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Hebrew Tutor: Learn Biblical Hebrew with Your Own Personal, Interactive Tutor Multimedia CD – October 1, 1997
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The only reason it isn't 5 stars is because there are a few bugs in the program. We all (in the class) got our software from different sources, but they all had the same bugs. Mostly its as simple as typos, but some of the games don't work very well--if at all--because vowel points disappear and parts of letters vanish for some reason. It makes it hard to learn certain lessons (especially the lesson on vowel points for which I was forced to refer to Seow's book because the program was so messed up), but overall it's been an invaluable tool for not only making Hebrew easier, but more fun too! I recommend that you get it as an additional tool for learning Hebrew! :o)
The problems arise relating to the technology. Hebrew Tutor was created in 1997 and has not been updated since 1997...and it shows. The fonts that come with the program are not compatible with modern operating systems (XP/Vista, so in order to run the program you will need to contact the publisher, or as in my case the seminary using the program in order to even get the fonts to appear semi-correctly). Even with updated fonts many screens simply do not show all of the letters appropriately (Many only show half the letter). This is not enough to render the program useless by any means.
A second problem that arises is that the program is written for a 16-bit operating system. Most modern computers (running XP or Vista) are 32-bit and can run a 16-bit program without a problem. The computer from which I am writing this review and an increasing number of machines are 64-bit systems. At this time, 64-bit Windows simply cannot run a 16-bit program, so I need to go to a separate computer in order to run Hebrew Tutor.
Finally, the since the program is old, it looks old and runs like an old program. When it was written, gigabyte-sized hard drives were just coming into use, so it was unfeasible to have the 500 MB of files on the cd copied onto the hard drive for quicker access. The problem with this slower access to the program's data files is that the program runs very slowly (By modern standards), needing to fire up the cd-rom, find the audio file, and read the file prior to being able to pronounce any words you click on.
Nevertheless, the program has effectively served me to teach me Hebrew, with more than a little bit of frustration. I would hope that after more than a decade with a successful piece of software, Parson's would publish a more technologically up-to-date version.
For those running Windows XP, however, the program is a disappointment. The fonts included with the program will not install. The program seems to work best under low resolution (640 x 480 or 800 x 600) and few colors.
Regarding the font issue, multiple attempts to contact Parson's yielded no response, so there is little chance that the issue will be addressed. Unfortunately, many vendors say that the program will run under Windows XP. While there is *some* truth to this claim (the executable runs) the program isn't very useful if you can't read the Hebrew characters or transliteration font.
In summary, a nice idea, and reasonably well-done. However, it does not run under current versions of Windows and technical support is not unavailable.
The program worked when I reinstalled on my XP system and I dragged the hebrew font file to the system font folder.
Old but very good!
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set correct compatibility mode as follows:
With Hebrew Tutor installed browse to D:\HEBTUTOR\INTRO...Read more