Stop the tree killers and control printing costs with GoPrint System's GS-4 network print management solution. It has a site wide printer directory so that users can target nearby printers or ones with shorter wait times. Other features allow printing fees to be set based on user location, document type, computer lab usage, and even time of day. This new version offers interfaces that can be customized with logos and colors and can accept payments ranging from cash to debits on student accounts. The server-based system is supported on Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, Novell, Sun Solaris, and Thin-Client platforms. Pricing starts at $3,000 and depends on campus size and components ordered. Read about more features at www.goprint.com.
Standardize A/V equipment control, and stop worrying about remote controls, with the CB-1000 button panel from Calypso Control. The eight-button, back-lit panel can be programmed to control everything from projectors to lights. A built-in infrared code learner is used to program up to four codes per button. Once fully programmed, the entire configuration can be automatically and quickly copied to additional units through the on-board serial programming port. The unit also has passcode security to lock or unlock the button panel, and automated scheduled control through an on-board clock. Additionally, a set of 24 individual, prelabeled button caps are included with each unit, all for just $249. Visit www.calypsocontrol.com.
Laptops can be protected in style with Laptop Jackets from Shoreline. The jacket stays on the laptop at all times, protecting it from scrapes and bumps. It weighs around 1 pound and is slim enough so that the laptop will still fit in a backpack or briefcase. Two new styles are The Denim, which offers a casual look and stands apart from the typical black jackets, and The All Around, which is equipped with handles and a shoulder strap. Four of the five jacket styles are equipped with full access zipper back doors, allowing port access, plush fabric liners for soft contact with the laptops, and an interior zipper cover for further protection. They can be embroidered with a school logo. Depending on the style, the laptop jackets retail for $29.99 to $39.99. Learn more at www.shorelinecases.com.
SmartDraw 2007, the newest version of the graphic design software from SmartDraw, is now tablet PC-compatible. The software integrates with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, includes hundreds of predesigned templates for everything from floor plans to flowcharts, and has 20,000 graphics. Users can add notes with the computer stylus and have handwriting convert to text automatically. The software costs $297. A free trial is available at www .smartdraw.com.
Maplesoft has introduced new toolboxes for a variety of number crunching needs. The Financial Modeling Toolbox ($995) supports tasks such as equity price modeling, cash flow analysis, option pricing, term structure analysis, and simulation. The Maple-NAG Connector ($295) combines the power of Maple with the numeric routines of the Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) to make code development easier. It can be used in the fields of application development, mathematical modeling, finance, life sciences, statistical analysis, and environmental sciences. Finally, the BlockImporter for Simulink ($4,995) imports Simulink diagrams into Maple and converts them to mathematical expressions for analysis and problem solving. BlockBuilder converts them back again. Maplesoft is also offering a bundle of BlockImporter and BlockBuilder for $5,995. Academic pricing is available for all these products.
Photobucket users rejoice. Adobe's web-based video remix and editing technology has been integrated into the online media storage and video creation website. The software is delivered as a lightweight Adobe Flash application and built using Adobe Flex software. Any computer running Flash should be able to access the features without compatibility issues. And, just like Photobucket's existing service, it's free. Check it out at www.photobucket.com.
The Glimpse Foundation has launched an online store providing easy access to its many study abroad resources. Among the offerings are subscriptions to the foundation's magazine, Glimpse Quarterly, and guides for students that cover topics ranging from dealing with culture shock to gender roles abroad. The guides are priced separately for individuals to use or for institutions to copy and distribute. The web address is store.glimpsefoundation.org.
If generators are scarce, UPS battery back-up units from Ultra Products are an option for keeping computers running. These four entry-level units range from 150W to 425W models and come with easy-to-use monitoring software and a limited warranty against equipment damage. They can support a computer for up to 40 minutes. Prices are: Ultra UPS 300VA (150W) for $49.99, 500VA (250W) for $59.99, 700VA (350W) for $79.99, and 850VA (425W) for $89.99. Visit www.ultraproducts.com.
The VB-C300 is a new wide-angle network camera from Canon. It has a wide 70-degree horizontal angle of view and pans bi-directionally at ?170 degrees to deliver a total viewing angle that exceeds 360 degrees. Other features include automatic day and night mode, which switches from color video to light-sensitive black and white video; auto focus; support for two-way audio with microphones and speakers; and optional power over Ethernet. The suggested price is $999. Three new projectors are also available from Canon. The LV- 7260, LV- 7265, and LV-X7 all feature short throw distances and powerful 1.6x wide angle zoom lenses. The LV-7265 has 2500 ANSI lumens, the LV-7260 has 2000 ANSI lumens, and the LV-X7 has 1500 ANSI lumens. They also illuminate in eight seconds and cool down within 30 seconds. Suggested prices are $1,499, $1,199, and $999, respectively. Visit www.usa.canon.com.
RightNow Technology's new Higher Education Solution includes integrated recruitment and retention guides to assist institutions in meeting goals. Based on best practices, the web-based system includes preset tasks related to the student's recruitment status-such as prospect, applicant, and enrollee. The retention guide, aimed at maintaining the high level of attention prospects receive, includes prompts such as career information for juniors. The system integrates with the user's existing SYS or ERP. The service costs $50,000 for a one-year license and $70,000 for a two-year license. Learn more at www.rightnow.com.
Digication, the online collaboration system, has launched an optional Admin Tool that enables administrators to add or subtract users and determine what material is viewable by the public or members of the school community. Cost is based on the number of users at a school being managed. For small numbers of users, annual subscription pricing per user starts at $20 per year. The average cost per user decreases as the number of users increases, with the subscription fee going down as low as $5 per year. The company has also integrated e-Portfolios into its existing system. Using the software, teachers and students can access and discuss class materials, schedule important dates and events, and archive the entire class experience for future reference and accreditation purposes. E-Portfolios can be either private or open to group editing. Features such as tagging, commenting, and RSS are also available. The service is free for up to 1,000 people at accredited schools, including the first 3 gigs of storage. Additional storage can be purchased for $50 year/gig. Check it out at www.digication.com.
Turning raw data into graphs and charts for quick analysis got a little easier with the release of Tableau Software's third version. The software has a drag-and-drop interface and a variety of filters that users can apply to manipulate the data. Integrated dashboards are updated as the user makes changes. Other features include ad-hoc grouping, one-click sorting, reference lines, and logarithmic analysis. Users can also add data labels and annotations directly on the screen, instead of exporting the information to PowerPoint. The program works with a variety of databases including Excel, Access, MySQL, SQL, PostgreSQL, Firebird, Oracle, and Analysis Services. It also now supports tab-delimited text files. Tableau Standard costs $795, while Tableau Professional is $1,349. The Windowsbased software will work on Macs running Bootcamp. Get a free trial at www.tableausoftware.
For library and student lounge furniture, Bretford has released the Plus Tablet Arm Chair, available also in armless models, with either left- or right-hand tables, and a variety of fabric choices. There is even a cup holder. The table turns for easy sitting. The chairs are designed to have a lightweight frame; a handle on the back and cast aluminum legs help provide easy movement and reconfiguration. Prices range from $1,910 to $2,791, depending on body type and fabric. Visit www.bretford.com.
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