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Quick Mini-update!
We're shifting our release schedule. Rather than Sundays at 3am ET (UTC-4:00), new releases will be in the morning on the first U.S. business day after the weekend. We realize this may impact more events and offices than the prior release timeframe, but we also believe that this will improve the overall experience of using Gather by increasing the number of available engineers who can handle surprise issues quickly. For the most part, you should not notice any changes if you're online. If you do, remember to refresh your page!
We appreciate all of your patience as we adjust to a more sustainable model. See you on Tuesday, September 7th!
Updates for August 29, 2021
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 A screenshot of the office complex, focused on the two conference rooms in the bottom left of the map. A character named AJ (They/Them) is standing alone in a nautical-themed room, which has two circular tables, several barrels, a treasure chest, a ship painting, a pirate flag, and bunting. In the cyberpunk themed conference room to the right, four grey desks are grouped together, with a brain in a jar resting on top. Piles of waste and a trash barrel fire are in the room, as well as a neon image of a rocket and a digital map on the wall.
Make more meetings in the Metaverse! Why settle for a boring video chatroom when you can get a nice change of scenery by building and using themed conference rooms? Try searching for "Nautical" or "Cyberpunk" in our Object Picker!
This week, we continued working on stability and performance. Hope you've been able to notice a difference! We've also been laying down some serious behind the scenes foundations and starting work on a few long awaited quality of life improvements.
🦋 Less Flashy Updates and Bug Round Up
  • Stopped chat notification sound from triggering in addition to the ring sound when you ring someone
  • Adjusted ring sound to stop sooner when you tab back
  • Fixed "disable screen sharing" setting to work again
  • Fixed screen shares from being stuck in low resolutions after experiencing a network drop
  • Fixed bug that prevented moderator message from displaying properly
  • Fixed banner from affecting Mapmaker's sizing and hiding the x,y coordinates
  • Reworked time zone selector in Space dashboard
That's all for now!
- The Gather Team
Updates for August 22, 2021
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Arrrrrrr you ready? Look out for these lovely new maps by our incredible art team!
Otherwise, this week is sparse on new features as we continue working on stability, performance, and applying last week's lessons learned to improve your experience moving forward!
🏘 Explore and Discover
We would like to give a shout out to the incredible community builders we've seen over the last few months! Check out the Unofficial Gather Communities Page where we've collected a few of the larger communities we've heard about. If your Regional Gather Community Group would like to be added to this list, please email community@gather.town.
It's been incredible to see people from all of the world working together to bring each other closer together while physically distancing to help slow the spread of COVID. Thank you for all that you do!
🦋 Less Flashy Updates and Bug Round Up
  • Added Suggested Objects for Build Mode tab (to complement recent objects)
  • Fixed issue with set object "start time" not triggering
  • Fixed bug for Build Mode that allowed placing preview objects even if you did not have permission to build [no more ghost trees!]
  • Fixed Erase Mode rapid use white screen issue
  • Desktop App - Fixed bug that prevented screen sharing
  • Cleaned up a lot of code
That's all for now!
- The Gather Team
Updates for July 25, 2021
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⚠ Custom Max Capacity Messages
A screenshot of a Space dashboard, with Space Access active in the Left Nav Menu. In the Capacity Limit section, Customize Warning Screen Text is toggled on. You can enter a custom message that will display to new guests who try to join your Space after it has reached maximum capacity.
On the off chance that more people join your event than you were expecting, we are now reducing the impact on your event's performance by providing an over capacity message to additional guests. Important notes for this update:
  • You will still have a small buffer beyond your set capacity
  • Performance will likely still degrade as more and more people join
  • The capacity limit message will only appear for guests beyond this buffer
  • You can set a custom capacity limit message for them to see
  • Guests will always be given the option to go back to the page that they were previously on
We're hoping this will help give you time to update your reservation before your event is overwhelmed.
The custom capacity limit message can be set on your Space's dashboard within the Space Access category. By default the message will look like the image on the left:
In the first image on the left, the default message displays for guests who try to enter your Space after it reaches maximum capacity. The second image on the right shows where your text will display if you choose to enter your own message.
Your custom message, character limit 250, can include:
  • Information on who to contact
  • A link to an alternate Space to visit, and
  • Anything else you think will be useful for your guests!
Remember, if you need to increase your Space's capacity, you can always do so on your Space dashboard. Please allow 15 to 20 minutes for the changes to be reflected in your Space!
