Avanquest Publishing USA to Release Podcasting Applications

Jan 17, 2006

Avanquest Publishing USA, a developer and publisher of consumer and business software titles available online, has announced it is entering the iPod market with a line of applications designed to enhance the iPod experience and benefit both iPod consumers and PodCast creators. The initial titles in the new line include WebPodStudio, PodPresenter, iPocketBible and iExtend.

WebPodStudio is a solution for PC users who want to create PodCasts for business or home use without the technical know-how. Users plug in a microphone and a camera and WebPodStudio does the rest. Developed by Lionhardt Technologies, the program automatically detects all audio and video devices on the computer and the Studio Director Wizard offers a step-by-step tutorial of the PodCasting process. A built-in teleprompter is designed to ensure that users will know what to say and when to say it. PodCast recordings can also be previewed and checked for quality before publishing to the Web. The software handles the process of publishing generated data and includes an integrated RSS support to create and maintain feeds, providing subscribers the ability to download the PodCast as soon as it's available. WebPodStudio also supports iTunes RSS so users can browse and locate the PodCast feed from the iTunes music store. With its auto pinging feature, all the blognews/RSS index services are alerted each time a PodCast is uploaded. WebPodStudio is compatible with Apple's new iPod Video 5G and is priced at $49.95.

PodPresenter by ThinkFree, Inc. transforms the iPod into a portable PowerPoint graphics system. Users can create new slide presentations or edit and view existing slides by plugging the iPod into any Windows or Mac machine. PodPresenter runs directly from the iPod so users don't always need to carry a laptop. All files can be transported and saved for review anywhere at any time. Using the same file format, user-interface and features of Microsoft PowerPoint, PodPresenter provides tools to create a variety of professional presentations including text, images, clipart, charts, animated effects, built-in templates, and more. PodPresenter is priced at $29.95. iPocketBible provides the unabridged text and audio recording of The Holy Bible, New Living Translation. For Windows and Mac users, the program also works with iTunes. Users can click and drag text of specific books or chapters of interest, or import the entire Bible for listening and reading. The program also syncs the text with audio so users can read and listen to selected passages at the same time. iPocketBible is priced at $39.95.

With the iExtend synchronization tool, PC users on the move can stay organized and access emails, notes, calendars, contacts and important digital files while listening to music. iExtend by Memeo features SmartPicks, which will automatically locate and back-up specific documents and file types for subsequent use on the iPod. The software also keeps track of multiple file versions and archives and restores these files once the iPod is reconnected to the computer. iExtend is priced at $29.95. Avanquest Publishing USA will introduce these titles online and in retail stores nationwide on January 30.

(www.avanquestusa.com; www.lionhardt.ca)