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1. Starry Night Complete Space &
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1. Starry Night Complete Space & Astronomy Pack
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Asin: B000227SUG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Imaginova
Sales Rank: 130
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Ideal introduction to astronomy
  • Easy-to-use, point-and-click interface
  • 50 interactive guided tours of the night sky
  • Over an hour-and-a-half of original movies about space
  • Bonus 192-page illustrated book included

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, powerful, easy to use
I love this. I've played with several desktop planetarium products including Red Shift, TheSky and even other Starry Night offerings, and this is the one. It's simple to use -- like a web browser, really rich, informative. I'm using it with both my 8 year old and my 12 year old and it's just perfect.

Note that in addition to the basic astronomy software, a thing called Deep Space Explorer is in there too-- it's like an encyclopedia meets a space-ship simulator. Very cool.

All in all, a great value. ... Read more


2. Starry Night Pro 5.0 ( Windows/Macintosh )

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Asin: B0002VRPDM
Catlog: Software
Sales Rank: 1085
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Features

  • Data included on over 70,000 different galaxies
  • Learn basic information for each star, planet or galaxy for in-depth astronomical studies
  • Add your own labels, create your guide and constellations - and add your own personal settings
  • Up-to-date celestial database with customized images and Internet links

3. PhysicsTutor Excalibur
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Asin: B00062PTJ4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Interactive Learning, Inc.
Sales Rank: 1300
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4. ChemTutor Excalibur
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Asin: B00007L5U6
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Interactive Learning, Inc.
Sales Rank: 430
Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

ChemTutor Excalibur is an interactive course that covers chemistry from high school up through the first year of college. Each of this edition's 20 subject areas offers a comprehensive tutorial and quiz section that tests mastery. Structured to enable learning by discovery, the tutorials also add interactivity and immediate feedback that reinforce learning. Students study at their own pace and move freely through the subjects, skipping those they already know. One of ChemTutor Excalibur's best features is a practice-exam section that prepares students for finals, as well as the SAT II Subject Test in Chemistry, the AP Chemistry Exam, and state proficiency exams like the New York State Regents Exam in Chemistry. Reviewed and well received by chemistry faculty and students alike, ChemTutor Excalibur raises grades and test scores, while students learn and have fun with chemistry. ... Read more

Reviews (38)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Program
ChemTutor Excalibur is such a brilliant tool for anyone trying to learn chemistry it is almost unfathomable. With it's practice exams, tutorials, and detailed explanations of every problem, its an extremely helpful learning tool. It helped me study and do well on my test, and be satisfied with my performance, it builds confidence in one's abilities as a chemist, while strenghthening your skills in many aspects of chemistry. In ChemTutor Excalibur, a multitude of material is covered, and the explanations help you understand all the aspects of the problems. ChemTutor Excalibur is extraordinary, and I would reccomend it to anyone, who wants to strengthen their chemistry skills and build confidence!
I was struggling in my Chemistry I class, and I was worried about my upcoming test. I used ChemTutor, and was able to get a good grade, and all my qualms were immediately put to rest. ChemTutor is a wonderfully put-together program, and extremely helpful, and I would again, reccomend it to anyone!!! It is the best, and the most helpful learning tool that I have ever used.

5-0 out of 5 stars ChemTutor Excalibur will help you A LOT!
ChemTutor Excalibur is a easy way to learn and practice your Chemistry skills. With this program, I was able to get a good understanding of the material learned in class. It contains many different problems and questions to answer and explains how to answer them and why. It has everything a chemistry student needs. It helped me out a lot and I'm sure it will help you out too!

1-0 out of 5 stars Careful...this is strictly a computerized pop quiz
Before you lay out serious money for this product, decide what you want from it. I found this program to be useless. It's nothing more then a computerized pop quiz. If you are looking for an engaging, interactive program look elsewhere. FYI, amazon does have a return policy for opened software...I was refunded approximately half the purchase price so I wasn't totally burned. Suggest you save 100% of the purchase price and look elsewhere.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected...
I was totally disappointed with this product...I purchased this for my high school aged son and I when I started going through it myself, I actually felt like a dupe for buying it in the first place. First off, this program it not tutorial by any means and it assumes a fair amount of chemistry background. The haphazard presentation of subject matter is more like a trivia game then a serious approach to learning chemistry. I'm not letting my son touch this software - my opinion only - but I could easily imagine a beginner picking this software up and becoming so intimidated by chemistry as to develop a mental block about it.

