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interface really bad
on June 2, 2012
It's hard to believe this program is being offered in 2012. The content is not bad, but the interface is so slow, clunky and antiquated you feel as if it must have been written in the early 80s. What is the point of learning language on a computer, if the program relies on retrieving the info from a CD ROM, and you spend most of your time waiting for the computer to pull up the CD data? When the programs work at all, BTW. Starting them takes a lot of poking around, because each CD seems to have a different start base, and the .exe that you actually do install on your PC, which tells you to insert a CD in any drive, does nothing much after you do that. You have to explore, find the program on the CD and start it from there. I have a 64 bit Windows 7 Pro computer with 16 GB of memory, and more than enough HD space, and again, this is 2012, not 1980, so why is this program set to run off of slow CDS? Who has time to waste waiting for the CD to pull up the program, or the next line of instruction, when you could be spending that time productively learning the language. This company needs to spring for a rewrite of their software.
Another thing is the vocabulary sections -- the first disk or two you can click a button to have it stream the vocabulary pictures and sound. By level 2, it requires you to click each one to see the picture and hear the sound, not once but TWICE for each word and sound. If you are an 7 year old child, sure, you may need the program to be this slow. If you are an adult, you are finding it hard to get through the vocabulary from the sheer slowness of the program, and could have done it two or three times faster but for that. So they REALLy need to rewrite that too.
Regarding level three, it says the phrases in English, when it shows them in German, before it says them in German. Now, at this point, if you have done the vocabulary, you really don't want it to say them in English first, because you want to puzzle out the meaning yourself. Say them in German, show them in German, and then, in English to CONFIRM that you got it right, or correct if you got it wrong. So that is frustrating too.
Again, the content is not bad, and if you have all the time in the world to wait for slow and buggy programs, you might find this acceptible. I find myself looking for something else written in the 21st century because, once again, I am trying to run the program and it is not running, so I have to tinker around with it to get it going - as if the little free time I have to learn language should be spend troubleshooting the computer program and not practicing.