I can’t even begin to count the number of emails I receive on a regular basis regarding webinars and eTraining. Now, I’m not claiming guru-ship on this topic BUT I like to challenge myself to find viable, low-cost or no cost solutions that will fit the bill. In the case of webinars they top question I receive is, “What platform do you use or recommend“.
There are lots of great options out there, for example, you have the GoTo line of products (GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar & GoToTraining) and then there is WebEx. Both being viable solutions offering trail offers. They both have the same limitations, there is a cost involved based on the number of attendee, you can spend anywhere between $49 a month up to $340 a month. It can be a bit daunting.
An alternative free to low cost solution, one I use myself, is is Vyew. Vyew.com offer a number of options including a free option which will allow you to have 10 concurrent connections to your presentation, broadcast or training. With Vyew, you are able to host an online course, a webinar, a meeting or a collaboration session. Paid versions are expandable to 80 concurrent connections (by concurrent I mean all at once).
Vyew offer a built-in voice-over-ip, which means you don’t require a separate conference call number if you don’ t have or want to use one. (For a conference call number, checkout http://www.freeconference.com). You are able to upload a variety of files for use, Vyew can natively import the following file types:
- .PPT (MS Powerpoint)
- .DOC (MS Word)
- .XLS (MS Excel)
- .TXT (Raw text file)
- .PDF (Adobe Acrobat)
- .JPG (Image)
- .GIF (Image)
- .PNG (Image – w/alpha channel)
- .SWF (Flash Movie)
- .FLV (Flash Video)*
- .RTF (Rich Text Format)
*.FLV files can be played in Vyew Meetings, but must be hosted on your own server (or YouTube).
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Vyew is also fairly easy to use and it’s flexible. Give it a try and let me know how it works out for you.