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121. Merriam-Webster Dictionary/Spellchecker Bundle
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Asin: B00007M0GF
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fogware Publishing
Sales Rank: 8316
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  • This powerful digital dictionary gives you easy access to hundreds of thousands of words -- you'll be uncertain of what word to use, or what its meaning is!
  • Learn the etymology, proper usage and definnitons of unique words, and use them to improve your vocabulary and impress your reading or speaking audience
  • Make sure your writing is always free of errors using the special Spellchecker tool!

122. Eyewitness World Atlas

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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Wow. This is pretty great.
If you have ever looked in a printed Atlas, you will note that for Africa, South America, and SE Asia, the countries are so small you can hardly find them. At least Goode's World Atlas is that way. This software shows each country on a full screen and shows the roads and railroads. If it is a large country such as Argentina, the map of the country is scrollable. When you bring up the country there is an index of the cities and geographic features shown to the left. Scroll down to the feature you want to find and click on it and behold, it is place on the screen and a bright red circle placed around it. That sure beats trying to find it using a magnifying glass and longitude and latitude. Another nice feature of this atlas is that when you select the country from the index, the country is displayed and to the left an index of pertinent data about the country. You can display the monthly temperture ranges in C or F. Monthy rainfall in in. or cm. Number of cars per 1000 population, number of PC's, number of TV's and a wealth of other information. Please note that some of this data such as the number of PC's is not known for all countries.

Do you want to know how far it is from one place to another within a country. Click on the first place and then click on the second and the milage is given. Not bad. I compared the number of place names on the map of Paraguay with the Goode's map of Paraguay. There were 50% more place names and feature names given.

Now for the critique. The interface is a bit bazar. Definitely not standard. When you start up the program, it displays a video of the earth with some unappriate music playing. Gee, who wants to watch a video of the earth to music. I guess some VP must have designed that. I sat there staring at the thing for about 10 seconds wondering how I get to the atlas. Finally, I clicked on the video and wa la it took me to the atlas. Now there are no maps of oceans and no maps of territories such as Greenland. This is a real failing for a world atlas. But this write up is for version I. When you try to connect to DK's home page from the atlas, you get a message that the page is no longer available.

Other than the flaws mentioned, this is a great product and vastly better than all but the really expensive--$100 printed atlas. ... Read more


123. Snap! Human Body (Jewel Case)

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  • Complete resource source for learning about the human body
  • Examines biological processes, body systems, and anatomy
  • Stunning 3D graphics and in-depth text
  • Makes learning about the human body fun and easy
  • Great for students, health professionals, and more

124. Microsoft Encarta Standard 2003
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Asin: B000067G65
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Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 3483
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Microsoft's Encarta Encyclopedia Standard 2003 provides a wealthof current information for the entire family. This easy-to-use reference canaccess more than 38,000 up-to-date articles, photos, and illustrations, andhundreds of videos, animations, and audio clips. Encarta EncyclopediaStandard 2003 is the ideal multimedia encyclopedia for everyday use.

Using your active Internet connection, Encarta adds up-to-the-minutearticles and news as it happens while automatically revising existing contentwith its Update Encarta feature. As a result, you're always working withreliable and relevant reference material. Whether doing research or looking forgeneral information, Encarta makes searches easy, plus it adds thousandsof Web links, so you can take your research beyond the encyclopedia. Everyone inthe family will enjoy interacting with the full range of multimedia options,including images, videos, animations, and audio, that make learning moreenjoyable than ever before. ... Read more

Reviews (4)

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

1-0 out of 5 stars Encarta Standard 2003
This software stopped my Encarta Reference Suite 2001 from working and it automatically installs Internet Explorer ver. 6 which made it impossible for me to download images on AOL. I would prefer software that doesn't affect other software that is already installed on the computer.

2-0 out of 5 stars Microsoft Encarta - some pluses and one big minus
If you are a serious user of reference books and you intend to buy multimedia encyclopedia because of its text content and not multimedia features such as videos and animations, you might be interested in this brief comparison between Microsoft Encarta and Encyclopaedia Britannica (in both cases I've been trying 2002 Standard Edition).

