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Updates for June 20, 2021
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🚪 Door Extensions (Beta)
 A view of an outdoor bar with tiki tables displays. The gif shows the avatar walking toward a door outlined in yellow. When the avatar is within activation distance, a prompt displays with the heading: "This is a password-protected door!" and the text: "Welcome! To open this door, enter the password below." A hashed password is typed, and the avatar successfully opens the door and walks into an indoor bar.
We're excited to beta test our first two Gather Official extensions:
  • Doors that open and close when you interact with them, and
  • Doors that only open with a password
Both of these extensions will add and remove impassible tiles based on a set action. If you erase either type of door, the impassible tiles will remain until deleted in the Mapmaker.
To get started with our extensions, you will first need to:
  1. Activate Beta Features in your space
  2. Turn on each extension you wish to use by going into the Mapmaker options menu and opening the Extensions Settings
A gif of a space in Mapmaker mode displays. The hamburger menu in the top left corner of the screen is clicked, and Extension Settings is selected. Then, for both Doors and PW Doors, the Activate Extension button is clicked.
Objects associated with Extensions can be treated similarly to other objects and can be found by clicking their related category in the Object Picker (either in Mapmaker Mode or inside your Space using Build Mode). Make sure you don't change the object type for the Extension to work properly!
All Extension object categories are marked by a puzzle-piece icon next to their names. You may need to scroll down to find what you're looking for!
A gif of the Object Picker in Mapmaker Mode displays. First, the More Objects button in the right-hand menu of the Object Picker is clicked. The Object Picker opens, and PW Doors is selected from the menu of available objects. The Password door object is selected, and the Select button is clicked. The Mapmaker Mode displays, and the door is placed on the map at the entrance to the room.
To update the information for password-protected doors, interact with it while you are inside of your Space. If you are an owner or moderator, you will see the option to edit the door's information.
A gif displays of an avatar standing in front of a password-protected door. The prompt displays with the heading “This is a password-protected door” and the text “Welcome! To open this door, enter the password below!” An Edit and Submit button display. When Edit is clicked, an Admin Settings modal displays. "Words!" is typed in the Header field, then “Fancy message” is typed in the Update paragraph field and “test” is typed in the Update password field. The Save button is clicked. The avatar now sees the prompt for the door with updated text.
Extension functionality may take up to 30 seconds to fully load once your Space becomes active (aka, has at least 1 person visiting), so if something doesn't quite work the first time, wait a bit and try again!
🛎Manage Chat Notification Sounds
A gif of a Space displays. The chat bubble icon in the left-hand menu is clicked, which opens the Chat panel. In the Chat panel, the cog icon is clicked, which opens the Manage Chat prompt. The Notifications setting is toggled off and the prompt is closed.
For those of you who hang out in Spaces with others who love to chat, you now have the option of turning off the chat notification sound.
Remember that you will normally only hear the notification sound if your Gather screen is out of focus (aka, if you're in another tab).
On the Gather Desktop App this option will also turn off the pop-up notifications.
🐛 Minor Updates and Bug Round Up
  • Added ability to kick out a user from a Space without banning them
  • Fixed Auto Idle mute choice from being forgotten upon refresh
  • Added screen sharing stream quality indicator
  • Fixed browser compiling warnings
  • Fixed AV errors during tutorial
  • Fixed Chat scrolling with movement bug
  • Fixed Camera switching from preferred camera
  • Will no longer say camera is disconnected if there is no camera input
  • Fixed Incognito AV Permissions bug
  • Applied stricter conditions for showing disconnected message
  • Fixed shadowed icons breaking bug
  • Remove self-ban button in gridview
  • Fixed bubbles between someone in a private space and someone who is not
  • Patched Portals
  • Updated "Disable Invite" setting
  • Added Gather Staff Access toggle
  • Added automatic switch to object mode when duplicating object in MM
  • Several more performance improvements
  • Additional video/connection bugs squashed
Updates for June 13, 2021
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We're been plugging away at improving performance with a scattering of bigger projects with longer timelines so this week's update is short and sweet.
🔍Smart Zoom (Gradual Roll Out)
image showing someone named "zooming" open their user preferences and adjusting the canvas zoom on their Gather Application
To help images and objects render as crisply as possible on every shape and size of screen, we've created Smart Zoom. This feature will:
  • Automatically adjust how zoomed in your view of Gather is
  • Recommend the best viewing setting to prevent image distortion
If you would rather adjust your canvas size on it's own, you are welcome to manually adjust your own zoom in your user settings. This setting also allows you to see Gather maps better without compromising the size of your sidebars and options menus!
