Title Strip For Software Reviews

3-D DINOSAUR ADVENTURE (Knowledge Adventure) Billed as a CD-ROM for children, there's no reason why adults can't enjoy this too. There is an encyclopedia, a 3D museum tour (for which special glasses are included), a virtual theme park, 25 full-motion videos and three games. If Jurassic Park piqued your interest, here's the place to find the scoop. You can study individual dinosaurs or different eras. It's software like this that makes the CD-ROM medium great. (Netta Gilboa)

500 FONTS FOR WINDOWS (CrystalVision Software) This CD-ROM collection features TrueType fonts. It's got some really unusual display faces as well as the usual text ones. It's an inexpensive way to build up your collection quickly. From Aachen-Bold to Zalesci, there's something here for everyone. (Netta Gilboa)

7000 CLIP ART IMAGES (CrystalVision Software) This CD-ROM drive contains a slew of .PCX files as well as a DOS viewer which allows you to preview images. A paper manual with all the images printed out would have been helpful, but it's a great value for the price nonetheless. Best suited to dot-matrix printers, this has the advantage of working under both Windows and DOS. A good beginning collection for personal letters, faxes, newsletters and greeting cards. (Netta Gilboa)

9-DIGIT ZIP CODE DIRECTORY (American Business Information) This company specializes in CD-ROMs designed for people or businesses interested in doing mass mailings. They publish numerous CDs including this one and 11 Million Businesses Phone Book, 70 Million Households Phone Book, Health & Medical Industry Directory , etc. Each CD works on PCs running Windows. They contain the ability to access 5000 records and require the purchase of additional CDs in order to access everything held on the disk. Useful even if a thorough invasion of privacy. (Netta Gilboa)

ADD DEPTH (Ray Dream, Inc.) Add 3-D effects to your type in seconds simply by clicking on buttons. Windows users can work with both types of fonts and export the finished type into a word processor or page layout program. Includes dozens of professionally designed 3-D templates which allow you to simply type your headline for instant use. Being the font addict that I am, I wish I had more time to play with this. (Netta Gilboa)

AFTER DARK 3.0 (Berkeley Systems) This new version adds over 15 new displays and creates module folders which allow you to organize your various screen saver collections. New savers include flying toasters with karaoke, a bad dog who trashes your desktop, a new school of fish and a "You Bet Your Head" trivia game. If you don't already have After Dark, it's a must. If you do, the upgrade is worth the money. (Netta Gilboa)

AMERICA ALIVE (MediAlive) For those contemplating travel here's a multimedia guide organized by state, major cities, attractions, and National Parks. Included are over 75 maps, 2500 slides, 50 movies and 1000 pages of text. Ideal for kids learning about America, people trying to decide which of 28 National Parks to visit or wanting information about the 20 major US cities. Makes educational fun. (Netta Gilboa)

ANAL VISION (L.B.O. Entertainment Group, Inc.) This X-rated CD-ROM for Windows specializes in anal sex scenes, as you might expect from the title. Two volumes exist and star adult celebrities Jessica Foxx and Tami Monroe. Each disc has multiple girls and lots of penetration. All I can say is it's much safer to watch it than to do it these days. Enjoy. (Netta Gilboa)

ARCHIBALD'S GUIDE TO THE MYSTERIES OF ANCIENT EGYPT (Swfte International) Designed for kids of all ages, you explore ancient Egypt with Archibald. You'll learn to read and write hieroglyphics, hear the myth of Osiris and tour scenes of ancient Egypt. Educational and very simple to use. Breaks down a complicated culture and makes its mysteries easy to access. (Netta Gilboa)

ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? (Viacom New Media) Based on the Nickelodeon TV show, this adventure game involves a ghost story. Ideal for kids eight and up, this might also be enjoyed by a beginning adventure game player. Includes 3-D images, state-of-the-art animation and the cast of the TV show. How the game proceeds depends on where you explore while you are playing. It's a way to create your own ghost story. (Netta Gilboa)

ASTROSCOPES (Lifestyle Software Group) I've previously complained that the astrology programs on the market lack enough data to be useable by people born in other countries. I've also said the disks were too beginner oriented. Along comes this CD-ROM for Windows. It includes an astrological time line for history buffs, great printing ability, transits data, a choice of house systems and the ability to do love compatibility horoscopes. There are also 3-D graphics, realistic sky maps and great music. This package is miles above its competitors. I'm not afraid to admit, I consult it regularly. (Netta Gilboa)

