It’s pretty rare I gush with excitement. After 14 years in the web conferencing industry, most of the “new stuff” is a twist on an old idea.
StickyNotePages, however, is a breath of fresh air.
Have you ever worked in this scenario?
Think of a time in an offline setting where you used sticky notes as part of a group exercise. Maybe a consultant or meeting facilitator had you brainstorm ideas. Maybe you’re a team leader trainer guiding a team through analyzing, synthesizing, and prioritizing or process-izing a pile of ideas. (I write the blog, so I can make up words like process-ize)
Now tell me how you’d accomplish that in a virtual meeting.
Screen sharing, sharing documents, sharing keyboard and mouse control, chat, drawing and markup tools are all hallmarks of quality conferencing platforms. And it’s not that you couldn’t get this done, but it’s not a direct and immediate translation.
StickyNotePages an add-on to Adobe Connect that not only takes what you already do naturally and translates it to an online environment.
Why StickyNotePages is on the money
Back to our collaboration scenario. Whether your session is fairly transient (a one time strategy or training session) or persistent (a Kanban wall), what do you do with what you create? You save it. You share it. You turn it into something that you can come back to…a document that gets shared or a wall in a room that everybody takes pics of with their smartphones so they can email ’em around.
Integration of synchronous and asynchronous collaboration
Start offline on your own notes, move online for the session, save notes to the cloud, use them again.
Do online what you can’t do offline (at or or at least very well)
Change the color of a note, duplicate a note, save multiple copies, host multiple pages.
Seamless integration with breakout rooms
Drag and drop between rooms, go back and forth from the main room to breakouts (and back).
The bottom line
As I sat a recent demo with ActiveC’s CEO James Booth and content developer Krystian Jones I had one question for them… when is this available for organizations that use something other than Adobe Connect? It’s that cool (and have non-Connect clients who’d love some configuration of it).
One caveat. There are huge swaths of the population who still complain that they can’t imagine how they’d use online collaboration enough to warrant an investment of their time or money into a quality conferencing solution (I’ll save the gasps of despair for later). The current configuration and feature set are intermediate.
An extended free trial is available if you want to check out StickyNotePages for yourself.