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Highlighting the great work of the MConf Team

Highlighting the great work of the MConf Team

The MConf team, a group of developers at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), in Porto Alegre, Brazil, have been hard at work this past year on contributing to BigBlueButton project.  I want to highlight some of their contributions and encourage everyone who is using BigBlueButton to check out their projects.

Publication

We recently had the pleasure to co-authored a chapter in a published textbook with Valter Roesler, Felipe Cecagno, and Leonardo Crauss Daronco — three of the members behind MConf team.  The textbook is

Multimedia – A Multidisciplinary Approach to Complex Issues, ISBN 978-953-51-0216-8, edited by Ioannis Karydis.

The textbook is available on-line for download at

http://www.intechopen.com/books/multimedia-a-multidisciplinary-approa…

Specifically, we co-authored Chapter 10: MConf: An Open Source Multiconference System for Web and Mobile Devices.  This chapter gave a background BigBlueButton and the web-based portal (MConf-web) and android client (MConf-mobile) that the MConf team have been building for BigBlueButton.  You can download the specific chapter here:

http://cdn.intechopen.com/pdfs/31069/InTech-Mconf_an_open_source_mult…

Android client

The MConf team recently released their BigBlueButton Android client on the Andriod marketplace, see

http://bigbluebutton.org/2011/11/12/bbb-mobile-now-available-on-a…

Web-based Portal

Their MConf-web project is creating a ruby-on-rails front-end for BigBlueButton for scheduling meetings and building on-linen communities.

Check out their GitHub page at

http://code.google.com/p/mconf/wiki/Home

We recommend that everyone check MConf’s projects.  They have also been active in improving BigBlueButton’s core: if you like the video dock module in BigBlueButton 0.8-beta-4, it was contributed by Felipe Cecagno.


BigBlueButton 0.8-beta-4 Released

BigBlueButton 0.8-beta-4 Released

The BigBlueButton core development team is pleased to announce the release of BigBlueButton 0.8-beta-4.  We have added fit-to-width to the presentation window, giving presenter the ability to display any document as fit-to-width or fit-to-page using two new buttons (see image below).

The 0.8-beta-4 release now has a virtual machine (VM) that anyone download and run on the computer using VMWare Player/Workstation (PC and Unix) and VMWare Fusion (Mac).  See download BigBlueButton 0.8-beta-4 VM.

We’ve also closed sixty-five issues since release of 0.8-beta-3.  See release notes for details.

We encourage everyone who is interested in BigBlueButton to download (or install) 0.8-beta-4  and give us your feedback (see installation instructions for 0.8-beta-4).   As a user, you can immediately try 0.8-beta-4 by logging into our BigBlueButton demo server.   In any event, we encourage you to post your feedback to our bigbluebutton developer mailing list.

Thanks to everyone who has given us feedback on 0.8!


BigBlueButton 0.8-beta-3 Released

BigBlueButton 0.8-beta-3 Released

BigBlueButton 0.8-beta-3 is now released, our third beta in the development of BigBlueButton 0.8.

In addition to the usual bug fixes under the hood (see release announcement in the bigbluebutton-dev mailing list), we added a push-to-talk feature in this release so end users can now un-mute/mute themselves if needed.

We encourage anyone interested in BigBlueButton to download and check out this release.


Managing webcams the easy way

Managing webcams the easy way

The upcoming BigBlueButton 0.8-beta-3 is designed to manage multiple webcams by grouping them together into the Video Dock window.

The Video Dock window also let’s a user click on any video stream to see a larger version of it alongside the others.

This is what 20 simultaneous webcams look like in BigBlueButton 0.8.