Looking for higher-education and technology products and services? Start here.

Looking for higher-education and technology products and services? Start here.

Adobe's Acrobat 7.0 enables IHEs to use Adobe PDF to manage a range of activities such as assembling documents from multiple sources, creating intelligent forms, and more securely collaborating on projects inside and outside the firewall. For the first time, Acrobat 7.0 Professional customers can now include anyone in an electronic review of a PDF document by enabling access to commenting tools in free Adobe Reader 7.0 software. Besides altering text, recipients can add sticky notes or record audio comments. Adobe Reader users can quickly provide feedback on a PDF file that consists of several content types--from scanned paper to spreadsheets, presentations, and now, 3D computer-aided design (CAD) content. Acrobat 7.0 Professional goes for $449. For more information, visit www.adobe.com.

IMLogic's IM Manager 7.0 lets IHEs control the use of public and enterprise IM for real-time communication while ensuring compliance with legal and corporate governance policies. IM Manager manages, secures, logs and archives all IM traffic with certified support for public and enterprise IM networks, including AOL, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, IBM Lotus Instant Messaging, Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2003/2005, Jabber, Reuters, Antepo and others. Pricing for IM Manager starts at $6,500, and is dependent upon the number of users. For more information, visit www.imlogic.com.

The CampusEAI Consortium and Internet2 have launched the OPEN Student Television Network, the first nationwide student-produced television channel. Through this collaboration, Open Student Television Network will now reach more than 3 million users at 220 Internet2 member research and education institutions, in addition to the 34 state education networks which have access to the Internet2 Abilene network. Abilene is a nationwide high-performance backbone network which operates at a speed 20,000 times faster than the average household broadband connection. For more information, visit www.ostn.tv.

Gefen offers the new Firewire Extender 800, a solution that extends computer generated video for remote-powered performance, enabling IHEs that offer distance-learning courses to easily send large amounts of video data. It works through a sender and receiver system that connects the local computer to the remote device with multimode fiber optics cables. The Firewire Extender 800 sends large amounts of data speedily at rates up to 800 megabytes per second, ideal for video transmissions. This enables equipment to operate as if connected locally when anywhere within a 300 foot (100 meter) distance from the source. Firewire Extender 800 sells for $799. For more information, visit www.gefen.com.

More than ever, IHEs are beginning to understand how student communities contribute to the well-being and satisfaction levels of the student population. NASPA and GoalQuest have introduced UPeers, a "matchmaking" service in the broadest possible sense--its focus is on matching would-be friends, study partners and those who share co-curricular interests. GoalQuest believes that students who join a UPeers community and build a virtual social network will also be more likely to be retained by that school. Although UPeers users can choose who they communicate with, the product limits interaction and ancillary content to students at each particular school, and promotes participation in offline events and activities to build a sense of campus community and identity. This is different from other digital facebook and e-community services, which typically are not sanctioned by colleges and universities. GoalQuest plans to bundle UPeers with its FYRe (Freshman Year Retention) tool, an interactive web-based program that helps students make the transition to college and enhance their personal and academic skills during their first year and beyond. UPeers is also available as a stand-alone service. For more information, visit www.goalquest.com.

Toshiba announced a lightweight DLP Projector for large conference rooms and halls. Featuring Natural Color Enhancer Technology, TDP-T98U Projector delivers bright images in a portable, 6.2-pound form factor. Featuring DLP (digital light processing) technology, the TDP-T98U offers 2,500 ANSI lumens, native XGA 1024 x 768 resolution, and a 2000:1 contrast ratio. The TDP-T98U also features Toshiba's proprietary Natural Color Enhancer color correction circuitry, which delivers greatly-improved image quality for sharper images. Users may appreciate the "hassle-free" setup, including one-touch auto setup, automatic keystone correction and a fully loaded remote control. Designed to deliver high performance at a low noise level, the whisper quiet fan runs at 32 dBA (decibel adjusted) in low mode, ensuring the speaker can be heard. The Toshiba TDP-T98U sells for $2,299. For more information, visit, www.toshiba.com.

