Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. today announced the release of the 2003 Ultimate Reference Suite, a Mac OS X-native multimedia product on a set of CDs or a single DVD designed for anyone from kids in grade school to adults.
The contents of the 2003 Ultimate Reference Suite include the complete text of the Encyclopaedia Britannica itself — recently updated, and containing more than 75,000 articles. Also included is the Britannica Student Encyclopedia, geared toward elementary through high school with 15,000 entries. The Britannica Elementary Encyclopedia is also included — it’s a special reference guide designed for kids in early grades. Merriam-Webster Student and Collegiate dictionaries and thesauruses are also part of the package — almost 555,000 definitions, synonyms and antonyms.
That’s not all, either — the 2003 Ultimate Reference Suite also features a world atlas with maps hotlined to articles, timelines, 21,000 images, other multimedia content, and the KnowledgeNavigator interactive browser. You also get free quarterly updates and a 90-day free subscription to Britannica’s own online premium service.
Shipping now for $69.95, the 2003 Ultimate Reference Suite’s minimum system requirements call for a PowerPC G3/350 or faster, Mac OS X 10.1 or higher, 128MB RAM, 400MB hard disk space, CD-ROM (DVD-ROM needed for DVD version), 800×600 resolution, Internet access recommended.