Adobe demonstrated its new Adobe Production Studio, which the company calls “the most complete post-production software solution available for educators.” Introduced last month, Production Studio combines full new versions of After Effects 7.0, Premiere Pro 2.0, Audition 2.0, Encore 2.0, and the latest versions of Photoshop CS2 and Illustrator CS2 software. The package includes time-saving innovations that deliver a highly efficient workflow experience, as well as Flash Video (FLV) export capabilities to provide video students and teachers with a new, fluid method of delivering content to the web, Adobe says. One of the new time savers is called Dynamic Link, which allows users to move After Effects compositions directly into Premier Pro and Encore DVD, without having to render them first. Changes are updated automatically, so users can see refinements in context instantly. The Premium edition of Production Studio normally sells for $1,699 but is available to schools for just $649.

CCV Software’s corefx Three Level, a four-in-one creative expression software program, gives users different ways to draw, paint, animate, and photo edit in three different skill levels. Using digital photos, image scans, and web graphics, this graphics program is suitable for beginning or advanced users, according to the company. Children can learn with simple, colorful tools, and the program can be changed. The software comes with more than 2,000 graphics.

FTC Publishing showcased KidCast: Podcasting in the Classroom, which helps users learn the basics of finding and listening to podcasts on the internet, organize podcast shows, and find low-cost audio recording and mixing software. The company says podcasting is a good way for teachers to encourage students’ creativity while at the same time reinforcing certain concepts learned in class. Teachers also can access unique audio programs produced by radio stations, museums, subject-area experts, and educators.

fTechSmith Corp. , a provider of screen capture and recording solutions, demonstrated its new SnagIt 8. The upgraded screen-capture utility features a new interface, workflow, and feature set that TechSmith says makes computing tasks involving image capturing and editing easier than ever. SnagIt 8 lets users automatically grab active links while taking screenshots of web pages to create interactive screenshots. The company says SnagIt 8 also enables users to capture scrolling windows, objects, menus, video, text, and web pages and include them in eMail messages, instant messages, PowerPoint presentations, Microsoft Office documents, marketing and sales materials, technical documentation, web sites, and blogs.