birding-aus Re: S & D on CD

Subject: birding-aus Re: S & D on CD
Date: Fri, 28 May 1999 11:00:05 +1000 (EST)
I can't believe they've re-issued this CD!  I only hope they completely
rehashed the interface and added some better images. 

I have the previous version, and as John Leonard points out the sound
files are conveniently in .wav format and all located in a directory
called 'SONGS'.  I don't have a cd-rom on my old workhouse PC and the
runtime of Toolbook which powers the 'program' doesn't work on my Mac, but
I can still get the sound files, text files and images.  I've built up
handy desktop Playlists of similar species / calls - great for learning
groups etc while I sit waiting for the printer to do its job.  The few
occasions I've taken the CD to a PC I've been frustrated and wonderedwhy
I've bothered.  My main gripes are 

Images - just copies of some of the artwork from the book - I'd doubt many
people would buy the CD-ROM who don't already have this - I might be
wrong though.  Some photos would have been nice, even if it pushed the
price a little higher.

Movies - waste of space - why couldn't they replace them with a couple of
movie clips of BIRDS??

Interface - clunky and far from intuitive.  Toolbook is fairly basic, but
a novice could do better than this with it.

Is the new version any better in these areas?  I wouldn't mind getting the
extra birdsong that the new CD offers, but maybe I'll wait for a better

Russell Woodford

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