting information interesting topics relating to our world today. It's very helpful to kids who want to get the most of their education by getting insightful information about topics relating to class work. Money is a wonderful solution that provides many home users with the ability to manage their money well, with features for banking online and managing household finances. Picture It! Photo is satisfactory for removing a flaw or two in Photos, but will never compare to other photo-editing programmes such Adobe Photoshop Elements which I think is worth it more than this low end photo-editor from Microsoft. Office Portfolio is garbage I purchased it separately and was very much disappointed. The templates in Microsoft Office are much better, I would advise you stick to those. Overall its not a bad collection, but I think it could do with a little more spice, maybe if they dropped in one of the MS Office apps such Excel it would have made it a little bit worthier. If I could recommend another product it would be Corel WordPerfect Family Pack 4 or even Microsoft's own Works Suite 2003. ... Read more


71. ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICABritannica 2003 Student Edition (Windows/Mac)

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Asin: B00008ICP5
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Encyclopedia Britannica
Sales Rank: 6847
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Amazon.com Review

There was a time when owning an encyclopedia required not only a fat wallet, but also fat bookshelves to prop up the thick leather-bound volumes. Since the electronic revolution, however, encyclopedias have not only been moved onto software programs, the range has also expanded to take account of different levels, and Encyclopedia Britannica 2003: Student Edition is an excellent new CD-ROM which reflects this trend.

The package is designed specifically for the 7 to 18 age group, and is geared around the sorts of things that children and young adults might learn in their educational programs--from physics through to historical timelines. It encompasses two complete encyclopedias, one that is "elementary" and aimed at the junior age group, and a "student" level which targets the upper end of the age range. Other features include a world atlas which allows you to focus in on an area of particular interest, a thesaurus, and many Web links.

This combination is the standard apparel of the modern electronic encyclopedia. However, what is most important with the package is that it takes account of current learning methods. The graphics and photo images are absorbing, and there are good video and audio clips. In this age of multimedia learning and a low boredom threshold, these features are surely essential if encyclopedias are to retain their significance. Interestingly, they also reflect a subtle shift in the role of the encyclopedia, from being a pure fountain of "objective" knowledge to being an interactive learning tool. Whether or not the purists would be happy with this shift is a moot point, but certainly, this package is likely to prove highly popular with those who want to give their children every learning opportunity they can. --Toby Green ... Read more

Features

  • This reference tool features over 15,000 entries on every subject an elementary, middle, and high school would need to research
  • Use Merriam-Webster?s Student Dictionary and Thesaurus to look up over 200,000 definitions, synonyms, and antonyms
  • Take a tour of the world with over 1,300 different clickable maps -- as well as articles about different countries, their economies and more
  • Watch history unfold as timelines show the people, events and discoveries of the past
  • Research organizer captures photos, notes, bookmarks and more, for better research projects

72. Collins Talking English Dictionary

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Asin: B0001YH828
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Global Marketing Partners
Sales Rank: 2096
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Features

  • Complete reference and development tool for English
  • Over 80,000 words and phrases
  • Computer-based learning exercises expand vocabulary
  • Includes American and British language variants
  • Valuable resource for ESL students as well

73. Simon & Schuster New Millennium Encyclopedia of Science
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Asin: B00004Y56O
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Interactive
Sales Rank: 2403
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

This handy reference guide features more than 3,500 articles, 650 illustrations and animations, and 1,100 photographs. There are a total of eight World Book Encyclopedia of Science reference books included, covering astronomy, physics, chemistry, men and women of science, the plant world, the animal world, the planet Earth, and the human body. A versatile and powerful search engine allows you to find information in any of these electronic books quickly and easily. You can also organize, highlight, and store facts and information for easy retrieval. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Where is the online feature???
As an elementary school teacher, I was excited about this product, but I am finding two things extremely annoying. It attempts to register online everytime the appliction starts, but the website which it attempts to reach does not exist. Also, all of the online support/library is nonexistent, which was one of the features which prompted me to by this software. That's why this product is defective until this problem is corrected. I expected more from Simon and Schuster! ... Read more


74. Collins Talking Spanish Dictionary
list price: $24.99
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Asin: B0001YH85A
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Global Marketing Partners
Sales Rank: 5097
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Features

  • Bilingual dictionary in Spanish to English and English to Spanish
  • Over 80,000 words and phrases; fully cross-referenced
  • Headwords spoken by professional, native speakers
  • Various levels of computer-based crosswords and exercises
  • AudioPad module teaches correct pronunciation

75. Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia Deluxe 2003
list price: $44.99
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Asin: B000067G62
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 3533
Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Microsoft's Encarta Encyclopedia Deluxe 2003 provides a wealth ofcurrent information for the entire family. This easy-to-use reference can accessmore than 60,000 up-to-date articles, online updates, photos, illustrations, maplocations, live streaming media, and editorially selected Web links--everythingyou need for a rich, reliable research experience.

