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Complete National Geographic (Englisch) DVD-ROM – 11. August 2009

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Explore 120 years of amazing discoveries, fascinating maps, and the world's best photography with The Complete National Geographic. This definitive collection of every issue of National Geographic magazine, digitally reproduced in stunning high resolution, brings you the world and all that is in it. Use the advanced interface to explore a topic, search for photographs, browse the globe, or wander on your own expedition.

The Complete National Geographic

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Rediscover every printed page--Every article, photograph, advertisement--from 1888 through 2008 on 6 DVD-ROMs

Browse special "readlists" from National Geographic stars or personalize your archive by creating and saving your own lists of favorite articles.

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Use Geobrowse--a visual geographic search tool--to find articles, photographs, and maps about the location you choose

Test your knowledge of subjects including exploration, the environment, geography, history, cultures, and more with a trivia game that links to related articles

Reference hundreds of the magazine's classic maps digitized as part of the magazine's archive for the first time

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Includes a bonus DVD with tips on how to take better photographs, an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how National Geographic Magazine is put together, and interviews with NGM photographers revealing the backstory behind their famous photographs.

Complete National Geographic Features

  • Digital reproduction of all 120 years of National Geographic Magazine
  • Highest production quality on DVD
  • Digital scans are high resolution for optimal viewing of images
  • Easy to navigate and explore content
    • Search by keyword, author contributor, topic
    • Visual geographic search
    • Discover content through NG-created, or user-created “Read Lists
    • Zoom in/out of pages
  • Reading and search experiences significantly enhanced
    • Modern, graphical user interface
    • Explore and discover approaches to content
    • Geospatial browsing
    • Trivia Game to drive content discovery
  • Now Featuring Fold-Out Maps
    • The most popular feature of National Geographic Magazine
  • Bonus DVD includes video extras not available anywhere else
    • Best Moments of National Geographic
    • Photography tips
    • Narratives by award-winning NG photographers

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First impressions.

This compendium might be reaching for the stars, but in my view it would be preposterous to grant it five stars. As a long-time reader of the print edition I unfortunately have some reservations about the interface.

You don't need a state-of-the-art computer to run the programme. Standard installation requires no fancy settings and goes without glitches. You insert the first disc and get 15Mb of Adobe Air on your hard disk followed by a hefty 170Mb of National Geographic stuff. Right from the start you are invited to proceed with product updates. I might have hit a busy time on the net and that downloading process took ages, but it worked.

On an XP system at any rate you don't get the whole set of discs copied on your drive during the installation process and you are not being offered a myriad of installation options either. So far so good. Well, each of the six discs is packed with almost 8Gb of data, so that transferring the lot could already take quite a while if it had to be done. Handling these few DVDs will also be more convenient than coping with the dozens of CDs in the previous edition. Digging all the way down to the bottom of the cardboard box you will also find a bonus DVD offering a nifty sample of National Geographic video with behind the scenes stuff and photographic advice.

On a 19" screen with resolution set at 1024x768 pixels I find the text of the articles quite slurry. Nothing to do with the crisp type found in the magazine. Using the magnifying glass is a must but does not increase sharpness of course. Resetting the magnifying factor each time you turn a page is tiresome in the long run. Now what bothers me more is that no button allows you to use text or picture rotation.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen The Incomplete "Complete" National Geographic 19. Oktober 2009
Von C. Y. Shen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: DVD-ROM Verifizierter Kauf
This is a beloved treasure of 120 years of knowledge and history, and a very valuable reference resource. There are a few points that ought to be noted:

>>The CNG has poor quality control and customer support over this product. It relies heavily on customer feedbacks to become aware of missing pages and issues, and took very long time (18 months) to address few of the reported bugs. The Complete National Geographic will be incomplete with missing items such as:
- Jul 1942 and Feb 1992: Pages missing, causing pagination problems in the issues with double page spreads not appearing on facing pages.
- Mar 1996: Page 35 is missing.
- From 1991 to 2008, at least 30 maps are reported missing. Examples: The World War II double map supplement is missing from Dec 1991. The Sep 2000 map is missing. The "100 Years of Flight" supplement in Dec 2003 is missing. The Jerusalem's Holy Ground map is missing in Dec 2008.

