NEWS

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June 1, 2021: Spotterfish v1.11.3

Improvements

  • The project list in screening rooms now has a search bar.

  • The project Edit and Delete buttons on the dashboard are much clearer now.

  • Signing up with existing email now switches to the login screen automatically.

  • Seeking to a negative time now seeks to zero instead of causing an error.

  • When entering the dashboard, the first project is now selected automatically.

  • Moved the upgrade button to the main toolbar to be more accessible.

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May 27, 2021: Spotterfish v1.11.2

Improvements

  • Video can now be played in lights on-mode.

  • Improved the account upgrade process.

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May 25, 2021: Spotterfish v1.11.1

Features

  • Additional and improved timecode input in screening rooms:

    • Timecode entered as "1:01:00:00" or "01010000" or "10000" will all seek to the same position 01:01:00:00 if positioned at 01:01:00:00.

    • Entering "+ 010000" will move to 01:02:00:00.

    • Entering "-020000" will move to 01:00:00:00.

    • Entering "0" will move to start.

Improvements

  • Account can now be upgraded to Plus via the dashboard.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed bug where invalid timecode input could cause unexpected behavior.

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May 15, 2021: Spotterfish v1.11

Maintenance update

  • Bug fixes in signup flow.

  • Improved stability.

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April 30, 2021: Spotterfish v1.10

Stability and maintenance update:

  • General account handling improvements

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April 28, 2021: Spotterfish v1.9

Improvements

  • Various user experience enhancements.

  •  If signed up on mobile, welcome message will be sent to guide user to their room once on Chrome.

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April 25, 2021: Spotterfish v1.8

Features

  •  Signup for a new account on mobile or other browsers is now supported. (Service still requires Google Chrome on a computer)

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April 23, 2021: Spotterfish v1.7

Improvements

  • Branding of screening rooms with name, logo and background color added.

  • Sing up with promo code to get an upgraded room.

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April 15, 2021: Spotterfish v1.6

Features

  • Freemium: Spotterfish 5 Seat rooms are now completely free.

  • Demo videos: Three demo videos are automatically added to all new accounts.

Improvements

  • Improved export of marker lists.

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March 26, 2021: Spotterfish v1.5

Improvements

  • Improved stability when joining screening room sessions.

  • More reliable tooltips in screening rooms.

Features

  • Enterprise feature: Isolated per-organisation file storage with custom encryption key.

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February 26, 2021: Spotterfish v1.4

Stability and maintenance update:

  • Improved notifications when users have network problems or low bandwidth.

  • Improved buffering messages.

  • General stability improvements.

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February 11, 2021: Spotterfish v1.3

Improvements

  • Improved frame-by-frame seeking. 

  • Visual Improvements when positioning playhead.

  • General UI improvements.

  • General security improvements.

Features

  • Display timecode on dragging playhead.

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January 19, 2021: Spotterfish v1.2.1

Improvements

  • Various third-party library security updates.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug where the video playback was stopped when someone left the screening room.

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January 15, 2021: Spotterfish v1.2

Improvements

  • Moved notifications for new versions to the account menu to be less intrusive.

  • Removed the email verification reminder from the screening room lobby.

  • Moved the New Marker Session button from the project list to the marker list.

  • Various visual tweaks in screening room dialogs and buttons.

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January 11, 2021: Spotterfish v.1.1.7

New Features

 

  • Allow exiting lights off mode via a dedicated button in the upper part of the screening room.
     

  • Significant speed improvements when entering screening rooms and loading projects.
     

  • Always show moderator panel for moderators when entering a screening room.
     

  • Remove unnecessary "no project loaded" dialog when entering screening room.
     

  • Remove unnecessary description text on dashboard when no projects are uploaded.
     

  • Simplify options dialog when loading a project.
     

  • Add help texts to screening room and project sections on dashboard.
     

  • Allow AV1 4:2:2 10 bit color space video files in mp4 container.

 

Bug Fixes

 

  • Fix occasional misplacement of marker symbols on transport slider.
     

  • Fix broken marker edit button on dashboard.
     

  • Fix graphical glitches when resizing window to a very narrow size.
     

  • Always show dialog for loading project above moderator drawer.

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December 31, 2020: Spotterfish v.1.1.6

New Features

 

  • New moderator panel for loading projects, inviting users, setting access controls, and more.
     

  • Moderators can now disable transport controls, marker list, and mute functionality for all users.
     

  • Loading projects now allows you to manually set the file timeout and whether to start playback from the beginning each time a new session is started. 

 

Improvements

 

  • Improved tooltips for all UI controls for clarity.
     

  • Close button for all dialogs have been moved to the same position for consistency.
     

  • Show a microphone icon instead of a chat bubble when holding tab to talk.

 

Bug Fixes

 

  • Disable transport controls when no project is loaded, since they didn't do anything in that state.
     

  • Display an error dialog when the file could not be loaded, instead of failing silently.

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December 2, 2020: Spotterfish v.1.1.5

New Features

 

  • Show who is assigned to each seat and popcorn animation if they are in the lobby, before they have joined the session.

 

Improvements

 

  • Show user avatar instead of blank video for users that have muted their camera.
     

  • Show indicator on chat button when there are new messages.

 

Bug Fixes

 

  • Fix inconsistencies in tab to talk state.
     

