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Re: Shakespeare on CD ROM
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0774.  Tuesday, 11 October 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Stephen Gagen <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 11 Oct 1995 04:26:41 +1000 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: R and J CD-ROM
 
(2)     From:   Michael Best <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 10 Oct 1995 13:02:40 -0700
        Subj:   Shakespeare on CD ROM
 
 
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From:           Stephen Gagen <
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Date:           Wednesday, 11 Oct 1995 04:26:41 +1000 (EST)
Subject:        Re: R and J CD-ROM
 
>Has anyone seen or used a new CD-ROM of _Romeo_ developed by the BBC and Attic
>a Cybernetics in the UK? I ran across a review lately in "CD-ROM Power"
>magazine which rated it highly (a 9 out of a possible 10). It is designed to
>run under Windows.
 
I have just acquired this CD-ROM and it seems to live up to its promise. The
BBC was most unhelpful in supplying this CD.  I read a review in "BBC
Worldwide" magazine some months ago, and tried to get a copy from them.  I
faxed and phoned them in London, and after being passed from branch to branch
was eventually told they do not sell overseas except through their agents.
Their agents in Australia did not stock it, and had never heard of it. Then,
miracles of miracles, a solitary copy turned up in my local computer store, in
a job-lot of CD-ROMs the owner had bought in.
 
On the subject of Shakespeare CD-ROMs, I was very disappointed in Voyager's
Macbeth (for the Mac), which I bought at the same time: it is very slow in
operation, has a cumbersome installation procedure, and has very poor quality
video clips, and not many of them.
 
Both these CD-ROMs were reviewed in the May edition of "Computers and Texts",
published by the Office for Humanities Communication, Oxford, UK.  The review
said that the R and J CD-ROM could be obtained from Attica Cybernetics, Unit
Two, Kings Meadow, Ferry Hinksey Road, Oxford OX2 0DP, Telephone +441865
791346, Fax +441865 794561.
 
Stephen J. Gagen.
 
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From:           Michael Best <
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Date:           Tuesday, 10 Oct 1995 13:02:40 -0700
Subject:        Shakespeare on CD ROM
 
The original query about Shakespeare CD ROMs was asking for information about
those available for teaching. I know of at least three that are up and running,
including my own _Shakespeare's Life and Times_ (no relation to the similarly
named product recently mentioned on the list from Norman Ross Publishing).
Several other projects of varying ambition are in the works. Those here are all
at the level of senior high school / introductory university.
 
_Shakespeare's Life and Times_ allows students to introduce themselves to the
renaissance background of the plays: life, stage; social, historical,
intellectual and literary backgrounds; colour graphics, renaissance music, some
video clips. The texts are there too, but are not fully edited versions, mainly
provided for convenient cut-and-paste and for a hypertext concordance. The hard
drive version of the program was reviewed for this list by Nate Johnson a
couple of years ago. Macintosh only. $89.00. (Site licence available.) Order
from Intellimation.
 
  PO Box 1922
  130 Cremona Drive
  Santa Barbara CA 93116-1922
  Tel: 800-3INTELL
  Fax: 805-686-9685
 
_Macbeth_ (ed. A.R. Braunmuller) is available from Voyager. Based on the
Braunmuller's New Cambridge text, includes critical commentary, sources, sound
(complete) and video (selected scenes). Macintosh. $50.00.
 
  578 Broadway
  Suite 406
  New York
  N.Y. 10012,
  Tel: 212-431-5199
  Fax: 212-431-5799
 
_Romeo and Juliet_ will be available from CAMBRIX Publishing (they say in the
next couple of weeks). Windows. No price quoted, but is about 50 pounds in the
UK. I've heard some good things about it but have not seen it.
 
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