>>The Complete National Geographic contains National Geographic Magazine published through Dec 2008. National Geographic announced "The Complete National Geographic" users will be able to add to their collection after purchasing the product by downloading annual updates on a subscription basis from the internet. Content updates for CNG will be available after the print editions of the previous year have been published. CNG released an updated edition of this DVD set and a 2009 annual update DVD ($14.95) in Sep 2010. The feature to purchase annual updates online wasn't ready until CNG patch 1.65 (requires Adobe Air 2.6) released in Apr 2011. Content update purchases have to be made through the CNG software interface. Stand alone archive files for the purchased content updates may not exist for archive and repeat/multicomputer installation.

>>Updates need to be installed to add missing or fix corrupted pages such as in Apr 1913, Dec 1930, Mar 1950, Apr 1953 (entirely missing), Sep 1960, Aug 1970, Jan 1977, Jul 1979, Feb 1992, Feb 1993, and Dec 2003 issues. However, updates have to be downloaded and installed through the software interface; there isn't an independent update installer for archive and repeat installation.

>>Either the digital magnifier that comes with the software or the maximum zoom needs to be used to clearly read the texts on your monitor. An ASCII text PDF resolution of the scanned pages shouldn't be expected.

>>The patch (revision 1.26) to copy DVD content to local drive was released for Windows in Jan 2010. It takes many hours to copy all 6 DVDs to the hard drive.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen You can load to your hard drive - Here's how 22. Oktober 2009
Von Sarasotan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: DVD-ROM Verifizierter Kauf
I loaded mine to my hard drive and love not having to take the DVDs in and out. It took over two hours per DVD to load, but was worth it. You just have to copy them from the DVD to a very specific folder on your hard drive. The directions are in the last of these FAQs in this link to the CNG FAQ page:


(If Amazon doesn't allow this link here, check one of my responses below this review -- I'll include it there too and maybe it can stay there.)

One of the biggest negatives with this set is that the sideways pictures can't rotate, making them hard to read and enjoy. And there are many such pictures. Hopefully they will come up with an upgrade soon to fix this, as they have received many queries about this.

Although there are some negatives, overall, I am very happy with this set.

The huge plus is you get every issue of National Geographic in a relatively easily readable format when you use the easy-to-use magnifying and dragging features. If you have a 24" monitor, it's pretty readable as is. With magnified reading, when you go to the next page, it resets back to zero magnification, and you have to re-magnify it. But it's fairly easy -- all you have to do is double click on the page, and it magnifies, and you can drag the text and pictures around as needed.

They even include all of the advertisements, which they could have easily decided to omit. (It's fun to look at the ads from long ago. For example, in the April 1916 issue, focusing on the national parks, there's an ad for newly established Cascade National Park, placed by Great Northern Railroad, reminiscent of the days when railroads affiliated themselves with different parks, to boost travel.)

It prints out beautifully, and there is no readability problem with printouts.

There is a handy readlist feature, where you can create your own readlists (very easily done) or look at readlists that the editors have prepared. There are approximately 33 of these already created readlists, covering such things as various editors' favorites, National Parks, The Universe, The Untamed, etc. Just scanning through these articles, it looks like these lists are pretty good and I see a lot of things I want to read.

One problem with these readlists is that they don't give the date of the article. You see something focusing on, say India, and you have no idea if it is from 1915 or 2005. That makes a big difference to me insofar as my interest. They should include the date of the issue in these readlists. When I create my own lists I plan on always including the date.

All in all, I am happy with this set, and would buy again, since it seems to be the best way to get all of national Geographic, short of buying all of the actual magazines for thousands of dollars.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Outstanding content, flawed interface 4. November 2009
Von bugbugbug - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: DVD-ROM
I've been playing around with this latest version of the "Complete National Geographic" and have a few thoughts to share.

I own one of the previous sets on CD-ROM. That set had a couple significant problems: You couldn't read the text of the articles, and all the magazines were scanned badly.

This set has solved the readability and resolution problems, but has introduced a few of its own.

