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81. SELECTSOFT USA Concise Oxford
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82. Collins Talking English Dictionary
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83. Human 3D
84. GMP THE WORLD ALMANAC ( CS-385D
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85. Microsoft Encarta Reference Library
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86. Webster's ME: Discovering the
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87. Encyclopedia Britannica 2002 Expanded
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88. Webster's Millennium Discovering
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89. Rand McNally Road Atlas
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90. ARCMEDIA Spanish-English Talking
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91. Encyclopedia Britannica Concise
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92. Microsoft Encarta Reference Library
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93. Street Atlas USA 2003 Plus
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95. 2003 Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia
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96. Encyclopedia Britannica 2003 Ultimate
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97. Webster's Millennium 2003 Multimedia
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81. SELECTSOFT USA Concise Oxford Dictionary, 10th Ed. (Windows)

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Asin: B00007BGTX
Catlog: Software
Sales Rank: 7121
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Over 240,000 words, phrase and definitons are included here -- every piece of English currently in common use
  • Organized into special fields for easier searching, you can learn words for every subject, from Leisure, Business, and Religion, to Society, Science, and Technology
  • Cross-reference any word to help you build the speaking and writing skills that get you noticed
  • The unparalleled guide to modern English usage!

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars absolutely brilliant dictionary
I had to laugh reading the first review of this dictionary, because that was EXACTLY my reaction when I first installed mine. I even wrote a VERY angry letter to Oxford about it, and they replied quite promptly and politely. The thing is, YOU HAVE TO RE-START YOUR COMPUTER ONCE YOU HAVE INSTALLED THIS SOFTWARE FOR IT TO WORK PROPERLY!! So the joke was on me, next time I turned on my computer (in time to get the very polite e-mail from Oxford), because by then it worked perfectly. I am a writer and proofreader, and this dictionary has become one of the most valuable tools I have.

Each entry includes pronounciation, part of speech, variant spellings, definition, derivatives and often etymology as well. Lots of slang words are also included, which can be very helpful when dealing with things written in dialect or *ahem* rather creatively.

It is SO easy -- you just double-click on a word in your text, and INSTANT DEFINITION (and spelling)!! YAY!! This dictionary has EVERYTHING, and is international in that it has ALL English words, whether they be British, American, Australian, whatever. I love this thing, and everyone I know who has tried it does, too. Absolutely invaluable.

1-0 out of 5 stars Useless (adj) 1.serving no purpose
The box boasts that this CD-ROM contains "240,000 words, phrases, and definitions". And since it also boasts that the content derives from the big-daddy 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary, the lexophilic consumer imagines that he'll be getting all the current vocabulary, minus the juicy citations but crisply defined, for only 20 smackers. Hah! as Mrs. Krabappel would say.

Oh, the 240,000 items are in there all right. Very up-to-date too. It has "HTML" for example. BUT IT ISN'T DEFINED!!! [Shouting intentional] That's right! It's just sitting there in the word list without the slightest indication of what the four letters stand for - let alone what Hypertext Markup Language *is*. If you go to look it up, the definition area will show "HTML" and lots of empty space. Pretty bloody useless, eh, Nigel?

Once you open the software (rendering it unreturnable), the help file mumbles something about there being only 65,000 actual *entries*. With fading hopes that he hasn't flushed his[money]down the toilet, the consumer flips randomly through the word list to see what else they didn't manage to find room for. How about "hertz"? Oh, it will tantalize you with the information with the word derives from the 19th century German physicist H.R. Hertz. *But it doesn't define the word*! Excuse me, but what is the freaking point of knowing a word's derivation if I don't know what the hell it means? Or how about the entry for "tangram"? No definition there either, but the derivation is "Origin C19: of unknown origin". Great! But I guess I should be grateful! If I go to "cosmic", all it will tell me is that there are derivatives "cosmical" and "cosmically"!

The Oxford University Press is disgraced by this unmitigated rip-off.

