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Macromedia Releases Breeze Live

Online meeting software supports live desktop sharing, video broadcasts By Dave Nagel
Macromedia has released Breeze Live, a new presentation tool for online meetings. Breeze offers a variety of Web conferencing features and is built around Macromedia Flash technologies. Breeze clients are supported through common Web browsers on Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows. The server runs on Windows XP or 2000.

As a presentation system, Breeze combines slideshow functionality through applications like Microsoft PowerPoint with live content, such as video and shared desktops. (A meeting host, for example, can allow meeting participants to view everything on his or her computer screen or portions of the screen during a meeting.) PowerPoint presentations can be preloaded, and other content, such as spreadsheets, can be shared on the fly. The software also supports video, audio, chat and pointer features. Other features include:

  • Meeting management to control who participates in a presentation;
  • The ability to join a meeting by clicking a single Web link without additional downloads for those who have the Flash player installed;
  • Pre-defined meeting layouts;
  • Support for multiple presenters with private chat functions;
  • Report generation;
  • The ability to record, archive and reuse live sessions.

Breeze Live is available as a standalone product or as an add-on module for the Macromedia Breeze platform. It can be purchased in two forms: a Hosted version and an Enterprise version. The server runs on Windows XP or 2000. The Breeze client supports Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows in a variety of Web browsers. Complete system requirements and licensing options are available on Macromedia's Web site. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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