I want to run a weekly non-commercial group that works together (over the Web) on separate screens that are displayed all at once in split screen mode.
Examples of Use
Social gaming, study groups, pair/team programming, writing group, genealogical research, passive mentoring.
- See at least three or four screens at the same time in a split view like Mario Kart.
- Everyone sees each others' screens at the same time.
- A user does not see their own screen, they only see others' screens.
- They can work quietly together or watch or ask questions when needed.
- No video cameras required.
- Audio and chat ability.
- Can click to expand one particular screen to see details, then switch back to split screen.
- Works on multiple-monitor computers (user can select monitor to display).
- Creates a feeling of people doing something together without leaving their homes/offices.
- Does not need to be secure.
- Does not need remote desktop control ability.
- Needs to work on PCs, Macs, iOS, and Android.
- Easy for novice users.
I'm having a hard time finding applications that will allow this—especially free or open source—but it seems like a powerful user story.
What I've Tried So Far
This question: Multi user screen share solution suggests Dead Simple Screen Sharing which did not work when tested, and was very confusing for users.
This question: Many user remote desktop / screen share solution? suggests an app (Veyon) that appears to be one-to-many rather than many-to-many. That app has more complex remote control features for an instructor, which is unnecessary for this use case.
- You can only see one screen at a time (you need to click faces to switch between screens, and you can't see beforehand what's on their screen).
- Inexplicably, you can't view other screens when you are sharing your screen. You must disable your own screen sharing to see other screens.
- The free version limits group meetings to 40 minutes, after which you need to restart the meeting or upgrade to US$15/mo per host.