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101. Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia
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102. ARCMEDIA German-English Talking
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103. MOBILE SYSTEMS Oxford Dictionary
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104. Microsoft Encarta Reference Library
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105. COSMI Britannica Profiles: Hollywood
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106. Encarta Standard 2004
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107. Microsoft Encarta Reference Library
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108. Encyclopedia Britannica 2000 Deluxe
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109. Random House Webster's College
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110. Encyclopaedia Britannica Homework
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111. Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia
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112. Universe 3D
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114. Random House Webster's Unabridged
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115. Encarta Reference Lib 2002 (Large
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116. MOBILE SYSTEMS Oxford Concise
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117. English/Spanish Talking Dictionary
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118. Encyclopedia Britannica 2003 Almanac
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119. Instant Dictionary and Thesaurus
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120. The Study of Religion

101. Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia Deluxe 2002
list price: $34.95
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Asin: B00005MF7S
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 3406
Average Customer Review: 3.57 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Not only does Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia Deluxe 2002 offer extensive content on just about everything, but this version has been beefed up with more multimedia, games, resources, and search options than previous editions. In the end, Encarta outperforms just about every other resource tool--print or electronic--out there.

We chose to do the smaller install, which accommodates those who may not want to have an entire encyclopedia on their hard drive. Using all of Encarta's features was easy and straightforward--the package asked for the CD needed at the time and never missed a beat.

The reference library is the meat of the package, offering your typical encyclopedic content. But where the library shines is in both the "Related Articles" section and the option of updating the content. Because the library navigates much like the Internet Explorer browser, you'll be able to click on the highlighted links or phrases in text to go to related articles and surf around wherever your interests may take you. Additionally, Encarta offers the option of updating the encyclopedia's content, so you can be sure to always have the most up-to-date information and Web links. Additionally, the search capabilities incorporate both the encyclopedia's information and Web information in the Web Center.

Aside from the articles, you'll also find a good selection of educational games, including the very popular (and challenging) Mind Maze, a geography quiz, a sculpture timeline, and a few more. The library also includes the Parent's Center--an online resource covering learning milestones, parenting tips, reading recommendations, and activity ideas--and the Multimedia Center, where you can browse the encyclopedia by images, sound, animation, charts, or 360-degree views of everything from the Badlands National Park to the Forum in Rome. Again, links to related articles make it easy and enjoyable to learn.

Outside of the reference library, the Encarta Researcher works as a virtual notebook where you can search the Web or the encyclopedia, cut and paste text, store images, cite references, and essentially pull together research information for a number of projects. Also, the Encarta FactFinder offers a quick source for dictionary definitions, quick fact lookups, and general information. Even though we found the FactFinder's translation capabilities to be less than impressive (French and Spanish are offered), we were duly impressed with the "mini-view," allowing you to keep a small search window open while you're reading another article, surfing the Web, or doing anything else at your computer.

Essentially, Microsoft's Encarta 2002 is a worthy addition to the student's set of reference materials, or to the lifelong learner's collection of resources. --Emilie Herbst ... Read more

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Encarta, brand-new every year.
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 Excellance
I am a volunteer educator for the Toledo Zoo and was gifted with a copy of Encarta 2002. It not only is the most complete reference I currently have but it also allows me to tell it what age group I'm working with so it can lead me to age appropriate information. I couldn't be more delighted.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Encyclopedia by Microsoft
I think the encyclopedia is great! It has lots of information, is very reliable on its sources, and has a great map! A great improvement from the Encarta 99 version!

Encarta also had lots of pictures, graphs, and charts. It is easy-to-use and makes searching through information enjoyable! I therefore recommend this product to anyone!

1-0 out of 5 stars It's not worth it ?
If you intend to buy this because you like the online version then you will be highly disappointed. The product lacks a proper dictionary (it's no where close to the online one). There is no audio support in the dictionary, no help with the pronounciation etc. I bought the product hoping that it will be similar to the online encarta but I am totally dissapointed. It also gave me lot of trouble in installation. I had to call Microsoft's customer support thrice but that didn't help. It only worked when I upgraded my IE to 6.0.

