The 1992 edition seemed primitive compared to other CD-ROM products now being marketed. As the introductory statement points out, the product is "for the use of United States Government officials, and the style, format, coverage, and content are designed to meet their specific requirements." Unless later editions are available, be prepared for a rather boring, if fact-filled, presentation.
As the title implies, the Multimedia World Fact Book includes useful information about the world, its regions, and nations. It combines encyclopedic entries with more abbreviated notations typical of an almanac. Items from the KGB USSR Yearbook are particularly interesting for their unique point of view.
Description source: ischool.utexas.edu/World Fact Book
Contains 247 comprehensive country profiles. Includes information on geography, climate, natural resources, land use, people, population, language, government, economy, industry, transportaiton, military, etc. Also includes performances of national anthem segments, flags, and color maps from Hammond, Inc
Description source: Worldcat.org
This CD-ROM also has been mentioned from Education Workbook as a resource to prepare for virtual visit to the Galápagos Islands.
A note about the downloads available above:
Amazon.com Buy Link: Multimedia World Fact Book
(If you start this download, you don't need to download the separate Audio CD available above)Compatibility
This is a hybrid CD-ROM for PC & Mac.
Basilisk likes to crash when you quit DiscPassage applications until v1.4.5, but works fine otherwise.
Please use DiscPassage 1.6 to avoid this crash.
To get the CD-ROM recognized by DiscPassage, you may need to write-protect it,
either in your host operating system or within the emulated Mac OS system.
Using Basilisk, the content listings of this CD-ROM are a bit messy, but the CD-ROM works fine otherwise in Basilisk.
If you mount both the Data CD partition and the CD-ROM's Audio partition at the same time, DiscPassage may complain about "can't process this disc", because it tries to read the Audio CD partition first. Simply go to the DiscPassage's "File" menu, call "Disc" and select the data partition of the CD-ROM to continue.