Epson and Sprint have teamed up to make it easier and more convenient for Sprint customers to print cameraphone photos stored in their Picture MailSM online albums to personal printers--regardless of brand--using a new site feature called Print at Home.

Also, Epson's new Stylus Photo RX620 gives digital and traditional photographers a full-featured photo lab. Whether it's the simple task of printing photos from a digital camera, using the product's built-in scanner and Epson's Easy Photo Fix technology to restore colors from old, faded slides or negatives, or copying photos and text, the Stylus Photo RX620 offers a one-stop solution for virtually any photo needs. The Stylus Photo RX620 goes for $299. For more information, visit www.epson.com.

Neopost offers the SI 82 folder/inserter, for education applications. Whether its for a new student welcome letter, or an annual fundraising appeal, the SI 82 can fill up to 4,200 envelopes per hour or 80,000 mail pieces per month. The SI 82 can easily adapt to changing business needs. Engineered for ease-of-use, the SI 82 features Neopost's Load 'N Go technology. Simply load the documents into the SI 82, press Load 'N Go and the SI 82 will do the rest. The unit features high envelope feed capacity and a vertical envelope stacker to increase productivity. And the system's Secure 'N Feed technology automatically verifies the thickness of each document to ensure that the proper number of pages is included in each piece, reducing the cost incurred from bad mailings. With its feeder swap ability, the SI 82 can be easily reloaded during operation. For more information, visit www.neopost.com.

Sharp announced a pair of mid-volume copiers with a high-end, multitasking controller. The AR-M355U and AR-M455U digital IMAGERs deliver fast document reproduction with copy speeds up to 35 and 45 pages-per-minute and up to 3,100 sheets of online paper capacity. These new document systems come equipped with Sharp's Scan2 technology, which enhances productivity by scanning both sides of a double-sided document in a single pass. Additionally, these modular copiers can become full featured multifunctional peripherals (MFPs) offering network printing, network scanning and Super G3 fax capabilities as business requirements evolve. AR-M355U starts at $8,820 and AR-M455U starts at $10,160. For more information, visit www.sharpusa.com.

InFocus offers the LP860 projector, the latest addition to InFocus' installation portfolio that offers advanced features and integration that enable presenters to captivate audiences in classrooms, training settings, worship facilities and large auditoriums. Making it easier for projection technology to be used in large spaces, the new LP860 features native SXGA+ resolution and a powerful 3500 lumens to flood any room with clear, bright images. Current InFocus users will be familiar with the ease-of-use features that are an integral part of InFocus' standardization of the installation and integration family. It is priced at $6,999. For more information, go to www.infocus.com.

Stylus Studio introduces the Stylus Studio 6 Home Edition, Release 2. It's a value-priced XML development environment for home and student users, featuring tools for XML, XSL, XSLT, XML Schema and Document Type Definitions. The new Stylus Studio release adds a completely revamped XML Schema Editor, updated support for XSLT 2.0 editing and debugging, and hundreds of customer-requested usability enhancements which simplify learning of advanced XML concepts. Users can download and try Stylus Studio 6 Home Edition free for 30 days (or take advantage of the $49 academic pricing option). For more information, visit www.stylusstudio.com/academic_pricing.html.

ReView Video unveiled its Gold Seal Managed service program to track audio-visual assets. A new addition to the company's Gold Seal line of services, Gold Seal Managed is designed to help universities manage their AV assets (codec devices, display devices, video switchers, audio processors, document cameras, etc.) with the same familiarity used to manage IT assets. Gold Seal Managed is powered by software from Simtrol, a designer and developer of Windows-based control software solutions that enable enterprise-wide command, control, monitoring and diagnostics of otherwise incompatible devices, including AV, security and other communication assets. For more information, visit www.reviewvideo.com.

XTEND Communications Corp., a provider of computer and local area network-based telecommunications systems for public safety, healthcare, hospitality and corporate environments, introduced Enterprise Alert. Enterprise Alert is a PC-based solution which allows an organization to interface with the Public E911 network. Enterprise Alert translates the calling party identification information to ANI (Automatic Number Identification), providing detailed location information or ALI (Automatic Location Identification) about the 911 caller to the PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point). For more information, visit www.xtend.com.


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