Is crowdbeamer a ClickShare alternative?

Both crowdbeamer and ClickShare are wireless presentation systems that make it remarkably easy to share screen content. But their goal and how they work, is different.

Crowdbeamer’s top priority is to provide your audience with a great productivity experience: make sure they get the best possible view of what you present, deliver up-to-the-minute digital handouts and provide smart note-taking capabilities. ClickShare on the other hand is entirely focused on eliminating cable clutter in the meeting room. We’ll tell you more about all this, and briefly

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Reaching out to your audience

The crowdbeamer device & the app for your audience, a 1-to-many screen sharing solution

The crowdbeamer device & the app for your audience, a 1-to-many screen sharing solution

The ClickShare CS-100 base unit & USB button, a many-to-1 screen sharing system

The ClickShare CS-100 base unit & USB button, a many-to-1 screen sharing system

Crowdbeamer is a 1-to-many screen sharing solution that lets you reach out directly to your audience. Often mistaken as a ClickShare alternative, crowdbeamer streams your presentation content wirelessly to all portable devices of your audience. The crowdbeamer app provides everybody in your audience with a comprehensive set of features to capture your presentation content and complete it with personal notes.

ClickShare falls into the category of many-to-1 screen sharing systems, and consists of a base unit and one or more click buttons. Depending on the type of base unit, up to 8 people can simultaneously share screens to a projector or a flat panel display by clicking a button, avoiding the use of a video cable.

Both crowdbeamer and ClickShare are wireless presentation systems, but only crowdbeamer lets you reach out directly to your audience.

Both crowdbeamer and ClickShare are wireless presentation systems. While ClickShare lets you share screens to a conference room display with the click of a button, crowdbeamer lets you reach out directly to your audience.

What is your top priority?

Getting rid of cables in the conference room will make life easier for you as a presenter. There’s no doubt about that. But there is more to better presentation productivity than getting rid of messy cables, including questions such as

  • How do I get my message across to every individual audience participant?
  • How do I make this meeting productive for everybody?
  • How do I let my audience capture my message, and complete it with personal insights?
  • How do I enable my audience to take my message with them once this meeting is over?

Crowdbeamer can help you with all of that, either just by itself or combined with ClickShare (or any ClickShare alternative for many-to-1 screen sharing).

To show you how, we’ll discuss the user experience both products deliver and how they work.  Of course, you can always ask us any question that you have on crowdbeamer. We’re only a button click away:

How crowdbeamer works

How crowdbeamer works

Just connect your laptop to a crowdbeamer, and you’re ready to share content directly with your audience. With the crowdbeamer app installed on their laptop, tablet or smartphone, all participants can instantly view your presentation on their portable device of choice. They can zoom in if more detail is needed, and readily create their personal handouts. Using crowdbeamer, you no longer need a projector or a flat panel display. But if there is one available, you might as well connect it to crowdbeamer and use it.

What you need:

  • a crowdbeamer,
  • a video cable (VGA or HDMI) to connect your laptop to the crowdbeamer.

What you don’t need:

  • a flat panel display or a projector (but if there is one available in the meeting room, you can perfectly use it),
  • a power outlet for your crowdbeamer (its built-in battery will keep you going for 4 hours).

What your audience needs:

  • a laptop, tablet or smartphone (which they will probably bring along anyhow, and which they can now put to use capturing high-quality images of your presentation content and adding their notes).

How ClickShare works

To share content to the conference room display, you need to plug the ClickShare button into your laptop. Make sure the button is wirelessly connected to the ClickShare base unit, and click to share your presentation. With any ClickShare alternative for many-to-1 screen sharing, that procedure will be very similar.

What you need:

  • a flat panel display or a projector (otherwise your audience won’t see anything),
  • a ClickShare base unit (which is connected to the meeting room display using an HDMI cable),
  • a power outlet for the base unit,
  • a ClickShare USB button to plug into your laptop.

What your audience needs:

  • something to take notes during the meeting (a laptop, a tablet, or even pen and paper),
  • a smartphone or tablet(in case they want to take pictures of the big screen).

How crowdbeamer & ClickShare work together

Crowdbeamer upgrades your existing ClickShare system (or any ClickShare alternative for many-to-1 screen sharing), bringing benefits of wireless presentation sharing to your audience as well.

With crowdbeamer, you can upgrade your existing ClickShare system (or any ClickShare alternative for many-to-1 screen sharing) in various ways. One option is to install the crowdbeamer device fixed, in between the ClickShare base unit and the projector.

If you already have a ClickShare system (or any ClickShare alternative for many-to-1 screen sharing), using it with crowdbeamer is a breeze. In fact, you can choose between 3 options:

  1. install the crowdbeamer device fixed, in between the ClickShare base unit and the projector or flat panel display,
  2. install the crowdbeamer device fixed, using a video splitter that replicates the ClickShare signal to both crowdbeamer and the projector or flat panel display,
  3. or simply connect crowdbeamer to your presentation device using an HDMI cable, to use it ad hoc.

Then plug the ClickShare button into your laptop, and start sharing. Whatever you share to the conference room display will now also be streamed to all portable devices of your audience.

