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ScreenTime

Show your macOS desktop on FaceTime

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Roland Hovsepyan
needet thing))
Ryan Hoover
I've never had the need to share my screen via FaceTime, but maybe there's a use case or audience of people that do? Curious to know more, @bibhasbibhas. 🤔
Bibhas Acharya
Maker
Hi @rrhoover :), Screen sharing on FaceTime is one of those features you didn't know you wanted, but once you use it, there's no going back. With ScreenTime, we're going after more casual use cases like shopping on amazon, viewing photos together, picking the right AirBnB, helping dad figure out technology etc, as opposed to heavy duty uses cases like long conference calls or tech support (after all, most people use FaceTime to chat with family and friends). In the last week alone, I've FaceTime-ed my brother with ScreenTime and helped him fix his linker errors on Xcode, helped him pick a pair of sunglasses for my mom on SunglassHut and decided on the hotel we're going to stay at during our Christmas vacation in Singapore this winter. (I must mention, we live half way around the world from each other.)
Nate Davis
@bibhasbibhas @rrhoover Yeah I surprisingly have an older client that would love this. They don't know how to dial into a screen share so we always facetime or call and then I "try to screen share" but it never works out. I can see this as being a good and easy solution to finally be able to share my screen.
Ayush Chandra
Great job !! 😊 Wpuld love this for Windows 10 and other conference call system integration such as UberConference,Zoom Conference, Blue jeans
Bibhas Acharya
Maker
@ayush_chandra Thank you. Unfortunately, we piggy back on FaceTime for the video conferencing side of things, and the tech. is deeply tied to macOS. So, as much as I'd like for this to work on Windows, that'll sadly be a no go. I'm really sorry :(
Astghik Azaryan
Why would sharing your screen on Facetime be that important that will cost $10?))) how often would one need it??
Bibhas Acharya
Maker
@astghik_azaryan It depends what you use FaceTime for, to be honest. Pretty much my whole extended family buys Apple, so we use FaceTime pretty often. FaceTime plays a big part in our lives. So, when I'm talking to my granny and she complains about nobody having shown her my 2 yr old niece's latest photos on IG, I pull up ScreenTime and show them to her. Some other day, I might be checking in on my brother, and he might have a question or two for me about C++. So, ScreenTime really helps in situations like these where, mid conversation, you decide you want to show the other person a photo, or a webpage or a demo of some sort. Now whether it's worth $10, that's for you to decide. I must mention, I have a generous trial in place, so there's no risk in taking the app out for a spin. The trial is unlimited and lets you screen share for up to a minute per call.
E.T.Cook
@astghik_azaryan I, for one, see lots of use cases for this - and to not have to rely on a separate service would be fantastic. As @bibhasbibhas pointed out, this is not something I realized I wanted until I saw this. E.g. My family all lives in other countries but asks me for assistance all the time. They're not very technically inclined, and solutions like Skype, etc just don't work well. We end up FaceTiming - and they point their phone at the screen. Minor things, but this changes everything. Admittedly, the pricing is odd in the use cases that I find valuable. You pay $10 so you can share your screen, but in reality - what do I do? Pay $10 for each of my family members that would need this with instructions on how to install?
Bibhas Acharya
Maker
@etc What kind of pricing would you be most comfortable with? I'm all ears :)
E.T.Cook
@bibhasbibhas This may be very "use case specific," but given the fact that your stated use cases all seem to revolve around existing relationships / family, perhaps a family one makes sense. One time fee for x number of installations and make it easier to send someone a link to download and have it "pre-licensed" or they receive a link in the mail based on your invitation that gives them a unique license. Something like that.
Astghik Azaryan
@bibhasbibhas thanks for very thorough answer))
Karthik K
This is brilliant. We are a all Mac office, and FaceTime is one thing we use consistently across locations. Screensharing via FaceTime is something we missed. I guess we have it now. 🙏
mark!
This is absolutely brilliant. The amount of 60+ year old family IT service I do for my family & others thanks you in advance.
Bruno Lemos
Seems nice, congrats on shipping! Just a heads up that Screen Time is the name of the built-in iOS 12 feature that measure your time on each app and that may come to macOS as well :)
Joid
But, why wouldn't I use the build-in screen sharing in Messages.app on my Mac? https://support.apple.com/guide/messages/screen-sharing-icht11883/mac
Bibhas Acharya
Maker
@joid Messages.app screensharing only works across macs, so mac->mac. ScreenTime, on the other hand, can be used mac -> iOS device.
airira
Why wouldn’t I just use Google Remote Desktop on the iOS device and on the macOS computer? Or use Apple Remote Desktop on my Mac and talk to the person on FaceTime? Or use any of the other apps that are available - many on a free or subscription basis that might be cheaper?
Bibhas Acharya
Maker
@airira ScreenTime is useful if the other person doesn't have any of those apps installed on their phone. With ScreenTime, you could be screen sharing with any iOS user.
airira
@bibhasbibhas iOS to iOS? If that’s right, it would be an incredible tool for businesses that need to troubleshoot iPhones long distance. If true, I’m very interested. Thanks.
Bibhas Acharya
Maker
@airira Sorry, the driver only works on macOS (iOS doesn't allow any thirdparty drivers). So, just macOS -> iOS (or macOS -> macOS). See the third product image on this page (https://ph-files.imgix.net/c8093a07-08bd-4fbe-ab75-87ff91c60c95?auto=format&auto=compress&codec=mozjpeg&cs=strip)
airira
@bibhasbibhas so if it’s macOS to iOS or macOS to macOS, then what I said before still holds.
Cosmin Constantinescu
Installed, called, shared screen, and it froze for the other person. Application was stuck, so i killed it with Activity Monotor. It won't start, and it just shares a black screen.
Bibhas Acharya
Maker
@sneila Hi, I'm sorry you had a bad experience with ScreenTime. Were you able to get things running again? If the app isn't running and you'd like to uninstall it, please let me know and I'll send you an uninstaller. If you are able to run the app, there is an uninstall button in the menu bar app. Again, sorry about the bug. I'm trying to fix it as we speak.
Cosmin Constantinescu
@bibhasbibhas did not manage to have it run, rebooted the system and everything, it just streams a static picture or a black screen. Yes, uninstalled it. Let me know once its fixed. The quality of the image was also very bad, streaming code, it was non-readable (the static picture)
Bibhas Acharya
Maker
@sneila The image quality unfortunately depends on your WiFi connection, and how good of a FaceTime reception you can get. Either way, will let you know. Sorry again.
Cosmin Constantinescu
@bibhasbibhas We are on the same LAN/WIFI (but i guess the signal goes to Apple and back). Do not be sorry dude :))) It's normal in development to not figure all the bits and pieces. I thank you for the effort on this and responsiveness.
o1xhack
Ok, so I see the point here is the other one is using iPad, iPhone etc. You can using mac and ScreenTime your computer to them to show stuff. This is the main point difference to using iMessage Share right?
Bibhas Acharya
Maker
@o1xhack Yup, that is correct.
o1xhack
@bibhasbibhas What's the "free unlimited trial" ?? Is that using free but you will collect usage data?
Bibhas Acharya
Maker
@o1xhack The trial never expires, but usage is capped at 1 min / call. So if you wanted to screen share for more than a minute, you'd have to hang up and start a new video call. ScreenTime doesn't collect any data whatsoever. It's just a virtual webcam.
mood
How to uninstall it?
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