Archive | November, 2009

Activate Real-Time Collaboration Features

17 Nov

As announced at Enterprise 2.0, we’re working to bring a suite of real-time features to all Project Edition networks. Today we’re excited to announce the beta launch of PBworks IM, Live Editing and Instant Notifications.

We’re still refining this release so the features work perfectly, but you can start using them with your network now. Here’s how network admins can turn on real-time collaboration:

  • Go to Network Settings
  • Chose ‘Real Time’
  • Activate!

This is a beta release which means there may be some unexpected behavior. If you see something that doesn’t work exactly as it should, please send feedback! We even have a feedback link built into your IM chat.
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Read more about how to use the Real Time Collaboration features in our user manual.

Video: New Feature Run Down

6 Nov

We made this video for Enterprise 2.0 to display the key features of our recent releases — Project edition, social release features and the upcoming real time chat, live editing and voice conferencing features.

Fast forward to 1:44 to see the new real-time collaboration features in action or watch the entire video to catch up on features you may have missed.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=7480100&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=00ADEF&fullscreen=1

Enterprise 2.0 Booth Video from PBworks on Vimeo.

Introducing PBworks Real-time Collaboration

5 Nov

A few weeks back, we asked you to guess what we’d be announcing at Enterprise 2.0.

You need wonder no longer.

On Monday, PBworks announced its real-time collaboration update.  Starting on November 17, Project and Legal Edition customers will have a whole new way to use PBworks to work together.

  • IM Collaboration
  • Live Notifications
  • Live Editing
  • Voice Collaboration (early 2010)

IM Collaboration will allow users to see who else in their organization is actively using PBworks at that moment, and send them instant messages from within the product.  In addition, users will also be able to summon others to the workspace page they’re working on using the “send a link” function built into the IM system.

Live Notifications will alert users to activity within their organization in real-time, rather than requiring them to await an asynchronous email notification.  Users can select which notifications they want to receive, based on “starring” or “following” particular pages and other users, and the system will stream the relevant notifications to whatever page a user is viewing.

Live Editing will eliminate the need to use web conferencing services such as WebEx, PlaceWare, and GoToMeeting to share a PBworks editing session.  Whenever a user is editing a workspace page, the other users viewing that page see the edits appear in real-time.  When combined with IM Collaboration, Live Editing makes it easy to convene an ad hoc meeting for working synchronously.

Voice Collaboration is the fastest and easiest way to set up a conference call with other members of your organization.  Rather than setting up a conference line in advance and asking attendees to dial in, PBworks Voice Collaboration allows you to initiate an instant conference call by dialing the desired participants.  You can add new participants at any time, and each conference call is recorded and stored for later review.  Voice Collaboration can even be triggered using your iPhone, making it the first conference calling application that works on that platform.

If a user is editing a page and realizes that he or she needs the input of other team members, he or she can summon them to the appropriate page using IM Collaboration, start a Live Editing session, and use Voice Collaboration to initiate an instant conference call, all in fraction of the time it would take to set up a web conference, set up a conference call line, and communicate the details to the intended participants.

We’re pretty excited, but don’t just take our word for it; you can read about what other people have to say:

http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/11/02/collaboration-platform-pbworks-gets-a-real-time-makeover/

http://digital.venturebeat.com/2009/11/02/pbworks-speeds-up-collaboration-with-real-time-communication/

http://www.readwriteweb.com/enterprise/2009/11/pbworks-goes-for-a-real-time-f.php

http://webworkerdaily.com/2009/11/02/pbworks-to-add-real-time-collaboration-tools/

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Messaging-and-Collaboration/PBworks-Watchitoo-Crave-Google-Waves-Realtime-Collaboration-Hype-412241/

http://www.cloudave.com/link/pbworks-ups-the-ante-with-real-time-collaboration-features

http://www.informationarchitected.com/blog/iam-alert-pbworks-takes-it-realtime/

http://collaborate.com/?q=blog/2009/11/02/pbworks-offers-new-real-time-functions

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