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One of the ways we share information to one another is by showing, rather than describing. The number of video collaboration software providers is staggering (just ask our customer who tested 42 solutions). We here at Zoom consider it very cute that others have made this effort, but before you go ahead and share an extraordinarily pixelated screen where you have to stop your mouse every few seconds so that the stream can catch up to the next frame, we’d like to show you a few reasons why you’re better off leveraging our screen sharing power.
The raison d’etre for screen sharing is to show what’s on your screen. Everything. That includes those little things we sometimes like to call letters and numbers, which may become lost in transmission when the stream looks more like a rendering of Minecraft than someone’s desktop. Unless you’re throwing a 90s-themed retro party, there’s no utility in having anything less than the optimal quality. Zoom’s video streams, on the other hand, use a minimal amount of bandwidth, and make use of every drop to deliver the truest image of the presenter’s desktop.
For some presentations, just screen sharing is insufficient. If you want to draw attention towards minutiae in an image or a passage of text, you’re less likely to succeed if you are just using your mouse pointer as a guide. Sometimes, you want people to focus on multiple parts of your screen. So we turn to our good friend annotations. Annotations draw attention. The main drawback of using these is that – in most cases – getting to them is a process involving animal sacrifices and several incantations to find a menu that might have them all neatly piled up for you. With Zoom, you don’t have to herd goats. The annotation menu will appear immediately when you share your screen. You’ll have a nice supply of drawing tools to meddle around with such as a pen, highlighter, color options, eraser, arrows, and more.
Not only that, if a participant wants to show the host to something that is confusing or exciting them, they can share in the fun by co-annotating along with the host. Additionally, you can turn to our desktop and tablet whiteboarding tool if you want to start from scratch instead of working off an existing screen.
Sometimes you want to share something on the big conference room screens with your local (or remote) colleagues. You’re all in the same room, so is it really necessary to search for the right dongle or cable just to get your presentation up? With Zoom the answer is a resounding “No!” You can screen share wirelessly by starting the Zoom Rooms meeting on the big screen, and then sharing via share.zoom.us on your laptop or via AirPlay on your Mac or iOS device. No cables needed!
A lot of software claims to offer screen sharing. But by screen sharing, they actually mean that you can share a few things, like a static Word document on your desktop. What if your screen has streaming video with audio? What if your screen is on a mobile device? If you’d like to share videos and mobile content and apps, then we’re stuck with each other, because only Zoom gives you those options.
The problem with software that constantly adds features is that it can loose its minimalist feel and ends up looking more like the controls for the Starship Enterprise. This presents the possibility for more things to go wrong, especially considering that you’d have to go through a convoluted series of steps to do anything.
With Zoom, we focused on ease-of-use and versatility. Screen sharing is a total no brainer. For example, from your desktop just click Share Screen at the bottom of your Zoom window. Then choose what you want to share – your entire desktop, just one open window, whiteboard, or your iPhone/iPad via AirPlay.
Only with your help can we build a new world in which no one will ever see a pixelated screen again. We welcome you with open arms and hope to see you in a live demo with a product specialist soon!