5-0 out of 5 stars ChemTutor® Excalibur is excellent
ChemTutor® Excalibur is excellent. It teaches with correct, concise, and marvelously clear explanations of everything you need to know in Chemistry. The diagrams, tables, and definitions that ChemTutor® Excalibur provides are so clear, focused, and well written. They get right to the point and explain concepts better than my slick, overpriced textbook did. I recommend ChemTutor® Excalibur to anyone who is currently taking, or plans to take, a chemistry course. ... Read more


5. STARRY NIGHT Starry Night Enthusiast 5.0 ( Windows/Macintosh )

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Asin: B0002VKR46
Catlog: Software
Sales Rank: 834
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Features

  • Begin learning how to identify planets, stars and constellations like The Big Dipper
  • LiveSky panels shows up-to-date images of the Sun and Earth from ground and space-based observatories
  • Visit new worlds as you blast off and travel 20,000 light years away
  • Detailed star charts available for printing and carrying during your stargazing outings
  • Multiple viewing angles allow you to watch eclipses from other planets, the moon or even the Sun

6. High School Advantage 2006
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Asin: B0007ZF3G4
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Encore Software
Sales Rank: 479
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7. Middle School Advantage 2006
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Asin: B0007ZF3FU
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Encore Software
Sales Rank: 1817
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8. Human 3D Professional Edition (12 CD Set)
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Asin: B0002FG4L2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Mega Systems
Sales Rank: 1588
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Features

  • Anatomy and physiology in a 12-CD-ROM set
  • 2500+ detailed illustrations and 3D models
  • High-resolution graphics and animations
  • Installable onto hard disk; no CD swapping needed
  • For serious students, adults, and medical professionals

9. Chemicus
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Asin: B00006JL48
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Viva Media
Sales Rank: 1233
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Journey to the other side of reality, to a virtual city shrouded in secrecy. Welcome to Chemicus, a land where scientific knowledge from the beginning of time is protected and wields sacred powers. You play as an accidental intruder transported to Chemicus by an ancient amulet. Your unintended presence has threatened the tranquility of this virtual city, and it's up to you--if you dare--to restore harmony before it's too late.

In Chemicus: Journey to the Other Side players gain knowledge and use their intelligence to solve challenging riddles and unlock the city's darkest secrets. Take up the quest for ancient science truths and discover powerful tools; explore science facts and gather essential resources; experiment with chemical elements and discover the ultimate power. Chemicus awaits your return with stunning 3-D movies, riveting animation, more than 2,000 3-D images, exotic landscapes, and mysterious interiors. ... Read more

Reviews (8)

4-0 out of 5 stars Much Better Than Physicus, But...
My wife and I are avid adventure gamers and, to help pass the time until "URU: Ages Beyond Myst" is released later this year, we decided to try "Chemicus". We played "Physicus" a couple years ago and, while we enjoyed it, we both thought that it could have been a much better game if it had tied into Physics a little deeper and if more effort was put into the adventure game design (look for my earlier review).

We just completed "Chemicus" and I can honestly say that this was a MUCH better overall attempt. Nearly all of the puzzles of the game are chemistry-related ranging from the fairly easy and logical to the pretty hard and requiring a hint or two (we peeked into the included walkthrough only a couple of times to get us unstuck).

The greatest improvement over "Physicus", however, was on the game design side. Like "Physicus" the graphics and music are lush and inviting. But, the scope of the game is where "Chemicus" shines over its predecessor. "Physicus" was just a singular environment or location to explore with very few cut-scenes and conveyances to enjoy along the way; both popular elements to a successful adventure game. In "Chemicus", even though the "subway" system was a little on the cheesy and repetitive side, at least it felt like we were transporting between unique locations (thank goodness the space bar forwards you through the animations). Plus, after solving some particularly difficult puzzles, we were rewarded with some nice cut-scenes; the balloon ride over the city being the best one. It wasn't on the same level as the bigger games like Riven and Schizm, but still an improvement.

One thing that "Physicus" did get right and that "Chemicus" fails on, is its link into the "Brain Center", the included chemistry text book. The content of the chemistry text is impressive, although, it looks as if the inclusion of animation and narration of some of the experiments and topics went by the wayside probably due to the added scope of the underlying game. What really annoyed us was the fact that we couldn't follow a link from the particular puzzle we were working on into the appropriate chapters or topics of the textbook. Along the way, you pick up "Knowledge Chips" that add chapters to your Brain Center and I suppose, if you kept up with the reading along the way, the new topics would relate to the new puzzles in the area. But, later on, when we were still working on the puzzle, it was very difficult to find those same topics in the textbook again. Like "Physicus", a link to just the appropriate topics would have been very useful.

Other than that, the game was very well written and designed. The user interface was very intuitive and easy to use. Could have done without the gratuitous, politically-correct diatribes on "greenhouse gasses" and "socially responsible science" that we have come to expect in these games (easy to ignore, though). We just started on "Bioscopia", but it looks as if that one more closely resembles "Physicus" in design and scope, bummer. I hear they are working on a "Chemicus II" game, so once we finish with URU, we will probably give it a go, too.

