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Updates for January 10, 2022
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A New Years Space in Gather, with Riley and a black cat together in a living room with blue couches and carpet.
↗ Engineering Level-Up
It’s been an incredible year and a half, and we’re grateful for all of your support. To help continue building an incredible product, we will be taking the first 3 weeks of the year to solely focus on work that makes it easier for us to develop and maintain high-quality code. This means feature development will be paused and our next changelog update will likely be
January 24th
.
We’re using this as a chance to raise the bar for what good engineering looks like at Gather and lay the groundwork for the year to come. Our intended outcomes include:
  • Fixing internal pain points
  • Creating a joyful engineering environment
  • Improving engineering craftsmanship
  • Practicing metacognition and how we work, and making them more efficient
We appreciate all of your patience and support during this time!
🦋 Less Flashy Updates and Bug Round Up
  • Adjusted age restrictions warning to be consistent across all platforms
  • Deprecated “Press e to teleport”
  • Adjusted Smart Zoom to round to the nearest 50% rather than 25% to improve how images and backgrounds render
  • Updated how connections are managed for better reliability
That's all for now! See you January 24th!
- The Gather Team
Updates for January 4, 2022
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New year, new improvements!
📲 Mobile Updates
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We’ve added the Participants list to mobile, which is available by tapping Chat at the bottom of the screen. From the Participants list, you can also open info cards, where you can send a message, locate, follow, or block the person selected.
⚙ Settings Menu Updates
We’ve been renovating our settings over the last few weeks. In case you haven’t seen them, here are a few we want to specifically point out:
Space Settings → Space Access → Require Login
This setting requires users entering your Space to both have a Gather account and be signed in for an added level of security.
User Settings → Accessibility → Reduce Motion
Formerly known as “turn off smooth movement,” this setting will adjust your character’s movement in Gather to be stepped. This feature may also help improve client-side performance.
User Settings → Graphics → Limit Frame Rate
If your computer sounds like it’s trying to take off into space every time you load Gather, this setting is for you
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🦋 Less Flashy Updates and Bug Round Up
Events checklist
  • Added progress bar to Basic Info page
  • Fixed text and paragraph formatting bugs for Event Details field
  • Added pop-up modal on bottom right of the dashboard to take you back to the checklist
  • Adjusted “Go to dashboard” button on the events checklist to go to user roles page for events with 25 or less participants
Extensions
  • Adjusted the applause extension to trigger sooner
  • Re-added the friendly plant extension (Previously placed plants will no longer work. Please remove and replace!)
Objects/ Image Rendering
  • Fixed a bug that prevented some objects from loading properly
  • Fixed several bugs that prevented sound objects from playing properly
  • Fixed timed objects bug where objects set to appear at a specific time were not properly accounting for timezones
  • Adjusted video-off character icons to scale dynamically with video container size
  • Adjusted normal images with property set to blank via API to display as a transparent texture
  • Fixed issue where live editing backgrounds and foregrounds were not propagating properly
  • Fixed issue with colored private tiles appearing offset
  • Fixed issue with private areas not rendering properly on large maps
  • Fixed tooltips not appearing after going through the tutorial
  • Fixed object rendering issue where an additional border would appear on the right side of objects
Movement Bugs
  • Adjusted viewport to be bounded by map edges rather than always centered on your character
  • Fixed bug where character names and outfits would reset or change when portaling between Spaces
  • Fixed bug where characters would continuously walk in place
  • Fixed sticky key issue that caused characters to continuously move in a direction after they released the directional key
  • Fixed issue with keyboard movement lag
Other
  • Mobile - Fixed context menu from appearing over chat screen
  • Deprecated pinned moderator messages for non-remote work Spaces (Replaced by information board)
  • Fixed information board not appearing in Spaces created through the Event Checklist
  • Fixed announcement text overflow
  • Added ability for Space moderators to change and adjust reservation-only premium features
  • Updated blocked permissions to prevent blocked users from locating, following, or sending chats to blocker
  • Fixed bug that prevented new rooms from being created from existing rooms in existing Spaces
  • Adjusted default homepage tab to be My Spaces rather than the Explore tab
  • Fixed Space capacity bug for currently active but set to be canceled subscriptions
  • Added text to screen indicating when you have turned off someone’s screen share or video, or muted someone who has their video turned off
  • Fixed bug that would sometimes pause and not resume incoming audio/video connections when switching between grid and carousel video modes
  • Updated desktop app to latest version of Electron
That's all for now!
