Multimedia Design Corporation, a developer of the widely used mPOWER® multimedia authoring software for K12 and higher education, announces the release of mPOWER 5® for Mac OS X.

Apple Expo, Paris, France, September 17, 2003 – The new mPOWER 5® on Mac OS X will enable students to create easy to use projects incorporating text, audio, video and other images. “Students have been creating great multimedia projects for years with our software on the Mac, but with this newest version, we have taken a giant leap forward” says Multimedia Design Corporation’s president, Brian Snediker. “We were able to leverage some key technologies of Mac OS X when we built mPOWER 5®, such as, native PDF support, protective memory, and QuickTime. The combination of Mac OS X and mPOWER’s patent-pending XML format, will enable students unparalleled capabilities in creating content.”

This powerful software, enables students’ unparalleled capabilities in creating content. Among the many new features of mPOWER 5® are the ability to import HyperStudio® and PowerPoint®, networkable for authoring and playback, importing digital images from almost any source, and an image editor and paint tool. The newest mPOWER has a different look and feel from previous versions, but has maintained its well-known straightforward functionality even with the addition of so much more.

“We believe that Mac OS X with its unique integration of critically acclaimed digital media applications, Internet software, stunning Aqua interface, and industry-standard networking capabilities offers each student the ability to achieve their potential success beyond their dreams,” said Ron Okamoto, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. “Apple and Multimedia Design Corporation share the commitment of bringing easy-to-use multimedia technology to the classroom making student projects a powerful new learning experience.”

Multimedia Design Corporation has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the K12 and higher education schools reviewing the current release. Students are creating some amazing project-based learning content incorporating text, audio, video and animation. But perhaps the most significant technological milestone is that mPOWER 5® is XML based. Because mPOWER 5® can both read and write XML, all functions can be described in XML. The XML file format allows a presentation to include protected information without compromising copyrights and allows for dynamic data to be included in mPOWER 5® presentations. The finished content is transferred as XML documents, thus consuming very little space or bandwidth. All media objects are referenced, making content management much more controlled and efficient. Of course, the focus of mPOWER has and will continue to be improving student achievement through project-based learning. To assist in this goal, mPOWER 5® comes with free teacher and student work-at-home privileges.