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Product Updates: May 2021 Edition 🔮


What’s New 🚨

  • Floating mode on top of fullscreen apps (Mac): By popular request, you can now use Around’s floating mode on top of fullscreen apps in Mac.

  • Hide self-view 2.0: Based on your feedback regarding our recent hide self-view feature, we’ve made some updates which will allow you to free up even more of your screen! With this new design for hiding self-view, we’ve significantly reduced the size of your video circle and placed it off to the side, while still allowing you to see your own reactions and thoughts. Right-click on your video circle and select “Hide self view” or press “V” to try it out.

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  • CPU and battery life enhancements: We’ve made multiple improvements to our audio DSP, resulting in significant improvements to battery life and CPU utilization.

  • Alert sounds: You can now play a sound whenever someone joins a meeting. You can turn this on by going to your Lobby > Preferences > Audio > Play alert sounds.

  • Updated audio settings during a call: You can now choose your mic and speaker, disable audio output and see other audio settings in your current call. Just click the dropdown next to your mic icon.

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  • Updated camera settings during a call: By clicking on the dropdown next to the camera icon, you can choose a webcam, enable/disable camera framing/face zoom, hide your self-view or see more settings.

  • Redesigned preferences: We’ve completely updated our Preferences Menu in order to make all of our settings easier to find, which now includes:

    • Audio: Choose your mic and speaker input, as well as noise suppression level.

    • Video: You have the ability to choose your camera input, as well as disable camera framing/face zoom for all calls.

    • Account: Set your profile picture, personal information or add other sign-in methods.

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  • Improved video capturing performance on macOS

  • Add fire to your Campfire Mode: What’s Campfire Mode without a proper campfire? If you have 5+ participants in Campfire Mode, now you can just click in the middle of the circular empty space a few times to ignite a roaring fire. The more you click, the bigger it grows. But keep in mind: just like a real fire, you have to keep feeding it or else it’ll burn out. (You may have to click around a few times, but you'll find it eventually!) 🔥

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Fixes 🐛

Here are some of the highlights:

General

  • Made some improvements to app loading time
  • Anyone will now be able to delete a shared image (instead of just the owner)
  • Fixed bug where you couldn’t see someone’s cursor while they were screensharing
  • Fixed issue where clicking hyperlinks in Notes didn’t work
  • Continued improvements to one-click links
  • Fixed bugs with sizing of GIFs and thoughts

macOS

  • Fixed bug on older Macbooks where video background was extending outside of the video circle itself

Windows

  • Fixed issue on older Windows devices where app was stuck on the loading screen and would not open


What’s Coming 🚴‍♀️

  • Audio-only voice channels
  • Mobile app for Android and iOS
  • Linux app
  • Vertical floating mode (the ability to stack your video bubbles vertically instead of horizontally)


Give us a shout at support@around.co if you run into any issues or just want to say hola. 😍