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Interactive Technical Manual - U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D
Category: Novels & Comics
Genre: Computer - Software - Reference, Star Trek
Product Line: Fantasy & Science Fiction Guides (Simon & Schuster)
Product Note: PC CD-Rom
Publish Date: 2002
In Print: No
Condition: NM    
Condition Note: disc only
NKG part # Mfg. part # Type Condition
2147680361 Software (unboxed) NM

The Star Trek: The Next Generation Interactive Technical Manual is an in-depth description of the technology and equipment used aboard the USS Enterprise-D in Star Trek: The Next Generation. The CD-ROM also featured interactive tours of certain areas of the Enterprise. For the most part, the information is the same information contained in the paper version of the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual.

However, the use of Apple's then-new Quicktime VR software allows a fully interactive exploration of many areas of the ship. Various sets from the TV show were photographed thousands of times, at various angles. These photographs were then stitched together to allow 360 degree viewing at a number of points in each location. It is possible to zoom into many control panels, and to closely examine a number of objects. Some control panels are interactive and can trigger sequences, such as transporting or firing phasers.

Movement within the ship is performed either by a simple jump from location to location, or by a animated trip through the corridor and turbolift sets. Ship ambiance is as on the TV show, with background sounds, control panel audio, and computer narration by Majel Barrett. The interactive tour option gives the user a introduction to every ship area, and is narrated by Jonathan Frakes.

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