Free online document sharing, real-time editing, whiteboard, chat & web meetings features with a single click

Free online app designed for tutors, students, companies & individuals that offers quick & easy web meetings & sharing documents online – using ShowDocument

Easily upload from your computer, server, web or other source and begin sharing, discussing & annotating on a wide range of documents (including MS Word®, PowerPoint®, Adobe® PDF, text, image & even video files.)

Share and collaborate in real-time with colleagues using the apps online whiteboard that integrates a wide range of tools allowing for online members to annotate, mark-up, & add comments. When you are finished, you can select to print or save your annotations. You can also review and discuss information on websites, simply take a snapshot of a web page and share it with colleagues or clients, review and add notes with others, and then save it as a PDF.  You can also share and watch YouTube™ videos with colleagues or students online and the app provides a way to pause and annotate the still video image. Share your screen and show customers, students, colleagues or clients any application that’s running on your computer in real time.  Co-edit, collaborate & work on document type files (such as DOC, RTF, TXT) with anyone that has an Internet connection.

Additional features also include a Chat Translator, don’t let language barriers get in the way of communicating with your customers as this app offers a real-time translator where you can select the language in which you wish to communicate, and the app will be able to translate the incoming text instantly.  Need to provide directions to your office, customer service location or upcoming event? This app also utilizes Google Maps™ and allows members to simultaneously view & annotate the online map, show different locations and even mark routes.

Review of Basic App Features:

  • Upload & share items from your computer, external storage device, server, web page
  • Real-time collaboration only requiring an Internet connection
  • Save or print any annotations on whiteboard or web pages
  • Co-edit documents, complete forms with others
  • Share and view, pause and annotate YouTube videos
  • Chat Translator to help with language barriers
  • Google Maps – share directions & locations, annotate & provide alternative routes

Summary Review and Grade

  • Free Registration Required
  • No Downloads
  • No Installation Required
  • Works on All Web-browsers
  • No Technical Experience Necessary
  • Works Cross-platform – on all computer platforms – (Linux, Macs, Windows)
  • 3 online participants, 30 minutes sessions, record last 5 meetings, 10MB storage for Free version (more details below)

The free version is ad-supported and provides 3 simultaneous online participants, 30 minute sessions, 10MB of storage space, up to 4 concurrent docs/apps and will record the last 5 sessions.  The application also offers a Pro version which provides unlimited participants, length of online sessions, storage, concurrent docs, and integrates audio and video capabilities. Pro accounts start at just under $30 USD/month and offer a 30-day free trail. The free account does not have an expiration time so feel free to try or just utilize the many features of the free plan for as long as you like.

To give it a try, visit the ShowDocument Home Page

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Free online meetings, share video, desktop and more with up to 25 users

Easily collaborate with anyone, in real-time, create meetings, share desktop, video, chat and presentations using – BuddyMeeting

A user-friendly free online collaboration app that is great for meeting with friends, colleagues, project members, students, etc. Create an app ID for free and start offering online meeting sessions. This application offers the ability to ‘See-and-talk’ which enables the user to establish a face-to-face communication with invited guests, provides a secure channel for your communications, sharing of files in the PDF or PPT format, sharing screens, video chat, text based and voice based chats.

Simply create a free meeting account, schedule your meeting day, time and duration, create a meeting ID and password, and send the message to anyone you wish to join you.  The app will automatically generate a meeting ID which should also be shared with your members.  For others to join a meeting, each will type in the meeting ID and the meeting password.  Now participants will automatically join the meeting and can begin communicating with everyone else right away.  You can also register using your Google or Facebook account logins, your login credentials are directly validated by those websites, and the app will not be required to validate or store your login data and only records your name and email for communication purposes.

