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1. Starry Night Pro 5.0 ( Windows/Macintosh
2. STARRY NIGHT Starry Night Pro
$34.99 list($59.99)
3. Writer's Dreamkit 4
$34.99 list($39.99)
4. Route 66 Route USA 2004 (Mac)
$79.99 $74.83
5. Route 66 Route Europe 2004 (Mac)
$94.99 $89.81 list($119.99)
6. Movie Magic Contracts
$26.99 $7.55 list($39.99)
7. College Pro Mathematics
$19.99 $7.29
8. Chemicus
$29.99
9. Junior High Science Bundle
$119.00 $106.95 list()
10. Auralia 2 for Macintosh
$29.99 $19.99
11. U.S. History Bundle
$59.99 list($69.50)
12. Calculus WIZ
$14.87 list($19.99)
13. Adventure Workshop 5: 4th-6th
14. The National Geographic Complete
$12.99 $8.58 list($39.99)
15. College Pro Science
$17.99 $14.88 list($19.99)
16. Deep Space Explorer
$19.99 $17.95
17. Adventure Workshop 5: 1st-3rd
$9.99 $6.92
18. Educator's Choice Middle School
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19. Kaplan Biology And Chemistry Essential
$55.00 list($29.99)
20. Educator's Choice Math & Science

1. 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

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

Asin: B0002VKR4G
Catlog: Software
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Features

  • 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

3. Writer's Dreamkit 4
list price: $59.99
our price: $34.99
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Asin: B00004TYC7
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Write Brothers
Sales Rank: 273
Average Customer Review: 3.05 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

If you're looking for a writing package that provides guidance but isn't overbearing, the Writer's DreamKit package from Dramatica is a great solution. This package is targeted at beginning to intermediate writers, and attempts to get you involved in working out the mechanics of your story before you even begin writing it.

You'll get started with the StoryGuide: the central location for establishing your "storyform" and structure. You can work with the StoryGuide either directly or by creating scenes, but either way, the creative work done in this portion will be tracked and available in all other parts of the application. For the fastest route, you can start with one of three structure templates: novel, screenplay, or short story. In these templates, the essential characters are already created. Using these in conjunction with the StoryGuide gives a writer both efficiency and flexibility.

One of the strongest features of the StoryGuide, however, is the Dramatica Query System. This system offers aquestion and answer approach to storyforming, and allows you to focus on one element, relationship, or idea at a time. In the DQS, the questions may be very straightforward or somewhat indirect; regardless, newer writers will appreciate the help buttons that appear for each question, offering an explanation, the theory behind the question, usage, illustrations, definitions, context, and story examples.

If aquestion and answer bombardment or too much structure is not your thing, you can find relief in the Story Engine, which offers a more holistic and freeform approach to identifying your storyform. The Story Engine does lack help, which makes it more suitable for experienced users, and also looks somewhat daunting on the first few uses. However, it also is the quickest way to get to your underlying structure.

While the Writer's DreamKit is somewhat linear in progression, there are many opportunities to diverge from the standard path. You can create characters, one of the most enjoyable parts of the creative process, at any time. You'll do more than just assign a name and a few stock attributes: you'll build your people from scratch (or from a template) and instill in them the complex characteristics that will guide them through your story.

If you've never taken a creative writing class or are looking to refresh your skills, the Writer's DreamKit definitely offers a great foundation for structuring your story. However, it's still up to you to write your great American novel or the next box office hit. --Emilie Dirks ... Read more

Reviews (21)

5-0 out of 5 stars If you're serious about writing then this is for you!
I've been writing for a while now, and am enrolled in a correspondence course, and although I am learning a lot, this Dreamkit helped me so much more than I could have imagined! It is easy to use, and helps you see where your story is going, and where it needs work. It takes the guess work out of your story. I highly recommend this to anyone who is serious about their writing! The templates are easy to use and understand. The Query system takes you through some questions about your plot, characters and scene structure and helps you consider things you may not have thought of. It shows you your beginning, middle, and end, so that you can get to writing your story faster. It even has a character builder, so you can visualize your characters. The Dreamkit will not write your story for you, but it is of imense help. Move over Writer's Block! The users manual is a bit vague, but half the fun of this was in finding all the goodies on my own! It is fun and easy to use. It is money well spent!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Stressful and irritating format
I found that this program did not help me at all. The format is very irritating and confusing. It is hard to learn to use it and I am a professional computer programmer. Once I did learn it, I found thhere is not much there. It is very limiting and in many ways stifles creative flow.

