The latest releases, services, and new product versions.
Comprehensive Creative Tools
Adobe Systems has announced the Adobe Creative Suite 3 product line, integrating Adobe
and Macromedia products to provide a broad spectrum of creative options for print, web,
mobile, interactive, film, and video production. Customers can choose from six different product
suites (such as the Design Premium and Web Premium editions) or full-version upgrades
of 13 standalone applications (such as Photoshop CS3); all feature new workflows that
streamline collaboration and rich content development, to help users engage audiences
across multiple media. The Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection (shipping in the third quarter
of 2007) combines 12 design and development applications in a single box. MSRP for the Master Collection: $2,499. Read more. For an in-depth look at Photoshop CS3
Extended, click here.
Wireless HD Media Delivery
Audiovisual connectivity and control solutions provider Avocent is shipping the Emerge MPX1000 HD Multipoint Extender, a
high-definition media extender incorporating high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) technology for moving HD content
from one source to multiple destinations, in digital signage applications. The product extends video and audio over
standard 10/100 Ethernet wiring up to 3,000 feet, and wirelessly through walls up to 150 feet (or up to 1,000 feet lineof-
sight with optional directional antenna). Audio-video synchronization is maintained at each display, and all wirelessly
connected receivers remain in lockstep with each other. MSRP: $1,095 for the MPX1000T transmitter, $995 for the
MPX1000R receiver, and $195 each for HDMI transmitter and receiver modules.
Secure payment and smart card vendor SmartCentric Technologies has released SmartCity 6, a web-based, multiapplication
contactless (RFID) smart card system with online/offline capabilities. By simply tapping a card on a reader, a
cardholder can purchase goods, gain access to secure areas, and control access to PCs and networks. Key features include
centralized processing and security, which help reduce costs for card issuing; improved transaction processing; and better
administration and reporting tools. Pricing based on number/types of modules used.