ReviewStudio is a web-based collaboration solution that makes it easy to review, present, markup and collaborate on video, images and PDF files.
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ReviewStudio is a web-based collaborative app which allows you to upload video clips, PDF and image files that you want to be checked, commented and criticized by other people (teammates, clients, etc.).
ReviewStudio lets you annotate, markup, comment and review/approve any type of visual work, including frame-precise annotation on video footage.
File formats supported:
Images – PNG, JPEG and GIF
Single and multipage PDF files
Video – mp4, mov, ogg, webm, flv, avi, wmv, asf
MP3 Audio files.
With ReviewStudio it is possible to run live collaborative review sessions and to maintain a complete, searchable record of all content-related communications and activities that take place over the course of a project.
Formerly known as Cozimo, ReviewStudio is a very effective collaborative reviewing tool, providing an good set of markup tools and features that facilitate and speed-up the review and approval task.
To send large files, of any size and quantity to someone else, while having to wait to least time possible, Minbox offers a bullet-speed solution that's as fast and easy to use as it can get.
Minbox is a menu bar application (for Mac only - for now), which allows you to drag and drop as many files as you want, of any size - and to specify email addresses you want them to be delivered to. Click Send and it's done.
Minbox does not keep you waiting to upload your files and italso allows you to schedule delivery at a later time.
Free to use.
*(Pro version also available with extra security, privacy, infinite permanent storage for your files, and more.)
Meetin.gs, the meeting support and organization startup headed by Teemu Arina has just launched a new great cool feature, called MeetMe Page, which allows you to create, in a matter of minutes, a professional-looking public appointment page for yourself.
Once you have selected days and hours in which you are available to take appointments, you can share the URL of this page (here is mine for example: https://meetin.gs/meet/robingood) with your own customers and contacts to make it easiest for both sides to find a common agreeable time for meeting together.
In the PRO version you can also create multiple MeetMe Pages to manage different groups of clients and needs.
In addition, the Meetin.gs service provides all of the additional tools and facilities you may need to carry out a great, fruitful appointment. Agenda handling, notes, related files, invitations, direct integration with Skype and Google calendar... you name it. Meetin.gs has it.
The Meetin.gs site has been completely renewed and it is now much more informative and pleasing to browse, and the agenda and appointments UI is a pleasure to be used. Hats to the team for doing such a fantastic job.
Meetin.gs has now become the little Rolls Royce for people who are fanatical about having timely, organized and productive meetings, and I wouldn't hesitate a second to recommend it to anyone.
Best free downloadable and web-based video conferencing tools for holding multi-party video calls
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If you are looking for web-based or downloadable video-conferencing alternatives that allow you to have a multi-party conversation with integrated audio and video and text chat, here are 20+ free tools abd services that you can use right now.
This Pinterest board-list, which I have personally curated over the last two years, includes a direct link to each tool/service and info about how many other people you can videoconference with, without having to go for a paid account.
Effectively capturing, organizing and prioritizing ideas across disparate locations is a challenge every growing business faces. Stormboard is a realtime onl...
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Stormboard is a web-based collaborative brainstorming space based on sticky notes and a whiteboard where these can be positioned freely.
Sticky notes can contain text, images or video clips, or stacks of sticky notes. All sticky notes have a comment thread allowing your team to clarify, debate and refine ideas. (Users also get 'dots' to vote on their favorite notes/ideas.)
The final work can be easily exported to a spreadsheet for further work.
Mobile devices are fully supported and data communications are protected by a SSL security protocol.
Meet.fm is an outstanding new web conferencing app that provides permanent cloud-based meeting rooms and which supports video, audio-conferencing and VoIP, scree-sharing, co-browsing, file sharing, and more.
From the same guys that originally brought you YouDazzle.com, here is a new web conferencing app that really shines in terms of design, ease of use and functionalities offered.
Meet.fm can be used both as a collaborative platform, where every participant can engage, talk and contribute to the session, as well as a webinar-like tool, where there is essentially one presenter guiding the overall attendee experience.
The Meet.fm interface can be personalized with your custom colors and logo and you have the opportunity to tap into most of the major cloud services, directly from Meet.fm. Right now Box.net, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Evernote are all supported. You can upload any file you have sitting on those services and share it or present it immediately to your Meet.fm attendees.
Meet.fm offers a free plan that allows for about eight hours/monthly of one permanent fully-featured 1GB collaboration room for a max of 3 people. Piad plans allow for unlimited time, rooms and for 500+ participants and 100GB of storage (at $199/mo top plan).
Simple, collaborative screen sharing. You each get your own mouse, and you're both always in control.
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ScreenHero, which I have reviewed and announced back in December, is a downloadable app which allows anyone to collaboratively screen-share any application and to work together simultaneously on it with others.
