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University Business, Jan 2005

Say goodbye to clogged filters. Mitsubishi's new line of ColorView projectors, designed with sealed optic engines, eliminates the need for filters. As a result, the XD400U, XD450U, and XD480U, all powered by Texas Instruments' DLP chip technology and weighing 6.5 pounds, resist dust, dirt and other particles within the light path. This new projector line also offers extended lamp warranty--a full year. The XD400U is $2,995, the XD450U is $3,495, and the XD480U is $3,995. For more information, visit

Blackboard has added 1,165 new Blackboard Course Cartridges to the offerings now available to higher education institutions and individual instructors. The course cartridges are prepackaged multimedia course materials published for the Blackboard Learning System. Blackboard Course Cartridges now include offerings in Academic Skills and College Life, Arts and Humanities, Business and Management, Computer Science and Desktop Applications, Education, Engineering, Interdisciplinary Studies, Law and Legal Studies, Medicine and Allied Health, Professional Fields, Science and Mathematics, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. For more information, visit

From Meeting Maker comes WebEvent View 2.0, a web-based tool for calendar scheduling for staff, faculty, and students. The software allows users to communicate information externally while maintaining internal event calendars on an intranet. The 2.0 version offers new features, including a way to export/feed from WebEvent to enable real-time distribution of specific events, an improved guest user interface, enhanced calendar event filtering, and usage reporting. Pricing for WebEvent View 2.0 is $18,750 for up to 1,000 calendars/users. For more information, visit

Adobe has introduced the newest members to its family: the Acrobat 7.0 series, which includes the Acrobat 7.0 Professional ($449) Acrobat 7.0 Standard ($299), Acrobat Elements, and Adobe Reader 7.0. Through enhanced integration with Adobe LifeCycle Server solutions and new connections to partner systems, the Acrobat 7.0 family serves as the hub between structured and unstructured workflows. For more information, visit

Hitachi has debuted its new StarBoard BT-1 BlueTooth Tablet, a 1-inch thick, pen-operated panel that enables wireless remote operation. The BT-1 connects to a PC running the presentation via a wireless USB plug-in receiver so that presenters can annotate and highlight from anywhere in a room. Featuring the latest Bluetooth technology, the tablet has a range of over 30 feet and weighs just one pound. The BT-1 retails for $295. For more information, visit

PaperThin has announced the newest version of its web content management solution, CommonSpot Content Server 4.5. New features include full Mac-based authoring, collaborative editing, e-mail review, context-sensitive help, and rich content classification. In addition, CommonSpot 4.5 now offers extended APIs and web services for import and integration of applications such as course and learning management systems. Current users include Arizona State University and Cornell University (N.Y.). Pricing starts under $10,000. For more information, visit

Sony has expanded its line of video options with its new HVR-Z1U camcorder and HVR-M10U VTR. The camcorder can record HDV, DVCAM and DV images at 60i, 50i, 30, 25 or 24 frames per second in SD or HD. Its advanced design allows more light to reach each pixel in the imager, which improves the signal-to-noise ratio. The HVR-M10U VTR ($3,700) features record and play back functionality, DVCAM, and DV SP. In addition, the recorded image can be down-converted to SD output mode directly from the VTR. The HVR-Z1U retails for $4,900. For more information, visit

PLUS Vision Corp. has announced its first wireless network projector with memory capability, the PLUS U4-237. Weighing just 3 pounds, the U4-237 features 2000 lumens and a 2000:1 contrast ratio and a CompactFlash card wireless LAN module that can connect to multiple PCs. Users can save PowerPoint presentations directly onto the CF cards which allows for presentations to be delivered directly from the projector. The U4-237 retails for $2,495. For more information, visit

Know what software and hardware assets you have at all times with PC Manifest from Fortres Grand. PC Manifest automatically creates a complete inventory of all the hardware, software, and system information for each computer on a network, and alerts administrators when a change is made. The product also records the dates and details of every software installation and hardware upgrade for each computer, with no human effort. PC Manifest can produce detailed reports on virtually any facet of a PC's lifespan, including the complete history of changes that have occurred to each computer on a network. It resides on a Windows 2000/XP server, and no client software is required on the computers that are inventoried. Pricing varies according to the installation size. For more information, visit

Prone to hard drive disasters? With Prosoft's Data Rescue v10.4.3, Picture Rescue v.1.1.0, and Data Backup v.2.0.4, you can better protect your data. Data Rescue ($89) is designed specifically to help recover files from a problematic hard drive, while Picture Rescue ($59) protects against accidental deletion, unintentional re-formatting of digital pictures. With Data Backup ($59), users can backup to FireWire and USB drives, network drives, CDs, and DVD's. For more information, visit

Distance Learning, Inc. has launched ScribeStudio 2.0, a web-based application that allows educators to develop online programs and courses. ScribeStudio 2.0 now includes a video conferencing option, "Add Document" functionality that allows users to upload any office document, and polling and survey features. Pricing varies. For more information and a 30-day free trial, visit

From NeoPath Networks comes the NeoPath File Director, software that simplifies and automates the management of unstructured file data. Administrators can transparently move date and physically attach, remove, or upgrade servers and strong at any time without impacting users. As a result, administrators can easily scale performance, migrate data, and reduce overtime costs. Pricing for NeoPath File Director starts at $29,995 for a single unit and $49,995 for a two-system cluster. Stanford University (Calif.) is a current user of the software. For more information, visit

FileMaker has announced its new upgraded fundraising management software, FileMaker Donations 2.0. Designed to plan, track, and streamline fundraising campaigns, Donations 2.0 features improvements such as built-in security, a user-controlled multi-window environment, and more powerful and customizable reporting capabilities. FileMaker Donations 2.0 can be downloaded or purchased as a CD-ROM for $129. For more information, visit

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