ProfCast ($29.95) “is a versatile, powerful, yet very simple to use tool for recording presentations including PowerPoint and/or Keynote slides for creating enhanced podcasts. ProfCast provides a low cost solution for recording and distributing lectures, special events, and presentations as podcasts. ProfCast offers an integrated workflow that makes creating, recording, and publishing podcasts easy. It’s as simple as Launch, Load, and Lecture!

ProfCast provides live presentation recording, synchronization of slides with audio, Keynote and PowerPoint support, RSS generation, and publishing support. All elements of your presentation, including slide timings, bullet point builds, and voice narration, are recorded. ProfCast allows you to record your presentation as you give it, using either Apple’s Keynote or Microsoft PowerPoint! ProfCast also helps you publish your recorded presentation as an enhanced podcast, complete with RSS.

ProfCast is the perfect solution for professionals and educators looking to provide more flexible, richer media to supplement traditional pedagogical tools such as books, course packs, or notes.”

I think that of all the things that have changed in the last 25 years the one that I really think would have made a difference to my life is the way in which students can now study. “In my day” it was still books, books and more books – in a library that insisted on silence when what you really needed was the ability to discuss, and with extremely sub standard machine coffee as the only option.

Every time I see students with their Macs, iPods and Latte’s sitting and talking about their coursework in a coffee shop, book store etc I can’t help but feel somewhat envious of both the volume and access to information that they now have, and the fun and varied means of accessing it that exist.

If lectures were made available through ProfCast I think life would go up a notch more for students today. In the meantime I will have to hope that more podcasters pick up on it and what it can do as I think a whole range of opportunities would open up for them. As for me, it has got me thinking about enhanced reviews and guides but I need to put some more thought into that, especially as ProfCast is so easy to use, integrates with the Mac so well, and provides a very good quality. A good app that is well worth a look.

There is a great reviewer guide that I recommend you taking a look at.

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