Pixetell

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Pixetell
Developer(s) Ontier Inc.
Stable release 1.3.11913 / January 15, 2010 (2010-01-15)
Development status Live
Operating system Create on Microsoft Windows; Play on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
Platform Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
Available in English
Type Asynchronous Collaboration, Screen capture
License Commercial (21-day free trial)
Website Pixetell.com
(offline as of 2012)

Pixetell was an online communication and collaboration tool for producing and sharing screencasts, or short videos that present the contents and activity on their computer screen. Its developer, Ontier Inc., was acquired in 2011, but it was not publicly disclosed what company acquired Ontier and its product Pixetell. The service was discontinued in May 2011.[1]

Pixetell screencasts could be combined with audio voice-over, existing video files and webcam recordings to present information to the person viewing the recording; attachments may be added and sent as part of the message.[2][3][4] The software permitted people to communicate asynchronously; as with email, the producer and the viewer did not need to be online at the same time; but as with remote desktop software, it was possible to provide detailed demonstrations of computer-based tasks.[2]

Pixetell also supported password protection,[5] the ability for the viewer to post a reply within the message, adding existing video files, and the ability to manage and edit existing Pixetell messages.

Pixetell production software was available only for Microsoft Windows; the recordings were displayed in Flash format, and viewable from Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.[2] The software is offered by monthly or annual subscription; a free 21-day trial is also available.[5][6]

Features[edit]

Depending upon the customer's preference, Pixetell messages could be stored on Pixetell's server or on the customer's server. When stored on Pixetell's server, password protection was available.

The messages could be embedded in documents, on web pages, and on online and social networking services such as eBay, YouTube and Google Wave.

Files could be attached to Pixetell messages,[7] existing video could be edited into a Pixetell message,[8] and the recipient of a message could reply from within the message.[5]

Applications[edit]

As is the case with some other screen recording and screencasting software products, Pixetell's software could be used to create messages that demonstrate software features and critiques of digital documents.[9] The messages had applications in customer service, document editing, sales, training and education. The messages could be sent by email or embedded in web pages, documents, and social media sites.[4] They also had applications in training and education such as professional development, inter-school communication, parent/teacher communication, and project collaboration.[10]

Technical and corporate details[edit]

The built-in "Manager" software let the user edit previously recorded Pixetell messages,[11] to track how many times a message has been viewed, to delete a message, and to send it to a different recipient.

Pixetell was the flagship product of Ontier, a company established in Portland, Oregon in 2008, and acquired in 2011.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Turoczy, Rick (May 2, 2011). "Former DEMOgod, Ontier Pixetell acquired; Brainshark to take over services". 
  2. ^ a b c Posey, Brien (November 1, 2009). "Enrich Your Email". RedmondMag.com. 
  3. ^ Alsever, Jennifer (May 3, 2010). "A $10 app saves hours of commuting". Fortune Small Business. 
  4. ^ a b Lindsay, Jeff (February 20, 2010). "Disruptive Innovation in Progress? The Pixetell Story". Conquering Innovation Fatigue. Retrieved March 20, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c "Pixetell". Biztools.com. Retrieved March 20, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Buy". Pixetell.com. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  7. ^ Ha, Anthony (July 22, 2009). "DigitalBeat: Pixetell brings web meetings to your inbox". 
  8. ^ Ha, Anthony (November 3, 2009). "Pixetell’s Multimedia Emails Get More customizable". New York Times VentureBeat. 
  9. ^ "Playing with Pixetell: Giving Students Feedback". isabellajonesblogspot. December 24, 2009. 
  10. ^ Kanaracus, Chris (March 2, 2009). "Move Over E-mail, Here Come 'Pixetells'". PCWorld Business Center. 
  11. ^ "Missouri Superintendent Harnesses New Communications Technology… Pixetell". American Association of School Administrators. January 8, 2010. 

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