October 16, 2017

Ditto update offers organizations a custom screen-mirroring experience

The Ditto wireless presentation solution received a number of highly requested feature updates that will make each screen-mirroring experience feel unique to your organization.

The new customization features allow schools, businesses and other organizations to offer their users a personal and familiar screen-mirroring solution. 

So what's new?

Custom room codes

Ditto room codes are what users type into the Ditto connect page to wirelessly display their screen to the AirPlay or Cast receiver in the room. Previously, these codes were randomly assigned to each room by Ditto. An organization had no control over their codes.

That all changed.

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You can now customize Ditto room codes instead of using randomly assigned codes. The custom codes can incorporate your school name, company name, building name, room name or anything else.

For example, a school can now create a code like “Franklin Hall 101” to align the Ditto room code with the actual room. Custom codes are more memorable and more appropriate for each setting.

Custom-branded connection pages

Easily create your own branded Ditto connect page. Upload a logo, a unique background image and colors. Even insert a custom message for your users containing connection instructions or pertinent organizational information.

Using a branded connect page makes it feel like Ditto is a screen-mirroring solution tailored to your organization rather than a service provided by a third party.

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Custom subdomain

When you create a branded Ditto connect page, you receive a special URL that’s needed to access the page. You’ll want a simple way to direct your end users to the branded page so they can enter their Ditto room code there instead of our generic Ditto connect page.

That’s easy when you create a custom subdomain. Pair your branded connect page with a domain alias such as ditto.yoursite.com for an even more immersive experience and easier access. Learn how to create a custom subdomain.

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Room list view and search

The list of rooms in the admin portal can get lengthy if you have many Ditto rooms. Now you can easily search and find any Ditto-enabled room to make adjustments to rooms as needed.
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Customize your screen mirroring now

These features are free and available now for all Ditto customers. This update takes Ditto way beyond your standard screen-mirroring solution. Ditto provides quality and reliable screen mirroring during presentations and meetings. That’s a given. Now you can turn Ditto into a solution that’s completely in tune with and connected to your brand.



More to come

We're excited to bring even more user-requested enhancements later this year. Stay tuned: More updates to come.
September 27, 2017

AirParrot 2.7.3 for Mac and Windows is Now Available

A new AirParrot 2 update is now available for all Mac and Windows users.

You can update AirParrot 2 by selecting “Check for Updates” from the AirParrot 2 preferences menu. Additionally, you can download the new version from the AirParrot 2 download page.

AirParrot for Mac 2.7.3 update notes:

  • Added compatibility with tvOS 11
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and performance improvements

AirParrot for Windows 2.7.3 update notes:

  • Added compatibility with tvOS 11
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and performance improvements
September 25, 2017

How To Connect An iPad To A Projector

Here’s an important piece of advice for anyone looking for a way to connect an iPad to a projector: 

Don’t do that.

Why?

Because if you’re looking for a way to connect an iPad to a projector, what you’re really looking for is a way to show a group of people in the same room what’s on your iPad.

Whatever method you’ve come across so far probably isn’t the best way to do it.

For instance, you might be inclined to manually connect the iPad to the projector via cable.

Nope. Don’t do that.

Why?

There are a number of reasons. Here are three big ones.

  1. Cables are restrictive and often require you to remain within a few feet of the projector. Limiting a presenter’s mobility makes it difficult to captivate an audience.

  2. Cable-based projector connections require outdated VGA and HDMI adapters. This is a problem because Apple has shown a tendency to change the connection ports on its devices.

    These adapters are not compatible with all iPads in use, and they will likely be incompatible with future iPad models.

  3. Connecting via cables is a huge time waster, especially if other people in the room, such as peers or students, need to share from their devices as well.

    Each new connection requires the individual to walk their device to the projector. This process interrupts the flow of any meeting, class or speech.

We know what you’re thinking.

What about connecting an Apple TV to the projector and wirelessly displaying the iPad to the Apple TV?

Nope. Don’t do that, either.

Apple TVs are expensive. A new one will cost about $200. That adds up if you need iPad presentation capabilities in multiple rooms.

Apple TVs only allow one device to wirelessly connect at a time. That’s not ideal for collaboration or comparative analysis purposes.

So what are you supposed to do?

The best way to connect an iPad to a projector

The best, most cost-effective way to connect an iPad to a projector is with a $15 computer application called Reflector 2.

Reflector is an application that runs on Mac or Windows computers. It allows you to wirelessly display one or more iPads on your computer screen.

Read: How to wirelessly connect an iPad to Reflector

To display the iPad to your audience, all you need to do is connect your Reflector-enabled computer to the projector with a cable. Whatever you do on your iPad will display on your computer, and the connected projector will show the iPad to your audience. You will be free to walk around the room and wirelessly present from the iPad in your hand.

