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How to get started with WebHuddle

Designed with the end-user in mind—as well as the realities of corporate information technology resources—WebHuddle is easy to use and flexible in delivery and installation. To create a meeting today, simply click the log in button, create a profile, and follow the instructions for uploading content and conducting your WebHuddle virtual meeting. During the beta period, there is no charge to use the WebHuddle service.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the main benefits of using WebHuddle?

  • Simple The client runs in your web browser, through firewalls and proxies, and requires no installation. The user interface is intuitive and requires little or no training. Learn more

  • Secure The industry-standard HTTPS protocol secures all network communication. Learn more

  • Small The client applet weighs in at only 75 to 175 kilobytes, depending on platform and features used. Learn more

  • Standard WebHuddle works on Java-enabled Linux, Windows, Unix, and Mac operating systems. WebHuddle uses the same protocol as web browsers, HTTPS, so your IT department doesn’t need to get involved. Learn more

  • Open Source Leverage the many benefits of open source software, including value, transparency, and flexibility. If you find WebHuddle useful you may download it and freely install it on your own hardware.

What are the client requirements?

WebHuddle works in most web browsers enabled with Java. Click here to test if your browser supports Java. All versions of Microsoft’s Java since 1.1 and Sun and IBM’s Java 1.4 and up are supported. At least a 400Mhz processor and 128 MB of RAM are recommended.

What are the network requirements?

For the client, a DSL, cable modem or faster connection yields the best performance, but a dial-up modem is sufficient. Note that uploading a large PowerPoint presentation over a dial-up connection can be slow, taking about 3 to 5 minutes per megabyte. Unlike some other web conferencing solutions, WebHuddle has a server-centric architecture which means the meeting host’s bandwidth requirement does not increase in direct proportion to the meeting size.

Does WebHuddle offer training for first-time users?

Click here to see tutorials on how to use WebHuddle.

How secure is WebHuddle?

Designed to fill a gap in the market’s current offerings, WebHuddle is highly secure. All network communication travels via an encrypted protocol known as HTTPS. This is the same protocol that is used the world over for applications that demand absolute security, such as online banking. Instead of using an untested, home-grown protocol, WebHuddle relies on the industry standard that has proven itself in hundreds of millions of transactions. Technically speaking, HTTPS is HTTP on top of SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). HTTPS virtually guarantees the identity of the server, and the privacy and integrity of data sent over the network. WebHuddle sends all data -- including voice -- through secure sockets, not just chat or some subset of the content types. With WebHuddle, security is complete and built-in, not optional. Learn more

How much does it cost?

During the beta period, there is no charge to use the WebHuddle service. As well, WebHuddle is open source software, so if you find it useful you can download and install it on your own hardware. Any questions and feedback (positive or negative) help improve WebHuddle and are appreciated.

What type of content may I upload for my meeting?

You may upload any combination of Microsoft Powerpoint files, Open Office Impress files, individual GIF or JPEG images, and ZIP files containing GIF or JPEG images. Note that Powerpoint animations are not visible when displayed in WebHuddle.

Why are Powerpoint animations not displayed?

WebHuddle strives to be simple, small, and efficient on multiple platforms, including Linux, Windows, Solaris and Mac. Preserving Powerpoint animations would require the installation of the Powerpoint viewer on each client or the creation of such a viewer on platforms where it is not available. Both options would be contrary to WebHuddle’s goals of simplicity and efficiency. However, using desktop sharing, you can preserve some animation effects, such as builds.

How does desktop sharing work?

To let other participants see your desktop or applications, the moderator clicks the "Desktop Sharing" icon on the top right, then the "Start Desktop Sharing" button (with a white arrow). You are now sharing your entire desktop. If you prefer to share only part of your desktop, click the "Limited Region" button. A green rectangle will appear in the main content area. Drag the application you wish to share onto the green rectangle. Other participants will now see whatever you have dragged on top of that rectangle. If you want instead to share part of your desktop, just minimize the WebHuddle client and the region where the green rectangle was previously will be shared. Currently, WebHuddle does not support remote control via desktop sharing.

How does voice-over-IP work?

Voice-over-IP is an optional feature especially suited to larger meetings and meetings you wish to record. One person may speak at a time and the moderator controls the virtual microphone. The speaking person must have a working microphone installed on their computer. Participants need a working headset or loudspeakers to hear voice-over-IP. To use VOIP, the host enables the option when starting the meeting. Once in the meeting, the moderator selects a user from the roster and presses the microphone button. That user is now "on air" and others will hear them speak if their microphone is set up properly.

How do meeting recording and playback work?

Meetings may optionally be recorded. In order to record the audio portion of a meeting, select the "Record Meeting" option and also the voice-over-IP option. All meeting content will be captured for a playback experience virtually identical to the live experience. In other words, the audio, slide changes, text chat, questions, annotations, application sharing and any other content will be rendered as they were during the original meeting. WebHuddle requires no separate media player for playback -- it happens in the same client as the live meeting.

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