The premier multimedia encyclopedia, Encarta Encyclopedia Deluxe 2003 iseasy to use and always up to date for use at home, work, or school. The UpdateEncarta feature automatically keeps the content in Encarta EncyclopediaDeluxe 2003 accurate and current, so you're always working with trustworthydata. Explore the software's dynamic media presentation, including hundreds ofengaging videos, animations, maps, and other tools. Learn about historicalevents using Encarta's interactive timelines and live streaming media,including news from MSNBC. Plus, Encarta's Web Center offers editoriallyselected Web links and sidebars that let you take your research even further. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Encarta, brand-new every year, again in 2003.
I buy ENCARTA every year, and BRITANNICA from time to time. This is my opinion:
TEXT: Britannica's writing style is more sophisticated, and its authors are very well known. However, Encarta is not bad written at all, its authors are good and the contents are more or less the same, or better in the last versions.
You can update Britannica over the Internet free for a year, but only quarterly (4 times). Encarta is updated EVERY WEEK with new articles and additions to the old ones.
MULTIMEDIA and FEATURES: Encarta devastates Britannica with a lot of animations, interactivities, videos, music and sounds, pictures, literature sidebars, new translation dictionaries, 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, multimedia and features are completely integrated.
NAVIGATING: Encarta wins again. You only have to type a phrase, a word or de beginning of a word to see all the articles and multimedia that contains it. If you have typed the name of a small village lost in Senegal (e.g.), you see it in the Atlas without clicking again. If Encarta does not find anything, it gives you alternative spellings and you meet with what was 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's WORD is perfect.
Navigating with Britannica is different. You do not get crazy, but ... I only say that, 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.
My computer is Pentium III 1000 Mhz 256 RAM, and I have copied Britannica into the hard drive (the same with Encarta). The fact is that it is very slow, and that takes a lot of RAM (50 % more or less). If you have other programs open, perhaps Britannica does not work. With Encarta, you do not have any problem.
I hope my opinion is helpful for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Encarta, brand-new every year, again in 2003.
I buy Encarta every year, and Britannica from time to time. This is my opinion:
TEXT: Britannica's writing style is more sophisticated, and its authors are very well known. However, Encarta is not bad written at all, its authors are good and the contents are more or less the same, or better in the last versions.
You can update Britannica over the Internet free for a year, but only quarterly (4 times). Encarta is updated EVERY WEEK with new articles and additions to the old ones.
MULTIMEDIA and FEATURES: Encarta devastates Britannica with a lot of animations, interactivities, videos, music and sounds, pictures, literature sidebars, new translation dictionaries, 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, multimedia and features are completely integrated.
NAVIGATING: Encarta wins again. You only have to type a phrase, a word or de beginning of a word to see all the articles and multimedia that contains it. If you have typed the name of a small village lost in Senegal (e.g.), you see it in the Atlas without clicking again. If Encarta does not find anything, it gives you alternative spellings and you meet with what was 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's WORD is perfect.
Navigating with Britannica is different. You do not get crazy, but ... I only say that, 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.
My computer is Pentium III 1000 Mhz 256 RAM, and I have copied Britannica into the hard drive (the same with Encarta). The fact is that it is very slow, and that takes a lot of RAM (50 % more or less). If you have other programs open, perhaps Britannica does not work. With Encarta, you do not have any problem.
I hope my opinion is helpful for you.

3-0 out of 5 stars Love the content but it locks up constantly!!!!
I have been a Microsoft Encarta users for years now. Always buying the upadtes every year. For some strange reason Encarta locks after I look up 1 or more pieces of information.

I love the program but I have to restart it every minute or so. Very annoying!

Other friends of mine complain about it being very slow on their system.

