AutoCAD is coming back to the Mac, and this time it will be free. The archetypal computer aided drafting program from Autodesk, which for more than a decade has been available only on Windows operating systems, will ship this fall for Mac OS X, along with mobile editions for Apple's iOS devices--iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. The new Mac edition will be free for students and teachers through Autodesk's Education Community.
Apple has debuted a new version of the iPod touch. The popular consumer handheld device, set t sip next week, has been upgraded with HD video recording and a front-facing camera for making video calls over WiFi.
Two companies that cater to the education market have added video conferencing services to their own programs. Both 2tor and ProctorU have integrated video into their offerings through the TokBox application programming interface.
The University of Chicago is running a new delivery system to broadcast video over its network to most buildings on campus and to support real-time broadcast of campus events.
Systems Alliance, an IT consulting company that sells SiteExecutive, a content management system used in higher education, recently released a hosted online video service.
Kaltura, a company that develops open source products for creating and managing video on Web sites, has published a Blackboard Building Block that allows users to integrate video into their Blackboard Learn environments.
Microsoft last week acknowledged that the VC-1 video codec has limited performance on multicore systems running Windows 7.
Ball State University in Muncie, IN has enhanced its broadcasting capabilities with the addition of new virtual studio installation.