We do too, and it made us 😢.
That’s why we’ve built its spiritual successor.
When Slack bought Screenhero, we were sure someone new would come along to make a tool specifically for pair programming.
But four years later, it still feels like no one has really nailed it.
That sucks, because the remaining tools like Skype and Hangouts don’t give both people full keyboard and mouse control.
Have you ever tried to dictate some code for your pair to write? Or narrated a set of vim commands? Not fun.
Another problem: if you’re going to type on a remote machine, the connection has to be super low-latency. This is the sort of thing that videoconferencing tools just don’t care much about.
If you’re sick of pairing over Slack or Zoom, drop us your email and we’ll invite you to try Tuple.
Seamless mouse and keyboard control for both parties (not easy, but essential).
An obsession with ridiculously low latency (extra not easy, extra-extra essential).
An active Tuple call often uses less CPU than Chrome does while sitting "idle".
A plugin system to let you customize your experience.
A tool for programmers to pair on the same machine regardless of their location. Both people have full control of the machine with their own mouse and keyboard. We also spent a ridiculous amount of effort on making things super low-latency. That’s the sort of thing Skype will never care about, but makes an enormous difference when trying to type on a remote machine.
Tuple is in early access and our customers are doing 1,000+ pairing sessions each week. We're inviting folks from the waiting list every day, so wait time is fairly minimal.
Why is your hair so long?
Very soon! The best way to get an invite is to hop on the waiting list.
Not sure, honestly. We’ll probably stay invite-only for a good while. We’re just three people and don’t want to just open the floodgates until we feel like the app is rock-solid.
Those tools are great if you only want to share your editor (and maybe terminal), but we think it’s important to share the entire desktop. Your pair should be able to see your browser, documentation viewer, Pomodoro timer, etc. Also, those other tools are editor-specific and you can pry Vim out of our cold, dead hands.
Tuple will be a Mac-only app at first, but we hope to expand to Windows/Linux eventually. We’re writing the core of the app in C++ to make the porting process less painful.
Nope! Our servers broker the initial connection, but then all data flows between you and your pair—we’re out of the loop. Also, Tuple sends video and audio data, not actual file contents.