The applicatin supports sharing of slides (PDF and PPT), video, whiteboard, chat, voice, and desktops. It’s built using over fifteen open source components, runs on Mac, Linux, and PC computers.  Your invited participants do not need to join or have accounts; You can keep track of you past meetings and can also delete any unwanted meetings. No recording available yet but the app states they are working on offering this feature soon…

Review of Basic App Features:

  • Free to register and create meetings
  • Registration is simple and quick
  • NO installation required (requires Flash)
  • Easy-to-use design and layout to help inexperienced users
  • Up to 25 people in a single meeting
  • Secure way to communicate with the people you want
  • ‘See and-talk’ enables (face-to-face communication)

Summary Review and Grade

  • Free Registration
  • No Downloads
  • No Installation Required (Does require Flash -free)
  • Works on All Web-browsers
  • No Technical Experience Necessary
  • Works Cross-platform – on all computer platforms – (Linux, Macs, Windows)
  • Track and delete old meeting information

This is a nice app for connecting with friends, family or colleagues that offers many great options including video chat, voice chat, text chat, screen sharing etc that works on all platforms, easy to use interface and no downloading or installing (or registration for attendees).

To give it a try, visit the App Home Page

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Online meeting & webinars – share screen, whiteboard, chat, record – no downloads or installations

Schedule or start now – online conference or webinar – up to 120 users ad-free using OpenMeetings

A free browser-based app that allows you to instantly set up  a conference on the Web. You can use your microphone or webcam, share documents on a white board, share your screen and record meetings. It is available as hosted service, no downloads or installation required to get you started.  Select your desired session settings from conference room (1-16 users) or as a webinar (up to 120 users).

Start a session right away or schedule a meeting in advance using the integrated calendar. You can also receive a reminder about your session as an iCal or sent to your email.  You can invite others directly from the app interface by searching through ‘current online members’ or your own contacts by clicking on ‘add external’. Just type in the name and email (you only need to provide the email– other fields can be left blank) and your members will be notified via an email from the system about your upcoming event.

This is a free app that is NOT ad-supported (so might not be free forever or ads might start appearing)… Users can also easily resize or minimize unwanted screen areas (not just move them a little but almost wipe them out) which is a nice feature and offers typical users the ability to ‘customize’ and make the most of the view area that is important to them, not just the presenter or the app (and ad supported) developer(s).

Review of Basic App Features:

  • Video/Audio
  • Desktop Sharing
  • Recording (Complete Session and Interview styled)
  • Whiteboard with drawing, write & edit, drag and drop, resizing, images, etc
  • Import documents & images
  • Facebook app integration
  • Send invitation and direct links into a conference room

Summary Review and Grade

  • Free Registration
  • No Downloads
  • No Installation Required
  • Works on All Web-browsers
  • No Technical Experience Necessary (interface is not very user-friendly)
  • Works Cross-platform – on all computer platforms – (Linux, Macs, Windows)
  • Select from Conference or Webinar sessions (1-16 or up to 120 users)

This is a very plain looking interface and some may not find it as ‘inviting’ and user-friendly and even the generated emails are plain and could also be a little confusing for some. As when we tested, our email was sent without us being able to include any comments or adjusting the format/style and the end was is as noted below:

OpenMeetings - Invitation
Message from user:
Message: New OpenMeetings conference: New Event
Start: 03.06.2011 19:30:00 (America/New_York)
End: 03.06.2011 20:30:00 (America/New_York)
Organizer:PQI Network 

Click this link to participate in the conference The link may only work for a certain period!:
Click here to enter room http://openmeetings.de/openmeetings/?invitationHash=xxxx

Many in the US might not immediately recognize the date format (the meeting request was scheduled for June 3, 2011 at 7:30pm and all the emails include the statement, “Click this link to participate in the conference The link may only work for a certain period!” which might be okay when you schedule a meeting now but is a little misleading when the meeting is not for another couple of days.  The system does however, allow for you to send a URL of the meeting room (we prefer this approach) so that you can send the invitation in your own email client, personalize the message, include a meeting agenda, etc…

We had to deduct a little in the grade due to some of the format/settings noted above and because this might not be as ‘nice looking’ or easy for some to use right away. However, this app still offers a lot of great features for free, no support ads to contend with, works behind firewalls, and does not require any downloads or installations for you or your participants.

OpenMeetings Facebook Integrated App

To give it a try, visit the OpenMeetings Home Page

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