Pause doesn't work. Some frames take a while to render; during that time other instructions don't work. Hold the PAUSE button down until it changes, then then release.
PLAYS very slowly. On older systems the amount of data displayed on the population layer can cause very slow playing. It can be speeded up by reducing the window size, or by reducing the QUALITY which is under VIEW in the Player menu.
Help doesn't open. HELP (on the first frame of US History) calls up your default browser to display these instructions. You may have to click the HELP button again to get the instructions. They are also available under "Enhanced Support" at the top of www.animatedatlas.com.
Using the launch code and other problems. Each time the program is launched on a different computer, the code is required. Thereafter it will open on that computer without the code.
The launch code has to be re-entered on each use. The Vista and Windows 7 upgrades have major changes in the operating system for PCs. This has led to some problems with setting the launch code. Happily Microsoft provides a means to make these new versions compatible with earlier versions for individual applications.
1.) The simplist fix is to make sure this application runs from the hard drive, and not the CD. If on the CD, place the entire PC folder on the hard drive.
2.) To make the operating system compatible with this application, right-click the icon for the program, labeled "Growth" or "Growth.exe" in the PC folder. Choose "Properties" at the bottom of the context menu that opens. You should now be under the "General" tab. Go towards the bottom and click on the "Unblock" button, if ithere is one, and then click "OK." Now click the "Compatibility" tab. Check the checkbox for "Run this program in compatibility for:" and choose an earlier version of Windows, like Window XP or Windows 2000. Below that is the "Privilege Level." Make sure that the "Run this program as an Administrator" box is checked. Also check "Change settings for all users." Click OK at the bottom to save the changes.
Windows 7 Compatibility Step-by-Step