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The Complete National Geographic - Every Issue since 1888

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3.8 out of 5 stars 118 customer reviews

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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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The Complete National Geographic

Browse by issue
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Includes 120-page book High Adventure: The Story of the National Geographic Society.

Explore Machu Picchu. Unearth the secrets of the Pyramids. Live with species rarely seen.

Rediscover how courageous explorers found the remains of the Titanic. Brave the perils of a journey down the Amazon. Explore little-known secrets of the wild panda. Then, once more, stand at the edge of the Grand Canyon. These adventures and thousands more from National Geographic magazine's past 121 years are waiting in this incredible 6-disc boxed set.

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Browse over 1,400 issues, 8,000 articles, and 200,000 photos exactly as they appeared in print. Now updated to include 2009 issues, our definitive collection of every issue of National Geographic magazine invites you to browse, zoom, scroll, archive, and print in high resolution as you relive thousands of amazing discoveries.

From headline-making events masterfully described by experts to thrilling adventures that took you far away...this exquisite collection captures it all. Every issue of National Geographic magazine has been digitally reproduced in stunning high resolution so you can read articles as they first appeared, even back in 1888.

Trivia
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Take your collection of National Geographic magazines further with the power and ease of digitized information and images. The advanced DVD interface lets you explore topics, search for photographs, browse the globe, and virtually wander back in time. Never before have National Geographic's one-of-a-kind photography and award-winning writing been so captivating.

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Beautiful images
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The Complete Collection: 1888-2009

121 years of articles, photographs, maps, and even advertisements as they appeared in print.

Hundreds of Classic Maps

Our most popular maps have been scanned and digitized for easy searching, zooming, and printing.

Easy to Use

Installs quickly! View, print, and download for easy access anywhere, anytime.

Powerful Visual Search Tool

Backed by the power of Bing Maps, GeoBrowse uses the Internet to let you search nearly 5,000 worldwide locations for articles, photographs, and maps featured in our complete 121-yearold archive.

Track the Evolution of a Subject

Research and insights are documented through the years by National Geographic's writers and photographers.

Enhanced Features:

  • Improved user interface for improved viewing of images and articles
  • Advanced search functionality featuring Microsoft Bing technology
  • Ability to copy DVD-Roms to local computer drives for access anytime
  • Built-in online content upgrades to allow users to keep the archive current

Product Details

  • 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars 118 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,427 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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By David G. Bethany on November 6, 2010
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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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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.
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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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The install went OK, but I already had Adobe Air installed.

I also decided to copy the DVDs onto my hard drive for quicker response. That didn't go as easily. First of all the directions to do it are incorrect. The program kept requesting that I insert the first DVD, which was already in the drive.

I went on the National Geographic website and finally found the FAQs. The FAQs were for Tiger, Leopard and Snow Leopard. I'm using a Mac with the Lion version of OS X. The instructions did give me enough information where I could install the DVDs. For Windows and Mac the process involves copying all the DVD files into a cache folder. I'm not going into more detail in this review. If someone wants more info, leave a comment, I'll reply.

This comes with an uninstall program which is next to useless on a Mac. It just deletes the program from the Application folder. I can do that without a program. It does not delete the preferences folder in the Library. That means any DVDs that were copied to the hard drive of a Mac remain taking up a lot of space.

Once the DVDs are copied onto a hard drive the program will still ask for the relevant DVD to read an issue. If you want to read any issues while in a coffee shop or on a plane, you'll need to have the DVDs with you. The response is quick because the computer reads the cache instead of the DVD for data. However the extremely poor user interface keeps this from being a pleasant program to use.

Every time I ran the program I'd get alerts that a website has invalid certificates... This program phones home each time you run it. It checks for updates and also for new releases. That means each time you run it, you'll get a box telling you that a new disk is available if you haven't bought it.
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