3-0 out of 5 stars oxford dictionary soft wear
I'm looking for a soft wear Oxford dictionaty ,NOT translator.
with the list 500 000words and phrases. ... Read more


82. Collins Talking English Dictionary

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Asin: B0000544GW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Victory Multimedia
Sales Rank: 4633
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Amazon.com Review

Talking English is part of a software series (the othersbeing French-,German-, andSpanish-to-Englishbilingual dictionaries) that uses the complete text of the well-knownCollins printed dictionaries, augmented and adapted so that it can siton a corner of your screen while you work on a document. It isprimarily designed for nonnative English users, but the adaptation tocomputer has been so well thought out that native English speakers whowant more than a spell checker will also find it useful.

A notable feature is that long entries have their own scroll button(the normal scroll bar can be used to run through the whole text), sothat you can read each entry without enlarging the dictionary screen orlosing your place. If you encounter a word in a definition you do notunderstand, simply right click on it and you jump to its definition;then a single click takes you back to you original entry. Bookmarks canbe used for more complex cross-referencing. Definitions can betransferred to the main screen via clipboard or drag and drop, and textcan also be imported into the dictionary where each word willautomatically be defined. You can hear all headwords in standardEnglish pronunciation at a single click; learners can then practicetheir pronunciation if they wish, comparing it with the original.There's also a games package to help the learner. The systemrequirements are only 15 MB of disk space and a microphone. --Julia Cresswell ... Read more


83. Human 3D
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Asin: B00005V6NF
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Mega Systems
Sales Rank: 4344
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Explore and learn human anatomy and physiology with this four-CD-ROM set. Human 3D can be a valuable tool for students, medical professionals, or curious adults who want to discover more about the human body. More than 1,200 illustrations and graphics demonstrate the intricate workings of the human body, including all muscle groups. Audio explanations enhance the visual images and support the learning process with correct pronunciations of difficult terms. A user-friendly navigation interface and keyword search makes finding information quick and easy. The software includes Interactive Human Body. ... Read more

Reviews (6)

1-0 out of 5 stars HORRIBLE!!
I bought this cd at officemax and it is the WORSE program on my computer... It's even more frustrating than a virus!

1-0 out of 5 stars Shouldn't even be on the market.
This is the worst thing I have bought in a long time. I can't even get it to install on Windows 2000. They have a patch on the website, but nothing. It still does not install. This is a good example of You get what you pay for. Luckily I have another computer with Windows 98. But after I installed it I have to admit I was greatly disapointed. It was definitely not worth the headache. Save yourself 20$ and go get real a program.

1-0 out of 5 stars Big disappointment!
Don't waste your money on this because it is terrible software. I bought it to help my sister with biology class, but no student can learn with a program done this badly! The 2 disk thing is inconvenient and very annoying. You have to switch the disk to see 3d models. The diagrams are terribly drawn. Why would someone put this terrible product out on the market is beyond my comprehension. DO NOT BUY THIS. IT'S A RIP OFF!

1-0 out of 5 stars A waste of money
I bought Human 3D and I also bought a $1.99 cd on the body and it turns out the $1.99 was better than Human 3D. I through Human 3D in the grabage. I would be imbarressed to give it to anyone.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy the 2CD version!
I bought this and it won't even load in Windows 2000! I just plain doesn't install. They have a patch on their website but I gave up. Maybe the 4CD version is better but avoid the 2CD version, definately if you're in Win2k. At least I got a nice double-CD case out of it! ... Read more


84. GMP THE WORLD ALMANAC ( CS-385D )

Asin: B0000C120E
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Global Marketing Partners
Sales Rank: 5543
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85. Microsoft Encarta Reference Library 2003
list price: $74.99
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Asin: B000067G63
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 3227
Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Microsoft's Encarta Reference Library 2003 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


86. Webster's ME: Discovering the Human Body Gold Edition With Free Random House Dictionary CD
list price: $29.95
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Asin: B00067Y02G
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Multimedia 2000, Inc.
Sales Rank: 1370
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87. Encyclopedia Britannica 2002 Expanded Edition (DVD-ROM)
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00005JGP9
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Pearson Software
Sales Rank: 5668
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Famously large in size and comprehensiveness, Britannica isprobably the world's most famous encyclopedia, in print since the mid-18thcentury. The 2002 DVD version is just as comprehensive, and includes all 32volumes found in print, as well as a dictionary and world atlas. However, theDVD version has the advantage of fitting into a much smaller binding, and onjust one disc.

