Zoom Help
by John Carter

What you need to know about Zoom

Hi. My job as Technical Assistant (a new position with PCS) is to provide help to those who need it regarding using Zoom. All board members are to be trained in the use of Zoom.

Due to COVID-19 Stay-At-Home requirements, until further notice PCS will be having all of its functions online using Zoom to connect members and guests.

Everyone must register to join a PCS online event. The registration button is on the Home page of the PCS website and it will be included in the Newsletter when appropriate. All members will get a reminder e-mail with the registration link in it. The registration link can be shared with anyone, even on Facebook or other public media.

Zoom is like Skype on steroids. With a Zoom Pro license you can connect up to 100 people at a time. It starts with a meeting host scheduling the meeting and sending out invitations. Whoever starts a meeting is the meeting host. Everyone else is a guest, called a participant. When guests join a meeting, they may be placed in a Waiting Room to be admitted by a host or co-host.

You do need to read the "Getting Started with Zoom" document before joining a meeting to familiarize yourself with the process of downloading and installing the Zoom Client app and joining a meeting.

A more advanced article (Version 3) about how to work with Zoom is available here.

Once you have become familiar with Zoom - just enough to join a meeting - you can use the meeting invitation you receive in your newsletter to join the PCS online Digital Photo SIG hosted and presented by John Carter. You can always email John with questions you have about Zoom. And the answer to the first question is: Yes, the Zoom Client is VERY safe and takes very little room and is the only best way to experience being in a Zoom meeting. So don't hesitate to install it on your device per the instructions in the "Getting Started With Zoom" document.

After clicking the button below, your email program will open and you may then send us your inquiry. This procedure has become necessary in order to minimize the amount of spam received through this page.

The Zoom meeting will be open to join 15 minutes before the start time. Please take a seat in the front row. <grin> Having your video open is optional. But then where's the fun in that?

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