Have finally taken the leap of faith and decided to try this game engine out.
I know people are providing help out of the goodness of their hearts, and we all appreciate it so please do not take this as a criticism, but just as maybe something that may be able to be improved.
I have done an install of a fresh download of the latest Pand3D package.
The machine had a virgin fresh install of WinXP pro (SP2). ....my standard testing procedure for new software.
1)There is no MSVCR71.DLL file in existance under such and operating system configuration, and Pand3D also does not have one in its installation.
2) Although there is scattered documentation about how to install a code editor, the Python files provided with the package already has "IDLE (Python GUI)" included.
I don't know about the legalities of including MSVCR71.DLL within the panda3D installer, but if it could be included, that may save some new members a bit of a head ache. If it can not be included, then it may be advantages to document a how and where for the MSVCR71.DLL file if it is missing.
Also would it be possible to have the installer also add to within the Panda menu for the already installed "IDLE".
This small addition may also save some new members some frustration to get things up and running in the early stages when they are still not fully familiar with what is going on.
I have currently just dropped a MSVCR71.DLL file within the "Python" root folder, and dropped a shortcut on to my desktop for the "Python\Lib\idlelib\idle.pyw" IDLE, having it set for open with "pythonw", and everything is working very nicely.
I would also like to thank every one for the many interesting posts I have already read, I am learning a lot.