BEASTLY FUNNIES (T/Maker Company) Over 100 cartoons involving all sorts of adorable animals are included in this clip art package . Special software allows you to convert each image into many popular graphic formats so you can place these cartoons into whatever programs you prefer to work with. Perfect for fax cover sheets, teachers, newsletters and personal letters. There's lots of clip art around, but very little which is light-hearted and humorous. Worth a look. (Netta Gilboa)

THE BEER HOMEBREWING GUIDE (Walnut Creek CDROM) Here's a complete tutorial and reference work on brewing beers of all types at home. There are recipes, a list of suppliers, information from the Internet, beer discussion, newsgroups and instructions and techniques. It requires Windows and is applicable to both novices and experienced homebrewers. (Netta Gilboa)

THE BEST OF HOT SHORTS (L.B.O. Entertainment Group, Inc.) Available for Windows CD-ROM users, this adult CD features many adult stars getting it on. Of particular note is a girl-girl scene between Seka and Vanessa Del Rio who interact in what is billed as their first and only appearance together. Includes a runtime version of Microsoft Video for Windows and a viewer. With a multitude of adult disks to choose from, fans of adult stars can now collect their work on CD-ROMS. (Netta Gilboa)

THE BIG ONE (Swfte International, Ltd.) In this interactive earthquake simulation, you are in charge of the city of Los Angeles and must make decisions to save lives, repair damage and satisfy the citizens. If you fail, you risk anarchy, disease and the destruction of L.A. Teaches about the life-and-death decisions that must be made during and after a major disaster. The Big One is easy to comprehend and difficult to win. (Netta Gilboa)

BITSTREAM 500 FONT CD FOR WINDOWS (Bitstream, Inc.) Once upon a time, fonts were bought by the family and could cost hundreds of dollars each. Font prices have dropped dramatically. Along comes this CD offering 500 faces and a limited version of MakeUp. The fonts are available in both formats and include both traditional text and unusual display designs. Bitstream fonts are high quality and will print well even at high resolution. This collection is a bargain, and even though I already own literally thousands of fonts, there were a few here that I didn't have yet. A fine product. (Netta Gilboa)

BUSINESS ILLUSTRATIONS (T/Maker Company) Persuasive documents usually rely on illustrations to enhance their words. This collection of over 275 images includes hands, money, headers, arrows, people, flags and more. Many are in color and all are available in popular graphic formats. Most of these images are designed for the office more than for your personal use. If you produce newsletters or corporate reports, this is definitely worth a look. (Netta Gilboa)

BUSTY BABES (Lions Den International, Inc.) This PC CD-ROM is an ongoing series featuring 1000 SVGA pictures. Volume 2 features "The Girls Of California" and includes 200 megabytes of shareware. Excellent quality. It's ideal for BBSs or for guys who want to stare at well-developed chests. (Netta Gilboa)

CD-ROMANCE (Romulus Productions, Inc., 800-266-4557) The idea here is to allow you to browse 300 personal ads from single people across the USA. This hybrid CD-ROM allows you to get in touch with anyone that interests you by providing their E-mail address, voicemail, and letter forwarding. Best suited to help you determine what you would and would not be happy with in your next relationship. Also useful for giving you an idea of what to expect if you run or answer a personal ad in your local paper. (Netta Gilboa)

CIVILIZATION FOR WINDOWS (MicroProse Software Inc.) Can you be the one person in history who builds an empire that never fails? This award-winning strategy game allows you to start at the dawn of history and grow your society toward the space age. Provides unlimited challenges. You get to do everything from compete with Alexander the Great, Napoleon, Genghis Khan and Julius Caesar to construct the wonders of the world. A worthwhile addiction. (Netta Gilboa)

CLIP-ART CORNUCOPEIA (Walnut Creek CDROM) 408 megabytes of clip art in 96 categories is included here. There are 5050 black and white images in both .PCX and .WPG formats. There's an easy-to-use file browser, a good index and all the standard images as well as cultural pictures, literary images and unusual items such as inventions, myths and images of printing. Good value.

