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June 13, 2013

Get the latest Glance for Mac: Beta now available

Our latest version of Glance for Mac is now in beta.  It's got lots of cool new features:

  • Viewing guests connect instantly (no download or plug-in)
  • Host keyless sessions (for effortless connects)
  • Let guests with the Glance app show their screens, too
  • Share your webcam or any other Quicktime video source
  • Collect your guests' contact info
  • Encrypt your sessions

Learn more here.

Get the beta here.  Then click G > Settings to enable the features you want.

Tell us what you think!  Email beta@glance.net or call us at 877-452-6236.

May 24, 2013

Try our latest Glance for Mac (Alpha release)

Great news for all Mac lovers!  The latest version (2.8) of Glance for Mac is now available as an Alpha release.  It includes all the features that Glance users on PCs enjoy today -- and more.

If you are comfortable using pre-release software, we invite you to start using it.



    Update (13 Jun 2013):  Beta version now available!  Download it here.

  1. Download it here:  http://www.glance.net/install/GlanceMac_2.8alpha.zip
    If you are using the Chrome browser, try this link instead:

  2. Find the GlanceMac_2.8alpha.pkg file in your Download folder.  Double-click and install it.

G_b-iconIt will replace the old version in your Applications folder.  Its icon includes a b to remind you it's the new pre-production version.

Should you want to revert back to the production version (2.5.6), open your Applications folder and move the 2.8 Glance application to Trash.  Then click the Download link at the top of our home page to get 2.5.6.



Click G > Settings and you'll see lots of cool new stuff!  Read on to learn about each highlighted option:

Glance for Mac 2-8-8 settings box



Do you often use Glance to show your screen to others?  Select Instantly (no download).  Whenever you start a session to show my screen, your guests will never be asked to download software or install a plug-in or app.  They don't need Flash or Java, either.  They can be on any PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device.  It just works.

(Please note that if you start a session to view guest's screen, a first-time guest will still be prompted to download a small plug-in.  That step is required by their computer to enforce privacy.)

If you show animations or video, consider the high performance plug-in option. First-time guests will be prompted to install it, which usually takes a few moments. Guests with keen eyesight will be rewarded with crisper text and (sometimes) a few more updates per second.



Glance can now ask guests to provide contact information before joining your session. You decide which info is Required or Optional.  Or tell Glance to Don't ask for it.  

View or download the info by logging into the My Account area on our website glance.net (top-right corner).



Consider going keyless for sales demos, training sessions or webinars, or whenever you feel less concerned about security. By skipping the key, your guests connect faster.


TIP:  For the fastest possible connect, choose Join Instantly (no download), go keyless and tell Glance to Don't Ask for any guest contact info.  Effortless! 



Enable Encrypt my sessions to secure all transmitted data, using the same TLS/SLL technology employed by online banks and merchants.



Any guest can now show their screen during your sessions.  Guests who already have Glance are all set. Others who want to present should visit http://glance.net/guest to get Glance's free software before joining the session.

Whenever you enable this option, every guest with a G-icon can click G > Show my screen at any time. They don't have to "raise" a virtual hand to ask permission.  They just "show."  

Everyone sees whoever has most recently chosen G > Show my screen.  

If someone wants to stop showing, he can wait for someone else to show their screen or he can click G > Hide my screen.  While it's hidden, everyone sees the message "Screen not being shown."   Anyone clicking G > Show my screen becomes the new presenter.

This feature feels very Glance-esque:  fast and lightweight.  We think you'll find it's perfect for remote tech support, training, collaboration and small meetings.  



Guests see whichever monitor you select from the Show dropdown list.  That list now includes your Mac's iSight or Facetime webcam and any other attached Quicktime video source. Show these video sources as easily as you show your screen.

Glance for Mac 2-8-8 quicktime video settings
Capture and Scale controls appear whenver you choose a video source.  Adjust them to trade off video quality and performance. For example, 320x240 at 100% seems to work well with the iSight webcam for most networks.

(Upon final release, Quicktime video might not be available on all subscription plans.)



  • When your show a Quicktime video source, you do not have a local view of the video being sent.
  • Windows Phone 8 cannot join a session today
  • If you start a G > View guest screen session and your guest is on a Mac that's running Lion or Mountain Lion, the guest might have trouble connecting.  We're working on a fix. 
    [Update (13 Jun 2013):  Fixed in the beta version.]



Please help us make this another rock-solid release.  

Hammer on it.  Make it jump through all your hoops.  Turn on Instant Join.  Have guests connect from other Macs, PCs (yes, some people still have one), iPads, iPhones and all the Android flavors.  

Then tell us what you think.  Email us at beta@glance.net or give us a ring.  And keep on Glancin'!


May 21, 2013

Glance's Instant Join feature

Glance has a great Instant Join feature that lets all your viewing guests connect instantly. No download.  No plug-in.  No app.  No Flash.  No Java.  No kidding!

Guests use any browser on any PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device.  It just works.

Here's how to enable Instant Join.



1)  Make sure you're using our latest version:

    Click G > Settings > About


    You can get it here:  http://glance.net/download

2)  Enable Instant Join

    Click G > Settings > Options.  Select Instantly (no download).  Click OK.


    (Try Don't Ask and No key, for a completely effortless experience.)

3)  Test drive!

    Choose G > Start Session -- Show My Screen

Everyone sees your screen.  Instantly.


You'll want our next version of Glance for Macs (2.8.2).  An Alpha version is available now. 

If you are comfortable using pre-release software, we invite you to try it out.  Learn more and get the download here.

January 05, 2011

Announcing the FASTEST screen sharing session start-up ever! (Say that 5 times fast!)

Fastest screen sharing session start-up ever! Fastest screen sharing session start-up ever! Arrrgh. Already I'm tongue-tied!

