Nefsis Pro Features

By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2010-10-20 Print this article Print


As mentioned above, registering for Nefsis Basic also includes a 14-day trial of Nefsis Pro's functionality. After the trial period, subscriptions for Nefsis Pro start at $350 per month for five concurrent users. Volume discounts are also available.

Nefsis Pro provides a lot more oomph in terms of both meeting scheduling and in-meeting services.

With Pro, I was able to set up multiple meetings. The host's personal meeting room is still there, but I could also add additional meetings with a different ID and passwords. I could either fire up a new quick meeting or schedule a meeting for a specific time with a list of attendees who would be automatically e-mailed the meeting information with log-in credentials. It does not appear that Nefsis supports unique per-user credentials for the same meeting, however.

Pro provides additional ways to invite participants once the host is already within a meeting, offering buttons to send invitations via e-mail through a connector to Outlook on the host's PC, or links to tell people out of band.

Within a Pro conference, I found I could also share individual applications open on the host's desktop, or share just a region of my screen. Application and screen shares also come with a whiteboarding capability, allowing the host and permitted participants to highlight on-screen material or mark up a session with notes, corrections and the like. Presenters can also share handouts and other materials with participants via the Files & Handouts button.

The video resolution possible during for video calls is much higher with the Pro version. From the video button at the top of the screen, I could set the conferencewide resolution as high as 640 by 480, but I could also set resolutions and frame rates for individual users-such as those with 720p Webcams.

Pro also offers a handy media-share capability that allows the presenter to share audio or video clips with the meeting participants. I was able to share MP3 and WMV audio, along with AVIs and some-but not all-H.264-encoded files, as I found the video element of some HandBrake-encoded video files would not play correctly. I also found that while Nefsis did a remarkably good job of keeping the media playback synchronized across all the meeting attendees, allowing a presenter to be able to comment accurately on what everyone was experiencing at the time, the audio and video within shared files often get out of sync when using Nefsis.

I found Pro had remote troubleshooting built in, allowing a host to take over a participant's desktop, although the host would have no access to protected parts of the operating system such as User Account Control prompts.

Hosts can record Pro meetings for later playback, although this feature requires the installation of a special AVI codec.

Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at

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