Dimdim Upgrades Its Alternative Web Conferencing System

4/2/09Follow @wroush

In last week’s interview with Dimdim CEO DD Ganguly and chief marketing officer Steve Chazin, I hinted that the 5.0 version of the Methuen, MA, company’s Web-based conferencing software was nearing release. Well, today it’s out.

Organizations tired of paying high prices to use systems like Cisco’s WebEx, Citrix’s GoToMeeting, and Microsoft’s Live Meeting may appreciate the newly improved system, which costs $228 a year for meetings of up to 50 people and is also available on a pay-as-you-go basis starting at $9.95 per month. There’s even a free version for group meetings of up to 20 people.

Ganguly and Chazin gave me a test drive of Dimdim 5.0 last week, and it seems to do everything a conferencing system should do. Dimdim was already good for things like screen sharing, audio and video chat, instant messaging, collaborative whiteboarding, and sharing documents such as Word and PowerPoint files. One of the new features is faster screencasting based on Flash 10—so meeting participants can follow what’s happening on the host’s computer screen without the small delay in previous versions. The software has also been optimized to work better on slower Internet connections, a feature that may appeal to the hundreds of community and non-profit organizations that have turned to Dimdim as a more affordable alternative to high-end conferencing systems.

The new Dimdim Webinar WidgetAnd the company has come up with a neat system of “webinar widgets,” little interactive advertisements that can be placed inside Web pages to alert people about upcoming Dimdim sessions and allow them to register in advance or join in real time.

With the 5.0 release, Dimdim is pitching its product even more strongly at smaller organizations where leaders might like to communicate with their staff or membership via Web conferencing, but don’t want to pay the $49 per month charged by GoToMeeting or the $59 to $69 per month charged by WebEx. Dimdim’s other big advantage is that it runs inside users’ Web browsers, without requiring a tedious download. (I don’t know about you, but it seems like every time I’m invited to a WebEx meeting, I have to download the WebEx meeting manager all over again—and I always forget to do so until right before the meeting starts, which means I’m always late.)

“At a fraction of the price, Dimdim 5 provides more functionality and less headaches at a time when people are looking to cut costs and make their lives easier,” Ganguly said in an announcement from the company today. “With Dimdim 5, users now have the feature sets and functionality they want with no hassles. No longer do they need to deal with complicated and expensive legacy web conferencing solutions or unnecessary software downloads and expensive support.”

Wade Roush is a contributing editor at Xconomy. Follow @wroush

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  • http://www.dimdim.com Steve Chazin

    Thanks Wade,

    We’re delighted to ship Dimdim 5 in response to all the great feedback we’ve received. In less than one year, more than 2 million people have used Dimdim from nearly every country on earth! Many of our users tell us what features are important to them and we order rank our enhancements based on their priorities, not ours. That leads to a better product and happier users.

    We know that many are looking to save on travel or reduce the expense of their existing web conference service. We encourage everyone to try Dimdim and see if it meets your needs. It’s free for 20 participants and there is nothing to install to get started.

    You can count on our relentless focus to keep Dimdim easy, open, and affordable. We believe we can innovate faster while bringing real-time, rich media collaboration to everyone.

    Everyone can follow us on Twitter @dimdim

    Thanks again, Wade.

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  • http://www.thinkbeyond.co.nz Cheryl Doig

    I tried Dimdim for the first time last week, when I ran a facilitated professional development session for a wonderful organisation called CORE Education. I was worried how it would go, but really enjoyed it and found Diddim easy to use. I can see lots of possibilities in its use.

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  • http://www.rhubcom.com/ Brian Parker

    You might consider RHUB which has a combined web conference and remote support appliance so you can avoid monthly fees. And RHUB has a hosted service called GoMeetNow. Both solutions guarantee attendance via a browser by using either Flash or Javascript.

  • Aliasgar Babat

    Yeah, Web conferencing has helped my business, that’s for sure. I’ve tried a lot of solutions along the way, and DimDim is definitely one of the better options. I prefer RHUB’s solution, because it has Web conferencing and remote support all bundled into one device. Plus, it works from behind my firewall (not outside of it).