Google Plus may not be the most popular social network out there, largely due to the dominance of Facebook, but one feature that really took off in G+ is ‘Hangout’. Hangout lets you interact face to face with people on your G+ contact list. What is unique about hangout is the fact you can interact with more than one people at a time and engage into fruitful discussions. It is terrific for problem solving or generally holding meaningful debates and you can relive the entire hangout since it gets uploaded automatically to YouTube from your connected Google account.
Now, would it not be awesome to add a little personal touch to your G+ hangout window? Every time you switch to the News channel on TV, you must have noticed a bar of information on the bottom of the screen giving out the details of the speaker and his credentials. This is exactly what HangoutMagix does to your Hangout Window. Although, there a few graphics add-on available in Google+ Hangout by default such as adding a cool hat or eye wear among others under ‘Google Effects’ tab, HangoutMagix actually adds meaning to your Messenger Window.
What is HangoutMagix?
HangoutMagix simply overlays graphics over what is otherwise a plain window when you are doing a G+ Hangout. You must visit Hangoutmatrix page here to get started. You can add graphics to the lower left as well as the lower right corner of the Hangout Window. The graphic on the lower left window basically contains your name as well as an add-on information. This could simply be your credential or even the title of the Hangout. There are about 20+ styles you can choose from, depending on the color and design preferences you might have.
The lower right side graphic could be your company logo or you could select from a list of already available 10+ logos ranging from Facebook icon to Twitter to simply a smiley face. You can simply upload a personal logo that you might have made using the upload feature as well by clicking on upload button.
How Do I Add HangoutMagix Graphic To My G+ Hangout Window?
You need to visit the HangoutMagix web page and simply click on the name written there to edit that and add your own piece of information. Subsequently you can select the graphics that are present by default or upload one. Once you are done creating the graphic you must click on the download option located at the bottom right of the customization window. Once you have saved the graphic to your computer, you fire up your Google+ and start a new hangout.
In the hangout window, look towards your left and click on ‘Hangout Toolbox’, if it is not present you must activate it by clicking on ‘View More Applications’ and choosing ‘Hangout Toolbox’. Open the Toolbox and under ‘Custom Overlay’ simply upload the graphic that you had just saved from the HangoutMagix page. Do not forget to switch ‘On’ the Custom Overlay option in the Toolbox. In case the graphic is mirrored you can click on ‘Mirror My Own Video’ option.
You can add more stuff to the Hangout Window like a clock from the Toolbox or even your normal Google Effects while using the graphic from HangoutMagix which is really cool.
The Good Bits
HangoutMagix definitely is a recommended add-on to your Hangout Window as it is a useful addition when you are holding a Hangout with people you may not know personally. In such situations it saves you from introducing yourself again and again every time a new member joins in. Since your name and credentials or position is right there on your hangout window, everybody knows who you are.
Another good thing about Hangoutmagix is that it is relatively easy to use and provides more than enough good designs to choose from. The logos and graphics are sharp and crisp and since Hangouts are usually done in low resolution you will never have a problem. Unless you are very picky about how the font should be or the overlay color you would be more than satisfied using HangoutMagix.
It is pretty simple to implement and it barely took us a couple of minutes to come up with graphic to add-on to our Hangout Window. The ease of usage definitely scores a brownie point in our books.
What can be Improved?
Just like any other product, there are a few features we would like to see added in HangoutMagix too. One of them would be a transparent window containing the name and credentials. This way, those who are not very keen on adding a color bar would be satisfied. Another could be the option of location of the bar. For example somebody could want their name to be displayed on the top of the window instead at the bottom, so an option to do that while customizing the graphics could be very useful.
Also, an option to change the font or the font color and making the text Bold or Italics would not hurt. We are sure more improvements in terms of features, customizations and graphics would be added to HangoutMagix in the due course.
You Definitely should give it a Shot
HangoutMagix is pretty useful add-on to your Google+ hangout Window. An add-on we can whole heartedly recommend given that things just work here. You will be hard pressed to find a fault. We would be keenly following the developments and add-ons that might come to HangoutMagix.
If you have any queries regarding HangoutMagix, you can write them in the section below or simply get in touch with the developers.
In the mean time you can check out a video here which explains perfectly how Hangoutmagix functions: