Saros Paints a Pretty Picture

Version 11.1.28 of Saros introduces a major new feature that has been bubbling away deep in the Saros development labs for a while now: the distributed whiteboard.

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Fresh out of the prototype stage, the whiteboard is a fully-functioning addition to the Saros feature set. However much it works, we feel it is still largely demonstrative at this point, a feature that positively invites further development dependent on the feedback our users provide. Right now, it gives users:

  • Drawing with resizeable, selectable components (free-hand pencil, rectangle and eclipse)
  • Undo capability
  • Copy and paste
  • Zoom and panning

And, most importantly, multiple users within a Saros session can collaborate remotely on the drawing. All you have to do is open the Saros Whiteboard view after sharing a project and sketch together!

Note: Because of the recent attack on SourceForge, Saros cannot be updated via its update site as of yet. Until SourceForge completes its repairs, you can download the jar files or the dropin from the download page.




5 thoughts on “Saros Paints a Pretty Picture

  1. Cool stuff! I remember doing this type of stuff using ECF back in the day… distributed drawing is fun :)

    Have you considered setting the syndication mode to “full” on your blog so the posts come up in full form on instead of truncated form?

    1. Thanks!

      It’s a WordPress blog. Where it says “For each article in a feed, show” in the Reading settings I’ve already set “Full Text”, but it doesn’t seem to make any difference. Any suggestions would be gratefully received!

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