Dimdim Review

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.

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5 Responses to Dimdim Review

  1. Nancy White says:

    Thanks for sharing the quick review. A bunch of us have been wanting to try it in the http://www.km4dev.org community. How does it compare to something like Vyew, wizIQ or Yuuguu?

  2. admin says:

    I haven’t tried Vyew or Yuunguu or the latest updates to WizIQ. I really liked WizIQ the last time I tried it. Since Dimdim didn’t really work, it’s hard to compare it to anything!

  3. Greg says:

    I was in the session with Jen. The interface was clean, but buggy. The system kept dumping the leader (Jen) audio and video. My video wasn’t able to be viewed, even though the built in diagnostic test showed my vid and proclaimed it good. Whiteboard editing wasn’t working for me, but I don’t know if the presenter had enabled this, there was no indicator on screen. I like simple interfaces, but this was perhaps too spare.

    Setup was a breeze. I was using FireFox2 with Flash plug-in and from the emailed link to the session I was taken strait in with nothing more than entering my choice of screen name.

    Shows promise, but I’d say that dimdim is in Alpha, not Beta as the developers state.

  4. Lee says:

    I participated in the session as well. I also had difficulty with my camera. It works fine on my computer, but I was unable to get Dimdim to recognize it. There didn’t seem to be any way to have more than one camera, and we couldn’t find where you could switch the camera from the presenter to a participant. The whiteboard worked well as did the chats, both public and personal. We were never able to share any applications and once got completely kicked out when Jen tried to launch and share an app. I also used firefox and had no troubles opening the session. I think it shows promise, but still has quite a few bugs.

  5. Steve says:

    Thanks for the blog post and for trying Dimdim. I’d love to chat with you about your experience and see how we can help make this even better.

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