Working collaboratively on projects involving computer software, or helping people troubleshoot problems on their computer is common practices these days. We have published articles about several software programs that enable Mac and PC users to screen share via a network or online.
As the demand for screen sharing increases, the software and features for doing so should improve. Screenhero is the most recent tool in the screen sharing genre, and it is currently available in its beta Mac version for free download. The developers say the Windows version will soon be released, and you can sign up to be notified.
The current Mac operating system includes the ability to screen share over a shared network, but Screenhero enables you to share your desktop over WiFi with anyone who installs Screenhero on their own Mac or PC.
With Screenhero, all you need to do is register an account to get up and running. To screen share remotely with someone else, you simply add their Screenhero email address, which in turn will notify the person that you want to share your screen. Once the other user accepts your Friend Request, screen sharing can take place anytime as long as you and the other user are online.
One of the most useful features about Screenhero is that you don’t have to actually share your entire computer screen. Instead, you can share selected applications, sort of like collaborating in real time in Google Docs. Before you notify the other user, you simply use the Screenhero pop-up window to select the application you want to remotely share.
Sharing applications of course means the other user doesn’t need to have the shared application installed on their computer in order to collaborate with you.
Screenhero also includes a text chat feature, and the ability to share with an unlimited number of people. The premium version of the application includes voice chat, one-to many sharing, and full encryption features.
When an entire desktop screen or selected window application is shared using Screenhero, both users have simultaneous control – each with their own mouse pointer. If you are sharing a text document, for example, the remotely added text, or edits, appear almost instantly on your screen.
With Screenhero you can jointly write, proof-read and edit any documents you share with other users. This is a great way to share and review projects with your clients or team members, and it can save you numerous email exchanges in order to perform revisions.
The only slight performance issue I have noticed so far is that when someone remotely relocates a window on your screen, it takes several seconds for the person to see those moves back on his or her screen. Also, unlike with the default Mac screen sharing feature, you can’t exchange files using the application.
Screenhero and similar applications are useful for freelancers working with clients, a team of code developers, and anyone who needs to troubleshoot computer problems, or tutor other users over the Internet. In addition, screen sharing can be useful for demoing a product, playing a video game, planning a trip, shopping with a friend, or watching a video together.
The developers of Screenhero do say that the application is currently in beta, so things might not always work as expected. If you encounter a problem, simply contact them by email.
The Screenhero team is also the developers of iTeleport VNC and RDP — a desktop and remote application that allows you to access your computer from anywhere in the world.