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Encyclopaedia Britannica Releases 1999 CD Encyclopedia

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Encyclopaedia Britannica Releases 1999 CD Encyclopedia

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Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. has announced the release of the 1999 version of its two-disc Britannica CD Multimedia Edition. According to the company, an all-new intuitive user interface and a comprehensive series of tools make information finding more simple, allowing quicker access to Britannica's authoritative content. The new CD-ROM package also features flexible loading options-one of which eliminates disc swapping-as well as an array of enhanced multimedia elements, 1,600 additional articles, 450 new images, and 30,000 related Internet links.

"Our primary goal this year was to make the Britannica CD-ROM even easier for educators and students to use," said Paul Hoffman, publisher. "In addition to adding new articles and multimedia, we have made navigating this information more intuitive with better search engines and filters. By combining Britannica's authoritative content with these new search-and-retrieval features, our CD will serve a broad spectrum of practical and advanced research for K-12 and post-secondary educational institutions alike."

According to the company, Britannica CD 99 makes finding information simple. By typing in any word or question in the Ask Britannica feature, students are given dozens of places to find answers, including biographies, multimedia, Web sites, and more, Students are able to use several enhanced and new features, such as Notes, which helps them better organize written reports. Also, as part of the new interface, students can click onto the Multimedia Tool Bar, which appears at the top of every article, as well as links to related photos, images, video, Internet links, charts, or additional information.

The Multimedia Edition's two-disc format--which is Windows 95/98/NT 4.0 compatible--offers additional applications, including enhanced audio and video capabilities, and special tools for navigating information:

* Analyst allows students to build customized charts, graphs, and reports comparing social, economic, and a political data from 191 countries around the world. Such information allows for analytical connections to be made by the learners.

* Compass lets learners view the world through interactive maps while examining statistics and articles about each country and city. …

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