When it came out in 1993, Global Explorer was probably the best CD-ROM atlas available. Unfortunately, it is now showing its age. The maps are much less attractive and customizable than those in New Millennium and the Encarta Virtual Globe. While still impressive for its amount of detail, Global Explorer does not match either Rand McNally or Microsoft's offerings in that area, either. It also fails to include the two tools essential to a good CD-ROM atlas: a measuring tool and a latitude and longitude indicator. The interface is generally easy to use, but printing out a map is complicated. In its favor, it is much faster than most CD-ROM atlases. Although dated and disappointing, the combination of speed and detail make you wonder what Global Explorer would be like if the interface and content were brought up to date.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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