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NOTE: Although the following information still applies to the "Groove Networks" P2P system, the ACNet has been temporarily suspended until further notice.

Groove Preview edition; Build 760

The Groove development folks plan on some real functionality that will enhance our ACNet. We will post brief announcements of new tools, , features, problems and solutions, upgrades and new builds on this page. Soon, we will create a room on the ACNet where users can post problems,and/or possible work-arounds. Other tips and tricks will also beposted in this room on the discussion board provided. All Autodiners will receive an invitation to join as a member in this room as soon as it is ready to go.

What's coming ! New features, fixes, requests, work-arounds etc.

NetMeeting integration is currently slated for the next release of Groove. Maybe this is how we'll get vbideo capability on ACNet !!
Many Groove users have requested an intenal Fowcharting tool. Groove developers haven't officially responed. However, one user suggests using visio. as it is a user friendly tool for charting, and can be launched as an application within the Groove transceiver.
Application sharing tool - Users operating the same program, like NetMetting where a user in different place seizes the mouse control.

Groove comments about application sharing. "Application sharing is something we've been investigating; it certainly would add a powerful aspect to collaboration within Groove".

Continuing ... Groove developers (Andrew Groove) says;

"There was a question as to why someone would use Groove when they could just use NetMeeting. For starters, there is a significant difference between the collaboration model offered by NetMeeting and that offered by Groove: NetMeeting is useful for people who are in different places at the same time, Groove is useful for people who are in different places at the same time
or at different times. When it comes to application sharing and video conferencing, the same time approach makes sense, and for that reason they would be great tools to complement the Groove platform. However, when it comes to collaborating with a small group to get work done, there is usually some set of data (files, sketches, notes, etc.) that everyone in the group must work with, though not necessarily at the same time. This is the "different time" aspect where Groove really shines by automatically sending copies (and updates) to all of the partipants in a shared space."

Andrew Groove continues without saying 'yea' or 'nay' ...

"Another key differentiator is that NetMeeting does not work through firewalls without IT interaction (at least the video conferencing aspect of it, I'm not sure about other aspects). Groove has solved the problem of working transparently through firewalls which means that everything "just works".

File descriptions in Files Tool - BWGroove says "We're were thinking that this was functionality best left to the individual tool developer but we'll consider adding it to the core files tool. In the meantime, one work-around is to rename the file in a more descriptive manner, since windows supports spaces in long file names".
Import from and export to Microsoft Outlook contacts/address books Donna Carvalho, Product Manager at Groove Network says "We are working with a partner to provide synching capabilties that you describe. Stay tuned...."
Concurrency - Two or more members open and edit the same file. When more than one member opens a file from within Groove and each member is editing the document, Groove cannot yet reconcile all the changes. If member A, B, and C all open the file at the same time (from within the same Groove space), edit the file and save it, the last person to save his/her changes will get saved. The other two members will lose their changes. Groove developers plan to fix the concurrency problem in a future release.

Meanwhile, a
simple work-around can be performed. When two or more members wish to collaboratively edit the same file in the same space, each member must first open the file, make the changes, then close the file, one at a time. The other members can observe the changes, but must wait for the first member to close the file (saving their changes). Then the next member, performs the same sequence. This continues until all members in the space that are editing the same file have completed their changes.

NOTE: The above work-around suggested by the webmaster has yet to be tested.

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