This feature is in Gradual Roll Out - which means some of you will see it before others to help us ensure all of the kinks are worked out before we roll it out to everyone!
🐛 Minor Updates and Bug Round up
  • Increase non-optimized screen share limit from 1080p to 4k
  • Remove 680 kps limit when screen share optimization is turned on
  • Bubble start bug
  • Create New Room name erased on click bug
  • Zero character room name bug
  • Special characters in Space names bug
  • Chat Bee Movie bug
  • Gather Staff Access toggle
  • White screen after check out bug
  • Guestlist upload error
  • Several video bugs
  • Fixed several connecting issues
  • Lots of performance improvements
That's all for now!
- The Gather Team
Updates for June 6, 2021
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Settings
If you're looking to Gather for some fun in the proverbial sun with your friends and family this Summer, be on the look out this Sunday for a Special Summer Promotion!
A portion of our actual remote-work office fully dec'd out and ready for Summer! The top portion of this image features a sandy beach with a grass roof bar area framed by tiki torches and a young coconut drink on the table. There are several beach chairs, towels, and palm trees laid out as well as a fire pit and a volcano on the right side. The bottom half is a water scene with a jet ski, duck shark fin, and surfboard. In the bottom right corner there are 3 people, two are underwater and the their is dancing on the wood floor next to them. pride bunting on the bottom right
🎙Original Audio Setting
You can find the Original Audio setting under your User Preferences.
Running a Concert? Planning a talent show? Or maybe the default audio processing from Gather just isn't working for you? Well, now you can use your Original Audio in Gather!
We believe in flexibility and customization. With the new Original Audio setting, you can gain greater control on how your audio is processed! When you turn this setting on you will turn off:
  • Echo cancelling
  • Noise suppression, and
  • Gain control
The audio you send to Gather through your own input system will be played as is. Our audio codec is set to a 48k clock rate, with 2 channels.
🌌Seamless Inter-Space travel
An animated image showing a person named Dr. Where walking across an eclectically decorated office to a desk area decorated like a tropical island. Upon arrive at the island, they are prompted with a message saying, "This portal will direct you to another Space. Press the Enter key to Continue." Upon doing so, they are transported to a large tropical island
As the World becomes more connected, we've found that more and more people want to connect their Spaces with others. To improve this experience, we've removed the audio and video check screen for those traveling from one Gather Space to the next using Inter-Space portals. You will still get the warning about entering a new Space, but you won't be asked to check your hair before entering anymore!
Whether you're connecting your own Spaces or the Spaces from a huge collaborative effort between several organizations, we hope this helps create a more seamless experience for your guests.
🐛 Minor Updates and Bug Round up
  • Additional ambient sound selections through Object Picker!
  • Follow feature breaking through portals fixed
  • Increase nickname limit to 50
  • "Newly Added" category added to Object Picker
  • Minor fixes to rotating and copying objects in mapmaker
  • Push Notification fixes
  • Exit Gridview with iframes fix
  • Build tool click priority fix
  • Link to Premium Dashboard added to Mapmaker
  • Updated modals for banning users
  • Adjusted default zoom
  • Password Revalidation
  • /app avatar picker white screen
  • Notifications temporarily removed from desktop app
  • Lots of backend improvements
  • Several performance improvement tweaks
Updates for May 23, 2021
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🎙Updates to Video and Muting UI
Image showing a video carousel where the first video is normal with video off, the second shows what you see when you hover over the first video, the third shows a video that you have turned off for yourself
We have revamped the video viewing and muting UI to make it more obvious when someone is available and whether they are muted or if you mute them!
For the above image:
  • On the left - This person has turned off their video.
  • In the middle - What you will see if you hover your mouse over their video and it is turned off
  • On the right - What you will see if you choose to turn off this person's video feed from your own view
For the Below image:
  • On the left - You have muted this person (you will only see this on hover)
  • In the Middle - This person has muted themselves
  • On the Right - This person is tabbed away and they have auto-mute turned on
Three video feeds, the one on the left is what you see when you mute someone else, the middle is when they mute themselves, and the one on the right shows that they are tabbed away with automute turned on)
We have also changed the "Ring" option so that it only appears if they are tabbed away! The button is also a little smaller. To ring someone, you will need to click the icon on the right side of the words, "Tabbed Away."