The core of the software is as one would expect: Britannica's vaststorehouse of knowledge and information, with entries on practically everythingin existence. The articles and entries themselves are authoritative andinteresting, each littered with hyperlinks to other related topics of interest,and include articles by people as renowned and diverse as Einstein, Robert LouisStevenson, and Harry Houdini. Layered on top of this impressive core are relatedmultimedia clips, both audio and visual, including panoramas and tours.

Britannica is designed like a Web site, with a home page that's alwayseasily accessible. From this, three main ways of accessing this treasure houseof information are offered--Search, A-Z Britannica, or Knowledge Navigator.These are housed within the same pop-up window with tabs at the top, so userscan search once and click between all three of these search results.Britannica has also indexed thousands of quality Web sites that arereturned as part of each search, which adds a whole new depth of exploration.

Britannica software also shines with regard to helping you organize yourown research. You can take a note about a particular item, delegate yourpersonal bookmarks, or collate and layout your collections in an attractive,publishable format.

In addition to the vast repository of knowledge, Britannica's softwarealso includes the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary (10th edition), aworld atlas with statistics and facts, and, a particular favorite of thisreviewer, a visually pleasing Timelines feature. Chart the developments in aparticular area dating back to 100,000 B.C. You can display each developmentalongside the others if you wish, or display a single topic, from art toarchitecture to medicine.

This is fascinating software, is rendered well using Java, and, unlike other CDencyclopedia offerings, has more substance than style. Although a little bitdifficult to navigate at first, it's both easy and pleasurable once understood.Researchers, quiz fans, students, or people who simply enjoy reading andlearning will find this software a joy. --Alison Jardine ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars disappointed in services
I purchased this product last yr. from Best Buy. I tossed the case which had the serial number on it and put the c.d.'s in my carrying case. Now that I have a new computer, I cannot download the disc's to my new laptop or computer. I payed too much money to not be able to utilize the product.

1-0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware
This piece of software is very buggy and holds less information than advertised. The scroll boxes didn't refresh correctly so that I was unable to read the information in the box without closing and reopening the box.
When searching for information on Red Foxes I was unable to find more than a generic article on foxes in general. If you can't find specific information on the most prevalent subspecies then what good is it?

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product, excellent value
This is simply the best reference product I have ever purchased for my family. I have read all the reviews in this forum, and want to point out a few things:

1. Although there is no practical way to do a complete installation with the 2002 DVD, their customer service department is more than happy to exchange your version for a CD Deluxe edition, which does support this installation (nearly 2GB)

2. One reviewer said that there was no alphabetical browse feature, but there IS one in the product. Additionally, there is a subject browse tool called the Knowledge Navigator, which is based loosely on the content from the Propaedia volume of the printed edition.

3. While the multimedia does tend to be scant, it is all EB's original content. Other companies tend to license videos and photos like crazy, but have very little REAL content as far as the text goes. Britannica is known for its original content, and the transfer to CD/DVD is wonderful.

4-0 out of 5 stars Don't forget the content! Program not that bad.
I run this program on a reasonably powerful computer (1.2 Athlon) with no problems but a slight delay booting up (perhaps this might translate into a freeze on a less powerful computer). Encarta might be more kid friendly, but don't forget the depth and quality of Britannica's content (after all it has been the premier reference for eons and it's all there on the DVD). I know style counts for something when it comes to the software interface, but don't forget the content, particularly if you're over 13!

