Saba Centra Upgrade to Saba Meeting
Product name change
Saba has changed the name of its Web conferencing program from Saba Centra (which we've always just called Centra) to Saba Meeting.
Fully functional browser client
Saba is continuing movement from a client that has to be downloaded and installed to a version that runs within any browser. The first step during the last upgrade included a browser client with limited capabilities run exclusively on Java within a browser. With this release, the browser client now has all of the capabilities of the desktop client and more because the browser client is where Saba now places all new client enhancements. Some of these enhancements are listed below. Plans for the next release remove the need for Java and run exclusively on HTML 5. It's important to note that the Centra desktop everyone is familiar with is still available alongside the browser client; you will have plenty of time to get comfortable with the new Saba Meeting browser client.
Ability for ECU faculty, staff and students to create their own meetings
Any ECU faculty or staff member now has the ability to log in to Saba Meeting and create meetings using the "Schedule Classroom" link and enroll all of the students in their class into that meeting. Faculty will just need to request their class be added to Saba Meeting at the beginning of each semester. Students also now have the ability to schedule meetings themselves using the "Schedule Meeting" link.
iPhone/iPad client upgrade
With a fully redesigned interface, you can now lead with limited capabilities and even create meetings from the mobile app. To use the new iPhone/iPad app, you will first need to remove the Saba Centra app from your device. Then navigate to iTunes and download the new Saba Meeting app.
Android client release
Saba has released a mobile app for Android devices. You can now attend and lead with limited capabilities and even create meetings from the mobile app.
Ability to set one video as primary
Users now have the option to make one of the shared live video screens large by setting it as primary (browser client only).
Multiple layout and size options for multipoint live video
There are several different layouts for how users wish to orient their up to 8 multipoint live video streams. Additionally, all undocked live video panels can be re-sized as desired (browser client only).
Simultaneous Appshare and live video
Leaders and presenters have the ability to show live video while sharing the desktop or an application (browser client only).
Permission required to start someone's live video
When the leader or a presenter right-clicks on a person's name, instead of seeing the "Give video camera" option, they now see the "Ask to start webcam" option. The selected person is then told that the presenter would like their webcam turned on, at which point they can either accept or deny the request.
My Schedule Page Search
The My Schedule page no longer displays all events within each of the upcoming, ongoing, recordings and past tabs all at the same time. For users with a long list of events, it displays only 20 meetings at a time by default and will provide the ability to search for meetings by date or title. This enhancement will also improve loading times.
Appshare a single monitor in multi-monitor environments
If you have more than one monitor screen, you now have the ability to Appshare only one of the monitors at a time (browser client only).
Support for MP4 media files
Leaders and presenters can now import MP4 media files into the agenda to be played.