1-0 out of 5 stars PRODUCT NO GOOD
BOUGHT THIS FOR MY DAUGTHER FOR CHRISTMAS HAVE TRIED 4 TIMES TO INSTALL AND AFTER INSTALLATION CANNOT START, GET AN ERROR MESSSAGE AND PROGRAM CLOSES. CANNOT FIND ANY HELP AT THE MICROSOFT SITE TO HELP ME. ... Read more


102. ARCMEDIA German-English Talking Dictionary (Windows)

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Asin: B00009XBKM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Arcmedia
Sales Rank: 7959
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Features

  • This digital dictionary makes it simple for the casual or professional user to build a solid vocabulary in either language, for better communications skills
  • Increase your vocabulary with fun crosswords and develop better pronunciation skills with the AudioPad
  • Track your prgress throrughly and follow your development with handy, colorful graphs
  • Gradually build a sizable working vocabulary and become a fluent speaker of German or English!

103. MOBILE SYSTEMS Oxford Dictionary of Idioms

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Asin: B00027Y7F0
Catlog: CE
Sales Rank: 44467
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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

104. Microsoft Encarta Reference Library DVD 2002
list price: $74.95
our price: $54.99
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Asin: B00005MF7U
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 3207
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Students of all ages will revel in the learning opportunities providedby the Microsoft Encarta Reference Library 2002 DVD. Stepping up andexpanding upon the successful Encarta encyclopedia tool, this DVD offersa complete reference desk at your fingertips.

After a quick install, we were off and running. We were immediately impressed byhow current the package is right out of the box. Because of the onlineconnection, the package automatically updates itself (as they say in thepackaging, "History didn't stop when this disc was made"). While we wereresearching Tampa, Florida, for instance, we were not only able to check outdetailed maps from the interactive world atlas and general points of interest,but we also noted the local temperature and current headlines, courtesy ofMSNBC.com.

The packaging presents the software as if it were seven unique tools, but thetruth is these tools are interwoven and enmeshed in such a way that it doesn'teven feel like there's a border between one and the next. For example, readingan article gave us not only the meaty content with links to other articles, butalso a multimedia gallery, related articles, and editor's picks for related Websites. We also found a number of really cool games, timelines, and 3-D virtualwalk-throughs of historic sites, as well as headlines from the Encarta Todayfeature that held our interest.

You might think that with all of this information within easy reach it would beeasy to get lost jumping from topic to topic. It seems that the Encartadevelopers had this in mind and structured the navigation to mirror yourfavorite Web browser: simply navigate back, forward, or home to get yourbearings. You can also jump to the pop-up dictionary, thesaurus, or world atlaswith just a click of your mouse.

Two handy features are the researcher function and the FactFinder. Theresearcher allows you to create a project, for which you can collect relatedarticles, definitions, illustrations, and multimedia features in one place. Youcan then opt to easily print out your research (the output is a complete,easy- to-read document with reference citations), or you can produce a morecustomized document with notes on your findings and adjustments to the layout.The default format for the report is an HTML file, a convenient feature thatallows for maximum multimedia interactivity within the document.

The FactFinder is a tool that acts independent of Encarta. Simply hoverover any word on your screen--whether in a document, on the Web, orotherwise--and the FactFinder will define it and provide links to otheravailable information. --Emilie Herbst ... Read more

Reviews (9)

5-0 out of 5 stars Encarta, brand-new every year.
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 The most important software you can buy for your family!
I have been buying Encarta almost every year since 1995. I've followed it from a clunky Windows-unfriendly program to what it is today - the best reference software available for your family!

This is the third year that they've had it available on DVD and it's definitely the way to go! No swapping disks! And for the first time, they have an option to copy the whole thing your hard drive, so you can run it without the DVD in the drive (you can listen to a music CD while looking things up, for example). Today's new computers have HUGE hard drives, so take advantage of this feature if you can!

Every year, Encarta seems to get better. One of the improvements this year is that the updates you download from the internet are available more often than once a month. Previously, you had to wait til the 10th of the month to download the previous month's update. Now there are many updates available each month - at least every week there is something new you can download!

The way that Encarta accesses the web is seamless. You hardly know where Encarta ends and the internet begins. The "web center" is a browser and the Encarta folks frequently update the llinks so your research on a certain subject is supplemented by great internet content.

