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How it works
A standard ClickShare set-up consists of four USB powered devices (the ClickShare Buttons), a storage basket to neatly store the Buttons when they're not used (the ClickShare Tray) and a Base Unit. The Base Unit has a fixed connection to the meeting room's visualization system, and takes care of all the needed processing. Users who want to get their presentation on the large meeting room screen, simply connect a Button to their PC or MAC. They start the application, click the ClickShare Button and immediately their desktop is wirelessly transferred to the large visualization system. What's more, ClickShare does not interfere with your laptop's resolution, and automatically displays the screen content in the most optimal way.
Confidence and collaboration
ClickShare simply works. This sounds obvious, but considering all the time lost today trying to connect the laptop to the meeting room display, it means a big relief for presenters. The result is enhanced confidence, leading to better presentations. ClickShare also allows other meeting attendees to participate more actively. When connecting one of the other ClickShare Buttons to their laptop, they can put their content on-screen as well. In total, four participants can be on-screen simultaneously.
When developing ClickShare, one thing was always at the top of the priority list: to create the most natural user experience, for every user. But of course, not all users and companies are the same. That is why we foresee a number of ways to start ClickShare, suiting anybody's needs.
In order to send the content of your laptop screen to the large meeting room display, ClickShare uses desktop scraping. This requires an application that runs on your computer and retrieves the information from the graphical card.
When the meeting starts, the user plugs the ClickShare Button into the USB port to use ClickShare. Once plugged in, the Button's light will blink white to indicate its pending state; several scenarios are possible:
No installation on the laptop
The screen scraping application is available on the mass storage space of the ClickShare Button. You browse to My Computer (Windows) or Finder (Mac) and open the ClickShare drive. There, you will find the ClickShare application, which you can start by double clicking it. Once the application is started, the ClickShare Button will connect to the Base Unit.
If you want to avoid starting up the application each meeting, you can choose to install a service on your laptop. You can find this starter service installer on the ClickShare drive as well. Once installed, this service runs in the background. Upon detecting a ClickShare Button being plugged in, it immediately starts the screen scraping application and initiates the connection with the ClickShare Base Unit. Note that you will need administrator rights on the laptop to install this service.
To make things easier for each individual user, the company's IT department can pre-install the above mentioned service on all the company laptops. This means that no user will need to worry about the application, and ClickShare becomes a matter of connecting a ClickShare Button to the computer, pushing it and starting to share.
After the application has started and the connection with the Base Unit has been established, the Button will light up steady white. During the meeting, all users can share or stop sharing by simply clicking the Button. Once the Button is unplugged from the USB port at the end of the meeting, the application automatically closes after a few seconds and leaves no trace on the computer.
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