3-0 out of 5 stars Education and confusion come together in Chemicus
Okay, okay, I had fun. But I was also incredibly frustrated by the set up and "logic" (or I should say lack of logic) of this game and that truly detracted from my enjoyment. I wanted to learn something from this game, but I didn't get the connections half the time!
This game has so much potential for teaching chemistry, but the set up was lacking logic - you don't know what you are supposed to be doing, and you have to go back and forth between the various "stops", never knowing if you have really done what needs to be done. And because you have to go back and forth so much, you have to wait for each area to load when you go to another stop. I tried skipping the animation of the transport zooming through the tube, but it still took a long time for the stop to load. And you want to scream when you click on the wrong button and have to wait twice!!
One example of frustration for us is that you have to melt the ingredients for solder someplace other than the melting furnace before you put it into the melting furnace... How does that make sense? The logic behind why some ingredients are placed in certain places is very foggy, and sometimes you just don't have enough (understandable) information to figure something out, or the information is there but so obscure that you have to be a rocket scientist to understand it.
So you look for help, and all you are given is a walkthrough, when hints would be so much better... and would help you learn why you are doing things. I have thought of making my own hints to pass on to someone who would like to learn something from the game.
I ran Chemicus on a mac running OSX. It had to run on classic, so there were many times when it lagged. Don't know how it runs on a PC.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad for edutainment!
This is great game but it is NOT easily solved. It has Myst like elements where you find puzzles and solve them to move around. The game has a twist where you keep an inventory of items you will need in other areas of the game. The hints that came with the game were helpful..I hated to use them but after getting stuck and not making progress after a few hours I had to take a quick peek to continue. At first I thought it was too easy but then it got hard. If anyone writes otherwise they are not being truthful. I took many chem classes in college and not everything is intuitive in the game. Infact, sometimes you know what to do but the game only lets you do things in order to perform a task and you think that you are wrong (but you're not). You only switch CD's once ever and then you are done. I copied the help file to my computer so I would not have to reference it off of the disk. The only part I did not like was the navigation. If it had not been for that I would have given it 5 stars. . All in all I have zero regrets getting this game. I had just finished playing Myst III and I wanted another same type game. great buy

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Challenging and Quite Lovely
Your friend, Richard, a Chemistry buff, has discovered a strange amulet that, combined with certain experiments, allows him access to another dimension. You are supposed to meet with him to discuss his findings, but discover he has disappeared. It seems the denizens of this other dimension aren't too pleased! They think Richard's visits have upset the stability of their world and are holding him prisoner. Now you must cross the dimensions and prove your friendship by restoring a mysterious "Transmitter Molecule."

_Chemicus_ is a first person game very much in the style of MYST: you are wandering through a virtually empty world picking up clues and solving puzzles. From time to time, as in the MYST series, you might see another person from a distance or receive a transmission from your imprisoned friend, but there is no character interaction. So the draw of this game is not clever, pun-filled scripting, but using close observation, deduction and sheer brainpower to get from point A to point B. There is not very much more story than is given to you in the introduction; to enjoy _Chemicus_ you have to enjoy solving inventory-based mechanical puzzles.

And the scenery, of course. _Chemicus_ is a really gorgeous game. The "Other Side" is depicted as a place enough like our own world to be somewhat familiar, but enough different to give a certain sense of alienation -- again, much like MYST. The buildings and landscapes have a kind of organic texture that I personally find appealing. Unfortunately, there is no 360-degree movement; _Chemicus_ is a slideshow game. That means you're quite limited as to what you can view closely and where you can go. Personally I didn't find that too annoying (my husband hates it!), particularly as this game is so long and full of puzzles. I just didn't feel as put out by not being able to explore more fully as I might have.

Aside from the graphics and the sound -- mainly subtle f/x -- the strength of this game is in the puzzles. Because they are all based on chemistry, there is a logic to them that is often lacking. Some of the puzzles are a bit confusing, but none is arbitrary. It does in fact help to have had a course in chemistry and some math, however. The game provides a "BRain Center" to teach you what you need to know to proceed, but I found that often the information it gave you wasn't quite enough. However, I was pretty astonished at how many of the tasks could be accomplished with no specialized knowledge. In a way, this game helps point out how much we use chemistry in everyday life, without thinking about it.

I had some serious problems running this game, however. Despite having far more than the system requirements and using a full install, _Chemicus_ ran at a frustratingly slow pace. The scene transitions and animations were especially slow; I found them a good place to grab a snack or make a cup of tea. I also had trouble with the game crashing, often when I was accessing the Brain Center. If it hadn't been for those two things, I would easily have given _Chemicus_ 5 stars.

Several other annoyances were minor: games were saved as a list with each game defined by date and time only, so it was hard to tell what each one was. I consider this minor beacuse I don't tend to backtrack much. There was a lot of back and forthing -- inventory was almost never used in the place you found it -- and some of the locations were hard to keep track of. One or two puzzles involved somewhat obscure solutions, aside from the chemistry.

