Friday, December 6, 2013

recording feature updates

We are pleased to announce improvements to the presentation recording feature.

In addition to a downloadable .zip file, completed recordings are now automatically uploaded for immediate viewing on the web.  The hosted version of the recording also contains a link to the downloadable .zip file so that viewers may save a copy to their computer and/or upload to other websites.

A history of completed recordings is now maintained on the Audit tab in the room control panel.  In the event that the recording was not downloaded upon completion, any room administrator may recover the URL.

Hosted recordings are stored for 30 days prior to being automatically deleted.


Friday, November 1, 2013

Opera Browser Support

We're happy to announce support for Opera Browser version 18 on Windows and Mac OS X.  Contratulations to the Opera team for releasing their WebRTC implementation!

Opera 18 may be downloaded here: http://www.opera.com/computer/next

Please see the updated system requirements.

Friday, October 25, 2013

iOS Update

iOS Safari support has been improved so that audio will be received even in some difficult network scenarios that were previously blocking traffic.  iOS is still "listen only" due to lack of standards support in the Safari browser.

Support for Safari on OS X has been discontinued because OS X users may run either Chrome or Firefox for full support.

If you would like to see full support in Safari and on iOS, please send Apple your feedback and ask them to support WebRTC in Safari.

More information is available in the System Requirements.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

iPad Support

We're pleased to announce that iVocalize now works on the iPad and iPhone.  There is nothing to install.  Simply open Safari and visit the room's login page. 

At this time, iOS is a "listen only" platform, meaning that iOS users will be able to receive audio, but not transmit.  This limitation is because Apple does not yet support WebRTC, the new HTML5 standard for real-time communication in the browser without plugins.

The Desktop version of Safari on Mac OS X will also work, but with the same listen-only limitation as iOS.  For full support, OSX users should choose Chrome or Firefox instead.

If you would like to see full support in Safari and on iOS, please send Apple your feedback and ask them to support WebRTC in Safari.

More information is available in the System Requirements.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Server Updates

iVocalize Server has been updated to support Delegated Authentication.  This allows server customers to replace Persona with their own login system.  (A server is a multi-room package.  Contact sales@ivocalize.com for server pricing.)

For example, if your website already has a database of usernames and passwords, you may use your existing login system to log users directly into iVocalize, bypassing the normal login page.

We have also released the Server Management API for automating the tasks associated with room creation and configuration.

Server customers wishing to use either Delegated Authentication or the Server API may contact support@ivocalize.com to get started.

Other changes and fixes with the latest update:
  • added automatic reconnect
  • corrected a problem with the whiteboard slide number control on Firefox
  • improvements to the server control panel

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Recording & Screencast Updates

The recording feature has been updated with the following improvements:
  • live screencast video is now recorded
  • periods of inactivity are skipped over during playback
  • whiteboard laser pointer is recorded
  • slides are scaled to fit inside the playback page without scrolling
  • fixed artifacts when changing whiteboard size
The screencast applet has been updated as follows:
  • Maximum screencast region increased to 1920x1200
  • Fix selection problem on multi-monitor Macs
Please try a Free Evaluation Room.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Firefox & more

iVocalize has just been updated with a few new enhancements:
  • New moderator menu beside the talk button giving moderators quick access to mute and unmute the room, as well as clearing the talk queue.
  • New control panel option to display user locations in the "Online Now" section of the login page and also in the tooltip when hovering over a user name
  • New per-user option to control playing of text message alert sounds
  • Room entry alert sound now plays only when there are fewer than 10 people in the room.
  • minor bug fixes
Desktop Firefox 23.0 support was dropped due to a critical bug in Firefox 23.0.  Mozilla is in the process of releasing Firefox 23.0.1 which will work as before.

We suggest Firefox 24 Beta instead: http://www.mozilla.org/firefox/beta/

See the Updated System Requirements.


