Readers’ Digest Complete Do-It-Yourself Guide
It’s no surprise that the best home improvement CD-ROM comes from Microsoft Home – that deal with the devil must still have a few years left. Readers’ Digest Complete Do-It-Yourself Guide is the only disc in the batch that extends itself more than it has to, and teaches the basic concepts of electricity, plumbing etc. before launching into a detailed solution for the problem at hand. Production values, from good music (mostly country and blues) to crisp video and easy-on-the-eyes 3D models, are all impeccable. You can access your area of interest via many different avenues, all of which make sense, and all of which are thoroughly linked together. The amount of material covered here makes other programs look superficial, and the skillful use of video and animations to illustrate tricky points makes us wonder how everything fits on one disc. In addition, every tool imagined by man is covered in detail. The disc even offers hints on how to rent a power tool you may not wish to buy. Safety is a primary concern, but the tone of the disc is always refreshingly fun – this is one guide that even non-handy people won’t mind browsing. “Tackle every job in your home with ease,” cajoles the manual, and in this case the promise is realistic. The Complete Do-It-Yourself Guide truly lives up to its name.
– June 1996, How-To Guides