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LogMeIn, a supplier of useful remote control, file-sharing and backup apps that we’ve written about many times previously, this week quietly rolled out a beta of LogMeIn Express, a simple, on-demand service for sharing your screen with up to 100 other people. To get started, just […]

LogMeIn, a supplier of useful remote control, file-sharing and backup apps that we’ve written about many times previously, this week quietly rolled out a beta of LogMeIn Express, a simple, on-demand service for sharing your screen with up to 100 other people.

To get started, just go to the LogMeIn Express site, and click the “Share” button. You’ll need to download and run a small application (unfortunately, the helper application appears to be Windows-only at the moment). Once the client app is up and running, a small window appears at the top of your screen. It contains a unique 12-digit code that you can send to everyone with which you want to share your screen. Helpfully there’s a “copy to clipboard” button to make it even easier to share the code with others over IM or email. (Note: the first time I tried using the app, it seemed to have trouble acquiring a session code — restarting the app fixed that).

The LogMeIn Express control panel window in the screenshot above shows the window in its expanded state — after a short delay it rolls up to an unobtrusive bar, so it won’t get in the way.

The viewers (the people that you’d like to share your screen with) then just need to go to the LogMeIn Express site and type in the session code that you’ve sent them (unfortunately, it doesn’t seem possible to paste the code in the box, which means that they’ll have to type it out by hand). There’s no need for them to download anything — it all runs in the browser via Flash. Here’s a screenshot of my Windows laptop, shared with my MacBook:

LogMeInExpress - sharing on Mac

The presenter and the viewers can communicate via a built-in chat window. The shared screen is clear on the viewer’s browser, but — as with all screen sharing services — there is a little lag and the screens don’t keep completely in sync, especially if lots of stuff is happening. However, as long as you keep movements fairly controlled, the lag isn’t very noticeable.

In addition, the presenter can enable a useful “remote control” mode, whereby the viewers can take control of the mouse pointer on the presenter’s screen (I tested this and it works pretty well), and can also send files to the viewers via the app.

As the downloadable client application is currently Windows-only and I mainly use a Mac, it’s not suitable for me at the moment — I think I’ll stick with Skype for my simple screen sharing needs. However, if you’re looking for a simple and fast way to share your Windows screen, it’s worth checking out.

What do you use when you need to share your screen with other people?

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  1. I’ve used Oneeko (oneeko.com) for free screen-sharing because, like LogMeIn Express, the viewing side is browser-based.

    Oneeko only allows one viewer at the free level, so it will be nice to see if LogMeIn could be used for small distributed-group meetings.

  2. Gave it a spin from work (firewall + HTTP proxies in the way) and it just sits at ‘Acquiring session code’. Guess I’ll try it from home to see if it behaves any better there.

    1. Duncan, it did that for me on my first try too — restarting the app fixed it for me, though I could see how a firewall might cause it a problem. Let us know how you get on from home.

  3. Wellington Grey Friday, November 27, 2009

    What I’m looking for is the opposite: I want an easy way to see my client’s screen. Bonus points for being able to control it. Any ideas, WWD?

    1. Well, LogMeIn Express is pretty easy to use, so you could just tell your client to go to the site and use it — and it does let you control their screen. If they have Skype, you could also get them to share their screen though it.

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  5. Sounds pretty easy. Any pricing info for this new product? I’ve known LogMeIn products to be very pricey in the past, and I myself had switched at one point from LogMeIn Rescue to Techinline (http://www.techinline.com) which is literally a fraction of the price. Any info would be helpful

    1. It’s free while in beta, but I don’t know what it will cost when it’s finalized.

  6. medXcentral (Jim) Monday, November 30, 2009

    Thanks for the advice. I use LogMeIn products for certain functions. As far as screen sharing… I’ve had good luck with http://dimdim.com .. good folks with some very powerful software. Last I remember.. the free version covers up to 20 viewers… good enough for many uses for sure. So far, they’ve been competent and responsive. I like both of those qualities when dealing with web technology companies.

    (NOTE: I am NOT paid to say this.)

    Good luck.
    – Jim

  7. Thank for the walk through. I use RHUB http://www.rhubcom.com/ at work. They also have the option for the viewer to do it from their browser. Makes life simpler.

  8. remote control software Monday, December 21, 2009

    I know there are many PC remote access choices out there, including Proxy Networks, TechInLine and CrossLoop, all of which have versions which are free with multiple security layers, user-friendly interfaces, and are lightweight on hard drives. Many are super simple to set up, and some, like Proxy, don’t require installation. Others include a mobile component, which isn’t good for day-to-day work (lots of scrolling), but can be a lifesaver in a pinch. The good thing about them is that there are a lot of choices (also check out Hamanchi and LogMeIn) that you gave use for free and try them out.

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