2-0 out of 5 stars Boring
One of the joys I got out of using the 1970s hardcopies as a youngster was to stumbling across tonnes of other topics of interest as I narrowed in on what I was after. Now with the search engine, there is no alphabetical index that alows me to do this. I search for a topic, it gives me that only. If I only know the first few letters of a word I'm looking for, the search engine won't help me. Please put in that index and it will raise the product's edutainment value by 100% ... Read more


88. Webster's Millennium Discovering Dinosaurs
list price: $24.99
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Asin: B00009WOAG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Multimedia 2000
Sales Rank: 4976
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Not bad for the price
For the price, this program isn't too bad. Only 3 of the 4 CDs in the set work with Windows XP, though it's packaged as a 95/98/Me/2000/XP product. They'll send you an upgrade to make it work for an additional $10... not exactly the kind of support that warms the heart. The animations on the CDs are well done. It's best for older kids--most of the content appears to be text based, with some 3D animation thrown in. ... Read more


89. Rand McNally Road Atlas
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B00006IQ98
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 3753
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars Total Garbage
Avoid this at all costs! First of all, you can only navigate in a TINY window within an annoying an unnecessary "skin". The maps are not detailed at all and it's annoying to have to zoom in and out with a button click (mouse wheel doesn't work) and the detail is EXTREMELY poor. Also, it works against you by having to move around in that tiny window. Don't waste your money!!! This is [bad] and we should expect better. I wonder if the folks at Rand McNally use their own software for navigation. Probably not.

1-0 out of 5 stars Generic Atlas
This is definitely not the type of quality product I would expect from Rand-McNally. The maps it provides are not detailed, and generic in nature. It shows only main roads, etc. I expected to receive a standard Rand McNally Road Atlas of the US, just as the printed version, but transferred to CD(s). This product is all but useless. But I'll use the CD as a coaster to protect the finish on my computer desk!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Garbage
Shame on Rand McNally- This software is terrible. This reminds me of 1990 software. Just buy the hard copy Atlas. MapTech makes the best affordable mapping products available.

3-0 out of 5 stars Passable software
Basically take Rand McNally Tripmaker and update the interface. I don't even think they updated the road database (c) says 2000 but I must admit the interface is easier to use so if you are looking for a simple city to city travel guide (place to place will only work if the place you are looking for is in one of the 83 full city guides they have in the program) that is easy to use then this is for you. If you want more map detail try Streets and Trips or Delorme Street Atlas. ... Read more


90. ARCMEDIA Spanish-English Talking Dictionary (Windows)

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Asin: B00009XBKO
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Arcmedia
Sales Rank: 8263
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Features

  • Increase your vocabulary with fun crosswords and develop better pronunciation skills with the AudioPad
  • Track your progress throrughly and follow your development with handy, colorful graphs
  • Gradually build a sizable working vocabulary and become a fluent speaker of Spanish or English!

91. Encyclopedia Britannica Concise Edition (Jewel Case)
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Asin: B00008KISY
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Atari
Sales Rank: 8568
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92. Microsoft Encarta Reference Library 2004 North America Teacher's Pack
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B0000C11NV
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
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Features

  • Complete reference resource for school or home
  • Award-winning encyclopedia; research and learning tools
  • Dictionary and thesaurus, literature guides, and chart maker
  • Video content from Discovery Channel; new and updated articles
  • Visual browser with easy navigation; homework center

93. Street Atlas USA 2003 Plus
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B00007MEZ8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Delorme Mapping
Sales Rank: 5483
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94. Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia Deluxe 2000
list price: $69.95
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Asin: B00002SFM2
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 5115
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

If you have a hard time thinking of an encyclopedia as radically cool, you haven't spent time with Encarta yet. Yes, there are things to nitpick, but the package overall, with its spectacular images and information, defines the genre.

