Zenith Presentation Series

Zenith Electronics Corp., headquartered in Glenview, Ill., has developed a series of color TV monitor/receivers that let you display images from your computer with a single cable connection. The 47 Series PCZTV monitors, available in 25-, 27-, 32-, and 36-inch versions, can display computer-generated images from any personal computer running on DOS, Windows, or Macintosh platforms. Zenith’s PCZTV technology supports a variety of computer resolution formats and includes automatic sizing for full-screen image display, multiple level zoom, horizontal and vertical image control, and image freezing capabilities. The PCZTV’s SuperPort feature lets you install two media source cards, and its CamPort feature permits front-panel audio/video hookups for camcorders, VCRs, digital video disc (DVD) drives, and other video equipment. (800) 884-1742 http://www.zenith.com


National Computer Services Inc. (NCS), of Minneapolis, has unveiled a new home-to-school, internet-based software program called ParentCONNECTxp. The program provides parents with access to their children’s grades, assignments, mastery, attendance, discipline, and other information over the internet. ParentCONNECT is intended as a supplement to the company’s “xp series” suite of software for managing student information, grades, curriculum, and instruction. Parents with internet access can obtain a password and view up-to-date student information in a secure, user-friendly environment. The program also provides teachers and parents with an easy way to communicate via eMail, and parents can receive automatic eMail alerts if their children are tardy or missing an assignment. (800) 736-4357 http://www.ncs.com

FVC.COM V-Gate 4000

FVC.COM, of Santa Clara, Calif., has introduced a videoconferencing solution that the company says is the first of its kind to support the traditional ISDN and ATM network standards, as well as the emerging IP standard. Called V-Gate 4000, the product provides a seamless, flexible gateway to and from any existing videoconferencing network. Designed to give schools an entry point that can be scaled according to their needs, V-Gate 4000 can support up to 12 translations at a time (a translation is when traffic from one type of network, like ISDN, passes through the gateway and is converted to another standard, like ATM). Features include least-cost routing, which ensures that outgoing calls are routed through the most local gateway over an ISDN network, and call rollover, which automatically rolls a call over to another gateway if the capacity of the first one is full. An entry-level system, which supports up to four 128K calls at a time, costs $12,000. (800) 351-8539 http://www.fvc.com

Xerox Document Centre 265

Xerox Corp., headquartered in Stamford, Conn., has developed the Document Centre 265 Digital Copier, a system designed specifically for the networked office environment. The Document Centre 265 offers a comprehensive range of modular and upgradeable printing, copying, faxing, and scanning solutions. The system prints up to 65 pages per minute. Features include scan-once, print-many capability; digital image quality; touch-screen control panel; automatic booklet creation; and advanced, “Sixth Sense” service technology for fewer service calls and less downtime. With the networked system, tasks can be performed on the Document Centre 265 from users’ desktop computers. Pricing starts at $41,750. (800) 334-6200 http://www.xerox.com

MacDrive 98

Media4 Productions Inc., of West Des Moines, Iowa, has released its latest version of MacDrive 98, a software system that allows users to share files easily between Windows and Macintosh operating systems. With version 3.0 installed on any Windows-based machine, users can access Macintosh-format disks of any kind—including floppies, Zip disks, Jaz disks, or CD-ROMs—directly from their desktop, from Microsoft Explorer, or from other software applications, according to Media4. Because MacDrive makes Mac disks work transparently, the software lets you copy, open, save, delete, or rename files on Mac disks at any time. MacDrive also works in reverse, enabling users to transfer Windows files to a Macintosh disk. Media4 Productions is offering an academic discount on MacDrive 98, with single copies selling for $34.97 and steeper discounts available for lab packages. (800) 528-7440 http://www.media4.com