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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009

Gogrok is a companion to Skype that gives Skype users remote-access capabilities. More than a typical plug-in but not able to stand on its own, the Skype-Gogrok combo makes for a good voice- and remote-access tech-support duo that's not quite dynamic.

Gogrok interface is reminiscent of Skype's, but requires its own login. 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.

Since so much of Gogrok's performance depends on user-end variables--memory, processor, Internet connection--we can't yet fully endorse this product for successful home-user remote access. But it's definitely worth keeping an eye on.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.1.5

Version 2.1.5 offers more security and stronger interactive features to unleash potential of remote real time sharing.

General

Date Added October 6, 2009
Version 2.1.5

Operating Systems

Additional Requirements Skype 3.0 or Windows Live Messenger 8.1

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Total Downloads 12,244
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Developer's Description

Gogrok opens up new prospects of real-time collaboration. It provides an instant meeting and communication space for online services and social networking. With incredibly easy to use interface, viewer cursor for participant to provide step-by-step instructions to other participants engaging in the same discussion, annotation tool that can annotate on live contents, Gogrok differs from other collaboration services. Gogrok offers new ways for sharing applications, annotating live contents, communicating with personal friends and business associates, all in a fast and secure end-to-end connection. By connecting people who are separated far apart, Gogrok fosters a complete understanding of each other.