- The Gather Team
Updates for December 16, 2021
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📲 Mobile Improvements
Three mobile screens showing a winter Space in Gather. The first shows the interactive note object, the second an interactive plate of cookies, and the third of the message that displays when you try to view videos on mobile.
From object interactions to seeing and responding to chat, we've updated our mobile experience yet again! You can now read notes, see poster previews, open embedded sites, and catch the latest comments from your friends and coworkers.
A winter Space of Gather on mobile, with an arrow pointing from the chat icon at the bottom of the screen to the chat panel that expands when you tap the chat notification.
Note that our desktop-based browser experience is still the best way to access all of our features, including the ability to decorate your Space.
🚀 New Rendering Engine
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A picture is worth a thousand words, but no picture can fully express the level of excitement we have for the overhaul of our rendering engine. This has been months in the making, and we would like to thank the Gather Partners that volunteered to help us work out all of our initial bugs and kinks.
On the surface, you will see nicer name tags and some fancy effects for go karts (if you're using Gather for remote work). Beneath the surface, this opens many doors for the future advancement of our platform. Notable changes include:
  • Even smoother movement
  • Object and avatar loading icons
  • Left Nav Menu keyboard navigation with aria labels
  • Adjustable name and prompt text sizes
  • Eraser mode outlining selected objects
  • Many, many performance and loading improvements
🦗Less Flashy Updates and Bug Round Up
  • Fixed character selections reverting each time
  • Added multi-select for events checklist
  • Fixed data deletion checkbox for Spaces with restricted access on newer modal
  • Improved performance for extensions by cleaning up unused threads
  • Fixed movement errors related to portals
  • Fixed issue with Spaces indicating that they are full when they are not
  • Fixed missing object id and fail to load issues
  • Fixed Anonymous appearing on Participants list for newly created Spaces
  • Improved performance relating to loading map layers
  • Improved server-side stability and reliability issues
✨See you in the New Year!
This will be our last update of 2021. It's certainly been an amazing year at Gather, and we appreciate you all for supporting us and sharing us with your friends and family. To make sure our staff can spend time with their own friends and family over the holidays, we are putting a hold on new feature releases and updates for the next few weeks. We'll see you again in January!
That's all for now! Happy holidays!
(Now go get some rest!)
- The Gather Team
Updates for December 6, 2021
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☃ Holiday Costumes Are Live!
A view of a winter Space in Gather with dancing snowpeople and gingerbread people. The Jaden gingerperson is showing a custom emote of a Christmas tree.
After a long year and many requests, our beloved snowperson costume is back, though only until the snow melts! This year we're also introducing gingerbread people with super smooth dancing moves.
🐦 New Daily Winter Decorations
A snowy winter Space in Gather with new Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and winter objects.
Search for our new holiday objects using the term "winter" or check our
Newly added
category in the Object Picker to see what our incredible Art team has been working on! Check back each day until the new year for a new object or two!
🦗Less Flashy Updates and Bug Round Up
  • Fixed active speaker indicator
  • Adjusted announcements UI
  • Fixed Erase mode issues
  • Fixed video connection issues affecting South and Southeast Asia issue
  • Tested new rendering engine extensively — stay tuned for news of this massive upgrade!
That's all for now!
