Top 23 Visual Collaboration software
Last updated: March 24, 2020
Visual Collaboration (web-conferencing) software allows to organize collabortive online meetings with remote co-workers and usually include text messaging, voice conferencing, video chat, screen-sharing, whiteboarding, presentation sharing, document sharing, co-browsing and other tools.
Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and cross platform group chat into one easy-to-use platform. Our solution offers the best video, audio, and screen-sharing experience across Zoom Rooms, Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and H.323/SIP room systems.
Cisco Webex is your one place to call, message, meet. Build stronger relationships with face-to-face meetings and real-time collaboration using whiteboarding, screen sharing and more. Showcase the best you with video conferencing that is simple but powerful.
Get messaging, audio and video calls, online meetings, and sharing all in one app. Meet with up to 250 people – even if they’re not on Skype for Business. All they need is a phone or Internet connection. See contacts’ online statuses, schedule meetings, and start conversations from Office apps.
GoToMeeting allows you to host an online meeting with up to 15 people – so you can do more and travel less. Using our web conferencing tool, you can share any application on your computer in real time. Attendees join meetings in seconds. Enable high-definition video conferencing with one click.
With our cloud-based video collaboration service, you can forget about needing any additional hardware or software. Simply combine a Blue Jeans account with a video-enabled device and Internet access, and you have a quick and easy formula for effortless video conferencing
Adobe Connect is an enterprise web conferencing solution for online meetings, eLearning, and webinars used by leading corporations and government agencies. And it's based on Adobe Flash technology, so you can deliver rich interactions that participants can join easily.
Simple and free screen-sharing tool. Presenter needs to install the screen-sharing agent for Win or Mac. Participants access session via browser with flash-player installed. Built-in chat. Presenter can share mouse control.
Web Conferencing System Designed For Online Learning. BigBlueButton provides real-time sharing of audio, video, slides, chat, and screen. Students are engaged through sharing of emoji icons, polling, and breakout rooms.
Fuze is the Leader in Enterprise Global Voice, Video, Messaging, and Collaboration. Fuze is a cloud-based visual collaboration and personal telepresence service that enables the mobile enterprise to share ANY content, from ANY device, ANYwhere in the world.
Multi-platform open-source video conferencing. Whether you want to build your own massively multi-user video conference client, or use ours, all our tools are 100% free, open source, and WebRTC compatible.
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Amazon Chime is a secure, real-time, unified communications service that transforms meetings by making them more efficient and easier to conduct. The service delivers high-quality audio and video through an application that is easy to use and stays in sync across all of your devices. With Amazon Chime, meetings start on time, and a visual roster makes them easy to manage.
Miro is the online collaborative whiteboard platform that enables teams work effectively together, from brainstorming with digital sticky notes to planning and managing agile workflows.
Mikogo is an easy-to-use cross-platform desktop sharing tool, ideal for web conferencing, online meetings or remote support.
Zoho Meeting empowers you with remote support, online meeting, and web conferencing features to host instant meetings or web meetings for your audience.
Openmeetings is free video conferencing software that allows you to chat via video, to do whiteboarding, to convert documents on the fly, etc. It even allows you to share your desktop.
GlobalMeet platform redefines the way people work by providing the freedom to communicate and collaborate in a whole new way. From conference calls and meetings to online events, GlobalMeet is a business communications platform that helps take you where you need to go. Contact a sales representative today and learn how the GlobalMeet platform can transform your business.
Twiddla is a no-setup, web-based meeting playground. Mark up websites, graphics, and photos, or start brainstorming on a blank canvas. Browse the web with your friends or make that conference call more productive than ever. No plug-ins, downloads, or firewall voodoo - it's all here, ready to go when you are. Browser-agnostic, user-friendly.
Scribblar is a collaboration tool that is perfect for online tutoring and real-time collaboration and used by thousands of teachers, students and schools.
Digital workspaces for visual collaboration, inspiration and innovation anytime, anywhere, on any device.
The Visual Workspace. Communicate visually at the speed of thought – collaborative flowcharts, wireframes, sticky notes, and mind maps.
Virtual Collaboration Workplace with whiteboard functions enabling efficient teamwork, regardless of time and place. We get teams on the same page.
Beamyourscreen is a simple web-based screen-sharing solution that works like Glance, HostPresentation or PCvisit. You provide a standard URL and a code number to your attendees and once they log in at that web page they can immediately see your screen. Beamyourscreen supports up to 20 guests per session, who need not to install any software or plug-in. Beamyourscreen also uses proprietary encryption to protect all data transfers. $59/month.
Groupboard is a set of multi-user java applets including whiteboard, chat, message board, games and voice conferencing which you can place on your web page by simply copying a few lines of HTML code. You can also run Groupboard on your own web server. It can be used for tutoring, distance learning, training, or simply for fun! With the whiteboard you can upload background gif/jpeg images and draw on top of them, and all of the users connected to the board will see the changes in real-time.
