dimdim

Web conferencing is one of the very important tools for e-learning. I am impressed with dimdim, the first free web meeting service based on the open source platform. dimdim is a browser-based web 2.0 service that allows users to share their desktop screen, show a slide presentation, share an application, as well as talk, listen, chat, and broadcast via webcam. In addition, dimdim provides free hosted service for small gatherings, to seminars with hundreds of attendees. The best part of dimdim is that attendees require no software to download or install to attend the Web meeting. However, my only disappointment of dimdim is that you must use Internet Explorer to access dimdim and you cannot use other browsers like Firefox and Opera. I hope the second version of dimdim will correct this weakness.

Below is a video clip in which DD Ganguly of dimdim explains the key features of dimdim.

Another video is created by Livia Iacolare of Robin Good’s MasterNewMedia. It gives a short demonstration of dimdim which is a Web 2.0 service integrating video, VoIP, text chat, screen and application sharing.

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About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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11 Responses to dimdim

  1. Rohit says:

    Dear Dr. Steve,

    Thanks for your kind words about dimdim , however its not true that dimdim works only with Internet Explorer.

    Complete feature set of Dimdim works on Internet Explorer and Firefox 2.0 and limited set of features on Safari.

    Thanks
    Rohit Shankar
    Director Of Engineering
    Dimdim Inc

  2. Steve Yuen says:

    Great comment by Rohit Shankar of dimdim. I am glad that dimdi works fine on Firefox 2.0. Thanks for the correction.

  3. Rohit says:

    Dear Dr. Steve,

    Thanks for your kind words about dimdim , however its not true that dimdim works only with Internet Explorer.

    Complete feature set of Dimdim works on Internet Explorer and Firefox 2.0 and limited set of features on Safari.

    In case you have any issues in accessing dimdim with other browsers please let me know at rohit@dimdim.com.

    Thanks
    Rohit Shankar
    Director Of Engineering
    Dimdim Inc

  4. briankendrick says:

    I agree that it might be simple to download and install but according to dimdim the packaging provided as opensoure is limited to a small amount of users because of the media server they use with it. So not sure if it is worth the trouble installing on your own. Just a kinda hesitation as we mostly use video chats for biz conversations with clients so its good to stick by http://www.rhubcom.com by now …looking for further updates..if any..soon..but yeah its a good replacement for Skype for sure…

  5. 秀敏 says:

    線上會議,此部分我想在教育上大家都稱之為線上同步課程,在台灣我們雖然並非使用Dim Dim,但是我們使用一個很類似的軟體joinnet唯一最大差異是它需要付費,數十萬的費用!使用機制及在個人PC上進行此軟體之安裝,安裝完畢後進入LMS平台,點選該任課老師所開設課程之線上會議節點及可以進行即時且同步之課程進行討論與學習,於個人使用經驗上,第一次使用此軟體進行線上同步課程之師生,皆因為軟硬體及網路頻寬問題讓課程無法順利的進行且經常因為學生個人設備差異而有雜訊與噪音的產生,但是在課程討論及踴躍度上可以接受,學生踴躍度並不比課堂上差,因此若可以克服硬軟體及頻寬限制,我想線上同步課程並非不能進行,或許讓許多在課堂上不亦開口之學生可以更熱絡的參與課程呢!

  6. 秀敏 says:

    線上會議,此部分我想在教育上大家都稱之為線上同步課程,在台灣我們雖然並非使用Dim Dim,但是我們使用一個很類似的軟體joinnet唯一最大差異是它需要付費,數十萬的費用!使用機制及在個人PC上進行此軟體之安裝,安裝完畢後進入LMS平台,點選該任課老師所開設課程之線上會議節點及可以進行即時且同步之課程進行討論與學習,於個人使用經驗上,第一次使用此軟體進行線上同步課程之師生,皆因為軟硬體及網路頻寬問題讓課程無法順利的進行且經常因為學生個人設備差異而有雜訊與噪音的產生,但是在課程討論及踴躍度上可以接受,學生踴躍度並不比課堂上差,因此若可以克服硬軟體及頻寬限制,我想線上同步課程並非不能進行,或許讓許多在課堂上不亦開口之學生可以更熱絡的參與課程呢!