By using crowdbeamer, benefits of wireless presentation sharing are no longer limited to yourself. Crowdbeamer upgrades your existing many-to-1 screen sharing system (whether it is ClickShare or a ClickShare alternative), boosting meeting productivity for every individual in your audience.

Enhancing the ClickShare user experience with crowdbeamer

A more productive meeting, for you and your audience

ClickShare streams presentations or pictures from your laptop to the conference room display. While replacing the video cable with a ClickShare button makes life easy for you, it doesn’t deliver a better meeting experience for the people in your audience.

To combine it with crowdbeamer, all you need to do is plug in a video cable and start sharing your presentation. The BIG upside of using crowdbeamer is that it takes any type of presentation content straight to everybody in your audience, including web pages, video or whatever document on your favorite cloud storage platform. And any last-minute changes that you implement before starting your presentation will make it to your audience as well.

Crowdbeamer takes your content straight to your audience.

Crowdbeamer takes your content straight to everybody in your audience.

With the crowdbeamer app installed on their smartphone, tablet or laptop, all participants get the best view of what you present. Using the app, they can easily create snapshots of your content, add notes, mark text and build a private library of personalized information, sync it to the cloud, or export it to popular business apps such as Evernote and Microsoft OneNote.

Once the meeting is over, everybody leaves the conference room with a set of personalized handouts. No need for you to spend time emailing PDFs after the meeting. Simply by adding crowdbeamer to your ClickShare setup, you have improved meeting productivity for both you and your audience.

Working instantly with any presentation device

The ClickShare button works with any laptop that runs on Windows or macOS. If that doesn’t work for you, you can also use the ClickShare app for Android or iOS to share from your tablet or smartphone to the conference room display. By using crowdbeamer with ClickShare, either in a fixed or ad hoc installation, your presentation content will also be streamed to all portable devices of your audience.

As long as your presentation device outputs an HDMI or VGA signal, it will work with crowdbeamer.

As long as your presentation device outputs an HDMI or VGA signal, it will work with crowdbeamer.

With crowdbeamer, you can also share content from any other type of device with an HDMI or VGA output. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a digital camera, a video server or a video conferencing system. As long as you can plug in an HDMI or VGA cable, it will instantly work with crowdbeamer.

Sharing your content, wherever the need arises

Any ClickShare wireless presentation system needs a base unit connected to the conference room display. By design, such a base unit is meant to be installed fixed in the conference room (which also holds for any ClickShare alternative for many-to-1 screen sharing).

Crowdbeamer is a wireless presentation solution than can easily be wall- or table-mounted, in case you want to install it fixed in any conference room equipped with ClickShare. But with a weight of 500 grams, a rechargeable battery and its own private WiFi network, crowdbeamer is also a truly mobile solution. That makes it easy to take it with you wherever you go. Whenever the need arises, simply connect crowdbeamer to your presentation laptop using an HDMI cable and use it ad hoc with ClickShare.

Crowdbeamer gives you total flexibility to share information in real time, even outside the formal meeting room environment.

Crowdbeamer gives you total flexibility to share information in real time, even outside the formal conference room environment.

Because crowdbeamer doesn’t even need a conference room display to visualize your content, you can also use it during presentations outside the formal conference room environment. Whether you’re meeting in a huddle space, on the factory floor or in a hotel lobby: crowdbeamer has got you covered.

Crowdbeamer is not a ClickShare alternative.

It’s a powerful extension to any ClickShare installation.

That is because crowdbeamer extends the benefits of ClickShare wireless presentation sharing to your audience, making it so much easier

  • to get your message across,
  • to make meetings productive for everybody,
  • to let your audience capture your message, and complete it with personal insights,
  • to let your audience take your message with them once the meeting is over.
Crowdbeamer & ClickShare: productivity vs flexibility

By streaming your content directly to all portable devices, crowdbeamer puts your content straight into the hands of your audience and provides them with up-to-the-minute digital handouts. Crowdbeamer’s smart note-taking capabilities then let them easily personalize these handouts by adding personal thoughts and remarks.

 

ClickShare ClickShare & crowdbeamer
Audience benefits
Paperless solution NO YES
Instant digital handouts NO YES
Note-taking on digital handouts NO YES
Sync handouts to the cloud NO YES

While ClickShare eliminates cable clutter in the conference room to make life easier for you as a presenter, crowdbeamer also gives you full mobility to share presentation content wherever your audience is. Whether that’s in a formal conference room, in a huddle space or in a hotel lobby: crowdbeamer has got you covered.

 

ClickShare crowdbeamer
Presenter needs
Conference room display REQUIRED OPTIONAL
Device FIXED FIXED / AD HOC
Power outlet for device REQUIRED NOT REQUIRED
Extra hardware USB BUTTON VIDEO CABLE
Presenter benefits
Hassle-free sharing in any conference room YES YES
Hassle-free sharing in any huddle space NO YES
Hassle-free sharing in any hotel lobby NO YES

So if it is important for you to get your audience actively engaged in any meeting, then crowdbeamer is a must-have wireless presentation solution. One that you can use just by itself, to share your presentation content wherever you need. Or one that you can use to upgrade your existing ClickShare system, and bring the benefits of wireless presentation sharing to your audience as well.

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Luc MeulewaeterIs crowdbeamer a ClickShare alternative?