Hark, a camera riding a cloud drops from the sky and wants to
record your experience in the metaverse. Indeed, worlds on a Pro plan will have access to a beta version recording bot. In addition, a beta version of
Topia integrations are live on Zapier.
You'll find a
few updates to video tiles, including a
reorganization of buttons(Profile actions and Broadcast actions have dedicated buttons with dropdowns).
Leaders (users who sent a follow invite) will now have their own follow indicatorthat lets them know they have an active follow group.
new FAQ section in the Help drawerwith key instructions on how to use our metaverse. Also, there's a
new animation when portaling to a new world.
[Beta] Record your metaverse experience
‘Tis true, Managers and World Owners. When in a world with the Record feature enabled (controlled from the Details & Visibility World Settings page), you’ll find a “Start Recording” action in the triple dot menu on your own video tile. Clicking the action will send a recording bot (”camera riding a cloud”) to your side and record everything that you (the person who started the recording) sees.
- Note:The recording bot will not use a video slot andthis feature is only available for worlds with a Pro plan.
Anyone who is recording will have a recording indicator on their video tile. Also, recordings are available to view, download, delete on the new Recordings page in Account Dashboard.
[Beta] Topia is live on Zapier
All integrations are listed on Topia’s Zapier integrations page. Over 5,000+ applications can be used to automatically trigger 20+ actions in Topia, including replacing all assets in a world with a new scene, resizing an asset, and changing an asset’s zone (for example, broadcast, mute, or private).
Video tile button reorganization
Similar buttons and actions are now grouped together on video tiles for both admins and guests. Also, we’ve added icons to dropdown menus on video tiles for easier identification.
For admins, broadcast actions will have their own dedicated button and dropdown.
For everyone viewing another guest’s video tile, all user-centric (profile, messaging, report, block, etc.) actions will be accessible using a dedicated Profile button and dropdown.
Since we updated the Follow feature to allow any guest who connects with a leader by video to join an active follow group, we found that there was no need to send multiple follow invites. So, we updated the “Send Invite to Follow” action to switch to “End Invite to Follow” after an initial invite is sent.
- Note:The “Send invite to follow” action will display in the triple dot menu for admins.
Follow indicator for leaders
Sending an invite to follow will now show a follow indicator below your video tile. This lets you know that you have an active follow group. Also, it provides a quick way for you to end the invite to follow if needed.
In addition, we gave the follow indicator a new look and optimized it for use on mobile devices. Users will need to click the “Yes” button to start following or stop following.
❓ New FAQ section
This new section lives in the Help drawer. It includes instructions on how to move, connect with other guests, enable devices, and use interactive objects.
🧙♂️ Updated portal transition
When portaling, the world you’re leaving will fade out and your destination world will fade in upon arrival.
We're channeling the bounty of the American holiday known as 'Thanksgiving' this week 🦃, since there are so many updates. We have a
star to identify admins,
an expandable expressions cloud, and
ten new emotes.
Any video tile is now expandableto create more immersion when having a 1 on 1 conversation. Also, Conversations got an upgrade where
messages from a single sender will now group together into blocks.
Following now persists when portaling to a new world. Lastly, the
portal experience is much faster and smoother, since the enter world screen will only display if an authentication requirement is required to enter the new world.
⭐️ Star to identify Admins
You’ll find a new ‘Show Admin identifier’ toggle on the Admins page in World Settings. When on, each Admin (and the World Owner) in the world will have a star above their avatar and next to their name on the Current Guests page. This helps guests visually identify who they can go to for support.
☁️ Expandable Expressions Cloud
Expressing yourself in Topia has reached a new level 📈. Click your avatar to reveal an expandable, scalable Expressions Cloud. By default, 4 expressions will be displayed. However, you can click the expand button to react with ten new expressions!
😱 New Expressions
There are ten new expressions, including Rock, Paper, and Scissors for settling disputes. Also, we’ve added Laugh, Shocked, Angry, Zzz, Confetti, Raised Hands and Question Mark for deeper expression of your mood. Enjoy!
↔️ Expand any video tile
Click the expand action on any video tile, including your own, to increase its size. This feature is perfect for having a more immersive 1 on 1 conversation.
Message grouping in Conversations channels
When a single guest types and sends multiple messages in a row, their messages will automatically group together into a single block (instead of showing as completely separate messages with different send times). This organization improves the readability of multiple messages from a single guest. A new message group will be started after 3 minutes of inactivity.
