Web browsers

You can add web browsers to Prysm workspaces to present web content or to work with other people on web sites. The browsers stay in your Prysm project so that other participants can use them even when you're not in the project. Although the Prysm browser is similar to the browsers you use on your devices outside of Prysm, it is a browser inside of an application, so there are some differences. In the Prysm browser, you can:

  • Quickly load and navigate web sites (Prysm for rooms and Prysm for desktop).
  • Show or hide the address bar for a clean look on the workspace (Prysm for rooms and Prysm for desktop).
  • Avoid having to sign in to a site after the first time (Prysm for rooms and Prysm for desktop).
    • Prysm browsers remember your sign in credentials for sites so that you don't have to enter them after the first time. This functionality differs from browsers you use outside of Prysm only in that Prysm needs to differentiate you from other people who try to sign in to the same site in the same workspace.
    • So, if you plan to have multiple people sign in to the same web site in the same workspace, have each person sign in while they are the only person in the workspace. This enables the browser to save each person's credentials correctly. You only have to do this the first time you access the web site. If the browser displays a yellow message banner, read this to understand why.
    • For example, if you and a colleague both want to access your Office365 accounts in Prysm for rooms or desktop in the same workspace, you should be alone in the workspace when you sign in to Office365 for the first time. Then your colleague should also be alone in the workspace to sign in to Office365 for the first time. After that, the browser will recognize each of you and display your personal account when you want it to.
  • Control access to your personal accounts on web sites (Prysm for rooms and Prysm for desktop).
    • When you sign in to personal accounts, you can feel confident about security.
    • When you sign in to your account on a web site (for example, Office365), other people in the workspace see that site's sign in page until they sign in with their own credentials. After they sign in, they see the content you see only if you have given them access to that content through that site's interface.
  • In addition, with Prysm for desktop only, your browsing experience is faster due to new technology. Prysm for desktop browsers offer the following additional features:

  • Download files from web sites and add them directly to your project (Prysm for desktop only). For full details, see Downloading files from the Prysm browser.
  • Switch the Prysm for desktop browser to a co-browser when you need advanced collaboration (Prysm for desktop only).
  • Note:
    • When you add a browser in Prysm for desktop, users who view your workspace in Prysm for web can't see the browser exactly as you see it. They see a link that they can click to open the web page you're viewing in their default browser outside of Prysm. The browser displays a yellow message banner to let you know when someone is using Prysm for web to view the workspace.
    • Alternatively, in Prysm for desktop, you can click the Switch to co-browser toggle in the browser window. This switches your browser to a co-browser, which enables users in Prysm for desktop and Prysm for rooms to see the web page in Prysm just as you do, and also gives everyone access to the co-browser's collaboration features.
    Tip: Like most browsers, Prysm's browser uses cookies to remember your sign in credentials for web sites. Some web sites don't use cookies to save credentials, which means that Prysm can't control whether or not your credentials are saved for only you to use. To be certain that your sensitive data in your web site accounts can't be seen by other users, log out of those accounts when you're done using them or click Remove on the browser to close it.

    Prysm also offers an advanced browser, called a co-browser (collaborative browser) that looks similar to a web browser but behaves differently. With a co-browser, you and other project participants can interact in a shared browser experience. You can tell that you're using a co-browser when you see the co-browser collaboration controls at the bottom of the browser window. For more information, see Co-browsers.

    Prysm browser (Prysm for desktop version)

    Prysm co-browser

    Tip: To understand some situations when you might want to use a Prysm browser or a co-browser, see Prysm browser use cases.

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