(One review per customer, so I must resort to commenting on my own review...)
As you can see, I bought and reviewed "Journey to Wild Divine: The Passage" (TP) over three years ago, and first off, I want to thank everyone who voted my initial review as helpful. This is the first time one of my reviews has been featured as one of the most helpful! :-)
Now, if I'm going to be honest, it has also been around three years since I last used TP. I never did get around to using "Wisdom Quest" (WQ), despite buying it when it first came out.
So why am I back? Because I have been somewhat active in speaking out against the DRM and limited installations on games like EA/Maxis's "Spore," and I was delighted to experience the complete opposite with TP a couple of nights ago. I also learned a thing or two that I wanted to share with other Mac users.
You see, two months ago, I had to get a new computer, and I decided to switch from PC to Mac to avoid Vista. I've been meaning to introduce my roommate to the Wild Divine (WD), so two nights ago, I pulled out my WD discs and installed them on the Mac partition of my MacBook, as I don't have much Mac software yet (and I adore the makers of WD for providing BOTH sets of install discs in the same package).
My stats: MacBook, OS X 10.5.4 (Leopard), 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM. I also have WinXP installed in a Boot Camp partition, but as I said, I installed WD on the Mac side.
Firstly, I was pleasantly surprised to find that my three-year-old activation code from my TP Windows installation worked for the Mac install! I had to get a new activation code for WQ, but it was a no-muss, no-fuss process through an automated page on the WD website (same name, new email address, new physical address, new computer, but I was granted a new activation code with no questions asked or accusations of piracy made; granted, the specialized hardware [the "Light Stone"] and its serial number probably helped here, but still).
I did experience some issues with the installation of TP (version 1.0.2): annoyingly, the install program wouldn't acknowledge that I'd inserted the second disc the first few times and I had to quit installation and begin again, but it eventually worked. The biggest problem would have to be with the 3ivx video decoder (which you need to see all the videos in the program) installation - it's a bit disheartening to double-click on an installer, have it not launch, and have to read the ReadMe to be told "this doesn't work for OS X 10.4 or higher" (or whatever that message was). A bit of hunting on the WD forum found a workaround, however!:
Mister Noggin (Site Admin) said: '...you can pull the 3ivx video decoder out of the installer bundle and install it manually. Here's how:
1. Put Disk 2 in the computer.
2. Open the disk, "Installers" [folder] and then "3ivx Installer" [folder].
3. Hold the Ctrl key and click "Install 3ivx D4 4.5.1 Decoder".
4. Select "Show Package Contents".
5. Open the "Contents" folder, "Resources" and "Installer Items".
6. Open [your] Macintosh HD, "Library" [folder], and then "QuickTime" [folder].
7. Drag the file, "3ivx D4 4.5.a Decoder OSX" from the "Installer Items" folder into the "QuickTime" folder.'
Once I'd done that (which turned out to be a lot easier to do than to explain) and restarted TP, the program worked just fine.
Installation of WQ was much simpler (once I worked out that I was thinking in terms of Windows and not Mac and was myself doing it wrong), but I do recommend installing the updates/patches available on the WD website before attempting to activate the product. Without that update, WQ wouldn't recognize that my "Light Stone" was indeed plugged in and therefore wouldn't start.
I strongly encourage anyone who has gotten frustrated by the installation of the product (or other issues) to make use of The Wild Divine Project's excellent customer service and community forum before you give up and return the program. Mister Noggin's answer quoted above was posted in January 2008. Three years after initial release, they are still actively assisting their customers. That kind of attention deserves to be rewarded in the face of the software industry's current mentality.
As an aside, I did venture a bit into the Sun Realm to make sure everything was working after the installation, and was pleased to *see* that the past year of working with the excellent programs at HypnosisDownloads.com has indeed improved my abilities to control my energy. The visual confirmation via the biofeedback has always been WD's strongest point. Yes, you can spend less money on a book or a tape and notice results weeks later if you keep at it, but for many people, the instant gratification of *seeing* results can be the motivator they need to continue on in this exploration. WD is a jumping off point, not the final destination.
I look forward to revisiting the Sun Realm on this new computer and exploring all over again.