FEATURES

Rooms

GoCast rooms come to life on your browser. They are literally living Web Sites. Your room is identifiable with a unique registered URL, just like any Website.

GoCast rooms feature an innovative user interface, based on the model of a rotating carousel. Users decide which visual elements on the carousel are important to them, and each participant can rotate the carousel independently of others.

GoCast rooms are ideal for small group meetings. They may include up to eight live video participants. Each room also includes a shared meeting note space, that functions like an Instant Messaging app.

Participants can import other documents and applications into the room. GoCast rooms also feature shared applications, (displayed as icons at the bottom right, including an interactive whiteboard, a shared notepad, and a Wikipedia search tool.

  Shared Content

There are several handy ways to share content on GoCast.

Files of documents, photographs, diagrams and data can be easily shared on GoCast. Simply create a spot on the carousel and drag on it the files you want to share from your hard drive. Participants can view a file simply by clicking on it.

Wikipedia content is also available on the GoCast carousel. Just click on the Wikipedia icon and enter a search term. The corresponding entry will be instantly visible to all participants.

  Chat

When you join a GoCast room, a new spot is created for you on the carousel. The initial state of your spot is live audio and full color video, (assuming your video camera and microphone are on).

Once you are in a room you can control how your image will appear to others. The three small icons in the lower left hand corner of your video view set display to full color, black and white or sepia. The two icons on the lower right hand corner of your view allow you to turn off your video or your microphone.

As people join the room their live video spots populate the carousel. Up to eight live video streams are supported in a GoCast room with typical Wifi connectivity.

  People

When you join a GoCast room, a new spot is created for you on the carousel. The initial state of your spot is live audio and full color video, (assuming your video camera and microphone are on).

Once you are in a room you can control how your image will appear to others. The three small icons in the lower left hand corner of your video view set display to full color, black and white or sepia. The two icons on the lower right hand corner of your view allow you to turn off your video or your microphone.

As people join the room their live video spots populate the carousel. Up to eight live video streams are supported in a GoCast room with typical Wifi connectivity.

  Shared Apps

GoCast also features two shared collaboration tools, an interactive notepad and an interactive whiteboard. With a click of the mouse you can introduce unlimited whiteboards and notepads on the carousel.

The notepad provides a basic editor for text. It includes the most common commands for creating and printing documents. Any changes in content is reflected to everyone in the room.

The tool tray at the bottom of the whiteboard lets you mark and erase with digital ink. Choose a color and pen size. Click, hold, and drag your mouse to draw.

You can schedule a GoCast meeting for your room by email, or by using the Facebook event app. Simply click on the Facebook icon and invite your friends to attend.

  User Controls

GoCast provides controls that can change the way you look on the screen or the way the screen itself looks.

All of the content options have a zoom control, which allow a participant to enlarge a single spot on the screen to study it more closely. Each user can decide which spot to enlarge. At that point the carousel flattens and the remaining spots, and video images move to the top of the screen where they stay visible.

Participants can also control how they appear in video. Options range from from full color to black and white or a sepia effect.

Finally, it is possible to turn your webcam and microphone on and off. In either case you will still be a participant in a GoCast room with the ability to watch, listen and participate on all shared apps.

HOW TO

Sharing Content

The Whiteboard, Notepad, File Sharing and Wikipedia icons, lower right corner, let you add content spots to the Carousel. Hover over the icons to identify what they are. Then click to add a new spot to the Carousel.

Using Whiteboards

The tool tray at the bottom of the Whiteboard lets you mark and erase with digital ink. Choose a color and a pen size. Click, hold, and drag your mouse to draw. Anyone in your GoCast room can mark on the whiteboard as well.

Using Notepads

The Notepad icon on the lower right hand corner of your screen lets you add a basic notepad to the carousel. Any changes to the notepad's content is reflected to everyone in the room.

Sharing Files

You can share files with other GoCast participants by creating a File Sharing spot and dragging files into it with your mouse. Files that have been shared can be opened by anyone in the meeting. Some types of files (documents, images, source code etc.) can be viewed in the built-in File Viewer.

Collaborative Wikipedia

The Wiki icon lets you add a collaborative Wikipedia browser to the carousel. With this, you can open and share any Wikipedia article with everyone in the meeting.

Zooming a Spot

Hover your mouse over any content spot click the zoom symbol to expand it. Notice that the Carousel, flattened above the whiteboard, can still be moved with your arrow keys. To shrink a content spot click on the “X” in its corner.

Hover over images to view larger version.

Communications

GoCast rooms provide a rich communications environment. In addition to live video, participants can communicate by text chat both publically and privately.

Posting Comments to the Room

The Comments spot is the place where you can make a comment to the room. Click in the text box to type. Click the Post button - or the Return key - and your comments will be displayed.

Private Comments

You can send a private text message to another participant by clicking on the small white balloon on the lower left hand corner of their video preview. Comments that you make here will only be seen by the person you are chatting with.

Inviting Others to the Room

The Email icon in the upper right hand part of the screen let you invite anyone to a GoCast meeting room.

Customization

Choosing Video Effects

The three icons at the bottom of your video preview apply effects to your live feed. You can switch from full color to black and white or to a sepia effect.

Controlling Your Camera & Microphone

The icons on the upper right of your screen (and on your preview) turn your webcam and microphone on and off.

Staying in Touch

We would love to hear about your experience with the GoCast Carousel. Click on the Feedback icon on the upper left corner of your screen.