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Advanced Reality Allows Multiple People to Browse the Web Together using Internet Explorer and Firefox


HOUSTON -- Jan. 24, 2005 -- Advanced Reality(TM), the company that makes applications collaborative, today announced JYBE a free browser plug-in for both Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) and Mozilla Firefox that allows two or more people to surf the web together regardless of their geographic location. JYBE, which also adds instant messaging to IE and Firefox, has a limitless range of business and consumer applications. For example, JYBE can be used to conduct free online presentations, browse web real estate listings with a broker, and provide Internet call centers with new service and support capabilities. Meanwhile, consumers can link-up with friends and family to go shopping online and visit their favorite news, entertainment, or research sites. JYBE installs in less than 1 minute and is available at: or at

JYBE transforms the ubiquitous web browser into a collaboration tool. It is easy-to-use and requires no training. Upon installation JYBE adds a simple three-button toolbar to the familiar IE and Firefox user interface. These buttons allow the user to create a collaboration session, join a collaboration session, and end a collaboration session. When the “create a collaboration session” button is clicked the user is prompted to enter their name and a session name. Multiple users can join the same session, which allows all participants to navigate the web in lockstep. Unlike screen sharing products JYBE does not slow down web page response times.

“The web browser is a universal window for accessing information, but the full promise of the Internet is to eliminate distance so that groups can navigate the web together and share a common view of content. That wasn’t possible until now,” said Brian Hoogendam, president of Advanced Reality. “JYBE has the potential to transform the web by making the browser a collaboration tool that enables companies to improve business processes and consumers to experience the Internet in ingenious ways with friends and family.”

Free Web Conferencing for Business or Pleasure

JYBE provides a free, fast, and easy way to conduct web conferences with a multiple number of users. Any form of content available in HTML format can be viewed in a JYBE collaboration session. Advanced Reality will soon incorporate a special utility within JYBE that automatically converts Microsoft PowerPoint documents into HTML so users can create ad-hoc web conferences for business presentations, training sessions, customer support, or sharing personal photos. To ensure the confidentially of presentation materials, users will be required to create a session name and password.

Support for Enterprise Requirements

To meet corporate requirements, JYBE can be centrally installed by IT staff without any end-user intervention. It can also be configured to encrypt data as it moves between participants in a session. To leverage existing security infrastructures, JYBE integrates with LDAP directory services such as Active Directory that contain role-based access control rules and file permissions for Intranet and portal applications.

Corporate Licenses Available

JYBE is a free product for businesses and consumers. However, corporate pricing is available for businesses that prefer to internally deploy and manage JYBE client licenses and server software.

Company Background

Advanced Reality develops software that makes existing and new applications collaborative without the need for complex programming or expensive infrastructure. The company’s flagship technology, Presence-AR, enables real-time collaboration across any computing platform, operating system, application, and access device. Advanced Reality offers productivity tools for making Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox collaborative. The company also provides professional services for adding collaboration capabilities to existing software applications. Advanced Reality is privately held and headquartered in Houston, Texas. To contact Advanced Reality call 713.533.5839, visit us on the Web at, or write to


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