What is multimedia? How does it work? What does it offer? For anyone who has ever asked themselves these questions this revised Multimedia the Complete Guide has the answers. Requiring no specialist knowledge and using jargon-free language Multimedia the Complete Guide takes the reader on a compelling journey through the multimedia world. Containing over 1000 highly detailed illustrations and photographs it provides a stunning visual guide to the best multimedia CD-ROMs currently available from educational encyclopedias to the latest interactive movies and 3D action games. This unique reference work also offers a fascinating insight into how the different multimedia elements are created and incorporated into a CD-ROM covering video graphics text sound and animation. It includes authoritative descriptions of how a multimedia computer works as well as a guide to today's powerful games consoles and the latest developments in virtual reality. And with an eye to the future it explores the phenonmenal growth of the Internet and the World Wide Web and gives a preview of interactive television and the multimedia services we can expect to see in the future.