For the past couple of years, Encarta has included the Encarta Afrikana, which has also won awards! This encyclopedia which focuses on African-American culture, including the rich heritage of music.

The multimedia features are growing by leaps and bounds too. In addition to the sound clips and video clips there are many "interactivities" that tend to cause you to spend more time at the computer than you'd planned - but hey, it's educational!

I really enjoy the Dynamic Timelines. You can really see how all of history fits together. You can browse the timeline, then click on something that interests you, and more info pops up.

And of course Encarta has World Maps section - you can "grab" and spin the globe and zoom out and zoom in on your favorite location. The maps feature alone is worth the cost of the program. It's truly interactive.
For teachers, and students writing papers, Encarta will make your job easier. There are curriculum guides, report organizers, research helpers and much more.

It truly is a program for the whole family. You can literally sit down with your computer and Encarta and 3 hours later, you're still clicking and learning!

Oh, and Encarta has a subscription fee...to get the new Encarta as soon as it's released to the public. It's worth it to me!

My only complaint about Encarta 2002 is that the Dictionary part doesn't seem as good as in years past. In last year's Encarta, you could click on the word and it would pronounce it for you. This year, you just get a pronunciation guide - hardly the same!.. Also, I miss the "Bookshelf" features they used to have - the extensive quotes dictionary. I haven't been able to find that on Encarta 2002. But the dictionary is my ONLY complaint about this wonderful program!

Buy this software for your family today - you'll all enjoy learning...

5-0 out of 5 stars Definitely the best reference software
It's nice that Encarta is now on DVD-ROM. The rich multimedia features, the rich set of reference tools, and a clean user interface make this by far the best reference software on the market. Plus the new version has improved the Internet features.

At its heart is the encyclopedia, which has always been a joy to use. While not as "scholarly" (read, pretentious) as some other encyclopedias, Encarta is rich with sights and sounds and makes a great educational tool for adults and children alike. With over 67000 articles in the package that are updated, it also makes a terrific value.

If there's one electronic reference you'd like to own, this is it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not for adults; wonderful for kids, homework and browsers
I purchased Encarta Reference DVD 2002 with high hopes. Despite several industry awards (e.g. "Computing's finest encyclopedia"), the encyclopedia lacks the sophisticated content and scholarly treatment appropriate for college-level users. Finding Encarta's encyclopedia only suitable for browsing, I was very disappointed, and immediately compared my purchase to Britannica Online.

Encarta is slick software, with lots of colorful pictures, hyperlinks, and multimedia, but the text seems really targeted at the parents of school-going children (grades 6 to 10) with short attention spans. The expository style is far more USA Today, rather than New York Times, Scientific American or the Economist. Even the quantity of text is lacking: Encarta Deluxe has 26 million words as against Britannica's 50+ million. What Encarta is missing most of all is the scholarly introductory treatment of the academic (as opposed to high-school level) subject, something 15 or 20 pages long.

For instance, the Encarta article on algebra would be useless for any college-level user - it primarily covers elementary (10th grade) algebra, like quadratic and simultaneous equations - but omits all but a passing mention of abstract algebra, like group theory, or even for that matter linear algebra. Groups and rings aren't defined properly, and the article wrongly suggests that only numbers can comprise groups. No mention at all of fundamental theorem of algebra. What it does have are worked solutions for quadratic and simultaneous equations, just the thing so dad can help Junior with his 7th-grade homework. In contract, Britannica article is a longer, but comprehensive treatise on algebra, including a good definition of groups and rings, and how they're used. Britannica's article might be boring unless you're already interested (it's not MTV; it has no pictures at all), takes some effort to understand, and would probably be way over the heads of most middle-schoolers.

Another useful illustrative comparison is Encarta's facts, figures, pictures and sound-bites coverage of Shakespeare, which has many extracts from his plays. But Encarta doesn't say why Shakespeare is so special, how his education might have influenced his plays, who else could have authored plays attributed to him and so on. In contrast, the Britannica article available free online is far more interesting, opinionated, and through.

There also many topics of current interest that Encarta only covers cursorily or not at all: the Human Genome Project, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Signal Transduction, Cyclins, Computational Biology. The Encarta entry on anthrax fails to distinguish the different prognoses for the inhaled, ingested and cutaneous manifestations, incorrectly lumping them together under a 20% fatality rate. Britannica has none of these shortcomings.

