Real Time Collaboration 101
By Warren Baird on Jan 14, 2009
Oracle AutoVue provide a rich, interactive Real Time Collaboration (RTC) mode that allows multiple users to view and annotate the same document simultaneously. The effect is a little bit like a web conference - but there are several key differences.
- Only transformation information is sent to each participant - for instance, if the host zooms in 10%, only the information 'zoom in 10%' is sent to each participant, rather than a full image of the scene - this makes it use much lower bandwidth than traditional web conference tools.
- Participants have the option to temporarily 'unlock' their view from the host's view, and examine other parts of the document.
- All participants can be given the right to simultaneously add annotations to the view - allowing a very rich level of collaboration. Annotations are tagged with the name of the participant, and each participant is assigned a unique color.
If you haven't already, I'd highly recommend experimenting with our RTC capability - it's a very powerful collaboration tool. If you are using AutoVue Web Version, you can create an RTC session by going to the "Collaborate" menu, selecting 'Start Collaboration Session', and then inviting some colleagues.