Host a GoToMeeting from Linux, now!

Host a GoToMeeting from Linux, now!


Taking a cue from websites like Buzzfeed, I decided to use an eye catching title for this post in order to get your attention.

Disclaimer: Now that I have it, I should come clean and explain this is a work around, as true hosting from Linux is still in the works.

Last year GoToMeeting released their new Web App, a WebRTC based client for attending GoToMeetings that loads directly in Chrome and Firefox. Since it’s release the team have been steadily adding new features in order to bring it in line with the existing desktop software. As I mentioned they are still working on starting/hosting GoToMeetings, but in the meantime if you have a smartphone or tablet you can get around this limitation.

By combining the mobile apps ability to start GoToMeetings and make an attendee the Presenter, and the Web Apps ability to be made Presenter and share your screen.

  • You can start a GoToMeeting on your smartphone, then join from your Linux PC.

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  •  Then make your Linux PC the Presenter for the rest of the meeting!

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  • Click Ask to Switch and they will see the option to share their desktop or the window of any application window that is currently open.

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An experiment in free.


An experiment in free.

GoToMeeting Free is a new service that ha just launched as an experiment by Citrix.  All you need is a computer with the latest version of Google Chrome installed, which means it runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.  It’s pretty basic at this time, there is no formal support but you can provide feedback via a feedback form (which I strongly recommend you do).  So why not take it out for a “spin around the block”, it’s free and you might just like it!

Schedule GoToMeetings from Google Calendar!

Schedule GoToMeetings from Google Calendar!


Update! Official GoToMeeting GCal extension for Chrome released! Read about it here: http://community.gotomeeting.com/gotomeeting/topics/easily_schedule_gotomeeting_sessions_directly_from_your_google_calendar

 

Something I have been asked about numerous times over the last couple of years is, “How can I use GoToMeeting with GMail/Google Calendar?”  While I have shared a couple of methods in the past, they were more “work arounds” than actual solutions.  Today I am very excited to share with you a real solution that comes from an actual GoToMeeting customer!

Kevin Lenane has used the GoToMeeting API to create a Chrome extension, that lets you schedule a meeting right in Google Calendar.  It’s called “GoToMeeting Calendar Sync for Gmail” and it is very easy to use.

  1. Just install the extension in Chrome by clicking this link
  2. Open Google Calendar and create an Event, set the date and time for when you want to hold the meeting.
  3. On the right hand side, check the box that says Add GoToMeeting Invite
  4. A 2nd window will open and you will be asked to enter you GoToMeeting login details.  You will have to repeat the login step every couple of weeks, as it expires.

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The GoToMeeting details will be automatically pasted into the Event description field, and added to your scheduled meetings.  Brilliant!

Kevin points out: “There is definitely some room for improvement – for instance, it doesn’t auto update when you move the meeting (you have to refresh) but I’ll wait until people use it first and get a little feedback before updating…”

If you use Kevin’s extension, please be sure to thank him and leave a great review in the Chrome Web Store!  Thanks again Kevin!

Ch ch ch changes to GoToMeeting recordings.

Ch ch ch changes to GoToMeeting recordings.


My very first post to this blog was about GoToMeeting recordings and how to convert them. In fact that subject alone has probably been the biggest source of interest in my blog and driven the most page views and comments. I’m happy to announce that converting and sharing recordings made with GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar or GoToTraining has become a lot easier, and my previous workarounds are no longer needed.

Here is why:

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Recordings made on a PC still use the GoToMeeting codec, but the resulting files have a new .g2m extension, so you can easily tell that they have not yet been converted. The new Recording Manager makes managing your recordings so much easier. You can now convert you recording whenever you want and choose the format of the resulting file. On Windows you can select .wmv or .mp4 file formats, on Mac it’s .MOV or .mp4. The codec on the Windows recordings is removed during the conversion process so you can share and upload your recording right away.

On the subject of sharing, if you have a GoToWebinar or GoToTraining account, you now have the ability to upload your recordings to your account and share them directly from there. Each account has 3GB of space for recordings.

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The final improvement worth mentioning is that after the conversion process is completed, your original recording is now moved to a new folder, rather than over written. On a Windows PC your recording is moved to a new folder called Original, which is located in your Documents folder. If you are using a Mac, the files are saved in a folder called tempAV which is located in the Recordings folder. Due to the size of these files they are not saved indefinitely, so you might want to make copies to a dedicated storage solution if you want to keep them as back ups.

This means if for any reason you need to run the conversion again you can. Just copy the original recording files back into your Documents or Recordings folders and and launch the Recording Manager again.