I very much like Encarta's automated maps and atlases, which I found immensely fun to browse. I also like the digitized walk-through tours of a few significant places, such as the Coliseum. Both these features justify the purchase price, but of course are no substitute for the poor encyclopedia.

I urge anyone considering buying to first try out the free online trials for both Encarta and Britannica. You can see which is best. I think Encarta is really for children, but I imagine many adults will appreciate it for its color, easy browsability, and simplicity. Microsoft probably intentionally dumbed down Encarta in order to capture fully the 'kids and homework' market, fully aware the demand for scholarly, intelligent encyclopedias (as with the demand for The Economist or Foreign Affairs) is far more limited. My vote, however, is clearly for Britannica's quality scholarship.

- aas76, San Francisco

5-0 out of 5 stars great software
the encarta reference library is good, except that it is a little expensive, but since you can update it it doesn't matter. also, the copy to hard drive feature is great if you have 2.4 GB to spare because it loads about 3 times as faster and you never have to remember to put in a disc. there are so many features to use, it makes it easy to do a research report. ... Read more


105. COSMI Britannica Profiles: Hollywood & Movies ( Windows )

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Asin: B00080RCRQ
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Cosmi
Sales Rank: 11042
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Features

  • Compelling biographies of the screen legends from past & present - Steven Spielberg, Katharine Hepburn, Tom Hanks and much more
  • Trace the history of the medium from the 19th century to the present, including the silent years, the introduction of color, and more
  • Look up past Oscar winners and nominees with the Complete Oscar Database
  • Web links, magazine articles, and additional videos online for more in-depth learning

106. Encarta Standard 2004
list price: $24.99
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Asin: B000096L70
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 4047
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (10)

5-0 out of 5 stars Invaluable
I've tried both Encarta 2004 and Britannica 2004. As other reviews here pointed out, Britannica is also good, but the interface leaves a lot to be desired and program is very very sluggish. I'm on a 1.6Mhz Pentium 4 Windows XP system, with 1 gigabyte of memory. So I was a bit surprised how slow it was.

I decided to go with Encarta because it's faster, has more multimedia, and I like how Microsoft updates it (and displays a list of what was updated/added). I haven't tried the older versions of Encarta so I cannot compare, but 2004 looks and works fine for me. Some have complained about the Visual Browser "carousel" on the main page of the program. This can easily be disabled in the program options if it annoys you. The Encarta interface is very clean and organized. Colorful detailed buttons on the toolbar make it very easy to access the most common tasks and the search function is very fast. It seems the more you dig into it, the more goodies you'll find. There are great interactivities, games, dynamic atlas, 3D and 2D virtual tours, thousands of quotations, an entire dictionary program, and lots more. If you're used to the Internet Explorer browser, the "Favorites" menu in Encarta is identical and a great way to bookmark and organize your favorite places in this vast program. It's very easy to get "lost" for hours just clicking around.

I haven't looked through an encyclopedia on CD-ROM since the early 90's when CD-ROM technology was just starting to take off. I'm pleased to see how detailed and invaluable they've become. I'd recommend this to anyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this product!
I've not seen Encarta before so I have no idea about previous versions. However, this version is very impressive. I'm a computer professional and I can say that very few products have a user interface that 'flows' this well. My primary reason to get this was for my 10-year-old, but I think I'll be using it a lot more than her. The maps, dictionaries, articles, and links to related content on the web are great, but how they are all tied together is what really makes this product shine.

It does take a while to load and you want to install everything on your hard drive (about 2Gig). If you don't load everything to your disk then you'll wear out your arm swapping between the 5 CDs when you look at different articles.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but better Encarta Reference Library
It is better to buy Encarta Reference Library, because it has more text and features (Atlas and so on). I have reviewed it if you want extra information. The system requirements are about the same.

