Web conference for free & share big files on Adobe's dime

Alongside Photoshop Express, Adobe has been quietly and vigorously building out some interesting online collaboration and sharing tools.  (“Watch Out – Adobe Is Slowly Building an Online Empire,” says ReadWriteWeb.) Here are a pair that can help you work with colleagues and clients–for free.

  • "Brio" is the codename for the next version of Adobe Acrobat Connect (once known as Breeze), the screen/voice/document-sharing system that runs through the Flash Player.  Brio lets you
    collaborate in real time with up to two partners. Terry White writes,

    The only catch is that Adobe hopes that by trying this FREE version out, you’ll get so hooked that you’ll want more and you’ll want to step up to the full version of Connect Pro for your business or organization to get rid of the limits. However, you’re not obligated to do so. So you have nothing to lose. Account setup is painless and if you already have an Adobe ID, it takes about 1 minute to set up your BRIO account.

  • "Share" is a free Web-based service that allows you to share, publish and organize documents easily.  According to the Adobe Labs site,

    Each document you upload to your Share account is assigned a unique website address. To share a document with someone, select the document you want to share, enter the person’s email address and an optional message, and set whether the files will be publicly accessible or restricted only to the recipients. Recipients will get an email with a link they can click on to download the document. You can also link to your documents, or embed rich Flash® previews on your own website, blog or wiki.

    On Entrepreneur.com photographer Danya Henninger says,
    "We use it to send large files to clients. We can deliver the product online. I just got into the Adobe Share beta. It worked out perfectly."

[Via Karen Tomlinson]

12 thoughts on “Web conference for free & share big files on Adobe's dime

  1. I’ve been eagerly anticipating this release and am glad to see it going live but I have a problem with the legaleeze. I have to take serious issue with this segment of the terms of usage:
    “8. Use of Your Content.
    a. Adobe does not claim ownership of Your Content. However, with respect to Your Content that you submit or make available for inclusion on publicly accessible areas of the Services, you grant Adobe a worldwide, royalty-free, nonexclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable license to use, distribute, derive revenue or other remuneration from, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, publicly perform and publicly display such Content (in whole or in part) and to incorporate such Content into other Materials or works in any format or medium now known or later developed.”
    First, I know that Adobe didn’t invent this. Much of the language is on Yahoo’s (Flickr.com) Terms of Usage which are definitely kinder and gentler Yahoo qualifies it with: “…solely for the purposes of providing and promoting the specific Yahoo! Group to which such Content was submitted or made available. This license exists only for as long as you elect to continue to include such Content on the Service and will terminate at the time you remove or Yahoo! removes such Content from the Service.”
    I doubt I’m alone in having concerns over Adobe’s terms perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable license.

  2. Oh, thank God Adobe is finally merging the svelte Acrobat technology to the speedy Flash platform.
    [The technology has very little to do with Acrobat besides the name; that is, it runs through the Flash Player. I take it you’ve never tried it and are commenting without having done so. –J.]
    I assume Brio will require a Quad Xeon to run on a Mac, and then only in some sort of reduced functionality mode?
    [Yes, it’s all an elaborate conspiracy to screw Mac users. Always is! –J.]

  3. [Yes, it’s all an elaborate conspiracy to screw Mac users. Always is! –J.]
    one would assume so, given the complete lack of performance on Flash for…ever? 🙂

  4. After my negative feedback about Photoshop Express, I thought I’d give a positive shout-out to Brio. It’s an amazing piece of work and you all should be proud of it.
    [Cool. 🙂 –J.]

  5. Share is great – but we need Adobe to go one step beyond. Instead of sending a download link for ‘ each document’, wouldn’t it be wonderful to send a link to a shared folder instead? In addition, users would need a better way to mange multiple iterations of the same document i.e., a document version control feature which allows users to archive older documents in a hierarchical-stacked order.
    Has anyone ever used a product like LIVELINK by Open Text? http://www.opentext.com

  6. Assassins shall awake
    Damned to the lost, they have gone into regret and distress will fall and reap for my ground. It will never be the same and I hope that whatever has gotten into this empty soul will be killed in the pit of burning fire and shall rise again.
    How will it be when you get to live up to your word? It will have to be death in the lair of a succubus?
    As soon as you look in, they have a gentle fire that will lour you out of the cold of the empty souls. The faces look empty but so unjustly beautiful it is hard to resist. As soon as the assasins walk into the lair they fell asleep.
    They fell into a long nightmare, Screaming and thrashing they fought out trying to keep them selves alive. They fell into a peaceful state of mind, only one thing in their head.
    Will it ever end?
    There are empty faces every where, there will be the reaping of the people who disobey the word of the Clairvoyant. The screaming of the people who look a beast in terror will run into the cell of the marauder of the word will be in the wake. When they are there hatred will come and deceive the faceless. There will be blood and their master will look over head and will be entertained.
    The foot men will look to the west and see four dark figurines, they will go back to their work and not pay attention. These dark figures will follow through with their word of a century ago they will slit the neck of the king then they will yell.
    [Aaaaaand… a good morning to you, too. –J.]