From the official site: "You each get your own mouse pointer, and you're both always in control. It's designed for collaboration, not just broadcasting your screen."
From the original article on BetaKit: "The team calls Screenhero “Google Docs for any application.”
After downloading the app, signing up, and adding team members or friends, users can either share their entire screen or one individual window.
Once a contact has agreed to view the screenshare, both participants get their own mouse pointer and similar to Google Docs, can simultaneously edit and work on projects.
The company said their platform is ideal for developers who are programming together or reviewing code, companies who want to review designs or mockups together, or marketers giving product demos.
The basic account is free, and soon users will be able to pay either $5 per month for an individual pro account, or $49 per month for a pro team account, which will add additional features like support and enterprise integration.
The app also lets users chat using Screenhero’s internal chat feature, currently via text but the company said it plans to add audio chat as well, which is a crucial feature since right now most users who want to chat while they’re working together have to use Skype in conjunction with Screenhero."
Screenhero lets you screen share any application with anyone, no matter where they are. It's super simple and blazing fast. You each get your own mouse pointer, and you're both always in control. It's designed for collaboration, not just broadcasting your screen. It's like Google Docs for any application on your computer.
The possibility of a direct, P2P, device-to-device mobile network is getting closer by the day. That means that in emergency situations you will be able to hook up directly to other individuals own cell phone and to create virtual networks capable of voice and data communication just-in-time.
You can share files and even send messages with the right application. A mobile ad hoc network is identical to a wireless ad hoc network with the additional constraint that the devices are constantly on the move (pdf)."
Shortly after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, these two came to the conclusion
that there needed to be a way for emergency crews to communicate not only with one another but with local volunteers as well.
Smartphones function as their own dedicated mesh network, adding and removing users on the fly. As long as you are within range of the mesh network, you’ll have the ability to call any of the users on the network through VOIP. The catch is each user would need to do is stay in range, which is about 100ft, from the next member of the mesh network."
Rabbit is a new downloadable software app (for Mac only now) that allows you to instant message, video conference with multiple parties and to screencast and share in real-time any music, video clip or app.
"Today, a startup company called Rabbit is launching a closed beta of their "video chat and content sharing application".
But the best way to describe it is a cool and very modern implementation of instant messaging.
The most compelling feature of the app can be distilled down to this: group video conferencing with the ability to screencast music, movies and applications from your Mac.
This means you can watch a movie from a service such as Netflix with your friends in real time. Or you can crop and share a specific part of your web browser or any other Mac app and broadcast it to your friends.
The app is a native Mac client (other platforms to come later), and offers the ability to video chat with an unlimited number of people. People are grouped into Rooms and presented to you in priority based on your own friends, and within each room, individual groups can participate in their own conversations."
FuzeBox is a new, Mac-native app which allows you to visually collaborate with your team by screen-sharing, video-conferencing or by presenting video, images or slideshows.
FuzeBox also allows you to share your screen in real-time with Mac, iPhones ad iPads that are in physical proximity, making it possible even to video scrub (moving slowly back and forth) a video clip with your audience or classroom.
Live annotations, high-quality zooming and multi-party HD 720p videoconferencing for up to 5 simultaneous feeds are also part of the powerful Fuzebox feature set, which is also capable of full event recording (including participants feeds) in a standard video format like .MP4.
SoShare is a free web service based on BitTorrent technology that allows you to send as many files as you want to anyone at no cost. The service allows for up to 1 TB in file size for each bundle you send. A bundle is made up by one or more files you want to share.
From GigaOM: "SoShare combines BitTorrent file transfer technology with cloud caching, making it possible for recipients to access the files even when the sender is offline."
To upload or download a file you need to install a browser plugin.
SoShare displays your file transfer progress, provides both a file deletion and a file expiration command (by default files transferred / shared via SoShare expire after 30 days), as well as social sharing buttons for any bundle sent.
If you need to review and compare alternative web conferencing and online collaboration tools you should give a look to Online Meeting Tools Review, a web service providing basic information for 35 different tools.
With the Pro version of the same Comparison Tool you can get up to 12 different tools compared into a report that is sent straight to your email without any cost. The only requirement is that you accept the option of being later contacted by one of the companies you have requested to be compared.
Rabbit is a (Mac-only) video-conferencing, collaboration and synch-viewing downloadable software which allows you to text chat, video-conference, view clips and images together with others and to screencast your own screen.
Rabbit is characterized by offering the opportunity to create private "meeting rooms" in which to invite and collaborate with others. Rooms are designed in beautiful, creative ways giving more space to the human aspect rather than to the technical one.
