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ProfCast is a versatile, powerful, yet very simple to use tool for recording lectures and 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!

What's New

Version 2.6.5:
  • FIXED - Issue related to registration codes being recognized.

Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.4 or later
  • PowerPC G4 667MHz or greater or Intel Dual Core Mac
  • 128MB RAM
  • 500 MB hard drive space
  • Keynote 2.0 or later OR Microsoft PowerPoint 2004 or 2008

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Pjcads Member IconReview+6
Pjcads
+1

Abandonware!

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Version 2.6.5
Andrew-Scott
+0

I'm sorry to say this looks to be true. I can't get it to work under Snow Leopard. Such a pity, it was so useful. Now I'm faced with a much bigger job preparing my lecture recordings.

txwalrus Member IconComment+3
txwalrus
+3

I have used Profcast for a number of years now and found it to be really useful and solid. However, over the past few versions, my bluetooth headsets no longer work with the application. I have filed bug reports and crash logs with Humble Daisy but have not found the problem. The same headset works fine with the newest Keynote, but causes crashes in Profcast running the same presentation. Profcast is much nicer than the Keynote stream as the file sizes are much smaller -- alas I can't use Profcast until the bluetooth headset works properly.

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Version 2.4
Andrew-Scott
+1

I can confirm this. I just tried using my Bluetooth headset. With audio input set to my headset = instant fail as soon as the Keynote presentation starts. With audio input to to the built-in mic = success. I hope they fix this soon.

BumbleB Member IconComment+330
BumbleB
+0

Did this app just got obsoleted by Apple's own Keynote in iWork 08?

Not Keynote itself can record audio and export it in a variety of ways;-)

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Version 2.1.3b
profcast (Developer)
+1

That's a fair question. ProfCast still adds important value to Keynote 4.0 (iWorks '08) however. Keynote 4 does not incorporate the slide titles and automatically generate intelligent chapter markers. You would need to go back manually and add descriptive chapter titles for your slides without ProfCast.

That's not to mention those who are unfortunately stuck with Keynote 2, Keynote 3, or worse, Powerpoint.

Dave

BumbleB
+0

Oki doki. Thanks for letting me know.

Btw, are you working on adding support for video? If possible, it would be way cool.

Andrew-Scott
+2

An important difference between Keynote's audio recording and exporting ability and ProfCast's is that the former produces video with an audio soundtrack while the latter produces an enhanced podcast, which is to say an audio track with integrated still images. Although enhanced podcasts don't record slide transitions the file sizes are much more compact without sacrificing visual information. Each slide becomes its own chapter, taking the title from the slide title, which makes navigation of large recordings a lot easier. Students love this feature because they can easily jump to the portion of a lecture that they want to revise.

Moreover enhanced podcasts will play on a greater variety of players (iPods and the like) which makes them more accessible to a larger audience.

If you don't need to record actual video ProfCast recording are a great balance of quality and file size.

ProfCast does seem a little unstable and occasionally unreliable but the developers are responsive and sincere in their efforts to help.

pcharles
+2

Most universities are still windows-centric and so we use Powerpoint, and to be honest I find Powerpoint to be far superior for science and technology presentations that Keynote. Apple has clearly not targeted the science community with its iWork package because it lacks any ability to generate equations, and any ability to present graphs with line fits and regression lines.

Couple that with the fact that Keynote's audio output to files is so full of bugs you cannot even create an audio slideshow most of the time. I am not sure what Apple was thinking when they added this feature and did not check that it worked, but their response has been lacking for some time now.

So, YES, profcast is still needed.

machaon Member IconReview+0
machaon
+0

This is a great piece of basic software for adding a voiceover to a very simple presentation. The nice thing about it is that it works in the background whilst you give the presentation directly with keynote, so that you can actually give the lecture and transparently have it create a file with the slide transitions synchronized to your lecture. It also includes a podcast manager for easy upload to sites like .mac etc.

Having said that, video is an essential part of all my presentations (it is the actual data), and profcast doesn't capture any video (with the current version 2.1.3) so, frustratingly, profcast is nowhere near as useful as it could be. I can still create separate links on my website for the videos, but we've lost the voice synchronization that was the point of getting profcast in the first place. Hope they fix this soon.

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Version 2.1.3
Michael Cowling Member IconComment+0
Michael Cowling
+0

I've only been using Profcast for my most recent podcasts so I'm still discovering what it can do. However, provided I simplify my Keynote presentations which often include video then it's easy and quick to record the audio track for my presentation. I look forward to a later version - mine's 2.0.8 (102) - which can handle video. I like the way I can drag the podcast track into GarageBand so that I can add my intro and outro. I'm still comparing Profcast with building the graphics straight into GarageBand. As I've already said, my last experience with Profcast was quick and satisfying. If you like, please have a look at http://web.mac.com/michael_cowling/

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Version 2.0.9
Bombadil Member IconReview+4
Bombadil
+0

Fantastic piece of software, well done!
Now I can distribute my presentation to colleagues who weren't present for my talk and they can still have the same audio-visual experience. Really useful!

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Version 2.0.7
ipoducer Member IconReview+0
ipoducer
+0

ProfCast is amazing! The software saves me HUGE amounts of time by eliminating the need to manually create enhanced podcasts! This tool is simple to use, works reliably and does exactly what they advertise! When I have had questions about ProfCast or about enhanced podcasting, (and even about my school's server), the support team has been fantastic! The courteous and prompt response was surprising given my experience with other developers. This is just an amazing piece of software!

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Version 1.1.3
parelius Member IconComment+0
parelius
+0

First of all: The idea is brilliant and I've been looking for such a software for a while.
I downloaded the test version and run tests with PowerPoint 2004.
The result was a video with a resolution of 160 x 160 pixels and not 320 x 240 as I had expected.
Is this a limitation of the test mode?

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Version 1.1.3
profcast (Developer)
+0

Hi,
The 160 X 160 limitation is one that exists as a result of the underlying framework we are using. We are working on rewriting the framework to eliminate the restriction, but for now, the default size is 160 X 160.

The demonstration version is fully featured and functional. We really want you to experience using ProfCast before you purchase it! (We allow 5 full uses before requiring a registration!) Please let us know if you have any other questions or feedback!

David Chmura
profcast.com

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Version 2.6.5
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Downloads 41,663
Version Downloads 3,682
License Shareware
Date 23 Nov 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $59.95
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