My friend Jeff Urdan, honcho of VeaMea (a friendly competitor of ours that uses a client-server architecture), sent me an interesting email yesterday with the title “A laugh for your blog?” Apparently the big guys, realizing they’re a little behind in desktop videoconferencing innovation (read: not optimized for ad hoc workflow), are using the ‘ol “vaporware” approach to slow the startups down. (Microsoft was king of that approach back in the day. Guess who’s part of this?)
Obviously, I’m quite excited by all our releases. This one, however, has a few extra treats that I want to point out in addition to our release notes.
First, if you are a home (non-commercial) user, you now have free HD video calling. So whether you hook up to your living room TV or stay in your home office, just remember that you saved a bundle over Cisco’s umi! (Ha ha! Take THAT Cisco!)
All the other exciting stuff is probably more appreciated by businesses and power users. Among them: Our new “no admin” install, which allows a cleaner, faster way to get VSee up and running. It manages to avoid most of those annoying popups that Windows likes to throw at us when adding software to our machines. It also allows you to use VSee without needing to sign in as an administrator first.
Of course, we’re still continuing with our “GUI 3.0″. That’s just working out so well that we haven’t conceived of 3.1 yet! However, a few of the functions found within have been spruced up. The new “Meeting Mode” now allows you, even if you’re the host, to leave a meeting and everyone else in the meeting can continue without you! (It’s like leaving a room in real life!) Also, the video recording, not just returned to its former glory, is now better than ever with better AV syncing.
Well, the release notes are here as well as in the forum. Please let us know your experiences with the new VSee!
HD resolution option now always enabled
New behavior for new SSO users; old behavior temporarily preserved for old users
Unified account creation and login process for all users
OEM and non-OEM versions of VSee can coexist
address book now remembers resized position
right-click and copy URL from group chat
No admin install (.exe only)
install in per-user app folder
doesn’t need administrator permissions to install
no more UAC prompts at install or update
Meeting mode 2.0
server-side state: solves meeting state bugs
“leave meeting” support
meeting survives loss of meeting host
TCP API 2.0
Improved movie sharing robustness
Improved video robustness, including favoring frozen rather than jumbled frames for high packet loss / delay
Improved recording robustness, including
switch to ASF format
better audio / video synchronization
No more auto-login for Windows Active Directory users (AD credentials used only as hint at signup time)
Other fixes, including
video window doesn’t shrink on change to low resolution
video window respects resolution, except for above