Thursday, April 10, 2008

Share files and desktop with your Skype buddies with Gogrok

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Gogrok is a plug-in for Skype that provides a platform for sharing files, applications and even remote access your friends's computer over Skype. Gogrok is more than a plug-in that requires it's own login and has it's own window. It features a connection status indicator, docking buttons, Skype contacts importing--which is fast but must be done at every login--and three headshots indicating your status and the status of contacts you're connected to. Double-click on a contact to initiate the connection, and Gogrok will activate voice calling with Skype. Remote program control begins once you select which of your active programs, or your entire PC, should be guest-controlled.

The familiar interface doesn't help the program run smoothly. The program is highly dependent on the system resources of the computers involved. Throw in varying Internet connection speeds and stability becomes a major problem. Mouse movements were usually more responsive than keyboard inputs, and read-only access runs smoother than edit-level permissions. Labels at the top of the remote screen make program status accessible. Skype itself handles any file transfers. Also, Gogrok has two help resources, a standard user-initiated query and a feature that's activated in a child window by relevant keyboard and mouse commands.


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Gogrok's performance is largely dependent on user-end variables--memory, processor, Internet connection and is a bit heavy on resources. Gogrok is still in the beta stage and has some issues but it's definitely worth keeping an eye on.

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[found via ZDNet.co.uk]

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for posting this review on your website. Gogrok has already updated to version 1.6. Now Gogrok can work with Skype and Windows Live Messenger. In addition, the new version is integrated with API technology. This new feature enables users to share web content instantly with friends on Skype or MSN though Gogrok. Please visit our website for the new version of Gogrok. We believe that our new version is far better than the first version which was reviewed in this article.

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