After looking back on some of my old google sites i thought it might be a good time to look again at what tools are available for VOIP, document sharing, screen sharing and web conferencing. I have come across a few sites which on first look seem useful. These are described below. Over the next week I will test out these sites and add my thoughts. Yours are welcome too 🙂 Please comment.
1) Liveminutes.com Relatively new, entirely free webinar solution. Records your meeting entirely, allows you to share documents, whiteboard, chat function but there doesn’t seem to be any feedback functionality. Desktop sharing is not available. It seems easy to use and is integrated with Skype, Twitter and Facebook. Not tested browser incompatibilities but seems to work so far on IE 8 and chrome.
2) Join.Me Powered by LogMeIn. Desktop sharing application. Free version includes – screen sharing for up to 250 viewers. You can share control, use multi-monitors, chat and send files. Viewer requirements Flash Player 10, Internet Explorer 7 or above, or the latest Firefox, Chrome, Safari can also be viewed on mobile. For more control you can upgrade and pay for the PRO version.
3) Mebeam.net (formally Koowy.com) Simple video calling with up to 16 participants (web cam needed). No need to download or install anything (other than webcam). You create a room and share the link.
4) Bigmarker.com Described on their site as”A virtual round table for meetings, events, with free & unlimited web conferences. ” Three roles, attendee, presenter or moderator. Can use webcam, microphone or headphones, raise your hand feature, public and private chat, instant translation to another language, mute and un-mute participants, share your desktop or documents, annotation, whiteboard and privacy options (to hide your webinar from the public).
5) vYew.com http://vyew.com/s/: It’s free (restrictions: Ad supported and up to 10 users, The telephone number if you wanted to call in to your conference is an US number, Skype maybe or computer microphone) . It has quite a lot of functionality (Presenting by screen sharing, uploading, commenting, drawing and discussion tools, share Screen shots)
In Part 2, I hope to be able to compare functionality across these and reflections on how and what they can be used for. Part 3, will compare these against products available to purchase.