Maybe I have an isolated problem on my machine. I hve the latest software updates and a very new Sony laptop. I canït figure out what is wrong.

I say buy it and try it yourslef on your machine. If it locks up take it back and consider another company. Donït go through years of hoping Microsft will getting around to getting rid of the bugs in it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Kind of disappointed
I thought it'd be a complete one but it turned out to be something filled with outdated data. If you read a review about a country (that you know well) besides USA, you'll be disappointed easily.
So, I don't recommend this product. Bad!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Encarta Encyclopedia Deluxe 2003
I'm sorry my english is very little, but I need buy the "Enciclo
pedia encarta deluxe 2003 in spanish, a friend recomended this
product, I need send to Nicaragua but write in spanish.

spanish: Me gustaria saber si tienen esta enciclopedia en español

Thank you: Sincerely Ronald Perez ... Read more


76. MOBILE SYSTEMS Oxford Reference Suite

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Asin: B00027NBTI
Catlog: CE
Sales Rank: 51983
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Features

  • 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

77. SELECTSOFT USA The Pop-up Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (Windows)

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Asin: B00007E8BL
Catlog: Software
Sales Rank: 2987
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Features

  • Over 20,000 quotations are here, from over 2,000 authors who have changed the way we look at things
  • There are also ancient proverbs and even nursery rhymes you can draw from
  • Read the most impressive & inspirational words from classic writings and sacred texts!

78. Microsoft Encarta Reference Library 2003 DVD
list price: $74.99
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Asin: B000067G64
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 2238
Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Microsoft's Encarta Reference Library 2003 on DVD is an extremely comprehensive, updatable archive of data on topics from the recent film A Beautiful Mind to the rodent genus Zyzomys. It's paired with a dictionary and thesaurus (one that translates words between English and four other European languages), helping researchers and students track down hard facts on almost any topic imaginable.

To anyone who remembers the first CD-ROM encyclopedias loosed upon the computer-using public in the 1990s--with their tiny, clunky maps and mere handful of digital animations--the scope and capabilities of Encarta Reference Library 2003 will seem like sheer luxury. The mainstay of any encyclopedia is text, of course, and Encarta's articles are as informative, well indexed, and easy to search as ever. Better still, they are more integrated with high-resolution photographs, references to a world history timeline, and film and video clips that genuinely expand on each entry's content. The wealth of tools that accompanies this core of data includes everything from a virtual flyover of Earth's continents to a database of Internet links for further research.

Encarta Reference Library 2003 has features specifically geared to teachers and students, like literature guides that come complete with essay topic suggestions, chart making software, and educational games. The encyclopedia also contains all the information from Microsoft's award-winning Encarta Africana, making it an excellent resource on subjects like the U.S. civil rights struggle, black comedians, and African music.

This stellar treasury of information will be an asset to learners of all ages, something every member of a family can use and appreciate, whether for putting together a report, satisfying curiosity about a particular issue, or browsing for pleasure. --Alyx Dellamonica ... Read more

Reviews (22)