I would reccomend trying Storycraft instead, which I found to be helpful and user intuitive.

1-0 out of 5 stars Just sit down and write.
Want to waste a lot of time when you could be writing your masterpiece? Buy this "program". Face the facts: There simply is no software that's going to write a book for you or anyone else, including me. I screwed around for several days with this thing. Then I got the final print out of "how" I should write my novel. It was impossible for me to follow the "guidelines" provided. They simply did not pertain to the way I wanted to write my story. I tried to imagine some of my favorite books having been written using the generic guidelines the program produced. It assumes that all fiction novel writing is generic and takes the form that the producer of the program dictates. I feel that each and every successful fiction writer has their own individual writing traits and point of view on how they themselves (not F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Mark Twain, John Grisham, etc, etc) should produce a work of art. JUST WRITE! Don't give up. That's my free advice and it's worth more than anything this software has to offer.

2-0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
When I first ordered the product I couldn't wait for it to come in the mail, but after receiving it I must say I am disappointed. I am a beginner and I have purchased three books on writing and was very pleased with all three of them. So with a brand new Dell computer with a matching laptop, reference books, a good dictionary, and good old microsoft word I was as ready as ready could be to begin my novel. I think I let the word template rope me into this product. I thought a template was a formatted blank form that would get me started and I found this product very confusing and mind boggling. I do not want to discourage anyone from purchasing it but if I had it to do again I would not have made the purchase, however I am thankful that I did not pay a whole lot for it and I will just have to chalk it up to a loss. I have thought about looking into purchasing another product such as this one but why get burned a second time. I think I will stick to the guide books, microsoft word, and my imagination and who knows, perhaps in the future this product may help me but for now I am rather disappointed. I could have made my own template with the books I had purchased. This product was a waste of time and money in my opinion. I didn't expect it to write my novel for me but to do like it said and hold my hand and guide me thorough with a "template".

3-0 out of 5 stars a little stressful
I think I would have been very pleased with this product except for a problem that developed on my computer after I installed the software. I have windows xp and after I installed the software a serious error occured on my computer. I had never had a problem with my computer before I installed it. ... Read more


4. Route 66 Route USA 2004 (Mac)
list price: $39.99
our price: $34.99
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Asin: B00013MS7O
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Route 66
Sales Rank: 477
Average Customer Review: 2.39 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Door-to-door route planning for the United States and Canada
  • Over 7,300,000 miles of road; 4,000,000+ points of interest
  • Over 6,500,000 streets; 75,000,000+ house numbers
  • GPS-compatible; new up-to-date maps
  • Multi-lingual user interface including Spanish

Reviews (18)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Product With Some Need For Improvements
This product isn't perfect, but it's quite good considering this is the first time I've seen it and could not find any mapping software for OS X a year ago.

The interface is a little strange, but once you get used to it, it seems fine.

The detail of the maps seems very good, although some out-of-the-way small towns (with a few hundred people) may have little to no detail. It did, however, find two addresses that Yahoo Maps and MS Streets had no record of, which I thought was impressive.

One thing that most mapping software is horrible at is printing options -- the options for Route 66 I thought were very good.

The redraw speed while *scrolling* (not zooming in/out) was a little slow and could probably be easily fixed with an update that cached surrounding map details better. No matter how much detail I had turned on or what my zoom level was, it never took more than 1.5 seconds to redraw while scrolling. This may depend on how fast your computer is and how much memory you have -- I have 1.1gb of RAM and Route 66 was using 212mb according to "top" (command line resource reporter).

