Instant document sharing

  • US 6,601,087 B1
  • Filed: 11/17/1999
  • Issued: 07/29/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/18/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An apparatus for automatically sharing a file, comprising:

  • a local computer including;

    a document loader;

    a first viewer application;

    a virtual printer; and

    a communication module, wherein the document loader is configured to print a file from an application to the virtual printer, the application associated with the file, the virtual printer is configured to create a shared document for use in a live data conference and the first viewer application is configured to display the shared document on the local computer; and

    a remote computer including a second viewer application, wherein the communication module is configured to send the shared document to the remote computer and the second viewer application is configured to display the shared document, the shared document being simultaneously displayed by the first viewer application and the second viewer application during the live data conference.

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