Yugma Review: Online Meeting
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|Low-priced but frustratingly slow; better for small workgroups|
Yugma is the cheapest online meeting solution we reviewed. In fact, there's a basic free version that you can use for as long as you want. It will be ok for casual users, but lacks some of the functionality of the $9.95-per-month Pro version. With both versions you can meet with 20 people, but only the pro version gives you features such as white boarding and file sharing. Unfortunately, Yugma is a bit cumbersome to use and lacks many special features of its costlier competitors.
Like other online meeting solutions, a software download is optional, but necessary if you want true interactivity. Our participants had a lot of trouble downloading the Yugma client. Once they did, the process of connecting was also unbearably slow, taking longer to establish a connection than any other meeting software we used. The software sometimes seems to work at odds with the website itself, particularly where scheduling was concerned.
Yugma does boast a nice user interface, though we found some functions (particularly "start" and "stop") to be counter-intuitive. The file sharing process was also extremely sluggish. Yugma's white board features were cumbersome, compared to Adobe Connect and Fuze, making for rather jerky lines. There's also no webcam support.
We did like how easy it was to give desktop control, and while it was a bit choppy, it worked well enough to add some text to an Excel spreadsheet. You would not want to do much more than that, as there's quite a bit of latency.
Yugma is definitely the low-cost leader in this space, and if you only want the very basics there's also the free option (which includes a free, two-week evaluation of the paid product that we reviewed). Although even there we would probably recommend Dimdim's free service over Yugma.'s While we didn't have much success running a meeting with multiple clients, it worked fine running an unscheduled meeting between two computers. Still, if cost is not your main concern, we suggest you look for a different solution.
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