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  • Online 3.5 out of 5

    Encyclopaedia Britannica 2008 Ultimate Edition - PC review

    By 6 November 2007

    There was a time when all good homes had a row of books on a shelf that could be referred to whenever a question or homework topic arose. Technology condensed this to DVD form but now that we have the Internet and all the information we could ever need...

  • Online 3.5 out of 5

    Encyclopaedia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite 2007 review

    By 24 October 2006

    Thankfully, gone are the days of having to search for facts in the reference area of the local library as you can now find the entire Britannica reference suite on one handy sized DVD. Essentially an upgrade of last year’s version, there have been a...

  • Online 4 out of 5

    Encarta 2005 Premium Suite review

    By 2 November 2004

    Encarta was bundled with my first PC, running Win 3.1. It was a useful and dynamic tool, and I got used to it in my later school years. I was rather excited to think about the possibilities that will have developed over the past decade. If it was that...

  • Online 2.5 out of 5

    Encyclopaedia Britannica 2005 Ultimate Reference Suite DVD review

    By 20 September 2004

    The Encyclopaedia Britannica has always had a good name, volume after volume of information enough to fill anyone’s bookshelf. If it wasn’t the main volumes there was the macropedia and if it wasn’t the macropedia then it was the yearly volumes...

  • Online 3.5 out of 5

    Power Translator Pro 8 - PC review

    By 14 June 2004

    Power Translator Pro 8 boasts that it will deliver all of your translation needs, back and forth, between English and six other languages (French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Russian). There are also four separate “Vocabulary Block dictionaries”...

  • Online 4.5 out of 5

    Learn to speak French v9 review

    By 11 November 2003

    Whether you’re at school or work, learning another language can be an invaluable skill to have if only the learning part was fun. At school up to GCSE you have to study French, but for us oldies - learning after you’ve left school has to be something...

  • Online 4 out of 5

    Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing v15 review

    By 11 November 2003

    Mavis Beacon the teaching guru has been around for a long time, so long in fact, that her teaching typing software is in its fifteenth version. Over that time the software has grown to become the world’s best selling typing program and grown from a...

  • Online 4 out of 5

    Microsoft Encarta Premium Suite CD 2004 review

    By 11 November 2003

    When we were young, Encyclopaedia Britannica used to be the be-all-and-end-all to our information needs - bound in leather and updated every five to six years the books, which spanned some 20 or so volumes would be a meaty component to any bookshelf....