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The Complete National Geographic - Every Issue since 1888

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  • 6-disc boxed set captures National Geographic magazine's past 121 years (1888-2009)
  • Browse over 1,400 issues, 8,000 articles, and 200,000 photos exactly as they appeared in print
  • Zoom, scroll, archive, and print in high resolution as you relive thousands of amazing discoveries
  • Advanced DVD interface lets you explore topics, search photos, browse the globe, and virtually wander back in time
  • Includes 120-page book High Adventure: The Story of the National Geographic Society
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  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
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  • ASIN: B003XIKA4W
  • Item model number: 96359
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 15, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,146 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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225 of 237 people found the following review helpful By David G. Bethany on November 6, 2010
Format: DVD-ROM Verified Purchase
Unlike the Encyclopaedia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite, which is a collection of articles from the encyclopedia in a different format, the National Geographic Society wisely elected to scan every page of every issue of their flagship magazine, spanning the period from from 1888 to 2008. To be clear, that's every single page from cover 1 to cover 4 of every published issue, some 121 years' worth of The National Geographic. You can opt to install just the essentials and then swap DVDs as required, or install all six of them to your hard drive. I chose the latter option.

Everything begins with the installation of Adobe's AIR run-time engine. According to the vendor, "The Adobe® AIR® 2.5 runtime enables developers to use HTML, JavaScript, Adobe Flash® Professional software, and ActionScript® to build web applications that run as standalone client applications without the constraints of a browser." Essentially, that means that NationalGeo on your PC has the visual punch of a graphically stunning Website. The installation hiccuped just after I installed AIR from the first DVD. Knowing that Adobe products are a bit finicky, I simply uninstalled AIR, and then downloaded and installed the latest version directly from Adobe's site -- after which I rebooted my PC, always an important step with Adobe products. Then I just re-started the NationalGeo install. Everything worked perfectly after that. Installation took just short of ten hours on a fast PC, and occupies just under 50 GB of hard drive real estate. Whew!

Imagine a bookcase with 10 shelves, each 12 feet wide, packed with the dead-tree version of the National Geographic: that's the amount of information this product stores on your PC.
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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By CHunter on November 4, 2011
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I've been a lover of National Geographic magazine for decades and wanted an alternative to having so many paper-based magazines. After reading all of the negative reviews I was very hesitant about ordering this product. There were 1 star reviews, horror stories about 6 hours worth of installing time, updating Adobe Air nightmares, etc.

Then, I read a reviewer explain that he didn't know what all the fuss was about. That you don't have to install the whole 60GB data, which is what I didn't want to do. His review explained to just insert the install disc (Disc 1), follow the instructions, you're done. Then only insert the other discs as needed, when directed by the computer, to review the content (not to install the data on your computer). That was the explanation I wanted to hear. I immediately ordered the product.

Installation took about 10 minutes. That 10 minutes also includes opening the packaging, pulling out the contents and picking up the discs to look at them. :-)

My Adobe Air software was already updated. There was a message about Adobe Air during the installation, but only regarding to update automatically when updates become available. I didn't bother to check this box. Adobe Air automatically signals me for updates on my computer anyway. My computer platform: Mac.

I immediately started making myself familiar with the app and reading National Geographic.
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!!
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149 of 174 people found the following review helpful By MW on December 25, 2010
Format: DVD-ROM
We recently picked up this product for Christmas and are thoroughly disappointed with it.

This appears to be just a JPEG scan of every single page from the various issues, advertisements and all, and no actual "text" (the text of the articles are scanned; they didn't bother using OCR to convert it to ASCII text). The collection spans 6 DVDs only because everything is an image; the low image quality certainly doesn't need 6 DVDs and ASCII text also would not. The scanned text is also why the search feature is completely worthless: there's no text to actually search. Instead, you're simply searching a tiny subset of terms that someone decided were relevant to each article. If you were expecting to be able to do a full-text search over 120 years, as I was, you will be sorely disappointed. With this volume of articles and data, a comprehensive, full-text search feature is an absolute must. That this feature is missing makes this product totally unusable.

Having everything be a low-quality JPEG image also means that you cannot copy and paste any quotes if you are using an article as a reference in a paper.

In short, this is an interesting idea that went horribly wrong during implementation.
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68 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Gadgester HALL OF FAME on October 21, 2010
Format: DVD-ROM
Got this for cheaper at my local Costco warehouse. Really excited to have all the issues of NG so far on my PC. The scans are of high quality, but the user interface, built on Adobe AIR, is frustratingly difficult to use.

First off, you *can* install all 6 DVDs' contents onto your hard disc for faster access, but each DVD takes 1-2 hours to copy to the HD and you'll need to swap the discs 5 times, which is a pain, especially on a laptop which must be set not to sleep during installation. If you run off the DVDs, going to a different page is painfully slow, even though my PC has a high-speed DVD-ROM drive.

Second, you really need a large widescreen monitor to take advantage of this, because the magazine is shown in two-page spreads. On most screens, you'll end up doing a lot of zooming in and zooming out -- and even on my super-fast quad-core PC, zooming is slow.

Third, the application is unstable and has crashed many times when I was doing routine things like flipping a page or zooming in.

I'm not sure if I'll return this to Costco, but I'm tempted to since using this software adds frustrations to my already stressful life.
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