Google Hangout Toolbox App

Do you want to be able to see the name, country of origin, and timezone of the person/group of people you are video chatting with online?

Google+ Hangout has a new third-party app called Hangout Toolbox that let you do just that!  I tried it out and, despite a few order of operation bugs that I’m sure they’ll work out soon, it works great!  The install is quick and easy; you just have to click on this link:, and it opens up a Google Hangout window that walks you through  a few first-time prompts.

Google-Plus-Toolbox App

A perfect online connectivity solution for culturally diverse corporate or academic audiences!

Once installed you have these features for Lower Thirds (The First Button on the Top Left of the Hangout Toolbox Menu):

Lower Thirds:
Line one – Line one of text
Line two – Line two of text
Bar Color – Color of lower thirds
Choose File for Logo Image
Select Country – If you want a flag instead of a custom Logo

Display Clock:

Custom Overlay:
“If you want to build a complete custom overlay, create a transparent PNG with the size 640×360 pixel. You can then load it with the second file selector as a custom overlay.”

Instead of looking at the display as a mirror, switch to looking at it as others will see the screen. I much prefer it this way.

Save all your settings for later use.

There are other features in here too, like sound effects, but those aren’t important now.

Have fun.


About bryantanner

I'm obsessed with learning via the appropriate technology. My professional mission is to effectively deliver instruction to learners in a way that yields the greatest results for all stakeholders involved.
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