a) What does this have over Microsoft NetMeeting?
b) What does this have over Abode Connect Pro?
c) Drawing with the mouse sucks
d) Writing with the mouse sucks
e) Placing text boxes sucks
f) Most conferences use pre-prepared slides (that you might annotate), having to screen cap each one in sequence is clunky.
g) Easy screen sharing duplicates of 95% of this app's utility. Why not do that and allow annotations on top?
I don't want to be a complete downer. But this needs to be much, much better than it currently is. Possibly the only advantage you have is an iPhone/Ipad interface to the whiteboard -- I would make that the highest priority.
But if you're on the phone, or talking via an IM service that doesn't have a white board, or if in any situation you simply need to illustrate and annotate a conversation live, then the Eye is just a couple of clicks away.
It's feature incomplete - we know that, but rather than throw in features simply because that's what we (and others) might expect, we'd like to work with it and the people who use it and make it as useful as we can.
Thanks for taking the time to respond :-)
Would love to have your comments on this new tool that we've just launched into public beta now. How would you use it? Would you use it? Is it useful?
And in general, what do you think of it? Any feedback is welcome.
Direct link to the new tool: http://woobiuseye.com
One use case that could prove useful for me: I can see using this to help design UI on distributed teams - rather than creating or modifying screenshots and sending back and forth, you could mark up ideas at the same time.
In the demo, were you guys writing on a Wacom type of device or something? I can never write that nicely with a mouse or trackpad!
Netmeeting also had video conferencing and chat to go with it, though.
Maybe you could partner with Chat Roulette ;)
In my experience, having a video feed is pretty much worthless for productivity; if anything, it's distracting. Much more useful is having voice chat and the ability to share files seamlessly. Again, these are needs that can be adequately fulfilled by Google Docs, Google Talk, Skype, etc, so there's no reason to reinvent the wheel.
While video conferencing is nice, we've never found it really adds that much value to our conversations unless we're show & telling. Screen sharing can be useful but it doesn't lend itself well to a fluid two-way conversation (only one person can control a computer/cursor/keyboard at once), and it's generally not instantly available - if we're already talking on the telephone we have to switch tools entirely, and if we're talking to someone outside our team it's pretty much pot luck as to whether they'll already have access to the same services we do.
We wanted something with zero setup. No registration, no downloads/installs, no login.. Maybe when HTML5 is implemented uniformly across all major browsers we can drop the requirement for any 3rd party software at all.
It's an add-on to your existing workflow, rather than a workflow of its own.
Oh the memories. :D
Also, webcam integration would be nice.
As for integration with webcams and such - being able to use Eye with your current tools is fundamental to the idea. We didn't want to reinvent the wheel and provide everything in 1 box.
You should be able to pick it up half way through a telephone conversation for e.g. and explain something with it.
If you need a webcam while you talk, you need a video conference, and there are plenty of tools already out there for that :-)