CLUB DEAD (Viacom New Media) This futuristic CD-ROM adventure game is about a detective hired to investigate suspicious deaths at a luxury resort where the rich and famous gather for "V" which stands for virtual reality which is illegal. You have four days to solve the adventure or become the next victim of Club Dead. Includes 90 minutes of awesome interactive video, 150 different live action scenes set in 20 different locations and an original rock score. Recommended. (Netta Gilboa)

COME PLAY WITH ME (RimFire Pacific) In this X-rated CD-ROM for Windows, you can control the lusty nightlife of a big city. You pick up and seduce the women of your dreams and get to control the women and the sex scenes. Great special effects and lots of choices highlight this Walter Bowley production. Better than average. (Netta Gilboa)

CONVERSIONS PLUS (DataViz, Inc.) Designed for Windows users, this program allows you to insert high density Mac disks into your PC and translate the files so that your PC can see them and read them. Until the PowerPC came along a translation program was the only solution. So far, it's still more stable. It's certainly cheaper. You should pick this one up if you share work with people who own high density Mac disk drives. (Netta Gilboa)

COLOR DIGITAL PHOTOS (Seattle Support Group) This hybrid CD-ROM contains 200 royalty-free professional photographs. Useful for ads, newsletters, presentations, wallpaper and screensavers. Images include backgrounds, animals, flowers, people, plants, buildings, landscapes and transportation. Better than average usage rights if the images are of subjects you can use. (Netta Gilboa)

CORRIDOR 7: Alien Invasion (Capstone) This PC CD-ROM is unusual in that it offers both modem an network play. This means the entire office can compete. It's a futuristic "kill the enemies" game with 46 floors, nine weapons to choose from and a superb soundtrack. Beautiful graphics, the ability to play with up to 11 other people and a Presidential Level which is different each time you play make this worth a look. (Netta Gilboa)

DESIGN GROUP CD (T/Maker Company) Five clip art packages are combined on this CD-ROM collection. Included are hundreds of images of animals, business art, sports, borders and illustrations such as maps, food, flowers, seasons and people. Includes a catalog and browser to help you find art by name, keyword or idea. A must for people who use clip art to produce images others will see. (Netta Gilboa)

DESKTOP VALUE BUNDLE (Villa Crespo Software, Inc.) Intended for newer PC owners, this Windows CD-ROM features six easy to use utilities. There's an advanced calculator, the usual screensavers and wallpapers, a file archiver, a phone book, an icon editor and a file viewer. These are enhancements that make using Windows more fun. If you've owned a computer for a while, you probably have something similar. If not, this is a good one to have. (Netta Gilboa)

DMV: OREGON (Mike Beketic, 9520 Southeast Mt. Scott Blvd., Portland, OR 97266. $129.00) In a few years, the passage of the crime bill will outlaw the availability of people's drivers license records. For now, only two states (New York and California) do not allow people to buy and sell this information. This CD contains over two million Oregon drivers license records, over three million Oregon license plate records, and both sides of a sample drivers license. Consumers are cautioned not to use this CD to make phony licenses, make phony titles, obtain phony I.D., stalk celebrities or to harass politicians, cops or journalists. Needless to say, this is the first in a series and is sure to become a sought after collector's item in the years to come. (Netta Gilboa)

DRACULA UNLEASHED (Viacom New Media) Sold as a hybrid CD-ROM that works on both Macs and PCs, this is an interactive horror movie. You are transported to Edwardian England for four days and must identify and destroy Dracula before he kills you. Over 90 minutes of full-motion video are used to incorporate 135 scenes with over 40 live actors. There is a Vampiress, a Count who turns into a wolf as well as encounters with the Un-dead and decapitated corpses. Tons of fun. (Netta Gilboa)

DRAG AND FILE (Canyon Software) Windows users can use this product to replace File Manager. It offers the ability to view 40 file formats plus ASCII and HEX. It also allows you to create, manage and extract .ZIP files from within Windows. Also allows you to select portions of any file you are viewing and copy it to the Clipboard or print it. It's a shame one needs add-on utilities, but this one is inexpensive and far superior to the File Manager that comes with Windows. (Netta Gilboa)

THE EMERALD COLLECTION (American Databankers Corp) From the makers of SoftwareVAULT comes this collection of shareware on CD-ROM. It works with Windows and lets you explore the thousands of programs included with a program called Librarian . Includes games, graphics, sounds, fonts, Windows applications, educational programs, etc. At least something for everyone and probably quite a bit more. (Netta Gilboa)