🦋 Less Flashy Updates and Bug Round Up
  • Added warning that Space name cannot be changed once Space is created
  • Added search field to Create New Space page
  • Changed video preview image behavior to improve frame rate when walking past video objects
  • Removed
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    button if participant is not signed in
  • Fixed white screen from opening character selector before Space is fully loaded
  • Created new, more descriptive "Auto Idle Mute" modal
  • Added video auto-reset after videos are watched to completion
  • Fixed emote display-related bug
  • Adjusted Space name display length limits
  • Added option to email yourself a Space link when accessing Gather via mobile
  • Fixed authentication errors for Space owners accessing Mapmaker
  • Fixed bug for using "original audio" to properly switch over mid-conversation
  • Fixed chat auto-scroll bug
  • Fixed characters lingering after logging off
  • Made reconnecting faster after disconnects
  • Cleaned up a lot of code
That's all for now!
- The Gather Team
Updates for August 15, 2021
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🔨Build Mode Improvements [Gradual Rollout]
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We're making it easier and easier to completely redecorate your entire Space on a regular basis! With this update to Build Mode we've added:
  • Off-grid object placement (You can still snap-to-grid by holding hold ctrl/⌘), and
  • An in-tab object searcher
Hopefully this will help you find objects faster and center them exactly the way you've always dreamed you could (without the hassle of opening the Mapmaker). If the default coloring/design for the object isn't quite what you were looking for, you can always dive into the Object Picker for our full range of options!
📱 Mobile In-Browser Improvements
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We are finally able to begin improvements to our mobile experience! We're excited to highlight a few of the preliminary changes to the mobile in-browser experience such as:
  • Redesigning the sign-in screen and adding dark-mode support
  • Improving how your Homepage (aka the /app page) displays
  • Updating the mobile beta warning to offer you the option of e-mailing yourself a link to the Space so you can enjoy the Best of Gather at this point in time
  • Adjusting Gather to allow displaying top and bottom navigation bars
These are the first in many, many steps to providing an overall better experience on Mobile devices. Unfortunately, as there is a lot to cover, work on mobile improvements may be much slower than most of you (and we) would like, but we are very optimistic about the outcomes!
🦋 Less Flashy Updates and Bug Round Up
  • New character picker rolled out to 100% of all Spaces
  • Rolled out one-time password to 100% of all users (no more magic links!)
  • Added a gorgeous new Space loading screen with % progress bar
  • Fixed Auto-idle-mute to not trigger when interacting with iframes/embedded website objects
  • Fixed accidently indicating an audio issue for some instances of muted microphones
  • Fixed A/V issues from over reporting during Remote Work Office Demo
  • Desktop App - Fixed error with mini-window sizing
  • Several client-side performance improvements
  • Cleaned up some backend code and inconsistencies
That's all for now!
- The Gather Team
Updates for August 8, 2021
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💻 Remote Work-Exclusive Features
Some of you may already know this, but Gather has never had a physical office. In fact, when the company was founded, only 1 of our 4 founders had met everyone else in person! Needless to say, improving the remote work experience is high on our list of priorities, and we're excited to announce a few remote-work exclusive features!
A few of these features have been quietly trickling out over the last few weeks. Features will continue rolling out to more Remote Work Spaces* as we gain confidence in the features' performance and stability.
📆 Personal Calendar [Gradual Rollout for Remote Work Spaces Only]
To help keep track of your schedule, you can now link your personal Google Calendar with Gather!
  • Personal calendar events will be displayed in addition to the Space-wide calendar events
  • Only you will be able to see your calendar events
  • Only one GCal account can be linked per Gather account (but you can display as many calendars from that account as you like!)
  • If the location for your calendar event is a Custom Spawn Location Link, you can teleport straight to the location using your Gather Calendar
A screenshot of the Fancy Office, with the Calendar panel expanded. Remote work users now have the beta feature of adding their personal Google calendars to their Space by clicking Sign in with Google.
For more information on this feature, check out our article on Space vs. Personal Calendar!
👩‍🎤 Members List [Remote Work Spaces Only]
To better track who's a member of your office and who's a guest, we've added membership sections (Members, Guests, and Offline Members) in the Participants panel for remote work users! A Member is a user who is logged into the Space with their Gather account
and has been set as a Moderator, Builder, or Owner
in that Space.
You can use our new invite modal to directly invite your co-workers as Members of your Space. Once they accept the invitation, they will be added as Builders and can immediately start decorating their own desks!
Note:
If you invite a Member to your remote office Space, they must first create an account. Then after signing in, they will be added in the Builder user role.
A view of the updated remote office invitation modal, which is split into two tabs: Members and Guests. You can invite up to 50 members by email or copy and paste the link to your Space. You can also create a link with an expiration date on the Guests tab.
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Your Space is a Remote Work Space and eligible for the above features if you responded "Coworkers/ remote work" to the question, "What are you building this space for?" during the original creation of your Space.