_Chemicus_ comes complete with a PDF walkthrough in case you get stuck. I did have to access this a few times. I didn't really like the way it was set up because, as walkthroughs tend to, it only told you what to do without telling you how. It also presents events in a specific order, which might not be the way you've played, _Chemicus_ being extremely non-linear. And I think it would have been helpful if you could have accessed the help file without totally exiting the game.

Although marketed for "Everyone" _Chemicus_ will probably appeal best to science oriented teens and adults; I don't think it will really appeal to just any adventure gamer. A long game, it took me about 30 hours to complete.

If you like MYST-type games and if you like science experiments, you will probably like _Chemicus_.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love a challenge!
Beautiful graphics, and really hard. This game is not easy, and that's the way I like it! (If you aren't like me, the makers of the game put a walkthrough on one of the CD-ROMs in case you get stuck.) This game is a first-person point & click in the style of Myst. There is a lot of area to cover and a lot of hard puzzles. It ran smoothly, and was hours of fun. For the length of time this game will take you it's also a really good value for the price. I liked it more than it's two predecessors (also good!), Physicus and Bioscopia. ... Read more


10. RedShift 5
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Asin: B0000CC4T8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Viva Media
Sales Rank: 484
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Annoying and frustrating startup.
If you expect to plug the CD in and be up and running some time soon you will become as angry as I was. The installation also involves the loading of a new version of Quick Time and a thing called AIMCtrls along with its setup routine. This is all okay except for the fact that the AIM program was not on the CD. An email to Viva Media sent on a Saturday was answered on Monday instructing me to go to a Red Shift website and download the new version of the AIM thing. What to do with AIM after downloading it was not clearly indicated, but after fooling around with it a while I got Red Shift running-- well, sort of running.

The 'Activation' process (the final step) was carried out in a simple and clear step-by-step manner until the final hurdle was reached, which stated that you must be online to do it-- sorta like giving a tourist directions to a desired destination by telling him to turn left seven miles this side of the dam. Really not a significant problem, but just another little annoyance.

After calming down enough to start running Redshift-5 through its paces, I was pleased to find it to be every bit as good as advertised. It's too bad that Viva Media chooses to make such a bad first impression by inflicting a frustrating start up routine on its customers.

4-0 out of 5 stars Your own superb planetarium ¿ Redshift 5
Your own planetarium - Redshift 5

These days, it is difficult to keep up with other keen amateur astronomers without resorting to the Web, some discussion groups and planetarium software. One of the most successful and versatile software programmes available is Redshift and at a price of less than £30 it is amazing value.

Redshift was first launched 11 years ago and has been developed over the years into the current Version 5 which is a very versatile and stylish and well organised on screen: the overall impression it conveys bears comparison with Encarta, for example.

It is, above all, focused on being a planetarium programme to enable users to study aspects of visual astronomy and it is invaluable for learning about the heavens and for planning and carrying out observing sessions. There are orrery views and guided tours and tutorials and other aids for beginners.

The scope of Redshift is mind-boggling - it covers 20 million stars, 100 moons, 50,000 minor planets, 1500 comets, ... and provides access to the Hipparchus, Hubble and Tycho2 catalogues, amongst others. It can also be updated online, although it remains to be seen how much after-sales support can be provided by the software house, given the low price of the product.

It runs extremely well on my Pentium III, 600MHz PC and Windows 98 and I have only encountered one or two random glitches but these have been minor irritations and have not repeated themselves anyway. It is also a bit irritating to have to run the programme with the CD in the drive. One other drawback is a rather specialised one; users of robotic telescopes will find they cannot link them to Redshift. On the other hand packages, such as "The Sky" cost much more.

The great thing about planetarium programmes, such as Redshift, is that you can set them up so that you view the sky, or objects from wherever in space you want to site your mind's eye. Thus you can look at Saturn's rings from Saturn or the Solar sustem from Vega or Andromeda, .... More typically you set up the software for the location of your back garden, including altitude, and pan around the sky in a virtually limitless choice of space and time; zooming into great detail where required.

From my point of view, now Version 5 of Redshift is available it is an excellent programme. I like the way in which it has been enhanced to make observing sessions much more productive. The sky diary warns you of upcoming events such as meteor showers, eclipses, etc and you can access charts which pinpoint the best possible times to observe and, say, on what day and at what time is Saturn going to be at its highest elevation this year.

To help you find objects in the real sky, you can print out sky charts to virtually any degree of zoom and scale. If you have a laptop, (I got a Dell Latitude 500MHz PIII for £350 recently), you can use it to great effect alongside your scope. To make things easier, Redshift have now provided a "night observing mode" which dulls the screen to preserve night vision and you can flip the screen to whatever angle that matches your telescope setup.