You can video chat with up to 10 guests simultaneously (plus you) and benefit from the innovative conferencing layout offered by Rabbit, where video feeds can be placed around a shared content or laid out in other alternative ways.
With Rabbit it is possible to real-time share any content from YouTube, Hulu, Spotify (audio sharing), Vimeo and more, as well as to screencast any open application you have on your computer.
Copy is a cloud-based service which allows anyone to easily upload, store and share any kind of file, while keeping in sync your different devices. Copy comes also with desktop versions for Mac, Windows and Linux as well as iOS and Android mobile versions.
"Once uploaded, Copy generates a unique URL for the file that you can copy and send to the intended recipients over email, social media networks or IM. On the receiving end, the user just needs to open that URL in their web browser and click the Download button to download the file to their PC, smartphone or tablet.
While you can use Copy’s file sharing features without creating any account, registering for one rewards you with a few additional privileges like 5GB of cloud storage and file synchronization straight from desktop or mobile, depending on which platform you use it. An account can be created both from the web interface and from within the service’s desktop or mobile apps."
Copy provides you ith 5GB of inital free storage space, which gets bumped up to 10GB as soon as you install a desktop or mobile version.
"You can share files without even creating any user account that most other similar services often require."
"Copy also keeps past versions of your files so that if you accidentally lose or change something, you can get it back. The Android app of the service comes with PhotoCopy – a feature that automatically uploads your photos to the cloud similar to Dropbox, SugarSync and Google+’s offering."
If you are looking for a good and safe alternative to Drobox or Box.net here is one: Owncloud is an open source software which you can install on your own web server and which provides you not only with full file storage and sharing capabilties, but also with the ability to connect directly to other file storage services and to run HTML5 apps.
Excerpted from the Techcrunch review: "OwnCloud is a free software suite, written in PHP, that provides file storage, synchronization, and sharing. It provides the same basic features of Dropbox or Box.net."
"The core ownCloud offering is file storage and synchronization. You also get optional contacts and calendar synchronization, if you want to use it. As an open source application, you can install it on any computer you control. This means you know how and where your data is stored, something which existing hosted solutions abstract away from you. Individuals and enterprises can install ownCloud on their own hardware, and define access policies according to their own needs."
"...the ownCloud mobile client can automatically upload pictures taken from your phone."
"...ownCloud can be connected to third-party storage like Dropbox or Google Drive or even an FTP server. These are read-write connections, allowing you to use third-party storage in whatever ways make sense for you..."
"...ownCloud supports HTML5 applications, allowing you to add all sorts of additional functionality. The ownCloud app catalog has dozens of apps."
ScreenHero is a new downloadable Mac app (soon for Windows too) which allows you to easily share any app you have installed on your computer with one or more people, who can work on it simultaneously with you.
Key basic features:
Full simultaneous control
Fast, HD quality
Share an application or the entire screen
Advanced features (for paid plans)
Better Customer Support
From the official site: "Screenhero lets you screen share any application with anyone, no matter where they are. It's super simple and blazing fast.
You each get your own mouse pointer, and you're both always in control.
It's designed for collaboration, not just broadcasting your screen. It's like Google Docs for any application on your computer. "
A Windows version is coming soon and you can sign up to be notified when it will be available.
WebRTC, the real-time collaboration and conferencing protocol is getting better and better by the day. With it, and without the need to install any plug-in, software or downloadable extension, browsers like Chrome and Firefox which fully support it, can initiate real-time video conferences just like this one.
In the video above you can see that Google has fully joined Mozilla in demonstrating peer-to-peer (P2P) video conferencing between the Firefox and Chrome web browsers using WebRTC.
"Google and Mozilla are working with the W3C and IETF to develop WebRTC, and although it is still work in progress, the applications that are being developed to demonstrate its capabilities show that WebRTC can mean an end to having to download plugins and add-ons."
In a WebRTC session all audio and video connections are encrypted by utilizing open-source audio and video codecs such as Opus and VP8.
RealTimeBoard is a new web service which allows you to easily create collaborative visual boards with images and documents uploaded from your computer or grabbed from the web.
The visual boards are extremely flexible and allow for free positioning of any element imported, resizing, rotating and easy text captioning and for creating Prezi-like presentations by framing both individual canvas shots as well as the path from one to the next.
Materials uploaded inside the visual boards can be easily downloaded and entire boards can be exported as PDF files.
Reflap is a new web app which allows you to start a group video chat for up to five people without requiring them to download, install or register anything.
Reflap offer three modes of use ranging from "Quick Call" for one-to-one calls to "Kickbacks" for small videoconferences and to "Bouncing" which allows you to randomly meet and video chat with other people. You can also text chat and grab screen-shots during your Reflap sessions.