The 2000 edition boasts thousands of new articles, sidebars, photos, illustrations, and animations. The robust search engine is made even more useful by its ability to process the kind of queries normal people (as opposed to trained librarians) are likely to enter. On the vast majority of occasions, we received interesting and legitimate results to our freeform queries.

There's a reason why Encarta is the bestseller that it is, and those that try it come away enriched by its knowledge base. The texts are strong and clear, and the advantages of digital organization and multimedia help make it an authoritative journey into cultures, histories, and natural worlds. --Jennifer Buckendorff ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wow!A stunning reference work
I didn't expect this program to be as entertaining as it is!I thought Iwas purchasing a simple reference work, but I've spent literally hundredsof hours in front of my computer reading about new things, and justskipping from topic to topic as something interesting catches my eye. ('course I used to to this with the paper-based encyclopedias as well, butthis involves much less page flipping!)I'm particularly impressed withthe virtual 360 degree tours.I visited Rome in October 1999, and thevirtual tour of the Roman forum included on the CD is a really neatexperience.(Not quite the same as being there, but the CD costs a lotless than my trip!)One of the features that absorbs a lot of my time isthe monthly update.New articles are downloaded as a package every monthvia the internet.I found the material to be extremely current andinteresting.It's like having someone preparing new fascinatinginformation for you on a monthly basis.I'd recommend this CD for familieswith kids of all ages, and any curious people who like answers to thequestions that occur to them from time to time.Also, be sure to note thatthe 2001 version of the encyclopedia ships on Aug. 18, 2000.You mightwant to hold off your purchase until then.

3-0 out of 5 stars I made a mistake
Hello,Please take out my review. I was wrong. Galapagos Islands info is great, I just looked for it not carefully enough.

My apologies.

2-0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed
I tried to find an article on Galapagos Islands, it showed a poor quality picture and one paragraph of text. In order to expand the picture I had to switch CDROMs. I could not find any history of the islands, climate andanimals. It's not what you expect from Encyclopedia. Finally I went to aweb site britannica.com and got more than enough on the subject, muchfaster and for free.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not an encyclopedia!
If you want to have an Encyclopedia, DO NOT buy this. My daughter and I just tried to find 'dragon fly'. There is no dragon fly at all. We tried to look for 'lady bug'. No lady bug! Instead, there is 'ladybird beetle'. Isthis word more general than lady bug? I completely do not understand whythis software is being sold as an encyclopedia.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very well done reference.
It seems like Microsoft has spent a lot of time on this software, and it has paid off. It has all of the regular annual features returning (like articles, videos, audio, virtual tours), but also has many new features,such as the monthly yearbook and web link indexes, a homework help center,thousands of pieces of new content, more sidebars, cross references to theWeb in articles, and even a special section on millennium and thecelebration of time to commemorate the year 2000. This was a very helpfulreference and I would recommend it to anybody who may refer to one (whichis just about anybody...) ... Read more


95. 2003 Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition
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Asin: B00006IFSL
Catlog: Software
Publisher: The Learning Company
Sales Rank: 5023
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With content appropriate for three reading levels, the 2003 Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition is perfect for every member of your family. This comprehensive two-CD-ROM set enhances learning 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 delivers all the information you need.

In addition, the deluxe edition also links to in-depth explorations of topics through the Encyclopedia Americana Online and background information from the New Book of Knowledge Online. An intuitive interface and easy-to-use search tools speed your research. Grolier's Topic Navigator helps you organize articles and media, while Grolier's Internet Index links to more than 108,000 online resources. Look up words without leaving the encyclopedia using the built-in dictionary and thesaurus. Plus, you can download article and Web link updates free each month. ... Read more


96. Encyclopedia Britannica 2003 Ultimate Reference Suite on DVD-ROM
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Asin: B000067OSU
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Pearson Software
Sales Rank: 3944
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Filled with knowledge on every subject, the Encyclopedia Britannica 2003 Ultimate Reference Suite DVD delivers the 32-volume Britannica collection and more to your desktop. Brimming with more than 75,000 articles, this award-winning home reference library 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, and it's all on one DVD.

