Our network of sites >> talk | feed | free | tech | rock | xbox | homes | learn | game | pods | grab | blog | book | beep | help

Is there a MacOS X version of NetMeeting?

Can't wait for a free call tonight or or the free ask-by-email service? Due to time constraints, I can only take questions these days during the times that my show is on the air live. You can call with your question anytime 24/7 at 1-800-39-ONLINE (1-800-396-6546) or 1-888-488-DAVID (1-888-488-3284), even if the show is not on the air. Due to the volume of questions, response is not guaranteed.

However, if you're in a hurry, be sure to take advantage of the premium AskDavidLawrence service when you ask your question below. It's guaranteed!

David answers all questions, including those on acting, advertising, Internet scams, music, podcasting, radio, sound, television, voiceovers, the Web, and on Macintosh, UNIX and Windows computers.

Previously: A look back at Harris, Ingram and Yoo >>
Next: Classic Brooke, Pickett and Bofshever >>


Question:

David -

If there is not already a version of it for Mac OS 10.3.9 (my operating system), I am trying to find something comparable to a progam called 'Net Meeting'. Oh great wise person from the West, share the wisdom!

Hope that all is well with you and yours.

Patricia
West Palm Beach

Answer:

I haven't heard the phrase NetMeeting in a long time, what with all of the instant messaging services eclipsing that application, but there are some people still using it, and there are some options for Mac users to play along with what is a decidedly Microsoft Windows-only application.

First off, what is Netmeeting?

Netmeeting was developed by Microsoft a long time ago to allow users to communicate with each other over the Internet. Sounds a lot like MSN Messenger, doesn't it? Well, MSN Messenger augmented Netmeeting as the preferred IM client on Windows machines a few years ago, but Netmeeting is still around. Here are your options when using Netmeeting:

- You can text chat, like with AIM and Yahoo! and MSN Messenger
- You can talk and use two way video
- It has a built in whiteboard for collaboration online
- You can transfer files back and forth
- You can share the use of applications over the Net. A bit clunky, but it works.

The bad news? As you found out, Patricia, there is no native MacOS X version of Netmeeting.

The good news? Netmeeting uses the videoconferencing standard H323. That means that Netmeeting users can use that standard to use some of the functions of Netmeeting with other pieces of software that use the same standard, no matter what operating system the user chooses.

And that includes MacOS X.

But, bear in mind, I said some of the functions, not all. So, depending upon what you want to do, I have a couple of options.

Read on... (more ahead)







The main solution is called XMeeting. Xmeeting is an open source project, free to use, but it only handles video and audio conferencing, not application sharing or file transfers. It does, however, support SIP, the standard used by almost all VoIP (voice-over-IP) vendors, so it's the long term solution I'd recommend. Check it out here:

There's also a piece of software, also open source, called Ekiga (formerly known as GnomeMeeting), and you can get more information about that at:

Both of these solutions have binaries (read that word as the equivalent of "application that I can use on my Mac") for MacOS X. I haven't used either of them (I find that AIM and iChat work fine for me in most cases), so I look forward to hearing about your adventures.

Thanks for asking!



Comments? Questions of your own?




Was this helpful? Buy David a Starbucks® Mocha via PayPal!

David loves his Starbucks® mocha. Skim, no whip, please. To easily and painlessly send David a selection from Starbucks® and paying via PayPal, just click on the button below your choice:

Listeners who have bought David a Starbucks® Mocha:

Chuck Craig Becky Bob Chris Dana Dean Gary Heidi Jen Jim Faucett (link?) Kevin Leo Lili Linda Michael Randy Ray Scott Sophie Sophie (II) Warren (link?)

Digg This! article or tag it at del.icio.us


Link to this article from your own website

Just copy this HTML code block. Then, paste it into your own code:





Up To The Minute Bargains



Want an e-Mini-Mall for your site?


If you need help

You can always call in to the show at the number listed above, or send David an email using the link above.


To repeat: You can always call in to the show at the number listed above, or send David email using the link above.