ESPN SPORTS SHORTS (Moon Valley Software) Countless video and audio clips from some of the most memorable moments and personalities in the world of sports are right here. There's trivia, there are famous quotes, sound clips, animated icons and cursors, and even Speak Up, that makes it possible for you to record your own bursts of play by play. You can get close to the action in football, baseball, skiing, auto racing, golf, etc., and it's all presented in the quality that you would expect from ESPN. You can bring the high-res photo images into Windows to be used as wallpaper or as a slideshow. Unlimited possibilities for the technologically hip sports fan. (Alan Sheckter)

ETCH A SKETCH (Screen magic) Designed for small children, this may also appeal to adults who like to draw for fun. Operating just like the game you played when you were a kid, Etch A Sketch for Windows allows you to draw on screen with wacky lines and special effects. Just click on the knobs to draw rivers, roads, snakes, dragons, etc. and then add blends, sheens and effects like peel, spiral and curtains. You can save your art as wallpaper, and add silly sound effects. Install it for the kids and sneak in and play it when they go to sleep. (Netta Gilboa)

THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER (Westwind Media) Fans of Edgar Allan Poe will delight in this CD-ROM which incorporates original music, haunting sound effects, a fully narrated story and unusual animations. There's also a series of puzzles to solve, a 3-D art gallery, analysis and biography, a glossary and even an overview of the genre of literature. Will delight Poe fans, those interested in horror and children who are studying Poe in school. (Netta Gilboa)

FLINTSTONES CUCKOO CLOCK (Turner Interactive) Fans of the TV show will fall in love with Iggy who does something cute every hour, reminds you of important dates and connects your computer to a screensaver of Dino the dinosaur. Absolutely adorable but somewhat repetitive. Children will appreciate this most. How long Iggy's antics will be useful for adult users depends on how inspired your are to replace this screensaver when the next gimmick comes along. (Netta Gilboa)

FONTMONGER (Ares Software Corporation) There comes a time when you need to convert a TrueType font to PostScript and vice-versa. Here's the product to do it. In addition, converted fonts can also be saved for Macs and for NexT too. Invaluable if you use your fonts on different computers or need to work in PostScript but have a passion for things only available in TrueType.

GIGA GAMES (Walnut Creek CDROM) The operative word here is diversity. There are 375 educational files, many for older students and some for kids. There are super graphic wonders from demos, animations to drawing products. There are adventure games too, both in the boring old text versions to multimedia competition. Along with these files and games are also utilities to give you unlimited lives in commercial games, 40MB of Dungeons and Dragons files and source code. The contents are so massive and varied (although some games are small and less stimulating than others) that there is something here for every creative fun-seeking PC user. (Alan Sheckter)

HEART: 20 Years of Rock & Roll (Comptons New Media) Fans of the rock band Heart will enjoy seeing hundreds of exclusive photos, watching videos and listening of over four hours of Heart music. There are up to 60 seconds of music at a time on this from over 100 Heart songs as well as audio interviews with Ann, Nancy, Mom and friends. Nice effort. (Netta Gilboa)

HOBBY CORNER ($AVE-ON $oftware) Windows users can explore five unusual pets via this CD-ROM. Both entertaining and educational, you can see multimedia presentations on an ant community, starting an aquarium, owning gerbils, collecting insects and running a desert terrarium. Great photos and narrations assuming the topics interest you. Utterly unique. (Netta Gilboa)

IE (Interactive Entertainment, 800-283-3542) IE is short for Interactive Entertainment and that's what these CD-ROMS deliver. Published regularly and available at many software chains, these Windows disks are a game magazine on CD-ROM. Each issue includes a free game, previews of at least half a dozen others, an interview with a game creator, trade show information and game hints and tips. It's a fascinating concept to produce a magazine on CD-ROM instead of paper. The price of these is only a few dollars more and I found myself spending more time with each game discussed than I would of if I had been looking at it on paper. Worth a look if you play games or are intrigued by the concept of CD-ROM magazines. (Netta Gilboa)

INCREDIBLE 2000 IMAGE PAK (T/Maker Company) Available both on diskette and CD-ROM formats, this package makes a good effort in living up to its name. The 2000 is easy, it's the incredible that's in the eye of the beholder. For a newsletter, company presentation, or any amateur writer, the 2000 Image Pak comes through with the images you want when it's time to reach for clip-art. Grab fine quality animals, computers, household and recreational images, as well as a better than average array of borders, arrows and other icons. Justifiably called "incredible." (Alan Sheckter)

