Last November I reviewed Yugma Skype Edition, the only complete cross platform Skype Extra that adds desktop (and now application) sharing as a complement to Skype voice, text and video conversation sessions. Recently Yugma participated in the Skype booth at MacWorld sponsored by Skype’s Developer Program to recruit Mac developers into the program.
Last week Yugma SE Team Collaboration received Skype certification. Today Skype and Yugma announced YugmaSE’s inclusion as a certified Skype Extra resulting from Yugma’s participation in the Skype Developer Program. For Windows users, YugmaSE can be obtained and installed via Skype’s Extras Manager (Tools | Do More | Get Extras | Sharing) or at the Skype Extras website. Mac users can obtain the client via the Yugma for Skype website links here; a plug-in for Linux desktops is “coming soon”.
In addition to its previously reviewed ability to share across Windows and Mac platforms, the final release also:
- allows you to share either a single designated application or your entire desktop
- provides the option of inviting remote participants1 to either a fully interactive session or to view (a) shared desktop(s) via a remote viewer.
The “Free Forever” Skype Extra allows the sharing of a designated desktop (as selected by the session host) with ten additional participants at no cost to the host2. During the 15-day trial period you can also share mouse and keyboard control, schedule sessions, record and playback sessions and host a “shared file space”. Monthly and annual options for a Premium subscription that provides ongoing access to these features, along with email, phone and web-based technical support, are available for hosting an unlimited number of 10, 30, 100 and 500 participant sessions. Audio support can be provided via Skype conferencing (up to ten participants) or a “free” teleconferencing server for which normal long distance access charges will apply. Independent of Yugma support, HiDefCoferencing could also be used.
As many of my contacts have been acquiring Macs and MacBooks over the past eighteen months, Yugma’s Skype Edition has become a very useful tool for presentations and training sessions during the past few months.
1 Invitations may be sent to both Skype contacts via Skype chat and participants who are not Skype contacts via email
2 Note that free sessions will request all participants to register an email address and password; premium subscriptions simply request an identifier name (for the session) and an email address but no registration.
Tags: Skype, Yugma, Yugma Skype Edition, Skype Extras, Skype Developer Program
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