Citrix HD Video Conferencing for Rich Media Applications:
Citrix GoToMeeting is a web conferencing solution with a new twist, HDFaces™. Citrix HDFaces is high definition (HD) group video conferencing with high resolution streaming.
Live, interactive communication can be recorded in HDFaces and may be an important rich media application and distribution depending on your business need. HDFaces can share video up to six participants while sharing the presenter's screen on PC, Mac, and iPad.
HDFaces on the iPad can be effective to deliver patient care or demonstrate moving physical objects in the field, describes Bernardo de Albergaria, who leads Citrix Online, a division of Citrix Systems, Inc. In a company post, de Albergaria, who has been with Citrix since 1999, shares that HDFaces is optimized for the iPad retina display.
Since the product was released in 2004, GoToMeeting has greatly expanded its product offering. In 2012, Citrix was awarded the Software & Information Industry Association's (SIIA) 2012 CODiE Award in the category, Best Mobile on Demand Application.
Real Time or Recorded Group Meetings, Training, and Webinars:
The most value gained using web conferencing tools is saving travel costs and time. Remote teams can be productive as meetings convene in real time, on the go from mobile devices or scheduled on the calendar as needed.
Recording meetings and other interactive sessions can be done in each of the online applications, including GoToMeeting, GoToTraining, and GoToWebinar.
Archiving of recorded meetings may only be done in the training and webinar packages described next.
GoToMeeting. Citrix is known for easy to use products--you can simply send GoToMeeting invitations via text message or email with meeting ID and link: joingotomeeting.com. Online meetings can be conducted for 25 people and also scheduled using Outlook or Lotus Notes. The GoToMeeting recording can be downloaded for off-line use.
GoToTraining. Interactive training, including polling and surveys can be conducted for up to 200 people. GoToTraining offers flexible setup options for organizers to send out invitations, a gototraining.com link to add to your course catalog for self registration, payment processing using PayPal, and a registration page to collect attendee data, customized training questions, and a link to access course materials in advance or after training. GoToTraining recordings can be saved to your computer, but you can also archive recordings placed in the content library for on-demand viewing. The GoToTraining subscription includes GoToMeeting.
GoToWebinar. For marketing events, seminars, or company presentations for large-scale attendance, up to 1,000 people, the GoToWebinar is easily administered from your desktop or anywhere there is an Internet connection. The webinar organizer sends an invitation with webinar ID and the joinwebinar.com link. GoToWebinar recordings are saved to your computer. Corporate accounts can archive recordings for on-demand viewing. The GoToWebinar subscription also includes GoToMeeting.
Collaboration Portfolio. The collaboration portfolio package includes all three applications, GoToMeeting, GoToTraining, and GoToWebinar.
Online Collaboration Bonus - Podio Social Software:
There’s a bonus for subscribing to GoToMeeting--Podio social software with pre-built apps like Staff Meetings and Intranet Pack for employee engagement.
The online workspace fosters social sharing in the employee network for communication and collaboration, sharing files, and project management.
Podio is free for up to five users.
System Requirements and Pricing:
Webcam. HDFaces requires a good quality HD webcam with high-speed connection or mobile devices with embedded HD capabilities. HDFaces includes advanced settings to fine tune streaming options for display and wide screen formats: up to six video feeds at a resolution of 640p x 480p each for a total maximum resolution of 1920p x 960p.
Audio. Integrated VoIP and phone conference capabilities are included.
Apps. Free apps are available for the iPhone, iPad, and Android tablet.
Pricing. Citrix offers one flat rate and unlimited number of meetings, training, and webinars for each subscription plan on a month-to-month or annual basis.