New feature added to window sharing

We got some really great feedback when we put out the ability to share just one window instead of your whole screen. You loved it. You also asked for an easier way to switch between windows. So, we went back to work and came up with a cool little tool to help you do just that:

Here, you can see I’m sharing just one window on my screen. We’ve added a controller in the upper right (which you can move around, if you want), and when you click on it, it easily allows you to choose another open window to share. So now you don’t have to go back to the main menu to switch windows anymore. Easy, right?

What else would you like to see in window sharing? Let us know in the comments.

P.S. Haven’t tried window sharing yet? Take a free trial of join.me pro to check it out.

         

Schedule your meetings with a personal link

What do you want first – the good news, or the even better news?

The good news is that join.me pro users can now schedule meetings with their personal link. Check out the screenshot below – you now have the option to schedule meetings with a random, one-time code or the personal link you’ve created for yourself.

The even better news is that we are planning on adding even more goodies to the join.me scheduler, so stay tuned to the blog for updates.

What’s the next feature you’d like to see in the scheduler? Leave your suggestion in the comments.

P.S. Want to schedule join.me meetings with a personal link that’s all yours? Try join.me free for 14 days, no credit card required.

         

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.

         

How does join.me work? Take the tour

We created this video just for you to show you what join.me is all about. Take the tour:

Want more info? Check out our blog post on join.me tips and tricks.

         

join.me mobile viewers for iPhone/iPad now include VoIP

We know what you’re thinking: First Skype, and now this. What a day for big free screen-sharing and VoIP announcements.

The good stuff: You can now listen to the join.me conference line through the speakers of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. For free. So, update your app (or download it from the Apple App Store) and check it out.

Need a visual? Here’s what it looks like on an Apple iPad 2.

To use VoIP, select the “phone” button in the join.me menu to “Call via Internet.” This allows you to listen to anyone that is speaking through the conference line in your session. And feel free to talk back – other participants in the session can hear you talk through your device’s speakers.

Your questions, already answered: VoIP for Android is coming soon. VoIP for Mac and PC is in the works. Want some traditional PR? Here it is in the join.me press room.

Have you used VoIP on your join.me mobile viewer yet? Let us know in the comments.

         

Let’s discuss: Ice breakers for virtual meetings

Hey, we’ve all been there.  Whether it’s the start of a new job or the beginning of a new project, there comes a time for the icebreaker. You know, the “go around the room and tell everyone…” It could be your favorite book, the best place you’ve ever traveled to or, my personal favorite, “something unique about yourself.” (That one always drives me crazy – I never know what to say).

Now that more and more people are working remotely, sometimes these icebreakers need to happen in our virtual meetings, too. Because we use join.me free screen sharing to collaborate with the people we work with, we use icebreakers, too. So, let’s discuss: If you are starting a new project with a group of people you don’t know very well, what are your favorite virtual icebreakers to use? Which ones do you find work the best? Which ones don’t work?

Let us know in the comments.

         

“I now turn to join.me instead of any other tool”: a true story from join.me

Everyone has their own join.me story. And in the name of collaboration, we’d like to share these stories with you. Check out Mark’s story:

“I use join.me for multiple reasons.  Just the other day, I used it personally to show my wife how to do something on a website.  I wanted an easy way to show her without having to have her come to the office to see.  So I used join.me.  Initially, she thought it was weird to see what was happening on my screen.  When I asked her how well it worked, she stated that it worked very well and was easy to use.

As a software developer who works remotely some of the time, either at home or a client site, I need to show other developers what is happening with the software or in the database.  I now turn to join.me instead of any other tool.  I’ve tried using other tools; however, with just a couple of clicks I have join.me running and I have pasted the join.me link in an IM window.  Within a minute, they are connected and I can show them that is going happening.  So much easier than trying to explain it over IM or the phone.”

-Mark Starkman; Senior Developer

Want to share your own join.me story? Email me at maggie@join.me.

         

“join.me is the light in the darkness”: a true story from join.me

Everyone has their own join.me story. And in the name of collaboration, we’d like to share these stories with you. Check out Tom’s story:

“I work for a small but growing service-oriented business with seven sales representatives around the country. Our company also has several other employees who work remotely from time to time. Part of my duties include supporting them all with help-desk type issues. And most whom I support have only novice computing abilities which several years ago made helping them very difficult. What used to be done over the phone between two people speaking different “languages,” skilled and un-skilled, caused much frustration for all involved. Now with join.me, those same type sessions are turning into teaching opportunities instead of headaches. join.me is the light in the darkness. I am now able to guide the users and let them learn in the process which in the long run will lessen the help needed.

Another cute story: I shared join.me with my 73 year-old mother who is highly skilled herself. She has been helping her 97 year-old mother, Grandma to me, learn how to use a computer. Grandma loves to read and play cards, and now she is learning how to send emails to her nieces, nephews, grand and great-grand children. As you can imagine, there are times when the computer is a bit mysterious to Grandma, but now Mom has installed the join.me icon on Granny’s desktop so that Mom is only a click and a phone call away. Very cool!

join.me is truly one of the simplest, most useful applications that I use on nearly a daily basis. Thank you join.me!”

– Tom Mappin

Want to share your own join.me story? Email me at maggie@join.me.

         

Make Your Presentation a Gift – a #smallbiz post by @ZaneSafrit

Good presentations are about giving. They are a gift. They are a personal gift from the speaker…to the audience.

Like all meaningful gifts, they are rare and precious. We share them and rave about them long after the meeting hall or conference call has ended.

Here are seven ways to make your presentation a gift to your audience.

Practice, Practice, Practice

One of the many ironies of social media’s rise is that as we are allowed more spontaneity in real-time connections, as we share in its power…then the power of preparation goes ignored. And by default its power rises as well.

The best presentations, the ones where the speaker seems casual and conversational and passionately engaging, are the presentations that have been practiced over and over and over again.

Give them Today

Give them a solution for today. No one expects a speaker to solve all of our problems right now. But leave them with a solution, a step to take, a tactic to use, a decision they can make that can solve one challenge …today.

Give Them Fun

We’re in short supply here for laughs, smiles, fun. Fun is the start of creativity and ideas. Fun starts engagement and participation. Fun is the gateway to memorable. And if you practice, practice, practice in order to give them a solution for today and in the process give them that added personal touch, you can have fun, give fun and be professional, too.

Give Them a Story

We all love stories. We are hard-wired to embrace stories. Stories connect a message with its teller and audience, our hearts and minds and journeys. Give them a story.

Give Them More PowerPoint Slides

Yes!

No. No one needs more powerpoint slides with more points in more 10-pt type. Nor do we need speakers who read those points and in effect give the presentation to the screen.

No.

Give Them Time to Engage

Leave time at the end for questions and answers. Their questions and answers.  Your audience should have questions if you have inspired and pushed and opened their vistas to more possibilities. They should be excited and agitated to connect their insights from your presentation with their needs.

Give Them You

You are the special sauce, the one-of-a-kind creation that connects with them and their special sauce…their one-of-a-kind creation. Mix it up with your preparation and solution – it’s a very tasty gumbo. Rare and one of a kind. Something they will savor and rave about later.

Package all these up. Give your audience the gift of an unique experience, an experience worthy of their time, with a gift of knowledge to take home and unwrap to bring a solution for their challenge. And you’ll be invited back again and again.

To learn more about Zane Safrit and what he’s up to, check out his website.