Web conferencing company Dimdim recently launched a new one-click screen sharing feature. The new myScreen functionality replaces the old “screencaster” and includes a short permanent “Smart URL” that can be shared with anybody, anytime.
Current Dimdim customers — including users of the free level — may see a dialog box next time they enter their Dimdim account suggesting that they download the myScreen plugin. Pro users can lock their meeting, meaning they can specify a key for participants to use to make the meeting private.
An icon on the menu bar (Mac (s (aapl)) or system tray (PC (s msft)) starts sharing your screen with anyone who has your Smart URL, which is based on your Dimdim ID (for example, http://my.dimdim.com/DimdimID). If you are already running a meeting, the Smart URL lets people instantly see your shared desktop, but if you aren’t running a meeting, people are pointed to your myScreen profile page where they can either wait for a meeting to begin or sign up for future meetings or webinars you have planned.
Once you share your desktop through myScreen, a handy screen controller appears that you can use to play or pause screen sharing (and is also a very visible reminder that you are sharing your screen). If you leave the meeting or if your browser has trouble, myScreen remains functional for your meeting attendees until you return to the Smart URL and resume your presentation.
When it comes to web conferencing, I’ve had the opportunity to try a number of the high-end soultions and the lower-end ones, and I still return to Dimdim amazed at how much functionality is packed into the free level. With the new myScreen feature, easy screen sharing is just a Smart URL away.
What are you using these days for your web conferencing, and how is it working for you?