The earlier issues of the magazine have their photographs printed vertically so that the whole height of the page was used to display landscape photographs. With the magazine, and the earlier set on CD-ROM, you could rotate the pictures on their side and enjoy the whole photo blown up to full, (although limited), resolution. This set has no such feature, so you have to tip your head to view the photo and read the caption, and worse still, the photo can be displayed no wider than your monitor is tall. You can zoom in on the picture for a better look, but it would have been nice to be able to rotate the pages so you could get a full screen view.

Also, the search function is a sorry joke on this set. It uses these funky dials to select your date range, (what is wrong with pull downs I ask?), so it is more difficult to select an exact date range. Also, when you get your results they are displayed in this "carousel" format with the newest results first and the oldest rotating off into the distance. What is wrong with a simple list view and a scroll bar???

As was mentioned in an earlier review, these search results are truncated, so you know nothing about the date, or the key words, or anything about the details of the results. A good search function is kinda important for a collection spanning 120 years, and this one is close to worthless.

Ah, just remembered something else about the search function. When you search for a particular brand name in the advertisements, clicking on the result takes you to the cover of the issue the ad is in rather than the exact page. Very annoying!

So, all in all, better than the old set in one very important way, the scans seem much improved, but the interface needs some serious work.

I did notice that when I checked for updates it had already gone from version 1.12 to 1.15 in the short time since release. Maybe they will see the light and invest some effort into improving the interface. They have already got my money though, so I won't be holding my breath.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Magnificent set! Should have included a detailed instructions booklet however 23. Oktober 2009
Von The Ancient Gamer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: DVD-ROM
Overall, I am very impressed and pleased with this set. There are a few minor things that bother me, however, things that are not explained and given workarounds for due to there only being a 1-sheet program installation page.

1. There is no instuctions booklet provided in the box. There is an onscreen FAQ of sorts, but it doesn't begin to cover everything you need to know, making a booklet a must-have.

2. Many pages have their photographs oriented and displayed vertically onscreen. If a function exists on the installation disc to make them appear horizontally side-by-side I can't find it. Having to turn my head sideways to view these vertical pictures/read the text every so often is sure hard on my neck! LOL

2. No explanation (that I can find) is available on how to access/display the maps.

3. As was mentioned previously in this thread, each magazine page must be zoomed manually since there's no option to lock the screen at a given magnification for as long as it's needed. This is a programming oversight that should have been addressed, prior to this shipping out to retail.

All in all, owning this Nat-Geo set is proving to be a fascinating and worthwhile trip down memory lane. It's a lot of fun, revisiting all of the old Nat-Geo issues I remember reading (and used to collect) as a kid back there in the 1950s-60s.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Nearly unusable. 19. April 2010
Von J. Churchill - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: DVD-ROM
Of all the ways to package an archive of printed material, this is one of the worst. It is either a completely amateur job or a serious attempt at the copyright holders to make it as painful as possible for anyone to access the material. The user interface is absolutely abysmal. No browser-like interface that you find on quality products like Encarta here; you can only move forward. And even on a high-end system (mine is an i7 3.6ghz with 8gb memory), the interface runs like a slug. They apparently tried to make the thumbnails work like Apple OSX's dock but with horrible results. The theme, which you can't change, is everything's black. If your eyes aren't very good then this is going to be a beast to deal with because the black buttons (on black background) are so small and the text on them not even white that they can barely be read, even with my good eyes. The buttons don't depress either, and the disabled buttons look almost identical to enabled buttons. Combined with the sluggish interface, you can't really tell if clicking is doing anything. Worse still is the search. The designers apparently felt that having a stack of magazines in front of you is the ideal interface because this search stinks. Trying to locate a map of mountains of Greece turned up a small result set of articles that had nothing to do with either Greece or mountains. But the biggest insult is the scan quality. This is where you really had to stand back and say, yes, this is truly an amateur job. Scans are not color adjusted, scanner artifacts are rife and they apparently decided not to scan high and then downsample. As a result the text is hard to read, and their stupid enhance text feature (to make up for the poor scanning job) doesn't help a whole lot. This was basically wasted money because it's so difficult to use. I've heard NG did a much worse job with earlier versions so I guess they are improving. They are still a long way off from having a good product though.
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