Some of the Encarta's pluses
Characters display
Encarta displays practically all foreign characters correct (e.g. Slovenian and Czech c with a circumflex, other Central European characters, Portuguese a and Spanish n with a tilde, French e with a grave accent, etc.) while Britannica doesn't. Two concrete examples: in Britannica a Croatian writer Senoa (S with a circumflex) is listed in the very beginning of the A-Z list, and a great Slovenian poet Preseren (again s with a circumflex) is almost imposible to find though he's listed in the Britannica A-Z. A fact that Encarta doesn't list those two men of letters at all is another story (see One big Encarta's minus at the end of this review).

Interface
Encarta has much more user friendly interface than newer versions of Britannica. In Britannica it's obviously designed for the extinct 14" monitors. Find tool in Britannica has its own window. Therefore you have to make more clicks to choose an article and read it than in the case of Encarta. Thousands of additional clicks mean a lot of extra time.

Multimedia content
It's also a (big) plus for Encarta, but for an adult user of encyclopedias multimedia isn't the most important feature.

One big Encarta's minus
Articles
Articles in Encarta are usually shorter and less precise than articles in Britannica, not to mention the overall number of articles (Britannica beats Encarta, especially its Standard Edition) And finally: there are more mistakes in Encarta than in Britannica.
One of the big blunders (in both encyclopedias!) is a false information that Slovenia, a Central European and Alpine country, lies on the Balkans, though the northern border of this peninsula is (in Encarta) correctly described as a line Upper Sava River - Rijeka. Slovenia lies north of the Croatian seaport Rijeka and doesn't belong to the Balkans neither geographically or politically!

My advice
Probably the best decision is to buy both Encarta and Britannica (of course not necessarily the same year; in my opinion Britannica is the one who should wait until its interface is improved - or even reversed to its '98 version). It may be very useful to have two different sources of information - not only for researchers and students.
If you don't mind about multimedia features and if you'll use multimedia encyclopedia as an authoritative source of facts and information only, you'll probably prefer Britannica. But keep in mind that even in Britannica there are some small and big mistakes (and that its interface and character display aren't as user friendly as in Encarta).

PS
I actually gave Encarta 3-4 stars for its interface and 1-2 stars for its contents.

4-0 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. ... Read more


125. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary/Spell Checker Bundle (DVD)
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Asin: B00007LB5C
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Navarre(Software)
Sales Rank: 12792
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126. Reference Manager 11 NETWORK5U Workstation

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Asin: B0001OLW4I
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Publisher: ISI RESEARCHSOFT
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127. Webster's 2002 Encyclopedia Platinum Edition
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Asin: B000066JSJ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Multimedia 2000
Sales Rank: 7439
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This special-edition Webster's boxed set offers a virtual library filled with useful information, up-to-date reference tools, and a wealth of science knowledge--from ancient times to the present day. Perfect for the home, school, or office, this five CD-ROM set adds Webster's 2002 Encyclopedia, Webster's Science, Webster's History, and DK's World Atlas to your desktop.

Webster's 2002 Encyclopedia comes loaded with 50,000 articles, 20,000 bios, 12,000 photos, video and sound clips, and more. Webster's Science CD-ROM adds 29,000 entries, 1,000 images, 6,000 quiz questions, and more to your desktop, while Webster's History offers 20,000 history entries, thousands of quotations, and more. Travel to the stars with Journey to the Planets--a thrilling exploration of the solar system with animated fly-throughs of planets and moons, hundreds of photographs, and a space guide. DK's World Atlas with 40,000 data fields completes Webster's reference collection. ... Read more


128. Microsoft Encarta Reference Library 2002
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Asin: B00005MF7T
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 2694
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Students of all ages will revel in the learning opportunities providedby Microsoft Encarta Reference Library 2002. Stepping up and expandingthe successful Encarta encyclopedia tool, this five-disc set offers acomplete 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 the worldatlas with 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 more customizeddocument with notes on your findings and adjustments to the layout. The defaultformat for the report is an HTML file, a convenient feature that allows formaximum 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 (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.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not for Serious Students
I have purchased two earlier versions of Encarta and this is my last. The African American section is denigrating to both AAs and women. Young students have ample opportunity to view video clips of rock concerts and nightclub performers elsewhere. For serious students who need basic information without 2.2GB of distracting trivia, I'd recommend keeping Encarta 99.