📊 Performance and Stability
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Thank you all for bearing with us this last week. We have had a record number of service outage, some of which were on us, and some of which were on our own service provider. We are painfully aware of the issues this causes for everyone's workflows and appreciate your support as these issues were resolved.
We are 98% sure that we've tracked down the root causes and have implemented changes to help provide a more stable experience moving forward. Thank you to all of you who have reported issues as soon as they happen and have worked with us to help understand the problem.
Again, if you experience issues, please e-mail us at support@gather.town!
🦋 Less Flashy Updates and Bug Round Up
  • Fixed Space calendar bug so that only Owners, Moderators, and Builders see the Create new event button in the Calendar panel
  • Fixed spotlighting bug that prevented guests from manually unspotlight themselves
  • Fixed character picker bugs
  • New character picker rolled out to 50% of all Spaces
  • Created an invitation flow so that when someone is added as a Builder, Moderator, or Owner but does not have an account, they will be invited to create one via email
  • Fixed infinite loading bug
  • Resize signing modal for Mobile
  • Fixed position on Left Nav Participants Card
  • Updated desktop app to v14
  • Updated invite modal for remote offices to separate Member and Guest invites
  • Email invite field for remote offices increased to allow 50 different email addresses at a time
That's all for now!
- The Gather Team
Updates for August 1, 2021
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🤸‍♀️ New Character Picker [Gradual Roll-out]
The new character picker overlays a pirate themed Space. The pirate character in the picker has the name Fancy Pants Jones. The new character picker includes categories for Body (Skin, Hair, Facial Hair), Clothing (Top, Bottom, Shoes), and Accessories (Hat, Glasses, Other). Each category has up to 9 color options: black, grey, white, blue, purple, red, yellow, brown, or green.
Avast, ye land lubbers! Time's come for a new-fangled character picker! Hundreds of custom combinations await, if ye dare! Customizable components include:
  • Skin tone
  • Hair (on your head and your face)
  • Shirts/ Dresses
  • Pants
  • Shoes, and
  • Accessories Galore!
Our wonderful Art team has been working tirelessly to help bring this to life. More options will be added over time. This feature will be gradually rolled out to make sure there aren't any surprise issues before going fully live on all Gather Spaces!
🏙️ Public Spaces and Events [Coming Soon!]
We plan to launch a Discover page for public Spaces and events. If you would like your Space or Event to be listed, please fill out this form.
🏘️ Gather Plaza Beta [Accepting Applications Now!]
A screenshot of the beta Gather Plaza. The Plaza will offer co-working areas, seen in this image as carpeted areas with tables and chairs, to meet and network with other remote office users in Gather.
We are beginning explorations for the very first official “Gather Plaza,” a communal space designed to be a virtual hub, accessible right outside your remote work office's front door.
You will be able to mingle with employees from other companies connected to the plaza during lunch or after work. There will also be exclusive events held in the plaza for the beta cohort!
If you are interested in connecting your office to the Gather plaza, please fill out this form to join the waitlist!
Updates for July 18, 2021
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😎New Look, Better Prices!
A view of the new Space dashboard. The Create Reservation tab displays, with the updated pricing for 2-hour ($2/user), Per day ($3/user), and Monthly ($7/user) reservations.
In case you haven't seen or heard, we've given both our front page as well as all of your Space dashboards fresh new looks. Additionally, we've scrubbed our pricing structure to clean up confusion and provide more affordable ways to Gather.
As part of this update, we've:
  • Completely eliminated object limitations (though please remember that more objects may mean more lag on older machines)
  • Made receipts for active and upcoming events available directly from your dashboard, and
  • Automatically transferred all subscriptions to the new, lower rate and prorated them for the period between now and their next renewal date
Note that the day rate is per 24-hour period. This means:
  • A 24-hour event that crosses midnight will cost $3/user
  • A 25-hour event will cost $6/user, same as a 48 hour event (so take advantage of the extra time!)
🐛 Minor Updates and Bug Round Up
  • Fixed Spawn Tile ID same name different room bug
  • Corrected price calculation for invoices on new dashboard
  • Corrected price calculation on pricing page
  • Fixed Respawn and Spawn Tile ID bugs
  • Fixed image anti-aliasing
  • Fixed dashboard "join as participant" link
  • Added mobile warning for /app landing page
  • Released Beta Desktop app v12 (updated electron libraries)
  • Improved reconnection messages
  • Removed "connecting..." message for those seeing "Sharing A/V with too many people" because it was redundant
  • Capped number of messages visible in chat panel to 80 most recent
  • Cleaned up a good number of things behind the scenes to help improve performance
That's all for now!
