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There is a new way to manage the Windows environment. Visual Click Software has expanded its DSRAZOR product to include Windows and Active Directory. This management, reporting, and security tool will help streamline new user imports to the system by allowing bulk additions. It can assist in refining helpdesk activities, controlling and verifying access to various systems, and maintaining regulatory compliance for privacy policies. The technology can be modified to meet the user's need, either in-house or by Visual Click. Product support includes free one-on-one training, unlimited tech support, and upgrades.

Pricing for DSRAZOR for Windows varies; the product is licensed by the number of user objects per Windows Domain, DNS Root Domain, or Container Branch. The base retail price for 250 user objects is $2,158 and includes one year of unlimited technical support with the Create My Solution service, plus all product enhancements/upgrades. Special pricing for educational environments and single-user licenses is also available. Click on for more information.

Tableau 2.0 is the latest version of this software that enables users to explore, investigate, and analyze data using a visual interface. Users can find data relationships, trends, patterns, and anomalies by dragging and dropping those data onto a visual worksheet. The software automatically performs all the queries and calculations, then displays the data in dynamic graphs. Filters can also be applied to the finished charts. Upgrades include increased statistical functionality and data mining, easier and faster database connectivity, and enhanced Microsoft Office integration. The discounted academic price is $499 per license, but Tableau Software allows individual professors and students to use the software free for coursework purposes. Learn more at

Organizations that need to reliably plan, track, and manage people and projects might look into Unanet's Professional Services Automation (PSA) software. It provides resource management, opportunity/project management, timesheets, expense reports, and workforce collaboration. The Integration Manager function facilitates the integration of the product with external systems such as QuickBooks, Oracle Financials, and payroll systems from ADP, Ceridian, and PayChex. The web-based software is priced per user, ranging from $20,000 for 50 users, to $146,000 for 500 users. Read all about it at

Professors spend a lot of time writing comments on student papers. Waypoint, a new web-based software program from Subjective Metrics, allows them to create and save standard comments and criteria, which they then select and print from their computer. Additional comments can be added ad hoc and users can also access RubiStar, a library of over 100,000 rubrics created by professors. The software saves the comments so a student's writing progress can be tracked over the course of the year, or their entire college career, and a variety of reports are available. Waypoint can also integrate with Blackboard Learning System as a Blackboard Building Block to authenticate professors and students and log them in, synchronize the class roster, and return feedback and grades to the Blackboard gradebook. Pricing ranges from an individual license for $95 per year to a site license of $2,495 per year for unlimited faculty members. See a demo at

The EYE-10 is a new progressive scan live image camera from WolfVision. This high-resolution XGA camera offers 30 frames per second, perfect colors, high-resolution 12x zoom lens with perfect edge focus, and upgradeable firmware. The camera outputs an XGA live image with 1024x768 pixels at 60 or 75 Hz, just like the monitor output of a computer. It can be connected to a data projector, plasma screen, or computer monitor and to most videoconferencing systems. It is priced at $3,175. The Tile Bridge is an optional accessory (available for $200) for mounting the EYE-10 in standard-sized ceiling grids.See more at

Amcom Software has added an emergency messaging system to its suite of call center products. E.Notify can send voice, text, and e-mail versions of the message to any device, such as phone, pager, PDA, or fax. Users can build groups to determine who receives a message when, in what order, and through which contact method; collect responses from message recipients; and easily escalate messages to the next management level. Automatic messages linked to alarm systems are also available. The average price range is $30,000-$150,000. Visit

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