June 20 , 2016

Configuring Apple TV for Conference Room Display Mode with Ditto

A little-known feature of Apple TV is quite handy when paired with Ditto.

Conference Room Display mode allows administrators to display instructions for connecting to the TV. In the case of Ditto, this feature means there’s no physical printout required, and users will immediately know how to wirelessly connect their Mac or PC screen to the Apple TV.

Apple RTV Conference Room Display with Ditto

Enabling Conference Room Display mode is simple:

  1. Make sure your Apple TV is completely up to date.
  2. Go to Settings -> AirPlay -> Conference Room Display
  3. Select On

That’s it! Once you’ve enabled this setting, you’ll need to follow a few more steps to completely set up this feature for use with Ditto.

To configure Conference Room Display mode for use with Ditto, follow these simple steps:

  1. On your Apple TV, go to Settings -> AirPlay -> Conference Room Display -> Custom Message
  2. Enter message text that explains how a user connects their PC or Mac display with Ditto. You will need the Ditto room code for this.
    • We recommend the following text: ”Visit connect.goditto.com and enter [DITTO ROOM CODE] to connect your Mac or PC screen to this display.”

When the Apple TV is turned on or woken from sleep, the custom message text is displayed.

June 15 , 2016

Using Ditto to Screen Share from Mac and PC to Chromecast

Ditto with Chromecast

Most conference rooms and environments where you may want to share a screen are equipped with a cable. VGA, DVI, DisplayPort, HDMI; the list goes on. In a better scenario, TVs and projectors are attached to an Apple TV or a Chromecast.

Chromecast is popular. Super popular. In just a few years, Google has sold more than 15 million units. It’s an inexpensive device that’s great for sharing content like movies, music, pictures and home videos to the big screen. It’s made for sharing existing static content, but unfortunately sharing computer screens has not been a focus. Of course there’s a beta Chrome browser extension that allows this, but that’s tricky, and it’s not easy for beginners or anyone who doesn’t “get” technology.

Ditto, our latest product offering, brings active screen sharing to Chromecast into the spotlight.

Technology is hard. That’s why we made Ditto super simple. It works with Chromecast (and Apple TV), and it gives businesses, schools and institutions all over the world access to an easy and instant screen-sharing service.  Ditto allows anyone with a computer and an internet connection to automatically connect to the appropriate Chromecast and share their computer screen.

We created Ditto as a solution to the stubborn and unreliable ways of screen sharing. Ditto is a wireless screen-sharing product that doesn’t require individual user licenses, and it’s preconfigured, so it already knows which Chromecast to connect to. There’s no searching through a list of “available” receivers. Ditto doesn’t even need to be installed on the computer to share the screen.

Sharing to a Chromecast is as simple as entering a unique Ditto code at www.goditto.com. Anyone can do it—Mac or PC, employee or guest.

Want to know more? We’re here to answer your questions!

June 13 , 2016

Ditto Screen-Sharing for Apple TV in any Meeting Space

Our new Ditto screen-sharing service lets an unlimited number of Mac or PC users wirelessly display their computer screen on an Apple TV. Ditto does not require cords or individual user licenses, and it makes connecting to the wrong Apple TV or receiver impossible.

Ditto Apple TV Screen Share

You’ve heard people ask these questions at the beginning of meetings before, right?

“What’s the name of the Apple TV in this room? Is this conference room six or eight? What cord do I need to connect to get this projector to work?”

Please, say goodbye to those questions. Forever. Ditto allows anyone with a computer and an internet connection to automatically connect to the appropriate Apple TV simply by entering the room’s unique Ditto code at www.goditto.com.

Technology is complex. We created Ditto to give businesses, schools and institutions all over the world access to a user-friendly screen-sharing service.

We know what some of you are thinking. Many newer Macs come with AirPlay. Why not just use the Mac’s built-in AirPlay to connect to the conference room Apple TV? Here are some reasons why Ditto is a better screen-sharing solution than AirPlay:

  1. AirPlay only allows you to mirror your entire screen, but Ditto allows you to share your entire screen OR just specific applications to the big screen, such as the Microsoft Office programs, an internet browser, calendars and more. This increases privacy for the person sharing their computer screen and prevents everyone in the room from seeing something they shouldn’t.
  2. Ditto is automatic. Anyone in the room can screen share simply by entering the Ditto room code at goditto.com. No wires. No long list of potential receivers. No confusion.
  3. AirPlay doesn’t work for users with PCs or older Macs, as those computers do not have AirPlay support.

Go Ditto

Ditto brings easy and unlimited screen sharing to any business, school or institution using Apple TVs (and Chromecasts, too!) in their meeting spaces. It allows a large number of people to connect, collaborate and share content at an affordable price.

Ditto is hundreds to thousands of dollars cheaper than alternative screen-sharing solutions. The cost is per room, not per user. This gives an unlimited number of people screen-sharing capabilities in any room enrolled in Ditto. Ditto costs just $149.99/year per room.

We may be a little biased, but we think Ditto is a must-have screen-sharing service. Any questions? Let us know in the comments below! You can also learn more or begin your 30-day free Ditto trial at www.goditto.com.

