25 mar 2008

Adobe con Brio

Stamani ho dato buca a un appuntamento che avevo a Milano, causa postumi influenzali.
I colleghi, a Vimercate, hanno proposto le solite forme di conf-call tradizionali o basate su Skype (Voip).

Fino a quando Giusppe ha tirato fuori l'asso dalla manica e ci ha proposto di provare Brio, piattaforma social proposta da Adobe Labs.

Brio è un servizio di webconferencing partito in beta nel Dicembre 2007, costruito per dare accesso a individui e/o a sale riunioni dove si stanno svolgendo dei meeting. Come nel caso mio di stamani.

La release attuale, secondo me, potrà essere utilizzata anche per la trasmissione d domenica sera (se si farà) di web to web!
Rispetto a un sistema di Broadcast come Mogulus o di videochat come Yahoo Live, ha delle funzionalità in più:
Condivisione di chat e lavagna (whiteboard).
Accesso istantaneo con URL personalizzata.
Distribuzione di documenti e file ai partecipanti
Uso integrato di VoIP, videoconferenza e multi video-conferenza

La stabilità provata oggi, è stata eccezzionale. Mai caduto il link, sempre audio e video puliti!

Purtroppo, per ora, permette solo tre webcam contemporanee. Ma per una videoconferenza di gruppo, va benissimo!

Ecco le FAQ integrali:
What is Brio?
Brio is a personal web meeting service that enables you to instantly communicate and collaborate using your own online meeting room. To start a meeting, just go to your meeting room and invite others to join you at the same URL. As the host, you will need to download a small Brio add-in in order to share your screen. Meeting attendees will not need to download any software unless they will also be sharing their screen. There is no need to schedule meetings in advance.
Who should use Brio?
Anyone who wants to communicate and collaborate instantly with anyone—from colleagues to customers, one-on-one or in small groups of up to 3 people during the Brio beta.
What are always-on personal meeting rooms?
With Brio, you can set up a customized URL that stays the same, so it's easy to remember for you and your contacts.
How many people can attend my meeting?
During the Brio beta, three participants can attend your meeting including you as the host.
Does a meeting attendee need to sign up for an account?
No, meeting attendees can attend your meeting as a guest and do not need to sign up for their own account.
Does a meeting attendee need to download any software to attend my meeting?
No, meeting attendees do not need to download any software to attend your meeting if they have the latest version of Adobe Flash player installed. Brio beta requires Adobe Flash Player 9 which is already installed on the majority of browsers worldwide. However, if attendees would like to share their screen, they will be prompted to install the Brio beta add in.
What security features does Brio have?
Brio uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL v3) with 128-bit encryption for all meetings and account management interactions.
Can Brio be accessed across firewalls?
Brio communicates through standard HTTP and Secure Socket Layer (SSL) ports, so users do not have to reconfigure their firewalls to participate in online meetings.
How is Brio different from Adobe Acrobat Connect?

Brio is the next version of Adobe Acrobat Connect™. Additional features in Brio that are not in Adobe Acrobat Connect include:

Easier Meeting Management

  • Access to key meeting features while screen sharing with the new palette
  • Screen sharing option for all participants (not just meeting hosts or presenters)
  • New room management options—"accept all" attendees, automatic room entry

More Customization Options

  • Customizable meeting room layout
  • Richer expression and text layout options in the note and chat pods
  • Personalized display images in the meeting attendee list

New Features

  • Voice over IP (VoIP), an alternative to phone conferencing
  • The ability to upload files to distribute to your meeting participant

What is the difference between Brio and Acrobat Connect Professional?
Brio, the next generation of Acrobat Connect, enables professionals to conduct collaborative online meetings with up to three participants. Acrobat Connect Professional enables interactive web conferencing for small or large organizations, as well as web seminars, sales presentations, and online training for up to 1,500 participants. Acrobat Connect Professional is available for purchase via a flexible licensing model.
Does Brio include free audio conferencing?
Yes, every account includes free audio conferencing (reservation-less). Just click on the phone icon upper right corner of your meeting room and select Adobe Conference Number. You will see a text box with the call-in numbers as well as the meeting ID number. There is no charge for the service, however, long distance phone charges may apply.
What languages is Brio beta available in?
This preview of Brio is currently only available in English.
Does Brio include remote control?
Yes, Brio includes remote control, the ability for a meeting participant to take control of other meeting participant's desktops with their permission. This is useful for collaborative work sessions, one-on-one instruction, and product support. You can access remote control in two ways: (1) while you are sharing, select someone else in the attendee list and select "Give this user control of my computer," or (2) if you'd like to request control of someone's screen, click on their name while they are sharing and select "Request control of this user's computer."
Can I get any technical support?
Technical support is not provided, other than the user-to-user community forums, which members of the Brio team will be participating in actively.

System Requirements

The system requirements for the Brio beta are listed below.


  • Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional or Home Edition with Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista®
  • Internet Explorer 6.0, 7.0 or Mozilla Firefox 2.0
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 9,0,47,0
  • Cable modem, DSL or better internet connection


  • Mac OS X v10.4
  • Safari 2.0 or Mozilla Firefox 2.0
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 9
  • Cable modem, DSL or better internet connection Linux (No support for screen-sharing)
  • Mozilla Firefox 2.0 or SeaMonkey 1.1.3
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 9,0,47,0
  • Cable modem, DSL or better internet connection


  • Mozilla Firefox 2.0 or SeaMonkey 1.1.3
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 9,0,47,0
  • Cable modem, DSL or better internet connection

Release Notes

Brio is featured on Adobe Labs and is not a final release. Technical support is not provided, other than the Community Forums. Brio is provided in English, and intended for use in the United States.

Issues Addressed in this Release

The following are some important issues resolved with this release, including both bug fixes and enhancements.

  • Implemented Secure Socket Layer (SSL v3) with 128-bit encryption for all
    meetings and account management interactions which should result in Brio beta being accessible across more firewalls.
  • Fixed a number of issues that might have resulted in higher-than-optimal latency.
  • Pods resize correctly when selecting "Reset to default layout".
  • Upper ASCII characters now display correctly for user names.
  • Chat pod now scrolls to view newest message.
  • Meeting Preferences: Audience members can now change the font color in Chat Preferences.

Known Issues

  • Whiteboard: Text/Font tool always defaults to "Arial" font.
  • Mac OSX only: When attempting to upgrade to the more recent version of the screen-sharing add-in, users are repeatedly asked to download and install the new add-in.
    Workaround: Delete the folder called "acaddin" on your hard drive (directory located at /Home/Library/Preferences/Macromedia/Flash Player/www.macromedia.com/bin/acaddin). The next time you do screen sharing from within your meeting room, you will be able to download and install the latest screen sharing add-in.
  • Linux only: Brio beta does not work on Linux because the Adobe Flash Player 9 for Linux, by default, does not include support for RTMPS, our secure streaming protocol.
    : Linux users can explicitly add support for RTMPS to their installation of Flash Player.

2 commenti:

Federico Moretti ha detto...

Purtroppo, sono rientrato tra le "known issues" con Linux... mi sono iscritto, appena finisco di compilare GNOME lo provo da Windows! ;)

Gigi Cogo ha detto...

Mannaggia più di tre utenti non consente.
Quindi per web to web sarà necessario ripensarci.
Però come piattaforma videoconference è stupenda.