Introducing Bubler

Software that works the way you think.

Bubler is a social collaboration tool designed by and for media specialists. Its simple and intuitive user interface offers a rich toolset for team communication. By spending less time managing technology, and more time communicating, sharing and collaborating, professionals will be more productive and more creative. After all, we believe the most powerful tool is the one people will want to use.

Bubler is designed with a single goal in mind: to improve the workflow of professional teams by enabling simple and powerful group collaboration. Bubler offers a new way of working together by combining a truly efficient user interface with new technologies such as cloud computing, torrent file sharing and messaging protocols.

 

The Bubler concept

Bubler is the ideal collaborative tool for media professionals

Bubler is the ideal collaborative tool for media professionals working in design, video game, film and video production industries. Graphic designers, 3D artists, developers and writers working in teams will benefit from the features offered by the application. Bubler primarily targets independent workers, small businesses and teams within larger companies: groups of people that are today mainly relying on email to collaborate and have little or no access to IT services.

Bubler offers a solution that works well with small projects and can quickly evolve to support more complex tasks as projects grow. The application is designed to minimize the user’s learning curve by presenting a simple and pleasant user interface combining good feature discoverability and coherence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Innovation

The Bubler way of connecting, collaborating and sharing.

 

Bubler lets professionals work efficiently with less structure. One of the reason professionals are telling they use email rather than specialized tools is that everyone understands email and the specialized tools are too complex to learn. Bubler does not force users to work a certain way, communication is achieved by posting messages and comments, much like email of social media. It is well suited for ad hoc teams of multi-disciplinary professionals.
As we have mentioned, one of our key finding is that email remains a ubiquitous par of professional communication. We have therefore put significant thought an effort to integrate email deep into the design of Bubler. This includes letting users import email threads from their inbox and receiving email notifications. Bubler even allows users to participate in conversations directly from their email. Bubler offers interoperability with 3rd party services, including email, social media and cloud storage services. By integrating with existing sharing and collaboration tools, we integrate with what is familiar to the media professional. One of our goals is to keep the user experience the same across all kinds of network topologies. After a bubble has been created, a user can add services. For example, a user can decide which cloud storage service is used to store files. Each bubble will be capable to be connected with services, individually. For example, a Dropbox channel can be enabled for the bubble, meaning that all the media files and documents of the bubble will be stored in a given Dropbox folder. The email channel can be enabled so some or all activities of the bubble will send an email notification to the member.
Bubler supports multiple forms of network organization. Users will be able to configure Bubler to share all data from one central server inside a company wall or from 3rd party cloud services. It can even be completely decentralized with users collaborating by way of a simple Internet connection. Bubler keeps all instances of a bubble synchronized over the network using both peer-to-peer and client-server paradigms. This allows users to work from different access points, from home or office computers as well as mobile devices, whether offline or online. With minimal setup, the adaptive network architecture makes use of local servers, cloud services and peer-to-peer transfers, as needed, optimizing speed and reliability.
In systems where security management is too intricate, users tend to poorly manage permissions. This generally leads to a solution that gives a false sense of security. Bubbles are secure spaces with clear and simple user management. Files and conversations are only accessible to the members. By providing a clear and understandable representation of access rights, Bubler allows average users to understand and manage highly secured contexts without the help of an IT department. Within Bubler, all data exchanges can be signed and encrypted using RSA public key cryptography, providing an extra layer of protection. Bubler works well with cloud services but can also operate in exclusive peer-to-peer or in-wall configuration, preventing the data to be accessible by 3rd party like it is the case with services like Dropbox, Google Docs or Basecamp
Bubler offers a solution that works well with small projects and can quickly evolve to support more complex tasks as projects grow. Bubler works on multiple platforms and devices. The application allows various topologies: cloud hosted, private server and peer-to-peer. Bubler is well suited for media work as its architecture allows efficient transfer of large media files such as HD film and complex image files among team members. The end result is a unique combination of an intuitive and appealing user interface with the power and flexibility of familiar consumer tools as well as new networking services such as cloud computing, torrent file sharing and new messaging protocols.
Not only does Bubler innovate in user experience, but under the hood, it is build on top of a very powerful innovative software platform. Our goal is to support different deployment type with Bubler and to maximize scalability in the long run. Multiple instances of Bubler run together to form the Bubler Network. We devised different components that will form the Bubler Network. They rely mainly on http servers responding to XML, JSON and HTML through a REST interface.

 

Features & Benefits

Best thing since poutine! ... the kind you eat ;)

Bubbles

Bubbles mean you can quickly and intuitively gather and group individual ideas, collective communications, and important documents, all according to the context you create.

Adapts

On the Cloud, an in-house server or your computer, Bubler gives you control over where data resides.

Private

A Bubble is as private as you want it to be. Share with anyone interested, a select few, or not at all.

Email

Use Bubbles for direct email collaboration.

Cloud

Connect cloud storage services (like Dropbox™) to synchronize and share files.

Local synchronization

Bubbles are synchronized on your local drive. No more waiting for downloads.

Device support

Bubler runs on your smart phone, tablet, laptop, even through your website.

Secure

Bubbles can only be accessed by accepted members, thanks to advanced encryption.

Existing Tools are Inadequate

Existing collaboration tools are often too complex or specialized for the average user. This is the consensus of the media professionals we have interviewed. Existing tools often need more than average computer skills to manage properly and forces users to adopt different workflows. A lot of time is wasted on training and rollout of new solutions that, in the end, are not used or cause more frustration.

It is difficult to keep track of conversations. When teams collaborate, there is a continuous flow of conversations and exchange of document versions among team members. It is hard not to get lost in multiple conversation threads.

In larger teams, people come and go almost on a daily basis. It’s hard for anyone to have all the information, legacy files and conversations in one place. Email is particularly bad at this. Also, when multiple tools are used, participants get lost as conversations spread over various modes of communication like instant messaging, multiple email threads and CMS systems.

It is difficult to keep track of documents. Collaborators find it hard to track changes and end up using the wrong version of documents. Files can be kept on a central server but then have to be downloaded locally to be viewed and edited and uploaded back to the server, thus creating frustrating transfer delays and potential version conflicts. Alternatively, documents can be sent back and forth via email, which tends to create concurrent -and potentially conflicting- versions on the collaborator’s devices.

The administrative tasks of existing tools can be a pain. Work groups have little time for management of the tools or have limited access to IT. Management of access rights, groups and accounts of existing tools tend to be too complex or require too much time for the team member. Projects evolve quickly, develop different facets and involve variable number of participants over time. Tools often lack the flexibility and the ease of administration that would be required.

Most solutions are not well suited for large files. Mail servers will limit the size of documents and hosted solution makes file adding and updating lengthy and painful.

What are the pros saying ?

We sat down with media professional and this is what we got.

The People behind Bubler

Bubler relies on a team of skilled developers and designers that have been working in various sectors of the media industry for the last 20 years.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Private Beta

We are now in the private beta phase of development!

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