I first learned about the CD several months ago on Strathspey
and was curious enough to watch the demo online, was attracted,
and bought a copy.
I like the program and ordered a number of copies for the librarian
of the Ottawa Branch (for resale) and, I understand, that more
copies have been ordered. The idea is very good. Animating
the movements of the diagrams certainly helps me
to visualize unfamiliar dances. 155 dances are included
on the CD, plus all of the standard formations.
The dances are talked through and the little squares
and circles follow the instructions, and similarly
danced through to the music.
James Smith deserves a lot of credit for his work on this,
but I wish he could update it, because there are
a number of problems:
-- The program will only run in 256 color mode,
which means that the user has to know how to make
the change if necessary (it's not difficult, but ...),
-- It was written for an earlier version of Windows
and doesn't use memory as efficiently as in later versions.
This can cause error messages if you try to follow several
dances through, one after the other, without restarting.
-- There is also a problem with synchronization of the music
with the moving figures on faster machines -- on mine,
the music is about eight bars into the second time through
as the dances are completing the dance one through.
Despite these reservations, I have found the CD useful
-- it is also available on video, but I haven't seen it.
For further information and a demo, check the web site.
At 10:45 PM 18-06-00 -0400, you wrote: >Hello All, >I am delighted with James Smith's CD of animations of 155 >Scottish country dances, with verbal description and also >with music. Plus some dance formations. Very skillful >and practical animation. Familiar dances -- I knew of >about 80% of them. The CD worked quite well on my old, >slow PC. Should be handy for a quick review of dances >before balls and such. Well worth the price of U.S. $25. >Anyone else tried it? Liked it? >Cheers, Carol Johnson, Los Angeles area > >-- >firstname.lastname@example.org