OpenACircle is a product to meet virtually, with almost anyone anywhere. The product is a ‘freemium’ with additional options.
I took a deep long look at this product regardless of the difficulties I incurred by attempting to use Windows 7. Although not officially supported by OpenACircle; I was able to access the control panels and check out this product in some detail. Let me tell you it rocks!
I was able to get this to work with Windows 7, by using compatibility mode; set to XP service pack 3. While the only browser I was able to use was IE8. After flashing an initialization error, The app performed well enough for me to check under the hood. Firefox was unable to cooperate with the OpenACircle Java client. Chrome and the Mac OS are not supported at this time either. I did not have time to check Ubuntu.
After spending a considerable amount of time looking and diving into the features this product has some serious potential. Video conferencing, desktop sharing, white-boarding, shared folders, shared docs, meeting scheduling, invites, instant messaging. You can import contacts from CSV and popular mail platform contact lists.
This is just what I was looking for to collaborate with my development team. Having signed up for Google’s wave some time ago, I have lone been ready for some type of online collaboration tool. OpenACircle appears to be all that and more. So while I wait to see if and when we will get that wave invite. OpenACircle get’s a big thumbs up.
Half of my development team is on the other side of the country. By using an online tool to conduct virtual meetings, prductivity increases dramatically. You see OpenACircle works on the concept of circles, you may belong to many circles. Once you create and name a circle you invite people to join them. Once you have your team assembled online, let the brainstorming begin. I can think of many examples just in the code development cycle where this app can play a pivotal role. Database schema anyone?
Features like this are the future for remote teams, or corporations with multiple remote locations. The UI is sleek, intuitive, and easy on the eyes. Ease of use gets a big thumbs up from this interwebz veteran.