Y yu might like Yugma

I’ve posted a couple of times about Vyew, a free web conferencing site that I’m pretty fond of, but recently someone referred me over to another one worth checking out.  While there’s quite a few contenders in the video/web conferencing arena, Yugma is one of only three free ones that are worth checking out right now.

Yugma is java based, so it’ll run on both Windows and Mac.  If you’re version of Java is out of date, it’s a free download to upgrade it.  Its biggest strength also happens to be its biggest weakness: it’s simple.  Really simple.  Total breeze to get running and begin a conference with other people.  Voice is handled via teleconference and all the info you need is right there at the top of your screen.  I like using teleconference for the voice because it saves you precious bandwidth that you’ll need for screen sharing.

It has public and private chat, whiteboarding, and the ability to share a desktop.  That’s it.  Seriously, that’s everything.  Of course, sharing a desktop is incredibly powerful because you can use that to do Powerpoints or Keynotes, to demonstrate websites, show images, etc…  And since that’s all there is, there’s no way to get confused.  During my test, I have to admit that sharing was pretty smooth.  Not smooth enough to share videos that way, but impressive for a free service.

Oh yeah, there are a few restrictions with the free service.  You can only have 10 people in the conference at a time.  You can’t record your sessions, nor can you make use of the 100mb of shared space that the paid accounts receive.   Then again, you can’t really complain too much about not getting every feature when they are providing the basic service for no cost at all.

Anyway, if you’re branching out into the wide world of webinars or need a way to patch somebody in remotely for a meeting or class, Yugma is worth checking out.

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  1. Debbie Bohanan said:

    I can’t wait to try it! Webinars are the wave of the future. Thanks for keeping us up to date.

  2. Tom Turner said:

    Nice info Steve as always. This would be a great way to do inservices with your teachers from the comforts of your desktop. You would be able to reach more people in these small groups of 10, so that’s not really a bad thing.

  3. Karel Lukas said:

    Of interest to Web 2.0 companies:

    Yugma will have a virtual stage at Web 2.0 (April 15-18; San Francisco). At Yugma, we believe good ideas deserve to be shared, regardless of the
    resources of their creators. That’s why we are using our software to turn our booth at the Web 2.0 conference into a virtual stage. We’re calling the project Stage 2, and are currently seeking individuals and companies who wouldn’t otherwise have a presence to share their ideas and products.

    If you have content to share (best practices, innovative idea, new
    invention, product or service), please visit
    http://www.yugma.com/stage2 to read more information about participating. Slot are limited, so please enter your submission as soon as possible.

    Sincerely,
    Karel Lukas
    COO, Yugma
    http://www.yugma.com

  4. Brian said:

    In fact, yes, I I like very very much. I tried Yugma now for 3 project meetings in the last week and it worked like a charm each time. Very easy indeed. It’s a keeper. Highly recommend.

    @Karel
    Check out the Stage 2 thing you are doing. Very innovative! You guys are really working to help out your fellow startups!!! It’s refreshing. Best of luck to you.

  5. Karel Lukas said:

    Hi! Quick note to let everyone know that Yugma recently introduced a very cool and easy to use whiteboard feature, and we just launched Premium 30 and Premium 100 services — for those of you who need to host larger meetings (up to 30 and 100 attendees, respectively). (Note: We even have a couple of users who are using specially made “Premium 500” accounts). And a lot more cool and useful features are on the way…
    – Karel
    http://www.yugma.com

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