Autodesk University's 2008 User Conference Webcasted With Mediasite

MADISON, Wis., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Live and on-demand sessions avoid scheduling conflicts and ensure knowledge transfer continues 24/7

MADISON, Wis., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sonic Foundry, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOFO), the recognized market leader for rich media webcasting and knowledge management, today announced that the company's Event Services group will webcast Autodesk University's (AU) user conference for the third consecutive year.

AU 2008 (, taking place this week at the Venetian Resort Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., is the world's largest annual gathering of design professionals, industry experts and Autodesk executives. Nearly 10,000 individuals will convene during the four-day comprehensive learning event. Sonic Foundry's Event Services group ( will record almost 600 hours of session content and make them available both live and on-demand giving participants the option to either attend sessions in person or view them later. In addition to this year's sessions, attendees and Autodesk Subscription customers have access to the Mediasite catalog of more than 500 webcasts from AU 2007 and 2006.

"Webcasting with Sonic Foundry Event Services has become the backbone of AU's online resources. With more than 640 multi-level classes and labs in 20 discipline-specific tracks, it's essential to give participants the ability to customize their learning by choosing classes that are right for them and their organizations. AU is a once-a-year, concentrated opportunity to get the training and make the business contacts to take organizations to the next level. With the ability to access these sessions on-demand via Mediasite, the AU experience doesn't end when the conference does," said Joseph Wurcher, manager, AU Program Development.

"For the time and money spent, I would be hard pressed to find this many people willing to share as much as they know as there are here. Usually there are too many good classes to take, but because I am able to get the information off the web after the fact, I can fill in the holes that are in the 'would like to take' department," said one AU participant.

Other feedback on the online content from previous AU User Conferences includes:

    --  "AU Online allows me to continue with education and explore
        resources through seminars, webcasting, online support groups,
    --  "Great all inclusive price! Tons of information. AU Online
        afterwards really seals in the value."
    --  "The online content is a great resource to help those who
    --  "Networking is important to me. Plus the classes, handouts, and
        online content make a difference in my day-to-day use of AutoCAD."
    --  "A lot of value-packed courses from great instructors with handouts
        and the ability to review with AU Online."

For a sample of what's available on AU Online, visit

Sonic Foundry Event Services consists of systems engineers and project managers with an extensive knowledge of audio/video production and event webcasting. The group and its strategic partners supply technical webcasting services and expertise to organizations who seek to complement their conference or event with viewing over the web. Since its launch in January 2007, the Event Services group has provided live and on-demand webcasting for clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations and university associations to sporting events and charitable organizations.

Since its introduction in 2003, Sonic Foundry's Mediasite has set the standard as a transformational communication medium for delivering critical information and sharing knowledge. The patented Mediasite webcasting and content management system quickly and cost-effectively automates the capture, management, delivery and search of rich media presentations that combine audio, video and accompanying graphics for live or on-demand viewing.

About Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc. is the world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment markets. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has developed the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art digital prototyping solutions to help customers experience their ideas before they are real. Fortune 1000 companies rely on Autodesk for the tools to visualize, simulate and analyze real-world performance early in the design process to save time and money, enhance quality and foster innovation. For additional information about Autodesk, visit

Autodesk and AutoCAD are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document.

About Sonic Foundry(R), Inc.

Sonic Foundry (NASDAQ: SOFO) is the global leader for rich media webcasting and knowledge management, providing enterprise communication solutions for more than 1,200 customers in education, business and government. Powered by Mediasite, the patented webcasting platform which automates the capture, management, delivery and search of lectures, online training and briefings, Sonic Foundry empowers people to transform the way they communicate. Through the Mediasite platform and its Events Services group, the company helps customers connect a dynamic, evolving world of shared knowledge and envisions a future where learners and workers around the globe use webcasting to bridge time and distance, accelerate research and improve performance.

Certain statements contained in this news release regarding matters that are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements. Because such forward-looking statements include risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, uncertainties pertaining to continued market acceptance for Sonic Foundry's products, its ability to succeed in capturing significant revenues from media services and/or systems, the effect of new competitors in its market, integration of acquired business and other risk factors identified from time to time in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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