SunForum 3.0 is a free video conferencing and data
collaboration program for Solaris. New
in version 3.0 is standards-based (H.323) audio and video conferencing,
true-color application sharing, enhanced support for enterprise-wide
installations, SpeedDials, background execution, and user interface
The SunForum product uses industry-standard protocols (T.120 and H.323)
to enable Sun workstations to conduct cross-platform audio/video
conferences, share applications, conduct whiteboard sessions, and
transfer files with colleagues using Sun, Windows, or Macintosh
computers. SunForum software can be downloaded from Sun's web site for
no charge at:
With SunForum software, Solaris users can
collaborate with products such as Microsoft NetMeeting and other data
conferencing products that support the ITU T.120 and H.323 standards.
Standards-based (H.323) audio and video conferencing allow SunForum
software to conduct desktop video conferencing across standard TCP/IP
networks. SunForum software supports NetMeeting style point-to-point
video conferencing that allows SunForum software to connect to a
Windows user running Microsoft NetMeeting.
A unique feature of SunForum software is the ability to conduct
multipoint (multicast) video conferences. This allows multiple
SunForum software users to conduct a video conference: Everyone in
the conference can see and hear each other.
Full-duplex audio with echo suppression
Full duplex audio allows sound to be played and transmitted at the
same time. This means that two people in the conference can talk at
the same time and still be heard. Echo suppression improves the
audio quality when using a microphone and speakers. In conferencing
applications without echo suppression, conference members will
usually use an operator style headset.
Enterprise configuration support
SunForum 3.0 release has improved support for enterprise
installations. A global configuration file may be used by network
administrators to limit audio and/or video capabilities in SunForum
software. Additionally, SunForum 3.0 release works with network
management tools like gateways and gatekeepers.
24-bits-per-pixel application sharing
Support for true-color application sharing has been added to
SunForum 3.0 release.
The Run in Background command allows SunForum software to run
silently in the background. The user interface does not clutter up
the display, but SunForum software monitors the network and notifies
the users about incoming conference calls.
Supports NetMeeting-style SpeedDials
SpeedDials are small text files that contain the conference address
of a machine. By e-mailing a SpeedDial, it makes it easy for team
members to connect together for a conference.
User Interface enhancements
A variety of interface enhancements make SunForum software easy to
use and provide full control over the new audio and video
capabilities of SunForum 3.0 release.
- Full-duplex audio
- 24-bit application sharing
- Runs in background
- SunVideo Plus product support
- H.323 and T.120 Compliance
- Unicast or Multicast support
- NetMeeting-Compliant Electronic Whiteboard
- Multipoint Conference Support
- Conference Manager
- Automatic Call Answer
- Individual On-Screen Pens, Highlighter and Remote Pointers
- Import Images and Screen Displays onto the SunForum Whiteboard
- Save and Print
- Use Multiple Pages on the SunForum Whiteboard
- "Rubber Stamp" Usage and Configurator
- Shared Clipboard
- Late Joiner Support
- Synchronized Pan and Scroll
- Resizable Window
- 1-bit, 8-bit, and 24-bit Image Support
- 11 Annotation Tools available during a Whiteboard Conference
- Application Sharing
- Shared Application Conference Controls
- T.127 File Transfer Support
- View Common Directory
- Address Book
- Multipoint Conference Unit Support
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