Producer 2003 - There's a new version of Microsoft Producer, the PowerPoint to online rich media converter from Microsoft that's available as a free download from Microsoft's site.

New features include an improved Synchronization Wizard. Producer 2003 also supports Windows Media 9 to achieve superior compression rates - according to Microsoft, you can see improvements of up to 20 percent for audio compression and 50 percent for video.

Producer 2003 also complies with existing e-Learning standards like IMS and SCORM.

A variable speed playback feature ensures that you can speed up or slow down presentations without changing the pitch of the presenter's voice. This feature requires Windows Media 9 on Windows XP Professional.