📝 New Notes Object Look
Image showing the new note object which looks like a yellow notepad that overlays a small portion of the existing map and a video preview at the top with the name "Notes Make-over!" The words on the note say "Check out the new "opened" Note object look! Website links inside of notes will open in a new tab - https://feedback.gather.town/changelog"
Same functionality, fresh new look! Perfect for embedding website links to open in a new tab or hinting at your co-worker to maybe remember muting their mic when they step away from their computer next time.
📢 Spotlight Icon Update
Image showing someone who is spotlighted. There is a megaphone to the left of their name and their entire name is highlighted in orange
We've updated this to make it more clear when someone is spotlighted! We've also updated the iconography to be consistent across our platform.
It should also be easier to tell when you are spotlighted. Your name will be highlighted in orange and message will temporarily appear if a moderator spotlights you or if you step onto a Spotlight tile.
Image showing the bottom right of your screen with a message saying "Moderator has spotlighted you. You can unspotlighted yourself by opening your name card." Your name is also highlighted in orange with a megaphone icon on the left side
📺 Collapse Video Sidebar
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You can collapse your your vertical video carousel when watching at screen share (or when you have someone else's video full-screened) by click on the arrow next to those videos pointing to the right side of your screen.
Also, if your mouse is still for a few seconds, the other UI overlays will fade!
🐛 Minor Updates and Bug Round up
  • Corrected user settings blurriness
  • Updated user settings z-height prioritization
  • Updated Gather menu in upper left
  • Text changes for logging in and guestlist sign-in screen
  • Message notification sound applied to "everyone" messages
  • Text corrections in various menus
  • Room Template Selection Screen updates
  • Active speaker highlight now visible on your own video
  • Additional performance improvements
  • Shadows for all components on canvas (Yay for 3D~! )
  • Busy status update for colorblind accessibility
  • Names now shadowed
That's all for now!
- The Gather Team
Updates for May 16, 2021
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📺 Improved Full Screen UI
Image of a dog on a bed looking longingly at a video of a person with a cat along with several over videos stacked vertically on the right side of the screen
We've revamped the look and feel of full-screening videos! You can full-screen someone's video by clicking on their video in your video carousel. The biggest changes include:
  • All non-full screened videos will now be vertically stacked on the right side of your screen
  • The nickname of the person you have full-screened will be listed on the bottom left
  • You can easily close full-screen mode by either clicking the minimize button in the upper right or by pressing the "ESC" key on your keyboard.
📽 Improved Screen Sharing
An animated image showing someone switching between various screen share videos
You've all been asking and we're excited to finally release the newest version of screen sharing! Exciting new features include:
  • Default minimized mode for the person sharing their screen -- No more staring into the infinite hall of screen shares!)
  • Multiple Simultaneous Screen Sharing! -- Easily switch between different screens by clicking on them on the right!
  • All shared screens will be in the video carousel with a blue outline -- The vertical stacking of videos when full-screened
  • Sharing computer audio! -- Only Available on Chrome at this time
  • Be able to interact with objects while someone screen shares
  • The ability to hide the video carousel during screen sharing is in progress!
To share your sound, don't forget to check the box in the bottom right corner.
An image of the Chrome browser share screen prompt with an arrow pointing at a circle that encompasses the Share Audio option
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This feature is only available in Chrome
Bonus feature: Video optimization!
By default this will be off, but if you would like to increase the frames per second you are recording and sending to others, you can find this option by hovering over the screen share button!
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🐛 Minor Updates and Bug Round up
  • Disable click interactions while modals are on
  • Default "Recent" objects updated
  • Follow overshooting bug
  • Portal following bug
  • Additional performance improvements (Thank you again for those of you who have been providing us performance profiles and troubleshooting with us!)
That's all for now!
- The Gather Team
Updates for May 9, 2021
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⚙ New Space Settings
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Have a special event you're setting up? You now have more control on the features your guests will and won't encounter in your space. This includes the ability to:
  • Hide the "New User" Tutorial
  • Disable the invite button and prevent guests from inviting other guests to your private event
  • Disable push notifications for everyone (a new Beta feature)
🔔 Desktop
Notifications (Beta)
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Want to know when someone shows up in a particular Space? You can now subscribe to push notifications that tell you when a Space becomes active (aka when the participants list changes from zero to at least 1).
