Welcome to the world of Living Books. You and your child are about to experience a fun and fantastic learning environment where characters and objects come alive and bring a whole new dimension to storytelling.
This ReadMe contains technical information for The Cat in the Hat.
To help you quickly locate any information you need, here is a list of what is included in this ReadMe, so you can scroll down to the appropriate section.
Table of Contents
3. How to Contact Technical Support
Begin at the Windows 95 desktop. Insert the CD-ROM disc into your CD-ROM drive. The Cat in the Hat Startup window will appear. Click the Install button and
follow the on-screen instructions to install the program.
If The Cat in the Hat Startup window does not appear automatically on screen, you can install the program manually. Click the Start button on the taskbar
and choose Run. Type D:\SETUP.EXE in the line labeled Open. (If your CD-ROM drive uses a letter other than D, substitute that letter for D.) Click the OK button and follow the on-screen instructions to install The Cat in the Hat.
After successfully installing the program, click the Run button at the Startup window to start the program. The Startup window will usually appear each time the CD-ROM disc is inserted into the CD-ROM drive. If The Cat in the Hat Startup window does not automatically appear on screen, begin at the Windows 95 desktop. Click the Start button, point to Programs, and
then Living Books. Click The Cat in the Hat menu item to start the program.
If you need to remove The Cat in the Hat, begin at the Windows 95 desktop. Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then Control Panel. Double-click the Add/Remove Programs icon. Click the Install/Uninstall tab and select The Cat in the Hat from the list of programs. Click the Add/Remove button and then click the YES button to remove the program.
Begin at the Windows Program Manager. Insert the CD-ROM disc into your CD-ROM drive. Pull down the File menu and choose Run. Type D:\SETUP.EXE in the line labeled Command Line. (If your CD-ROM drive uses a letter other than D, substitute that letter for D.) Click the OK button and follow the on-screen instructions to install the program.
After successfully installing the program, a program group titled Living Books will be created in the Windows Program Manager. It will contain an icon labeled The Cat In The Hat. Double-click this icon to begin playing.
Select a Mode:
Read To Me
When you make the Read To Me selection, your pointer will disappear as you see the book unfold page by page. Your pointer will only reappear when you return to the Control Panel Page after the book is finished. You can also use the Enter key on your keyboard to return to the Control Panel Page. Use the right or left arrow key on your keyboard to skip ahead or see an earlier page in the book. You can switch to Let Me Play mode by pressing P on your keyboard.
Let Me Play
When you click the Let Me Play button, you'll be able to start exploring each page after its introduction. Use the mouse to select different items you would like to see come to life on the screen. There are many hidden buttons on every page, so be sure to search carefully before turning each page. You can switch to Read To Me mode while reading the book by pressing R on your keyboard.
Clicking the Options button will take you to the Options Page where you can go directly to any page in the book in interactive (Let Me Play) mode. You cannot jump directly into the story in passive (Read To Me) mode. To go directly to a page, click the forward and back arrows until you see the page number you want. Then click OK to go to that page.
To see the Credits for The Cat in the Hat, click the Credits button. When the Credits are finished, you will return to the Options Page. To return to the Control Panel Page, click the arrow at the bottom left of the page, or press the Enter key.
To turn pages, click the forward or back pointing hands located in the lower-right and lower-left corners of the screen, or press the right or left arrows on your keyboard. To return to the main selection screen, click the page number at the bottom of each screen, or press the Enter key.
While reading or playing in the interactive pages of the product, you can print out the screen by pressing the Ctrl+P key combination. It will print only in landscape mode to match the shape of the screen.
Sprinkled throughout the pages of The Cat in the Hat are areas on the screen where your pointer (the arrow on the screen) turns into a hand as the pointer passes over them. This indicates that in these areas you can move something by holding the mouse button down and then dragging the mouse. On some pages, you can click on running characters or flying objects and they will react. You can also find puzzles, a painting area, and other fun discoveries. The hidden bird character is somewhere on every page.
At the end of the Balancing Game, you can play the game again immediately by pressing the spacebar on the keyboard.
In either mode of play, you can press the Alt key to display or hide the menu bar, which will be hidden when play begins. Press the Return or Enter key from anywhere in the story to go directly to the Control Panel Page. You can use the Ctrl key and the up or down arrow combination to adjust your computer's volume level. Press the "R" key for Read To Me and the "P" key for Let Me Play on your keyboard to change from one mode to the other. Press the Ctrl key +Q combination from anywhere in the story to quit.
Living Books products are designed to use 8MB of memory for Windows 3.1 and Windows 95.
If your computer has a software screen saver enabled, it might interrupt Living Books, especially during the Read To Me mode. Be sure to disable your screen saver software while using Living Books to avoid interruption.
Windows Technical Notes
Please see the Troubleshooting Guide supplied with this product for more detailed technical information.
3. How to Contact Technical Support
If you have worked through these troubleshooting suggestions and still need assistance, you can contact Broderbund Technical Support by using the options listed below. It will be very helpful if you can tell us your computer make and model, and the brand names of both the video card and sound card you are using. If possible, have the computer both positioned near your phone and turned on. Please also be prepared to give us a detailed description of what happens when you try to run the program.