Overall, I regard this as probably the best all-round "buy" - in short a "must-have" astronomy package - and one which provides wonderful scope for armchair and field observing and fascinating opportunities for leisure and education.

Mike Whitecross

5-0 out of 5 stars redshift 5
redshift is seriously the top of the line for anyone who wants a space program.. i've tried out several others and none can compare! redshift has multitudes of features and a plethora of information that is near impossible to exhuast! before this i only owned redshift 3 and i doubt that i have even looked up everything on that cd by this point, some 4 years later!

redshift is the maximum.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Program.... Shop around, though.
I think this is a really great program for the astronomy enthusiast. I own Starry Night Backyard and I think that RedShift 5 is vastly superior. However, I would go to http://www.viva-media.com and order it. It's $40.00 cheaper than Amazon's price! ... Read more


11. STARRY NIGHT Starry Night Pro Plus 5.0 ( Windows )

Asin: B0002VKR4G
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  • New in-the-field features and equipment checklists to help the serious stargazer
  • Go online for up-to-date images of sunspots, auroras and weather patterns around the globe
  • Upgraded observation and planner logs
  • Navigate and open your saved Starry Night files more easily, through the simple task panel
  • Powerful search tools locate any mapped planets, satellites, comets and asteroids

12. Elementary Advantage 2006
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Manufacturer: Encore Software
Sales Rank: 1987
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13. Middle School Learning System (3 DVD Set)
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Asin: B0002FC9IO
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fogware Publishing
Sales Rank: 1605
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Features

  • Develop critical learning skills for better academic performance
  • Learn advanced math concepts with pre-algebra 1 and 2
  • Advanced science lessons teach kids about the world around them
  • Expands understanding of the world with history and geography
  • Improves communication skills with reading and literature lessons

14. National Geographic Presents: RedShift 5
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Publisher: Topics Entertainment
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15. Magic School Bus 3-CD Pack Volume 2
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Asin: B00009XFRG
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Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
Sales Rank: 1099
Average Customer Review: 3.56 out of 5 stars
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  • Travel to exotic locales with Ms. Frizzle and the gang
  • 3 educational games: Dinosaurs, Inside the Earth, and Solar System
  • Ages 5 - 10

Reviews (9)

5-0 out of 5 stars $16.99, That's All?
Three selections for $16.99!! Not a better bargain out there! Parents this is a steal... Your kids will have you wanting to learn while they explore these three selections. Promise you!

Whales, dolphins, volcanoes and Mars? Turn of the Cartoon Network and turn on your kids to something worthwhile!! You won't be sorry!

5-0 out of 5 stars Another gem from Microsoft
I'd like to preface this by stating that my 6-year-old plays this package daily - after his homework. He installed it by himself, so my opinion is that those who say it's difficult to install need to look at their system resources. He loves the graphics, sound and the activities. I once read a review that this package is not user-friendly and I say, baloney. I say this because he doesn't ask for assistance when using this software. All he complains about is not having all the MSB titles. There is no main menu to show you how to navigate through the CD and many of the screens do not feature an "Exit" icon to allow you to exit the program or return to the main menu, but who cares? I want my six year old to figure out these functions for himself anyway.

He is not very PC-savvy but he knows the basics of PC's. And, he does use other software easily. I wonder if some of these negative reviews are making mountains out of molehills. I'm know I'm not overlooking something obvious here - so what's the problem?

1-0 out of 5 stars obsolete software that doesn't work with win2k
these seem like very old titles, written for win/3.1 and possibly working on win/95, but incompatible with the modern microsoft operating systems. out of 3 titles, two failed to install on my child's win2k system at all. one installed, but didn't function right. its graphics are the 10 year old primitive 256 color 640x480 VGA, 2-dimensional and flat. the game's audio wouldn't turn on. i can only guess that the other 2 titles were even more antique. a major dissapointment, because science related titles for small kids are so rare and hard to find!

i have encountered other children's titles that were poorly written for win/3.1 or older versions of windows, and hadn't been updated in 10 years, which wouldn't install or run right under win2k, but these are titles published by microsoft itself!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars great games
i ordered all the bonus packs (6 total software titles). and my 5 year old son loves them. they entertain him for hours. so much learning and fun on so many subjects! i highly recommend them.
that said, lets get on the the technical part. i had a lot of trouble getting them to install. some of them froze up. some of them wont autorun. and the Animals one we have never been able to play at all. it is like it "half installed". says it is there in programs. but wont open no matter what. so try to uninstall or reinstall and that wont work either. i have sent it back to the manufacturer and havent heard from them yet. my computer is almost 2 years old with windows ME and lots of ram, memory, big hard drive. and even some graphic upgrades done recently. even tried it on someone else's comp with same results.
but i still say the problems i am having are worth the fun my son is having with 5 games. and he doesnt even know there is a 6th game he hasnt been able to try yet.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is how learning should be - FUN!
Our 5 yr. old son plays these games for HOURS (if we let him). He loves them so much that "computer time" has become a treat for him when he has earned a reward. These cds are packed with great information, which is presented in lots of fun and challenging games. Even "Dad" enjoys them. AND they are not as annoying/loud/hyper as many of the computer games that we have come across. You will be amazed how fast and how much your child will learn! ... Read more


16. Educator's Choice Math and Science Excelerator Grades 3-6
list price: $29.99
our price: $19.99
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Asin: B00008NRU2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 631
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Amazon.com Product Description

Teachers agree: learning is easy when you're having fun. That's the spark behind Math and Science Excelerator Grades 3-6, the four-CD-ROM set of premium software titles combining amusement and education in one motivationally interactive package.