5-0 out of 5 stars Encarta 2004 versus Britannica 2004
I have bought both Encarta and Britannica for years (EB in printed edition too: 32 volumes, 32.000 sheets). This is my opinion in brief: Encarta is excellent in all aspects, but Britannica's authoritative text (sometimes outdated) makes interesting to buy both.
TEXT: Britannica is a superb encyclopedia in text (not in visual aid) since 1768 (you know: an article by Einstein and so on...). Text in electronic version differs from printed encyclopedia (very large articles have been shortened). Britannica claims that it has more items than Encarta, but this is a joke: articles like "Mexico" are only one (with a lot of subdivisions) in Encarta, while in Britannica subdivisions are unconnected, and you must "jump" from one subdivision to another, which is slow and very annoying, especially if you want to copy it in "WORD". Very often, the text is not updated.
In the other hand, Encarta's text is not bad at all. Most articles have the name of their contributors (professions, works...): They are not John Doe. You can find large fragments of literary works, literature guides, a lot of sidebars and thousands of quotations. "Encarta Africana" is included. The Pop-Up (double clicking a word) Dictionary and Thesaurus has sound for correct pronunciation (by the way, it can read aloud, with a robotic and ugly voice, a whole article). The "Translation Dictionaries" to Spanish, French, German and Italian must be improved, because they are minimal. It gives you a lot of "Internet links", even if you are not connected. With Britannica you must be "on-line" and it searches in an EB Web page.
In theory you can update Britannica over the Internet free for a year quarterly (4 times), but this does not work: You can not find new files. Encarta can be updated free EVERY WEEK with new articles and additions or corrections to the old ones (till October 2004). With Encarta updating really works. Technically, is amazing to see the changes in old items.
ATLAS Britannica has not a real atlas; only a worlds map whose maximum detail is the States of USA. Statistics are very poor. Encarta's Atlas is like another encyclopedia, with a great detail (1 cm/ 4 km all over the world) and 20 types of atlas presentations (statistical ones can be counted by dozens). If you look a geographical article (city, river...) you can see in a corner where it is placed and, with only a click, open the atlas. In articles of cities, if you are on-line, you can see in another corner the weather of this place in that moment. If it is a USA place, you can read the latest news.
MULTIMEDIA: They say that "serious" or "adult" readers do not care about "pictures"; that multimedia is only for kids. I do not agree, because I think that, sometimes, "A picture is worth a thousand words". Works of art, anatomy, historical maps, diagrams ... Encarta devastates Britannica with a lot of photos, paintings, drawings, charts & tables, animations, interactivities, videos, music and sounds, pictures, 2-D and 3-D virtual tours, 360-degrees views, timeline, games... It is not only the quantity and quality. It is the easy access you have to all the multimedia, and that text and multimedia are fully integrated. Britannica is not really multimedia. It has photos and videos, but they make the program slow and sluggish. They should edit an alternative version with only text, as they did with the first edition in 1995. It worked fast and easy in old computers.
INTERFACE AND PERFORMANCE: This is the worst side of Britannica. With Encarta you only have to type a word or the beginning of a word to see all the articles and multimedia that contain it. If Encarta does not find anything, it gives you automatically alternative spellings. Even if you write the name of a small village lost in any country, you see it in the atlas. If you need to copy text or pictures, the integration with Microsoft WORD is perfect. It has additional ways to find content, including subject or multimedia browsing, "related articles" and the standard A-Z method. The "Research Organizer" is very helpful too. Encarta's TEXT FONT is very clear (Britannica's...) and you can choose 3 sizes.
Navigating with Britannica is different. 2004 edition is better than 2003 one, but still it is disappointing. I will only give you an example: if you do not know the exact and correct spelling of a name or word, it does not help you with similar spellings (unless you open a window and fight with it). As I said before, the program's performance speed is very slow and sluggish, and it must be dramatically improved. To go "back and forward" you do not find any icon and you need to open a "menu".... One "pro" for Britannica: they say it works with Macintosh.
I repeat my modest piece of advice: Encarta is excellent in all aspects, but Britannica's authoritative text (sometimes outdated) make interesting to buy both.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good in a Very Microsoftish Way
Encarta is good. It is very easy to use. It has a web site that a registered user could access. Its world map is far superior than the Encyclopaedia Britannica's. However, its contents are sometimes not that good.

