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ADAM Software: Nine Month Miracle

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Parent's, Teacher's, and Kid's Reviews and the
Comparative Ratings Table for Human Anatomy Software

Reviewed on:
Pentium PC w/8Mb and 2XCD

Ease of Install / Use
Installation was typical ten-step process for a CD-ROM on a Windows 3.1 PC: insert CD-ROM, open Program Manager, select RUN, select BROWSE, select CDROM drive, select setup.exe, read README, select express (6MB) or full (600MB !!) installation, select directory, restart Windows. We went for the express installation, and recommend you do the same. Once installed, the Nine Month Miracle ran without any problems. Movement within the program is relatively intuitive, based on icons and pull-down menus.

Balance of Fun and Education
"Fun" is not the right descriptor for a title like this -- "interest holding" might be more appropriate. And this title is certainly an interest grabber! The 9 Month Miracle takes a narrow aspect of human biology, and weaves a well organized, clear presentation of all most of us will ever want to (or need to) know about life's beginnings.

This program will be tough to beat for covering this topic. In fact, if we were venture capitalists, we probably would not fund a competing effort! The Nine Month Miracle does an excellent job of explaining pregnancy from conception through childbirth.

This title uses many of the same graphics included in ADAM: The Inside Story, but limited to basic anatomy and the reproductive system. It includes several amazing fetal images, and very good animated cartoon versions of some processes. We would recommend this program for families expecting an additional child, who are looking for a way to help explain pregnancy to older children in the family. We also might give this to someone expecting their first child. The software includes a large number of indexed video clips, covering topics from breathing during labor, to genetic tests.

A word of warning to parents: We would not recommend allowing your children to use this software by themselves the first few times, because it could produce many questions and raise a few concerns. The software begins with a diagram showing the initial physical steps leading to conception, and includes a few segments of video images of childbirth. While presented from an academic, clinical perspective, we would caution you to run through it yourself before considering allowing your child to view it alone. The software includes a special section for younger children, entitled, "A child's view of pregnancy,' which might be considered preferable for younger children.

Editor's Rating
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9 Month
Ease of Install * * *
Ease of Use * * * *
Manual Utility * * *
Technical Support n/a
Fun Factor * * *
Educational Value * * * * *

See also:
Parent's, Teacher's, and Kid's Reviews and the
Ratings Table for Human Anatomy Software

System Requirements
386/33 min, 486 or higher recommended, Windows 3.1 or higher, 4MB RAM min, 8MB recommended, 5MB hard disk space, 256 color SVGA monitor, 2X CD-ROM, MPC-compatible sound card

68030/16 or higher, or PowerMac in native mode, System 7, 8MB RAM, 6MB hard disk space, 13 inch or larger monitor, 256 color display, 2X CD-ROM

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