Stuffed with more than 130 individual lessons and over 100 games and activities, this educational suite for pre-teens delivers endless hours of exciting learning adventure, ensuring the acquisition and retention of intermediate, real-world meteorology, astronomy, and mathematics skills. Whether soaring through--and identifying--the clouds with their fearless feathered friend, Mango, or calculating a deep discount while bargain shopping, curious youngsters will grow with confidence as they immerse themselves in these challenging activities, which adjusts to their rising proficiency level.

Specific bundled software titles include: GeoSafari Knowledge Pad Math: Multiplication & Division (where kids master core mathematics operations while playing the colorful array of gently encouraging drag-and-drop learning games overflowing with photos, illustrations, lights, and sounds), GeoSafari Knowledge Pad Math: Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages (which ramps up one's practical skill level while maintaining the drag-and-drop facility of fun-filled, sights-and-sounds learning), Mango Plumo’s Space Adventure (in which kids blast off in a custom-built rocket on a journey through planets, galaxies, asteroids, and comets to gather Cosmic Eggs), and Mango Plumo’s Weather Adventure (in which kids aged 5 to 10 are invited to explore meteorological phenomena as they soar up, up, and away with the help of a brave little red-winged bird and his mentor, the gracious Professor Funnybone).

World Meteorological Organization describes the package as "educative, sound, and very playful," and it bears the National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval. ... Read more


17. Magic School Bus 3-CD Pack Volume 1
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00009XFRF
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 1786
Average Customer Review: 3.56 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Travel to exotic locales with Ms. Frizzle and the gang
  • 3 educational games: Animals, Bugs, and Rainforest
  • Ages 5 - 10

Reviews (9)

5-0 out of 5 stars $16.99, That's All?
Three selections for $16.99!! Not a better bargain out there! Parents this is a steal... Your kids will have you wanting to learn while they explore these three selections. Promise you!

Whales, dolphins, volcanoes and Mars? Turn of the Cartoon Network and turn on your kids to something worthwhile!! You won't be sorry!

5-0 out of 5 stars Another gem from Microsoft
I'd like to preface this by stating that my 6-year-old plays this package daily - after his homework. He installed it by himself, so my opinion is that those who say it's difficult to install need to look at their system resources. He loves the graphics, sound and the activities. I once read a review that this package is not user-friendly and I say, baloney. I say this because he doesn't ask for assistance when using this software. All he complains about is not having all the MSB titles. There is no main menu to show you how to navigate through the CD and many of the screens do not feature an "Exit" icon to allow you to exit the program or return to the main menu, but who cares? I want my six year old to figure out these functions for himself anyway.

He is not very PC-savvy but he knows the basics of PC's. And, he does use other software easily. I wonder if some of these negative reviews are making mountains out of molehills. I'm know I'm not overlooking something obvious here - so what's the problem?

1-0 out of 5 stars obsolete software that doesn't work with win2k
these seem like very old titles, written for win/3.1 and possibly working on win/95, but incompatible with the modern microsoft operating systems. out of 3 titles, two failed to install on my child's win2k system at all. one installed, but didn't function right. its graphics are the 10 year old primitive 256 color 640x480 VGA, 2-dimensional and flat. the game's audio wouldn't turn on. i can only guess that the other 2 titles were even more antique. a major dissapointment, because science related titles for small kids are so rare and hard to find!

i have encountered other children's titles that were poorly written for win/3.1 or older versions of windows, and hadn't been updated in 10 years, which wouldn't install or run right under win2k, but these are titles published by microsoft itself!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars great games
i ordered all the bonus packs (6 total software titles). and my 5 year old son loves them. they entertain him for hours. so much learning and fun on so many subjects! i highly recommend them.
that said, lets get on the the technical part. i had a lot of trouble getting them to install. some of them froze up. some of them wont autorun. and the Animals one we have never been able to play at all. it is like it "half installed". says it is there in programs. but wont open no matter what. so try to uninstall or reinstall and that wont work either. i have sent it back to the manufacturer and havent heard from them yet. my computer is almost 2 years old with windows ME and lots of ram, memory, big hard drive. and even some graphic upgrades done recently. even tried it on someone else's comp with same results.
but i still say the problems i am having are worth the fun my son is having with 5 games. and he doesnt even know there is a 6th game he hasnt been able to try yet.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is how learning should be - FUN!
Our 5 yr. old son plays these games for HOURS (if we let him). He loves them so much that "computer time" has become a treat for him when he has earned a reward. These cds are packed with great information, which is presented in lots of fun and challenging games. Even "Dad" enjoys them. AND they are not as annoying/loud/hyper as many of the computer games that we have come across. You will be amazed how fast and how much your child will learn! ... Read more


