For any home or office that has a few Macs, keeping them all updated, upgraded, and running well can be a bit of a hassle. Just the physical logistics of running from Mac to Mac is tiresome. So, Apple built into OS X a way to share a Mac’s screen from another Mac and it’s free.
Yes, you can buy remote login and management apps that do more than simple screensharing, but also perform system updates and management across the internet. Apple’s Remote Desktop app is among the best but comes with a hefty $80 price tag to help justify the bucket of features.
Cool, no? Remote Desktop is a great way to manage multiple Macs regardless of where they’re located.
What if you’re on a budget and all you need is to do a little screen sharing for a few Macs at home, or a few in a small office?
Enter Apple’s simple screen sharing, built in to OS X, and one of my favorite add-on utilities, ScreenSharingMenulet.
This simple utility with the long name extends OS X’s built-in screen sharing to the Mac’s Menubar. As a ‘menulet’ it works like a built-in bookmark to screen share to other Macs. Preferences are straightforward, too, and include Bonjour browsing, Back to My Mac Hosts, and a list of Macs in the menu, as well as connected Bonjour hosts in OS X’s Notification Center.
If that’s not simple enough, grabbing a Mac from the network or adding a Mac to the menu is even easier.
Simple select the Plus sign in the lower corner of ScreenSharingMenulet’s window, add the proper setup information, and connect from the Menubar.
ScreenSharingMenulet supports AppleScript so you can unleash your inner geek. It also supports Wake on LAN (WoL) support for custom hosts, as well as local connections and Back to My Mac hosts.
If there’s an easier, faster, less expensive way to connect your Mac to share a screen from another Mac I don’t know what it is.