Quizzing / Polling in a Vyew Room

A quiz/polling feature is frequent request, and it is on the timeline, but as of now, Vyew does not have one.

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One serviceable workaround is to have your participants use the Status feature. By clicking on their own name in the userlist, and selecting Change status to:, users can select one of the five status options to express their responses.

Inserting content in your Vyew Room

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Using Vyew’s Drawing Tools

The Whiteboard Tool Palette

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Click on the “Pen” icon at the left of Vyew to open.

Note: Users with Viewer permissions cannot draw and will not see the whiteboard tool palette.

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  • Edit Menu edit – Undo, cut/copy/paste, clear page or selected items, filter objects by user, and more.
  • Selection Toolselection – Move and modify objects.
  • Line Toolspen – Draw freehand and highlight on the Vyew Room whiteboard with color and width options, or straight lines with color, width and arrowhead options.
  • Text Tooltext – Insert text with color, font, size, bold, italics and underline options.
  • “Sticky Note” ToolstickyNote – Post text or voice comments and start a discussion.
  • Shape Toolsshapes – Draw rectangles and ellipses with border color, border width, and fill color options.
  • Delete Tooleraser – Delete any object, depending on user permissions.

editEdit menu

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  • Undo several levels.
  • Cut, Copy and Paste
  • Duplicate Page
  • Clear Page – Remove multiple objects by type. Not undoable!
  • Delete Page – Remove an entire page and it’s contents. Not undoable!
  • Unlock all Objects – See the Lock tool in Manipulating Content.
  • Filter Object – View objects by creator for easier manipulation.
Filter Objects

Filter Objects

selectionSelect Tool

See a Video Tutorial about the Selection Tool.

Multi-selecting

Click and drag a box around the objects you wish to select.

Modifying Objects

Depending on the type, you may copy, rotate, resize and more. See Manipulating Content.

penIconLine Tools

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  • penIcon The Pen icon opens three tools:

    • freehand Freehand
    • highlighter Highlighter
    • straightLine Straight Line – click arrowhead to add an arrowhead.
  • color Color Palette

  • widthPresets Line Width – 4 presets: 3, 5, 9 and 15 pixels. Click widthFine for fine control between 1 and 50 pixels.

  • arrowhead Arrowhead – for straight line tool only.

Text Tooltext

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  • Six font choices: Arial, Courier New, Georgia, Times New Roman, Trebuchet MS, and Verdana.
  • 13 font sizes between 8 and 96 pixels.
  • Bold, Italic, Underline.
  • Color palette.
  • Click the Save icon, or type CTRL-s to leave text editing mode.

“Sticky Note” ToolstickyNote

  • Text Comments – Type text then click Save.
  • Audio Comments -
    1. voiceComment1Click the red circle to begin recording.

      If the Adobe Flash Player Settings box pops up, select Allow, check Remember, then click Close.flashSettings
    2. voiceComment2Click the black square to stop recording and save.

    3. voiceComment3To play back, open the comment and click on the “cell phone” icon.

  • commentFlagsHave replies emailed to you.
  • Add flags: To Do, Done, Question, or Favorite.

  • commentsSideBarClick the button near the right center of Vyew to open the comments side bar to see multiple comments.

  • commentFilterAt the top, you can filter by user, date or flag; search by term; or display a summary page.

Shape Toolsshapes

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  • The Shape icon opens two tools:

    • Square
    • Ellipse
  • Border and Fill Color Palettes
  • Border Width – 4 presets: 3, 5, 9 and 15 pixels. Click widthFine for fine control between 1 and 50 pixels.

Delete Tooleraser

Hover the Delete Tool over an object. The object will highlight red. Click to delete.

For an “eraser” effect, use a Pen tool set to white with a relatively wide width.

Hide Your Cursor

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  • Room owners have their mouse position broadcast to everyone by default. Turn this off by selecting Hide my mouse pointer from others from the UserList pod dropdown.
  • Collaborators and Moderators may choose to turn this on.

Inserting Content – Overview

 

 

In Vyew, you can import multiple file types into a single page, layer media objects, draw over them, and move them in groups, just like you would in Microsoft Powerpoint.

Inserting New Pages

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Click Insert near the top center of Vyew, then Blank Page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deleting Pages

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Click the Trash Can icon near the top right of Vyew.

 

 

 

 

 

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Click Yes to confirm.

 

 

 

 

 

Important: Deleting a page is NOT undoable!
Note: The delete function is only available to certain usertypes (such as Owner or Moderator).

Inserting Content – File Types

Vyew can import these types of content:

  • Microsoft Office – .doc .ppt .xls .docx .pptx .xlsx
  • Adobe PDF – .pdf
  • Open Document – files from LibreOffice or OpenOffice: .odt .ods .odp
  • Text Files – .txt .rtf
  • Images – .jpg .png .gif .bmp
  • Flash Movies/Applications – .swf (Learn more)
  • Audio Files – .mp3 (Learn more)
  • Video Files – .flv (Video files must be hosted by a third-party. See Inserting Video Files.)
  • Screenshots using Vyew’s Screen Capture tool.

Inserting Content from Your Computer

Click Insert near the top center of Vyew, then File From Computer.
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In the file selection box, select or type the name of the file, then type or click Enter, OK, or Open. (Shown here is the Windows 7 file selection box— yours may differ.)
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Trouble inserting documents? See this article.

Inserting Content via Email

You can insert text and files through email. See here for how.

Inserting Content from the Internet

You can easily import from the web:

    • Import documents and images from a URL, e.g. “http://domain.com/image.jpg”
    • Import a snapshot of a webpage, e.g. “http://digg.com”

Click Insert near the top center of Vyew, then From URL.
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In the text box, enter the URL of the file or webpage snapshot. Type Enter or click Insert.
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Trouble inserting documents? See this article.

Inserting Screenshots with the Screen Capture Tool

Insert a full or cropped snapshot of your desktop into your room.

  1. Click Insert, then Screen Capture.screenCapture1
  2. The Vyew Screen Capture applet will appear over anything on your desktop. Arrange your desktop for capture.
  3. Click Capture Screen.screenCapture2-550
  4. Crop to your preference, then click Confirm Screen Shot.screenCapture3-550
  5. The image will appear in your Vyew Room.
  6. Click Cancel to close the Vyew Screen Capture applet.

More Content Options

Click Insert, then More… to expand the Insert palette, revealing more options:

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  • fromGoogleImages – Search and insert images via Google.

 

  • onlineVideo – Search and insert, or enter the direct URL of videos from YouTube or a hosted .flv file.

 

  • fromMediaLibrary – Insert content from your other Vyew rooms.

 

  • Use plugins for more functionality:
    • Button – A dynamic button that can take your participants to another page, another Vyew room, another website, and more.
    • Graphing Calc – Draw graphs of multiple user-defined functions on an X-Y axis.
    • Equation Editor – Create and display complex math equations.
    • MP3 Player – MP3s can be played within Vyew Rooms for all participants to hear.
    • Calendar – A simple one-month calendar that you can annotate as desired.

Manipulating Content

Click an object with the Select tool selectionTool to show its manipulation options.

Note: Plug-ins are selected by clicking on their top selection bar.

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Note:Not all objects will have all the options you see here.
  • Cut cut and copy Copy – Paste by typing CTRL-v, or selecting Paste from the edit Edit menu in the Whiteboard tool palatte.
  • Duplicate duplicate – create a copy on the same page.
  • Bring to front bringToFront and sendToBack Send to back – layer objects.
  • Rotate clockwise rotateClockwise and rotateCounterclockwise Rotate counterclockwise – Linked document pages will be rotated together.
  • Lock lock – Prevents objects from being manipulated, moved or deleted while working on top or around them. Click the object, then click unlock at the lower right of the object to unlock. Only the Owner, Moderator or the person who locked it can unlock.
  • Resize dragBox – for imported documents, the corner boxes will maintain proportionality. Linked document pages will be resized together.
  • Download download – documents and pictures may be downloaded by users with permission.

 

  • To move an object, select and drag. Linked document pages will be moved together.
  • To delete an object, select and hit your keyboard’s Delete key, or use cut Cut.

Navigating, Rearranging and Renaming Pages

Click the Page Manager dropdown button near the top center of Vyew.

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  • Click on a page to jump, or navigate with the blue arrows.

 

 

 

 

 

  • pageManagerMove1Drag to rearrange.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • pageManagerRenameRename a page in either name field.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • pageManagerBookmark1Bookmark a page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • pageManagerDeletePage1Delete a page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important: Deleting a page is NOT undoable!

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