We’re only one month into 2011 and we’re already introducing a major new release of VSee! There are some significant and exciting changes, so please set your preferences to “automatically update” or just download the new version right here! (And then set your preferences to “automatically update”.)
Here’s what’s new with some color commentary:
- New look and feel. Beautiful isn’t it?
You have to appreciate moving the triangles for expanding/condensing groups rather than the old “+” and “-“.
- Auto performance tuning. This is very cool and a result of customer feedback. VSee has always tuned A/V performance based on the network conditions of a group call, but often one more guy is added to an ongoing call who is working in a less-than-optimal environment (hotel room, the middle of nowhere, his uncle’s 8-year old Compaq…), requiring everyone else to decrease their video and audio quality. To handle this automatically, we added a complementary layer of tuning which bumps your video and audio quality up and down whenever people enter or leave a group call.
- Larger meetings. We’ve been using it every week for 16-way staff meetings. Just remember: With that many people, someone, somewhere will be operating from one of the “less-than-optimal environments” listed above. Everyone needs sufficient CPU and bandwidth.
- Reduced audio bandwidth usage. I just clocked myself at 15-20 kbps at the “high” setting, and only 3-9 kbps at “normal”!!!
- Start meetings from address book groups. This is one of my favorite new features. I’ll post some tips on using it later this week.
- Use groups as rooms.
- Supports multiple instances of IDs for multiple groups.
- New ways to leave a meeting or remove a meeting participant.
- Remove participants via their video window menu.
- You may leave a meeting via your video window’s Collaboration Tools menu.
- Remember window layout during a meeting. I’ll admit, it used to drive me nuts that VSee would default to 320×240 and auto-arrange new windows to the upper left corner and tile horizontally because that’s not how I use my desktop when conferencing! Well, no more. VSee now remembers how I like to arrange and size my windows, and I love it.
- Caller auto-accept list. Enabled through Address book Preferences menu. I think the functionality speaks for itself here.
- Timestamp for local time. Enabled through your video window’s Settings menu.
- Scroll bars work with mouse wheel. I didn’t miss it when it wasn’t there, but now that it’s here, I wonder how I survived without it.
- Reduced frame transmission overhead. There are other video performance enhancements, but I thought I’d include this one as a fairly concrete explanation for some bandwidth-use improvements.