The DiamondTouch table is "multi-user", meaning that it supports simultaneous inputs from multiple people as they touch the screen, while tracking who is who. Although DiamondTouch supports any Windows software, most business software is designed for only a single user. For that reason, Circle Twelve is on a mission to make popular software applications DiamondTouch or "multi-user" aware. We are doing this with a series of software extensions or plug-ins we call DTCollaborate.
DTCollaborate for Adobe Acrobat
Engineers, architects and other professionals commonly use PDF's for sharing digital documents and soliciting feedback. However, according to an IDC White Paper sponsored by Adobe (Bridging the Information Worker Productivity Gap: New Challenges and Opportunities for IT, September 2012), reporting on a global survey of information workers and IT professionals, information workers waste a significant amount of time each week dealing with a variety of challenges related to working with documents. This wasted time costs the average organization $19,732 per information worker per year, amounting to a loss of 21.3% in the organization's total productivity. Chief among these document-related challenges were the tasks of "Gathering and consolidating feedback" and "Deciphering the feedback". The paper reported: "General-purpose collaboration tools don't fully address information workers' needs related to these document-based activities."
DT Collaborate software addresses this by combining the commenting tools of Adobe Acrobat with the multi-user DiamondTouch table, allowing people to collaborate over documents in digital form, the way they would if they were working with paper: not one person at a time, but together, face-to-face. DT Collaborate for Adobe Acrobat is free and is compatible with all versions of the Acrobat software product family, including Reader, Acrobat Standard, and Acrobat Pro and with all versions of the DiamondTouch hardware.
It provides simple multi-touch document navigation (two-finger zoom, five-finger pan), plus a pallet of commenting tools for each user. New comments are captured and stored as part of the PDF file, complete with meta-data showing who made the comment and when. More importantly, because the comments are made on the multi-user DiamondTouch table, they are made in the context of a face-to-face meeting amongst the reviewers. This means more efficient feedback and team decision-making.
DTCollaborate for ESRI's ArcGIS
ArcGIS from ESRI is the leading software used by mapping and geo-information systems professionals. GIS activities, including emergency response, disaster relief, and city planning often involve teams of people working together. However, because traditional computer interfaces do not support teams of people working together, GIS professionals often print out high-resolution color maps - at considerable expense - to support their day-to-day work.
DTCollaborate for ESRI's ArcGIS allows teams of people to work together, face-to-face as they would do if they were working large-format print-outs. But on the DiamondTouch table, everything is in digital form. DTCollaborate includes multi-touch image navigation and input tools for each user. The input tools allow selection any point, line, or area feature available in ArcGIS and can be customized for each collaborator. New features are added by simply touching the map - edit sessions are automated, and they capture who did what and when. Geo-registered features are then organized in layers by user. A timeline tool even allows rewind and playback of the team's inputs.
This video clip shows how DTCollaborate for Adobe
Acrobat can be used for design review meetings.
Each user has a personalized pallet of PDF commenting
tools so Acrobat can capture the who-did-what-and-when.
DTCollaborate for ArcGIS provides each user the ability
to create point, line and polygon features, which are
saved as user-identified layers in a file geo-database.