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With travel costs rising each and every day, business are seeking ways to not only save money but be more conscience of the way their business practices are affecting the environment.  Video conferencing is a hot space currently with many options for web workers to choose […]

With travel costs rising each and every day, business are seeking ways to not only save money but be more conscience of the way their business practices are affecting the environment.  Video conferencing is a hot space currently with many options for web workers to choose from.  Being able to see your team on a video screen is vastly superior to a run-of-the-mill conference call.

SightSpeedSightSpeed (previously covered at GigaOm) is a great offering that does not require you to install expensive equipment to confer with your colleagues and team mates.  The application allows you to collaborate with up to 4 locations at a one time and is suited for both ad hoc and scheduled meetings.  If you want, you can share your desktop while in the midst of a video conference to enable collaboration on a website, word document, or any window on your desktop computer.

sharing a fileSharing items is relatively easy with SightSpeed.  While in the call window, click Send File to broadcast the file to one or more of your meeting attendees.  Also, rather than having attendants worry about taking detailed notes during a call, allow them to focus their attention on you by viewing a recording of the call afterwards.  Additionally, files can be shared later in case someone new joins the team.

In case an attendee is not logged onto SightSpeed during a time where you want to reach them, the application will allow you to call them on an alternate phone number such as cell phone or home line.

While SightSpeed might not be for every organization, it can help a dispersed team feel less so.  It’s also possible to send a colleague a video message, which feels much more human than a voicemail or email.  During 2 test calls, I found that voice quality was very good.  Video was a little jerky at times, which is to be expected from any video conferencing application.

SightSpeed is compatiable with both Windows and Mac OS X and can use just about any webcam that works with these operating systems.  Of course, to use SightSpeed, you’ll need a broadband connection such as DSL or a cable modem.

Pricing starts at $190/year for a single seat license and $895/year if you want to get a 5-seat license.

  1. Sightspeed is a good starting company for a small business or web-worker. But when you do outgrow their limitations, there are a number of good companies to grow into.

    My Company Great America Networks Conferencing offers simple cost-effective Video and WebConferencing usable anywhere there is an Internet connection on any type of computer.

    Anyone can contact me directly for a personal guided tour of the service, or visit our website below.

    Anthony Russo
    Conferencing Consultant
    Great America Networks Conferencing
    arusso@ganconference.com
    http://www.ganconference.com
    Phone: 312-432-5377
    Skype: anth.russo

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  2. [...] Dell Video Chat which is powered by SightSpeed, a proven video conferencing application I’ve written about before.  The inclusion of this application will bring simple video conferencing amongst the new [...]

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  3. [...] 2008 (6:15am) Judi Sohn No Comments When I was invited to have a video chat on my MacBook Pro with SightSpeed CEO Peter Csathy to discuss today’s announcement that their software would now be bundled [...]

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  4. I use VMukti for my voip open source needs and has been nominated for the CCA 2008.

    Haven’t used VMukti yet? Well I bet you have a need for it already. VMukti is a Free, innovative, multi-point total communications, collaboration and conferencing engine with built-in support for access to platform features through Personal Customizable Web Interface, Widgets for 3rd party websites, Desktops, and PSTN/ Mobile/ IP Phones. VMukti has been nominated for CCA 2008.

    Help VMukti get the support they need from the user community to continue developing such a great project. You can show your support by recognizing this software in the SourceForge.net 2008 Community Choice Awards. This recognition will help ensure that their software gets the attention it needs to continue to provide a great set of features to the software community.

    You can vote for the software on SourceForge.net by going here:

    http://www.vmukti.com/latest-news/vmukti-calls-on-community-to-win-prestigious-award.html

    Winning this award would mean big things for all the users at VMukti.

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