You can contact us in any of the following ways:
1. Internet - Online support is available through our World Wide Web site at http://www.broderbund.com
2. CompuServe - Type GO BRODERBUND at any prompt to access Broderbund's area in CompuServe, or send your questions to email@example.com
3. America Online - Use the Keyword: BRODERBUND to find our Product Support Boards, or address your questions to BBund Tec1 or BBund Tec2 using AOL's electronic mail.
4. Mail - Send your questions to Broderbund Technical Correspondence, P.O. Box 6125, Novato, CA 94948-6125
5. Phone - Call us at (415) 382-7818 from Monday through Friday between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Pacific Time.
4. Standard Hardware Requirements
- WINDOWS (R) CD-ROM*
- Windows 3.1 or Windows 95
- 66MHz 486 or faster required
- 8MB RAM required
- 2X CD-ROM drive or faster required
- SVGA video card 640x480, 256 colors
- Windows compatible sound device
- Printer support: works with most popular printers (monochrome and color) supported by Windows.
System Configuration: May require minor adjustments to the configuration of your operating system and/or updates to the hardware component drivers.
Project Director: Sam Comstock
Executive Producer: David Samuelson
Multimedia Consulting, LLC:
Senior Producer: Esther Suzuki Arnold
Associate Producer: Stacey Cornely
Executive Producer: Teri Rousseau
Living Books: Tami Sloan Tsark
Sound Director: Robert Thomure
Production and Animation: Nancy Nilsen
Preproduction: Cecilia Laureys, Sarah Shen
Pencil Animators: Don Albrecht, Shawn Brownell, Marcelo Souza, Christine Schnarr, Mark West, Dave Sandberg, Mary Sandberg, Caged Beagle Productions, Inc.
Computer Animators: Anita Drieseberg, Mark West, Shawn Brownell
Computer Page Assembly: Phillip Bossant of Wolf Hill Studios, Tony Margioni
Credits Animator: Don Albrecht
Storyboards & Layouts: Don Albrecht, Jeff Peterson, Eric Schipper, Christine Schnarr, Mark West
Background Painting & Color Design: Betty Gai, Jennifer Ching
Inkers: Cheech, Ailish Mullally, Eyeheart Art & Production, Co.
Scanning & Coloring: Class6 Entertainment
Animation Clean-up: John Punsalan
Computer Graphic Technicians:
Lead Technician: Eric Schipper
Graphic Technician: Chris Roberts
Support: Minhee Choe, Robert Hoffman, Warren Scott
Manager: Rob Bell
Programmers: Badi Malik, Jeff Mossberg, Rob Bell, David Lucas, Ed Rose, Glenn Axworthy
Sound Design: Robert Thomure
Sound Editing: Elizabeth Stuart, Klaudia Promessi
Additional Sound Editing: Bob Marshall, Andrew Roth, Jane Scolieri, Robert Johnson, Patsy Rahn
Music Composition and Arrangements: Klaudia Promessi and Robert Thomure
Additional Music: Bob Marshall, Donna Viscuso, Jane Scolieri
Title Theme: Klaudia Promessi
Credits Theme: Joey Edelman
Control Panel Choreography and Dance: Mark West
Voice Casting and Direction: Madeleine Wild
Cat: Marcus Lewis
The Boy: Michael Davoren
Sally: Brittany Laurence
Fish: Ron Seawright
Bird: Erika Luckett
Things: Madeleine Wild, Ken Winston
Mother: Susan Adams-Graves
Extra Character Voices: Don Albrecht, Sam Comstock, Elizabeth Stuart, Roy Blumenfeld, Bob Marshall, Gene Hamm, Mike Winston, Nicolle Buckley, Robert Johnson
Electronic instruments: Klaudia Promessi, Robert
Thomure, Bob Marshall, Jane Scolieri
Trombone: David Promessi
Drums: Bruce Spencer
Piano: Jan Martinelli
Kazoo: Erika Luckett
Guitar: Robert Thomure
Research & Design: Barbara Serwin, Corrinna Calhoun, Karl Ackerman, Andy Purviance, Karen Hudson
Activity Prototypes: Andy Purviance, Karl Ackerman
Quality Assurance Testing:
Lead Technician: Michael Sobieski
Educational Business Lead Tech: Jeffrey Pooley
Documentation Specialist: Anne Sete
Testers: Andrew Pang, Cathy Thom, Jon Yamoto
Senior Marketing Manager: Les Lifter
Marketing Communications & Publicity: Kim Dempster,
Assistant Marketing Manager: Kristin Cooper
Marketing Project Manager: Heath Ames
Packaging: Dana Shields
Sharon Lerner, Herb Cheyette, Mark Schlichting, Jeff Schon, Laurie Strand, Jeff Charvat, Randy Spencer, Robyn Berry, Kelly Free, Grace Pascual, Edgar Dejan, Reenie Katz, Chris Jones, Cynthia Leonard, Mickey Mantle, Glenn Axeworthy
All of the folks at Broderbund who make our work possible.