The two hours I spent loading this software were completely wasted. I've reloaded '99.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not Suggested, Too Much of Something Is Not Good For You!
I'm a big fanatic when it comes to ease of use, but when it comes to this edition of Encarta I don't see ease of use anywhere, I see problems all the way. How can someone actually think that five cd's is gonna make things run smooth? That's just too much! It's a waste of hard drive space to support this program, I recommend the Deluxe edition, it is enough to give you all the detailed information you will ever need. The program is not bad, but most of the information, will never be looked up or referenced. Too much of something is not good for you and Encarta Reference Library defines that very well!

1-0 out of 5 stars A downgrade from Encarta reference suite 2001
If you own Encarta reference suite 2001, don't bother purchasing the 2002 version. Many features are missing and I was very disappointed after I loaded up the latest version of Microsoft's Encarta.

The 2001 version had catagorized CDs. Two for the encyclopedia, one for the world atlas, one for the dictionary, and one for Africana. This allowed you to load each or any module separately on the hard drive. I always loaded the dictionary module. No longer. Now you can't tell which CD contains what information!

You can no longer load one module (the dictionary or world atlas for instance) on your hard drive without having to load all 5 CDs (over 2 gigabytes!) The 2001 version gave you a full sized window and was feature-rich. The 2002 version gives you a small pop-up window (which is not expandable) with minimal features and very brief definitions. Is this innovation the Microsoft way???

If you can still get the 2001 version do it (this was a 5 star item), stay away from Encarta 2002, it is a waste of your hard earned money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Reference Package!
If you've ever needed to know something and just couldn't find the information, then this product will be great for you. It is frustrating sometimes to try and use the internet to find information, because you have to swim through lots of results, and then how do you know that what you found is accurate? Using Encarta Reference Library, your worries are over. You will be able to look up information that is as accurate as an encyclopedia and cost a whole lot less. This is also more interesting than an encyclopedia, because multimedia features like video and sound clips make learning fun. Travel around the world using the included atlas, look up words using the dictionary, and find accurate facts fast using the encyclopedia. Another advantage of this over a traditional encyclopedia, is that Encarta will stay current! Get the latest information added seemlessly into your encyclopedia! This will work until a set date, when a new version will need to be purchased. Use the fact finder to quickly view information without opening Encarta, and use the researcher to organize everything you've found (including internet sources)! This is a great reference product for the money, and one that will continue to pay you back time and time again! ... Read more


129. M2K Webster's Millennum Platinum Encyclopedia Collection

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Asin: B00007E7ZP
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Manufacturer: M2K
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Features

  • Webster's 2002 Encyclopedia features over 50,000 entries, along with biographies, photos, and audio/video clips
  • Webster's History contains over 20,000 entries that tell you about the world's great moments, along with quotations and cross-references
  • Webster's Science explains all the wonders of science, and test your knowledge with a fun quiz
  • Journey to the Planets features 3D animation and full-motion video that takes you on a tour of the solar system
  • DK World Atlas shows us around the planet earth

130. Consumer Reports to Go Gift Subscription
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131. Webster's Gold Encyclopedia Power Pack 2001
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Publisher: Topics Entertainment
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Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With four high-quality encyclopedias on five CD-ROMs, this box set offers expanded, detailed information and cross-references. In addition to a complete library of reference titles, such as a variety of dictionaries, a thesaurus, atlases, an almanac, and desk references, Webster's 2001 Encyclopedia Power Pack contains a bonus CD-ROM focusing on foods of the world and nutrition.

The four encyclopedias included are The New Millennium Encyclopedia(on two CD-ROMs), The Food Lover's Encyclopedia, The Hutchinson Encyclopedia 2001, and Webster's World Encyclopedia 2001. ... Read more

Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy Power Pack 2001
Aug. 17, 2001 Webster's Gold Encyclopedia, the Food Lover's Encyclopedia, and the rest are apparently no longer being supported with an on-line site. Used to be you inserted the CD, called up the program and then you had a choice of browsing what you had off-line; updating the books, or recipes; or going on-line and browsing there.

I just tried updating, and going on-line with Food Lovers, and the misnamed New Millennium Encyclopedia and got zap, nada, nothing. When I tried contacting tech support listed on the Food Lovers CD, I got the Pearson home page, saying that Macmillian is now Pearson, and there's absolutely nothing there at all about this CD, or any other in the pack.

