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Benefits of YG Technologies Ltd’s incorporation into the Via-Vox Group

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Following the recent incorporation of YG Technologies Ltd into the Via-Vox Group, we wanted to inform you about some of the great new benefits and services you can now enjoy:

What are the benefits?

Well, you’ll now have access to a whole host of exciting products and services from the Via-Vox portfolio – including our Free Conference Calling Service which could save you money!

  • If you need to make free and instant conference calls then try our free, no-fuss Powwownow Conference Calling Service.
  • Add a new dimension to your existing Yuuguu screen sharing with Powwownow Engage, our one-click collaboration tool that includes HD Video Calling, Screen Sharing, Free VoIP calling and Chat, Presence and more.
  • Share a clearer vision on your web conferences with the addition of Video Conferencing, using our Powwownow HD Video Conferencing solution.

 

As a Yuuguu customer, you are also eligible for a Free One Month Trial of either Powwownow Engage or Powwownow Video Conferencing. Simply contact our team today on 0800 022 9900 or +44 (0) 20 3398 9900.

Finally, there is no action required on your part regarding the change of ownership of Yuuguu. Your services will continue as normal, although effective from 1st March 2013 the service agreement will be between your company and Via Vox Ltd.

We thank you for your custom – and look forward to serving you in the future.

Team Yuuguu

Update: Yuuguu introduces branded screen sharing

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

We’ve made customised online meetings really easy. Now meeting hosts can maximise branding investment and keep participants on their own website or blog.

Our new branded screen sharing service enables the quick and easy creation of bespoke log-in pages, which can be embedded and hosted on a meeting host’s website, blog or intranet.

Users can customise screen sharing with logos, styles and backgrounds. For companies with multiple brands or departments, different skins can be created to promote specific marketing messages.
This controlled environment is useful for regular or ad-hoc users, supporting outbound sales calls, training or inbound support queries. Customised screen sharing benefits a wide range of hosts including:

Sales people – drive prospects directly to a branded meeting page. The page can provide the key messages a sales person needs to support sales, a product’s USPs, or even a personal message for a prospect.
Marketers – launch webinars directly from a company’s own web site, giving marketers the ability to reinforce campaign messages before a meeting starts, and steer participants to particular landing pages on completion of the session.
Bloggers – increase blog traffic by running live discussion and debate sessions using embedded screen sharing and Yuuguu’s free audio conferencing service. At the end of the session return attendees to another page on a blog to encourage more engagement.
Remote support technicians – create a page which tells customers how to get support, in language that is easy to understand. Customers can start the support session direct from that page.

Branded embedded Yuuguu is available to all customers at no additional cost.

For more information or a free trial, please visit: http://www.yuuguu.com/features/create-yuuguu-widget.

Video – embed and customise a screen sharing log-in page

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

See how easy it is to create a customised screen sharing experience by embedding Yuuguu into a website or in this case a WordPress blog.

To learn more about embedded screen sharing visit our Branding page https://www.yuuguu.com/s/create-yuuguu-widget

Group screen sharing – fast, high quality web conferencing

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Yuuguu update – better quality and higher performance screen sharing

We announced today that Yuuguu has a range of new features designed to make online meetings faster with improved image quality:

  • Faster screen sharing – even on slow broadband connections, Yuuguu users see faster updates on their screens. This enhancement is a result of the Yuuguu software intelligently sending only the changed portion of the screen so reducing the load on the network, which enables more intelligent screen grabbing and is especially useful when the presenter is scrolling rapidly
  • Higher quality screen sharing – Yuuguu now provides more colour depth and resolution, which is important when high quality screen sharing is necessary (e.g. for designers, architects drawings)
  • Improved experience for large groups – with some larger group screen sharing systems, participants on slow connections can affect the quality experienced by other participants. Yuuguu’s updated software now manages connections so that participants with slower internet connections do not affect the entire group’s experience
  • Enhanced presentation mode – Yuuguu meeting controls are now positioned off screen, giving users maximum real estate to share screens
  • Simplified interface – new easier to use interface makes using Yuuguu a breeze for both host and attendee – the flow from the website to the client is now just two buttons – share/join and share now/schedule
  • iPhone and iPad screen viewers – allow attendees to join meetings from their iOS mobile device quickly and easily

 

Yuuguu is available for screen sharing with up to 30 participants and requires no installation for online meeting attendees who can participate via web browser. Yuuguu can be used on Linux, Mac and PC.

From £15 per month or £69 per year per user, Yuuguu’s pricing is highly competitive for the feature set. Yuuguu is free for viewers and not covered in adverts.

For a free trial, visit: https://www.yuuguu.com/

To buy Yuuguu, visit: http://www.yuuguu.com/pricing/web-conferencing.

Yuuguu now more user-friendly than ever

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Here at “Yuuguu HQ” – the collection of home offices that we work from – we’ve just finished probably our biggest product usability upgrade ever. We’ve redesigned the user experience for Yuuguu from the ground up, based on what we’ve learned about what real people want.

I thought I’d show off some of the touches we’ve added – and explain some of the thinking behind them.

All in one main window

If you’ve never used Yuuguu before, this is probably not a big deal. Most applications involving people these days do ‘People on the Left, Stuff on the Right’.  It’s the familiar feel of Facebook, Google+, new Twitter and many, many other apps.

If you are an earlier Yuuguu user (thanks, by the way! We hope you like these changes) you will see that the multiple windows are gone, the tabs are gone, in fact pretty much everything has been replaced.

