Aug 23, 2010: World Cup Promotion has a winner!
Sep 27, 2010
TalkAndWrite’s spin-off is one of the winners of Intel Challenge Brazil>> Read more
Competing against 163 Brazilian startups, Taw Itech, a company from Florianopolis that develops interactive hardwares, was one of the winners in the final of Intel Challenge Brazil 2010, held from 16 to 17 September at Fundacao Getulio Vargas. During the regional stages performed in eight Brazilian capitals, including Florianopolis, the company was ranked first, and picked to participate in the national final, where was ranked third.
The top four teams of Intel Challenge Brazil will compete with Latin American startups, stage in which the top six companies will be chosen to participate in the Intel®+UC Berkeley Technology Entrepreneurship Challenge in the US, and will have all expenses paid.
Coordinated by Intel and Fundacao Getulio Vargas with support from Microsoft, Derraik Lawyers, Sebrae and Helice Consulting, The Intel Challenge Brazil is performed since 2006 and it is a competition among startups and entrepreneurs with innovative technology-based projects.
The four classified startups were: Fumajet Trade Equipment Ltda, company from Rio de Janeiro that owns the first place; VPI - Vorsprung Industrial Projects, company from Sao Paulo, ranked second position; Taw Itech, from Santa Catarina, ranked the third position; and Pligus, company from Rio de Janeiro that ranked the fourth position.
Taw Itech a TalkAndWrite spin-off, a member of the Santa Catarina Association of Technology Businesses (ACATE), presented the project of digital whiteboards, with the differential advantage of adding technology to the solution. A computer screen, similar to a big traditional board, is projected on a surface. With a special pen, the user can write on the screen in a practical and simple way.
As a reward, the company won a Microsoft software, a recommendation letter from the main Venture Capital Funds, GVcepe and Private Equity, besides guaranteeing the participation in the Intel Challenge Latin America. According to Bruna Rezende, one of the partners of Taw Itech and TalkAndWrite, the goal is to go beyond, achieving the classification for the US stage.
"With the participation in the Intel Challenge Brazil, we could expose our business and start relationships with investors, besides improving our business plan", says Bruna. It is the first time the company participates in the Intel Challenge Brazil. With only one year old, the company already prospects some customers to carry out practical tests and later to commercialize the solution.
For further information about the company, access www.talkandwrite.com and Intel Challenge Brazil, www.desafiobrasil2010.com
Source: Santa Catarina Association of Technology Companies (ACATE)
Aug 23, 2010
World Cup Promotion has a winner!>> Read more
In the month of July, 2010, TalkAndWrite customers had the chance of purchasing their PRO licenses with discount and still competing on a 3-year license prize.
This time, the winner was the Japanese Koichi Shioya, from the online school JR-Netschool.
Stay alert to upcoming TalkAndWrite promotions and participate too!
Aug 17, 2010
New online tool helps businesses manage Skype deployments>> Read more
Skype Manager enables companies of all sizes to harness the power of Skype for communications and collaboration.
Skype has announced the launch of Skype Manager, a web-based management tool that enables businesses to harness the power of Skype to achieve greater communications flexibility, cost savings and control over the use of Skype in their organization. Skype Manager replaces Skype’s Business Control Panel, which was originally developed to provide small and mid-size businesses the ability to organize Skype usage among their employees.
Skype Manager (skype.com/go/skypemanager) makes it simple for businesses of all sizes to deploy Skype efficiently and effectively in the workplace. It incorporates a centralized payment system and real-time analysis and reporting capabilities. It also gives companies the ability to manage Skype user accounts across an organization and assign Skype features through an administration dashboard.
“We looked at how Skype is being used in the workplace and specifically designed Skype Manager to make it easier for businesses to centrally manage how Skype is used, managed and paid for by an organization,” said David Gurle, VP and General Manager of Skype for Business. “We want to empower businesses to exploit the full power and value of Skype so they receive all the benefits of enhanced collaboration and cost savings.”
Jun 30, 2010
New: group video conferences>> Read more
Last month, Skype released its brand new version 5.0. Still in “beta”, the VoIP allows video conferences with up to five participants at once. Now, Skype and TalkAndWrite make more effective teamwork.
With the new Skype you can make group calls with up to five people, all using webcams. Until then, the company had only offered 2-people video conferences and 25-people audio conferences. Due to numerous requests, they decided to improve the solution.