The GPS compatibility is nice, but haven't tried it yet -- I need to find a USB cable for my eMap GPS.

This software is very much worth supporting since I know of no other mapping software for the Mac currently and this software costs $35-$40. In my opinion, it's worth every penny of the $40 I paid for it.

1-0 out of 5 stars 3 thumbs down
i was a user of MS streets and trips, and belive that it was the one thing MS did correctly and i am shocked to say that not only is the mac competition (RT66) lacking, but simply not worth using. RT66 makers should be ashamed and do not deserve to be among mac and its usual integrity.

2-0 out of 5 stars Pretty awful...
I recently switched to Mac from PC and so I'm coming from a background of MS Streets and Trips, and Autroute.

In comparison to the MS offerings, the Rt66 product are, well, kind of a joke. I purchased both the US and European versions (they're the only game in town for Mac.)

The maps are drawn (slowly) in such a way that they are quite unclear. They are also kind of incomplete. It couldn't find my old house (11 years old) only the street. It doesn't even know the 4 year old subdivision I live in exists.

Smaller towns are really hard to find. I searched for Carrie, Idaho (near Sun Valley) and the search engine came up empty. So I scrolled over to where I know it is and finally found the name of the town spread out over a general area and superimposed with another word in the same font.

From an overview position on the map, there was no indication at all where exactly the town was. I knew, though, so I zoomed in on the area. It took until I was at a 2000 foot distance before the streets began showing up. Street names didn't appear until 500 feet. If that doesn't mean anything to you, think about reading a map with your nose an inch from it.

So, in a nutshell, if you know exactly where a town is and are familiar with all the streets, you may be able to find it on their map. How useful...

How did MS Streets do? It found Carrie immediately, displayed it clearly, and showed all the streets from an impressive distance.

Overall, a pretty dismal product. I'm looking into a Windows emulator to allow me to run Streets and Autoroute, but I'm guessing that it'll be too much trouble and I'll just suffer with these. If anyone out there is a programmer--here's a nice opportunity for you...

2-0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
I bought this software because, well, it was the only one available for OS X. This is beta stage software at best - it doesn't tend to crash, but the UI is really poor. It is as if 12 different people wrote different pieces of the program and then tried to cobble them together. Nothing is very intuitive, and things that should be simple are cumbersome. The routes are sometimes often adequate, but not infrequently poor choices or just wrong. For instance, I tried to plot a route from Durham to Salisbury, MD. I had a nearly impossible time 'forcing' it to choose the most logical/shortest/fastest route. It continually tried to send me 100 mi. out of my way. Even when I roadblocked all of the roads it wanted to send me on, it sent me 250 mi out of my way rather than the most direct route.
I hope this software improves. If the company is motivated, it could be the basis for a really good program. However, any company that would put something this haphazard on the market with almost a complete lack of documentation AND no competition is unlikely to put much effort into this. After all, why should they?

In summary, if you need a map program for your mac that has a lot of points of interest, a good database of roads (although poor search engine), GPS input capabilities, doesn't require a CD in the drive, and 35 bucks doesn't seem like too much for slow, unintuitive, occasionally counterintuitive information and interface, go for it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Printing problems!
I must concur with the previous review. The mapping software is really quite good and shows much promise; but there is a major bug in the software. It will *not* print directions - only an overview map of your trip! Very odd. I thought this might be a problem unique to my G4 Powerbook, but I encountered the exact same problem on a desktop and another more up to date Powerbook.

Again, to echo the other reviewer: Route 66 software is on the right track, but this piece of software is *certainly* not past a beta testing stage and shouldn't be offered as a fully functioning, full-priced product.