- The Gather Team
Updates for November 29, 2021
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🚀Explore Templates Through Events Checklist
A view of the Create Space step in the Events checklist onboarding flow. Two Space templates are previewed in the left, and on the right, a live preview lets you explore the template you've selected.
Wander inside our templates and see the entire layout before choosing the right one for you! This feature can be found when creating a Space through the
Create Event
checklist!
📢 Space-Wide Announcements (In Real-Time)!
A gif of a Thanksgiving Space in Gather with a live announcement being posted. The Info Board icon in the Left Nav Menu is selected, the Announcements tab is selected in the modal, a new post with the text "Dinner's Ready!" is added, and the announcement displays in the Space.
Keynote speech about to start? Need to let everyone know where to go? Finally, a way to send out Space-wide announcements in real time!
At this time, this feature is only available to event-based Spaces. (Sorry, remote work offices!) You can make an announcement as a Space Admin or Moderator by opening the Info Board in the upper left corner and switching to the
Announcements
tab.
All of the guests in your Space, regardless of which Room or Map they are in will get a pop-up notification with your announcement.
A gif of a Thanksgiving Space in Gather with a live announcement being received. A new post with the text "Game time!" appears in the upper left corner next to the Info Board icon.
🦗Less Flashy Updates and Bug Round Up
  • Fixed bug where
    My Spaces
    list was not appearing when adding a Room to a Space
  • Fixed issue with
    Hide Tutorial in this Space
    toggle not triggering in Settings
  • Fixed issue with associated reservations being deleted when events were deleted
  • Added aria labels to our navigation menus
  • Implemented several client-side performance improvements
  • Fixed loading issues with extensions such as password doors and friendly plants
  • Fixed a few issues specifically related to black screens
  • Improved audio and video quality for those on restrictive networks
  • Added big-time improvements to video reliability and stability
That's all for now!
- The Gather Team
Updates for November 15, 2021
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A Gather Thanksgiving Space with a giant dinner table covered in food. The outdoor area features new snow covered trees and fall leaf piles!
Sneak peek at our next Family Gathering Map iteration! Otherwise, no major updates other than preparing for this coming Friday's map release - See our Wheel of Time tab on your Gather homepage for the countdown timer!
🛠 Maker Week
The Gather Maker Week Space. Three houses with banners reading "Meet Your Maker" line a walkway.
Please note that this week, Gather is participating in a company-wide Maker Week. Regularly scheduled meetings are canceled and other projects are put on hold to allow everyone at Gather to get involved with innovating and collaborating on projects that may be out of their daily routine. We are taking this time to expand on what we think is possible in order to build a stronger and better Gather for you!
Due to these focused efforts, support turn around times may be much slower than usual because we want all of our staff members to feel free to participate in Maker Week. We will prioritize events taking place during the month of November. Other inquires will be put on hold until November 22nd.
As always, if you are experiencing an immediate issue, please add "Urgent" to your subject line!
🦗Less Flashy Updates and Bug Round Up
  • Added a Collaborator role for Event Checklists so that more than one person can manage Event details. Select
    Share
    on your Event Checklist to invite a Collaborator.
  • Improved navigation through the
    Create an Event
    checklist.
  • Added an API Key user warning - "Revealing your API key to anyone will allow them to impersonate you in every way, including joining and editing Spaces you have access to as you."
  • Fixed a few issues related to seeing a black screen upon entering your Gather Space.
  • Completed a whole lot of load testing.
  • Improved stability under heavy loads.
Updates for November 8, 2021
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Screenshot of the character selector with the "special" tab selected and the "Wheel of Time" category highlighted. Several example Character costumes are shown such as Mat and Moirane
This week is a little quiet while we spin a few more threads for the Pattern of the Ages. Looking forward to sharing what we've been working on!