  7. hsiuminlu says:

    個人很喜歡線上會議,因為不需要出門一不需要浪費時間,解救了許多不必要的時間浪費!但是要開設線上會議必須要討率到頻寬!因為根據使用經驗若頻寬不足不警浪費時間且浪費精神!但是這是一個值得推廣的機制,因為不管現在的媒體多麼的發達,與訊息設計的多麼準確,都不如一見與一談吧!這就是即時互動,有問題即使解決,有事情即時溝通!

  8. hsiuminlu says:

    個人很喜歡線上會議,因為不需要出門一不需要浪費時間,解救了許多不必要的時間浪費!但是要開設線上會議必須要討率到頻寬!因為根據使用經驗若頻寬不足不警浪費時間且浪費精神!但是這是一個值得推廣的機制,因為不管現在的媒體多麼的發達,與訊息設計的多麼準確,都不如一見與一談吧!這就是即時互動,有問題即使解決,有事情即時溝通!

  9. Sung-shan Chang(Charles)張松山 says:

    線上會議對於忙碌的現代人而言,顯得非常重要,尤其在e-learning的時代更是重要,老師介紹的dimdim是web2.0一個自由軟體的平台,而且最重要的是免費,他可以經由webcam和一般的開會簡報、分享心得經驗、如同一般的演說、聽講和開玩笑沒有兩樣。
    線上視訊會議一般在企業,大部份都是用在全球化或國際化企業的主管視訊會報或業務發展檢討會報等,用在教育上則是遠距同步或非同步課程教學。例如我們學校目前和台北醫學大學和中山大學等幾所學校在通識方面有些課程是用視訊來授課,系統設備要花費不少錢。
    現在忙碌的時代,時間就是金錢,誰能掌握先機,誰就比較能夠贏得優勢,所以我覺得視訊是有必要的,如果能有一套簡單易學、而且便利的軟體,如此便能如虎添翼,所向無敵,我在想如何把這實用的工具用在我的工作場域,例如做一些業務聯繫溝通或同步教育訓練等,我想這是值得推廣的,對於單位及個人可以創造雙贏的局面。

  10. Sung-shan Chang(Charles)張松山 says:

    線上會議對於忙碌的現代人而言,顯得非常重要,尤其在e-learning的時代更是重要,老師介紹的dimdim是web2.0一個自由軟體的平台,而且最重要的是免費,他可以經由webcam和一般的開會簡報、分享心得經驗、如同一般的演說、聽講和開玩笑沒有兩樣。
    線上視訊會議一般在企業,大部份都是用在全球化或國際化企業的主管視訊會報或業務發展檢討會報等,用在教育上則是遠距同步或非同步課程教學。例如我們學校目前和台北醫學大學和中山大學等幾所學校在通識方面有些課程是用視訊來授課,系統設備要花費不少錢。
    現在忙碌的時代,時間就是金錢,誰能掌握先機,誰就比較能夠贏得優勢,所以我覺得視訊是有必要的,如果能有一套簡單易學、而且便利的軟體,如此便能如虎添翼,所向無敵,我在想如何把這實用的工具用在我的工作場域,例如做一些業務聯繫溝通或同步教育訓練等,我想這是值得推廣的,對於單位及個人可以創造雙贏的局面。

  11. Kaylene Armstrong says:

    I was just going to read this post, make a comment and leave, but instead I decided to check out dimdim. This is fun! I put in the email addresses of my daughters, thinking I would call them and ask if they could see me. However, I got interrupted before I could call. In a few minutes my daughter called me from Utah and said she was listening to me talk to someone and could see me at my computer. When I discovered that I could have up to 20 people on, I realized I could have an entire family meeting with relatives all over the world! What a great idea! And of course, being free is a real plus.

    I can see that this would be a great feature for businesses that need to have meetings with people in various locations. I did not try out the features that allow you to show a powerpoint presentation or other kind of presentation. I just talked to my granddaughters and daughters, which was also great fun!

    I’m glad I picked this topic to read about today!

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