Reef Series: Volume 1-Fishes of the Caribbean and Adjacent Waters CD-ROM by ReefNet Software



SECOND EDITION NOW AVAILABLE!




"How could the second version possibly be better?"
"How do I get the new edition?"
"What are the features of the first edition?"
"What system requirements do I need?"
"How do I order?"
"Where does ReefNet get all its photographs?"



"How could the second version possibly be better?"

a 2 CD-set
555 species and 101 families (up from 500 species and 93 families of the first edition)
~2000 photos and 450 video clips (up from 1500 photos and 220 video clips - half of the previous photos have been replaced with even better images for identification)
resizable and movable video windows (New Feature!)
additional fish identification tools, e.g. family silhouettes, case studies,
fishwatching hints (All New!)
fish identification quizzes with varying degrees of difficulty and duration (New Feature!)
56 printable maps covering most of the islands in the West Indies (New Feature!)
a video show designer and player (New Feature!)
enhancements to the intuitive features of the first version
and more...! (Check out the ReefNet website for more details.)

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"How do I get the new edition?"

This new edition will be retailing for $64.95 US plus $5.00 shipping for new customers of ReefNet. HOWEVER, through their generosity, ReefNet has given the Field Station a special price of $54.95 plus shipping with proceeds from sales of the CD going towards offsetting costs of operating the Field Station. For registered users of the first edition, updates are available at a cost of $15 plus shipping ($5.00) and will be ready for order at the end of February.

(Previously, when the updates were mentioned to buyers of the first edition, it was thought that the old CD would have to be sent in with the upgrade purchase. This is no longer the case, so shipping of the first CD is not a concern.)

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"What are the features of the first edition?"

Next to the Reef Fish Identification book by Paul Humann, this CD program takes a lot of the guesswork out of newly encountered species. The software has detailed descriptions of 500 species and 93 families (physical characteristics, habitat, behavior, abundance, and distribution). It contains ~1500 photos and 220 video clips showing various life stages, color phases, habitats, and habits. It has annotated sketches for every species, pointing out its distinctive features. The taxonomy of the animals is given in great detail with audio pronunciations of the Genus species. There is a search feature for the fish you are curious about using body shape, tail shape, and other features you may know. The program then determines a list of matches and slight mismatches. The text, images, and pictures are printable, and it also has a slide show the user can design and play as a cycling presentation with music and other options. It is a great display tool when I conduct my fish ID seminars. Both Greg and I are extremely impressed with its performance, features, and ease-of-use. As the Field Station, it is our first resource for assisting our surveyors in identifying an encountered species.

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"What system requirements do I need?"

As for the system, both versions require Windows 95, 98, or NT with 16 MB of RAM and at least 8 MB of free disk space. The first editon can install completely on your computer, where the disk would not be needed when you want to run the program. It is recommended to have a Pentium processor with true color display (16 bits or better) and audio capabilities. Also available are real-time hints and extensive on-line help. It does come with a printed user's manual as well.

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"How do I order?"

Suggested retail for the product is $64.95 (plus shipping), however, through the Field Station, the price is $54.95+ $5.00 for shipping and handling. To order, please contact the REEF Field Station of the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Proceeds from sales of the CD go towards offsetting costs of operating the Field Station.

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"Where does ReefNet get all its photographs?"
ReefNet has a staff of many very talented photographers and videographers, but as it is in the business of fish identification and recording, there will always be the ones that got away. ReefNet, therefore, has corroborated with the photography of others to compile the most useful fish identification resource possible. ReefNet keeps a Species Wishlist for the upgrades in the future and welcome any photographer to contact them with photos on these species. They will inform you of their royalty scheme upon request. In this second edition, our own Field Station co-founder Greg Bunch has contributed six photographs from his own portfolio.

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Please email all questions to info@reefngom.org.

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