🦗Less Flashy Updates and Bug Round Up
  • Adjusted friending error messages to be more clear when when you try to friend someone who can't be friended
  • Adjusted Emotes to center them and add animations
  • Added more helpful error messages if two or more people try to edit the Information Board at the same time
  • Added a mid-quality video auto-adjustment to some situations to help improve performance
  • Fixed a bug with very old spaces not displaying correctly
  • Major scalability improvements in the works
  • Made builder mode faster and more reliable, and improved one issue with very large maps
That's all for now!
- The Gather Team
Updates for November 1, 2021
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A screenshot of Gather's Lobby with a table showing various food, including ailoo tikki and karanji, a person in a red dress next to the table with the words "Happy Diwali" over their head, and lots of colorfulfireworks all over the screen.
💃Gather Events
A screenshot of the new Gather events landing page that is generated when you follow the new Events onboarding flow. In the Top Nav Menu is a Search for events field, a button to Create event, a button for Back to checklist, and a preview of the Riley avatar. In the left center of the screenshot is a preview image of a Gather Space with floor pillows. To the right are the event details, including the title "New Years Watch Party" with the time and three action buttons: Add to Calendar, Share, and Save. A Join Event button displays beneath the action buttons. Beneath the center banner is Event Details with additional info.
Creating an Event on Gather has never been easier! Introducing our new event creation system that will not only help you get organized, but also will give you a lovely landing page to send to your event attendees! The event link you send to your attendees will stay the same even if you:
  • Change the Space you use for your event
  • Adjust the date and time
  • Update any event details or descriptions
Get started by navigating to your Gather homepage, selecting the
Events
tab, and selecting
Create Event
in the upper right corner.
A screenshot of the new Gather events landing page that is generated when you follow the new Events onboarding flow. In the Top Nav Menu is a Search for events field, a button to Create event, a button for Back to checklist, and a preview of the Riley avatar. In the left center of the screenshot is a preview image of a Gather Space with floor pillows. To the right are the event details, including the title "New Years Watch Party" with the time and three action buttons: Add to Calendar, Share, and Save. A Join Event button displays beneath the action buttons. Beneath the center banner is Event Details with additional info.
You will be guided through a checklist to make sure you have everything you need to be ready for your Event!
A screenshot of the Events Setup checklist page. At the top of the page is the title of the Event, with Preview and Publish buttons. Beneath the top nav is a dynamic Setup checklist progress bar which is halfway complete. Beneath the progress bar are the checklist items: 1. Basic Info, 2. Landing page, 3. Space creation.
Note that Events made using this checklist will
not
be automatically published to the
Explore Events
page. To be featured on the
Explore Events
page, please navigate to the
Explore
page and submit your Event using the provided form.
👍Gather Emotes v2
Several people on the Clients team around a table using various custom emotes. The emotes that appear over their avatars heads alsoo appear in their video on the left side udner their name
After many requests, and much anticipation, we are excited to announce v2 of our Emote system! This new system includes:
  • Emotes showing up in videos under your name
  • Emote customization
To customize your Emotes, select the
Edit
button on the right side of the Emote menu.
A gif of the new Emotes system. The. cursor selects the Emote button (smiley face icon) in the Bottom Bar, then selects Edits. An Emote picker displays, which allows you to search for and assign Emotes to the keyboard shortcuts (1-5).
🏃‍♀️Dynamic Embedded Website Objects
A screenshot of a Gather Space with a Knowledge Base article opened as an embedded website in an iframe. A red outline is drawn around the URL of the embedded website in the top left of the iframe.
Change the embedded URL of an object without opening Mapmaker! If you are an Owner or a Builder in a Space, you can change the URL of an embedded website object while you are viewing it. The changes will immediately be reflected in the Space. If you're only a guest, you will get a message saying you do not have permissions to change the URL.