Thinking about using Reflector?

Do that.

Reflector is more cost effective than Apple TVs, and it allows you to mirror more than one device at a time. It also gets rid of all of the HDMI and VGA cables and adapters required to connect an iPad to a projector.

You just solved at least three presentation problems with a $15 computer application. Exciting, right? 

Get Reflector today to begin wirelessly presenting from your iPad.

September 21, 2017

How to Screen Mirror iOS 11 iPads and iPhones to Mac and Windows Computers

Screen mirroring iPad and iPhone screens to your Mac or Windows computer is easy with iOS 11.

All you need to do is add one application to your Mac or Windows computer to turn it into an AirPlay-compatible receiver.

That application is called Reflector 2. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide use Reflector to mirror and record iOS devices.

Mirroring your iPhone or iPad screen to a computer running Reflector is still fundamentally the same with iOS 11. The only difference is that AirPlay Mirroring is now called Screen Mirroring in the iPad and iPhone Control Center. 

Here’s how to mirror your iPhone or iPad running iOS 11 to any Reflector-enabled Mac or Windows computer.

Step One

Check that your iOS 11 device and your computer running Reflector 2 are connected to the same network. 

Step Two

Open Reflector 2 on your Mac or Windows computer from your applications folder. 

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Step Three

Unlock your iOS 11 device, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal the Control Center and select Screen Mirroring. Note: iPhone X users need to swipe down from the top of the screen to select Screen Mirroring. 

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Step Four

Select your computer from the list of AirPlay-enabled receivers. 

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Step Five

Once you've selected your computer, your device will wirelessly appear on your computer screen. Anything you do on your mobile device will happen on your computer in real time, including audio. 

Pro tip: You can wirelessly mirror more than just iPads and iPhones to your Reflector-enabled computer. You can also connect Android and Chromebook devices, and you can connect all of these devices simultaneously. 

Bonus Pro tip: How to record iOS 11, Android and Chromebook devices. Once a device is connected to Reflector, you will see a “Record” button in the top left corner of the mirrored device screen on your computer. Simply click that button to begin recording your session.

Purchase Reflector today to begin mirroring iOS 11 devices

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September 19, 2017

How to Save on ClassHub: PledgeCents Edition

We’ve partnered with many organizations to bring education technology discounts to schools and other education entities. This blog post is part of a series that contains information about discounts when purchasing ClassHub and other Squirrels LLC products.

Squirrels LLC partnered with PledgeCents, an education fundraising organization, to help educational entities raise money to bring technology to classrooms nationwide. This technology includes our ClassHub student device management solution and much more.

Teachers and education professionals can also raise money to purchase our student device screen-mirroring solutions: ReflectorAirParrot and AirParrot for Chrome OS.

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What is PledgeCents?

PledgeCents is a fundraising organization that helps streamline the process of getting technology into classrooms. PledgeCents makes classroom funding simple and eliminates teachers’ out-of-pocket expenses. So far, PledgeCents has served more than 650,000 students and has raised more than $1.2 million toward educational opportunities for students and teachers.

Teachers that are looking for new classroom collaboration tools or other screen-mirroring solutions can use PledgeCents to crowd source instead of relying on minimal school budgets or out-of-pocket funds. 

The more proactively teachers share their personalized fundraising page on Facebook, Twitter, etc., the more people can learn about their education need and invest in the campaign. When fundraising is over, PledgeCents sends the check directly to their school or organization so they can proceed with the purchasing process of the selected vendor. 

 

 

Here's a look at some of the benefits for creating a fundraising page with PledgeCents. PledgeCents:

  • Is PreK-12 focused
  • Connects you with philanthropists and businesses that offer matching opportunities to gain more support for fundraising pages
  • Allows members to keep what they’ve raised even if the goal wasn’t met
  • Allows educators decide what tools and solutions best fit their needs and which vendor to purchase them from

Want to bring Reflector 2, AirParrot 2, AirParrot for Chrome OS or ClassHub to your classroom? Here’s how to start fundraising for Squirrels products with PledgeCents:

First, read more about Squirrels, our products and our pricing plan in the PledgeCents Marketplace. (Note: Please contact us if you’re interested in ClassHub and mention that you’d like to start fundraising).

Then, simply create a fundraising page, share your story and start raising money toward your classroom technology needs!

Want to learn more about the PledgeCents process? Discover how educators already use PledgeCents for fundraising efforts.

Click here to begin sharing your story and raising money toward our classroom solutions, or contact the Squirrels sales team for more information about purchasing ClassHub or other Squirrels education technology.

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