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Posted by on August 18th, 2011 in Knowmad and Mobile Web Design.

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Tessa just introduced me to a new easy-to-use screen sharing tool called join.me.

Screen sharing is efficient

Screen sharing helps conversations go faster because we can both view the same thing simultaneously. This afternoon Tessa shared her screen to show me a few design options for a new banner campaign. Inside of five minutes, we had the new banner chosen and were ready to move forward. Email would have required more back-and-forth communication.

You don’t have to be a technologist to gain the benefits of screen sharing. You can use it anytime you want to show or see something on someone else’s desktop to make a conversation more effective.

How else can you use screen sharing?

We’ve used screen sharing to collaborate on documents instead of Google Docs, delivering designs to our clients, collaborating with team members and sales presentations. There’s no limit to use. For us, the key is that it has to make the exchange more efficient and not get in the way of discussion.

Join.me

Join.me is free up to 250 viewers and is compatible to mobile devices as well as to traditional desktop/laptops. The paid version supports meeting scheduling and international conference lines.

We’ve used a few screen sharing tools from Skype to webinar softwares. Which tool is your favorite and why?

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7 Responses to “Join.me Screen sharing Tool”

Nikki Stephens at 2:04 pm on August 18, 2011:

Thanks for sharing with all of us about join.me, Diona.

We are using this for a few months with our customer interactions and haven’t been disapointed yet.

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Diona Kidd at 2:12 pm on August 18, 2011:

Thanks Nikki! I’m curious, are you using it for sales presentations? This tool is definitely one of the easier ones to use, in my opinion. I’ve had trouble in the past with compatibility with my mac.

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Nikki Stephens at 2:48 pm on August 18, 2011:

It would be great for sales presentations, Diona. Currently, we are using it for technical support issues with a software program.

I am curious as to what other uses there are for this tool.

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Paul Peeler at 2:52 pm on August 18, 2011:

The bottom line for Caronet is that any tool we use must include support for Linux. Vyew, Yugma, Yuuguu, and Teamviewer all are compatible, although limited in functionality with Linux. Recently, however, we started hosting our favorite tool in-house.

OpenMeetings is browser-based (requires flash) and allows you to instantly start a meeting. You can simply share your screen, share documents on a virtual white board, or use your microphone and webcam for full blown conferences. Additionally, the native ability to record a meeting is quite useful.

You can buy the hosted service version or you can download and install it on one of your servers. As we are a service provider here at Caronet, we are comfortable with the latter option :)

http://code.google.com/p/openmeetings/

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Diona Kidd at 3:02 pm on August 18, 2011:

Yea, good points on recording and linux support. Recording is handy in a screen sharing tool for us, especially when doing sales. It lets us go back and view the presentation to improve it.

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Ted Theodoropoulos at 1:16 pm on August 20, 2011:

Join.me is a great tool and we use it for group screen sharing quite a bit as well. For remote support, however, there are better options for a modest investment. We use ScreenConnect for remote support which you purchase and install on your own servers. The license is affordable (~$300) and you can brand the tool and install it on one of your sub domains (i.e. http://support.acrowire.com). ScreenConnect also allows you to transfer files, reboot and reconnect, reverse share, etc. For anything outside of remote support, it’s hard to beat Join.me

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Diona Kidd at 5:24 pm on August 22, 2011:

Thanks, Ted! Great to hear your experience on screen sharing from a remote support perspective. The branding of a tool to a subdomain is a nice touch and easy for customers to remember.

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