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I was reading through the blog for one of my favorite screen sharing applications, Yuuguu, and came across some interesting points about growing interest in screen sharing. A look at Google Trends shows that searches for “screen sharing” have risen hugely in the past year. Also, […]

I was reading through the blog for one of my favorite screen sharing applications, Yuuguu, and came across some interesting points about growing interest in screen sharing. A look at Google Trends shows that searches for “screen sharing” have risen hugely in the past year. Also, India tops the list of countries showing interest in that search term. I’m not surprised that screen sharing is on the rise, and Yuuguu and Yugma are my favorite free applications in this space.

Yuuguu has made steady strides to add to its feature set since I last wrote about it. The free edition now lets up to 30 people concurrently share screens and chat. Yuuguu can also let you share screens with Windows users if you’re on a Mac, and vice-versa.

Yuuguu gives you the option to have it running in the background all day, and you can choose to display your availability or lack of it to your friends or workgroup right on the control console for the application. Your list of people you collaborate with works very much like an instant messaging application. You can select “Do Not Disturb” from a dropdown menu if you don’t want others to ping you.

My favorite screen sharing product remains Yugma, though, and it really goes far beyond screen sharing. Windows, Mac and Linux users can use it for full-blown online meetings, and it integrates with Skype so you can add conversation to your meetings.

If you haven’t gotten into this way of collaborating online, try these applications out. They’re free, and they’re getting more attention all around the world.

What’s your favorite screen sharing or online meeting tool?

By Samuel Dean

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  1. I just did a Yugma web conference with a total of 10 people. I used it to present a website mockup graphic. The presentation went off without a hitch and everyone was able to chime in on their opinion. This is the third time we’ve used Yugma 3 times now for training and mockup presentations and I have to say it’s worth the $10 we pay per month for it.

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  2. These sites for screen sharing are good in an informal setting. What bothers me about them is they all want you to “sign up” for their service and create an account. I have enough web accounts to keep track of. Also you can’t ask a potential client to go into a meeting with you and expect him to “sign up” to join.

    For those situations, it’s better to have a dedicated hosting providor that you can just send an invite/link to a person, they click it and are in a meeting just by entering their name. Simple and easy.

    It’s what my company offers at Great America Networks Conferencing.

    Anthony Russo
    Conferencing Consultant
    Great America Networks Conferencing
    arusso@ganconference.com
    http://www.ganconference.com
    Skype: anth.russo

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  3. I’d say these tools are great for developers working at the same product, but from different places.

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  4. Try Vyew. There’s no software to install and participants only need a link to join a meeting (no Vyew account required). Vyew can also be used for always-on (asynchronous) collaboration.

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  5. Sean – you might want to consider CrossLoop. I am one of the Co-Founders though we are focused on the one-on-one market, not web conferencing

    Here is what Google Trends says about crossloop and screen sharing:
    http://www.google.com/trends?q=screen+sharing%2C+crossloop%2C++&ctab=0&geo=all&date=all&sort=0

    WWD has covered the CrossLoop ‘Help’ Marketplace, btw

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  6. Peter van Burg Saturday, July 12, 2008

    Favorite online meeting tool? I’m a big fan of Zoho, but now i liking more in Mikogo and using this on Skype. Zoho Show (http://show.zoho.com) is cool for making online presentations. Mikogo (http://www.mikogo.com/Welcome.aspx) is nice for web conferencing with 10 participants as is completely free. Zoho, Mikogo… guess i like the tools that end in ‘o’

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  7. Larry Sokolic Saturday, July 12, 2008

    I was searching for a free web meeting software and this article came up. I recently started using showmypc.com . Absolutely thrilled with it. So easy to install (zero installation), and works like a charm. Plus they have a Mac version now, which works with PCs. – Larry

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  8. I meant http://shwomypc.com ..

    Does anyone else has good ideas of free remote meeting software or service?

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  9. Yugma is okay if you want to spent money (some features are limited to 15 days). But you can get those features for free with Mikogo

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  10. We’ve tested a few different conferencing services over the past few months. So far our editorial team likes Yugma. It’s been easy to use and plays well with all of our apps. I did have a couple of questions and their customer service was very helpful. That’s my two cents.

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  11. One is still missing in the list: TeamViewer

    Combines remote control, desktop sharing, online collaboration, presentations, VPN and many more in one single app. which is free for the private use.

    Please give it a shot, Sean and get back to me if you need some more information about TeamViewer.

    http://www.teamviewer.com/download/TeamViewer_Setup.exe

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  12. We use RHUB’s TurboMeeting. RHUB sells an appliance that lets you hold web conferences, hold webinars, do remote support, and remotely access PCs. Since there are no monthly fees, this device pays for itself in several months. And TurboMeeting is ranked highly:
    http://www.webconferencing-test.com/en/webconference_home.html

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