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University Business, Aug 2006

PeopleCube has released its web-based meeting room and resource management application, Resource Scheduler, as an on-demand solution, so users can now use it either through a hosted service or via a standard software licensing model. This latest version offers two new add-on modules. The services module supports requests such as catering, AV, video conferencing and security. The asset management module allows organizations to more effectively manage large groups of resources, such as chairs, tables, projectors, company cars, loaner laptops, and other assets generally stocked in large numbers or checked out for extended periods of time. For on-demand delivery, pricing starts at $3 per user, plus applicable start-up fees based on customer requirements. Pricing for a standard software license model starts at $40 per user. Visit

For a database program with lots of bells and whistles, consider FileMaker Pro 8.5. This new version allows users to put a live web browser right in the database. A Mac Universal Application, it features a "learning center" so users can learn the program at their own pace and offers more control of object functions and scripts. Existing FileMaker Pro 8.0 users can upgrade for $99, while new users would pay $299. License discounts for education organizations are available.

In mid-August FileMaker will release Campus Productivity Kit. A free, stand-alone download for students, it features five ready-to-use database solutions to help them manage contacts, organize research and lecture notes, track group project assignments, coordinate events, and prioritize to-do items. For more information, visit

When only a small amount of data needs to be shared, and it doesn't matter if the disc comes back, the FlashDisc storage device offers 16 to 32 MB of space, enough room for 400 text documents, 10 presentations, 40 digital photos, or 15 minutes of music. It will connect to any computer with a USB port, doesn't require special software, and is rewritable. With a tough plastic exterior, a snap-on protective cap, and a compact 2.35-inch-diameter size, it is easy to transport. msystems is selling the device under the brand names of Memorex and Verbatim for $14.99 for a three-pack. Learn more at

Tired of lugging around a full-size scanner, or taking tiny cell phone pictures? Then the DocuPen RC800 may well be for you. While most mini scanners capture a line at a time, this model can scan an entire page of text and graphics in about four seconds. It's 8 inches long, weighs 2 ounces, and has 2 MB of flash memory, allowing it to store up to 100 pages. The battery recharges when the unit is plugged into a computer USB port. Planon Systems Solutions is unleashing your inner gadget geek for a suggested price of $299. Visit for more information.

Sharp has a new line of color copiers, which range in speed from 23 to 45 PPM (with models MX-2300N [shown], MX-2700N, MX-3501N and MX-4501N) and offer cost-effective color as well as advanced functionality. Both mid-sized MFPs (MX-3501X and MX-4501N) complete jobs quickly with standard features like Sharp's Color Scan2 technology designed to minimize paper handling while maximizing performance and providing faster scan speeds. To keep print and copy jobs processing efficiently, these networked MFPs have a high online paper capacity-up to 5,600 sheets. Users can also print color or black-and-white files directly from a USB memory device, such as a thumb drive, or scan a document on the MFP and save it to a USB memory device in popular formats such as TIFF, JPEG, PDF, and encrypted PDF. The MX-2300N is listed at $11,295. Learn more at

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