Dokeos videoconference 2.0 February update
The videoconference tool for Dokeos, version 2.0, is pretty much in its final days of preparation. We hesitated to release it as standalone last Monday, but we still had a lot to fix (little graphical stuff, logging features, authentication system, etc).
It doesn’t really offer much new features. Basically it will be about the same as version 1.0 for the final user (only more beautiful and more reliable).
The improvements are:
- improved source code lisibility
- improved sound and video quality
- improved styling flexibility (you still have to recompile the app, but mostly you can change a lot of things from a CSS stylesheet and image items)
- logging features: the Red5 (streaming) server writes connection information in a log file
- authentication feature: a password must be sent by the portal using the Red5 server
- improved easiness of installation: you can now install the default Red5 package for Ubuntu, copy one file into its directories, configure a configuration file (for passwords) and there you go, Dokeos can use it!
- using Dokeos language files, effectively translating the interface in over 30 languages
- direct link to course documents (you can show slides that were previously imported inside the course)
- improved graphical design
And here’s a screenshot for the curious (I know, the look changed since last time, and it’s probably going to change just a little bit more before Monday as well)
The current plan is to come out with a release next Monday (March 3rd), with a demo website and some documentation on how to update an existing 1.8.4 portal to enable the new videoconference, and of course a package to uncompress in the Dokeos folder.
For the techies of you, it’s made in OpenLaszlo 4, generates a Flash Plugin 8 interface and uses Red5 as a streaming server, so if you exclude the player needed to use it inside a browser, it works entirely out of open-source technology, is entirely open-source (GPL) itself and works in every major browser that integrates the Flash plugin.
The Flash plugin itself, however, doesn’t accept most webcam inputs, as already stated in another of my posts and there are still sound modulation problems when using it between a Windows/Mac and a Linux computer (the sound is funny)