For example, I searched "John Rawls," a prominent moral and political philosopher, today. Its first line reads:

[ Rawls, John (1921-), American moral and political philosopher, whose major work, A Theory of Justice, has had a profound impact on ethics and political theory since its publication in 1971. ]

For God's sake, Rawls died on Nov 22, 2002. It's March 21, 2004 today. And Encarta, which supposedly should be updated weekly, did nothing to correct this mistake. ... Read more


107. Microsoft Encarta Reference Library 2005

our price: $59.99
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Asin: B0002CPBV4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
Sales Rank: 1833
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108. Encyclopedia Britannica 2000 Deluxe

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Asin: B00002DF0V
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Broderbund
Sales Rank: 6922
Average Customer Review: 2.08 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Discover the world's most authoritative and comprehensive source for knowledge. Gain access to a wealth of information by using the sophisticated user interface that provides a more productive research experience. Includes the complete text of the 32-volume Britannica print set, the 1999 Britannica Book of the Year; Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary; more than 83,000 articles; maps; photos; and more. ... Read more

Reviews (13)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Encyclopedia
Britannica worked flawlessly on my computer and helped me write many reports with the help of the Research Assistant. The articles were in depth and interesting. Compass and Analyst helped with visual aids as did the timelines. Overall, Britannica was very easy to use.

1-0 out of 5 stars Do NOT buy this software.
Britannica is now owned by . . . (are you ready?) . . . Matell Interactive. And this product shows it.

I have tried two separate versions of Britannica (most recently the DVD version) and neither one loaded properly. Thinking that there must be something wrong with me or my machines, I went to the reviews at www.cnet.com, a website frequented by knowledgeable computer users, and found that a lot of other users were experiencing the same frustrations.

A real software company would post a downloadable fix, but if you go to the Britannica website (www.britannica.com), you won't find one. There are two possible explanations: (1) the software is so defective that Mattel has not been able to develop a fix, or (2) they don't care. Either way, buyers end up on the losing end.

2-0 out of 5 stars Extremely irritating interface
The user interface for the Brittanica has gotten worse in every year since the first CD-ROM version was isssued. Too many bells and whistles, all of them amiguously named and idiosyncratic in operation. The current version has irritated me so much that I unistalled it and went back to using the 1997 version, which has a very simple interface using Netscape 2.0. The material the encyclopedia provides is still excellect, but it is very difficult to find what you need.

3-0 out of 5 stars It is a decent encyclopedia. But it is not great.
Encyclopedia Britannica(ECB) offers a decent quality of information for a low price. In fact, I do not know any beter computer encyclopedia for the price. However, ECB program has some serious usability problems and is weaker than the printed verison of Britannica.

1-0 out of 5 stars Britannica 2000 is problematic
At first, Britannica 2000 CD worked reasonably well. However, now, it does not work at all. It hangs during application start-up. I suspect it has a problem sharing one or more DLLs with other applications, since there was an update to Britannica 1999 to resolve a similar problem. The excellent content is of NO value if you can't access it (and I can't). ... Read more


109. Random House Webster's College Dictionary
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Publisher: Topics Entertainment
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110. Encyclopaedia Britannica Homework Essentials Plus 2004
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Publisher: Pearson Software
Sales Rank: 2821
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  • An engaging, fun, educational environment for kids
  • Online learning games for reading, math, science, and social science
  • Britannica Student Encyclopedia and Britannica Elementary Encyclopedia
  • Merriam-Webster's Student Dictionary, Thesaurus, and World Atlas
  • For ages 7 to 18; grades 2 through 12

111. Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia (Jewel Case)

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Asin: B00003IE8J
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Softkey Incorporated
Sales Rank: 4419
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The best CD encyclopedia
I've used Encarta (has errors) Grolier's (crashes) and Collier's (have to use Netscape as the interface). Compton's beats them all. It's search function is the best. It finds relevant topics with out finding a lot of irrelavant topics. But where it shines is that it has a lot of upto date information and isn't loaded down with useless 3D multimedia junk that adds no value to the encyclopedia. The fancy graphics in the other brands are pretty to look at but that's about all you can say about them. Compton's has by far been the most helpful for my childern's school work. Now it's the only encyclopedia on our computer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia
Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia is a wonderful encyclopedia. It provides a wide variety of information. It even provides an astrology game! ... Read more