Thus, Skype and TalkAndWrite are a great combination for on-line meetings, trainings and any collaborative activity on the internet, where you can write on documents, draw together and many more.
Group video calling is just one in a set of new features Skype will released until the end of the year.
Try Skype 5.0 Beta at www.skype.com
May 24, 2010
TalkAndWrite wins Stemmer Awards of Innovation>> Read more
The innovative initiative of TalkAndWrite for its application TAW for Skype was recognized by Fapesc, the Foundation of the State of Santa Catarina for Support on Technological Scientific Research. Now, TalkAndWrite is the most innovative company of the State, by Caspar Erich Stemmer Awards for Innovation in Santa Catarina.
"The award is recognition of our work and a motivation to expand our actions," says Bruna Rezende, partner of the firm.
In four years of work, TalkAndWrite reached the mark of 3 million downloads for TAW for Skype. The interactive meetings allowed by the application are used in numerous schools in Japan and Taiwan.
"We owe this to TAW for Skype users, who are collaborating with our tool and making it the best solution”, says Bruna.
The company will not stop there. The proposal is to develop new solutions for the field of education with initiatives that enhance the ability of communication among students and teachers.
Apr 14, 2010
Skype's favorite application>> Read more
TalkAndWrite: featured position in SkypeShop
Being one of a global brand’s favorites is the dream of technology companies from anywhere in the world. In order to become a reality, it is indispensible the company’s hard work and willingness to grow. That's how TalkAndWrite, the company that owns the only Brazilian Skype plug-in, sees this dream coming true.
This month the application TAW for Skype was chosen as the favorite extra in SkypeShop. “We find it a great opportunity for TalkAndWrite to expand its disclosures worldwide”, tells Bruna Rezende, the company’s co-founder.
According to Rezende, getting to this featured position is a result of a long work and a great relationship between both companies. “We were discovered by Skype, so we started to improve the tool aiming to become an international reference in interactive solutions”, reminds the entrepreneur.
TAW for Skype is available in 27 languages and now present in over 80 countries. It allows participants to write, draw on a common document, while speak and see each other in Skype. The application is used for on-line consultancy, business conferences, on-line language tutoring, and many more.
Check out this month’s favorite extra: http://shop.skype.com/extras
Mar 26, 2010
Affiliate Marketing>> Read more
TalkAndWrite is set to extend its actions in Brazil through its Affiliate Marketing Programs
TalkAndWrite is introducing a new initiative which is set to attract partners in Brazil: the Affiliate Marketing. In other words, those who choose to advertise the application TAW for Skype and bring new sales will earn a 10% commission.
"Our proposal is to increase the Brazilian share, and we are still providing bloggers and sites owners with a new way to earn extra revenue," says Bruna Rezende, the company co-founder. Very common in countries like the United States, the affiliate marketing can help companies increase their sales potential. Multinationals such as Apple, Toshiba and even Skype deal with this type of initiative.
TalkAndWrite affiliates receive commission on all sales generated from their customers, even if the customer upgrades the plan, or extends the license period, for instance. “Affiliates can participate in the program by promoting TAW for Skype anywhere like on social media sites, blogs, websites or forums”, reminds Bruna. Estevam Ghirotti Junior, a student from Computing Sciences at University of Contestado, Guarulhos, joined TalkAndWrite Affiliate Program. He explains that the registration process is quite simple for anyone who wishes to be part of this network. “When I was signing up for the program, I realized that I needed to have a PayPal account. So, I simply created an account and finished my registration at TalkAndWrite website, no mysteries”, he notes.
According to Estevan, TAW for Skype is quite intuitive and extremely simple to use. And, his expectations are great “I believe that with TAW for Skype we will be able to have an interexchange among students from several private universities abroad.” In order to register as a TalkAndWrite affiliate, visit www.talkandwrite.com.
Feb 12, 2010
Foreign languages for all>> Read more
One person is fluent in English and the other, in Portuguese. Both settle on weekly meetings to talk, exchange information, and speak both languages alternately. This interaction and mutual interest in learning the other person’s language encourage students the acquisition of a foreign language through a reciprocal language learning method called “in-tandem”.
The group, coordinated by Professor Joao Telles Alves from UNESP (State University of Sao Paulo), campus of Assis and Sao Jose do Rio Preto, has incorporated the system into a distance learning technology, expanding the reach and possibilities for students to learn new languages.
