Hosts

Participants

Hosts

System Requirements

Unyte works with Windows 2000 or XP. You must have Skype (version 1.4 or higher) and the Unyte plug-in installed on your system in order to host Unyte sharing sessions.

Unyte has the same minimum and recommended system requirements as Skype. (See "How to Use Skype" for system requirements.)

Security

Unyte uses 128 bit SSL encryption. It also blocks any unauthorized attempts to connect to the shared applications. Look for the security icon [ Unyte security icon ] on the Application Sharing control page.

You should only use Unyte with contacts that you trust!

What happens in a Unyte session?

You select the applications you want to share and invite up to four viewers to your Unyte session. You can even choose to share your whole desktop. You also decide if you want your viewers to have remote control over the applications you share.

The viewers you invite click a link to join your sharing session and view your shared applications in their browser.

What can I share?

You can share documents, presentations, applications, slide shows, your Web browser, and even your whole desktop! When you start Unyte, an Applications List shows the available selections on your system.

You can choose Remote Control to enable your viewers to actually use the applications you share. You can also adjust the image quality to optimize performance.

Starting Unyte

To start Unyte:

  1. Log into Skype.
  2. Click the Unyte icon on your desktop or select Programs > Unyte > WebDialogs Unyte from the Windows Start button.
  3. In the message box alerting you that another program wants to use Skype, select "Allow this program to use Skype."

When Unyte is running, the Unyte icon [ Unyte icon ] appears in color on the Windows taskbar at the bottom right of your screen.

Starting a sharing session is easy! Just right-click the icon in the Windows taskbar and follow these three steps:

Select contacts to share with Select applications to share Start the sharing session

After your sharing session starts, you can select additional contacts and applications.

Notes:

Inviting Skype Contacts

Unyte provides several ways for you to invite your Skype Contacts to a sharing session.

To invite:

An Online Skype Contact Select the Contact directly from the Unyte menu
An Offline Skype Contact Use the list of All Contacts
Multiple Skype Contacts Use the list of All Contacts
Skype Contacts in a Chat session Start sharing directly from Skype Chat

Note: You can also invite non-Skype contacts to your sharing session.

To invite an Online Skype Contact:

  1. Right-click the Unyte icon.
  2. Select Share With > Online Skype Contacts and select the Contact's name from the menu.
    (Only Contacts who are online and have given you authorization to see when they are online appear in this list.)
    Selecting an online Skype Contact
    A pop-up message alerts your Contact that you want to collaborate. A Skype Chat message provides a URL that the Contact can click to link to your Unyte sharing session.

To invite multiple Skype Contacts:

  1. Double-click the Unyte icon or right-click the icon and select Share With > Multiple Skype Contacts.
    Sharing with mutliple Skype Contacts
  2. Select a Contact to share with from the list of All Contacts and click the Add button.

    Selecting Skype Contacts to share with

    To select multiple Contacts, shift-click or alt-click the names in the list.
    To remove Contacts, select the names in the Share With list and click the Remove button.
    You can also double-click a name to move a Contact between lists.
  3. When finished, click the OK button.
    Unyte sends your Contacts a Skype Chat message stating that you wish to collaborate with them and providing the URL.

To invite Offline Skype Contacts:

  1. Double-click the Unyte icon or right-click the icon and select Share With > Multiple Skype Contacts.
  2. Select one or more Contacts to share with from the All Contacts list and click the Add button.
    An icon next to each name indicates whether the Contact is online or offline.
  3. Click OK.
    When the Contact comes back online, he or she receives a Skype Chat message stating that you wish to collaborate and providing the URL.

To invite Contacts from Skype Chat:

Selecting applications to share

After you select Skype Contacts to share with, the Application Sharing control page opens. The Applications List shows the applications open on your desktop.

Application Sharing control page

To share:

One application Select the application in the Applications List and click Share Selected
Multiple applications Select the applications in the Applications List and click Share Selected
All applications Click Share All

To deselect an application, click in the checkbox again.

Note: You can set your share quality and enable remote control before you start sharing or during the sharing session.

Starting a sharing session

When you click Share Selected or Share All on the Application Sharing page, the sharing session starts and viewers can join. When you are sharing an application, a Share icon appears in the Windows title bar at the top right of the application:

Shared application indicator

After your sharing session starts, you can select additional contacts to share with. You can also change the share quality setting and enable remote control.

Setting share quality

You can adjust the image quality to optimize the performance balance between speed and resolution. The default setting is Medium Quality, which performs well on most systems.

Choose from the following settings:

Slider Position Setting Performance
High quality setting High Quality
  • True color
  • Best appearance
  • Requires most bandwidth
  • May cause delays in updating the display on slower connections
Medium quality setting Medium Quality
  • Faster transfer speed
  • 256 colors
  • Best setting for most connections
High speed setting High Speed
  • Fastest transfer speed
  • 16 colors
  • Some reduction in image quality
  • Ideal for slower connections such as dial-up

To change the share quality before starting a sharing session:

To change the share quality during a sharing session:

  1. Right-click the Unyte icon in the Windows taskbar.
  2. Select Sharing Control from the menu.
  3. On the Application Sharing page, move the slider to choose a setting.