Latest news about Visual Collaboration software
2020. Proficonf - WebRTC-based web conferencing solution
Proficonf is a WebRTC-based web conferencing, online meetings and webinar solution, that allows for video chat, screen sharing, synchronous playback of media files, and more. The service allows you to host events with up to 250 speakers, without the need to download and install. Even from mobile devices. It fits team collaboration, business communication, teaching, consulting and sales communication purposes perfectly. After registration at proficonf.com, a you can start a event in one click and invite participants right away. Proficonf is accessible in most popular web browsers as well as iOS/Android devices.
2019. Skype launched screen sharing on iOS and Android
Skype announced on Tuesday that its mobile screen sharing feature now allows both iOS and Android users to share their phone’s screen while on a call. The feature could be used for work-related purposes, as Microsoft has suggested in the past — like sharing a PowerPoint presentation. More practically, it could be used to give remote tech help. To access the option, Skype users will tap the newly added “…” (more) menu in the app. This is where you’ll find other recently launched features, as well, including call recording and subtitles. Also new in this release of Skype for mobile is a redesigned calling screen that now lets you dismiss the call controls with one tap. A second tap dismisses all the controls to make the video call itself the focus. And another tap brings all the controls back.
2019. Zoho Meeting adds registration moderation, Screen Sharing for meetings
Zoho Meeting adds new features for webinars. Participants in a meeting can now share screens whenever they want (after presenter’s approval). Registration moderation lets you filter webinar registrants and allow only the leads you choose to attend your webinar. Identifying the right leads for your webinar starts with your registration form. Besides you can now watch webinar and meeting recordings in HD quality, share them with your leads and colleagues, and download them for offline viewing. With paid subscriptions to Zoho Meeting, you can store 10 meeting recordings and 25 webinar recordings (per user) on the cloud.
2018. Webex Teams gets BroadCloud Calling integration
Webex Teams, a service for continuous teamwork with video meetings, group messaging, file sharing and white boarding, has added cloud calling via the integration with enterprise-grade cloud-based PBX phone system BroadCloud Calling. The addition of calling to Webex Teams’ content sharing and messaging capabilities makes it a “single UC (unified communications) application, which was the original vision of UC. Webex Teams was launched earlier this year when Cisco merged its two collaboration platforms – Webex and Spark – into a single platform.
2018. RealtimeBoard, a visual collaboration platform for companies, raises $25M
RealtimeBoard, a visual collaboration tool particularly suited to distributed teams, has picked up $25 million in Series A funding. The company will use the additional capital to continue to scale, including building out its customer acquisition capabilities by bolstering sales and marketing teams, and growing its user community. RealtimeBoard is building a visual collaboration platform that enables white-boarding work to happen in a digital space, and can serve as the glue between other collaboration platforms used by companies. To that end, RealtimeBoard counts the likes of Hubspot, Skyscanner, Qlik, Autodesk, Netflix, and Twitter as customers, and claims 2 million users worldwide. The startup generates revenue by charging for use of its SaaS on a per seat basis for teams or company wide.
2018. Zoho Meeting adds moderator controls
Online meetings software Zoho Meeting is introducing Moderator Controls. Now presenter can lock meetings to minimize interruptions when a useful discussion is underway. Once locked, no one can join. Also you can give anyone a chance to share their screen and illustrate their point using the Switch presenter feature. Participants can share documents, presentations, spreadsheets, or any other application, via screen sharing. Mute individuals or all participants to cancel background noise that might be interfering with your session. If someone inadvertantly joins or is no longer connected to the topic of discussion, just remove them and move on.
2018. Zoho Meeting adds webinars
Zoho Meeting now lets you schedule and broadcast engaging online webinars. Apart from sharing your webinar registration link in posts and emails, you can embed the link on your website and blogs that get the most traffic. Meeting, attendees can join your session straight from their browser, in a single click. You can share presentations, multiple screens and applications with your attendees, record and share your webinar, engage your audience with polls and Q&A, view analytics and export reports.
2018. Cisco morphed Spark into Webex
Cisco announced that its Spark team messaging app will be rebranded and rolled into its Webex platform.The move follows a decision to ditch the Cisco Spark brand, which will become Webex Teams. The app will include all of Spark’s collaboration features, including persistent messaging, whiteboarding, simple guest access and content sharing. Cisco also launched a new Webex Meetings videoconferencing app, which will replace Spark’s meeting app. Spark video meetings had previously operated independently from Webex, hosted in the public cloud rather on Webex data centers. As a result of the changes, both Webex Meetings and Webex Teams will run on the Webex infrastructure backbone.
