Just looking at the new iPhone ad and wondering out loud about the future.
Douglas Engelbart is best known as the inventor of the computer mouse but his pioneering work and influence extend far beyond that device. A towering figure in computer science, Engelbart’s fundamental tenet is that computers should help us become smarter and work together better.
In December 1968, at the Fall Joint Computer Conference, Engelbart gave the first public multimedia demonstration of a networked computer system which brought together the mouse, cathode-ray tube displays, windowing systems, text editing, hyperlinks, videoconferencing and networked collaboration.
This 90-minute presentation, dubbed the “mother of all demos”, presented a compelling vision of how computers and online networks could be used to augment human capability. It’s a vision that we are still trying to realize today.
Octopz software takes advantage of the web browser and the internet to deliver a unique online collaboration service. Using the web browser means that there is no special software to download and install in order to use Octopz, and using the internet means that our service can be used by anyone with access to the world wide web. It also means that online security is a foremost consideration in designing and providing the Octopz service to our customers.
Octopz users and their guests are required to authenticate themselves via user name and password in order to log into the service. This data is protected and encrypted in transmission. Once authenticated, users can only enter the rooms that they have been given access to by administrators.
Within an Octopz room, documents, digital media and the related markup information is fully encrypted with SSL (Secure Socket Layer) and verfied by VeriSign. Later this year Octopz will provide the option to encrypt VoIP and webcam data as well.
Physical security is also a foremost consideration for Octopz. Our servers are hosted by Rackspace in data centres in Texas, Virginia, and the UK. With a Tier 1 ranking, Rackspace strictly monitors access to all data centers using keycard protocols, biometric scanning protocols, continuous interior and exterior surveillance. The data centres also feature N+1 redundant power and HVAC, as well as industry leading fire suppression and UPS equipment.
On our website you’ll find an entire section called Applause, which showcases customer profiles and some of the early Octopz success stories.
You can read how marketing and advertising agencies, graphic designers, illustrators and photographers, architects and designers, film- and video makers, software and web developers are putting the power and simplicity of Octopz online collaboration to work for themselves, their clients, colleagues and suppliers.
As a result, these early adopters of Octopz are saving time and money while delivering better work and higher value services in today’s competitive marketplace.
An Adobe Acrobat or PDF version of our customer profiles is also available here for download or online viewing.
One of the barriers that have traditionally limited the adoption of online collaboration services, is the software installation and lengthy registration process that people have to go through to use such a service.
Octopz offers you a unique way to overcome this barrier and increase client, colleague and supplier participation in online collaborations, especially for a one-off session or visit.
With a single click, you can send out an email from within Octopz and invite anyone, anywhere directly into a an Octopz room. The email recipient clicks on the link within the email you’ve sent, and is instantly connected to the right Octopz room. No software to download or install, no lengthy account form to fill in and configure before using the service. For security, a single visit invitation expires after it has been used or within five days if it is unused.
Of course, for regular and frequent online collaborators and participants, Octopz also offers you the ability to create and manage unlimited user accounts very easily from the Meeting Zone panel.
Robin Good’s masternewmedia.org website, a leading authority on new media and online collaboration, has posted an feature review of Octopz.
Reviewer Michael Pick has a look at:
- The simple toolset and interface designed so that anyone can be up and running in the space of minutes
- The annotation of rich-media files made possible with Octopz, so that you can leave notes and visual annotations even on single frames of video, and instantly jump back to them with a click of the mouse
- The ease of sharing made capable through Octopz, allowing you to invite anyone, anywhere to join you in a meeting with a single click
- The pricing and options available for independent producers, SoHo customers and Enterprise users
He concludes his review of the software by saying that:
Octopz is an excellent solution for anyone involved in the creative industry looking for an intuitive online collaboration and annotation tool. While there are other solutions that cater specifically to the need for collaborating with image files, documents, or synchronized video, Octopz offers the unique prospect of allowing you to work across the full range of media from a single application.
Read Pick’s enthusiastic and in-depth review here.