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

Reviews (21)

2-0 out of 5 stars Extremely Poor Software with Best Text Content
I upgraded from the EB2002 DVD because it uses 30% of my Win98(1) GDI and USER resources.I never kept 2002 loaded in memory.My hardware is AMD T-Bird 1.4 GHz, 512 MB, and "Special Edition" 8 MB 7200 RPM Western Digital 100 & 120 GB drives.BEWARE: Tech support via phone is normally NOT free.If you have any problems with their software products, you may be forced to call their 900 number.There is an automatic...fee per incident charged to your phone bill.

With EB2003, I have the same complaints as others....Although I have some of the fastest drives available, EB2003 (DVD full install) takes 14 seconds to access the Britannica interface and it continues reading the drive for another 20 seconds.EB2003 uses a massive 118 MB's of hardware memory, far more than any other application (app) I have.Yet, EB2003 uses only 2% GDI and USER Win98(1) resources and I am therefore able to keep it loaded in memory.

Compared to 2002, the 2003 interface is very poor.You cannot double-click on an article term for look up.The search boxes do not have a clear button for a new search.Search terms are not highlighted in the article text and there is no find text feature.The search engine seems to be worse than EB2002.It does not have intelligent results sorting.With a multiple term such as "President Andrew Jackson", you must click the small results screen several times for the correct article.For article full screen, the border line creeps too slowly from right to left.Because EB2003 is a Java app, Microsoft mouse scroll wheels will not work.The Atlas is nothing more than a collection of slides and I am constantly fighting for full screen views.

EB2003 does not remember previous settings.For "medium" font view, it must be set every start.The quite nonfunctional "Welcome" screen must also be removed every start.For personal saved bookmarks, you must load them every start.I also have the Microsoft 1999 Encarta Reference Suite.While Encarta content might not be as complete, the software is far more advanced.The included Encarta 1999 Virtual Globe is better than anything EB will ever produce.You can zoom in/out, turn a globe to quickly find a country, do searches, compare 2 different country data, and use a tool to find exact distances.It even has a global flight simulator which is fairly cool.Because of current events in the world, I use the 1999 Encarta Bookshelf and Virtual Globe everyday.I followed the progress of the USA and British forces in the Iraq War using the 1999 Virtual Globe.

When I purchased EB2002, I knew the software would be below Microsoft's quality but the content would be better.With EB2003, the software is so poor Britannica should either fire its programming subcontractor or think about merging with Microsoft.Even a beginner programmer knows you never write an app with Java(!).You always write apps with C++ because it is more efficient and faster.I will probably keep EB2003 because I only paid the upgrade price.I will also upgrade to the Encarta 2003 DVD.I suspect the Encarta content now rivals EB's.If so, this may be the last time I purchase an EB.

Daniel Martinez

1-0 out of 5 stars What's Between You and Contents
Let's face it, user interface is awful and the contents of the encyclopedia does not compensate for this because is too hard to use. On my machine (AMD 1.3 GHz, 512 MB RAM, 40 & 30 GB 7200 rpm HD, Win XP SP1) it takes 15 seconds to start full install of the hard drive and once it's up it consumes somewhere between 80 and 120 MB of RAM depending on the number of searches performed. Java underneath the software is not capable of mouse wheel scrolling, right click brings up only "copy" context menu, the dictionary and encyclopedia are unified, there's no way to customize the look or toolbars (thanks to Java) and last but not least font rendering is terrible, you have to set it either to medium or squint when reading even if you have 20/20 vision. Atlas is a laugh and one intended for high school kids is far better than the one for grownups. Multimedia is almost nonexistent, but we've expected this from eccentric British. My email to the support hasn't been answered for 4 days. Stay away from EB 2003 URS or be ready for sacrifices if you plan to use it. I plan to buy MS Encarta 2003 and soon I'll be able to compare these two.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best content / Interesting interface
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 nad direction Britannica has taken and anticipate great improvments in all areas.

