(Migrated weblog post from LSR)
A few weblog posts back I created a couple of weblog posts regarding a few of the VoIP / IM tools that are out there and that were going to bring some competition to Skype, which is always a good thing if you would want to stay ahead of the pack. That was when I talked about VoipBuster, Jajah and Gizmo. At the same time, and not too long ago, I mentioned Google‘s incorporation into the VoIP / IM space with the launch of Google Talk. In short, it looks like the list is never going to end just there so I thought I would mention one last addition that I have been enjoying for a couple of weeks now and which I think is also going to have something to say.
It is called Damaka and you can download it from here. It is still in beta but you can already download it to see what is actually all about. As the homepage says it is one of those real-time collaboration tools that brings joy into communicating with others and there is a single reason for this: it is actually quite a lot of fun to use. It has got lots of pretty neat, and extensive, features (Although I am missing the ability of sending files. Hope they add that one soon, too!), that try to put together not just Instant Messaging and VoIP, but also e-mail, SMS messages, etc. etc. So this is one of those clients that you cannot ignore if you are looking for an integration with some other applications you may be using already.
One other feature that I like quite a lot, actually, although it is not exclusive from Damaka is the ability to send offline messages; also the fact that both text and VoIP calls are encrypted, not like some other tools; and finally the fact that this new tool is “firmly committed to the use of industry standards throughout the product”. This is really great stuff ! As I said there are tons and tons of really useful features, like a weather forecast option, or a stock exchange one, or a Media Player to listen to your favourite piece of music. And the list goes on and on and on.
But where is the fun part in collaborating using this particular application, you may be wondering, right? Well, it is all over the place in its user interface with some really cool graphics, very well put together. And also with another of my favourite features to enrich the online interactions: the usage of dum-dums just to stress out your point in a much more interactive way. I must say that when I was first using Damaka I didn’t see the point of using such fun arguments to enrich the conversations, but then over time I found out through talking to a number of folks that it is a superb effort to try improve the team building techniques to make people feel comfortable with one another in order to be able to collaborate much more effectively.
I tell you, if you are looking for a feature packed VoIP / IM tool, with a great user interface and with some lovely options to encourage informal discussions, and therefore great for some initial team building to get collaboration going, while keeping the fun part of the interaction alive all the way through, Damaka will be probably one of your best choices to have a look at. After all, collaborating and sharing knowledge with your colleagues, or with your friends, should not be boring, should it ? Now, if only file transfer would be available… Let’s hope it makes it some time soon and I think we would have a very powerful option out there, folks ! If you want to give it a try just send me a message to elesar and we will pick it up from there. Have fun !