KITTENS TO CATS (Villa Crespo Software Inc.) Also available as a package for dog lovers called From Puppies To Dogs, these Windows CD-ROMs also include an instructional VHS videotape. Information is provided on how to choose a pet, different breeds, diet and nutrition, grooming, health, exercise and common pet ownership problems. Work a look if you've thought about getting a pedigree and are unsure which or if you love to see pictures of animals. (Netta Gilboa)

LADY IN SPAIN (New Machine Publishing) This hybrid CD-ROM contains an adult-length feature. The plot involves a sex party in sunny Spain as three girls win a fantasy trip on the Costa Del Lust. Super high quality for those who prefer a storyline rather than marquis names. The money was spent here on location rather than star salaries. Recommended. (Netta Gilboa)

THE LOST TREASURES OF INFOCOM Volume 1 & 2 (Infocom) In another time's forgotten space, those of us who played computer games used Ataris and Commodores. Adventure games were black and white text riddles. Here now are all those beloved classics on hybrid CD-ROMS in two volumes.

Volume one has 20 games including the complete Zork series, Spellbreaker, Deadline, Sorcerer, Enchanter, Planetfall, Suspended, The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Starcross, Stationfall, The Witness, Suspect, Moonmist, Ballyhoo, Infidel and The Lurking Horror. There is a great mix of adventure, horror, mystery, fantasy, and science fiction adventures.

Volume two has 11 titles with three bonus games on the CD-ROM version. Included are Trinity, Seastalker, Hollywood Hijinx, Cutthroats, Bureaucracy, Border Zone, Plundered Hearts, A Mind Forever Voyaging, Sherlock And Nord And Bert Couldn't Make Head Or Tail Of It. Most of these are adventure games with a few mysteries and even a puzzle game. I can't rave enough about these interactive adventure games. For the price I paid for one of these a decade ago, you can now have an entire volume. Utterly awesome! (Alan Sheckter)

THE MACINTOSH BIBLE CD-ROM (Peachpit Press, Inc.) If you have a Mac with 4MB of memory, System 7.0 or higher and $25.00, you qualify for "the most incredible collection of Mac stuff ever assembled." There's no boring tutorial lecture here, just the most high-tech stuff you want. Brilliant sound and video clips are here as are killer optional icons, neat-o fonts, some utilities and super high quality .TIFF and .EPS photos and clip-art. It's quite vivid and entertaining. Being in CD format, you'll surely appreciate that there's also room here for text images of traditional Peachpit computer books. (Alan Sheckter)

MAD DOG II: THE LOST GOLD (American Laser Games, Inc.) Here's an interactive battle that lets you practice your shooting skills through the use of your mouse. You'll confront a CD-ROM's worth of banditos, renegades and, of course, Mad Dog's men. You can choose from several guides and multiple trails as you try to beat Mad Dog and claim the lost gold. Awesome graphics, unique plot. (Netta Gilboa)

MAP 'N' GO (DeLorme Mapping) This multimedia program is one of the most used in my CD collection. It allows not only to plan the best route from point A to point B, but to choose accommodations and points of interest --with pictures and sound-- along the way in North America. The maps are clear and the graphics are visually pleasant, but some functions like zooming and panning may be frustrating. The price includes an oversized 128-page full-color road atlas of North America. The detailed travel plan of the trip with the calculated distance and driving time can be printed too. In addition, maps can be located by telephone area code and exchange or by United States zip code and copied to Windows Clipboard. The online help files and the documentation are just as friendly as the DeLorme staff in Maine. The company has recently become a web site on the Internet. General information, Q & A, and product demos can be obtained through www.delorme.com with Mosaic interface. I am waiting for the upgrade which hopefully will include Brooklyn, NY. (Itzchak Gilboa)

MASTER OF MAGIC (MicroProse) Here's the first PC game to combine a fantasy adventure with a strategic conquest. Build your empire after choosing from five difficulty settings. Protect yourself from powerful enemies out to destroy you. Offers 200 army types, 210 spells, 80 items of magic and 35 hero classes. This is not a game you can complete in a night, but it offers enough challenge, choices and beautiful graphics to keep you interested. A good value for the money. (Netta Gilboa)