Started in 2007 and scheduled for closure in April this year, the Thematic Project “Teletandem: foreign languages for all” supported by FAPESP, brings together postgraduate students from campus of Assis and Sao Jose do Rio Preto.
The experiment involves UNESP students and foreigners, who are interested in learning Portuguese. For this, UNESP has hired other Portuguese Departments from overseas universities.
Institutions from Germany, Argentina, Canada, United Stated, France, Italy, Mexico, Uruguay and Sweden are participating in the project. "A major problem we have found is that several Portuguese Departments abroad focus on literature but are not interested in learning the language", explains Telles.
UNESP students had formed pairs with students from foreign universities who were interested in learning Portuguese. Each pair had committed itself to collaborate in at least eight virtual meetings of two hours each – one hour for each language.
The students collaborated through a Skype interactive software called TAW for Skype, which was developed in Brazil by the company TalkAndWrite, from Santa Catarina.
Skype provides the communication channel for audio and video, while the application TAW for Skype offers a virtual collaborative framework, in which both participants can write, draw and edit simultaneously.
At Teletandem the teacher follows the entire process, mediating the learning through periodic meetings with the pairs. It can be virtual or live meetings.
According to Telles, the teacher presence is necessary because students often use only 30% to 40% of the learning resources. "Moreover, it is the teacher who helps the students on the language explanations and suggests strategies in order to accelerate the learning process", says.
Advice is the right word. Unlike traditional methods, in Teletandem the teacher does not determine the route of learning, but makes suggestions and the students decide what to do.
Some sessions can be recorded and these resources help teachers to find out students’ problems and difficulties. “The teacher acts as a mediator, in line with a constructivist and Vygotskian view of development. The student is the center of the learning process”, explains Telles, stressing the difference between the in-tandem context and traditional education given in the classroom.
Since it is focused on the student’s performance, the program is based on participants’ autonomy and reciprocity. "This is one of the reasons this method doesn’t work as a compulsory subject at graduation level", he noted.
Another difference is that the tandem curriculum emerges from pairs’ relationship and interaction, and only afterwards brought to the teacher. In traditional education, the program follows the opposite direction: it is predetermined by the teacher and later applied in the classroom.
For the learning to be successful, the program applicants must go through previous orientation sessions. “At this point, teachers instruct students in cultural shocks to be avoided”, tells the UNESP teacher.
On the other hand, when friendships are built, the results are often surprising. Several students have become fluent in the language after two years of program. Telles highlights the social aspect of the project. "Teletandem allows students to learn a language and meet people from other countries with few resources", he said.
According to Telles, tandem learning method can be applicable even to regular schools, as long as the institution provides appropriated expertise as well as minimal infrastructure. At UNESP, laboratories are opened from 9am to 9pm, and computers are equipped with appropriate softwares.
The project was so successful that UNESP will keep the development of the interactive software through a partnership with the company TalkAndWrite. The intention is to make the program also work as a communication tool among participants.
Telles has been visiting several countries in order to present the research results and also disseminate the project experiences and results. "Teletandem is a means of access for foreign languages and democratization through communication technologies. It helps those who cannot afford to travel to study a language, to make foreign friends and to have enriching cultural experiences", he said.
Dec 29, 2009
TalkAndWrite pour Skype>> Read more
Aujourd'hui je t'ai apporté un outil fantastique pour Skype, un attaché du film avec lequel tu pourras interagir et travailler dans des projets dessinés et écrits, avec jusqu'à 10 contacts en même temps.
TalkAndWrite est un plugin pour Skype qui te permet de travailler á côté de tes contacts dans un document commun de manière simultanée. Tu pourras dessiner, ajouter des textes, gommer, marquer et écrire dans un document tandis que tu parles dans un appel de Skype.
Pour que les participants de la conversation puissent interagir avec le document virtuel, le plugin TalkAndWrite devra avoir tous et chacun d'eux comme instalés pour Skype.
Il y a 2 versions disponibles de cette application, la version Basique qui est gratuite et il te laissera communiquer avec une limite de jusqu'à 2 participants, et un temps maximal de 10 minutes. En revanche la version PRO avec un coût de 12,50 € par mois, tu pourras communiquer avec jusqu'à 10 participants et sans limite d'aucun temps.
Dec 10, 2009
New version released!>> Read more
TalkAndWrite is pleased to announce this brand new version 126.96.36.199.
