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University Business, Oct 2005

Hitachi Software is offering the StarBoard T-17SXL presentation system as a complement to its StarBoard Series technologies. The T-17SXL is a compact, ergonomic, pen-driven, SXGA resolution, 17-inch LCD display provided with the StarBoard Software suite of presentation and collaboration tools. Prices range from $1,995 to $2,195. Hitachi Software offers customers discounts on volume purchases of StarBoard products on an undisclosed sliding scale. For more information, visit

Epson has announced a new line of inkjet printers that utilize its newest ink, DURABrite Ultra, which is designed to be fade resistant, smudge resistant, and water resistant. Included in the new line are one single-function and five all-in-one printers. The new ink, created to provide the look of dye ink with the durability of pigment ink, was created for compatibility with any type of paper. Prices for the new printers are: Epson Stylus C88, $79; Epson Stylus CX3810, $69 (after $20 mail-in rebate); Epson Stylus CX4200, $99; Epson Stylus CX4800, $129; Epson Stylus CX5800F, $149 (after $30 mail-in rebate); and Epson Stylus CX7800, $179. For more information, visit

Hobsons EMT, a provider of enrollment management technology solutions for higher ed, has launched the Hobsons Choice Technology Partnership Program to help in finding and partnering with other technology providers whose solutions complement Hobsons' enrollment solutions. The program aims to expand the services available to the company's client base of more than 950 institutions. Only one company per technology category can be awarded a Hobsons Choice label, which companies can apply for. More information is available at

WebMedia's Exhibio, a digital signage system used to create, integrate, and schedule content shown on public display devices, plugs into any display device, such as a large plasma or LCD screen, providing multimedia capabilities for the end user. The unit is a self-contained hardware/software system that now offers the ability to input a live television feed into displays as a standard feature. Each unit comes with a two-year hardware warranty as well as two years of free technical support and software upgrades. Exhibio is available now at an education price of $2,895, and volume discounts are available. For more information, visit

Students and staff can stop lugging around heavy bags by replacing their reference books with Sharp's new electronic dictionaries, which are PDA-sized devices. The PW-E250 carries the contents of four reference books: Oxford Pocket American Dictionary and Thesaurus, the Oxford Pocket Spanish Dictionary, Oxford Essential Geographical Dictionary, and Oxford Essential Guide for Puzzle Solvers. The PW-E150 contains the Pocket Oxford Spanish/English Dictionary, and is also a translator and organizer. The PW-E250 goes for $49.99, and the PW-E150 is $29.99. For more information, visit

Multi-dimensional Object Oriented Scheduling Entity, or MOOSE, may sound complicated. But it's simply a tool that aims to make administrators' lives easier. Created by Academic Research Technologies, MOOSE is a scheduling/asset management software tool designed for IHEs with enrollments of up to 40,000. Its reporting module attempts to aggregate assets from every perspective. Pricing varies, based on how many workstations are used and how many students are enrolled in an institution. For example, the base rate for one workstation is $5,000, and with an enrollment of 10,000 students, a school can expect a price of $15,000. Web demonstrations and tutorials are free. For more information, visit

Canon's newest projectors, LV-7245, LV-7240, and LV-X5, are designed for conference rooms, classrooms, and other locations requiring 1024x768 XGA image display. The projectors are able to project 100-inch image displays from 9.8 feet away, and provide 2500 ANSI lumens, 2100 ANSI lumens, and 1500 ANSI lumens, respectively. As a companion to the projectors, Canon has introduced the RE-455X Visualizer, a document camera designed to meet the needs of IHEs requiring image capture of paper-based documents or three-dimensional objects. The projectors go for a suggested list price of $2,499, $1,999, and $1,399, respectively. The document camera is listed at $2,299. For more information, visit

Meeting Maker, in conjunction with Intellisync Corporation, has created a wireless calendaring and e-mail solution, Meeting Maker Mobile, for on-the-go administrators. Meeting Maker Mobile is available in two versions, Standard and Premium, and includes e-mail access using a POP3 or IMAP server. The Premium version can also utilize a Domino or Microsoft Exchange server. Standard Edition pricing starts at $100 per user, while the Premium Edition starts at $160 per user. Special education pricing is available. For more information, visit

Jenzabar has added new functionality in its Jenzabar EX ERP system. Jenzabar EX 2.1 delivers a Fixed Assets module and in-house loan processing functionality. With the addition of fixed asset management capabilities, Jenzabar EX 2.1 is designed to help users extend their Total Campus Management practices to include proper accounting, classification, and tracking of their physical assets, thereby helping administrators make better financial decisions, minimize risk, maximize revenue, and improve the overall process of managing institutional assets. Additional in-house loan processing tools can give administrators a better handle on managing receivables connected with institution-administered loans. These added features to Jenzabar EX help provide administrators with a more complete picture of an institution's overall financial performance. For further information, visit

The National Association of Educational Buyers, a professional association helping higher education institutions with their procurement needs, has launched an initiative to expand membership for both NAEB and the Educational & Institutional Cooperative Purchasing organization. If a new member institution is not 100 percent satisfied with NAEB's services during the first year of membership, the fee will be refunded. NAEB is encouraging new members to take advantage of the benefits of membership during the first year. The membership campaign is being coined "Minor Investment. Major Savings." For more information, visit

Communications Specialties has introduced Product Libraries for users of Altinex's AVSnap system design software. Created by A/V professionals to help other A/V professionals design systems, the software allows users to access individual libraries on the AVSnap website for a range of hardware and software that can be incorporated into a diagram during the system design phase. The libraries feature direct links to CSI's website and product data sheets, as well as product photos. The drag-and-drop interface is free and is available to installers and end-users, requiring only a registration to download from For more information, visit

JVC's GD-30L1GU is a 30-inch plasma display featuring an anti-glare screen coating with native HDTV/WXGA (1280x768) resolution and a 170-degree viewing angle. The display can connect to many external sources, such as A/V terminals or Component/RGB, allowing use for various visual sources, including DVD, DTV-STB, VCR, camcorder, or computer. The display supports full HDTV and cinema formats: 72050/60p, 1080 50/60, 1080 24p, and 1080 24pSF. The suggested list price is $4,995. For more information, visit

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