To get these notifications you will need to:
  1. Ask the Space's owner to turn on Beta Features
  2. Opt-in using the "Notify Me" button or by clicking on the "Notifications" symbol on the left-side panel
  3. Double check that your browser settings allow http://gather.Town to send you notifications
  4. Make sure that your computer is not auto-muting notifications (Looking at you, Windows Focus Assist!)
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You will not receive additional notifications for additional participants. The only time you will get a notification is when your Space's online participants changes from zero to 1.
On a Windows machine, you will see the notification in the lower right corner of your screen.
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On Mac Os, The notification will appear in the upper right corner of your screen.
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🏗Build/Erase Mode Click Interactions (Beta, Gradual Rollout)
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Decorating your Space has never been easier! Now you can use click interactions to build and erase objects right inside of your Space! You can either double-click or right-click and select the "place" option.
Erasing objects works similarly. Double-click or right-click and select "erase object" to open the object selection menu and either click on the object in the list you want to erase or press your spacebar.
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Use any combination of the usual keyboard key presses and mouse clicks to get the job done!
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🐛 Minor Updates and Bug Round up
  • Space Office Template disappearing objects bug
  • HD Video on by default for everyone
  • Improved Follow and Locate pathfinding
  • Disabled Video icons Shadow Filters
  • Added Welcome Email
  • Desktop App mini-window quit bug
  • A whole host of video and audio bugs
  • A few performance tweaks
That's all for now!
- The Gather Team
Updates for May 2, 2021
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Updates for May 2, 2021
First off, a HUGE thank you to everyone who has sent in reports for audio/video errors and performance issues. We have been working hard to track down the root causes and create a better overall experience. We hope that the incremental changes implemented over the last few weeks have been noticeable (or should we say, "We hope that you haven't noticed issues at all!")
Client-side performance and video reliability remain our top two priorities here at Gather and we are grateful to each and every one of you who takes a moment out of your day to help us track down mysterious and hard to reproduce bugs. Please keep sending in those reports!
image of a luxurious Victorian-style office lobby
In other news, because this week's update is short, please enjoy this luxurious foyer created by our extremely talented art team. It is part of the "Fancy Office" template and all objects (even the rugs!) can be found in the object picker!
↕ Mapmaker Sidebar Adjustment
animated image showing the sidebar for the mapmaker being adjusted up and down
It's the little things in life that bring joy and satisfaction. Thank you for the feedback regarding the new Mapmaker UI! The side panel can now be adjusted to fit your own workflow needs.
🐛 Minor Updates and Bug Round up
  • When someone "rings" you, you get an automated chat message letting you know who rang for you.
  • Deleted Spaces no longer appear on Recent Spaces List
  • Gridview interaction bug
  • Nickname Characters bug
  • Tooltip updates
  • Poster Upload bug
  • Frozen video links bug
That's all for now!
- The Gather Team
Updates for April 25, 2021
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Happy Spring! We're back this week with a literal actual ton of new features, improvements, and bug fixes. Let's go!
🏗 New Mapmaker UI
Image showing new mapmaker UI with menu
We're excited to announce the release of our newly reworked Mapmaker! The new design has all of the functions of the Mapmaker you know and love with the addition of some new, exciting, and often-requested features including:
  • Duplicating existing objects! ( Use Ctrl/⌘ + C with the object you wish to duplicate selected!)
  • If the object you duplicated was a Gather Object, you can still rotate and change colors as if you just selected it out of the object picker!
  • An Object Context Menu! (Options to move an object forward or back, duplicate, and delete!)
  • Tile coordinates display!
🎤 Volume Level Indicator
image showing audio level indicator in user settings
The volume level indicator shows your microphone's volume level and allows for test playback in the user settings page and the initial camera and microphone check. Can you hear me now?
🔄 Turn in Place
A character looking left and right while standing in place then moving to a chair and facing down
Gather avatars can now turn in place! To turn in place, stand still for a moment, and then tap either the arrow key or the WASD key corresponding to the direction you wish to face.
No more staring over the back of the couch!
🎓 New Avatars
A photo of several avatars in graduation uniforms with two bald avatars in sweater vests on either side of group
It's graduation season! Congrats to the Class of 2021. Show off your academic achievements in a variety of colors. We're also introducing a bald avatar with a spiffy sweater vest! Whatever look you decide to go with, remember: wear sunscreen.