5-0 out of 5 stars Encarta, brand-new every year, again in 2003.
I buy ENCARTA every year, and BRITANNICA from time to time. This is my opinion:
TEXT: Britannica's writing style is more sophisticated, and its authors are very well known. However, Encarta is not bad written at all, its authors are good and the contents are more or less the same, or better in the last versions.
You can update Britannica over the Internet free for a year, but only quarterly (4 times). Encarta is updated EVERY WEEK with new articles and additions to the old ones.
MULTIMEDIA and FEATURES: Encarta devastates Britannica with a lot of animations, interactivities, videos, music and sounds, pictures, literature sidebars, new translation dictionaries, 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, multimedia and features are completely integrated.
NAVIGATING: Encarta wins again. You only have to type a phrase, a word or de beginning of a word to see all the articles and multimedia that contains it. If you have typed the name of a small village lost in Senegal (e.g.), you see it in the Atlas without clicking again. If Encarta does not find anything, it gives you alternative spellings and you meet with what was 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's WORD is perfect.
Navigating with Britannica is different. You do not get crazy, but ... I only say that, 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.
My computer is Pentium III 1000 Mhz 256 RAM, and I have copied Britannica into the hard drive (the same with Encarta). The fact is that it is very slow, and that takes a lot of RAM (50 % more or less). If you have other programs open, perhaps Britannica does not work. With Encarta, you do not have any problem.
I hope my opinion is helpful for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Encarta, brand-new every year, again in 2003.
I buy Encarta every year, and Britannica from time to time. This is my opinion:
TEXT: Britannica's writing style is more sophisticated, and its authors are very well known. However, Encarta is not bad written at all, its authors are good and the contents are more or less the same, or better in the last versions.
You can update Britannica over the Internet free for a year, but only quarterly (4 times). Encarta is updated EVERY WEEK with new articles and additions to the old ones.
MULTIMEDIA and FEATURES: Encarta devastates Britannica with a lot of animations, interactivities, videos, music and sounds, pictures, literature sidebars, new translation dictionaries, 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, multimedia and features are completely integrated.
NAVIGATING: Encarta wins again. You only have to type a phrase, a word or de beginning of a word to see all the articles and multimedia that contains it. If you have typed the name of a small village lost in Senegal (e.g.), you see it in the Atlas without clicking again. If Encarta does not find anything, it gives you alternative spellings and you meet with what was 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's WORD is perfect.
Navigating with Britannica is different. You do not get crazy, but ... I only say that, 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.
My computer is Pentium III 1000 Mhz 256 RAM, and I have copied Britannica into the hard drive (the same with Encarta). The fact is that it is very slow, and that takes a lot of RAM (50 % more or less). If you have other programs open, perhaps Britannica does not work. With Encarta, you do not have any problem.
I hope my opinion is helpful for you.

3-0 out of 5 stars Love the content but it locks up constantly!!!!
I have been a Microsoft Encarta users for years now. Always buying the upadtes every year. For some strange reason Encarta locks after I look up 1 or more pieces of information.

I love the program but I have to restart it every minute or so. Very annoying!

Other friends of mine complain about it being very slow on their system.

Maybe I have an isolated problem on my machine. I hve the latest software updates and a very new Sony laptop. I canït figure out what is wrong.

I say buy it and try it yourslef on your machine. If it locks up take it back and consider another company. Donït go through years of hoping Microsft will getting around to getting rid of the bugs in it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Kind of disappointed
I thought it'd be a complete one but it turned out to be something filled with outdated data. If you read a review about a country (that you know well) besides USA, you'll be disappointed easily.
So, I don't recommend this product. Bad!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Encarta Encyclopedia Deluxe 2003
I'm sorry my english is very little, but I need buy the "Enciclo
pedia encarta deluxe 2003 in spanish, a friend recomended this
product, I need send to Nicaragua but write in spanish.

spanish: Me gustaria saber si tienen esta enciclopedia en español

Thank you: Sincerely Ronald Perez ... Read more


79. World Book 1999 Multimedia Encyclopedia-deluxe Edition

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80. Encyclopedia Britannica 2003 Ultimate Reference Suite
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Filled with knowledge on every subject, the Encyclopedia Britannica 2003 Ultimate Reference Suite CD-ROM delivers the 32-volume Britannica collection and more to your desktop. Brimming with more than 75,000 articles, this award-winning four-disc set makes finding information easy for every member of the family, from grade school to graduate school and beyond. With three reference libraries--one for every age and reading level, Britannica's Ultimate Reference Suite offers just the right encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, thesaurus, and timeline for every family member. It's all the knowledge anyone needs.

For students in upper elementary, middle, and high school, this collection adds the Britannica Student Encyclopedia, with 15,000 entries geared to school. Britannica's Elementary Encyclopedia is written for children in the early grades and designed to instill a look-it-up habit. Also added are two Merriam-Webster dictionaries and thesauruses 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 more. Take a tour of the world through more than 1,300 clickable maps linked to articles. People, events, and discoveries of the past come to life on 25 timelines with 6,900 points linked to related articles. Britannica's exclusive KnowledgeNavigator tool, an interactive browser, is perfect for creative brainstorming, discovering new ideas, and exploring different topics. Rounding out the collection are some 21,000 images, videos, audio clips, and animated maps, as well as a clever research organizer. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Mac buyers beware
Having grown up with the printed Britannica set (c. 1970), I am extremely disappointed with this digital version. Although all the articles are complete, searchable, and cross-referenced, the overall user interface is so poorly designed that it makes using this program nearly unusable and absolutely unappealing.

Installation issues:
1. wastes space (>2gig) by installing all 3 encyclopedias with some redundant material.
2. same interface for all 3 encyclopedias creates an intimidating environment for children.

