By Stefan Klieme
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ScreenSharing provides easy access to Screen Sharing from the menu bar.
• Local and Back to My Mac hosts are automatically detected with Bonjour.
• Custom hosts can be added to be accessed over the internet.
• Custom hosts can be exported / imported
• Wake on LAN (WoL) support for custom hosts.
• AppleScript support.
• German, Dutch, French and Swedish localization
ScreenSharingMenulet is not a stand-alone VNC client.
It passes the URL information to built-in ScreenSharing.app
What's New in Version 2.8
Added an option to hide the About / Preferences Menu
Removed obsolete artwork by using template images
Deserves a review!
It’s odd — I’ve used this program practically every day, for (what seems like) a LONG time, and I never thought to give it a review. It deserves one.
Of course one doen’t NEED this little utility, but to me, the convenience is definitely worth the low price. Maybe more importantly, since I’ve installedl it on each of my family member’s Mac accounts, when I tell my spouse, son, or daughter to “log into the Mac Mini” (for example), they can remember how to do that! Great for those normal folks that just want to use the darn computer as a tool, not a hobby…
It’s great that it shows all the bonjour-enabled screen sharing hosts on the local network, but another nice feature is the ability to add other screen sharing hosts (e.g., my wife’s Windows machine) to the “My Computers” list. You can choose to display these “extra” hosts either in the primary list or in a submenu list — a nice touch. I don’t often use the “Back to my Mac” hosts, but it has been nice when I have used it.
Overall a very nice, solid, trouble-free, and usefull little utility that saves me a little bit of time nearly every day.
Menu Bar Access to “Back to My Mac"
This app simply provides Menu Bar access to Back to My Mac, and it does that very well — 5 stars.
I have two offices, and I frequently need access to the other computer. Thus, VNC is a daily necessity. Of all the clients, I like using Back to My Mac the most since it works best with the keyboard commands that I use without thinking (muscle memory). With any other client, I do the command without thinking, then I have to think how to do it without the keyboard command.
The bad thing about Back to My Mac is that it seems to break easily. Thus, I always try to use Back to My Mac first, then LogMeIn if it doesn’t work.
The point is that this app is nothing more or less than a menu bar access to Back to My Mac. All of the limitations of Back to My Mac remain, and they are not the problem of this app.
Simple app that gets the job done
For some reason, Apple likes to both hide their built-in Screen Sharing app and doesn’t like to expose a list of computers that have screen sharing enabled on your network. ScreenSharingMenulet handles both of these problems with elegance.
Highly recommend if you’re sick and tired of searching for the Screen Sharing app or don’t want to remember a bunch of hostnames/IP addresses.