SAN FRANCISCO: Box has announced that its platform now supports HD video, 3D files and medical images as the firm continues to broaden its appeal to businesses in various industries.
The new capabilities were announced at BoxWorks 2015, and will allow even more sectors to use Box’s platform to store, share and collaborate on an increasing range of specialised content.
Firstly, on the video side, the firm announced HD Video, which allows the platform to support all major video file formats and quality up to 4K, with instant playback up to 1080p.
Box demonstrated the tool in action by showing a film trailer and a music video, giving two examples of the sorts of industries that could benefit from being able to share and collaborate on video files within its environment.
HD Video will be made available in beta by the end of the year.
On the health side, the firm announced a service called Dicom. Dicom is the health industry image format used to share Cat scans, x-rays and other such files that health workers use when working on patient cases.
The Dicom viewer runs on HTML5, so it can be used in any browser without the need for plug-ins or players, and can be used on desktop, mobile or tablet devices, regardless of ecosystem.
The tool is based on technology acquired when Box bought MedXT in 2014 and is currently available in closed beta. General availability is expected later this year.
Finally, the firm announced the ability to support 3D file formats, also based on HTML5 technology, so that staff can share 3D images, designs and schematics. Box demonstrated shoe and car designs using the idea.
This also supports Oculus Rift’s virtual reality technology so that files can be viewed through the VR headset. The addition of this service comes after Box acquired 3D image cloud sharing specialists Verold in April. The service is in closed beta.
Another announcement was that Box has increased the number of other applications that the platform can be directly integrated within, adding Adobe Document Cloud, Autodesk A360 and DocuSign, to go alongside the existing Office 365 integration.
This means that customers can use these services to work or edit files directly within Box to improve workflows by removing the need to move between applications to access information or make edits.
The move to support these new file types underlines the increasingly varied use of cloud collaboration tools across myriad sectors, as firms and organisations as diverse as the World Bank and The Coca-Cola Company embrace the cloud.
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