I received my copy of Streaming Media magazine today. This is a new print publication put out by Streamingmedia.com. The print version will be sent out quarterly and I imagine all the articles, reviews, news, etc. will be available online as well. I don’t think the content in this new publication will be all that different from the regular site content, but it’s nice to see a print publication for the streaming industry out there. I’ve followed Streamingmedia.com for several years, and attended the annual Streaming Media East tradeshow a couple of years ago. It is an excellent resource from a busines of streaming perspective, as well as from a technical perspective. If you’d like a free subscription, you can sign up here.
One interesting item from this month’s issue was a review of Macromedia/Adobe’s Captivate and TechSmith’s Camtasia Studio products. Basically, these two products are the gold standard of web presentation tools, and iPresent Producer’s nearest competitors. Generally speaking, the reviews were positive, noting that Captivate excelled in creating software simulations, whereas Camtasia Studio was more adept at creating “quick and dirty” web presentations. The reviewer glowingly decided you need both tools in your rich media software arsenal. That’s a pretty pricey proposition. Also, one glaring error I noticed was the incorrect pricing for Camtasia Studio, listing it at $29.99 (should have been $299).
As it has been stated before, there’s nothing wrong with entering a competitive market, as long as you can differentiate yourself - which I believe iPresent Producer will do. Also, it’s also a good thing to be entering a strong, healthy market like rich media communications.