Adobe Systems said it’s providing its optimized Adobe Flash Player technology to Google and Yahoo to enhance search engine indexing of the Flash file format (SWF) and uncover information that is currently undiscoverable by search engines. The company also demonstrated its new Acrobat 9 document-creation software, which adds Flash animation, dynamic maps, and improved forms to Portable Document Format (PDF) files.
Serif’s publishing and design software is likely to appeal to teachers from across a wide range of subjects. The company’s DrawPlus X2 includes new Flash animation support and enhanced drawing features that trump standard art programs. And Serif’s WebPlus X2 gives students and teachers an uncomplicated alternative to the usually code-heavy process of web page design. The program also would appeals to the experienced designer or programmer looking for a more complex, professional web page, the company said.
For educators who are unfamiliar with the complexities of computer programming or HTML coding, SoftChalk provides an easy-to-use alternative. Without being bogged down by computer lingo and complicated instructions, teachers can create interactive content for their students that can be delivered in any learning management system, on a web server, or via CD-ROM. The program includes templates for creating interactive learning games, flashcards, and customizable image maps.
Software Mackiev displayed HyperStudio 5.0. The new version of this student presentation software includes features that let users combine video and interactive Web 2.0 capabilities into their presentations. Videos can include movie files and live feeds, and users also can link to live web cams. A podcasting feature reportedly is in the works as well.