Vyew is a new, free browser-based conferencing and collaboration tool that’s turning heads and raising eyebrows these days. That’s because Vyew is so simple to use–Vyew provide users with a site, where they can log in and interact with others in a real-time whiteboard. You don’t really need to download anything–no registration is required for basic stuff, but registration is free, and is highly recommended.
Figure 1 shows the Vyew interface–not the whiteboard but the menu.
Figure 1: The Vyew Interface
For PowerPoint users–with Vyew, you can upload your PowerPoint presentation onto Vyew and present in real time to up to 20 attendees. Also, each account is allocated 25MB, so you can always be ready with your meeting materials. Since typically your PowerPoint slides only cover part of the whiteboard, you can use the rest of the whiteboard for Vyew’s drawing tools (see Figure 2)–you can even use them to annotate right over the PowerPoint slides.
Figure 2: The Drawing tools
Vyew also bundles a text chat module and a phone conference option. And there’s coordinated Google search, integration with photo library sites like Yahoo! Photos, Flickr, and Kodak Gallery, and many more niceties.
I did a small interview with Fred Han of Vyew.com:
Geetesh: Tell us more about yourself and Vyew.
Fred: I am the marketing and business development manager for Vyew.com. I started at the end of January and during that time, we have cracked the top 100,000 web sites (going from approx 620,000 to 70,000) and have experienced a number of milestones.
Here is a brief summary of Vyew: Vyew.com is a free browser-based conferencing and collaboration tool. Basically, we provide users with a site, where they can log in and visually communicate their ideas through a real-time, full-featured whiteboard. No client downloads are required for either the meeting creator or attendee.
Geetesh: What motivated you to create something like Vyew? And what direction do you plan to take it.
Fred: To quote our founder, Vyew came from an idea to enhance the interactive learning experience in our SimuActive Simulation tools. These tools, which are utilized by major corporations, such as Microsoft and McAfee simulate a network environment so users can use a product in its natural environment without any setup. We began building real-time collaboration platform to support this idea — that students and instructors can train in a simulated environment in real-time. Eventually we realized that platform itself was viable outside of the e-learning space.
We plan toward fulfilling our vision and ambition of making Vyew the most broadly adopted visual communication and collaboration platform.
Thank you so much, Fred.
Do check out Vyew at Vyew.com…
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