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Thanks again Bill, I misunderstood the Powerpoint presentation. 
Can you explain to me how this is prepared. Isn't Powerpoint 
essentially a presentation software that allows you to build up 
a "transparancy" type acetate projection display? If it is, can 
the Powerpoint files be converted to a graphic image such as 
If it is an electronic graphic image and the audio is 
recordable, I don't really understand how difficult it is to 
create a CD-ROM based presentation.
Please understand that I'm not trying to argue the issue. I need 
to understand the difficulty before I can offer suggestions or 
possibly offer my help to make this work.
I remember that you can easily put together a Powerpoint 
presentation (I have it on my Office 97 but have not used it) 
that is a self running multimedia program. It only requires a 
Powerpoint viewer which is available from Microsoft at for download. I have recently purchased some 
software that came with a tutorial recorded on Powerpoint. The 
CD installed the Powerpoint viewer and launched the 
One nice feature that I remember is that it also had links that 
took you around to other area's of the tutorial, but simply 
clicking on them.
Tom, I did not understand your comments about Gary Harts 
presentation. Why couldn't his existing Powerpoint presentation 
be used as is, and the audio portion edited down by a committee 
of volunteers. The portions of his audio can be saved in WAV 
files and connected to the links that I explained above. The 
user clicks the link and Gary's audio speech is launched.
How does the projector system work? If I wanted to purchase or 
rent the seminar, do I need to arrange rental of the projector 
or does SEAOSC send the projector to my office on the day of the 
presentation? I'm not clear on this. My impression is that there 
is one projector that SEAOSC owns. To view the seminar, you 
either need to own or rent the projector or watch a video tape 
of the presentation that was done originally with the projector. 
If the later, what kind of video quality do you get?

Sorry to be so persistant, but you seem to have a full 
understanding of how the seminar is intended to be marketed. I 
only know how I would market it and need to understand how the 
board of directors sees the production of this type of revenue.

As far as ICBO: With the cost of writable CD-ROM drives, why is 
it necessary to mass produce the CD-ROM. Why not simply 'burn' 
the disk as you need them. This way you can always burn upgrades 
as they become available.
I do understand this mentality when you consider that a few 
years ago you needed a large manufacter of CD-ROM's to get an 
afforable price, however, it does not appear that they need this 
any longer. Granted, I'm not well versed on commercial software 
reproduction. I do know that Enercalc and ever BQE's BillQuick 
is sent out for reproduction, however, I can't see ICBO selling 
that many copies of their UBC on CD-ROM. I would have expected 
the price and production requirments to be dropping fairly fast 
as personal writers are starting to appear on the market.

Let me know when you tired of this and I'll stop - I tend to be 

-----Original Message-----
From:	Williston Warren IV [SMTP:billw4(--nospam--at)]
Sent:	Friday, November 14, 1997 11:05 AM
To:	seaoc(--nospam--at)
Subject:	SEAOSC Seminars


	I think we are talking apples, the video presenations would be 
individuals, small offices, large offices, universities, 
departments and governments.  Yes I agree that 3000 CD-ROMs at 
$50/ea would
make more than 100 tapes.  The point is the production of a 
CD-ROM is more
than the powerpoint video production, which is almost impossible 
to get
speakers to do now.  It is not the media, it is the education 
and practice
and minimum standard for speakers and presentations.  How much 
time is it
going to take for "Gary Hart" to prepare a presentation that can 
be used
for the original audience and also a CD-ROM versus a powerpoint 
setup that
is projected at the time of the seminar and video taped for 
further use.

	The further use could also be for inclusion on a CD-ROM in the 
future, but
the market is now for the non-linear information in his 
presentation for
engineer, in and out of state, universities, building 
departments, etc.

	I also agree that the bluebook inclusion on ICBO's CD-ROM is a 
slam dunk
because ICBO has told us that they would do the conversion from 
format it is presently in, to Pagemaker.  The expense would be 
from royalities, therefore no cost to SEAOC.  The resistence is 
that of not
understanding the technology and loss of power.  As I noted in 
the last
board meeting, every month that the state (SEAOC) delays on this 
SEAOC about $10,000.  The delay has already been about 6 months.

	Now the SEAOC argument is that presently the errata is not 
available, and
when it is available the CD-ROM production would have to be done 
again, assuming the ICBO runs a years worth or 15000 CD-ROMs at 
one time,
and not that they run about a month at one time and they deal 
with errata
all the time.

	It is not that they are stymmied, they are lost, lost in the 
control, lost
in the control, and lost in the control.  If I could further 
explain it I
would, and I am still pushing.