What it really means is that with the new Glance 2.6 beta, Glance users can now start their online demos, presentations, and meetings with just a simple browser address - for example, mine would be carla.glance.net. That's it. Really. If I were doing a web demo with you right now, I'd tell you to go to carla.glance.net in your browser. No additional keys, password, first born son, nothin'!  And you'd be connected instantly to my session, looking at what's on my screen. Now, THAT'S FAST.

(For users who prefer the extra security of a session key, that's still an option when starting a session).

Glance 2.6 beta has other cool features, too.

  • Now, you can switch screen sharing between presenters and guests, so you both can see each other's screens, if necessary. This feature is also ideal if you have a co-presenter in your session.
  • Collect guest contact info, at your discretion. On your Glance Web page, there are three optional fields: Name, Email, Phone. Now you can make any of these fields Required or Hidden.

If you're already a Glance customer, just go to http://www.glance.net/beta to get started. We'd love to get your feedback as you use 2.6 beta.

If you're not a Glance user yet, get a free trial by clicking the green button at the top of this page, and then ask to switch to the 2.6 beta.

If you have any questions or comments about Glance 2.6 beta, call our Test Coordinator, Jorge, at 1-877-452-6236.

(Initially, this is a PC only release. But you can also download the latest version of Glance 2.5 for Mac.)

-- Carla Gates, Director, Marketing, Glance Networks

June 17, 2010

Glance 2.5 for Macs - Now in Beta | Download Today for Faster Screen Updates, Lead Capture, and Social Media Invites!

For our Mac community:

Glance has always been about quick and simple screen sharing. We're now taking "quick" to a whole new level. Our upcoming Mac release 2.5 (available today in beta) puts Macs on the same parity with the Windows version of Glance, and makes Glance faster than ever.

See for yourself how fast Glance sessions can be. Download the beta now. Give it a workout and tell us how it goes (email mac@glance.net with your feedback).

Glance 2.5 features include:

  • Faster screen updates
  • Snappy slide transitions
  • Present from any monitor connected to your Mac (click "G > Settings > Options")


  • Collect guests' names and contact info for better lead capture. Your guests will now see three new optional fields: Name, E-mail, and Phone. You can see the information they enter, along with our estimate of their geographic locations, after each session. (Call us and we can make any of these fields "required".)
  • Invite guests to your session via Twitter and Facebook. When you start a session, you'll see two new buttons in the Session Info box. Clicking the Facebook icon posts a link to the session on your wall. Clicking the Twitter icon tweets a link to it. Both are great ways to build buzz about about your live events

If you're on a Mac and already a Glance user, give Glance 2.5 beta a try today (and let us know how it goes!)

-- Carla Gates, Director, Marketing

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November 20, 2009

Glance 2.5 Released. 3X Faster and More Social!

Glance has always been the simplest, most dependable way to show people what you're talking about. Now Glance is faster too. Same low price.

Download Glance 2.5 now!

Our new Glance 2.5 for PCs, features:
  • Faster screen updates  (up to 3x faster)
  • Snappy slide transitions
  • Multiple monitor support (click "G > Settings > Options")


  • Optionally collect guests' names and contact info. Your guests will now see 3 new optional fields:  Name, E-mail, and Phone. You can see the information they enter, along with our estimate of their geographic locations, during and after each session. Learn more here.

  • Invite guests to your session via Twitter and Facebook! When you start a session, you'll see 2 new buttons in the Session Info box.  Clicking the Facebook icon shares the session on your wall.  Clicking the Twitter icon tweets a link to it.  Both are great ways to build buzz about about your live events!

Current Glance customers on a PC can download 2.5 from here. No need to uninstall any previous version of Glance. Just download 2.5 and in moments, you're ready to go!

Glance 2.5 can be installed on any PC (Windows 7/Vista/XP/W2K).

If you haven't tried Glance yet, download a free trial today.

- Carla Gates, Director, Marketing

January 15, 2009

Glance Stars In the Two Best Films of the Year!

Glance rocks  
Maybe we won't win any Oscars for these, but nobody can deny the importance of these two films.

Glance vs. WebEx - Glance 3x Faster
Glance vs. GoToMeeting - Glance 3x Faster

In these classic David vs. Goliath yarns, Glance is pitted against hulking, complicated opponents WebEx and GoToMeeting.

Glance runs circles around the competition to a score provided by Rossini (William Tell Overture). The facile narration of our CEO, Rich Baker, deserves props, too.

We always knew Glance was faster and so did you. But these videos prove it unflinchingly, in real time. Glance gets your web demo up and running 3x faster than WebEx and GoToMeeting, with way less buttons and tasks to perform. Seeing is believing - check it out. And feel free to spread the word. :-)

The Glance Team

January 15, 2009

Reverse Slam Dunk


The first few months of our new Reverse Screen Sharing feature (as part of the 2.4 upgrade for PCs in September) have been a runaway success.

All manner of businesses are now learning the joys of remote tech support and remote training, and wondering why they didn't do it sooner. The answer is simple: up until now, the technology to do this kind of thing has been clunky, slow, and aggravating. So, they avoided it. (It's kind of like why some people never bothered to watch videos or surf the web on their cell phones, until the iPhone came out.)

In Glance's able hands, reverse screen sharing soars! You see and control your guests screen in one click - so there's no reason to wait any longer. The future of reverse screen sharing has erupted into the present, and its free for all current Glance users, so dive in!

(And if you're currently using one of our big, lumbering opponents, feel free to switch and join the winning team any time.) You can download Glance 2.4 for PCs here. If you're reading this and you don't have a Glance account yet, grab a free trial, and if you're on a PC, you'll get our 2.4 version automatically.

Carla Gates