METAMORF 3-D (Villa Crespo Software, Inc.) Available on CD-ROM for Windows, this 3-D morphing graphics utility includes two pair of glasses and 200 images you can play with. Morphing is the process of taking two photographs and making them appear to blend into each other. Output can be saved as .GIF, .TGA and .FLI animations. Very special results can be achieved with this one. (Netta Gilboa)

MORPH (Gryphon Software Corp.) We previously raved about this package which allows you to blend images so that when one flows into another it looks like magic. Version 2.5 has a new curve feature, lets you save movies as screensavers and create flip books of your images. The special effects may look hard but are super easy to perform and work as QuickTime, Video For Windows, .FLC or .FLI animations. If you think you could be a Michael Jackson video producer like in "Black Or White", here's the only package you need to do it. (Netta Gilboa)

NEWSLETTER ART (T/Maker Company) Over 220 clip art images in full color, are featured here in such categories as borders, seasons, awards, health, news, thanks, and Initial Caps. If you produce paperwork that's given to a group of other people to read you'll probably find something useful here. Features the ability to convert images into many popular formats. (Netta Gilboa)

NICKELODEON DIRECTOR'S LAB (Viacom New Media) We rarely review products aimed at kids, but this one seemed so cool, we had to make an exception. Requiring not only a CD-ROM, but a microphone as well, this easy to use multimedia package lets you make your own videos. Useable for school projects, music videos, cartoons and electronic letters, you can save finished videos to disk, import graphics and sounds and even record your own voice or music. Included are 300 video clips, 300 sound effect, 475 photos and 70 pieces of music. Very innovative. (Netta Gilboa)

ON THE JOB (T/Maker Company) Over 100 cartoons involving the office and work are included here. There are lots of great computer images as well as people in meetings in authority and doing work. This is worth considering if you use graphics or cartoons. Buying these same images some other way would probably be significantly more expensive. As clip art packages go, it's an excellent value for the money. Most of the images are in black and white, but they can be converted to almost any graphic format. (Netta Gilboa)

PENTHOUSE INTERACTIVE VIRTUAL PHOTO SHOOT - Vol. 3 (Penthouse Images Acquisition, Ltd.) This hybrid CD-ROM works on either a Macintosh or a PC running Windows. You become a Penthouse photographer as you pose three Pets in a photo session where you take and view photos, save images to disc, print, view, and update customized contact sheets. The women are beautiful, the interface is stunning and there are over 90 minutes of full-motion digital video to explore. Whether you're an aspiring photographer, you enjoy watching women undress or you simply want to try a CD-ROM that stands out from the crowd, this is highly recommended for being utterly innovative. (Netta Gilboa)

PENTHOUSE SELECT-A-PET (Penthouse Images Acquisition, Ltd.) 500 Penthouse Pets are available here. You can view and print photos based on thumbnail stetches in the manual. You can also construct a slideshow by choosing Pets based on their hair color, body size and demeanor. Much more interesting than a paper magazine, there are more photos here as well as the ability to view only the ones you like most. Unique. (Netta Gilboa).

PHOTOGRAPHY MADE EASY (Villa Crespo Software, Inc.) Not surprisingly, the popularity of CD-ROMs has created a market for educational disks. Along with an instructional VHS tape, this disc will assist you in choosing light, lenses, maintaining records and preventing common errors. There are sections on photographing landscapes, children, pets, portraits and making the best of great opportunities. Offers full-motion video and a choice of freeform or classroom mode. A good education companion. (Alan Sheckter)

PRINT ARTIST (Maxis) We previously gave a good review of this product which is now available in a deluxe CD edition. It comes with 2300 clip art images, 100 fonts, 1100 professionally designed layouts and even sample papers to play with. Ideal for creating signs, calendars, greeting cards, banners and letterhead. Lots of fun to play with. (Netta Gilboa)

RAY DREAM DESIRE 3 (Ray Dream, Inc.) This 3-D illustration package for Windows allows you to paint in 3-D, create complex 3-D shapes to use as models and create dazzling illustrations. Requiring little 3-D experience, this provides familiar drawing tools, and push-buttons to let you look like a pro. Also included is a coupon for a collection of textures and patters by ArtBeat. Best suited to those working in full color and with some idea of what they'd like to create, this will delight anyone doing color graphics, industrial designs, etc. (Netta Gilboa)

