Dimdim, provider of a browser-based web conferencing platform that doesn’t require the installation of any desktop software, is dropping the beta tag with the release of a new edition of its application and is simultaneously releasing its complete source code to the open source community.
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With the release of the new 4.5 version, Dimdim introduces what they call the SynchroLive Communication Platform, designed to automatically scale its performance to ensure all live communications are perfectly in synch. The synchronized web browsing feature is one of the best things I’ve seen in any web-based collaboration tool. SynchroLive Co-Browsing basically enables you to share your browsing sessions with multiple people by simply setting up a room and sending its dedicated URL to other participants. SynchroLive will then let your guests see what you see as you navigate the web. This works for videos as well, with the ability to simultaneously watch streams and talk / chat with other attendees. Another welcome addition is a 2-way video chat feature.
Dimdim comes with a free version which supports up to 20 conference attendees, and offers the Pro edition and an Enterprise edition as well. Pricing is significantly lower than well-known competitors like GoToMeeting and WebEx.
Earlier this year Dimdim introduced a hosted version of its web meeting software that allows companies to host meetings on Dimdim servers “in the cloud”. Now, Dimdim is introducing Liberty, the latest Open Source Community Edition based on the new commercial hosted version, and releasing the source code under a GPL3 license with no limit to the number of attendees, meetings or mashups that can be created.
Dimdim , who boasts about being used by more than a million people worldwide, raised $6 million in a Series B funding round led by Index Ventures, Nexus India Capital, and Draper Richards over the summer, bringing its total funding to $8.4 million. The company is based out of Burlington, Massachusetts and has offices in New Hampshire, Canada and Hyderabad, India.