Encarta Encyclopedia Deluxe 2002
- Up-to-date information and multimedia content
- Instant access to definitions and translations
- Over 200 videos, 2,650 sound clips
- Editorially screened web links
- 3D virtual tours
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- Platform: Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
- Media: CD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
Encarta Encyclopaedia Deluxe is the new edition of Microsoft's bestselling reference tool, this edition bringing new features and loads of new content and add-ons, such as virtual tours. The interface itself is quite easy to get to grips with, although stylistically just a little bit boring. It is clean and uncluttered however, and because of this it moves quickly from screen to screen. The search is very good, and offers the functionality surfers are used to on the best search engines, such as word substitutions in case of misspelling and lists of similar entries, as well as loads of links to editorially screened non-Microsoft quality content sites, on specific topics. The Advanced Search functions as a filter, and lets the user search by type of entry, for example, Virtual Tour, animations, or charts and graphs, based on the subject/topic search terms entered in the left-hand bar.
Those familiar with the Windows operating system will find navigating this software very easy. At the top is the usual toolbar, with File, Edit, View, Features, Tools and so on. The easy reach of these menus make moving around the software simple and stress-free, as well as quick to learn.
The content is good, although encyclopaedias such as Britannica 2002 (DVD edition, Macintosh DVD) offer more authoritative content and more comprehensive coverage, but titles such as that haven't yet managed to offer it up in quite the excellent way that Encarta does. It functions more like a good documentary or comprehensive coffee-table book, which makes using it intriguing and pleasurable.
The multimedia sections are fun, especially the 3-D virtual tours, in which the user can walk around ancient locations in the first-person, gaming style--Azuchi, castle of the ancient Japanese warlord, and the Colosseum are two of the seven available.
There's a lot to enjoy about Encarta Encyclopaedia Deluxe, in terms of excellent usability, content and there's clearly been a great deal of thought given to how users actually want to access and use data, and it is probably the best designed package of its kind on the market. --Alison Jardine
Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia Deluxe 2002 is the complete easy-to-use multimedia encyclopedia for school, home and work, with more articles, sidebars, web links and multi-media than ever before. It offers a superior mix of authoritative content, engaging technology, innovative educational tools and integration with the web.
Encarta Encyclopedia Deluxe 2002 offers an extraordinary amount of rich, reliable, up-to date content.
With thousands of articles, sidebars, photos, illustrations, videos, animations, sound clips, music clips, map locations and Web links, Encarta Encyclopedia Deluxe 2002 lets you access a wealth of in-depth information compiled by the world's leading authorities in reference and educational publishing. Captivating multimedia immerses you in the sights and sounds of your subject matter, whether it is a first person 3D Virtual Tour of the Mayan Ruins or a look at the inside of the Space Shuttle. An Internet connection expands your search to editorially screened Web sites and notifies you when there are content updates.
Encarta Encyclopedia Deluxe 2002 helps you create reports faster.
Researcher helps you to collect, organise and footnote text and visuals from Encarta and the Web to create first-rate reports and projects in less time. Export your files right to Microsoft Word or FrontPage to print.
Top Customer Reviews
i was amazed,the many sound clips and videos
surpassed my greatest expectations!
But now Encarta 2002 is definately going to be
better than ever, with even more virtual tours and
up to date history files and much much more!
And for just under £60 its a good price for
something that could benefit all of the family
for years to come! Enjoy!
There are a few things that I would like to see changed in the navigation and search tools, but all-in-all it is very easy to use and clear. Browsing between articles and the atlas is also useful and extremely easy.
I have had a problem where an article contained some contradictory information and there is no support available for that sort problem, nor is there any opportunity through the normal support channels to make any suggestions. Although in my case it has to be said that I was able to eventually find the correct information by following one of the weblinks given.
One other little extra that has quite impressed me, is the 'weather update' box on all country articles. If you're looking at the article on Thailand for instance you would see a box that shows the current weather situation in Thailand and a link to a weather forecast.
Overall a very good product with lots of little extras that's a lot of fun even if you don't intend to do any specific research.