FacilitatePro 9.5 Gives Facilitators New Tools to Run High Performance Meetings

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Online meeting software pioneer Facilitate.com today announced FacilitatePro 9.5, the latest release of its popular web meeting software for brainstorming and decision making.

But we never take our eye of the goal of making each release easier to use, so that even occasional meeting leaders can run a productive meeting.

Online meeting software pioneer Facilitate.com today announced FacilitatePro 9.5, the latest release of its popular web meeting software for brainstorming and decision making.

The new release gives facilitators powerful new features for idea management, an enhanced chat room, simple and efficient re-design of facilitator controls and navigation, and more voting and reporting options.

"We listen carefully to our customers who ask for more flexibility delivered in the simplest possible way. Each release adds more options for idea generation, analysis, voting and reporting so that facilitators can design and run a wide range of virtual and face-to-face events," remarked Julia Young, Vice President, Facilitate.com. "But we never take our eye of the goal of making each release easier to use, so that even occasional meeting leaders can run a productive meeting."

Release Highlights

A Chat Room You Can Organize

FacilitatePro 9.5 introduces the new "Brainstorm - Group Chat", a chat room with lots of options to customize and organize the idea exchange. Sort comments by time, or drag and drop them into categories. Vote on a list of items, and then continue to chat with the existing list sorted by votes received. The moderator manages group dynamics by setting a group refresh rate or allows the chat window to refresh instantly when a new item is added. If what starts as a casual group chat evolves into a more focused activity such as prioritizing or action planning, the moderator simply moves the group into a more structured brainstorming or voting session by selecting the appropriate mode from the pull-down menu.

Navigation that Supports a Seamless Decision-making Process

The decision making process requires a group to move from idea generation to alternative analysis, selection and action planning. Other software applications require a multi-step process to move data from one tool to the next, making a transparent transition challenging for facilitators. FacilitatePro 9.5 provides a pull-down menu and four icons for facilitators to easily move the session from chat to brainstorm to voting and action planning with one simple click. A conveniently located button allows the facilitator to toggle between facilitator and participant views.

Easy Tools to Manage Groups of Ideas

The ability to easily manipulate ideas is essential to running an efficient meeting. FacilitatePro 9.5 introduces Advanced Edit Options that allow facilitators to move, delete, combine, categorize, and elevate groups of ideas to new discussion topics.

Simple Design Helps New Facilitators off to a Fast Start

Key facilitator screens such as the custom voting screen have been re-designed to make FacilitatePro 9.5 even easier to learn for the new facilitator, while providing all the power, flexibility and control required by the experienced facilitator.

Support for Virtual Meetings

As the trend of working virtually continues to gain ground, FacilitatePro adds features designed to support virtual meetings. With 9.5, meeting participants can access the same set of fully formatted reports available to the session leader and walk away with complete meeting documentation wherever they are. Borrowing a concept from the dial-in teleconference, participants may log in to a session with one shared user id and password while the session leader can track individual and group usage.

FacilitatePro 9.5 is licensed in two versions. The Standard License is for organizations that need to run productive meetings and surveys internally; the Consulting License is for individual consultants and firms that incorporate meeting tools into their services.

About Facilitate.com

Facilitate.com is the developer of FacilitatePro, web meeting software designed to enhance innovative thinking and decision making. Since 1996 Facilitate.com has provided collaborative software and techniques to a broad range of clients in industry, government and education, in the US and abroad. FacilitatePro provides online tools for surveys, brainstorming, prioritizing, polling and custom voting, action planning, and reporting. Explore our live software demo site to experience FacilitatePro web meeting software or call to schedule a free online meeting.

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