REALMS OF ARKANIA: STAR TRAIL (Sir-Tech Software, Inc.)This sequel to Blade Of Destiny is a fantasy RPG PC game available in both CD-ROM and disk format. I never played the first one, but was able to jump right in and enjoy digital speech, 3-D combat, over 50 animated monsters and the ability to access over 350 weapons, magical items and armor. The plot concerns the disappearance of the Salamander Stone and the quest to find this gem of mysterious powers in order to restore harmony to the land. User suggestions sent to the company about the first game have been incorporated here. Better than average. (Netta Gilboa)

REMIND ME (Velocity) Add personality to your Windows environment by choosing from eight different kind of recurring reminders so you don't miss meetings or lunch anymore. Featuring the Looney Tunes characters, you can also automatically load programs, open files, play sounds and run animations. Other uses for this include scheduling bill payments, remembering birthdays and remembering to turn your computer off. Unique. (Netta Gilboa)

THE SIMPSONS SCREEN SAVER (Berkeley Systems) The biggest compliment I can pay this software is that my parents (who never watch the TV show) loved it. Combining music from the show, sound effects, breathtaking animation and realistic scenes, this collection of 15 screen savers works alone or with After Dark. In one saver Lisa plays the blues while animations of all the characters appear from her sax. In others, you are shown how to draw the Simpsons family, watch a war between Itchy & Scratchy and can throw a tomato at Krusty The Clown. One of the savers includes a trivia game which will test your knowledge of the show and allow you to interact with the saver. Outstanding! (Alan Sheckter)

SPEED (Knowledge Adventure) Man's fascination with traveling fast is the theme here, highlighted by an award-winning movie, originally filmed in IMAX, called Speed. Study world speed records match speeds with animals and machines or play with the ZoomScape maze. Good for all ages, this will entertain fans of rocket cars, jets, roller coasters, hot rods and skyrockets. Worth having if only for the movie. (Netta Gilboa)

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION SCREEN SAVER (Berkeley Systems) Working alone or in combination with After Dark, this collection of over a dozen displays includes digital sound and MIDI music of actual sound effects and dialog from the TV series. Watch The Borg assimilate the desktop, sneak a peak at the personnel files of the crew or stand on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise with Captain Picard and Lieutenant Riker. It's hard to pick which screen saver to load to represent the persona you want your computer to have. If you're a Trekkie, this one's for you. (Netta Gilboa)

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION INTERACTIVE TECHNICAL MANUAL (Simon and Schuster Interactive) Fascinated by the Starship Enterprise? This CD-ROM features the actual sets, props and models and allows you to travel the corridors, command the bridge, handle the controls and explore the holodeck and engineering sections of the ship. Majestic graphics are combined with the actual voices of Jonathan Frake and Majel Barrett Roddenberry. This is the stuff CD-ROMs were made for. Star Trek makes me yawn, but even I could get seriously distracted by this. (Netta Gilboa)

STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION: STARDATE CALENDAR AND ADDRESS BOOK (Berkeley Systems) This date-book features eight backgrounds and allows you to use your computer as you would pen and paper in order to set alarms, mark important events and find your friends. Includes an engine called Espresso which will work with future products to offer expandability and other licensees. Awesome graphics, reputable company and the great Star Trek appeal make this a winner. (Netta Gilboa)

STAR WARS SCREEN ENTERTAINMENT (Lucas Arts) Compatible with After Dark, this collection of screensavers, screen-posters and animation focuses on the Star Wars films and characters. There's fascinating trivia, a digitized screenplay, and even a message from George Lucas on future Star Wars films. Score another win for "The Force." (Netta Gilboa)

UNDER A KILLING MOON (Access Software, Inc.) Generally when a product is hyped a lot, it doesn't live up to the expectations. Not so in this case. This game was advertised for about a year before its release. It's an interactive movie featuring the voices and acting skills of James Earl Jones, Margot Kidder, Brian Keith and Russell Means. Combining incredible 3-D effects, ground breaking graphics and 16-bit sound, this CD-ROM product contains four CD-ROM disks. Yes, the game is almost two gigs. Clearly this sets a new trend for how large games will grow as well as what consumers will demand for $50 - $75. If you have the hardware (runs best on a Pentium), this is one you shouldn't live without. (Netta Gilboa)