What a rip-off. We just bought the set a couple months ago, and certainly didn't expect this.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
Two of the cd's froze up on me when I tried to use them. Hoping that there was just something wrong with the copy I had, I exchanged it at the store. My replacement copy did the same thing. Don't buy this encyclopedia. My advice is to buy something more expensive, like encarta. It will be well worth the extra money! ... Read more


132. The Study of Crime
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Publisher: Fogware Publishing
Sales Rank: 1982
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Features

  • 28 volumes covering more than 4,500 hypertext pages
  • Fascinating profiles of more than 600 famous law enforcers and organized crime figures
  • 21-minute multimedia presentation, and a rogues' gallery of more than 1,000 photos
  • Comprehensive multimedia entries on more than 780 historic assassinations
  • More than 1,100 entries that chronicle the 20th CenturyƆs most sensational murders

133. Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia Standard 2002
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Manufacturer: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 6594
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia Standard 2002 offers rich, reliable, up-to-date content. In this multimedia reference work, you'll find in-depth articles, each organized for quick research and enlivened with engaging sights and sounds. From a single search, Encarta brings relevant articles, rich multimedia, and Web links together in one place so you can get your work done faster. Encarta keeps current through regular Internet updates and thousands of Web links selected by editors. Encarta is integrated with live radio, weather updates, and news reports brought to you by MSNBC, letting you learn about current events in real time. You can also copy Encarta Encyclopedia Standard to your hard drive so you don't have to use the CD-ROM. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Dreadful...
I just had a chance to try this software and it was awful. The program kept on freezing. Should have bought encarta instead. This program doesn't really have any detailed information. Most of them are short and without any sort of pictures....

2-0 out of 5 stars Microsoft Encarta - some pluses and one big minus
If you are a serious user of reference books and you intend to buy multimedia encyclopedia because of its text content and not multimedia features such as videos and animations, you might be interested in this brief comparison between Microsoft Encarta and Encyclopaedia Britannica (in both cases I've been trying 2002 Standard Edition).

Some of the Encarta's pluses
Characters display
Encarta displays practically all foreign characters correct (e.g. Slovenian and Czech c with a circumflex, other Central European characters, Portuguese a and Spanish n with a tilde, French e with a grave accent, etc.) while Britannica doesn't. Two concrete examples: in Britannica a Croatian writer Senoa (S with a circumflex) is listed in the very beginning of the A-Z list, and a great Slovenian poet Preseren (again s with a circumflex) is almost imposible to find though he's listed in the Britannica A-Z. A fact that Encarta doesn't list those two men of letters at all is another story (see One big Encarta's minus at the end of this review).

Interface
Encarta has much more user friendly interface than newer versions of Britannica. In Britannica it's obviously designed for the extinct 14" monitors. Find tool in Britannica has its own window. Therefore you have to make more clicks to choose an article and read it than in the case of Encarta. Thousands of additional clicks mean a lot of extra time.

Multimedia content
It's also a (big) plus for Encarta, but for an adult user of encyclopedias multimedia isn't the most important feature.

One big Encarta's minus
Articles
Articles in Encarta are usually shorter and less precise than articles in Britannica, not to mention the overall number of articles (Britannica beats Encarta, especially its Standard Edition) And finally: there are more mistakes in Encarta than in Britannica.
One of the big blunders (in both encyclopedias!) is a false information that Slovenia, a Central European and Alpine country, lies on the Balkans, though the northern border of this peninsula is (in Encarta) correctly described as a line Upper Sava River - Rijeka. Slovenia lies north of the Croatian seaport Rijeka and doesn't belong to the Balkans neither geographically or politically!

My advice
Probably the best decision is to buy both Encarta and Britannica (of course not necessarily the same year; in my opinion Britannica is the one who should wait until its interface is improved - or even reversed to its '98 version). It may be very useful to have two different sources of information - not only for researchers and students.
If you don't mind about multimedia features and if you'll use multimedia encyclopedia as an authoritative source of facts and information only, you'll probably prefer Britannica. But keep in mind that even in Britannica there are some small and big mistakes (and that its interface and character display aren't as user friendly as in Encarta).

PS
I actually gave Encarta 3-4 stars for its interface and 1-2 stars for its contents.

4-0 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.

4-0 out of 5 stars Microsoft EncartaEncyclopedia Standar 2002 by Microsoft
The risen way i order this product is that i like encarta world atlas,so ihope i get the right version to upgade 2001encarta world atlas

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