  • Various UI tweaks in screening rooms and dashboard.

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November 8, 2020: Spotterfish v.1.1.4

Features
 

  • Mute all and Tab to talk: This feature defaults to mute everyone's microphones to avoid background noise. In this mode, each user can press and hold the TAB key to talk. Releasing the tab key mutes the users mic. A chat symbol is shown on the video chat bubble so users see who's talking. Video chat bubbles now show mute-symbol when your mic is off.
     

  • Security: optional two-factor authentication using text messaging.
     

  • Enterprise security: Rooms can be setup as high-security, which requires users to use two-factor and PIN verification each and every time they enter the screening room. Contact us to enable this feature for your rooms.

Improvements

 

  • Simplified visuals in lights on mode.


 

Bug Fixes
 

  • Fixed problem with invite screen, where users couldn't see DELETE MESSAGE button.
     

  • Fixed occasional cosmetic glitch concerning "frozen" video chat bubble when people leave a room.
     

  • Fixed problem with video chat toggles.

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October 22, 2020: Spotterfish v.1.1.3

Features
 

  • Moderator can now see which users that are not yet 2-way authenticated in the invite screen.
     

  • When someone enters the lobby and wants to join a screening room, the moderator gets a “doorbell” request and can accept or deny that user a seat.
     

  • When you are in a screening room and the lightswitch is ON just press play to get going, no need to turn off light switch first. This starts playback and switches off the lights

Improvements

 

  • New icons for PEOPLE-screen and MODERATOR-screen


 

Bug Fixes
 

  • Reliability fixes

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October 19, 2020: Spotterfish Update

Improvements
 

  • New invitation system: each screening room has ONE URL that can be shared. Moderator screens and lets people into session via a lobby screen. This helps get people into a session if they have accounts or not. Everyone gets the same URL: you can put the URL in slack, a text or in a Google calendar invite etc.
     

  • Users invited for a session now become full Spotterfish users, with their own dashboard etc.


 

Bug Fixes
 

  • Minor reliability fixes

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October 17, 2020: Spotterfish Update

Improvements

  • Video chat robustness

  • Individual video file links now expire for improves security

  • New edit project button (pencil) on projects in the dashboard.

  • Security: Clearing projects from screening room when last person leaves

  • Spin up local video chat server in California for better performance


 

Bug Fixes
 

  • Fix spurious CODEC NOT SUPPORTED message in bathroom mirror.

  • Fix glitches when the user uses uppercase characters in email address.

  • Stop the video chat bubble from going black when connection glitches, show last image instead.

  • Users could not click the title of room in the dashboard to enter the room.

  • Video chat bubbles becomes squeezed / wrong aspect ratio.

  • Help button in the screening room has no effect.

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October 2, 2020: Spotterfish Update

New Features
 

  • Spotterfish now uses a non-blocking 2-factor authentication

  • Improved security of invite system so invites cannot be spoofe

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September 28, 2020: Spotterfish Update 

New Features

  • Show buffering-tag on video chat bubbles to show what's going on.

  • Fix visual and cosmetic glitches.

  • New UX for invitation screen - faster to use and supports many seats & users.

  • New EXIT-ROOM button and alert box - stops users from accidentally leaving the session.

  • Split toolbar into upper toolbar for all users, lower toolbar for moderator-access. Currently both are available to all users.

  • Move invite-button from moderator panel to the bottom toolbar for quick access.

  • Change the default movie so the user isn't confused by its static noise-intro.
     

Bug Fixes

  • Fix spurious CODEC NOT SUPPORTED message in bathroom mirror.

  • Fix glitches when the user uses uppercase characters in email address.

  • Stop the video chat bubble from going black when connection glitches, show last image instead.

  • Users could not click the title of room in the dashboard to enter the room.

  • Video chat bubbles becomes squeezed / wrong aspect ratio.

  • Help button in the screening room has no effect.

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August 20, 2020: Spotterfish Update v.1.0.2

New Features

  • Added COPY INVITATION to the moderator's invite panel in screening rooms. This allows the moderator to copy a link to the computer's clipboard that can be sent via email, Slack etc.
     

Improvements

  • Faster session start and end.

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July 31, 2020: Spotterfish Update v.1.0.1

Improvements

  • Enhanced screening room security


 

Bug fixes

  • Updates to Spotterfish client 
     

  • Updates Spotterfish backend for improved maintenance and uptime

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July 27, 2020: Spotterfish Major Update v.1.0

This update focuses on improving the user experience in large screening rooms.

New Features

  • Light switch: focus on watching the movie together or focus on talking. The new light switch lets you flip between two modes. Don't worry, you can still talk while watching the movie.

Improvements

  • Help people with slower internet connections join. Spotterfish uses much less bandwidth for sessions with many people and gently downgrades video chat quality if needed.

  • Snappier and more satisfying user experience. Browser code has been optimized to use significantly less CPU and GPU.
     

  • Easier to understand what's going on when movie playback is buffering. Better messages on buffering and when skipping to another position in the movie.
     

  • Improved layouts of screening room sessions so you can see the movie properly, even with many people in the session.
     

Bug fixes

  • More reliable upload of many files to a project.
     

  • Fixed problem where markers were drawn incorrectly when first entering screening room.
     

  • Fixed problem when time code stopped updating.