2018. Cisco acquired Accompany to add AI to Webex
Cisco has agreed to acquire startup Accompany, which uses artificial intelligence to build databases of people and relationships at companies. It's like a personal assistant, giving executives the context they need before conversations and meetings. Cisco plans to incorporate Accompany technology into its collaboration products, for example by introducing company and individual profiles into Webex meetings. Cisco says it will pay $270 million in cash and stock in the deal.
2018. Cisco Spark & Webex combine into single collaboration platform
Cisco has unified its two, largely separate, collaboration packages – Spark and WebEx – into a single platform that supports a single set of features. The move makes sense because Cisco had been developing the somewhat similar packages separately, and there was some confusion about that in the market and sales channels. No more. Webex Teams combines collaboration features in Cisco Spark and WebEx such as whiteboarding, persistent messaging, roster, meeting controls, content sharing and so on. Before, the Cisco Spark management tool – Control Hub – provided some basic analytics for Cisco Spark. WebEx customers used a different tool – Site Admin – with a separate set of analytics capabilities. Now the Control Hub supports customers using both WebEx Meetings and WebEx Teams, and provides analytics functions for WebEx
2017. Zoho Meeting gets iOS app
With the new Zoho Meeting iOS app you can have meetings with coworkers as well as host webinars, deliver demos, and provide user education for customers. Powered by iOS 11, the Zoho Meeting app enables you to share your phone’s screen with your audience, whether they’re customers or coworkers. This is useful not only for live demos and hosting webinars, but also for making presentations more contextual and interactive. Neither you nor your collaborators need to create an account or sign in to participate. If you have the app installed, you’re all ready to join a meeting or host one yourself.
2017. Video conferencing service Zoom raised $100 million
Zoom, the cloud video conferencing service, announced a $100 million Series D round and now boasts a $1 billion valuation. The company also announced a significant update to the product that includes the ability for customers and third parties to build applications on top of the Zoom platform. Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, group messaging, and a software-defined conference room solution into one easy-to-use platform. Its solution offers high quality video, audio, and wireless screen-sharing experience across Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, iOS, Android, Blackberry, Zoom Rooms, and H.323/SIP room systems.
2015. LogMeIn acquired whiteboard app Zamurai
LogMeIn has bought a popular whiteboard app for the iPad - Zamurai to build out the features of its online collaboration and meeting app join.me. The app, which had won several distinctions in the productivity app category, appears to still be live in the app store, but it looks like that may not be the case for long: LogMeIn says that in the future the Zamurai name will go away and the technology, which has now been integrated into new versions of join.me’s apps for the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, will now be offered exclusively through join.me. The current Zamurai users will be offered a migration path with the product completely folded into join.me. In addition to whiteboarding, Zamurai was working on other technologies for real-time visual collaboration, and with the team all coming on to LogMeIn, it could point to further enhancements for join.me down the line.
2015. Fuze acquired online team collaboration platform LiveMinutes
Web Conferencing company Fuze has qauired LiveMinutes, the online team collaboration platform. In LiveMinutes co-workers could set up workspaces where they could share files, including Office documents, PDFs, PSDs and more, as well as make conference calls over the web or Skype. With this addition, Fuze is no longer focused only on online meetings, but is now also rolling out a new product called Fuze Spaces which allows colleagues to chat, share and comment on files, organize projects, and more via a web-based dashboard. Fuze also announced today it had closed on $20 million in new funding to continue to expand its business. The company positions itself as a more modern alternative to services like WebEx and GoToMeeting with its voice and HD video conferencing solution aimed at helping distributed teams connect, share content and share screens via the cloud.
2014. GoToMeeting comes to Android smartwatches
Videoconferencing app GoToMeeting added support for Android Wear smartwatches. The new app is already available on Google Play and works with Android Wear watches including the Samsung Gear Live, Moto 360, and LG G Watch. With this GoToMeeting app, the watch is a second (or third) screen, offering only simple playback control. Citrix doesn’t expect users to conduct business from their wrist, but rather use their phone or computer for more important tasks than joining bi-daily sales calls.
2014. Adobe Connect 9.3 improves screen sharing and whiteboard
Adobe has released the latest version of its web conference platform Adobe Connect 9.3 including enhancements in screen sharing, its virtual whiteboard, social media integration and compatablity with Salesforce.com and Microsoft Lync 2013. Screen sharing. Adobe Connect 9.3 includes a new screen sharing control panel that enables users to preview what’s being shared, control the video and the audio in the meeting, manage participants, interact with chat and respond to any notifications. New tools such as new pen and pencil tools join Adobe's marker and highlighter. The update also includes a brand new color picker and the ability to arrange layers. Customers can also use their virtual whiteboard just like they would a classroom one. Recording notes on the whiteboard simulates the in-classroom experience.
