Zoom version 5.6.3 release includes a new annotation tool and lots of improvements

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What you need to know

  • Zoom version 5.6.3 (751) was released on April 19.
  • It enhances security and privacy features.
  • It also includes entirely new functions and tools such as Vanishing Pen.

Version 5.6.3 of Zoom arrived today, bringing several enhancements and improvements to the video calling service.

General feature updates include improved power consumption on Zoom's Windows desktop client, enhanced Untrusted Server Certificate alerts that will provide extra information about errors to specify problems better, and enhanced data privacy notices that let users know about the privacy implications of using features such as polling, chat, and whiteboard.

For Zoom meetings and webinars, there have been enhancements to Zoom windows and the Original Sound feature button, as well as the inclusion of an entirely new tool: the Vanishing Pen. Version 5.6.3's Vanishing Pen allows users to quickly highlight key data without having to go back and get rid of the markings later on, which will erase on their own within a few seconds of being made.

Another noteworthy inclusion in version 5.6.3 is the ability for users to recover soft-deleted voicemails, recordings, and call history. You have to recover these items within 30 days of them being soft-deleted, or else they'll be gone forever. This particular feature has a note next to it that says "this feature needs to be enabled by Zoom" in the update log, much like it did the last time it appeared in March 22's Zoom 5.6.0 update log. Keep your eyes peeled for it.

You can see a full list of the changes and updates that came with version 5.6.3 on Zoom's support page.

If you're looking for other ways to improve your video calling capabilities beyond what Zoom offers in-house, check out our roundup of the best webcam software for Windows 10. And give NVIDIA Broadcast and NVIDIA Voice a look because both of those tools can give you a free boost to call clarity, as long as your PC is packing the right hardware.

Robert Carnevale

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