on Monday will announce a new major release of its
Web conferencing technology. Breeze, which works hand-in-hand with Macromedia’s Flash Player software, adds numerous new collaboration features.
While Mac users can participate as users in Breeze events and can even work on the administration end as presenters, authoring of Breeze presentations remains a Windows-only affair. “We’re definitely looking at it, but we have no solid plans for Mac authoring capabilities,” said Leesa Lee, Macromedia Breeze product manager.
Breeze builds on its Web conferencing foundation with new collaboration and communication tools. New features include trackable live polls, vector-based whiteboarding capabilities, and file transfer. Windows users also gain application sharing abilities.
Also new in this release of Breeze is indexing and searching from recorded meetings. Presentations can be stored in the content library. New customization options have been added, like a user interface that can be branded and custom “pods” for data display.
Lee said that Macromedia has seen adoption of Breeze across the gamut for any organization looking for distance learning and remote training capabilities. Healthcare organizations have utilized the technology to do professional training sessions online, for example, while consulting businesses, retailers and high tech companies have also found uses for Breeze. It’s especially appealing to many organizations because it leverages Flash, requiring users to install no other software to get it to work.
The updates to Breeze will be available in March, and it comes in two versions — a hosted license that costs US$84 per concurrent seat per month, or a perpetual license that costs $22,500 for 25 concurrent seats, which scales upward depending on users and options.