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Adam Engst, editor of the online Mac newsletter on the 2005 Monks CD-ROM:

**The Contemplative Mac** -- Adam here. A word you seldom see applied to software is "thoughtful," and in this case, I mean it literally, as in "full of thought." But I can think of no better label for Brian Thomas's "If Monks Had Macs," an interactive multimedia CD-ROM title that defies prosaic description. It's packed with original texts from the like of Henry David Thoreau and G.K. Chesterton, highly readable essays and critical analyses, a visual exploration of Pieter Bruegel the Elder's Tower of Babel painting, a telling of the story behind an underground newsletter called The White Rose from an underground student resistance group in Nazi Germany, and far more. A playful sub-current swirls through everything - there's an illustrated medieval text adventure game (you're a monk, needless to say) in which you find cards for a solitaire game. A journaling application helps you record your impressions and musings as you meander through the application's many byways. ... The $30 program works in both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X, as well as in Windows 95 and later, making it the ideal present for anyone with a healthy intellectual curiosity.


AAUG Alaskan Apple Users Group

If Monks had Macs:

PROS: A Fabulous contemplative CD rom multi-media happening that invites you to ponder, and write in a journal, play games, and exercise your creative side.

CONS: None

The focus is the journal, it allows structure or not, and invites you to unwind as you will. A quote to start you off, or threads to comment with/on, and great simplicity in keeping it together. This is the kind of software that is much more than itself, and grows on you as you use it. I recommend it to slow down in this busy world.

– Gary Miller, February of 2005


Mouse Droppings

(The unforgettable name for the newsletter of the Corvallis, Oregon Macintosh Users Group)

Review — If Monks Had Macs

Well, after receiving If Monks had Macs to review, I have to admit to being highly impressed, because this is a CD for the thinking adult. It’s not something that you are going to play with for a while and then go on to something else, ‘cause there’s enough material on this disk to keep you fascinated for as long as you want to work with it....

If you enjoy playing games, the "Devil’s Bedroom" [sic- actually Meat & Conversation] will keep you entertained for hours, as you seek to escape the landslides activated by an earthquake; and a variant of Patience, together with the Haiku Master will use up any spare time you might manage to accumulate....

I’ll admit to falling in love with If Monks had Macs This review can give only a perfunctory overview of what’s on the disk, otherwise it could take an entire issue of Mouse Droppings!

– Jim Tolbert, 1995, on the Voyager edition

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“The program works in both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X, as well as in Windows 95 and later, making it the ideal present for anyone with a healthy intellectual curiosity.”

.“I’ll admit to falling in love with If Monks had Macs. This review can give only a perfunctory overview of what’s on the disk, otherwise it could take an entire issue of Mouse Droppings!”

Buy the If Monks...
CD-ROM here.

If Monks... is recommended for
Windows 95* & Pentium II 350 mhz
or later and Mac OS 9 or 10.1with
a Power Mac 7600 or later
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800 X 600 pixels or larger screens

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