If and when they iron out the kinks, they'll be cooking with gas. ... Read more


5. Route 66 Route Europe 2004 (Mac)
list price: $79.99
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Asin: B00013MS7E
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Route 66
Sales Rank: 4880
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Features

  • Door-to-door route planning for Western Europe
  • Over 2,700,000 miles of road; 700,000+ points of interest
  • Over 4,750,000 streets; 54,000,000+ house numbers
  • GPS-compatible; up-to-date maps and traffic information
  • Multi-lingual user interface including Spanish

6. Movie Magic Contracts
list price: $119.99
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Asin: B000055ZO2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Write Brothers
Sales Rank: 1442
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7. College Pro Mathematics
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00006AL02
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 1082
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

3-0 out of 5 stars A 3.8 material...
CAVEAT: This is a CONCISE math software which was not intended to replace your textbooks or any other medium of information to study math but rather it was intended to be annexed to your collection of subject. The package brings 4CD's.. College Algebra(1), Pre-Calculus(2), Calculus(3) and Statistics(4) all of which are equilavent in format and display. College Algebra has many topics starting from rudiment algebra(factoring-polynomials-rules for exponents example a^b(c^d)= ac^b+d etc.. to functions-logs-exponential functions-synthetic division-conic sections(equations for geometry objects example Circle equation r^2=(x-a)^2 - (y-b)^2 ..etc now each CD explains its topics in page(s) with a few paragraphs you may run into some words that are highlighted in blue thats for you to click on it for it's terminology if your having a tough time comprehending a word(example..ax^n-1 'a' is the coefficient of the term ax^n-1). Some topics have step-by-step visual with audio and written explanation for the algorithm of a given expression, equation, radical..etc some if not all topics begin with a video to give you an idea of the subject in the 'real world' before you begin to study it and how you can apply it. Of course it has testing to put your comprehension of a given subject.. which each test questions ranges from x-z in questions so the number of questions depends on the topic. The sense of humor in this software is ok for it's educational function. I didn't encounter any problems installing it in my machine(XP) or any problems whatsoever.. I've used this software with another software(Mind Math High School) and textbooks and works well in combination since every other medium approaches different subjects differently don't expect to have a complete rigorous explanation with this software. Overall its a nice software with its limitation on certain subjects.

2-0 out of 5 stars College Pro math
Very dry.. Runs with quicktime which is an older viewer with bug *lots of bugs*. Worked for 2 weeks on XP, then I got internal error message and hardly any support from staff, so far.
not recommended. ... Read more


8. 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


9. Junior High Science Bundle
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B00005UEAB
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fogware Publishing
Sales Rank: 1748
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Amazon.com Product Description

Covering two semesters and containing 12 challenging, interactive CD-ROMs, kids can explore the sciences along with the wonder of the natural world with the Junior High Science bundle. This comprehensive set is sure to delight curious minds, as it contains more than 7,000 images, answers to 1,200 science questions, and some 12 hours of multimedia presentation.

Kids will examine and explore the forces that shape land and sea. They'll observe the natural world, learn about plant and animal classification, and discuss the fundamentals of biology, weather, and ecology. Multimedia presentations and brilliant images bring kids in contact with a coral reef colony, through the life pattern of a tadpole, and into the five kingdoms of life. Kids also adventure through plate tectonics, climate, and even the universe's outer reaches. This thought-provoking collection takes the learning of science beyond mere memorization and into the realm of scientific inquiry, investigation, and discovery. ... Read more


10. Auralia 2 for Macintosh

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Asin: B0001XDVV6
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sibelius Software Ltd.
Sales Rank: 5117
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Features

  • Comprehensive software for ear training and aural tests
  • Hundreds of interactive lessons in 26 topic areas
  • Provides instant feedback; monitors student progress
  • Play or sing answers using a MIDI keyboard or microphone
  • Saves hours of preparation time; suitable for all ages and levels

11. U.S. History Bundle
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Asin: B00005UEAD
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fogware Publishing
Sales Rank: 1712
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Amazon.com Product Description

This comprehensive collection contains 11 CD-ROMs, covers two semesters, and traces the momentous events that shaped the United States of America. Semester one begins with the Jacksonian Democracy, which surveys Andrew Jackson's stormy presidency, and ends with an in-depth look at the stock market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression that ensued. Semester two offers an overview of the U.S. government from 1783 to 1977. You'll follow the U.S.'s transformation from a newcomer on the international scene to a leader in world affairs.

