The Internet has far more extensive capabilities for spontaneous communication than ordinary telephone networks, primarily because of its ability to handle visual information. But it is under-utilized for communication because the attached "appliances" (i.e. computers) are more difficult to use than ordinary telephones. Computers crash, software can be "user-hostile" instead of user-friendly, and for users who are not computer literate, the needed understanding of the file systems and communications protocols can be difficult to acquire.

Nevertheless, with the advent of more stable and versatile operating systems, and the increasing number of people who understand at least "Web browsing", it is our belief that the use of computer networks and the Internet for combined visual and aural communication will explode. For this to happen, we must provide capable, easy to use personal communication software.

Given the current limitations of video resolution, and the bandwidth requirements for usable "full motion" video, "Document Conferencing" is the logical starting point for effective interactive remote collaboration. Any document(s) may be imported and displayed for simultaneous discussion and annotation on multiple computer screens without the costly requirements of live video. It provides a long-distance emulation of the well-established "paper-and-pencil" paradigm for document revision that is still the most common method used in business meetings, education and training, and in professional-to-client discussions (e.g. a lawyer showing a contract to a client, and architect showing a blueprint, etc.).

Our Document Conferencing technology provides virtually all of the benefits of face-to-face meetings without the need for travel, without the need for high bandwidth connections, and without the complexity of elaborate and expensive moderator-controlled systems.

As high bandwidth connectivity becomes more affordable and available, live video and other demanding methodologies (such as application sharing) can be added where justified, but Document Conferencing is currently the most effective methodology for interactive information exchange.