Adobe Systems announced the launch of its Visual Communicator 3 software, which enables educators and students to create scripted, television-quality broadcasts. Designed for those new to video, the software is convenient for project-based learning, distance-education courses, and campus-wide newscasts, Adobe says. With this new version, templates and wizards give users the ability to create professional-quality video presentations that can be streamed live over the internet using Adobe Flash Media Server software, or presented via projector, television, or closed-circuit TV system. Enhancements include new set-up wizards, drag-and-drop animated templates, and an interactive “coach” that gets users up and running quickly. Users can preview up to three cameras at once while recording or presenting live with the mini-switcher feature to create interview-style videos in real time.

Honestech launched two products at this year’s conference: Claymation Studio, which allows students to turn their video creations into a Toy Story-type movie with animation and claymation; and Rapid Video Blogger, which allows students and educators to post video taken from a cell phone camera or video recorder on MySpace and other blogs easily. Honestech also announced a deal with the Douglas Stewart Co. for Douglas Stewart to distribute Honestech’s software to its network of more than 4,500 academic resellers in the United States and Canada.

Software MacKiev, which now owns Roger Wagner Publishing, plans to release a new version of Roger Wagner’s HyperStudio software this summer. HyperStudio 5, which supports project-based, student-centered learning, will enable students to work together, explore concepts, and construct knowledge with more than 200 new features, including podcasting support, a “Webcam Workshop,” advanced graphic effects, and a customizable toolbar. According to the company, HyperStudio 5 will provide students with “a completely up-to-date, media-rich creative tool for presenting ideas, stories, and adventures.” The software is compatible with Mac OS X and Windows.