The main updates are:
• New interface – new design
• Themes option – you can choose the interface theme of your preference
• Speedy file transferring
• Full screen – hide participants and chat box to have a full screen
• Much more efficiency on your on-line meetings
To download new TalkAndWrite click here
As it is a version with mayor amends, in order to have interactive meetings, please make sure all participants have the same version installed.
Dec 2, 2009
5 ways Skype helps your business>> Read more
Many freelancers depend on Skype for VoIP communication. Never has it been so simple to talk to anyone from any continent with one simple piece of software – and it’s free. Add to that SkypeIn calls for land lines, a nice interface and very good uptime, this little application is basically a godsend. It’s popularity makes it a standard – a standard freelancers can use to their advantage. Collaborating or doing business with different parts of the world is far easier when you can speak to people in realtime, without worrying about the phone bill.
As any application that has become a business standard, Skype too has a plethora of developers making great add-on applications to enhance it’s feature set. From audio recording to user-friendly voicemail, here are a few nice features you can add to the basic Skype setup…
What do You Think?
Recently quite a few new services have been released to help us collaborate remotely on documents. If you use Skype regularly, TalkAndWrite is the best of these services – it lets you work with your partners on a whiteboard-style app that integrates with Skype. You can draw, erase, scribble, type or just highlight while talking.
On the Record…
For podcasts or references, recording your calls can prove useful. Although Skype doesn’t feature recording as a default feature, there are some add-ons that will. For Windows, there is the Prettymay Voice Plugin. It costs around US$25, and can record all incoming and outgoing calls as well as save them as an mp3 or wav file. You can also play the records in other Skype conversations.
Pamela Call Recorder lets you record Skype calls for free as long as the recording is under 15 minutes per long call. The Professional and Business versions offer unlimited recording time, and cost US$24 and US$36 respectively. This plugin also lets you take notes during a call and features optional automatic call recording.
If you’re using a Mac, Ecamm has an application called Call Recorder that lets you record calls and video, and save the files as H264 and AAC (having the option to convert them to MP3 format later on).
Hold All My Calls.
Sometimes you just can’t be bothered to talk to people over Skype. On the other hand, you don’t want to leave Skype offline and miss an important call. The best answer is to setup voicemail. Skype can become your personal answering machine. Prettymay Voice Plugin and Call Recorder have this function. The more advanced versions of Pamela enhance the Skype standard voicemail so you can setup separate greetings and messages for different users. If you use Skype for both business and personal calls, this can prove truly useful.
Hello, John on the Line…
Freelancers aren’t loners. Whether outsourcing or collaborating we often work with other people. Sometimes for shorter or longer periods of time we can function as a real or at least virtual company. If your virtual team collaborates via Skype, it can be very difficult and time comsuming for one representative to talk to a client and report back to the team. PrettyMay offers a great application called Call Center which functions as any real call center. Incoming calls are limited to 30, but that is more than enough in this case. You call record calls, transfer them between agents and it even supports interactive voice response (IVR). IVR enables automatic routing of incoming call tasks. Press 1 for sales please. The Call Center does have a higher price though, US$15-50 per month or US$150-500 for a one time license. It is only available for Windows. Looking Sharp! Mac users may not have a lot of choices when it comes to Skype add-on applications and plugins, but Ecamm has developed a great application called iGlasses. It lets you adjust your webcam’s (iSight’s) video setting – the colors, brightness, even zoom. If you’re in the dark (for whatever reason – wink wink, nudge nudge), just use built in night vision. Maybe you want to put your iSight on the side of the monitor or mount it upside down? iGlasses can fix all that, letting you choose the rotation of your picture – how ever crazy it may be. You can use 3rd-party webcams as well as Apple’s very own iSight with this software, which makes iGlasses a bargain at under US$10.
These are just a few of the add-ons I’ve found useful when using Skype for business and pleasure. There are a lot more out there too, and if you use them well they can save you time and keep you looking professional.
Unlike the rest of the team, Ivan Brezak Brkan still has to balance his freelance interface design and new media writing/copywriting career with a busy university life. New media and blogs are his outlets of choice – and “new” marketing his passion.
Nov 20, 2009
TalkAndWrite reaches 3 million downloads>> Read more
TalkAndWrite reaches 3 million downloads for its application
The Brazilian company TalkAndWrite reached the mark of 3 million downloads during October. The application, which is now only 3 years old, is used worldwide for interactive meetings based on document sharing. Nowadays, TalkAndWrite is the only Brazilian company, together with another 14 companies across the globe which have been certified by Skype.