2012. RealtimeBoard - whiteboard + Balsamiq Mockups + Prezi
Once we reviewed the two best in class (at that time) whiteboarding tools - DabbleBoard and Twiddla. So, on August 31 2012 DabbleBoard will be shut down. But instead, another cool service - RealtimeBoard is launching. Recall, whiteboard - is a virtual online board for collaborative drawing using simple graphical tools, images and graphical objects. Why RealtimeBoard is interesting? First of all, it's really high-quality service (fast and convenient). Besides, it provides three original features. The first - is a library of interface elements, which makes it easy to develop web site and application layouts. It works like the popular service for interface development Balsamiq Mockups, but here you can develop layout collaboratively. The second RealtimeBoard's original feature - is opportunity to create presentations. It reminds another popular service - Prezi: presentation is demonstrated by means of browsing a large virtual board on which slides are located. But unlike Prezi, in RealtimeBoard these slides can be edited collaboratively. The third original feature - is comments, which work as mini-chats. Comments can be attached to any point on the board and all project members can add replies. It's much easier than a conventional (single) chat, where the project team discussing all the issues at once.
2012. Free Webex is already available
As Cisco promised, its web-conferencing service WebEx is becoming free. True, the number of free conference hosts (i.e. users that can create and manage online meetings) was reduced from 3 to 1. But the free disk space was increased up to 1 GB. The free online meeting can support up to 25 people simultaneously and provide the variety of tools: screen-sharing, whiteboard, remote control, file sharing, presentations, VoIP, video in HD-format, recording. You might be surprised that the service is currently in Beta status (after all, WebEx has been the web-conferencing market leader for many years). The fact that it's not just the free version. It's a new version of WebEx, which in addition to web-conferencing adds a workspace for collaboration before and after online meeting. There you can not only plan meetings and invite participants, but also share files before the online meeting and discuss them with your colleagues. And after the virtual meeting you can share the meeting record as well as files created during the meeting and continue the discussion. So, despite the beta status - you can be confident in the quality of the web-conferencing tool. You can register a free WebEx account here.
2011. Skype to add web-conferencing powered by GoToMeeting, not Webex
Recently Skype is intending to increase profits by expanding its business services. Skype already offers to business the VoIP service, IP-PBX integration and group video conferencing. And it would be very logical to add web-conferencing to this list, because many Skype partners (like Yuuguu, Yugma, Mikogo) are already earning on it. As known Skype almost 2 years ago added the screen-sharing feature. But it would be a shame to charge money for it. Firstly, it is the very basic implementation of screen-sharing without application selection, screen annotations, granting mouse control... Second, Skype's screen-sharing only works in one-to-one sessions and doesn't work simultaneously with video calling. So, finally, Skype has decided to pump-up and sell this feature and surprised everyone by announcing the partnership with Citrix GoToMeeting. It is surprising that Skype, having enormous resources, is not trying to implement the web conferencing on its own or even to buy one of the startups that offer Web conferencing as add-on to Skype. Even more surprising is that they have chosen Citrix GoToMeeting but not Cisco as a partner. Because last year Cisco almost acquired Skype, and Cisco's top manager Tony Bates became the new Skype CEO. And now this guy, Tony Bates, is partnering not with familiar Cisco Webex but with its main competitor - Citrix GoToMeeting. Meanwhile it is unknown how the joint solution of Skype and GoToMeeting will look like. Maybe they just integrate authorization and billing. I.e. Skype users will be able to login in to GoToMeeting with their Skype credentials, initiate online meetings directly from Skype and pay for web conferencing from their Skype accounts (currently GoToMeeting costs from $49/month for 15 users). Or may be, Skype will use GoToMeeting's technology and platform to create its own web-conferencing tool and will pay royalties to Citrix. The companies promise to show the result only in the 4 th quarter of this year, so that the second option - is more likely.
2011. Salesforce acquired web-conferencing service DimDim
Salesforce has announced the acquisition of Indian web-conferencing service DimDim for $31 million. It's very appropriate acquisition for Salesforce. The company wants to dominate on the collaboration market with its social collaboration system Chatter. And web-conferencing and video conferencing (provided DimDim) - are the necessary collaboration components. Besides, DimDim can be used as a solution for online presentations and remote support, built into Salesforce Sales Cloud and Service Cloud. The only thing that seems inappropriate - is difference in business approach of these two companies. DimDim is known for its freemium open-source model, that was very annoying for the key market players - Webex, GoToMeeting, Adobe Connect. Salesforce, on the other hand, likes to count money and provide something for free only having counted the profit. Therefore, it's not surprising that immediately after the announcement the free SaaS and open-source versions of DimDim have disappeared from the site. And those users who are already using the free SaaS version - can continue using it only until March 15, 2011. The open-source DimDim version can still be found on Sourceforge.