What is MightyMeeting?
MightyMeeting is a cloud-based tool designed to facilitate the sharing of presentations from any place, at any time, requiring only an Internet or 3G connection.
The cloud-based hosting system allows users access from Androids, iPhones, iPads or the web, from where they can share presentations with anyone who has an email address – without requiring a laptop.
Users have their own login and password, which is available from the homepage of the MightyMeeting website and allows access to the user profile. From here, users can view, upload and share presentations.
Uploading is easy. PowerPoint or PDF files are accepted, and users can either upload when logged into the site, or email the file to an email address unique to the user, which will upload it automatically. Once stored online, the user can select a presentation to choose how to share it.
The whole point of MightyMeeting is to facilitate the sharing of presentations. This is done simply, and without fuss. Users have the option to send the presentation by email; invite viewers to a meeting; or make the presentation public, which also gives the user an HTML code that can be used to embed the presentation on a website.
Viewers don’t need to have the MightyMeeting app, or a MightyMeeting account, to view a presentation. They can enter the meeting either by clicking the link on the email invitation they receive, or by navigating to the MightyMeeting website and entering the meeting ID.
Presentations can be shared or viewed through either a web browser or the MightyMeeting application, which is currently available on the iPhone, iPad, and Android phones.
The Meeting platform itself is pretty impressive for a free tool. There is a thumbnail menu, list of attendees, and a chat box. The user or viewer can choose to go full screen if she wishes. There is even a ‘refresh’ button, specifically designed for mobile users, to refresh the meeting if connection is lost.
By far the best thing about the meeting setup is that it allows free voice calls – these work directly through the meeting window. Simply plug in a microphone and turn on the volume, and you’re good to go. It’s great quality, and the fact that it’s completely free – even on international calls – is a huge bonus.
Slides are clearly displayed both on the site and on mobile devices, and with the correct cable, phones can even be connected to external monitors, to make viewing more practical for the audience.
However, the slides themselves are not perfectly reproduced. The graphics are of a good quality, and there is no more than a slight delay in transition. Yet animation is not supported. This means that each slide is imported as a static image, with no animations and no builds.
Lack of animation can seriously limit audience engagement. Without animation, a presenter can’t use movement to attract the audience’s attention, and can’t use builds to help them assimilate the information. Effectively animating slides are especially important in remote presentations, when the audience do not have the physical presence of the presenter to focus their attention on.
There is a workaround for build animations – for objects to appear sequentially, they can be built up on individual slides. However this is fiddly, and will not look professional. Important animations such as motion paths will be lost, meaning that visual effectiveness is severely compromised.
Updates to the software promise to offer video streaming, which could compensate for this as presentations could be converted to video format. However, this is an added stage to the process and would no doubt involve extra load time – and it isn’t available yet.
MightyMeeting is a really great idea, and offers superb functionality for a free tool. Of course, it doesn’t allow animation, which is a real shame – but, as it was designed predominantly for mobile devices, criticising the software for this would be a little harsh. Perhaps in the future animation will be allowed in web browser-only meetings. And when future developments are released, presenters could convert the presentation to video, and share this instead.
While MightyMeeting doesn’t offer the full capabilities other solutions do, many users could still benefit from the ability to share and discuss content for free. We wouldn’t currently recommend using the software to pitch to clients, when you really want to be at your most persuasive – but for sharing content internally, and for free conference calls to discuss said content, MightyMeeting really is a great little app.
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