Learn about the difficulties of rebuilding the Union after the Civil War and the efforts of freed slaves to gain equality. See how the West of books and movies is not the West of historical fact. Examine the methods used by the government to acquire Native American lands, the pioneer movement, and more. Explore the unionism of the 1930s. Witness the effects of various reform movements. Chart the involvement of the U.S. in world affairs up to the Kennedy era as you gain an in-depth understanding of what it means to be an American. ... Read more


12. Calculus WIZ
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Asin: B00006LFFV
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Wolfram Research, Inc.
Sales Rank: 3054
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars useful product
I have to disagree with the other reviewer who disliked this product so utterly. I found it valuable for Calculus review using Mathematica. I love Mathematica and I believe the Calculus & Mathematica courses initially offered in 1994 from the Univ. Of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne (they were offered free by the authors way back then) were a great idea to make the study of Calculus very exciting. So I used this product to effectively review.

By the way, it seems the other reviewer is a little prejudicial when he categorizes all business majors in the "for dummies" category.

1-0 out of 5 stars Calculus SLEEZ!
Recommending this product would be like, recommending some one to waste their hard earned money on buying something totally useless. This product only reaffirms the well known basics any calculus student can understand. The hard unknown problems are not listed at all. I won't recommend this product to anyone. I made the mistake of buying this product and you shouldn't DO IT. Not only is this software incomprehensive, it has some hidden features which require extra payment. For ex. if I want an integration, not only will it give me the wrong answer but it also require extra payment for me to integrate questions. The problems listed are example problems in the beginning of any calculus section. What the examples lack is sometimes too little explanation. Perhaps the pictures aren't illustrative enough. Who knows? Maybe you need more examples. Maybe you just want the software to basically solve hardest known problems in the book. But this software will only show you what you already can find out in any text book. After all that, you would atleast expect the product functions properly. NOPE! It crashes the computer and my system requirements are more than adequate. If you ever get a chance to look at some videos made by California Institute of Technology on Trig, Calc Physics, and Calculus. They are a great source of help. If anyone has trouble with Calculus with Business Majors, take Calculus for Dummies. If anyone has trouble with Calculus as Engineer Majors, I suggest you ask a teacher for help or hire a tutor. There is no adequate resource for engineers on Calculus except the textbook which is written in GREEK. Doing simple problems is OK! The problem arises when there are difficult problems something past question number #30 Application problems. There needs to be resource that adequately explains hard problems in a comprehensive manner. I wish there was a product that could comprehensively explains Calculus Projects practically. But this software ISN'T ONE OF THEM! Don't tell me I didn't warn you to stay away from this product! ... Read more


13. Adventure Workshop 5: 4th-6th Grade
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Asin: B0001GU87S
Catlog: Software
Publisher: The Learning Company
Sales Rank: 1691
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Features

  • 4 complete CD-ROM titles for the price of 1
  • Hours and hours of exciting game play and education
  • Includes characters both parents and kids love
  • Plus ClueFinders mystery-adventure novel free inside
  • Fun learning for kids ages 8 to 12

14. The National Geographic Complete 109 Years

Asin: B00002S85V
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Mindscape
Sales Rank: 4212
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (3)

3-0 out of 5 stars REFERENCE LIBRARY OF WORLD CIVILISATION
A reference library in true sense - you can see, scan, read and browse. Only regret I have is that we can't take good prints of the beautiful pictures for which NGS is famous for.

It had been my lifetime dream to possess all NGS issues and to that extent this collection fulfils the requirement. The presentation of the package could have been better - more compact (with 31 CDs the package can be made less than 50% of the present volume), easy to access a particular CD and sturdy. After all the people who buy this collection are not the 'use-and-throw' type of people - they revere and respect the effort that has gone into making it a reality. The hundreds of man-years which have gone into it deserve better treatment.

Another good thing about it is it gives good historical review of technological products like cameras, automobiles and electronics - through advertisements.

