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Product Updates: April 2022 Edition 🔮


What’s New 🚨

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Recording (BETA)

We’ve been hard at work for the past several months and are excited to say that Recording is here! This means you can now record an Around meeting and watch it at a later time.

Of course, we couldn’t resist sprinkling in some of that signature Around magic. ✨ What makes Recording particularly unique is our immersive playback experience. Even if you missed out on the meeting, it’s designed to make you feel as though you were actually there. 🤯

Instead of having to watch from the point of view of the person that made the original recording, you can move through the app as you normally would and use whichever mode fits your work style. During playback, you can navigate to any of the standard modes (e.g. Floating, Campfire, Minimal, etc.) and use several in-meeting features, like Attendee List and Pin for Me. For example, if you typically prefer to do meetings in Floating Mode, you can also view recordings in Floating Mode.

Note: This feature is still in Beta. Support for additional features like Shortcuts and Notes Mode are coming in the future. Please help us continue to improve Recording by letting us know if you’re experiencing any issues. You can email us at support@around.co.

Have Recording feedback you'd like to share directly with our Product Manager? You can schedule a time to talk with them here.


How to start a recording:

Any member of a permanent room or the creator of an ad-hoc room can start a recording. There are two ways:

  • Open the magic menu in the top-right of the meet window and select Record Meeting.
  • Type /record in the thought input at the bottom of the meet window and press enter.

Where to view recordings:

Go to your Lobby, click your avatar and select Recordings (Beta)... to open the Recordings panel. You can see all of the recordings you have created, as well as any recordings made in rooms where you’re a member.

Resources


In celebration of launching recording, here is a haiku from our team 🍃

Recordings are (a)live!
Try our immersive playback
Feels like you're there


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Gallery Mode

Until now, Campfire Mode has been the go-to place for focused discussions and circling up with the team. For some meeting types, however, we’ve heard from you that the circles can feel either too small or spread out. So for those instances, we’ve introduced a new way to meet – Gallery Mode – which features a video squircle shape that captures more body language (like hand gestures) and has a more traditional grid layout.

Where to find it: Navigate to Campfire Mode and use the toggle in the top-right corner to change layouts.


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Notes

Stored Notes

Some meeting types, like 1:1s or stand ups, can benefit from reviewing past notes, so we’ve added a new room option where notes are automatically stored. This means whenever you jump into a room, you’ll be able to see what was written in the notes previously.

Where to find it: Go to the room card in the Lobby, open the room options and click Edit Room...

Note: If you decide to store notes in your room, participants will not receive them over email once the meeting ends.

Write All Names

Need to jot everyone’s name down in a meeting? You can now add all current meeting attendee names directly in Notes with the press of a button. This is perfect for meetings where you need to capture status updates, for example.

Where to find it: In Notes Mode, click MoreWrite everyone’s name down in the Notes toolbar.


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Raise All Hands

Many of our users love our Raise Hands feature because it makes it easy to moderate conversations or conduct specific meetings like standups. And in the case of the latter, we’ve made this feature even more helpful with the addition of Raise All Hands. When it’s time for everyone to give an update, simply click “Raise All Hands” to instantly add a raised and numbered hand for each attendee that is currently in the meeting.

Where to find it: Click the dropdown arrow beside the hand-raise icon ✋


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Add Any User to a Workspace By Email

The member management panel has been revamped and now includes the ability to add new members by email, even if the email is different from your Workspace domain. This means you can now add external contractors or temporary team members to your Workspace, even if they don’t have a company email address.

Where to find it: From the Lobby, click your avatar → Manage Workspace and navigate to the Members tab.


Quality and Performance Updates 🌟

Improvements

  • Automatic Updates: New Around updates are now downloaded and installed automatically. Additionally, any users joining a meeting that don't have any seconds to spare can click the meeting link in the modal to immediately join via browser.

  • Timer Sound: The Timer now plays a sound to all meeting attendees once it ends

  • Sharpened Screen Share: We've made improvements to screen sharing quality and legibility. (Tip: You can compare the before/after by right clicking on someone's screen share and deselecting "Enhance.")

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Fixes

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Fixed an issue where a person using cmd + z could undo another person’s changes while in Notes Mode
  • Unplugging a microphone will no longer mute a person automatically, but instead enable the next available device
  • Fixed an iOS issue that would sometimes cause a person’s microphone to no longer send audio to other meeting attendees
  • Plugged a memory leak which was causing Around to consume more memory than it should have
  • Fixed an issue that could cause unplugging and replugging a device to make it become unresponsive


What’s Coming 🚴‍♀️

Your feedback is instrumental in helping us build a product that you'll continue to love far into the future. With the introduction of Recording, we’d love to hear about your experience with this feature along with how we can make it even better. Please let us know by reaching out to support@around.co. And for inquiring minds, several exciting new features are coming soon, including improved large meeting support and chat.

That's all for now! Ping us at support@around.co if you run into any issues or just want to say Привіт. 🇺🇦