Interface issues:
1. articles are difficult to read because of poor font choice (sans serif), insufficient spacing between lines (< single spaced), and lame layout design (in-line images lacking, repeated TOC wastes space).

Mac OS specific issues:
1. This is not a true MacOS app; it is a JAVA app running inside it's own window with interface components which are inconsistent with MacOS (e.g. menu shortcut key is Ctrl, not Cmd).
2. Screen redraw performance is unacceptably poor (e.g. several seconds to resize window, almost a minute to select-copy article text [450MHz G4, 1 gig RAM, OS 10.2.4])

Content issues:
1. Timeline shows only one item per screen; no context, no Gant chart.
2. Atlas is not interactive (no zoom; lacks detail) and other multimedia items are inconsequential.
3. Dictionary and thesaurus cannot be accessed directly; must do full encyclopedia search.

Summary: I bought and decided to keep both Britannica and Encarta 2003 RL. The Britannica articles are substantially better researched and more complete than Encarta. Encarta is much, much, much better at everything else (even running inside VirtualPC 6.0). Money saving tip: if you must have Britannica articles, buy the "deluxe" version rather than the "ultimate" (full articles, fewer disappointments).

3-0 out of 5 stars Tolerably acceptable
The user interface is very marginal. In that I agree with the other reviewers.

If I set the text display size to medium or large and exit, the settings are not preserved - when you restart the program you get the minimum text size. Naturally, the search/browse pane on the left does not reflect whatever text display size you specify, period. You always get small text. In my opinion there is something wrong with the fonts, the display just does not seem as clear as it could be? At the end of installation, the Windows FONT folder was opened for some unknown reason. I just closed it. Maybe I was supposed to chose whatever font I want? I have looked and looked and I can't find anyway to change the display font now.

When you select an entry to display, the entry is never, ever displayed in a full window, you always get a 3 1/2 x 4 miniwindow. Grrr. You can, at least, manually maximize it. However, if you close it and then select another entry to display, again you get the miniwindow. If you maximize this miniwidnow and select another entry to display, it comes up as a miniwindow again (then again sometimes it gets overwritten with a maximized window, I can't figure why or when this happens). It just seems like you can't get a full size window and keep it that way.

Sorry if this seems confusing but the program is confusing. Microsoft Encarta has a much more 'rational' interface.

I have all three of the digital encyclopedias available on Amazon.com. This is how I would rate them. If you have the money, buy both 1) & 2). The World Book 2003 Ultra-Deluxe (they must have a sense of humor?)is a total pain in the so and so. Everytime you load it you have to insert the installation CD and I can't figure out how (if?) you can get around that. I submitted a review of it that is so negative I doubt if it will be accepted.

1) Microsoft Encarta
2) Encyclopaedia Britannica 2003
3) World Book 2003 Ultra-Deluxe

What is the conclusion of this somewhat rambling 'review'? I decided to fork out the [money] and buy the Encyclopaedia Britannica 2003 Print (Hardcover) Edition. I will use the digital version to look up words or topics and then use the print version to actually read the entry.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great product, good interface - only real option.
While I agree with some of the comments regarding the interface - it seems clear to me (having seen most of the past versions) that Britannica finally decided to depart from the flashy, but ineffective and time wasting interface that has been driven by Microsoft and poorly copied by everyone else for years.
It is very easy to get to whatever you are looking for in Britannica and more importantly the information is comprehensive and trusted. There are different age levels and libraries that allow this to work for a much wider age group than others.

I agree with the reviewer that says - If you want flash without substance than Encarta or others will do - if you want trusted, comprehensive content in a good (if not flashy) interface than Britannica is the one - without question - to go with.

I am looking forward to the second version (2004) of this new interface and direction Britannica has taken and anticipate great improvements in all areas.

5-0 out of 5 stars No problems with Britannica
I recently received Encyclopedia Britannica 2003 Ultimate Reference Suite on dvd. I read all the problems people had with it, but decided to purchase it anyway because of the content. I had no problem downloading it to my hard drive and the user interface is straight forward. I don't know why people are having so much problems with the software. It may be because they are using Windows instead of OS X.

Although it is easier to look an article up in the book version of the encyclopedia, it is a lot more economical to buy it on dvd. ...

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


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