1-0 out of 5 stars Major Disappointment
They scanned the pages and then compressed them into JPEGs. Even a top quality laser printer can't help the grey, smeary text output. If you like reading blurred text in a post card size window you'll be satisfied. Otherwise you're better off going to a library. I'm gonna sell my copy or give it away.

5-0 out of 5 stars The World in a Box
Since more than a century the National Geographic Society brings the world to your home. Excellent articles enhanced with beautiful pictures by professional photographers let you glimpse a wide range of topics, from descriptions of countries, towns and villages, over people and animals, to scientific reports. This is certainly one of the best witness of the history of the twentieth century.
Many of these expeditions are actually financey by the National Geographic Society. The writer is always participant and often even the responsible scientist or traveller.
Spanning more than a century it might seem that many article are old. But they are still very interesting since they show worlds long lost to the spread of civilization. Furthermore, it gives the reader insights into the world as it was seen in other times.
The CD-Box compresses this vast knowledge into a small box. The integrated search function lets you find your topics of interest quickly. This is certainly one of America's best products and worth your money and time. ... Read more


15. College Pro Science
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Asin: B00006AL0A
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 2399
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • In-depth study resource of multimedia instructional software
  • Enhanced learning environment for both high school and college students
  • A great tutor or amazing reference source for use alongside coursework
  • Used by over 200 major universities, including MIT, UCLA, Stanford, and Harvard
  • General Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Cell Biology, Beginning Microbiology, Genetics

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5-0 out of 5 stars Yessss!
Finally! 5 CDs to cover classes that aren't easy for most students, such as Chemistry, Biochemistry, Genetics or Microbiology... I used a couple of them for my fall exams and they really helped me getting higher grades, without having to study for weeks. If you're a science major, this suite is a must! ... Read more


16. Deep Space Explorer
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Asin: B0000C0ZC5
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Imaginova
Sales Rank: 3033
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Features

  • Travel anywhere within 700 million light years of Earth; visit 28,000 galaxies and 30,000 stars
  • Starship controls to speed up, slow down, or change direction
  • Full-color images of all planets and their moons
  • Internet database links for more information on any object
  • Identify and highlight galaxy clusters to see how galaxies form groups in intergalactic space

17. Adventure Workshop 5: 1st-3rd Grade
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Asin: B0001GU760
Catlog: Software
Publisher: The Learning Company
Sales Rank: 337
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Features

  • 4 complete CD-ROM titles for the price of 1
  • Hours and hours of exciting game play and education
  • Includes characters both parents and kids love
  • Plus Mighty Math sticker sheets free inside
  • Fun learning for kids ages 5 to 9

18. Educator's Choice Middle School Math Excelerator (Jewel Case)
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Asin: B000067G20
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 2031
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Amazon.com Product Description

Kids learn about everything from polynomials to polygons with Middle School Math Excelerator's Algebra and Geometry CD-ROMs. Students develop math skills through interactive lessons. The Algebra CD-ROM engages kids using high-quality graphics, animations, and live-action video that help them connect with the concepts and make graphing, algebraic equations, variables, and slopes easy to understand and retain. The Geometry CD-ROM provides detailed illustrations and real-life examples of concepts. With five lessons, 24 exercises, and simple explanations that reinforce topics like angles, postulates, and more, your child will learn the fundamentals needed to excel in geometry class. ... Read more


19. Kaplan Biology And Chemistry Essential Review

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Asin: B000056HYM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Encore Software
Sales Rank: 4997
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The Kaplan Biology & Chemistry Essential Review presents core information on these two subjects with an appealing, easy-to-use interface. It covers hundreds of key topics, including photosynthesis, respiration, and molecular conversion. It also includes a complete periodic table, and exercises to build a solid science vocabulary. The practice tests help students track progress and identify areas for further study, and the brainstorming, outlining, glossary, and bibliography programs will improve homework assignments and papers. Students will also benefit from tutorials and quizzes for each chapter, test-taking tips and strategies, context-sensitive help, and word-search and crossword puzzles that reinforce content.

