The app that has easily proved most useful in 2012 (so far) has been join.me. It makes screen-sharing, and sharing control of said screen, dirt simple. There are countless times that I need to discuss things that I am building or testing on screen and instead of trying to explain what I am looking at or doing, I can easily copy/paste a link and I am sharing my screen in seconds. No software for them to download, it just works.
To share your screen, you do have to download the software, but for a free product it’s more than worth the time it takes to install. It’s by no means bloatware or resource heavy.
One of the great features is that it allows you to easily share control of your screen with your viewers. This is something that I do not believe Skype offers. While Skype makes it easy to share screens, sharing control is a different matter. I do screen shares regularly with Skype as well, but when users do not have Skype installed, I can just email/IM them a link and they are instantly connected and we can have a regular phone call. Join.me even provides integrated voice and chat so you can speak to each other if you have speakers/mics or just use chat if you are in a library or somewhere else where you don’t want to disturb other people. I’ve had many chat only screen-sharing sessions where a phone call was not even necessary.
Finally this could be a great thing to install on a parent’s, or not-so-tech-savvy friend’s computer. This would easily allow you to troubleshoot their machine with minimal complication. I have used things like CrossLoop, Skype, and Remote Desktop, but I think Join.me could also be easily used for something like that. I love the 1 click Copy Share Link to clipboard.
Go ahead and give Join.me a try if you ever have to need to do any screen-sharing or you are bugging friends and family and trying to describe your computer problems over the phone instead of letting them see what you are doing.
What are your favorite apps of 2012 so far?