🦗Less Flashy Updates and Bug Round Up
  • Fixed bug where character icons would show on top of shared screen previews
  • Fixed Synchronized TV bug where the video would only play for the object creator
  • Adjusted text in a few places for consistency
  • Fixed errors with subscriptions not canceling correctly
  • Fixed errors with reservations failing
  • Found and fixed a performance issue that was causing increased lag for the last 2 weeks
  • Promptly fixed the "Destroyer of Objects" bug on Friday where, if you were very unlucky within those few hours, deleting one object in Build mode deleted several other objects as well. If this happened to you we
    might
    be able to recover your map from the day before — please Contact us using this form.
That's all for now!
- The Gather Team
Updates for October 25, 2021
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📲Mobile - Prioritized Audio Mode
Two screenshots of Gather on Mobile. In the first, prioritized audio is turned on and the regular view of videos is replaced by character icons with each person's name underneath. The second image shows a presentation that is being shared. The current slide says, Team Updates." The other people connected have their icons and names listed underneath the presentation.
Improve general performance on mobile and reduce battery usage with our new
Prioritize Audio
toggle! This setting will turn off incoming video streams and replace them with their character icons. You can still choose to see individual video streams in expanded mode by selecting someone's name or shared screen. If you are currently viewing a shared screen or have someone's video selected in expanded video mode, we will preserve your preference while turning off other video streams.
🔮Mobile - Help Us Improve Stability!
A set of three screenshots of Gather on mobile. In the first, the menu available by selecting the ellipses is open. The third item in the menu, "Report an issue" is outlined in red. In the second, the Report an issue window is open.  The window allows you to choose a Reason from a drop-down menu, enter your email address, and enter a message. A checkbox is selected for the option to "Send error report with video and screen data (helps us figure out the issue)." In the third, the success message for reporting an issue displays, which says "Thanks! We got your message." and shows an avatar wearing a pointy hat sitting in front of a crystal ball.
We are always looking to improve your Gather experience. To help us learn about issues you're encountering, we've added bug reporting to our mobile site. You can find it in your mobile settings menu by selecting the three dots on the bottom right side of your screen.
Please report any issues you encounter. We look at every report and want to create the best experience possible.
🦗Less Flashy Updates and Bug Round Up
  • Added mobile symbol next to name of people using our mobile site on the desktop browser Participants list
  • Added check box to stop showing the limited functionality mobile site warning each time you use Gather on mobile
  • Revamped incompatible browser warning page
  • Added a better redirection screen for unsupported browsers on iOS
  • Fixed bug preventing Information Board from appearing in several event Spaces (not available in Remote Work Spaces)
  • Fixed checkbox warnings appearing in the dev console
  • Updated subscription messages on Space dashboard to show when they end after a subscription has been canceled
  • Fixed issue with being unable to edit some active reservations
  • Added better Space creation flow to take you straight to appropriate templates based on use case
  • Better handling of extreme spikes in usage
That's all for now!
- The Gather Team
Updates for October 19, 2021
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🔊 Video Volume Sliders
A screenshot of the Night Market template. The A/V preview at the top of the screen has a new expanded menu open from an ellipses button. Clicking the ellipses on an A/V preview allows you to adjust the User Volume on a slider or to block the user.
Adjust the volume of others on a person-by-person basis! We're excited to make this highly requested feature available on our browser and desktop application. You can even adjust the volume of shared audio from a shared screen separately from the person who's screensharing!
🦗Less Flashy Updates and Bug Round Up
  • Removed ability to accidently remove self as owner of a Space
  • Adjusted behavior to automatically focus on the chat input box after selecting
    Send Message
    from someone's user card
  • Updated various scrollbars to match our current style
  • Mapmaker - Fixed bug that caused a previous object to be moved if you select and move a new object as a click-and-drag action
  • Mapmaker - Adjusted text to better communicate Spotlight limitations
  • Homepage (aka /app) - Added ability to edit name and character to profile menu
  • Homepage - Added account identification information to profile menu
  • Dashboard - Fixed past reservations showing the wrong date
  • Continued to improve reliability and implemented several monitoring systems to alert us of issues sooner
  • Implemented performance improvements for large spaces
That's all for now!
- The Gather Team
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