🖱 Click Interactions (In Beta, Gradual Roll Out)
gif of avatar moving back and forth using click interaction
Gather now features a new way to get around: Clicks! Double-left-click on a tile to walk to it. Clicking to move will automatically try and avoid private spaces, bumping into people, and the office coffee maker at 3 PM.
You can also right click (or two-finger click) on a participant to open a context menu. This menu lets you follow someone, send them a message, or start a bubble.
image showing close-up of context menu
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On Mobile, you can long-press to open and use the Context Menu, but the "send chat" function is not supported.
💬 Bubbles (In Beta, Gradual Roll Out)
gif showing one person starting a bubble with another by right clicking. They then automatically move over to the other person and a colored bubble appears around them
A bubble is a conversational aside between you and another person. Need to get a word in, but don't wanna disturb the flow? Break out into a bubble.
People outside your bubble will still be able to hear you, albeit very softly (and with transparent video). People can join and leave bubbles freely, even across private spaces.
Screen sharing in a bubble will broadcast your screen to everyone who could see you in a normal conversation.
To start a bubble, click another participant to open the context menu and select 'Start bubble'.
🐛 Minor Updates and Bug Round up
  • Time-limited invitation links are back!
  • Minor menu text updates!
  • New Beta Warning screen in Safari!
  • Search bar fixes on the dashboard!
  • Text no longer disappears under interactive objects!
  • Desktop App Auto-Mute Fixes!
  • Updated Object Picker Categories!
  • Canvas Drawing Performance Improvements
That's all for now!
- The Gather Team
Updates for April 11, 2021
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🔊 Ambient Sounds
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We are excited to announce the introduction of Sound Objects! Two types are being released at this time:
  • Sound Emitters - These emit sounds to a large area and look like speakerphones
  • Localized Sound Objects - These emit sounds to a small area and look like objects that would typically have sounds (Fountains, fire pits, streams, etc).
Sound Emitters are designed to cover large maps and we highly suggest only placing one; however, if you find that you are not getting enough coverage, you can place several at various intervals.
At this time, the sound objects themselves cannot be adjusted. If you find the pre-set volume distracting, you can adjust how they sound to you in your User Settings:
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If you don't hear any sounds and you're on a Windows computer, click here to find out how to adjust your Call Settings.
When deleting Sound Objects, remember to have everyone in the Space refresh their browser for the changes to take effect.
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Sound Objects are still in development and we plan to continue exploring the possibilities and adding customization options! If you have thoughts, comments, or questions on these Sound Objects, please feel free to send us an email to Feedback@gather.town with "Sound Object Feedback" in the subject line or post them on our public Q&A board found here: https://feedback.gather.town/ask-a-question.
🐛 Minor Updates and Bug Round up
  • Follow and Locate algorithm updated to avoid private tiles
  • Passible Portals tile bug
  • Audio device auto switching less agressive
  • Red/Green Online icon colors adjusted
  • Fixed modals taking frame out of focus
That's all for now!
- The Gather Team
Updates for April 4, 2021
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👩‍🏫 The New Whiteboard
image of an office meeting room with fax machine, commercial printer, and white board
We are excited to announce the release of our new whiteboard integration with Eraser [tryeraser.com/home]! With this board, you can:
  • Draw vector graphic objects that are easy to rotate, scale, and move around the canvas
  • Adjust the z-height of your objects
  • Easily center and fit all of the contents into your view window
  • Easily copy, paste, and delete drawn objects using universal keyboard shortcuts
  • Use any and every color available via hex code
  • Share notes for your brainstorming session in real time with markup notation
  • Easily switch your own personal view between notes only, canvas only, and having a side-by side view without affecting your collaborators' view
Image showing the new white board interface with notes on one side and drawings on the other. One object is selected to show properties
You can check out the new white board by navigating to tryeraser.com or by dropping a new white board into your space!
A Note on Old Boards:
Never fear, old Cocreate boards inside of Gather Spaces will not be altered. We have no intention of removing them at this time; however, we do not plan to offer support for them moving forward.
🐛 Minor Updates and Bug Round up
  • Hotkeys in MM activated on start
  • Auto-mute bug
  • Lingering audio bug
  • Performance Tweaks
  • And other, smaller bugs
That's all for now!
- The Gather Team
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