112. Universe 3D
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Publisher: Mega Systems
Sales Rank: 5395
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Explore and learn about planet Earth and the cosmos with this four-CD-ROM set. Universe 3D takes users on a multimedia tour filled with authoritative information about the Earth we live on and the universe we live in. Learn everything about the universe through 3-D animations, audio explanations, and more than 250 detailed illustrations. Experience how stars are born and how suns burn out. Peer into black holes and take a look behind the veil of cosmic mists, which hide the secrets of the universe. Games and exercises are available to test knowledge and monitor learning progress. ... Read more


113. Mosby's Medical Encyclopedia

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Asin: B00003IELW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Softkey Incorporated
Sales Rank: 1934
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Mosby's is one of the biggest names in American medicalreference. For 75 years flu victims in Fresno, syphilitics in Seattle,plague carriers in Peoria, and hypochondriacs in Hackensack have beenchecking its authoritative pages for the right terms, drugs, andtreatments to go with their conditions. And now it's been made eveneasier to scope out your symptoms with the one-disc Mosby's MedicalEncyclopedia CD-ROM, containing just about all there is to know inthe field of contemporary medical expertise.

The format is admirably clear. A column on the left of the screenindicates the various available sources on the disc. Click on each toaccess the subsection you want. Most useful is perhaps the encyclopediaitself, which gives plain, lucid, informative definitions of some20,000 medically related terms. Below the encyclopedia is a very handydrug guide, affording the scientific background and uses ofmultifarious pills, medicines, and remedies, from ibuprofen toIntaferon, temazepam to Tixylix. Equally interesting is the humanatlas, which diagrammatically maps nervous, lymphatic, muscular, anddigestive systems, amongst others. The on-disc Internet guide, whichlinks you to pertinent Web sites and apposite net addresses, is prettycool too.

In fact, there's so much information here it might prove slightlyoverwhelming for the layman, and in some ways the CD-ROM is aimed asmuch at professional users as the needy family or inquisitiveindividual. But for those willing to swallow the odd technical term,it's still pretty hard to think of a better single-disc medicaldictionary on the CD-ROM market. --Sean Thomas ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Med. encyclopedia
Mosby's Medical Encyclopedia is the best by far! It has really helped me understand the anatomy of the human body. It is real simple and complex to read. I am a student at Methodist Hospital School of Nursing; it is a brillant piece of craftmanship. ... Read more


114. Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
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Publisher: Multimedia 2000
Sales Rank: 1678
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Could be better, but it does work with MS Word
Definitions not as subtantive as I was expecting. However, the program intergrates well with my MS on 2000 O/S and XP Platform. I believe some are having problems because they may not be following the wizard closely and downing loading those specified files into the "START" file of the Word program.

1-0 out of 5 stars The poorest excuse for a dictionary
My excitment went vanished merely five minutes after installing this software. And I immediately uninstalled it and tossed the CD's into the trash bin without a second thought. One gets the idea who much aversion this thing incurred in me.

Before the purchase of this title, I had been using a very old CD Rom version of the American Heritage Dictionary for five years. And during that fives years, I made great use of it for the contents were no tenuous matter. However, one must say that the features of the AHD CD Rom were also dated - I had it installed on win 95, then win 98, and lastly win xp. I thought it was time that I opted for a more up-to-date software.

Now I shall list all my disappointments in the Random House CD Rom and juxtapose them with the amenities of the ancient AHD CD Rom which still serves me after five loyal years:

1. Random House gives no synonyms nor anonyms -- which the AHD has them convenient at one's disposal via a split window, that is, if one chooses to have the window split in such way. The lack of thesaurus is quite fatal.

2. Random House gives no word origins -- while the AHD presents them in profusive details. One cannot regard a dictionary without word origins a serious reference. In fact, I myself quite rely on knowledge of history of words to remember word meanings and to use them in the suitable contexts.

3. Random House gives frugal usage examples -- whereas the AHD holds many more though I should like to see even more; the special usage notes frequently found in the AHD are so extemely helpful if one wishes to learn the subtlest shades of meanings between words and so to use them in the most proper manner.

In the end, the interface and features of Random house did not strike me as 2000 (thus indicated the copyright on the package) -- it did not set itself much ahead of the AHD, if it was indeed being somewhat advanced at all (I care to name two: color coordination and bookmarking -- I can live without these but cannot fare well without the key features above).