Friday, August 2, 2013

Firefox Support Released

We have just updated iVocalize to include support for Firefox version 22 and later on Windows, Mac and Linux.  Try it now!

Other enhancements:
  • improved video quality and packet loss tolerance
  • fixed recording problem when two people are speaking
  • fixed security warning with the screencast applet
  • added microphone level meter (chrome only)
  • added number of participants display
  • new control panel option to turn off the "online now" display of signed in users on the login page
  • reduced font size of user name display, allowing longer names to be shown
Firefox is expected to support real-time communications on Android and Firefox OS devices with the next Firefox release (version 23 or 24).

Note: Firefox's implementation of the new real-time communication standard is a work in progress, and is not as mature as Chrome's implementation.  Chrome is recommended over Firefox for the time being.

See the updated system requirements here.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

What is Persona?


Persona is way to log in to many different websites using your email address.


Instead of remembering different usernames and passwords for each website you visit, Persona is a "single sign on" solution that gives you just one thing to remember -- your own email address.


iVocalize 6 uses Persona to authenticate users, so you have one account to access any room in our system, and no extra passwords to remember.


Persona has just released this video about their Beta 2 release.


For more information on Persona, check out this cNet article about Persona or the Persona  website:
https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/what-is-persona-and-how-does-it-work

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

recording feature update -- video

The version 6 recording feature has been updated to include webcam video.

Recordings include:

  • audio
  • webcam video
  • slides
  • whiteboard annotations
  • public text messages
  • youtube videos
Not included, but coming soon:
  • live screencasting

Other changes in this update:
  1. in-progress recordings are automatically terminated if there are no presenters in the room.  Therefore, presenters should end any in-progress recording prior to signing out.
  2. recordings are automatically ended after 120 minutes.  Meetings longer than 120 minutes must be recorded in segments -- for example, stop and restart the recording during a break.
For a tutorial on the new recording feature, please visit:
https://www.ivocalize.com/support/?p=534

Monday, April 1, 2013

Chrome continues to dominate

The graph of web browser market share for the past year tells an interesting story:


Google Chrome continues to dominate, while Internet Explorer's best days are  clearly behind it.  Graph from: http://gs.statcounter.com

Friday, March 29, 2013

version 6 recording feature


We are pleased to announce that a recording feature has been added to iVocalize version 6.  Recording may be started and stopped by any Presenter, simply by clicking the new Recording button on the whiteboard toolbar.  Completed recordings appear as downloadable links in the text chat window.

Recordings include:
  • audio
  • slides
  • whiteboard annotations
  • public text messages
  • youtube videos
Not included, but coming soon:
  • webcam video
  • live screencasting

For a tutorial on the new recording feature, please visit: 
https://www.ivocalize.com/support/?p=534

Sign up for a free evaluation to try it out.

Friday, March 1, 2013

iVocalize 6 release, price reductions and YouTube!


iVocalize 6 has been released and is now available for purchase at www.ivocalize.com and in the Account Manager.

Prices for version 6 rooms have been reduced substantially from the version 5 prices.  To take advantage of the promotional pricing, sign into your Account Manager, add a version 6 room to your account, or try the free evaluation.

Note: Version 6 does not currently have a recording feature -- we are working on one now.  For Mac users, the QuickTime screen recorder built into OS X does a good job.  Windows users might try Camtasia for recording.

iVocalize 6 is based on the latest HTML5 web standards and does not require Java, Flash or any download.

Version 6 servers will be made available for purchase next month at similarly reduced prices.

Many customers have requested the ability to play movies and music in the room, and we're pleased to announce that a new YouTube video showing feature has been added.  Simply click the YouTube icon on the whiteboard toolbar and paste in the video/playlist ID or URL to show  your video to the room.

iVocalize 6 runs in Google Chrome version 25 and later.  Support for Firefox, Android and iOS is coming soon.

Looking for a secure, reliable and inexpensive computer that works great with iVocalize?  We recommend the $250 Chromebook available from Amazon.com.



