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VIDEO Interview: LogMeIn’s Daniel Cran joins me to talk join.me

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LogMeIn’s join.me works on iOS 9 with full split-screen multitasking for mobile whiteboarding and visual collaboration so virtual and physical meeting attendees can get things done.

LogMeIn has offered its join.me app on iOS for some time, but with iOS 9 support on iPhone, iPad and soon, iPad Pro, meetings and collaboration are elevated to a new level with great new features.

The company proudly notes the update brings the visual collaboration of the whiteboard – physical or virtual – to meeting attendees regardless of location, even letting users start meetings and present right from iOS devices, while extending join.me’s mobile whiteboard iPad feature to the iPhone, with plans to support the iPad Pro upon its release later this year.

The update also delivers a key new feature that gives iPhone and iPad owners the ability use their mobile camera to instantly capture and bring physical whiteboards, photos or other images into the online experience, with enables better collaboration during online meetings.

As a result, LogMeIn explains that iOS users can create digital whiteboards directly on their device or can snap photos of physical whiteboards to instantly share and annotate with teammates, partners or customers through join.me.

While join.me’s new mobile features are available for free, there are also with additional, optional upgrades available through in-app and online purchases.

I spoke with LogMeIn’s APAC Director, Daniel Cran, and asked him about all of the new features, with that interview embedded below. The article continues thereafter!

As LogMeIn explains, ‘whiteboarding is a proven tool for brainstorming, strategy development, team organisation and project management, but a new study highlights its limitations in a mobile world.’

Not surprisingly, says the company, 70% of knowledge workers have a picture of a whiteboard on their phone, and 30% admit to having 10 or more pictures of whiteboards on their phone.

This, the iOS 9 join.me app update gives users a better way to create, capture and share whiteboards during meetings, as well as update them over time.

Craig Daniel, VP of Products, join.me said: “When it comes to mobile, we’re constantly looking for ways to help join.me users bring more content and context into their meetings, rather than just mirroring the big screen to the small screen.

“Our users want the ability to easily visualise their ideas with people in the room and those working remotely, and mobile devices provide the perfect way to capture content and creativity in real-time. Wherever you are, we let you join, present, or create right from your iPhone or iPad simply and easily. So whether you want to use a mobile device in a true second screen capacity or simply as additional eyes, the new join.me update is a key step in that direction.”

Here’s more on the iOS 9 join.me update:

The join.me mobile whiteboard has been available since earlier this year on the iPad, and with the iOS 9 update, the whiteboard is also now fully functional on the iPhone with plans to support the iPad Pro later this year.

More than just a simple sketch tool, join.me’s mobile whiteboard offers great drawing capabilities combined with a library of icons, as well as lines and shapes on an infinite canvas for brainstorming, collaboration and note taking. The new direct-to-whiteboard feature, which allows you to bring physical whiteboards and other photos and images into the online meeting experience, is available for both the iPhone and iPad.

The iOS 9 join.me update also takes full advantage of key iOS 9 features, including multitasking for the iPad, allowing for more than one app to be open and used at the same time.

More on the whiteboard study:

A survey of 1,000 office or home office knowledge workers shows that 84 percent of office workers have ‘saved’ a whiteboard, asking coworkers not to erase and nearly 80% have kept info on a whiteboard for over a week.

Some other interesting stats include:

  • 34% of respondents have kept a whiteboard for over a month
  • And 6% have kept it over a year!
  • Over 70% have taken a photo of a whiteboard on their mobile device
  • Nearly 30% have 10 or more images of a whiteboard saved on a phone or tablet
  • 13% have over 20 images
  • More than half have erased someone else’s whiteboard without knowing they needed it
  • Over 85% have been in a meeting space without a whiteboard and wished there was one to share key thoughts
  • Over 60% have missed out on crucial information in a meeting because other participants on the call were working on a whiteboard

iTWire also recently featured an article entitled 'Seven things to consider before joining your next video conference,' which it worth reading!


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