This morning a few of my IT instructors and I tested dimdim, a free web conferencing tool now in beta. I should start by saying that I don’t even remember when I applied for the beta. It must have been quite some time ago, but I received credentials this morning. It took me about 20 minutes to get it set up properly, with all the Firefox ad-ons. I don’t know what browsers the others were using, but I will find out. I also invited another attendee, who was unable to log in.
The UI is sleek and fairly easy to understand. When I set up the conference, I had options for audio and video, connection speed, etc. My web cam and mic worked great. We were also able to hear the instructor with a mic. The chat room functioned well, as did the whiteboard. I was unable to launch desktop sharing, application sharing or file upload. I received an error with the desktop/app sharing and the entire session closed when I tried to upload a PPT.
I enabled camera and mic for all participants, but was unable to locate a way to access the other cameras. I was able to mute mine, but not share another. There is a Feedback link at the top of the page, which we hoped would send feedback to dimdim. Unfortunately, it just sent the comments to the presenter. We performed two tests and they were consistent in terms of the challenges we faced.