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The DVD Guide to British Birds 7.0

by Birdguides
Windows, Mac
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Covers 333 species
  • Around 800 video clips
  • Nearly 500 sound recordings
  • Over 500 superb illustrations
  • Nearly 300 nest and egg photographs
  • Nearly 400 distribution maps
  • About 5000 screens of text
  • Computerised record-keeping facility
  • 30 quizzes
  • 333 expert commentaries
  • Instant species lists
  • Instant side-by-side comparisons

System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows, Mac
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B000066C3W
  • Release Date: 10 May 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,245 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing use of technology 5 July 2002
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This is a pretty comprehensive collection, that fact cannot be denied. However, it presents itself as a piece of software in DVD format so I think we can expect more than is delivered.
The interface is non-standard and is clearly buggy. Apart from video windows not being dragged around correctly, the application itself cannot be resized and even commonly used tasks are relegated to being within a menu, rather than having their own icons.
Without wanting to make too much of this, it is a shame that software vendors shy away from standard user interfaces. If every application had its own interface, there would be chaos and ease of use of ease of learning would be the poorer for it.
The quality of video clips and sound clips is mixed, and clearly comes from previous incarnations of the software, rather than taking account of the huge storage available within the DVD format. I know for sure that we are treated to wonderful video and sound from TV programs but I think we could expect the same from the clips within this DVD.
I was also disappointed with the sketches. They were obviously scanned some time ago and are quite low resolution. The biggest is about 600 by 500 pixels and you can clearly see the limitations of the picture at that size. Rescanning is essential for the next edition.
I also believe that the colour balance is off in many places. Take the Red Crested Pochard, for example. This bird (commonly seen in the South Cerney/Ashton Keynes area so you'd better update the distribution map, Birdguides!) looks little like the colour in either the sketch (which is day glow orange) or the video (which has strange halo effects, presumably due to video compression). There are also many video artefacts in the clips. Only 1.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very dissapointing! 10 Sep 2003
By Steve
Having read the other reviews I was worried that this may not be the best guide to buy. I received it and sure enough was very dissapointed with it. Poor quality allround except for some videos which were ok. The way in which you have to choose the species and the entire layout of the main screen I found awkward and extremely difficult to use. My advice is to shop around or wait for something really good to be made in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The DVD Guide to British Birds 7.0 2 Jun 2003
Excellent. Great illustrations, video & sound clips. Good for making comparisons between similar species as you can have 2 species displayed side by side. Searching on a description though is a bit hit and miss. It's just a shame you can't take it out in the field.
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