Enabling remote control

When you enable remote control, all viewers attending your Unyte sharing session can use the shared application, as if the application were open on their own desktop.

To enable remote control before starting a sharing session:

To enable remote control during a sharing session:

  1. Right-click the Unyte icon in the Windows taskbar.
  2. Select Sharing Control from the menu.
  3. On the Application Sharing page, select Enable Remote Control.

Sharing with non-Skype contacts

You can also invite non-Skype users by sending them the link to your session.

To invite non-Skype users by passing a link:

  1. Right-click the Unyte icon in the Windows taskbar and select Share With > Non-Skype Users.
  2. If you have not yet started your sharing session, select applications and start sharing.
  3. In the dialog box containing the join link, click Copy to copy the link to your clipboard.
    Link for non-Skype users to join a sharing session
  4. Paste the link into an e-mail message, text editor, or any type of file you can pass to your invitees.
  5. Send the link to your invitees with instructions to open in a browser.

To invite non-Skype users by providing a URL and access information:

  1. Right-click the Unyte icon in the Windows taskbar.
  2. From the menu, select Share With > Non-Skype Users.
  3. If you have not yet started your sharing session, select applications and start sharing.
    A dialog box provides a URL, Session ID, and Key for entering your sharing session.
    URL and access information for non-Skype users to join a sharing session
  4. Pass the URL, Session ID, and Key to your invitees with instructions to browse to the URL and enter the access information.

Tips for Sharing

Unyte keeps you informed of the status of your sharing session and your viewers. When a new viewer joins your session, the following message appears briefly at the bottom of your screen:
Viewer has joined status message

At any time, you can check your status by pausing your mouse over the Unyte icon in the Windows task bar. A yellow status message indicates whether you are Sharing or Not Sharing. If you are sharing, the message informs you how many viewers are connected. For example:

3 Viewers status message Not Sharing status message

Remember that the Share icon appears in the Windows title bar at the top right of any application you are sharing.

Shared application indicator

When you finish sharing, be sure to stop your Unyte session.

Stopping a Unyte session

You can stop your sharing session at any time.

Note: When you end a Skype call, you will be asked if you want to stop your sharing session. You may continue sharing after your call, but remember to stop your Unyte session when you finish. You should not leave applications shared on your desktop.

To end the sharing session:

  1. Right-click the Unyte icon in the Windows taskbar.
  2. Select Stop Sharing.
    Stop Sharing

The sharing session ends on your system and for all viewers.

Closing Unyte

To close Unyte:

  1. Right-click the Unyte icon in the Windows taskbar.
  2. Select Exit from the menu.
  3. Click Yes to indicate that you want to close Unyte.

If a sharing session was in progress, the session ends on your system and for all viewers. The Unyte icon disappears from your Windows taskbar.

Participants

System Requirements

Unyte works in all browsers with Java Virtual Machine (JVM), including Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari. Internet Explorer users need version 5.5 or later.

You do not need to install Unyte to view shared applications. If JVM is not present on your system, you will be prompted to download an Activex component (for Internet Explorer) or JVM (for other browsers).

Unyte has the same minimum and recommended system requirements as Skype. (See "How to Use Skype" for system requirements.)

Security

Unyte is using 128 bit SSL encryption for transmitting any visual information from your host as well as any input data from the participant side.

What happens in a Unyte session?

A Skype user invites you to a Unyte sharing session by sending you a link. When you click the link, you view your host's shared applications in your browser. If your host has enabled remote control, you can use the application as if it were open on your own desktop.

Joining a Unyte session (Skype users)

Your host sends you a link to the sharing session in a Skype Chat message.

For example:
Skype Chat message with link to Unyte sharing session

Simply click the link in the Chat message to join the session.

A message displays "Please wait while connecting to the shared desktop." You may be prompted to download a viewing component.

Joining a Unyte session (Non-Skype users)

If you are not a Skype user, your host can pass you a link in one of two ways.

If your host gives you a hyperlink directly to the sharing session:

If your host gives you a URL with a Session ID and Key:

  1. Browse to the URL.
  2. Enter the Session ID and Key.
    For example:
    Entering Session ID and Key to join a sharing session
  3. Click Join.

A message displays "Please wait while connecting to the shared desktop." You may be prompted to download a viewing component.

Adjusting share quality

Viewers can change the share quality settings by clicking the following icons at the top left of the page:

Zoom in Zooms in. Image is enlarged to real size for highest image quality.
Zoom out Zooms out. Image is scaled to fit your screen. Some color reduction may occur.

Using remote control

If your host has enabled Remote Control, you can use the application your host is sharing, as if the application were open on your own desktop.

Exiting a Unyte session

If you want to leave before the sharing session finishes, click the Exit button:
Exit Unyte

How can I share applications?

Simply download the Unyte plug-in and you're ready to share applications!