SimplChat Features Galore:
Live video and audio directly from your web cam/microphone feature
SimplChat provides live audio and video transfer between users. As a web master you have full control over the quality of the audio and video and the bandwidth used by each stream.
SimplChat is using the video/audio capturing capabilities of the Flash Player in conjunction with a media server. The audio/video is first captured and encoded by SimplChat running in the users browser, then it it sent to the media server from where it is routed to all the users subscribed to that audio/video stream.
Text chat only modeThe audio and video capabilities of the software can be turned off, thus remaining with a simple text chat software with rooms support! The audio video features can also be turned on or off for each user in particular. For example if you want only moderators to be able to send audio and video.
Record everythingYou can record every audio/video stream coming from the users in separate .flv files. Each user gets its own .flv audio/video file each time he logs in and start sending audio and/or video. The newly crated .flv files will be stored on the FMS server and can be put on your web server for later downloading/viewing.
View and hear 2,3 or more video/audio streams (persons) at the same timeThe new interface in SimplChat allows users to view as many video streams as they want. The number of video streams they can see at one time can be limited by modifying the configuration file.
Zoom in/out video areas using the mouse wheel
All video areas can be zoomed in up to 7x and zoomed out up to 0.5x by using the wheel on your mouse. Pretty neat we say! :)
Full control over the video and audio qualitySimplChat uses a .xml file to load the web cam and microphone setting to use. Within that .xml file you can change: picture resolution and picture quality, maximum bandwidth to use, frames/second and key frames/second and audio quality.
By default SimplChat comes with 6 video/audio profiles (.xml files) to choose from, 2 for 56kbits/s, 2 for 128kbits/s and 2 for 256kbits/s video bandwidth scenarios. The online demo uses the 128k-low-motion-high-picture-quality-one!
Public/private rooms support
Users, admins and web masters can all create private (password protected) or public rooms. Also you can block people from joining or creating other rooms
Runs in Flash Player 8 or newerYour users do not have to download any special plugin as SimplChat runs in Flash Player 8 which is installed on over 95% of the computers connected to the Internet. SimplChat will run directly in the users browser (IE,Firefox, Safari on Windows/Mac/Linux).
Embed it in a web page or open it up in a popup window.If desired, the video chat software can be inserted into any page of your website or it can be opened in a separate popup window.
Drop users into certain rooms directly (no need to go trough the lobby)Each room has it's own unique id. You can use this id in the configuration file so that users get dropped directly into that room when they log into SimplChat
Prevent users from logging in twiceThe chat has an internal mechanism that prevents a user from opening and logging in the chat by opening 2 browser windows on the same computer.
User list with identification iconsThe user list has several functions: display the gender of the user/ display the user name of the user, display a cam icon besides the user if he is sending video, display a speaker icon besides the user if he is sending video, show a small message besides each user who is watching your cam
[Buzz] and [View Profile] buttonsYou can now use the [Buzz] button to buzz someone. Also a new button labeled "View Profile" is now present, which can be configured to take you to the users profile.
External users listSimplChat.1 generates an .xml rooms+users list file on the web server which you can use to display on your website the users (and number of users) logged in the video chat software at any moment and every available room (and type of room).
Banner friendlyYou can place advertising (banners,AdSense, video, links, etc...) anywhere around the video chat software. The software consists in a .swf file embedded in a HTML page. In that HTML page you can place anything you want.
Automatic "who's watching me" functionBesides each user in the users list that is watching your video/audio stream, a text message: "views my cam" is displayed.
Admin Section with kick, ban and ip view
Using the admin section you can view the ip of each user, you can kick users, you can ban users by their ip's, and you can delete rooms.
Hidden adminsWhen using the admin interface to log in by default one can select between being a hidden or visible admin. You can change this in the configuration file and only allow for visible admins for example. Also admins have by default access to private rooms, but this can be changed also.
Male, female-female and male-female couple gendersAt the request of numerous clients SimplChat now allows people to log in using 3 different genders: male , female and couple. The couple gender can be disabled from the configuration file, but if you want no gender at all you can disable the entire gender option.
Many integration options with CMS systemsAfter integrating the SimplChat config file with your content management system, you can set different values for each option in the configuration file based on the level of the user. These being said you can :
× prevent some users from sending/receiving video/audio
× give only limited video time to certain users
× prevent some from viewing more than 1 video/audio stream at a time
× drop certain users in certain rooms
SimplChat comes standard with a Joomla component, but it can be integrated with any other CMS system.
Bad words filterThis filter automatically hides forbidden words.
Bad nicks filterA nick/user name filter which you can use to prevent users from logging in as admin or administrator for example.
Links filterYou can disallow link in the text chat by turning the links filter on. Any link typed in the text chat instead of being highlighted it will be censored.
Highlight linksIf you will allow links in the text chat, our software automatically parses them and turns them into veritable links (blue underlined).
Move and resize the flash interface elementsAll the interface elements can be dragged using the mouse, and can be resized by clicking and dragging the red lower right corners. In addition the interface elements automatically position themselves and resize according to the size of the flash area available to SimplChat in the HTML web page. Also the video areas can be zoomed in/out using the wheel on your mouse.
Private messages in separate windows
This is a feature that has been requested for a very long time by our customers. Whenever you send a private message to someone, a small new text chat window opens up. All the private discussion between you and that user will be taken to that window inside the SimplChat interface.
Screen Sharing using third party softwareYou can share your desktop screen with other people (or even send prerecorded movies as your web cam feed) just as if you were sharing your web cam. Contact us before buying for more info on this topic.
Secure encrypted text/video/audio connectionsAll the data (audio,video,text) exchanged between the users and the Flash Media Server can be encrypted using SSL certificates or rtmpe. Contact us for more info on this topic.
Text chat transcriptsAll private/public text chat is kept in logs (text files) on the FMS server for later analysis. Each room gets its own text log each day.
Chat historyWhen a user joins a room, he can see what was previously being discussed in that room. The amount of text chat lines he can see can be configured.
Block a userThis option allows a user to block all the messages and PM chat requests of other users.
Can be easily translated into other languagesAll the texts used in the 2 flash interfaces (user&admin) can be changed in an external .xml file that can be edited with any text editor. This way SimplChat supports any language, even right to left languages like Arabic. Special characters like ş,ţ,ă,î,etc... are also supported!
Joomla! 1.5 ComponentIf your website runs on Joomla! you're in luck because we wrapped SimplChat as a Joomla! Component that integrates seamlessly with your Joomla! web site.