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Help Friends And Colleagues Out With Screenmailer

Have you ever been asked by a friend or coworker how to do a technical task? Maybe they are highly technically capable but you find it hard to express what you want to tell them with mere words (and they just don’t seem to be able to understand anything you tell them!). Maybe you normally resort to sending them hundreds of screenshot or using a complicated application to guide your friend.

That is the situation Jonas Neilsen was in. He found fed up of arranging guided Skype calls and wanted more time independence that you can get from using screen casting calls at a time that is convenient for you, but the tools he saw just weren’t good enough for him. They we’re mostly based on in browser Java tools and didn’t help the process. So he decided to make a better tool for the booming remote worker crowd.

What Is Screenmailer?

Screenmailer is a free Mavericks based tools for making super easy screen casts to email to people who need help. It’s free to download and sits in your menu bar. It uploads to screenmailer.com and then gives you a link which you can email to the relevant person. The video stays online and is streamed to the person so they don’t have to download it and take up space on their computer.
Jonas is planning to bring it to Windows in the future and to offer a monthly paid Pro version. Check out the video!

What I like

The process of using the app is really simple. All you need to do is click on the symbol in your menu bar, create an account (you can use your Google+ account if you want) or log in if you’ve already created an account. Then you select your microphone and the amount of the screen you want (with a simple drag and drop for the size or a click on the screen for the whole screen). Then just click start to start, pause to pause and stop to stop.

Once you’ve made your screencast you are presented with two sharing options, either via an email or via a link (which you can email yourself if you really want). Just send these links to people and they can stream the videos on any system.

It’s really simple and easy to use giving you just the options that you need which don’t get in the way when you don’t need them and helps you make a simple screencast which you can share with anyone.

Of course the price (free) doesn’t harm it either.

What I don’t like

As with all super simple tools it doesn’t have more advance features like editing the video you’ve made and being able to download a copy or embed a copy on a website. It also has a time limit of 45 minutes (though Jonas does mention you can email him suggesting you may be able to get more).

Other than that it’s really hard to dislike the service, it’s free, easy to use and is so easy to access that it really fulfils the function that Jonas set out, simply and easily send videos of up to 45 minutes to people who need help (let’s be honest, you could do multiple videos if you really need to and if it takes more than 45 minutes, then one screen cast isn’t going to help!).

Buy/Don’t Buy

As a free tool it’s very powerful, you can easily record a screencast to help guide a friend through a complicated process that they need to do. The fact that you simply send a link and you don’t have to download large video files is a real saving grace after making a host of screencast for students in the past.
However, there are a few little features I’d really need for this to be my main screen casting tool. Things such as being able to download and embed the videos can be really useful in certain context to answer common questions of customers.

Overall I think Jonas is on to a great thing here and from our interactions I know that he is going to go about setting up a pro version in the right way (by not needless limiting the free version). My only slight concern is what will happen if Screenmailer really does take off. Hopefully that will be a good problem for Jonas to deal with.

Head over to Screenmailer and download it today.

Screenmailer has been accepted into the Mac App Store where you can now download it

The app was not found in the store. 🙁

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