Vyew is a platform for businesses to utilize in hosting webinars, conducting team meetings, or giving presentations. Meetings are conducted in real time. The application features a shared workspace called the VyewBook and works with webcams, textchat, VolP, and teleconferencing. Content may be uploaded into the workspace for participants to work on collaboratively. Meetings may be recorded for later review. Vyew is for real-time collaboration. Users may import documents, jpg files and other data so that all users may view and work with content. While documents may not be edited within the formatted text, notes may be added, areas highlighted, and lines and shapes drawn. The VyewBook workspace remains accessible to participants beyond the conference. This allows continued review and collaboration until the moderator removes access to the uploaded content.Show more screenshots »
Vyew was created by Simul?tk, Inc., a start-up founded by a group of UC Berkeley graduates. Simul?tk began as a network simulation provider for large companies to use in training. Henry Hon, CEO, has said that Vyew was developed as a way of expanding education and training with digital components. Vyew no longer provides network simulations and focuses solely on developing the Vyew platform.
This application is unique in its capacity for true real-time collaboration. Users see contributions of the team as they are being created. Desktop Share allows users to visualize another’s desktop for demonstrations or information sharing. The interface is easy-to-use and intuitive. In contrast to WebEx or GoToMeeting, Vyew adds the asynchronous component. This means that the VyewBook is stored and may be accessed as needed and interacted with at any time and is not restricted to meeting time parameters. It will remain in whatever state it is left in until the next user interacts with the Vyewbook.
Vyew is visually appealing. The tools are unobtrusive along the borders and are easy to use. Documents, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, pictures, and mp3 files (as long as music files are web hosted) may all be uploaded quickly and easily. Multiple text tools are available for inserting notes with a sticky note or textpad. The pen tool allows for freehand writing or drawing, as does the highlighter. Line width and color of drawing tools may be changed as desired. Stamps are limited to Greek symbols, math symbols and chemistry symbols. Adding, deleting, and duplicating pages are all single click actions. Multiple users can see each others’ cursors and edits to the book as they work. The chat feature also allows private comments between participants if they do no have webcam or teleconferencing abilities. In Desktop Share mode, users may see the full desktop of the user who has enabled the mode. The view scrolls with the user’s mouse to direct the participants’ views.
To register, a valid email, username, and password must be provided. A validation email must be confirmed prior to using the application. After registration, users may invite participants to collaborate. The site generates emails to participants with a link to join the VyewBook. Invitations are sent quickly and entrance into the Vyewbook is easy and intuitive.
The application is free, but additional features and storage capacities are available for monthly fees. The free membership includes unlimited meetings, 10 real time participants, 20 VyewBooks to hold meetings and store content with 50 pages each. Plus and Professional memberships increase the number of VyewBooks and pages as well as the option of adding custom room IDs, themes, ads, and more. Some of the custom options require fees in addition to monthly membership payments.
This site would be useful for anyone needing a completely collaborative digital workspace. Educators, small business, friends, students, or clubs are among the many groups who would benefit from this virtual meetingplace.