18. Elementary School Success 2005

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Asin: B0002QNDGU
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 3232
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Features

  • Build kids' confidence in their math skills with 3D adventures that teach about operations, decmals, word problems, logic, graphing, measurement and more
  • Get a headstart on reading, writing and speaking English proficiently with full Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary and Usage & Style lessons
  • Journey to the center of the Earth or to the Milky Way, with Science modules for Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology and Zoology
  • Explore the geography and history of our world in multiple Social Studies exercises -Study Cultures Of The World, Geography and the history of the Americas
  • Learn the basics of Spanish through interactive games and lessons

19. Starry Night Pro 4.5
list price: $149.99
our price: $116.99
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Asin: B0000C7FSH
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Imaginova
Sales Rank: 2071
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Everything the experienced astronomy enthusiast needs to explore the universe
  • Enhanced observation planner lets you create detailed lists of targets
  • New observation logs to store notes, times, sky conditions, equipment used, and images on targets
  • Equipment list allows you to store all scopes, eyepieces, binoculars, and accessories
  • LiveSky panel lets you see up-to-date images of the Sun and Earth

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars armchair astronomy as its best
If you are fascinated by the sky, get this software now. I was
amazed by the photo realisitic rendition of the sky map
on the PC. Both the Backyard Edition and Pro Edition are
well worth the price. Many a times I do star watching
on my desk, watch the librations of the moon at high speed
(see the moon wobbling on its axis by zooming and
locking on the moon and running time at higher speed).

Many a day, this is my screen saver, locking on the sun
as it cuts thru the zodiac. Yesterday I watched the transit
of venus across sun ahead of time on my PC.

On my linux, I use xephem (it comes with source code in c),
and on dos I use alw.exe (astromony lab) to generate the almanac.
And finally pscal.sh to generate the moon phases in my
printable calendar (see google for pscal,xephem,alw.zip).

Of course, you can use to identify stars, by using on your
laptop, when you do star watching.

- Mosh http://www.cs.albany.edu/~mosh

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Program For The Telescope Owner!
I upgraded to Pro 4.5 from Backyard 4.0 and I am glad I did! The graphics of this program are better and this program adds the ability to control a telescope (most Meade/Celestron models). You can also add your equipment lists to the program to get apparent Fields Of View (FOV) for your telescope and assorted eyepieces. You can plan your nightly observations by checking the program before you go out so you know what time Jupiter's Great Red Spot will be rotated into view.

This program also tracks satellites, The International Space Station (ISS), and Hubble Space Telescope so you know when will be a good time to go out and watch them pass over head.

It is a great learning tool to begin to understand the constellations, and deep sky objects like nebulas and galaxies.

you have to be sure to load the ENTIRE Quicktime program that comes included on the disk or the program will not operate properly.

also, it comes with a great DVD called Atlas of the Sky which includes over 2 hours of original learning programs about the cosmos.

Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value
Starry Night Pro (SNP)is an incredible software package. I had used used TheSky version IV for a few years (which was 2 1/2 times the cost), and SNP is MUCH easier to use, and offers features that TheSky simply does not have.

It does help to have a pretty good background in Astronomy though, so I could see where someone with virtually NO knowledge on the subject would have a difficult time knowing where to start. Since they do offer more basic versions of Starry Night, I'd imagine that they might be more appropriate for a true beginner.

Some of the highlights: Each time you run the program, you have the option of having the database updated via the Internet, so that all of your satellite, comet and asteroid information is current. This function is very easy... you don't have to go looking for it... it'll ask you at start up.

You can "center" on any object, and zoom in (up to) a high-powered telescopic view. With the object centered in the field, the object will remain frozen in the center of your screen as time elapses, rather than moving across the screen. You can then set the time-step to anywhere from "normal" to 30,000x normal. One of the coolest things to do, is to center Saturn, zoom in until it fills about a quarter of the screen, and then speed the time up... You'll watch in amazement as the planet and it's splendid ring system rotate before you, and the moons dance around the planet.

You can change your viewing location to anywhere on Earth... or for that matter, anywhere in the Solar System --and beyond. Try looking back at the Earth during a Solar eclipse! You'll see the Moon's shadow skirting across the surface. Or, if you set your viewing location on the Moon during a lunar eclipse, you'll see a Solar eclipse FROM the moon. Again, pretty neat.

