Apple to add collaborative whiteboarding features to iChat AV?

“Further confirmation of iChat AV with whiteboarding features surfaced yesterday. iChat 4, due to be released with Leopard, will enable users to share a common, bidirectional, active window, wherein various types of data such as documents, spreadsheets, graphic data, or other types of data, can be shared and manipulated by all participants in the teleconference,” LoopRumors reports.

LoopRumors has more, including a sketch from the patent application, in their full article here.

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22 Comments

  1. iChat is sweet but I wish it performed better with simple things like text ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” /> ? I mean I can’t even paste 3 paragraphs of text…

    I like the audio much better than Skype, more consistent quality.

  2. This is going to be great for education and business use. Currently I use a proprietary (and expensive) Flash-based solution with my students, but this looks very interesting.

  3. Bugger that for a game of soldiers. Apple ought to concentrate on making iChat compatible with 95% of the computer users out there before dicking around on features like that. iChat is currently the most underused application on my Mac – I know noone that uses it. Useless.

  4. To Reality Check,
    Oddly enough, that’s the most used app on our macs. All of our friends and family use iChat (or AIM, which works too). We vid chat with them all quite a bit. Which helps the phone bill since half of them are on the other side of the world ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  5. All my friends and family either use MSN Messenger or Skype. They also live on the other side of the world from us. So, I have to keep a PC in the house solely for the purpose of video chat. AIM on the PC sucks big time and I’d never dream of asking a PC user to install it just to accommodate my taste in computers.

  6. Release a Spreadsheet app first! Bring out Numbers damn it!

    ( This is not to offend the guys in MACBU over at microsoft. You guys are cool ! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” /> )

    P.S. If you are looking for a software tester with a background in unix testing ( give me a holler!! )

    regards,

    The indian guy who did not get outsourced! Seems to me having an IT department in the USA adds more value to a company than it being overseas.

    -sorry for the long signature.

  7. Reality Check

    Is a Mac user!?!?! Holy shit! The world has officially ended. Ladies and gentlemen, ignore everything from this point on as it has no significance, relevance or meaning to our pathetic lives anymore.

    MDW- Lit. “I’m so fucking lit right now!”

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