I just couldn’t live up to my reputation as the “cheap geek” if I didn’t share this with you. There are a couple of new presentation (“free” presentation) tools out there that I thought all of you might be interested in.
1. Adobe ConnectNow (http://www.acrobat.com)

Basically a free version of webEx.
Extremely slick presentation. Share program, desktop, etc.
You can use microphone to present, plus a built in chat feature.
It also has a phone number you can use, but it is not a toll-free number. So, you’d need a MagicJack to get around the toll charges! 😉
2. Present.IO (http://present.io)

This is a resource from Drop.IO
Not as slick as Adobe, but still free!!
I think you can upload files, but cannot share your desktop (correct me if I’m wrong on this one).
Same as Adobe, it has a phone number you can call in to conference, but not toll-free
Plus, another freebie:
3. Authorstream now has a “Present Live” feature on presenting PowerPoint Presentations.
Simple and effective way of presenting PPTs.
Allows you to move through the presentation and lets everyone keep on the same page
You can embed the presentation into a webpage (say along side your UStream video presentation)
Problem that I found is that anyone can move the PPT to the next or previous slide. So, some ‘crafty’ geek (cough – Toby – cough) would be having fun moving things to the next slide when you’re not ready.
Okay… that’s my “free” resources that you can use for the day!! Big tip-o-the-hat to Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell for their mentioning of ConnectNow and Present.IO in there podcast on The Future of Search.
  • We use Dim Dim, and have been very satisfied. We did upgrade ($99/yr) so that our "logo" would be included, otherwise the service is free. It is simple and easy to use! From my experience, I think it is easier than WebEx.

  • Thanks Colleen. I'm afraid that anything above "free" is not approved for my budget this year! In fact, "Free" still has to be approved by the technology budget committee. (and it's not looking good) 😉

    Here's a link to the Dim Dim site for everyone. Thanks for the suggestion!!

  • Don't forget slideshare.org. It has been a great marketing tool for me.

  • I second DimDim. Works very well and does not require yet another download.

  • JM

    Thanks Greg. However, the problem with Adobe is that it reaches its limit at 2 users, which makes it practically unusable for a meeting of any size. DimDim is better, for the free version allows up to 20 participants.

    Thanks Colleen and Sean!!

  • Have you checked out SlideSix (http://slidesix.com)? We offer a live collaborate feature, presentation analytics and many multimedia options including embedded YouTube & Vimeo as well as recorded narration.

    Sign up with code 'twitter' to receive instant (free) access to Presentation Analytics and Collaborate.

    Let me know if you have any questions! todd@slidesix.com

  • There's another absolutely free web meeting tool, DOXWOX (http://doxwox.com). It shares PowerPoint and images in most popular formats in a real time to multiple users. Fast, easy download and set up and no registration needed.