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Roam the Globe with World Vista Atlas
World Traveler is packed with multi-media information about the nations of the world. Find your destination on a world map, click and explore sights, songs, flags, maps, facts and figures. Comparison keys allow you to find other countries in the same GNP range, size, population, etc.
Easy to print text, graphics, maps
Samples of music and language for most countries
1,000 full-color pictures of landmarks and people
Film clips about world topics: map reading, population growth, urban density, civilization and others
Cross referenced data is great for reports and research
Requirements: MPC or 386sx PC or better with at least 2 MB of available RAM, CD-ROM drive and audio card meeting MPC specifications, SVGA with 640x480, 256 color Windows driver properly loaded, Windows 3.1.
CD-ROM Today, July 1995
"World Vista Atlas adds photographs, music and a short phrase book to the maps and statistics you'd expect to find in an atlas. The disc also uses a collection of audio files (from the Smithsonian Institute's Folkway collection) and an assortment of digital video and audio files to introduce users to the world's many cultures.
"This disc gives you four ways to enter its world: countries, maps, world topics, and principal locations. In the first of these, a map of each country is enhanced by photographs, ethnic songs, phrases in the dominant local language, a picture of the country's flag, and rudimentary city maps. There is also a large collection of political, cultural, and economic data. You can print or export most of this information into other documents. You can also view side-by-side comparisons of statistics, such as life expectancy, for several countries at a time.
"World Topics features 27 videos on such subjects as religious practices, urbanization, vegetation, feast and famine, and trade. The videos, however, are burdened with uninspiring narration. Negotiating the modular interface requires clicking through many menus, which detracts from any atmosphere the designers were trying to create. The content here is pretty light. The captions accompanying the photographs provide little enlightenment, and providing just one song for each country in the world cannot reflect the diversity of global culture."
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