The Ultimate Meeting Professionals Software Guide, last updated in 2000, will be re-released in August significantly upgraded and sporting a new title and format. The new Ultimate Meetings Technology Resource, distributed and funded through Meeting Professionals International, will be published electronically — as both a CD and an Internet download — making the 1,200 product listings searchable by product category, company, product name, and type of software/service.

Written by meeting technology expert Corbin Ball, CMP, of Corbin Ball Associates (, Bellingham, Wash., the new edition has 400 percent more product listings than the 2000 hard-copy book, organized into 27 categories such as Meetings Consolidation, Registration and Attendee Management, Conference Recording, and Kiosk and Message Centers.

Ball, the MPI International Supplier of the Year in 2002 and a CMI columnist, says the tech resource will be sent to MPI members on a trial basis (with a time lock) to preview. The cost has not yet been determined.