Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Macromedia Breeze Add-in for Microsoft Outlook

Macromedia Breeze Add-in for Microsoft Outlook is software that installs as a Microsoft Outlook add-in and provides a convenient way for Breeze users to schedule, start or join Macromedia Breeze Live Meetings using Microsoft Outlook 2000, 2002 or 2003.

Download link available on teh main Breeze Support Page
Classy Robo-Helped online documentation also available :)

Bah... I'm trying to give up Outlook for Sunbird... but in the meantime.

Posted by modius on November 24, 2004 at 11:40 AM | Permalink | Comments (30) | TrackBack (0)
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Friday, August 06, 2004

Troublesome Powerpoint: when things don't convert

If you're administering a Breeze Presentation server, you'll sometimes find troublesome Breezo's that won't convert. Erich Peters from AVHQ has a great little Powerpoint presentation, pre-flight checklist and some advice on where to look in the logs.

If a PowerPoint presentation is unsuccessfully published here are a few things to try:

  1. Save the presentation as a 95-XP presentation instead of a 2003 presentation.
  2. Check to make sure you do not have multiple master slides
  3. Check to make sure you do not have empty text boxes anywhere on stage or off stage. Breeze sees these as empty shapes and does not know how to interpret them.
  4. Check to make sure there are no embedded OLE objects. If there are then right click them and “Save as a Picture”, then reinsert them as an image.
  5. Check to make sure you are not using any non-supported animations in the PowerPoint presentation.

A very good source of knowledge about the Breeze “Process” and where it may have gone wrong is the Log File on the Breeze server (typically C:/Breeze/Logs). If you have access to this file it will detail the conversions on a slide by slide basis.

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Thursday, August 05, 2004

Slide Masters with Breeze Presentations

The master slide is effectively made into a separate SWF and loaded as a background. Erich from AVHQ has some quick advice on getting the most out of slide masters in your Breezo.

There can be no animations on the master slides. They should be removed from the masters and placed individually on slides as necessary. (Animations in the master slide are generally very irritating if you ask me, so no great loss. -- GB)

Breeze won't like PowerPoint presentations that use multiple slide masters. You can resolve this in one of two ways:

  1. save the backgrounds of the individual slide masters as png or tif files, and then insert them as backgrounds on a slide by slide basis. Make sure you do a “Save As” and work on a copy of the original presentation so you will have a reference.
  2. save the presentation as a series of png or tif files, making sure to use little or no compression, and then import that series into a new slide show by using the “Creat Photo Album” method or manually.

Posted by modius on August 5, 2004 at 07:30 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
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Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Video Embedding Tips for Breeze Presentation

Getting video embedded inside Breeze Presentations can be a great feature add for your Breezo's. Erich Peters of AVHQ has passed on a few tips worth sharing.

Video files can be converted to SWF files in any number of applications, not just Flash. For converting videos in batches I recommend Sorenson Squeeze, or something similar.

Video files have to be converted to swf files using specific parameters:

  • Flash Player 6
  • Action Script 1.0

Inserted swf files cannot be larger than 10MB in size. I’m not sure I agree with this statement (made by Macromedia), as I have had a few swf files considerably larger than that work just fine. To try and fit into this very narrow file size, try changing the quality, bit rate, and any other possible controls your software may offer.

Posted by modius on August 4, 2004 at 07:30 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)
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Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Breeze Solution Accelerators

Well we've been hanging out for the Breeze XML API for ages. Its harder to get onto a Breeze beta these days than get into a pair of tumble dried budgie smugglers.

The following code samples have been provided for the much awaited XML-based web services to hook into Breeze:

  • Directory Services Accelerator
  • Breeze JSP Integration Accelerator
  • Breeze ColdFusion Integration Accelerator

The full article can be found here: Jump-Starting Your Work with Macromedia Breeze Solution Accelerators. But don't get your hopes up too quickly -- you still need to email Macromedia to get hold of the code and activate your account.

I'll let you know how I go once I get set up.

UPDATE:
Looks like you can download the accelerators here: Macromedia Breeze Solutions Accelerators. And you might find these articles of interest to get you going: Developing Your First Application with Macromedia Breeze and Introducing Macromedia Breeze Web Services

Posted by modius on May 11, 2004 at 03:30 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)
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Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Breeze Live: Bookmark Pod

The bookmark pod is an odd little number. It's not included in any standard layout so you'll need to do some layout customisation to get it to appear. When the presenter selects a bookmark, all participants fire a default browser window headed for the specified address. We use it more for a keeping tabs on bookmarks related to the project room and not so much for group surfing.

It's a simple interface listing all the relevant bookmarks. Participants can surf to links, or presenters can group surf (well at least initiate a browser window).

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Adding links is easy -- just select the appropriate option from the pod menu (presenter permissions required).

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Posted by modius on March 24, 2004 at 08:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
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Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Breeze Live: Polling Pod

The polling pod is a great little addition to the meeting room. It's a sinch to set up, and a great way of adding a bit of democracy to your remote love-in. I've taken some screenshots of the pod from the presenter's perspective.

Creating polls is very easy. You can have multi-choice radio buttons or check boxen. Then you literally just key in the answers, each separated by a line break.

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Posted by modius on March 23, 2004 at 08:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
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Monday, March 22, 2004

Breeze Live: file share pod

The file share pod is new to Breeze Live v4. It lets you upload any sort of file for sharing and download by other participants. Pretty much a meeting room drop-box. Because the meeting room is permanent it makes for an ideal place to keep relevant project files and specifications.

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Posted by modius on March 22, 2004 at 10:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)
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Sunday, March 21, 2004

Latest version of Breeze Live on hosted servers

Well it's probably old news now for those folks already using Breeze Live, but the hosted Breeze Macromedia servers have been updated to use the latest version of Breeze Live. There have been some fantastic new additions to the whole environment. I'll blog some screen grabs of the latest pods and bits in the coming days.

There is still time to take advantage of the March free Breeze Live web conferencing.

So far my favourite changes are definitely the new pods:

  • File sharing pod
  • Application sharing (yes really!)
  • Whiteboard and whiteboard overlay
  • Voting poll
  • Bookmarks pod

All the little updates, like improved tool tips and alerts, just make the whole experience that much more slick. Oh and how could I forget -- fully indexed and searchable recorded meetings. The marketing blurb at Macromedia doesn't do the new features justice. I might try and add the odd anecdote on how I make use of these features of Breeze Live.

If there is anything in particular you'd like to see -- just shout.

Posted by modius on March 21, 2004 at 04:10 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
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Tuesday, February 10, 2004

New Breeze platform features

The Macromedia Breeze product home page has been updated with a slew of new and improved information -- including a great flash video intro box. Not to mention a truckload more marketing gumph.

Most interesting of all are the highlighted new features of the next version of Breeze.

Presentation

  • a web services framework for building your own interfaces to Breeze server content
  • better indexation that allows you to perform keyword searches across all types of content, including archived meetings(!)
  • customisation of the Breeze admin interface and even the Breeze player itself (for presentations)

Breeze Live


  • Whiteboard, that allows you to markup everything from a blank screen to video output
  • Application & File Sharing - yes, through Flash player (or rather Breeze Player)
  • Polling, one of the new interactive pods
  • Archived meeting index and keyword searches
  • Web services framework and custom pods API to extend and integrate the application

The new features are accompanied by new Breezos giving an overview of each of the Breeze platform components.


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