TeamPlayer Manual

TeamPlayer enables multiple local (on the same location) and remote users (from remote locations) to be all present in, and interacting synchronously on one PC and in all applications that are running there. All local connected mice and keyboards will be synchronously present on screen. Participants can also use personal devices to connect and join the multi user session, either when locally present or connectiong from a remote location. Use a laptop, tablet, iPad or even smartphone as an input device. Each connected mouse, or connected personal device has his/her own unique cursor. All users are synchronously present and all can interact and collaborate seamlessly, in any application. Note: this version of TeamPlayer4 does accept local and remote connecting users.

Attaching additional mice and keyboards to your computer

Our software is designed to make use of additional hardware devices like mice and keyboards. Laptops already have a keyboard and a mouse trackpad built in. If you have got one or more extra mice and keyboards (who hasn't got an extra mouse lying around these days) you can simply plug these into the USB port of your computer. Windows will install the necessary software to make use of the extra devices. You cannot, however, make use of them independently. This is where DicoLab software comes to the rescue. Our software allows you to make use of the extra devices independently of each other. Just startup the programs and any extra USB input device that is attached will be recognized automatically.

If you have more devices than USB ports on your computer you can use a USB hub to create extra USB ports. A USB hub is a device that expands a single USB port into several so that there are more ports available to connect devices to a host system.

How to install and run the multi user tool:

  1. Download and install the TeamPlayer application on your PC;
  2. Attach more mice / keyboards to your PC (maybe you need an additional USB hub). Any USB, PS2 or Bluetooth mice and keyboards will do, touchscreen input is possible.
  3. Start TeamPlayer; via the START-menu or desktop icon. Some session parameters can be set in the settings interface of the software.
  4. Only on the first startup you'll be asked for a serial key.
  5. Press ‘start session’ and start working together. Each connected user gets his own cursor.
  6. The TeamPlayer application window can be minimized to the taskbar.
  7. When your session is finished, click ‘stop session’ and quit the TeamPlayer4. You are back to a standard one mouse system.

Note: How many connections(users) are allowed to your TeamPlayer session is determined by the license key you have obtained. Licences are avaible for several numbers of allowed users and allowed device connections.

Operation

When active, each connected input device will each get a unique cursor on screen which all are active on the same desktop. Each of the cursors can click somewhere on screen, i.e. in an application, and can interact there. Another user can click his/her cursor somewhere else and can interact and control there, synchronously!

Mouse / keyboard pairing

Each mouse will have a keyboard ‘paired’ to it, so a user will have his/her own input and interaction controls on the dekstop. Clicking anywhere with your mouse and typing some keys on your keyboard will ‘pair’ that mouse with that keyboard. Do the same for any other connected mouse and keyboard. This pairing will be persistant until a new device is plugged in or a device is removed from the PC. Note: multiple users can work together in the same application, albeit that non-multi user aware applications will limit concurrency somewhat. Normal human collaboration is very well possible and effective.

Cursor labels

During an active session the label for each cursor can be edited. Each line in the editor represents a cursor label. An empty line will result in a cursor without a label. To use labels, the option must be selected prior to a session.

To store the labels for future session press Save & Apply. If you only need to change the labels for this session, just press Apply.
The label editor can be started by pressing the label button on the start-screen.

Area Restriction

From version4 and later it has the ability to create areas that restrict user to a custom area. This way you can prevent users from clicking and changing parts of the Operating System.

The share area can be enabled and disable by clicking on the share area button in the main screen. The first user to use a mouse after a session is started is designated as the 'master user'. That cursor is the only one that can move outside, disable and resize the Share Area.

BYOD – Bring Your Own Device

This version of TeamPlayer4 additionally allows to use personale devices like laptops, tablets or even smartphones to be used as input device. To use a personal device, one must run the TeamConnect app on the personal device. This TeamConnect app makes a network connection.

