The Adobe Creative Suite 5 product family offers five different suite versions plus certification programs and educational resources to offer more ways to strengthen collaborative learning. Students and faculty can incorporate web, video, mobile, and audio content more easily and quickly into their assignments. A new Adobe Flash Catalyst component allows for interactive content to be built without needing to write code. The Adobe CS5 family also lets users create content and applications for Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2. And, they can integrate with Adobe’s CS Live online services to help streamline workflow. Each suite has full version upgrades of stand-alone applications with tools sold separately or in one of the CS5 editions. The new Creative Suite 5 Student and Teacher Editions for individual home-use start at $299. Educational license pricing is also available. Visit www.adobe.com.
Hitachi America’s CP-X3011 3LCD projector ($2,795) boasts some nifty technical features. Users can select one of four free-line templates that can be useful when writing on a whiteboard. When used with a whiteboard, one projector mode reduces the brightness level for eye protection. An IR remote frequency change function enables the frequency to be changed directly from the menu. The projector has a brightness of 3,200 lumens and a 2,000:1 contrast ratio and offers closed captioning. Its hybrid filter needs maintenance only once every 5,000 hours. Lamp life is also extended in standard mode (3,000 hours) and eco mode (6,000 hours). A power-saving mode reduces energy consumption during standby. Visit http://hitachi.us/digitalmedia.
Hobsons’ Mobile CRM, the mobile version of its CRM tool for education, enables admissions and enrollment officers to have real-time access to the web-based CRM site while on the road. The tool works with most common smartphones. Users can add, edit, or search for contacts from their devices, accessing contact records or an entire communication plan. Reporting can be done via the mobile device, as well. The mobile interface includes a “submit a suggestion” link so users can propose ideas for improving the application. Mobile CRM is free for Hobsons EMT CRM clients. Visit www.hobsons.com/mobile.
The Tegrity iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad App has a number of new features that enable students to stream live or recorded lectures directly onto these devices. Students can select an “unclear” button to bookmark a spot in a lecture they may not understand and can later access the spot directly and share it with classmates. For finding a lecture, they can also use a text search function that provides a list of matches from an entire course. The app is free for Tegrity Campus customers. Visit www.tegrity.com.
Wyse PocketCloud App for iPad from Wyse Technology has more than 20 new enhancements to help users access everything from a cloud to a server to a Windows-based PC using the Apple device. The app is formatted to fit the iPad’s high-resolution screen while working on the outside source. It has features such as QuickZoom for moving in and out quickly from a remote desktop. Users can edit and modify their remote desktop protocol and VMware View connections. This app costs $29.99 and can be purchased from the App Store on iPad. Learn more at www.wyse.com.
ViewSonic’s PJD5352 portable short throw DLP projector can project a 50-inch image clearly and sharply at a distance of three feet. The 3D-capable projector can be placed on a tabletop or wall mounted. Energy-efficient features include a power-saving mode and an eco mode with up to a 6,000-hour lamp life. The projector has 2,600 lumens with a 1024x768 XGA native resolution and 3,000:1 contrast ratio. It also contains preset presentation modes, closed captioning, and a Kensington security lock and security bar. The PJD5352 weighs 5.5 pounds and is priced at $749. Visit www.viewsonic.com.
Polycom and Internet2 have launched E2Bconnect, an online professional networking site for administrators to create and maintain relationships with local businesses through the use of visual communications. This free program aims to encourage both parties to establish mutual opportunities. For example, an institution can perhaps offer training and recruiting or distance learning programs for a company’s employees or assist in job placement. In return, a company might recommend subject experts that can help in enhancing an institution’s academic programs. Learn more at http://e2bconnect.net.
Premier Mounts has two new universal short-throw wall projector mounts with audio components designed to produce high quality sound in the classroom. The UNI-STA+Audio ($949) and the UNI-EXT+Audio ($999) contain two 25-watt speakers and a 50-watt amplifier. They have flexible mounting options for fitting short-throw projectors. An integrated GearBox can securely store AV and IT gear out of sight. Multiple input sources and a universal projector mount are included. The two mounts differ in wall extensions: the UNI-STA’s is from 7 to 27 inches and the UNI-EXT’s is from 37 to 60 inches. Check out these products at www.mounts.com.
Xerox’s WorkCentre 7120 color multifunction printer has many features for better document management. The MFP can act as a digital onramp for offices transitioning from paper-based to digital documents, processing up to 55 pages per minute. It can route documents to e-mail, network, and content management software simultaneously for repeated workflows, as well as fax a document over IP or forward it by e-mail. It can also scan to or print from an optional USB port. An Emulsion Aggregate High Gloss toner makes a document’s text look crisp and color images sharp. Common black-and-white and color documents can be scanned at 20 pages per minute. Pricing for the printer starts at $6,999. Visit www.direct.xerox.com.