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Explore the Grand Canyon May 28, 2009

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Travel & Leisure

Explore the Grand Canyon

We had so much trouble running Explore the Grand Canyon (Coriolis Group Media) that we are, unfortunately, not able to judge the program’s content on its own merits – what good is a great disc if it doesn’t work? From installation (stubborn and error-plagued) to navigation (dependent on the program’s whimsy of the moment) to sound (nonfunctional), our Grand Canyon experience was full of frustrating dead ends (more…)

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A.D.A.M: The Inside Story, 1997 Edition May 26, 2009

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A.D.A.M: The Inside Story, 1997 Edition

Without the blood and gore of first-year anatomy, A.D.A.M: The Inside Story, 1997 Edition (A.D.A.M. Software) allows users to explore the inner workings of the human body (more…)

 

Resorts of the Caribbean May 25, 2009

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Travel & Leisure

Resorts of the Caribbean

It’s 10 degrees outside, the streets are covered with snow, and you’ve got a cold. Now’s your chance to spend some time with Resorts of the Caribbean (Straight Line Medium) (more…)

 

Fall of the House of Usher, The May 23, 2009

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Literature

The Fall of the House of Usher

The Fall of the House of Usher (Westwind Media) strikes a nice balance between a straight text-based program and full-blown multimedia. By adding strong art direction, a fine sound track, and persuasive narration, the story is brought to life but never overwhelmed (more…)

 

Burning Down the House

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Music

Burning Down the House

Burning Down the House (Capitol Records), from Bonnie Raitt, focuses more on multimedia than on music; there are only four tracks to listen to on your audio CD player, but there’s a hefty helping of video for computer buffs (more…)

 

A Field Trip to the Sky May 21, 2009

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Science & Nature

A Field Trip to the Sky

Heavy with a cosmic amount of information about the solar system, A Field Trip to the Sky (Sunburst Communications)is an educational CD-ROM that comes with a supplementary student guide (more…)

 

Monet, Verlaine, Debussey: The Impressionist Revolution

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Art

Monet, Verlaine, Debussey: The Impressionist Revolution

In an attempt to convey a more complete artistic experience, Arboresence/New Line New Media have combined art, music, and poetry on two new CD-ROMs in their Great Artist Collection: Monet, Verlaine, Debussey: The Impressionist Revolution and Matisse, Aragon, Prokofiev: An Interactive Adventure in Art (more…)