Web collaboration: Using markup.io free drawing tool with join.me

About a week ago I was using join.me with a colleague checking out a website. Apparently we had different views of where “to the left” was (hey, it happens), so I pulled up markup.io to show them exactly where I meant. And then it hit me: I should share this tool with our join.me users. I already told you about Jing when I posted about favorite free tools, but markup.io is perfect for reviewing and collaborating on web pages. It’s fast, it’s simple and sits in your browser toolbar so you can easily pull it up. You can also “publish” your markups when you’re done and send them out. Check it out – it’s a perfect pair with join.me. Here’s an example:


join.me wins Best Professional Software award from Macworld UK

join.me was named the Best Professional Software this year at the Macworld UK awards. What does that mean? It means our free screen-sharing software was recognized for being awesome, and for making a significant contribution to the Mac community (iOS too!). This was such a beautiful thing for join.me we had to share with you – and, of course, show you what we actually won. In case you’re wondering, we’re currently in the process of devising a schedule of who’s desk it sits on and for how long.


Tips and tricks: How to use join.me

join.me is a free and simple online screen-sharing tool, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some tips and tricks to know. We want you to get the most out of join.me. So, I’ll give you a few, and you if have some to add, you give a few in the comments. Capiche? I’ll start:

You can do free file transfers with join.me. In a session, click the “File” icon next to the person’s name you want to transfer a file to. It’s that easy. By the way, your participants won’t be able to see your personal files when you do a transfer.

Tell your participants they can change their name from “Viewer” under the “People” button in the join.me menu. They will be the first person listed.  That way, you know who’s there and who’s playing hooky. And if there are two people named Steve… may the force be with you.

If you’re the host, no one can see you typing in the chat box until you send it. So, if you want to have a private conversation with one person (don’t forget to set the message to @Participant!) no one can see you typing to that person, even if you have 250 viewers.

One more tip: If you don’t like where the join.me menu lands – at the top middle of your screen – you can move it. No one can see your menu but you. So if you don’t want it there, move it. Left, right, up, down – whatever works for you.

You can also get some more info on how join.me works by watching our tour.

Anything to add? Put your tips and tricks in the comments.