View Full Version : Mac Encarta Alternative ?

8th August 2005, 01:07 AM
as the title says, is there a program like encarta 2006 for the mac ? dont say world book because its...nowhere near as good as encarta 2006.

is there something ?

thanks for the help

8th August 2005, 07:53 AM
Apple use to lead the way in education programs and things like this. So I am sure there is something around. Did you do a search of there web site?

8th August 2005, 08:16 AM
Well, I've got Encarta '98 for Mac if you want it :P.

But yeah, nothing does beat Encarta so I just have to use it on my PC and there is no way around it :(.

Sorry I can't offer any help.


8th August 2005, 08:44 AM
Who needs 'actual' encyclopaedias when we have Wikipedia?


8th August 2005, 09:14 AM
britannica have a digital encyclopedia, not sure if its mac though but i know dads got one on his windows pc. worth a look anyway

8th August 2005, 09:19 AM
Im sure there is a version of Britannica avaliable for mac.

Well what do ya know:
http://store.britannica.com/jump.jsp?itemT...Cat=9&iSubCat=9 (http://store.britannica.com/jump.jsp?itemType=CATEGORY&itemID=9&iMainCat=9&iSubCat=9)

If you like encarta try the online version. Or for goodness sakes buy some books.

8th August 2005, 10:38 AM
online versions wont work, i need them for my brother and he doesnt have the net (i know i know) so id need a cd version. and it has to be current, not oooooold :P

one question about britannica, does it work stand-alone, or does it require the internet for articles ?

8th August 2005, 02:25 PM
I have used Britannica, i think it was the 2004 edition, and it was HORRIBLE! It ran quite sluggishly, looked like a typical Windows program (i.e. CRAP), and the multimedia features barely ran. The articles tend to be fairly outdated as well, as in they have not been rewritten for 20 years. I personally wouldn't get it.

But yes, it does run as a stand-alone, although some of the more gimmicky features like the timelines tend to rely on web-based content being imported into the program.

8th August 2005, 03:03 PM
Agreed -- we use Wikipedia at our school and we find it quite good.

8th August 2005, 03:13 PM
Britannica is available but its user interface isnt that good and its very confusing and sometimes slow to use. Encarta should be availabe for a mac, hopefully it will be one day. Use wikepedia if you can.