2-0 out of 5 stars Great content marred by awful software
It's too bad that the interface is so clunky (other reviewers have already pointed out the problems, so I won't bother here).This is at least the sixth edition of Britannica on CD/DVD, and there's no excuse for such poor software.A shame, really, because the text is far better than anything else out there.I'd like to see them work with Microsoft and develop an interface similar to Encarta's.They could call it Encarta Pro, with the same interface as Encarta but with the authoritative text of Britannica.If only.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good value.
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. You receive 3 volumes of encyclopedias, a dictionary, a thesaurus, atlases, quick time movies and much more ..., plus you can download updates. You can't do that with the print version. ... Read more


97. Webster's Millennium 2003 Multimedia Guide to The Universe
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Asin: B00006H2YT
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Multimedia 2000
Sales Rank: 4788
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98. Homework Essentials 2004 (Jewel Case)
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Asin: B00009MJDI
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Publisher: Atari
Sales Rank: 6495
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99. SELECTSOFT USA The Pop-up New Oxford Dictionary of English (Windows)

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Asin: B00007E8BH
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Sales Rank: 1767
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • This comprehensive single-volume dictionary focuses on English as it is really used today -- over 350,000 words, phrases and definitions are included
  • Instant lookup from your Web browser makes it simple to find the perfect word for any situation
  • Move your cursor over a word on your web page and the entry is instantly displayed in a pop-up window
  • Writing and research will be easier than ever with this powerful digital dictionary!

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Tool!
Oxford University Press produced this CD-Rom version of their dictionary, and it is superb! Installed onto your hard-drive,
it is easy for the user to look up their choice of 350,000 words, phrases and definitions. This is a great tool for students, teachers and writers!

The dictionary will display on your title bar as a drop down menu. It is actually designed to work as a module with other dictionaries produced in CD-Rom format by Oxford University Press. I use it frequently in combination with The Pop-up Oxford Thesaurus, and recently added The Pop-up Oxford-Hachette French-English dictionary. You can use as few or as many of the dictionaries as you like.

With so many countries now participating in the European Union, it is essential for anyone who lives, studies or travels in Europe to be multi-lingual. Increasingly, it is important for American users to learn and use other languages -- particularly Spanish, and there is a dual-language version of this as well. The interlocking dual-language dictionaries produced by Oxford University Press work smoothly on a word document, as well as on a web-page.

I have used other dictionary programs, but find that the English dictionary by Oxford is superior to the American Heritage dictionary available on Microsoft's Bookshelf. The American Heritage contains more slang, has shorter entries and is definitely designed for an American user. The Oxford University Press English dictionary lists both American AND British uses for words, has more definitions and the entries are more specific, with less slang. ... Read more


100. 2002 Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia Deluxe (2 CD edition)
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Asin: B00005MO82
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Grolier Multimedia
Sales Rank: 2467
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Everyone can take advantage of the complete 2002 Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, designed to include content appropriate for three reading levels. Enhance the learning experience with thousands of videos, illustrations, photos, and maps that can captivate minds. Whether it's help putting together ideas for a school research project or just a thirst for knowledge, find all the information needed, quickly and easily.

Search through more than 38,500 articles on CD-ROM, or go online and link to thousands more. Find in-depth explorations of topics through the Encyclopedia Americana Online, and get easy-to-read background information in the New Book of Knowledge Online. View 15,500 images and more than 200 videos and listen to 700 sound clips. Previews of all pictures, videos, panoramas, and fact boxes add new dimensions to research.

The Research Center guides students effortlessly through the research process, from choosing a topic to organizing search results and writing a paper. A built-in dictionary and thesaurus are one click away to look up any word without leaving the encyclopedia. Also included is a complete atlas with 1,200 maps. ... Read more


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