Our test portal now offers made-to-measure test dossiers

Last weekend, the biggest update in the six-year history of webconferencing-test.com went live. Almost all aspects of our portal have been reworked to enhance the value and the usability of the site:

  • Compare Tools Pro now allows visitors to compile a tailored dossier of data from our 30-plus tool tests, offering detailed information on over 80 functions and criteria for all solutions. The service (which is subject to a charge) supports organizations in simplifying and accelerating the expensive and time-consuming process of evaluating web conferencing platforms.
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Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro ranks number 7

With Acrobat Connect Pro, Adobe offers a web conferencing solution that does not need to fear comparison with big players such as GoToMeeting or WebEx Meeting Center. The overall handling of this software is easy and intuitive. The drawback is that essential features, e.g. transferal of mouse or keyboard control during meetings, are not included. Without these features Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro only ranks number 7.

If you want to check out Adobe’s online collaboration tools you can start out with the free Adobe Connect Now.

Cisco WebEx Meeting Center 8.5 skyrockets to number two

After Cisco had announced to no longer offer new WebEx MeetMeNow subscriptions, we evaluated their online meeting solution WebEx Meeting Center, which is now available in version 8.5. This tool offers a broad variety of functions and can thus be applied in numerous cases. However, by offering more features the complexity of the tool has grown as well and makes usage less simple and intuitive.

Web conferencing site in new layout

We have changed the layout of our web conferencing portal to give you more ease of use, a better overview of topics, and we slightly altered our categories for improved navigation. You can now find the details for our Top 5 license models under „compact results“. News regarding enterprise models are now directly on the homepage.

The new layout is not only more practicable, it has one other advantage: It simply looks good!

WebEx MeetMeNow is only available for already subscribed users

Cisco have announced on their WebEx site that they will no longer be offering new WebEx MeetMeNow subscriptions. As an alternative, Cisco offer WebEx Meeting Center for web meetings, which we already tested in June 2008. Due to the new situation we will evaluate the services again and publish the updated results on our website.

As a customer with a regular account we were surprised to find out that Cisco has not provided current customers with information other than what can be found on the website.

omNovia upgrades its features and earns a higher score

Since our last rating in May omNovia has enhanced its range of features and also increased user friendliness by providing straightforward access to the already existing features.

The tool now rates at a 7.3 of 10. Main areas of improvement were the number of features, the simplified set-up of meetings, and security.

Although we found an overall improvement to omNovia there are still a few soft spots that pull the score down. The omNovia Event Manager e.g. allows you to set up meetings all right, however it is a bit formal and tedious when you want to informally invite your colleagues.

All in all omNovia has upgraded in key areas leaving room for further improvement.