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Ya' Wanna' Meet???

Ya' Wanna' Meet???
by Gary Woods

Trying to keep everybody in a company on the same page can be tough. Even when the firm only has one location it's difficult, but if there is more than one physical location involved it can be very complex, time consuming and expensive.

To assist businesses in keeping everybody communicating within an organization I found a couple of programs that could be a big help. First there's Adobe Acrobat Connect which goes for $39 per month or $395 per year and second there's GoToMeeting 3.0 which costs $49 per month or $588 per. Both of these applications create virtual office space where as many as 25 attendees can interactively participate using a variety of tools and strategies.

Depending on your company's requirements each program has their strengths. If it's important for you to have Web camera feeds, white boarding and Mac compatibility then Adobe Acrobat Connect is your solution. But if you're looking for private and group chats, the ability to share screens and applications as well as change presenters then GoToMeeting 3.0 is your answer.

Some other features of GoToMeeting I find intriguing are the way the program generates attendee lists, sends out invitations and the optional recording capability. Then if your firm gets delusions of grandeur GoToMeeting has the ability to interface with GoToWebinar which is a companion product for hosting seminars of up to 1,000 people.

So, ya' wanna' meet now?

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. You can hear Gary on the Radio at 1290 AM Monday 9-10 AM and he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc