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 VANCOUVER, B.C., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The highly acclaimed Crosscountry USA educational software program which teaches children practical geographic concepts through the real-life scenario of truck driving will be released by Didatech Software in a Macintosh version in January, the company announced today.
 The product will be available in school and home versions, and is compatible with MacPlus or more recent Macintosh hardware. Hard drive space requirements are 6 MB for black and white, 10 MB for color.
 Crosscountry USA for IBM and Apple II have been receiving rave reviews from teachers since those products were introduced in 1985, noted Didatech Software President Paul K. Melhus.
 "With Macintosh emerging as the platform of choice in schools, our newest version is a development which the educational community has been clamoring for," Melhus added.
 A complex interactive simulation of the situations that might be encountered driving a truck across the United States, Crosscountry USA features full color graphics (it is also available in black and white), animation, and digitized sound.
 Crosscountry USA is designed to help children become adept in map-reading, handling distance and time concepts, anticipating and solving problems, and other practical skills.
 Graphics simulate the view from the driver's seat of a truck, with scaled progression of true-to-life scenery as students "transport" commodities between 180 U.S. cities. Additional commodities may be added to the 52 which are programmed into the off-the-shelf product, and their geographical allocation may be changed to match classroom lessons and homework assignments.
 Designed for grades four and higher, the program gives children highly realistic experiences as they learn their way around the country.
 The truck driver format of the Crosscountry series is unique among educational programs, according to Melhus, who developed the innovative concept.
 "The device of truck driving is enormously appealing to kids, and, as we have learned from our original Crosscountry series, educators have great success with it because it utilizes real-life situations to teach geography," he explained.
 The primary differences between the new version of Crosscountry and earlier releases lie in the advantages inherent in the Macintosh system -- superior graphics, larger storage capacity, and the point-and-click convenience which a mouse offers over keyboard control of commands and cursor movement.
 The school edition of Crosscountry USA for Macintosh includes a teacher's manual and software for one computer. It is priced at $79. Lab packs ($159) and site/network licenses ($595) are also available. Special pricing is available to owners of the program on other computer formats.
 Didatech offers teachers a free demo copy. To request the demo or to place an order, call Didatech Software's order line, 800-665-0667. Orders also may be faxed to 604-299-2428. Dealer orders are filled through Didatech's distributor, Baker & Taylor Software, 800-775-4100, or direct.
 Canada's leading educational software producer, Didatech Software is dedicated to the development of serious electronic learning programs for the Macintosh, IBM and Apple II platforms. The Crosscountry series and other Didatech products are being used by more than 11,000 schools throughout the United States and Canada.
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