You can zoom completely out of the galaxy, and look back at the Milky Way so it is no longer a band across the sky, but rather a pinwheel of stars (depending, of course, on which direction you are looking from.) You can also zoom out to the edge of the known universe until all of the galaxies are a faint blob in the middle of the screen.... Zooming IN quickly from this point is also a cool effect.

If all of what SNP did was for "effect" only (in other words, it didn't actually reflect the REAL sky, it'd be worth the money.) But of course, it DOES reflect what you CAN see. What you WILL see. And what you DID see. (Up to several thousand years in the past, and about ten thousand years into the future... just for planning purposes!)

Starry Night Pro is worth every dollar... and more!

5-0 out of 5 stars Verstile intuitive astro program you won't get tired of.
This is an astronomy program that really takes advantage of the high powered graphics and speed of todays PC. There are also many features in the program that are highly useful. Probably the greatest aspect of the program is that it is so practical but yet doesn't limit your imagination. In other words, if you want a session to set up your telescope for astrophotography or to print up star maps, you won't have to change programs later if you want to take a visual ride to some distant star or galazy.

Another excellent feature is the realism. Earlier astro programs would have M31 and an oval in the sky to depict the Andromeda galazy. The earlier program might also have the name or NGC number available. With Starry Night when you zoom in, you get an image that is truly representative of a telescopic view. As you continue to zoom in, it's like changing from your 6 or 8 inch scope to a 25 or 30 inch scope. Go further and you have a view that rivals the best that anyone has ever had the privilage of seeing. Another nice touch is that as you increase the "power" more stars become visible just as they would through a real telescope.

The amount of data in the program is staggering. Point at any star or object and you get multitudes of information. This is also user changeable and the combinations available are practically limitless. If you're not happy with all the known stars down to the 9th magnitude, you can download more to your heart's content. You can even set the program to automatically add new stars in whatever field you choose to explore.

Perhaps one of the most fantastic features of Starry Night is the galactic travel mode. Go to Andromeda and see what galaxies are visible from there. Go to the Virgo Cluster and be surrounded by galaxies of virtually every type, size and brightness. The program does use some generic images in this mode, but all of the messier objects and well known galaxies are shown with realistic representations. In other words, if you go to M81, you will see M82 and if you know what that looks like, you will recognize it.

As I mentioned earlier this program has so much to offer that I really don't have time to mention it all here. Suffice it to say that I was so happy with the program, I wrote emails to the company to praise their work. I got a reply saying thank you and it's nice to know the work is appreciated. It's not only appreciated, I love this program and haven't begun to explore it's limits completely. If you love astronomy and the feeling of awe it can inspire, get this program and you will have that feeling even if the night sky is cloudy.

4-0 out of 5 stars Customer Service Went Home And Stayed There
The program is absolutly super. It has so many great features and is VERY user frendly, so anybody can use it. The manual is done well and is easy to follow.

I have two computers, one with WindowsXP and the other with WindowsMe. The program says you need Quicktime 6.3 or better, and you do. The problem comes when you download the Quicktime 6.3 that comes with the program into a computer with WindowsMe. No matter what, you don't get the full graphics. Where as with WindowsXP you do get full graphics. And they are super.

Also after installing the 4.5.2 upgrade you loose the Contextual Help when you put the cursor over each button.

Full graphics intails all the buttons and different landscapes. If you don't get the full graphics you miss some of the buttons and several features that you wiil want to operate the program. Don't get me wrong, the features and buttons are there, you just can't see them so you have to punch around too find them. Partial graphics only seems to happen with the WindowsMe platform.

Last but certainly not least is the customer support. THERE IS NONE!. Let me repeat, THERE IS NONE! I've tried several times to get questions answered, like the problem with running the program in WindowsME. And also after installing the 4.5.2 upgrade you loose the Contextual Help when holding the cursor over the different buttons. Apparently the company made the program then went home and stayed there.

Soooooo buy the program and enjoy it. It really is super, weather your new to astronomy or a pro. Just don't load it into WindowsMe. And don't bother with Customer Support. And one more thing, the Starry Night Newsgroup is useless.

You will be on your own after buying Starry Night Pro 4.5

I must appoligize to the Starry Night people. After 2 weeks I got a reply from Starry Night Customer Support and they wanted to find out all the specs for both of my computers. So it is a start to fixing the minor problems I'm having. Sorry Customer Support for the bad rap. ... Read more


20. High School Learning System
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B0002FC9J8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fogware Publishing
Sales Rank: 4915
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Features

  • Develop critical learning skills for better academic performance
  • Provides a greater understanding of advanced math concepts
  • Teaches reading, literature, foreign language, and science
  • Helps high-school students achieve higher grades
  • Award-winning software features 56 CD-ROMs on 5 DVD-ROMs

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