version 'two' release reflected a reluctant move to add some
very useful features, at the cost of some of the earlier
version's simplicity. You could now see your own audio-level,
running down the side of the 'broadcaster'
At the top next to the countdown appeared who was next
in the broadcast queue.
The first critical addition was public text-chat, that
all could see whilst someone was speaking. Even if only
one person could 'speak' at any one time, it seems that
fifty folk can text chat at the same time as each other!
it turns out that meetings get MORE effective with this!
The screen foot-print had to 'grow' to cope with this
So, given the tab devoted to text, you may as well add
some more tabs...right? How about a tab for voting and
emoticons? How about url management and launching? How
about a tab
for 'help and about this thing'? You may need it now!
Now, even our little v1 'spanner' icon had to have a
'prefs' tab of its own, to cope with all the aditional
user set options.
BUT it turned out that the BIG feature of version two
was part of the pay-off from connecting each meeting
to a unique url address. You cannot see it in this interface,
but events can be efficiently and automatically recorded
for instant replay against that unique url address. AND
because of simplex broadcasting, we can produce an excellent
and easy visualization and replay applet for the recording.