Students can begin the program however they like. Some prefer to read the table of contents, choose a chapter, and begin their learning through reading and practice tests. Others may choose to explore various portions of the program, such as the tutorials, Tips and Strategies section, or the glossary. Students can also begin by taking a 25-question diagnostic test to determine mastery level. Upon completion of the test, Kaplan Essential Review provides a report of correct and incorrect answers. For each incorrect response, the program offers the correct answer and explains why it is correct.

From that point, students can decide how they would like to direct their learning: They can explore a subject in which they need improvement, study the tutorials provided, work on crossword puzzles covering the content, read through the glossary, or take practice tests. They can then retake the diagnostic test to compare results. ... Read more


20. Educator's Choice Math & Science Excelerator Grades 3-6
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Asin: B00005LPYY
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 2398
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

If high-flying superheroes, glitzy game shows, and dangerousinterplanetary missions are what it takes to hold the attention of third throughsixth graders studying math and science, then this four-CD compilation ofeducational software does no wrong. And, fortunately, all fourprograms--originally released separately by the quality-conscious folks at Edmark--manageto do a respectable job of actually teaching kids, too.

While there is some crossover in content, especially between the Mighty MathCalculating Crew and MindTwister Math, Space Academy GX-1'sastronomy and space-based physics focus and Thinkin' Science ZAP!'selectricity, sound, and optics activities more than make up for the overlap.

The interfaces vary from program to program, but all prove navigable and easy tolearn. And while the presentation might be tame at times for experiencedcomputer-gamer tastes, for the most part these titles pack enough sounds,voices, and animation to keep things moving. Parents and teachers should behappy with the mix of problem-solving and drill-oriented activities. Inparticular, Thinkin' Science ZAP! offers some excellent open-endedinteractivity with real, hands-on science, thanks to its virtual laser tables,circuit boards, and an audio studio.

The mathematics game show MindTwister Math might be the weak link of thebunch since it's only geared to third and fourth graders, but at this price, thecollection is still a steal even if you don't end up using all of theCDs. --Paul Hughes ... Read more

Features

  • Includes 4 fun and educational titles
  • More than 15 individual lessons and 200 activities
  • Each program uniquely designed to teach basic skill sets
  • Each title highly rated by accredited reviewers and experts in the field
  • Provides hands-on experience

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars Avoid This Product
I have purchased 30-40 software CD's for my 6 year old over the years and this CD has got to rate near the bottom of the bunch. In summary, there is very little explanation or instruction into the math or science concepts being "taught", the "game" aspect to the CDs is clunky at best, and it is just plain confusing. I have been sorely disappointed in these CDs and my daughter has very little, if any, interest in using these CDs although she loves to be on the computer. At the same time I bought these CDs, I also bought her a Magic School Bus title which was very good and which she asks to play. I have never written a review before this review but felt compelled to do it to alert other parents to avoid this title. Waste of your money, and of your child's patience and interest.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exceeds Expectations
My son is 6 yrs old so I was leery of purchasing this title. However, it is better to challenge than to bore, so I made the purchase. I will never regret it. The software is fabulous. It installed easily, initializes and performs well, is incredibly engaging and remarkably educational for such a fun suite of software.

I highly recommend this software for nearly all ages. My 6 year old is able to benefit from most of the challenges, yet others offer a level fit for a much more sophisticated child audience.

Buy this software ... you will not be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great selection of titles, educational and well worth the $$
This is a great set of CD's. Informative, fun, challenging and well worth the money. A deal like this is hard to find, and belive me I've been looking! My 10 yr old son very much enjoys this product as well as the Middle School Accelerator.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Buy For Knowledge and Dollars
My Kids...ages 9 & 10 fight for position on the computer to play this educational game. They both enjoy it, with its many rewards and increase's in Rank. They are learning about science and math,but really don't realize it! It has 4 cd's and we are still on the first. They would rather play this than their Gameboy Advances. I highly recommend it. ... Read more


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