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Dimdim is an easy-to-use, competitively priced open-source web conferencing app that we’ve covered previously here on WebWorkerDaily. Today, Dimdim announced the launch of Dimdim Webinar Edition, which allows for larger web conferences with up to 1,000 attendees. Dimdim Webinar is very easy to use for attendees, […]

Dimdim is an easy-to-use, competitively priced open-source web conferencing app that we’ve covered previously here on WebWorkerDaily. Today, Dimdim announced the launch of Dimdim Webinar Edition, which allows for larger web conferences with up to 1,000 attendees.

Dimdim Webinar is very easy to use for attendees, as unlike other web conferencing products, you don’t need to sign up or install any software or plugins to join a conference. Hosts also don’t need to install any software, and they get access to an impressive array of features including screen-sharing, web site co-browsing, webcam video, text chat, audio and whiteboard tools. You can customize the look and feel of the webinar to match your corporate branding. Hosts can record webinars and get access to an analytics package for tracking who attended and how they interacted during the event. The app feels quite quick in use; joining an event is fast, and switching between presentations is snappy. 

joinwidgetA useful feature is the Webinar Widget, which you can embed on your site (or elsewhere, like your Facebook Page, for example), promoting the event and letting attendees register. The widget automatically changes over time — while the event is in progress, attendees can join through the widget. After the webinar has finished, you can configure the widget to promote a transcript and/or recording of the event.

Didim Webinar is competitively priced at $828 per year, or $75 per month, and is free to try for 30 days. After the 30-day trial, if you don’t wish to sign up to Webinar Edition, you can continue to use Dimdim Free, which is limited to 20 attendees but otherwise has full functionality.

Have you tried Dimdim? How do you think it compares with WebEx and GoToMeeeting?

  1. [...] Dimdim Launches Webinar Edition. Web Worker Daily (GigaOm) Simon Mackie Dimdim is an easy-to-use, competitively priced open-source web conferencing app that we’ve covered previously here on WebWorkerDaily. [...]

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  2. Simon-

    Thanks for writing about our Dimdim Webinar launch. We’re very excited to bring large scale webinars to more people. Some of our customers were clear that they liked using Dimdim for their webinars, but 100 attendees were too few, and a dedicated Dimdim Enterprise was more than they needed.

    Thanks!

    -k
    Kevin Micalizzi, Community Manager
    Dimdim Web Conferencing
    e: kevin@dimdim.com
    twitter: @dimdim
    facebook: dimdim.com/facebook

    Experience the Dimdim Live Webinar! Register at:
    http://www.dimdim.com/aboutus/events.html

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  3. Talked to a sales rep at Dimdim. The app is “competitively” priced but so far no real compelling value proposition over GotoWebinar either in price or functionality.

    Hopefully they’ll do something new and innovative, or figure out how to really compete on price. The “Open source” tag isn’t worth a whole lot on it’s own.

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    1. David – we think we’re new and innovative – here is a shortlist:

      1. We’re FREE!
      2. Nothing to install to host, attend or even record sessions
      3. We have embeddable recordings & registration widgets
      4. We run entirely in the browser
      5. We’re FREE!

      I repeat the first one because our Dimdim Free product does more than GoToMeeting’s paid product (20 vs 15 attendees, Webcam and Web page co-browsing)

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    2. Having used GotoMeeting AND GotoWebinar for years I find DimDim performs better, has an easier to use interface for end users and that’s made a huge difference in my sales.

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  4. I always get a kick out of my client and business partner’s reactions when I ask them to join “dimdim”. then they realize how amazing their software is and wonder why they use webmeeting.

    Glad to see more improvements, can’t wait to try it out.

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  5. Stori Lynn Hybbeneth Thursday, September 24, 2009

    Dim Dim is a very nice web conference platform. I enjoyed playing with it and found it very intuitive. It is a very nice free solution for basic web conferencing needs. However, there is key functionality that sets Cisco WebEx apart. Cisco WebEx has multiple platforms specifically built to support the type of web conference session offered. These additional features are what keeps Cisco WebEx in the top right corner of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant. Items such as: hybrid audio (VOIP & telephony), robust registration options, as well as center specific features: testing (Training Center), audio broadcast (Event Center), etc. Full disclosure: I work for Cisco WebEx, so of course, I know all the capabilities of the products. :)

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  6. I’m new in the webinar communications and though I’ve used gotowebinar a bit, I don’t have much knowledge. I’m happy to hear about dimdim and will play around with the free version to see what its like :)

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