June 9 , 2016

How to Configure Ditto Screen-Sharing Service With The Configuration Utility

Before you and others at your organization can enjoy our easy-to-use screen-sharing service, Ditto, you will need to add your conference room display to a Ditto account.

Don’t worry! We made the process easy. You’ll be up and running in minutes.

Ditto Config Icon

Using the Ditto Configuration Utility

The Ditto Configuration Utility works on Mac and Windows. It’s designed to allow quick and effortless addition of rooms to a Ditto account. Once you add the rooms, anyone can share their Mac or PC screen to a room's Apple TV, Chromecast or Reflector-connected TV or display.

Before we begin, make sure your receivers (Apple TV, Chromecast or Reflector) are powered on and your computer is on the same network as the devices.

  1. Download the configuration app

To obtain the Ditto setup tool, log in to the Ditto administration portal. You’ll find a link to the tool under Step 2 of the Getting Started section.

  1. Login

To use the configuration tool and add rooms to your Ditto account, you’ll need to log in.

1 - Config Login

  1. Get Started

Welcome! Click “Get Started” to scan your network for available receivers.

2 - Config Welcome

  1. Search the Network

The tool will automatically search your network for available devices. Be sure you’ve powered the devices on and that you’re on the same network.

3 - Config Searching

  1. Select Devices

After a few seconds, you’ll see available devices. Choose the devices you would like to add to Ditto. If your devices don’t appear here, they may not be powered on, or you may not be on the same network. To add devices that don’t appear, visit your account portal.

4 - Config Found Devices

  1. Configure Devices

This tool already knows the network information required to connect your devices. All you need to do is enter an identifying room name.

5 - Config Config Device

  1. Finish

That’s it! Adding new devices to Ditto is that simple.

6 - Config Finished

Don’t want to use our super simple setup tool? You can also add devices via the Ditto account portal.  Need help? Contact us via help.airsquirrels.com!

June 6 , 2016

How to Decide Between Reflector, AirParrot and Ditto Screen-Sharing Technology

Which one of our three primary screen-sharing and mirroring solutions is right for you? All three were designed to make wirelessly displaying content from one screen to another as simple as can be, but they are designed for different users, devices and applications. Read on to discover what each one does, which devices they use and who uses them!

Be sure to check out the chart below for a side-by-side feature comparison of Ditto and AirParrot.

Ditto: A screen-sharing solution for any meeting space

Ditto is our newest screen-sharing service! We realized that there wasn’t an easy, universally accepted way for people to share their computer screen to larger displays in conference rooms and meeting spaces. Ditto solves that problem without requiring confusing cables and costly software for each user. It’s lightweight, fast and designed for use by the common professional.

When a company, school or institution signs up for Ditto, each conference room or meeting space with an Apple TV or Chromecast receives a unique Ditto code. Whenever a meeting begins, anyone in the room can automatically share their Mac or PC screen to the big screen simply by entering the room’s Ditto code at connect.goditto.com.

It brings unlimited screen sharing to any office. Any employee or guest with a computer and an internet connection can share their screen without cables or costly software for each individual computer. Ditto is on-demand screen sharing.

The best part about Ditto is that it’s hundreds to thousands of dollars per year cheaper than alternative conference room screen-sharing solutions. An unlimited amount of employees and guests can share their computer screen with Ditto because the cost is per room or receiver (such as Apple TV or Chromecast), not per user. Ditto is just $149.99/year per room.

AirParrot: A screen mirroring and streaming solution for Mac, PC and Chromebook

AirParrot is a robust screen mirroring and streaming solution that allows Mac, PC and Chromebook users to wirelessly send content to Apple TV, Chromecast and Reflector-enabled devices. It shares some of the same functionality as Ditto. The difference is in the details.

AirParrot is an application that is downloaded to each individual user’s computer. In contrast, Ditto lives online “in the cloud” and is designed for use by a large number of users. After each Ditto session, the Ditto file is deleted from the user’s computer. While Ditto provides a company-wide subscription that’s accessible to all employees and guests, AirParrot requires a license for each individual user.

That said, AirParrot comes equipped with a surplus of features. AirParrot users can mirror their screens and stream audio/video to multiple Apple TV, Chromecast or Reflector destinations simultaneously at home or in the office.

Both Ditto and AirParrot provide options for app-specific or full-screen mirroring. Users can choose whether they want to mirror a specific application such as Microsoft Word or an internet browser, or their entire screen at once. There is also an Extended Desktop feature that is unique to AirParrot.

In short, Ditto provides easy-to-use screen-sharing capabilities for a large number of users. AirParrot provides screen-sharing and media-streaming capabilities on a one-user-per-license basis.

AirParrot can be purchased for a one-time cost of $12.99 per license.

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Reflector: A screen mirroring and recording solution for iOS, Android, Surface Pro and Chromebook devices

Reflector is a software that runs on your Mac or PC. It allows users to wirelessly display iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chromebook, Surface Pro and Android devices on the computer. Users can display multiple mobile devices at once, and every device screen can be recorded, so each session can be saved and viewed at a later date.

Educators, gamers, developers and business professionals all over the world use Reflector to display, present and record mobile devices in real time. Anything a user does on his or her mobile device is simultaneously shown on the computer screen.

Reflector can be purchased for a one-time cost of $14.99 per license.

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