The Cruncher 2.0

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Company: Knowledge Adventure, Inc., 4100 W. 190th Street, Torrance, CA 90504; 800/545-7677; Tech Support: 800/556-6141; Fax: 818/246-5604; http://www.KnowledgeAdventure.com

Price: $99.95-Teacher edition with two CD-ROMs

* $219.95-Lab pack for five users

* $400.00-Site license for 15 users

* Teacher Resource Guide included with all purchases.

Audience: Grades 3 and up.

Format: CD-ROM: text, graphics, animation, audio, music, sound effects.

System Requirements: Windows 98/95 minimum requirements include 486/66 MHz or faster, 16 MB RAM, 20 MB free hard drive space, 640x480, 256 colors, 4x CD-ROM, Windowscompatible sound card, and optional Internet connection. The Mac version: Power Macintosh only, 16 MB RAM, 30 MB free hard drive space, 12,000 KB unused block, system 7.5.1 or higher, 640x480, 256-color monitor, 4x CD-ROM, and optional Internet connection.

Description: The Cruncher 2.0 is a spreadsheet program incorporating animated stickers, charts, a snapshot feature, and Internet links.

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: We used this title on a Power Mac G3 computer running system 8.0. Installation was easy and quick. Installation: A

Content/Features: The Cruncher 2.0 is an easy-to-use spreadsheet program that offers all of the tools of a regular spreadsheet program, as well as several innovative features. Beginners are guided step-by-step through six on-screen tutorials. The user is encouraged to add a creative flair to the spreadsheet design process with an extensive library of colorful stickers that includes sound, animation, and text.

Data can be presented graphically through bar, line, scatter, or pie graphs. A snapshot feature saves a picture of the spreadsheet for importing into HyperStudio and other multimedia programs. An Internet feature lets the user add Web site links to the completed spreadsheet. A toolbar menu is easily accessible at any stage of the program. A printed comprehensive Teacher's Guide provides ideas for 20 classroom projects with activity-sheet masters to complement the program. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: I used this program in conjunction with a math lesson on sampling. After every student received 10 colored candies distributed at random from a one-pound bag, we used the Cruncher 2. …