Short Takes: Clarizen V6 updates, Glip adds Dropbox and Google Drive, GoTogether now Convoi

Clarizen has announced new updates to Clarizen V6, available immediately, including new chart views, better time reporting, enhanced search and filters in the news feed and discussion groups, new controls on project settings, and multiple parallel project exports to Microsoft Project.
For more information see the press release.

Glip, the work management tool, announced full integrations with Google Drive and Dropbox. user simply select the ‘share files’ option when creating a message in the tool, and then — after authenticating with the service chosen — they can attach files from the services.
Here’s a screen shot:
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I am still waiting for Glip to provide help documents and comment threads, but this is a major step forward.

GoTogether, the Citrix group chat and text app that was launched in December (see Citrix launches GoTogether, a mobile team communications app) and then pulled from the iOS app store for performance reasons, has been relaunched as Convoi. The company has pushed hard to resolve the earlier audio issues, saying they’ve

  • Dramatically improved the audio quality
  • Added a real-time audio quality connection icon so you can always know if you and your team members are fully connected or experiencing poor quality
  • Added another way to create teams via your contact list from your phone’s address book

I really liked the look of the app, and I am glad I can give it another try. Here’s a shot showing a voice call with two other members of the team.

Vevo partners with Chill for group chat

Vevo gets into the real-time collaborative media consumption game with a new feature called Vevo Rooms that allows music fans to program playlists and chat with one another while they’re watching music videos together, Vevo Rooms is launched in collaboration with Chill.

Today in Social

Facebook announced three products at a press conference today: ad hoc group chat, a redesigned chat experience including a buddy list sidebar, and built-in one-to-one video chat from Skype. No money is changing hands between Facebook and Skype, but neither ruled out future distribution of Skype paid products. Video chat is free and nicely integrated, with a small java applet download, but no doubt the commentariat will say it pales next to Google+ Hangouts. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Skype CEO Tony Bates both said 1:1 was the dominant video chatting mode, but Google’s centralized architecture makes it easier to deliver group video chat quality than Skype’s peer-to-peer approach. These new features and enhanced user presence discovery are nice pieces of a unified communications hub, but Facebook isn’t breaking new ground here. In his intro, Zuckerberg said this shows the industry is on the cusp of deploying apps on social infrastructure and Facebook’s focus is on the infrastructure rather than the apps. He said Facebook has 750 million active users, but the new metric will be how much stuff they share. That is increasing exponentially, driven by apps and mobile, and a little by sharing within groups (50% of Facebook users use Groups now).