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University Business, Nov 2005

During a teleconference, there are times when a participant wants to share a discreet piece of information with the person sitting next to him or her, without those on the other line knowing about it. Unfortunately, it is hard to tell if a microphone is on or muted. Harry Joseph & Associates has released Hushbutton, a device that lights up in green when the microphone is turned on and red when it's muted. Hushbutton is not available directly to end users because an integrator is required for installation; the plug-in device is system specific, with an interface board that mounts to the underside of the table. Integrators set pricing. For more information, visit

Filemaker is offering a trial download of its newest version of its desktop database, Pro 8. Besides 30 starter solutions, Pro 8 now features an e-mail campaign management solution that can import data from other formats, such as Microsoft Excel, Access, or other software, making it easier to target potential donors or recruit freshmen. Pro 8 sells for $299, while an upgrade to Pro 8 goes for $179 for Pro 7 and 6 licensed users. Education and volume discounts are available. For more information, visit

Roxio's Toast 7, the Mac CD and DVD burning suite, comes with added features to get the most out of digital burning. One of its new features includes its ability to allow users to turn DivX format files into DVD-Video discs in one step. It can also convert video files into DivX and iMovie HD and FinalCut HD projects into high-definition video discs that can be played on a DivX HD-enabled DVD player. The price is $99.95; variable special pricing exists for education customers, but on a single unit the savings would be approximately 10 percent. For more information, visit

Averatec's 3700 Series, a line of 1-inch thin, 4.2-pound notebooks featuring a white shell, are priced under $1,000. Each has a 12-inch XGA screen, 512 MB, and 60 or 80 GB hard drives. A built-in high-speed wireless LAN with dual-antenna was designed for quick multimedia streaming and downloading. Educational pricing and special offers will vary depending on specific university stores. For more information, visit

Digital Projection International will release the iVision 20 Series, a line of six-pound projectors, in early 2006. The 20 projectors feature DC3 DMD technology from Texas Instruments, and vertical lens shift capability, a feature previously available in larger, more expensive models. The projectors are also equipped with either SX+ or HD2+ DMD. The iVision 20SX+ renders at 2500 ANSI lumens, plus 2500:1 contrast, while the HD2+ delivers 1200 ANSI lumens and a 4000:1 contrast. The iVision 20SX+ goes for $7,495, while the iVision 20HD2+ is $6,495. Volume discounts may be available. For more information, visit

Prosoft Engineering's Data Rescue II is a data recovery utility for recovering files from a problem hard drive. The Mac-based software only focuses on recovering files--rather than attempting to fix hard-drive problems and potentially causing more damage. Data Rescue II is designed to be the first option to recover important data before an attempt to repair the utility is made. A new user interface, operation in assistant or expert mode, drag-and-drop recovery, Tiger OS optimization, and the ability to support more file types of content scans are among the features in this version. The suggested retail price is $99. For more information, visit

Link-It Software's Version 2.08 of EZ Maintenance is software designed to be a total solution for equipment and vehicle maintenance at institutions and elsewhere. The software can help facilities departments in the scheduling, managing, and tracking of all costs and histories of routine preventative or random occurring repairs for assets. Education customers can purchase the software for $1,222, a 25 percent discount. For more information, visit

Plasma displays have gone interactive. The Promax InSync PDP 100 is an annotation system that comes with a 50-inch Samsung plasma display with WXGA resolution, and three electronic pens and an eraser. An instructor is able to write, annotate, or highlight directly onto the screen with a finger or pen. Buttons provide quick access to most-often used functions, and multiple signal input/outlet terminals offer multiple connectivity options. When the device is connected to a network, online chatting and discussion can be achieved. The plasma display is $8,999; the module with an intelligent pen tray is $3,995. An authorized dealer can provide an education price. For more information, visit

Questionmark's new version of the Word Authoring Templates is an add-on to the Perception assessment management system for creating, delivering, and reporting on surveys, quizzes, and exams. The templates are designed to help faculty and trainers author Perception questions in Microsoft Word. The education price is $498. For more information, visit

Microsoft's Shared Computer Toolkit for Windows XP is a free download. Designed for use in computer labs and libraries, the software restricts users from changing system settings, accessing sensitive data, and running unauthorized software. It defends shared computers from viruses and spyware by clearing changes to the hard drive every time the computer restarts and streamlines the desktop to improve the end-user experience. Since testing out the beta version, changes have been made to the toolkit. These include users' ability to now view the status of Windows Disk Protection. The toolkit is compatible with Windows XP Professional SP2 and Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005. For a hard copy of the handbook and CD, visit

The Toshiba Digital Products Division's budget notebook series, Satellite L25, offers 15-inch notebooks that sell for $1,000 and up and are designed to be a good fit for those looking to trade in their desktop for a laptop. Features include TruBrite screen technology, a 5400 rpm hard disk drive, and a combo CD-RW-DVD-ROM drive for viewing movies and listening to music. The line integrates Toshiba ConfigFree software, the company's graphic connectivity management utility for wireless access. For more information, visit

Many Mac users don't realize how much "gunk" accumulates in their computers. Degunking Your Mac/Tiger Edition is designed to show Mac users how to get the most out of Tiger, as well as how to clean up and streamline their Macs and get them to run faster than before. The 400-page book is available from Paraglyph Press for $24.99. For more information, visit

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