March 2nd, 2009

DEMO 09: Ontier Pixetell offers asynchronous online meetings via email


Ontier PixetellOffers whoosa whatsa?

Okay, okay. Maybe the headline is a bit too hyperbolic—and those are my words, not theirs, so blame me. But that’s the first thing that jumped to mind when I saw Portland-based Ontier demo their product Pixetell at DEMO 09.



Here’s another way I’d describe it: it’s like having Seesmic and Jing wedged into your email. Better? No?

Okay, maybe it would be better to let them explain what their product does:

Pixetell on-demand software provides the power of in-person interaction and the convenience of email. You can verbally and visually explain spreadsheets, drawings, designs, proposals… anything on your screen. With Pixetell, you quickly combine screen recordings, voice, webcam, rich text and attachments into a secure, interactive message sent over existing channels including email, blogs, wikis, IM and Twitter. Recipients view Pixetells at their convenience in their Web browser and can reply with their own Pixetell message.

And their not the only ones talking about it. Spend 5 minutes on stage at DEMO and a whole bunch of people start chattering about your product.

Here’s what some other folks are saying:

DEMO: Ontier’s Pixetell packs more collaboration into email (VentureBeat)

Pixetell is one of those products that sounds a little fuzzy at first, but really grabs your attention (or mine, at least) once you see it in action. Basically, it allows you to use screen recordings, voice, web cam, rich text and other attachments to enrich emails and related documents — spreadsheets, designs, proposals and so on. And it allows you to add these things as part of your normal workflow, using a simple dashboard that appears at the bottom of your screen.

Move over e-mail, here come ‘Pixetells’ (Computerworld)

Regular e-mail, especially for complicated discussions, can be tedious, with many messages going back and forth before a problem gets solved, said CEO Sebastian Rapport, who will demonstrate Pixetell at the Demo conference in Palm Desert, Calif.

Web conferences have their own limitations as well, because they can be hard to schedule, especially for distributed teams, he said. “At awkward hours, you can’t get it done,” Rapport said.

Pixetell, meanwhile, “sits somewhere between e-mail and Web conferencing,” he said.

DEMO 09 companies that work for me (Cool Tools Happy Blog)

Ontier’s Pixetell is on-demand software that lets users verbally and visually explain spreadsheets, designs, proposals – basically anything that’s on your PC screen. Instead of using a Web-based collaboration or conferencing service like WebEx, you can create a similar demonstration or explanation of anything and then send it off in a Pixetell message. The user interface looks gorgeous, and the demo was very effective in showing what it could do.

Demo 09: Doing More With Less (Forward Thinking)

The major presenters started with Ontier, Inc., which showed a product called Pixetell, a competitor to products like WebEx allows you to send screen shots, video and audio in a special email message;; and to respond similarly. You can use a web cam for video or capture what is happening on your screen; and collect the responses via email. What I like about it is that it allows for a rich media conversation that doesn’t have to be in real time. It looked very easy to set up, and I can see how businesses could like this very much.

Nice to have you out of stealth, Ontier

It’s great to have another Silicon Forest company launching at DEMO (Iterasi launched at DEMO 08 and SplashCast launched at DEMO 07), especially one that appears to have been so well received by those watching the show.

Here’s hoping we see more of Ontier around Portland, now that they’re done being stealthy.

Ontier, Inc. was founded in early 2008 in Portland, Oregon by industry veteran Sebastian Rapport. The company is comprised of a global team of experienced managers and product developers brought together to enable a leap forward in the way we communicate.

For more information or to sign up for the beta, visit Ontier.

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5 Responses to “DEMO 09: Ontier Pixetell offers asynchronous online meetings via email”

  1. jim walker says:

    nice presentation and demo. definitely adds a new tool to communication. beautiful for efficiency!

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  4. Michael Lane says:

    Great video and product! We want it as soon as possible for the Mac platform as well.
    Congratulations to you for making something faster and simpler. May you have great success.

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