New Features: WebRTC Video Chat, Nicer URLs

13 Nov 2013 by ggreer

WebRTC Video Chat

You may have noticed some new icons in our web editor. Google+ Hangouts are handy, but we don’t want to require Floobits users to have a Google account. That’s why we’ve built WebRTC video chat into our editor. It’s still in an alpha/testing state, but we use it daily in our own work.

To try out our new video chat, you’ll need to have edit permission in a workspace. Once you do, click on the video camera in the upper right:

WebRTC Video Toggle

WebRTC works in Chrome and Firefox, although Firefox still has some issues reconnecting after a network interruption. This technology is very new, so don’t expect it to be flawless.

Cleaner URLs

We’ve also cleaned up some of our URLs. We’ve removed the /r from and taken the /u out of Old URLs now redirect to the clean ones.

Flootty Improvements

Finally, we’ve fixed some nagging issues with non-UTF8 data in flootty. Flootty now works even if a misbehaving process spews binary data to the terminal. Be sure to update by running pip install --upgrade flootty

That’s what we’ve done recently. Next up: we’re going to merge some big changes to our editor plugins for Sublime Text, Emacs, and Vim.

About the Author

I’m Geoff Greer, CEO & co-founder of Floobits.

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