Editor’s note: Windward is in the midst of evaluating a replacement program for our third-party Web conferencing software. This is the third post in the series.
My assignment was to check out and write up a ReadyTalk review. My conclusion is that ReadyTalk is a great tool (with a ton of fantastic features) that requires some training.
ReadyTalk is packed with useful features, such as:
- Two modes: Present and Collaborate. You can set up a session so that only promoted presenters can share. Or, you can set it up so that all participants are co-presenters, which is a valuable tool for smaller teams working together on shared resources.
- Numerous conference control options. Put everyone in listen only mode, let people stay on the conference when you hang up, and prevent new people from joining — choose from as many of these as you’d like.
- Added security. You can set a web conference security code that people have to enter in order to join in.
- An “operator” button. Just click this to get assistance if the audio is flaky.
- Many useful features. ReadyTalk has a white board, a way to record a meeting, the ability to set up polling questions to play during the meeting, and a feature that lets you upload a presentation to ReadyTalk and run it instead of sharing your screen.
ReadyTalk has some minor limitations, including:
- Video limits. You can insert video but there is a 100MB limit, and I couldn’t determine if this can be increased.
- Latest version of Flash required. For the web cam to work I got a message that I had to first install the latest version of Adobe Flash, but I still couldn’t use my webcam.
Will We Switch?
Despite how much my co-worker and I love this tool, I’m sad to say we probably won’t switch now because we have not yet gotten internal buy-in. ReadyTalk would be fantastic for webinars and webcasts, and the presentation features are awesome. We’ll be revisiting the decision to not switch in a few months.
Author: Valerie Schilling
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