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Acrobat 9 from Adobe is taking the process of creating and sharing electronic documents a few steps further through new features. The software delivers native support for Adobe Flash technology, enabling users to include Adobe Flash Player compatible video and application files in PDF documents. PDF Portfolios can unify a wide range of content, such as documents, audio, and video, into a single file and then allow for choices for layout. Acrobat.com allows for joint collaboration on a PDF document in real time; other capabilities for this suite include storing and sharing files, webconferencing, and serving as a central location for collecting data. Adobe Buzzword is also featured. Versions include Acrobat 9 Standard (full, $299; upgrade, $99), Acrobat 9 Pro (full, $449; upgrade, $159), and Acrobat 9 Pro Extended (full, $699; upgrade, $229). Volume licensing is available. Visit www.adobe.com/education.

 

The TDP-SP1U projector from Toshiba weighs in at 4.8 pounds and was designed to provide a professional presentation at an affordable price. The filter-free projector contains DLP BrilliantColor technology, which utilizes up to six separate colors-red, blue, green, cyan, yellow, and magenta-for a wider variety of accurate, vibrant colors. BrilliantColor display technology can enable up to a 50 percent increase in brightness. Other features include 2200 ANSI lumens, 2000:1 contrast ratio (full on/full off), and native SVGA 800x600 resolution. There's also an RS232 port for easy integration with AV network control systems and a 2.0-watt speaker. Its lamp is designed to last up to 3,000 hours in standard mode and up to 4,000 hours in economy mode. The projector is available for $719. Check it out at www.toshibadirect.com.

Institutions choosing to implement Sarbanes-Oxley Act-related policies and practices, take note: Chesapeake System Solutions has unveiled T-Recs Enterprise, a financial governance solution designed to assist users in complying with SOX by automating cash and non-cash account reconciliation. The application walks users through each related task in this workflow to help them better understand and enforce the act's requirements. T-Recs creates audit trails, issues alerts for potential problem areas, and notifies users when reconciliations are ready for review or need to be done. Pricing begins at $75,000 plus implementation services. Learn more at www.chessys.com.

 

Toast 9 Titanium by Roxio has gone high def and is packed with new features for burning, watching, listening, and sharing digital content. The software enables Macintosh users to record high-definition content from camcorders and HD programming to Blu-ray discs. They can also burn HD video and slide shows on standard DVDs. With cataloging, users can burn up to 30GB on a single HD DVD disc or up to 50GB on a single Blu-ray disc. On a single Blu-ray disc, as many as 50,000 photos and four hours of video can be stored. Roxio Streamer can stream video content stored on a Mac to a Wi-Fi connected iPhone or iPod Touch or any internet-connected Mac or PC. Video editing and timesaver features are also included. The software costs $99.99. Log on to www.roxio.com.

 

Datatech SmartSoft's SmartAddresser 5 has new enhancements for increasing postal productivity and savings. The Job Scripting Tool allows for repetitively performed jobs to be saved and then automated. Print Layout Assistant enhances label and envelope design by enabling them to be seen before printing and then saved for future use. The software also contains address correction features and current postal presorting options and can generate all required postal documents. A light version is available for lower volume mailers with lists of 5,000 or less, starting at $1,395 for the first year. A full professional version is at $2,695. These prices include six bimonthly updates with the latest USPS address data and free technical support. Learn more at www.smartaddresser5.com.

 

Give your retired computers a new life or a happy ending. Lenovo is offering Lenovo Asset Recovery Services, a set of solutions for older machines that can lead to their being refurbished for reuse or recycled into a new product. Services include computer take-back, data destruction, value assessment, on-site deinstallation, and data encryption. Additionally, Lenovo is helping customers donate old computers or receive cash back for them. Pricing for the standard service package varies, based on what the customer requires and the number of items to be removed. Learn more at www.lenovo.com.

 

NEC Display Solutions has released its NP905 and NP901W installation projectors. Both models are network compatible and full-featured. With Windows Network Projector functionality within Windows Vista, users can share information from their computers through a wired or wireless network without the need for proprietary software. Remote connection to a networked computer can be conducted through a USB mouse and keyboard. A geometric correction tool can square an image by adjusting it horizontally, vertically, or diagonally when the projector cannot be placed parallel or perpendicular to the screen. The projectors come with closed captioning capability and a direct power off feature. The NP905 has 3000 lumens and is available for $1,999.99. The NP901W carries 2000 lumens and costs $1,299.99. Visit www.necdisplay.com.

The Elluminate Learning Suite by Elluminate is made up of three solutions that enable users to address what occurs before, during, and after their live online sessions. Elluminate Live! allows instructors and students to interact and collaborate in real time. Elluminate Publish! makes the content from a recorded session portable and reusable, allowing for the playback of audio files on any MP3 player or the viewing of standalone multimedia recordings on a computer without having to connect to the internet. Elluminate Plan! lets users focus more on preparing their lesson plans before a live online session and on delivering material and encouraging interaction during it. The standard price for the suite is $32 per full-time student but can vary based on the level of deployment and type of institution. Learn more at www.elluminate.com.

 

Hosted on its servers, Urban Insight's University WebChat is designed to enable administrators to communicate with potential students through online chats in a manner similar to instant messaging. Users can set up and customize their own chat rooms and can host chats in real time with as few as one or as many as 100 participants at once. Chat rooms can be styled with the university or college logo and colors, and graphics and links can be added at any time. Transcripts of chats in PDF or HTML format can be printed or saved. Monthly billing plans are available, ranging from $9.99 to $49.99. Free telephone and e-mail support are included. Visit www.universitywebchat.com.

The FX Duo Wireless Kit from Hitachi Software Engineering America aids the StarBoard FX Duo series interactive whiteboards by enabling them to be wirelessly connected with users' PCs. Weighing less than a pound, the kit works by emitting a Wi-Fi 802.11g signal that a PC can then pick up and use to connect to the board, allowing for the PC to be set up anywhere in the room. The kit can be connected to a board via a USB cable; it uses Windows Connect Now Support software. When accompanied with a rolling stand, the kit also enables a whiteboard to be mobile. The price of the kit is $209.99. Learn more at www.hitachi-soft.com.

 

SMART Audio by SMART Technologies is a classroom amplification system designed to enable users to move freely about the room while being heard clearly. Users can connect the system to multimedia devices such as CD, DVD, or MP3 players for audio files to play through the speakers, and can operate it through SMART Board interactive whiteboards. Features include an infrared (IR) receiver, a wearable wireless teacher microphone, a handheld wireless student microphone, a ceiling-mounted IR receiver, two microphone chargers, four rechargeable AA batteries, and a choice of four ceiling- or wall-mounted speakers. Choose not to install the ceiling-mounted receiver? The second receiver has an internal IR sensor, so it can be placed on a desk or audiovisual cart for easier system installation. The system is available at an education price of $1,099. Visit www.smarttech.com.

 

With its 4000 ANSI lumens, the Christie LW400 WXGA projector from Christie Digital Systems allows for the lights to remain on in the room during a presentation. It can be used with video or widescreen PC resolutions for true HD video playback. An inorganic 3LCD light-engine provides greater contrast and deep black levels for richer detail in dark scenes. Both its filter and lamp are long lasting, with up to 2,000 hours for the former and 3,000 hours for the latter. The projector can meet closed-captioning needs and can accept a variety of audio/video inputs. The projector is available for $5,495. Visit www.christiedigital.com.

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