Friday, February 15, 2013

Version 6 Translations Update

Version 6 has been updated with translations to the following languages:
  • Arabic
  • Dutch
  • Chinese
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
Please report translation problems and new language requests to  support@ivocalize.com

If you do not yet have a version 6 room, visit https://v6.ivocalize.net/#eval/signup for a free evaluation.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

version 6 beta update


Good news regarding iVocalize version 6 -- we're now officially in beta status.

With the latest security threats against Java, now is a great time to try out version 6.   If you are a current subscriber of iVocalize and would like to get a version 6 room to use alongside your current v5 room, simply write to support@ivocalize.com and we will get you set up.  If you are a client of someone else's room and want to familiarize yourself with the new system, you may sign up for a free evaluation room.

The new version of iVocalize runs in the Google Chrome browser on Windows, Mac and Linux and Chrome OS (ChromeBook). Support for Firefox, Android and iOS is coming soon.

Version 6 is based on the latest HTML5 web standards, and does not require Java or Flash or any download. 

Uploading a PowerPoint or OpenDocument slide presentation and showing slides on the whiteboard works better than ever.  Audio and Video quality are also greatly improved.

Important changes from version 5:
  • Runs in the latest Google Chrome version
  • The control panel is built into the room (see toolbar button for settings)
  • No passwords are stored in iVocalize. We use Persona for login management. Users create their own password in Persona and sign into iVocalize using a verified email address
  • When a user enters your room for the first time, their email will automatically be added to the list of user accounts in your control panel
  • You may also import a CSV file into the control panel to add many accounts at one time
  • once an email is in your list of user accounts, you may change their privilege level from Guest to Member, Presenter, Moderator, Administrator or Block them
  • A new privilege level of Presenter is used to grant whiteboard access
  • Administrators now have control panel access to administer the room
  • Two people may speak at the same time (configurable in control panel)
  • A help file for the control panel is located here: https://v6.ivocalize.net/helproom.htm
  • Additional help files are coming soon to cover all aspects of the software
  • recording is currently unavailable. Try using Camtasia for recording until we have this implemented
  • co-browsing is unavailable. Try the Screencasting feature instead
  • Java is used only on a Presenter's machine while sending a screencast.

Monday, January 14, 2013

version 6 beta

Good news regarding iVocalize version 6 -- we're now officially in beta status.

With the latest security threats against Java, now is a great time to try out version 6.   If you are a current subscriber of iVocalize and would like to get a version 6 room to use alongside your current v5 room, simply write to support@ivocalize.com and we will get you set up.

The new version of iVocalize runs in the Google Chrome browser on Windows, Mac and Linux and Chrome OS (ChromeBook). Support for Firefox, Android and iOS is coming soon.


Version 6 is based on the latest HTML5 web standards, and does not require Java or Flash. Uploading a slide presentation and showing slides on the whiteboard works better than ever. Audio and Video quality are also greatly improved.

Important changes from version 5:
  • Runs in Google Chrome version 23 and later
  • The control panel is built into the room (see toolbar button for settings)
  • No passwords are stored in iVocalize. We use Mozilla Persona for login management. Users create their own password in Persona and sign into iVocalize using a verified email address
  • When a user enters your room for the first time, their email will automatically be added to the list of user accounts in your control panel
  • You may also import a CSV file into the control panel to add many accounts at one time
  • once an email is in your list of user accounts, you may change their privilege level from Guest to Member, Presenter, Moderator, Administrator or Block them
  • A new privilege level of Presenter is used to grant whiteboard access
  • Administrators now have control panel access to administer the room
  • Two people may speak at the same time (configurable in control panel)
  • A help file for the control panel is located here: https://v6.ivocalize.net/helproom.htm
  • Additional help files are coming soon to cover all aspects of the software
  • recording is currently unavailable. Try using Camtasia for recording until we have this implemented
  • co-browsing is unavailable. Try using the Screencasting feature instead