UNDERSEA ADVENTURE (Knowledge Adventure) Explore the sights and sounds of the ocean floor. You can watch over 50 movies, take four "tours," find out trivia such as biggest and smallest fish or play one of three games to guess what sea creatures eat. Useable by children and adults alike, this is ideally suited to educating kids or amusing friends who dive or fish. (Netta Gilboa)

VISIONS (Walnut Creek CDROM) If you need photos and can be satisfied with resolutions of only 600 X 800, this hybrid CD-ROM contains 500 stock photographs from Preferred Stock Photo Agency. Categories included are animals, art, backgrounds, fractal images, holidays, plants, seasons, still lives, travel and "visions" (raytraces). A great value if you can use just a few of these images. (Netta Gilboa)

WELCOME TO AFRICA (Walnut Creek CDROM) This electronic book contains a role playing game and 450 pictures to help you discover Africa. In the game you play an African who lives on a farm and must make difficult, life threatening yearly decisions about what to plant, what to buy, who to help, etc. Both educational and fun, this will serve two purposes: to help you decide if you'd like to visit there, and/or spend some time learning about a culture without high travel costs. (Netta Gilboa)

WHO SHOT JOHNNY ROCK? (American Laser Games, Inc.) This PC CD-ROM is a one or two player mystery. The bad guys have machine guns and you have to figure out who killed a popular singer named Johnny Rock. Set in the 1930s, you navigate the shady areas of town to talk to low-lives who will help you solve this murder mystery. A lot of fun. (Alan Sheckter)

WINDOWS BIBLE CD-ROM (Peachpit Press, Inc.) Over 500 MB of information and programs are included here. There is the entire text of The Windows 3.1 Bible book, 160 utilities, 110 games, 65 fonts, 65 MB of digital paintings and 75 MB of action film clips. Also included are unusual sounds .MIDI music and selections from speeches by political leaders. It's an eclectic assortment for sure, but it works. I have never seen some of these things before even with all the BBS files and software packages I'm exposed to. Recommended. (Netta Gilboa)

WOLF (Sanctuary Woods) Utterly unique, this CD-ROM allows you to be a wolf. You must search for water, food, shelter, and pack members you can trust. Of course you must also avoid man and survive forty scenarios. Beautiful graphics, an easy-to-use interface and even some factual information about wolves is included here. If you're sick of plain shoot-'em-ups and adventure games, Wolf offers something you can sink your teeth into. Highly recommended. (Netta Gilboa)

WOMEN ON WHEELS (Lions Den International, Inc.) Here are 1000 R and X-rated SVGA images. If beautiful women posed on vintage motorcycles sounds exciting to you, you can use this to set up a slide show with the graphics viewer that's included. It has interactive zoom and magnify capabilities or you can import the pictures into a graphics program and play with them there. Also includes 300 of the images in .TIF format for those lucky enough to own 24bit true color video cards. (Netta Gilboa)

WOODSTOCK (Time Warner Interactive) This CD-ROM contains so much state-of-the-art data that I had to upgrade my video drivers do display it. Boy, was it worth the effort! The sights and sounds of the 1969 festival are re-created with previously unpublished photographs, film clips and even a game where you match former hippies with their lives today. Included are Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Who, and at least eight more. For each band there are photographs, lyrics and information about their career and top recordings. This is one you'll pull out again and again to show your guests. (Netta Gilboa)

WORD SCAN PLUS (Calera Recognition Systems) If you get a lot of text from people which needs to be re-typed into your computer, there is another way. Scanning a page of text produces varied results depending on how good the scanner is, how good your scanning software is and how good the original document is. This Windows product excels at giving accuracy even on degraded documents like four-point type, output from dot-matrix printers and blurry faxes. It's a snap to install and to use. It can even straighten skewed pages by as much as ten degrees. Can save a typist hundreds of hours assuming you'd rather correct little parts of a document than re-type it completely. It's amazing that this is possible and it's one of the few products that pays back its cost by what you save using it. (Netta Gilboa)

X-WING COLLECTOR'S CD-ROM (Lucas Arts) X-Wing is a popular Star Wars flying game.. This collection contains not only the original game and add-ons, but also six brand-new missions, improved 3-D graphics, upgraded sound and two extensions. Featuring the kind of graphics you'd expect from a licensed product with George Lucas' name attached to it. You will fly and fight while you hear dialog directly from the movie and see full-screen cinematic action sequences. If you like flying games or have considered trying one, this will provide many challenges.(Netta Gilboa)