- The Gather Team
Updates for July 11, 2021
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💫 Adventures in the Forgotten Realms
A view of the Forgotten Realms map by Wizards of the Coast for their Magic the Gathering event. The view shows a dark cave lit by torches and an entrance to a deeper cavern with the insignia of the Magic the Gathering Game above the entrance.
For a limited time, Wizards of the Coast is sharing their stunning choose-your-own-Gather-adventure map as a template letting you explore Faerun at your own leisure and discover new cards from the upcoming Magic the Gathering set. Create a new Space using this template listed under the "Experience" category to try out the magic with your friends!
❎ More Descriptive Connection Issue Messaging
A view of a park space as a guest speaker. A red warning message displays at the bottom of the window that reads "Sharing A/V with too many people. Try turning off your video or screen."
To help build a better understanding of particular issues, we've added warning messages for when someone is trying to connect to more participants than can currently be supported by Gather (currently 100 participants if you're screen sharing in addition to sharing your own video and audio). This is most likely to happen when spotlighted and attempting to broadcasting to a large number of participants in the room.
The person who is spotlighted will see a red error message informing them of the issue. The participants that are unable to connect to the broadcast will see the speaker's video box appear, but the video stream will show a message stating that they are, "Sharing A/V with too many people."
A view of a park Space as a participant trying to connect to a speaker. The speaker's video preview shows the message "Sharing A/V with too many people."
🌼 Friendly Plants that Grow Extension (Beta)!
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Looking to add a little life to your Gather office or event Space? Check out our new Friendly Plants Extension! Press X to water them and watch them grow over time!
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
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Once you've activated the Friendly Plant extension, you can find and place plants using the Object Picker.
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🐛 Minor Updates and Bug Round Up
  • Updated "Create a new Space" template categories
  • Fixed Bluetooth audio connection bugs + issues with Airpods
  • Fixed time zone bug for synced TVs
  • Fixed syncing between Live TV for different users
  • Desktop app - Fixed minimize button bug
  • Added validation to ensure at least one default spawn tile per room
  • Fixed Builder permission bugs
  • Migrated user preferences to database rather than local storage
  • Added several graphic optimizations to improve performance
  • Adjusted error messages to render below feedback/report and issue modal
  • Extensions (password doors) bugfixes
Updates for July 4, 2021
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❎ New Interactive Object Prompt Message Location
An interactive image that shows a character named "dungeon delver" approaching a note object. A message appears to the right of the note that says, "Press X for note." The character then moves across the room towards a witch. When the character is near the witch, a message appears to the right of the witch saying, "I think I heard Something!"
We've updated where the prompt message appears for interactive objects! Rather than appearing at the bottom of the screen, they will now appear adjacent to the object. The message will typically appear on the right side unless your character blocks the text, in which case it will appear on the opposite side.
💫 Custom Spawn Tiles
An animated image that shows the user moving through the process of creating a custom spawn tile using the calendar side panel, clicking "create new event," selecting, "Create at location," and clicking on "open Mapmaker to be taken to the Mapmaker. The term "bar" is then entered into the field labeled "Set custom spawn tile ID" on the right side panel and a spot next to the bar is clicked to set the tile named "bar."
We are excited to announce the advent of custom Spawn Tiles! With these named tiles, you can now easily send your friends exactly to where you'd like to meet them (or teleport straight to your meetings). A few notes:
  • Custom Spawn Tiles can only be generated in the Mapmaker by those with Build permissions
  • Guests can only directly spawn on custom Spawn Tiles if use they associated location link.
  • All new guests to your Space will always arrive at your default, non-named Spawn Tile locations unless they are given a specific Gather location link.
  • Only users with Build access will be able to see the "Create new event" button on your Space-wide calendar
And animated image showing a calendar event being selected and the button "teleport" being clicked that takes the user straight to the bar location on the map.
Custom Spawn Tiles have been linked to the Calendar function. When you link your calendar to Gather using your iCal link, you can create events with specific locations inside of Gather using location links! If an event on your calendar has an associated Gather location link, you will be given the option to locate your way there or directly teleport.
🐛 Minor Updates and Bug Round Up
  • Added auto-detect and error report suggestion modal
  • Desktop app - Fixed vertical carousel scrolling
  • Desktop app - Fixed ability to zoom back in
  • Desktop app - Adjusted sizing on mini-window
  • Desktop app - Updated to v0.1.0
  • Adjusted mini-map to show black instead of transparent
  • Fixed calendar time zone bug
  • Improved calendar event display
  • Patched user role bugs
  • Fixed adding editor through Mapmaker
  • Fixed poster and video preview bugs
  • Fixed user video display to be off when blocked
  • Fixed portal between Spaces bug for anonymous users
  • Several performance fixes in regards to how the canvas is rendered
  • Several video fixes to improve connection and performance
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