    1. Derian,
      I am not sure if this is you or not, but am praying it is. I have been trying to get a hold of “you” and “Poco” via phone. Every time I’ve tried it went to voice mail and I never had a call returned. If this is you, I want to first say how sorry I am things have been this way. I am and have been on a very limited budget and would have tried to do it through the courts had I not been. I don’t want to make continued excuses, but do want you to know that I have thought about and MISSED both you & sissy SOOOO MUCH!!! I wished things would have been easier on us all. But rest assure that I am still doing all I can to reunite with you. There has been NO greater pain in my life than not being able to have you in my life everyday. :”( I pray that soon, we will be back together & I am willing and ready to answer any questions you two may have and hear EVERYTHING you two want me to. I LOVE YOU SOOO MUCH!!!! You can call me @ 512-264-5122. Or if it’s easier u can email me too. I am not being too personal because I am not sure if this is really you. OHHh HOW I PRAY IT IS!!! A HUGE PART of my life has been soo incomplete without you both :”(…. AAALLLLL MY LOVE, YOUR Mom…..

      1. Hi Mom… I think thats u. If u ar my Mom then What is My Sis name? If it is u i LOVE you very much And if u reply Please Put ur info down And the name u go by and my sis name and my DOB.

        1. Derian, I JUST now saw your response… I dont like to put our personal info online too much because there are too many crazy people out there. I was married to your dad and went by Gancar. Not long ago, I had to renew my DL and was told I could use my maiden name by one of the troopers there. Immaturely, I was being spiteful and did not want to carry your dad’s name. Baeza is my maiden name. Poco :'(is your Sissy… Was what u used to call her. (:'( and in my mind I can still here u say it) You were born in Nov. Like I said, not safe to put too much info online. I hope this helps :(… One of our last times together, I took u & sissy on a hayride @ a pumkin patch. We took Waylon with us when he was a puppy. I have the pics of us ot there. One of them is you holding him in your lap. Oh I PRAY this is you and I PRAY that SOON u will call and we can be together again SOON… I Have Missed You Two SOOO MUUUCH!!! My Life HAS BEEN Soo EMPTY Without U Two. There is soo much I need to talk to u about & apologize for. Please know that my apologigies are for the way things have turned out. The choices I have made were PURELY in my best intentions but did not turn out the way I thought they would. KNOW that I HAVE ALWAYS Loved You & Sissy. Emotionally, it was not easy to fight for you two. The more I faught the more anxious I would get, and would go into depression mode and would give up and/ or would not try as hard. And THAt T I AM SOOO SORRY for. Again, I pray hard to hear from & see u two. Please call me, I dont have a number to contact u. Even when I did, I would call & leave Several messages & would not get a response. I Love You Son…. WITH ALLLLL MY HEART And TREMENDOUSLY MISS YOU :”(… My email address is roxannebaeza@hotmail.com.

  7. The End
    This is the end of your life; you will go into shock and harm. Is this real, or false, you start to sweat because of the way the gladiator is about to swing his battle axe. You shut your eyes; pray to the Lord of the Underworld, that this isn’t the time for you to go to the place men fear worst.
    This is the END! You scream out a scream of terror. When you fall to the floor the man above you tells you to stay down and bleed to death. Your vision begins to blur, it goes black.
    You wait there in the underworld by Cerberus the dog of the underworld. By now you are shaking. In your head a voice tells you. Don’t be afraid young one, this is only the beginning.
    To the fields you go reap the soil that was made for you by baby’s flesh and goat skin. You reap young one the unknown being said. You throw up all over the place, you try to keep your self from but it still comes out. Blood flies everywhere; you go to the river to get a drink of water you bend down to get a drink. As soon as your lips touch the water it goes through your system. You feel purified. You look down and what you drank was teens blood that was spilt during school riots. You become unstoppable you take your scythe walk up to the Man in the Garden, you look down on his life. He says that he’s been waiting for you. I have a job for you.
    He hits you with a black wall of despair. You fly back to the surface and make the job that the man gave you a living hell.

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