We moved to this approach precisely because it is so familiar if you are joining us for the first time. Also, we now have a much larger space in the right hand pane in which we can do ‘stuff’ with ‘people’ And we have a lot of ‘stuff’ planned for the next couple of releases which will need (1) more action buttons, and (2) more screen real estate.

Pictures of People

The biggest change by far for me personally – we added picture support for your contacts. Not only does everyone get a chance to upload their mug shot, but we added in gravatar support as well. If you choose not to upload a picture, we provide a nicely pastel-coloured image based on your name.

To set your picture, click the (new) settings icon on the top right (the little cog thing) to open settings:

Then click ‘Change Picture’ to get to our Picture wizard

More Choices on the Start button

The Start button dropdown is where most people head at first, so we added all the useful tasks under there. Just clicking the button will start a Web Conference, which is our most popular usage. By clicking the little dropdown arrow, the options you see above are presented.

We put find contacts here as it seemed quite logical – and out of the way at the same time.

New Starter Wizard

We have totally revamped the wizard that you get when you log in as a new user. Our old one consisted of large buttons that looked like they would do something – but then took you to help pages. Not brilliant, really.

The new wizard is pretty much what you would expect. We have taken the three most common tasks that new users do, and made clickable blocks that get you started doing them.

Search Contacts

After a while, you can build up a pretty large network of contacts. You can now find them much faster with our search box. Type in any part of the contact name you remember, and the contact list shrinks to show only the possible matches. It’s a lot less wear and tear on your mouse scroll wheel for sure!

Favourite Contacts

I like this feature a lot. By hovering your mouse cursor over a contact in the contact list, you get some extra options appearing:

You can see above that ‘Unfavorite / Edit’ has appeared. The small blue star in the top left of the photo indicates that the contact is one of your ‘favourites’. Favourites get placed at the top of your contact list for ease of use.

Simpler Timestamps

We have moved from our old system of saying a message was sent at – for example – ’11:02′, making absolutely everyone check their watch just to see if it is an old or a new message. We’ve gone over to the more popular system of giving an indication of how long ago the message was sent:

Right Pane Actions

This seems really obvious to us know. Select a contact from your contact list, on the left of the screen. The right hand screen animates in things you have done, and things you can now do to that contact. Under the ‘Screen Share’ button, we include (on windows) the share-a-single-application button. We also have the ‘Ask to See’ option. This is really useful for remote support, as it turns our screen sharing ‘backwards’ – ie you ask the remote user to see their screen, and they hit ‘Accept’ on a popup that they will get.

Simplified Groups

We’ve thrown out our old system of control clicking in the contacts list. It was hard to explain. We’ve added a simple ‘Add more people’ link in the right hand pane now. If you need to add up to 30 more people into your session, click ‘Add more people’. There. I found that *much* easier to explain!

Behind the scenes

We’ve also increased our support for Internet Proxies. If you are unsure what one of these is, then a good description would be ‘something that actively blocks you from using Yuuguu, sometimes’. That’s not what they are there for, of course, but they are a piece of useful IT hardware that can get in the way. We already auto-detect some kinds, and ‘do the right thing’ to make Yuuguu work with them. Now, we can also do certain kinds which rely on the IT department setting them up with ‘pac’ files.

The upshot is, Yuuguu now works in a few places right out of the box where it didn’t before.

What do you think?

So, over to you! What do you think? Let us know on twitter @Yuuguu

I think it is a lot more modern, simpler and just – well, ‘slicker’ – if that’s a real word. Our goal is to make it easier for new users to do the job they downloaded Yuuguu for. Do let us know if you think we’ve got it right.

All the Best -

Al from the Dev Team.

Yuuguu: Now part of Powwownow

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Now that the ink has finally dried in various lawyers’ offices, we have some proper news to report today. So much so that I feel like donning a mac and trilby, and standing outside in the Manchester rain with a stick mic to say it. That’s probably just me being a dramatic wannabee reporter. Or Columbo. I’m not sure which.

Anyway.

The news: we have some new owners


We all think this is actually rather splendid news. From a strategic, CEO viewpoint our top-man Anish Kapoor says it like this:

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We’re excited to be joining the PowWowNow team. Both companies want the same thing, which is to turn the idea of working together without travel into a practical reality. During our talks, it was clear that we could build on each other’s strengths – and create a truly ‘first choice’ service for web conferencing, collaboration and unified communications. We’re already pretty excited about our initial ideas, and really looking forward to the future.

Which about sums it up. Although I have to say Anish doesn’t normally talk quite as formally when he’s not being badgered into doing Press Releases. He’s from Manchester, and would much rather just get stuff done than flannel the press. But I digress.

As a development team, we had a great night out with Powwownow’s management team in Manchester recently. True enough, we all seem to see things in a pretty similar light. Powwownow have been working hard to make teleconferencing something that becomes a ‘no brainer’ – professional, cheap, no barriers to setting up. And to make it like this for the one person company or multinational alike. Similarly, we’ve spent our time at Yuuguu doing the exact same thing. We want to make it a ‘no brainer’ for people to get their hands dirty on each others’ computers from anywhere across the globe.

Amongst other benefits, Powwownow will certainly bring a talented team of marketers to what we do. That really excited us as developers. Yes, you read that right ‘developers excited by marketing’. But we’ve thought for a while that whilst we work hard to make Yuuguu great, and our word-of-mouth marketing has been a tremendous success, it wouldn’t harm us to blow our own trumpet a little more.

So, a great ending to this week for all of us here at Yuuguu. I think we’ll be seeing some interesting innovations in the product pretty soon.

What would you like to see? Let us know at @yuuguu (or @almellor) on twitter, or on our forums