Single Window Sharing is out! This feature allows you to share a selected window or application while simultaneously working/viewing presentation notes and other content on your computer.
Continue reading to learn how to use the feature and how to leave feedback👇
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How to use Single Window Sharing
- Open the Airtame app.
- Hover the mouse over the desired Airtame and press "Share window".
- Click on the desired window to start sharing.
- For presenting the window to more Airtame devices, go back to the app and click "+ Add screen".
From Windows you can use the 'Show hidden icons' menu in the lower right next to time/date to bring the Airtame app back to the foreground.
From Mac you can click on the Airtame logo in the Menu Bar in the upper right to bring the Airtame app back to the foreground.
Use Airtame for Presenter mode
With Single Window Sharing, you now have the option to use "Presenter mode" for certain services and devices. This can be useful when you want to view your presenter notes in private on your own computer screen and your presentation slides on the Airtame-equipped screen.
Other services currently not supported:
This feature will, unfortunately, not work on Keynote nor PowerPoint for macOS devices because of different behaviour for such devices.
As an alternative solution to have Presenter mode when using macOS, we suggest to enable AirPlay and use to extend the screen.
NB: To use Single Window Sharing with Windows 7 please enable this feature with the application preferences:
No mouse cursor
When sharing with Single Window Sharing we won’t have any mouse cursor on the display. We are looking to add this as an improvement later on, but in the initial release it won’t show up on the Airtame connected display but only on the users own machine.
System audio instead of Window Audio
When streaming audio (by selecting the dedicated icon in the app panel) and using the "Single window" option, the full system audio will play through the TV or projector's speakers. This means that it won't only be the audio output of the chosen window/application that plays.
Certain windows cannot be shared
There are certain windows that cannot be shared with Single Window Sharing on Windows due to security reasons (e.g. the Task Manager). When choosing a single window to share, those windows will have a red overlay and a stop icon to indicate that it is not possible to select them.
Making “single streamed” window fullscreen may not work
There are many ways in which apps can make their windows fullscreen. Not all work with single window sharing, unfortunately. For example when sharing Safari window with embedded YouTube video everything works, but when one makes YouTube full screen it will open a new window (fullscreen one). Of course, SWS don’t know about this and will still stream old window, which is blurred for the fullscreen duration.
Minimized or hidden windows can’t be streamed
While sharing a single window, if the window gets minimized, it cannot be streamed anymore. On macOS the same behavior happens if the window is hidden (Cmd+H).
SWS may malfunction on Windows 7
There is a problem on some Windows 7 machines — single window will be streamed, but if other window overlaps it, it will be streamed too.
For macOS specific
On macOS there’s a window shaking when changing desktops
When sharing a single window on macOS and changing between desktops by swiping between the desktops, the window streamed will be shaking.
On macOS the window is “paused” if not visible while in to full-screen
When sharing a single window on macOS, and then maximizing another window to go in full-screen mode, the window that is streamed might be put on pause by the system, so it will not be streamed. For example, if you try to stream a browser video, and then go in full-screen with your word editor, because the browser is not visible anymore, it cannot be streamed.
On macOS top part of full-screen window sometimes is suggested for picking separately
We know about this problem, however, we are looking forward to releasing with it, as a fix is really complex.
MacOS performance is limited when single window sharing compared to full mirroring
The way that macOS captures and compresses the image is not as efficient when using the single window capture module meaning that the CPU of the laptop is under heavier load with SWS. This will cause the video to potentially be less smooth and for the battery to drain faster when Single Window Sharing on a Mac compared to simple sharing.
💡How to provide feedback
We would appreciate any input about the user experience and if you have any bug or issues to report.
- You can write us directly on chat either here, on our website, from Airtame app, or Airtame Cloud.
- Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For reporting bugs, please make sure to include log files from Airtame App:
- Open Airtame app.
- Click on "Preferences" in the lower left corner.
- Click "Download log files".
- Include the files in the email or chat message.
Not working? Please have a look here: Download the Log Files From the Airtame App