In order to celebrate this milestone, TalkAndWrite is re-releasing its website with new products and services. The biggest novelty is TAW Soft, a real time interactive software. “TAW Soft allows collaborative meetings on top of documents through a private chat, video, and audio channel, interactive whiteboard and file transferring, ensuring a lot more safety and agility to users”, says Bruna Rezende, TalkAndWrite co-founder.
She explains that TAW Soft allows several participants to transfer files, talk to each other, use a webcam, exchange instant messages and even write, draw, and highlight texts on top of the same document, while all users see these effects in real time.
An additional launch product from TalkAndWrite is TAW On-Demand, which is a development service that allows companies to choose new features and tools in order to better suit their specific needs. “TAW On-Demand is based on a communication system that involves VoIP, video, text chat and files collaboration; this service provides integrations to other systems, customizations or even inclusion of new functions”, clarifies Bruna.
TAW for Skype, the program which has reached the 3 million download mark, simulates the interaction of up to 10 participants working together on top of the same file, while talking via the text, and utilising video and voice channels. The application is available in 27 languages and it is most used in European and Asian countries.
In addition, the new website allows customers to login and access their purchase history, visualize active and inactive licenses, as well as utilize an on-line communication channel in order to communicate directly with a TalkAndWrite representative.
Oct 26, 2009
New website !>> Read more
TalkAndWrite is pleased to announce its new website, totally redesigned to provide a better user experience. Feel free to share your opinion with us by using the contact form aside.
Aug 3, 2009
TalkAndWrite for Skype>> Read more
Talk and Write is an online whiteboard that works as a Skype plugin. You can download it from the featured extras in the Skype extras manager. Once installed you can invite participants to join you in sharing the whiteboard.
It really is a great facility for all online teachers, presenters or for online meetings. I downloaded the free version first and decided definitely to go for the full version. As a teacher it’s perfect and easy to use.
Concerning the education of children, Talk and Write is a great means for children to develop their skills in the coordination of hand movements while learning to write and draw on-screen with a tablet pen, (with the help of an adult, of course). As children refine their motor skills, they are able to communicate by expressing themselves in writing, starting off with scribbling and moving on to writing and printing. Parents seperated from their children for whatever reason have no excuse for not helping with the homework. It couldn’t be easier! T&W has lined paper for helping to keep the handwriting straight.
I read on a blog a while ago about a Dad whose little toddler was looking for the mouse for the TV!! For the new generation this is the way forward.
I’ve opened all kinds of documents with ease and for me the best feature is the ‘printer’ – I don’t know if it’s meant to do this but you can print any page anywhere (from the web, from your desktop!) (exactly like screen capture) to the printer, it spools and opens in TAW and then you can save it as a jpg or png. Also anything you do/create/edit while online in TAW, like correcting homework, brainstorming etc. can be saved. So if you are working on a document, say in Microsoft Word, and you want to invite some collaborators to help, check, review or edit the document you can print, before going any further, to the TAW printer, it opens in TAW and you skype your colleagues to join in. And it’s Skype certified.
Here is a screen shot of the toolbar and a sample ‘Join the Dots’ quiz for children which can be completed on TAW. The possiblilities are endless.
Dec 1, 2006
Skype with Talk and Write>> Read more
We were introduced to Skype about a week ago and since then I’ve seen various weblogs on it. Working with another school about 20 minutes away from ours we’ve been using the add on Talk and Write with Skype to help mentor young writers.
WOW! What a powerful tool! My class are 11-12 year olds and our buddy skype class has 8 year olds. My colleague Simon got his students to write their stories on the Interwrite pad and saved them. He then sent the file through Talk and Write to us so that my student mentor for the day could read through the story. At a prearranged time, we called each other and got Talk and Write up and running as well. As the two students talked via Skype they were also able to work on the writing collaboratively, adding words, deleting words, adding new sentences etc as they went.
I’d have to say you definitely need to teach your students how to “mentor write”. They need to encourage and support the younger writer, gently teasing out new ideas. One of the strategies I taught my mentors was to offer their writer a selection of words to choose from. We will definitely continue this process and can see the difference to the writing immediately. It will be interesting to see the difference to the independent writing of the 8 year olds after several mentoring sessions. I’ll keep you posted on that one!