Get the free TeamConnect app here

Settings

By clicking the Settings button, one can adjust some settings in appearance and operation. Network settings: Used when personal devices are connecting to the PC. See below ’Using personal devices as input’ Appearance: Colored and labeled cursors helps to identify oneself, when multiple cursors are active on screen! Use colors: When checked each cursor will have a unique color. Use labels: When checked each cursor will have a label attached to it, for easier recognition. Pointer size: Use the slider to increase or decrease the size of the pointers.

Mouse & Cursor

The appearance an behaviour of the cursors can be adjusted.

App behaviour

License

The LICENSE section will show you the number of users that can simultaneously use the computer using TeamPlayer. A default subscription license is for 2 simultaneous users. If you need more users, please contact DicoLab.

Network

Here you can allow remote user to enter the session via network. See Remote connections for instructions to set up remote connections. The default port for network connections is 10244. If you adjust this to your situation know that the port number of the TeamConnect also needs to be adjusted.

Shortcuts

TeamPlayer allows you to configure a keyboard shortcut to start and stop the multi-user functionality. You can define what keyboard shortcut you want to use. By default the keyboard shortcut for starting and stopping is SHIFT + ALT + T In the box "START / STOP shortcut" you can define what shortcut is used to toggle the session. Make sure you use shift, control or alt modifiers to prevent accidental toggling.

Remote connections

Step 1

To be able to people to connect to your TeamPlayer session must know the IP address of your computer. In Window 10 you can find this by going to your Network & Internet configuration in your Settings.

Select the Wi-Fi or Ethernet, depending on the way you are connected to the network. Windows will show you the adapter that is “Connected.” If you select this, it will show you your IP address.

Step 2

Configure TeamPlayer to allow remote connections. Remote connections in TeamPlayer are an optional setting. Please make sure this option is enabled.

Step 3

Start a TeamPlayer session. Both local user and remote user now can join the session.

Step 4

The remote user starts the TeamConnect. In the settings the user can enter the ip address of the computer running TeamPlayer.

Step 5

Start TeamCONNECT. To enter the remote computer, cross the top of your screen. Your regular mouse cursor will appear on the other computer.

Troubleshooting

Due to network configuration and firewall setting, incoming network connection are blocked. Please make sure that the Firewall allows connections on port 10244. This should be enabled automatically during the installation of the app.

When users connect via the internet instead of a local area network, the access to the hosting computer maybe impossible because of the router: the external IP address of the network may be different than the IP address of the computer. If this is the case port forwarding must be enabled in the router.

Session settings

Some parameters have to be set in the TeamPlayer in order to be able to connect with personal devices to your TeamPlayer4 session.

Requirements

Runs on any Windows PC with Windows7, 8 or 10 either 32- or 64-bit. Any monitor set up is supported. Multiple input devices attached to your PC (USB, PS2 or Bluetooth mice and keyboards). Locally or remote connecting Personal Devices, like laptops, tablets or even smartphones can be used as input device also. (use the free ‘TeamPlayer4-CONNECT’ app on your personal device and connect to the TeamPlayer4 PRO session). For remote connecting participants, use any existing screen sharing or remote desktop application you want. The TeamPlayer software will work parallel to screen sharing applications. On can use in example Join.me, TeamViewer, standard Windows RDP or others.

Tips & FAQ

Give participants who are new to multi user sessions some time to get used to the multi user environment. As the whole world is not used to see multiple cursors on screen and to interact and collaborate synchronously together on one screen, the first minutes or so can be confusing. Not all cursors have to do something all the time together; normal human collaboration is more about that any user is present and can interact when needed. No more need to ‘hand over control’ and all participants see directly what a certain user is doing or intending. All software and applications in the world are non-multi user aware (except the DicoLab multi user applications). They are by nature not build for multi user interaction. Some functionality of applications are not concurrently multi user operable; the TeamPlayer4 software will notify this on screen, to keep a safe and stable system. When stopping the TeamPlayer4 software, all connected devices will be disconnected and control will be returned to the personal device. With this software, you can use any standard Windows application, now with more users! DicoLab can not guarantee flawless multi user operation everywhere, as possible interference with some existing, third party applications or systems might occur.
Please test drive in your environment.