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This blog was co-authored by Paul Maddison

With Circuit we’re very proud that we offer the richest collaboration experience with a zero foot-print approach.

By embracing the very latest web technologies (like WebRTC) all you need is a browser to chat, make and receive voice and video calls, hold conferences and perform screen sharing sessions.
Targeting the richest possible ‘pure web’ experience will always be our passion and main focus.

However, we have had an increasing number of requests for a desktop application.

  • Some of you don’t want to lose Circuit among the multitude of browser tabs you have open at any time
  • Others have pointed out some challenges with their enterprise IT policy – meaning they are required to use older versions of Internet Explorer.
  • Some are simply frustrated with accidental closure of the Circuit tab (oops).
  • Lastly some of the features you are requesting are simply not possible to support within a web app running on a browser (but we’ll be talking about those features a little more in a few moments).

To that end we recently launched a Circuit Desktop App for both Windows and Mac.

Running as a native application has nurtured some big ideas and will allow us to exploit some fantastic new capabilities over the coming months, but we believe we already have something that addresses most of the core functionality you requested.

Auto-start

It was often easy to forget to open Circuit – so by default, the Circuit Desktop App opens automatically when you log in to your computer (of course, it’s easy to disable that behavior via the Settings tab).

Mouse pointing during screen sharing

Wouldn’t it be great if you could point to your colleague’s screen during a screen sharing session so that they could see where you are pointing? It would save a lot of verbal explanation, right? We have a good news for you. When sharing your screen via the Desktop App , if your viewers click on the screen share their pointer “clicks” will show up on your screen and also be visible to all the other participants in the session.

Annotation during screen share

And while we were developing the above feature we thought “Why not push the boat out and allow full annotation during a screen sharing session?”.

Actually, this is not quite ready yet…(sorry) but we felt it was worth teasing since we are really excited about it and think that it could replace the need for white-boarding.
Stay tuned as this will be a part of an update very soon.

No need for admin rights to install the Circuit Desktop App.

Many of you work in a strict IT environment where you often don’t have administrator privileges.
We’re pleased to announce that the apps can be installed on both Windows and MacOS with standard user rights – and the same with the app updates.
When we add awesome new features we don’t want anyone to be left behind so the Circuit Desktop Apps will automatically check if there is a new version available and update on the next start-up without disturbing you. (Of course, if you don’t want to wait, you can also manually check if there is an update too).

The same experience as the Circuit web client

You clearly expect all the features that are currently in our web client to be available within the install-able version – so our desktop app has been architected from the outset to ensure that it’s not Circuit “light” but the same great Circuit experience.

As mentioned earlier, we already have some big ideas for the Desktop Apps (while continuing to deliver new features and improvements across ALL our clients) – but we really want to hear from you about what you’d like us to build next.

Check out the Desktop App now – by downloading it from the Circuit web-client in
Settings / Apps and Plugins.

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3 comments on “New Circuit Desktop App
  1. Andrew says:

    I must confess to being a real fan of these additions to the Circuit experience. Just helps to embellish my overall collaborations sessions.

  2. Paula Neame says:

    Loving Circuit as a collaboration tool .. It makes ‘life’ so much easier! These developments just keep enhancing the experience.

  3. Paul Maddison says:

    I’ve had a few questions about the technology used – so just incase others are interested. Our desktop app is basically a wrapped up version of the standard “web app” (using http://electron.atom.io/) meaning we can deliver a truly native experiance while more or less only maintaining one version of the code.

    Pretty cool.