Posted Friday, June 03, 2005 5:02:28 AM by Kim
How to Publish Online Content Right from PowerPoint gives you a quick run-through of Breeze 5 and the off-line method for creating presentations. Since the presentation itself was created in Breeze you can also see the new Breeze 5 interface.
Breeze tends to be seen as a meeting and collaboration tool by many people, but the plug-in that is installed into PowerPoint for recording and converting presentations to the Breeze format is pretty slick. In fact, the PowerPoint plug-in is a more mature technology than Breeze Live and it just has the feeling of a well engineered product. For content area experts and teachers and students and anyone else who wants to present training on line, Breeze Presentation is by far the easiest tool to use that I've seen.
(Thanks to the good folks who run the Macromedia Education Leaders program for providing a Breeze account to experiment with.)
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Posted Saturday, May 21, 2005 3:42:03 PM by Kim
As in any large organizations shepherding the purchase through the required permissions and multitude of questions took a great deal of time and energy on my part, but it was a worthwhile endeavor for the simple fact that Breeze just works. Along the way various groups tossed out ideas for competing products and services, with the usual question being "Have you looked at this?" And yes, I did look at a number of video conferencing solutions.
I won't get into all the details here, but there are any number of companies offering services similar to what Breeze does, but there were compelling reasons to stick with the Breeze purchase. Not least of these was cost. One popular service would have cost $129,000.00 more each year than our entire purchase of Breeze for a comparable number of users and meetings.
The second reason for choosing Breeze was the impact on our network's bandwidth. With 60,000 plus computers in our school district, bandwidth is a major concern, and even though some products can deliver higher quality video and additional features, none of those solutions were able to do so without bringing our network to its knees. Not to mention the minimal impact Breeze has on the server we purchased for running the program. In a test that we did last week the server never went over 10% of its processor capacity, even with 8 simultaneous video and audio streams running.
Finally, Breeze uses the Flash player, a proven technology that, well, just works. No expensive switches to purchase and configure. No additional plug-ins for viewers to install. And once again, it just works. And that's a huge advantage over some of the other products that I've seen out there.
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