While our backchannel app is not meant to be competition for Google Wave (R.I.P.), we do think it has some features that it would have been nice to see in Google Wave. I guess its too late for that though.
Recently we added some pretty sweet enhancements to the backchannel app. We are excited to see this app coming together.
First is the drag-n-drop file upload component. As you are using this app, you may have a need to share a file with your classmates. It may be a diagram or a chart, or even a study guide you have so graciously compiled and decided to bestow upon your classmates. Whatever it may be, sharing it is easy.
Instead of having to browse around from a file upload dialog, you can just click and drag from Finder or Explorer and then drop the file inside your browser in the area where you would enter whatever you want to say. Automagical.
Our backchannel app is built around the modules it has, which are the individual components in the app. To alternate between these modules, we implemented a pretty slick slider that will allow the students to use different modules in a seamless fashion. An image corresponding with each module will be in a sliding menu that you can easily navigate with.
We want the backchannel app to be as user friendly as possible, and making file sharing and navigation simple with components like these will help to do exactly that.