* N.B., the above mentioned AHD was copyrighted in 1995 and came on a CD Rom formatted for win 95 or win 3.1 (archaic but so timeless still!). And I am yet to invest in the most recent version of the AHD which I feel compelled particularly after this experience of failure.

Until then.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not compatable with other apps.
The biggest let down is that you can't access the dictionary from any other programs or the web. The company claims it integrates with ms word, but I just receive errors when it tries to work with ms word. Also, you can't paste a word you want to look up into the search box you have to type it in instead -which takes more time. The definitions are shorter than I was expecting. I do not recommend this product.

3-0 out of 5 stars Does not play well with MS-Word
I really bought this CD to complement MS-Word that does not have a dictionary. I installed the program to a Win98 machine that has Word 97. It managed to place a button to the Word toolbar. The very first time that button is pressed, it displays an error message but launches the application and works fine. Then, I uninstalled it, and, installed it to my Win XP machine with office XP. This time it was a complete failure: no buttons or access to the application from MS-Word. As a conclusion, this is a fine dictionary but it does not play well with MS-Word !

4-0 out of 5 stars Good program, but...
I used an older version of this program for years and actually prefer it for it's cleaner interface and simpler functionality. Still, this is a good no-nonsense program that gets the job done. One disappointment was that I use both PC's and a Mac and bought this update because the CD has both versions. Alas, the Mac version isn't written for OS X, so you have to run it as a Classic app, which to me is like running Windows 95 stuff under XP. I didn't even bother to install it. The PC version is fine though. ... Read more


115. Encarta Reference Lib 2002 (Large Box)
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Publisher: Microsoft Software
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116. MOBILE SYSTEMS Oxford Concise Medical Dictionary

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

117. English/Spanish Talking Dictionary

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Publisher: Riverdeep - Learning company
Sales Rank: 6962
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars English/Spanish Talking Dictionary
I'm not sure to recommend this product because I couldn't use it. It doesn't work with windows 98.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not for the beginner
This software is easy to use, but not for the Spanish beginner. It is truely just a translation tool and does not even contain all words in the spanish language. You can see the tense of several verbs, but you cannot type in a phrase, it is a single word translator. If you are new to the language, spend your money on something with sentence structure & better vocabulary. ... Read more


118. Encyclopedia Britannica 2003 Almanac (Jewel Case)
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119. Instant Dictionary and Thesaurus
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This software suite provides you with an efficient and contemporary method of accessing essential reference sources right from your computer. It bundles three complete programs: Webster's New World Dictionary & Thesaurus, the New Millennium Encyclopedia, and The Visual Dictionary.

With Webster's New World Dictionary & Thesaurus, all you have to do is click on a word to find its definition and a handy list of synonyms. Its smart search engine lets you search words without knowing the exact spelling, and its spell checker database is fully expandable. With over 500,000 definitions, synonyms, and antonyms--and a bonus of ready-to-use letter templates--this state-of-the-art dictionary and thesaurus is guaranteed to exceed expectations.

The New Millennium Encyclopedia is the ultimate home reference, containing eight authoritative works: Webster's College Dictionary, Roget's Thesaurus, Webster's Quotationary, Webster's Biographical Dictionary, Webster's English Language Desk Reference, The 1998 World Almanac and Book of Facts, Simon & Schuster World Atlas, and The NASA Chronicles. This suite was designed for students, families, businesses, writers, and researchers and contains a variety of search options and gives you the ability to download and install more books on the CD's search engines with the installed Versabook Library Builder.

The Visual Dictionary serves as an easy-to-use, all-inclusive reference source. The program effectively and accurately translates words into English, Spanish, and French. Full-color detailed illustrations identify objects and their component parts, and a powerful search engine lets you find objects quickly. You can also print out and export any of the 3,500 images to other applications. The Visual Dictionary gives you the opportunity to enhance your vocabulary in over 600 subjects. ... Read more


120. The Study of Religion
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Asin: B00009ZL53
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fogware Publishing
Sales Rank: 2978
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Features

  • Learn about 4 major religions: Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism
  • Discover important roles living religions have played in human history and cultural development
  • Discover The Crusades that made several attempts at retaking Jerusalem
  • Find out why Muslims must follow the Five Pillars of Faith
  • Discover Christianity's profound effect on the Western world

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