🪐 Improved portal experience
We’ve made multiple improvements to the portal experience. First, if you’re following or have guests following you and portal to another world,
all guests who are following will portal with the leader to the new world. Also,
guests continue to follow the leader in the new world(until they decide to stop following).
transition from one world to the next when traveling by portal is faster and smoother. You’ll find a completely reimagined portal experience, where your toolbar stays on screen, and the canvas quickly clears and loads the new world. This means that the enter world screen only shows if you need to meet an authentication requirement to enter the new world.
Happy November! 🍂 This week we've officially
cleared Safari and Firefox for full (non-Beta) use with Topia. Also, the
text asset indicator has been updated to be easier to see on the canvas.
👩💻 Firefox and Safari are no longer in Beta
We've made a ton of optimizations to Topia recently to guarantee a smooth experience in Firefox and Safari. These browsers are now ready for full use with Topia, which means you'll no longer see a Beta warning when entering a Topia world using these browsers.
◼️ Updated text asset indicator
Clicking the Drop Text Asset button in Library will reveal a new indicator (previously a crosshair) that's bolder and easier to find on the canvas.
This week we released
retry Private & Broadcast Zone entry, which automatically (Halloween translation: spookily 👻) joins a Zone you're standing in when a free slot becomes available (assuming it was at full capacity).
Retry Private & Broadcast Zone entry
Picture this: You’re standing in a Private or Broadcast Zone, but you aren’t actually
joiningthe Zone because it’s at full capacity. Before, when a guest left a full capacity Zone, you would have to walk out of the Zone and then back into the Zone to actually join it. No more! You’ll automatically join the Zone when a guest leaves (and frees up a space).
Happy October, Topia friends! 🎃 This week we
added a messagethat
triggers if you try to enter a Broadcast Zone
with an unapproved emailand
removed the admin limit on Demo worlds. Also, there are a ton of amazing
updates to the Public API.
🚫 Restricted Broadcast Zone message
Walking into a broadcast zone restricted by email will now trigger a message letting you know to log in with an approved email to access the zone (assuming you aren't logged in with an approved email).
🦾 Public API Updates
This week's updates to the Public API include (Docs available here):
- Add, update, or remove webhooks from a world
- Get and move a guest in a world
- Add or remove bottom or top layer of web image asset
- Update Media (file)
There is no longer an admin limit on Demo worlds.
Analytics in Dashboard got some
major🔥 updates this week, including
guest engagement analytics. You can export your guest analytics with but a single button click using the
new export button.
Also, any guest who connects to someone who sent a follow invite will see a button near the sender's video to "Start Following". This means you'll never be left in the dust by a follow group again! Lastly, you'll get a
confirmation messageif you accidentally
click to move while following.
📈 (Pro plans only) Asset analytics
The power is in your hands, World Owners: Measure the interactivity of your assets, and make changes based on quantitative evidence to improve your world. In your Dashboard, you'll find an Asset Interactions tab with 12 new asset-related analytics, such as video (file) views, private zone entries, and website modal opens.
Selecting "View Table" on a metric will take you to a table view where you can compare usage across all asset of a specific interaction type.
Selecting "View Details" for an individual asset from the above table will take you to a new page displaying additional metrics for that specific asset. From here, you can expand a single metric and choose to group by either day or hour.
Export guest analytics
Use the new export button on your Guests page in Dashboard to export guests to a CSV. The export will respect any filters that you've set (meaning,
onlyguest data that meets the filter criteria will be exported).
🖱 (Pro plans only) Guest engagement analytics
Media views (including both video links and files), Link clicks, and WebRTC connections (meaning, a guest connected with another guest by video) are now displayed for each row on the Guests page in Dashboard. Each new column can be sorted and used to understand relative engagement among guests in your world.
Stop following confirmation
We've all been there: You accidentally clicked to move, and you stopped following another person in Topia. This shall happen no more. When you click to move while following, there will now be a confirmation step for you to decide if you really meant to end the follow (or not).
🚶♂️Active follow indicator
When an invite to follow is sent, an indicator with a button to "Start Following" will display near the sender's video feed. Clicking the indicator will allow you to start following. Also, any guests who connect to the sender by video while the follow is still active will be able to start following as well. You'll never be left behind again!
We have a gigantic release for you this week, Topians! There are
new pricing plans, an
updated confirmation experience for teleports and portals, and a
world setting to turn on 'Email Capture'. Turning on this setting will allow users to share their email addresses with the world owner during the enter world experience.
moved Billing to Dashboardto create a more centralized experience for managing multiple worlds. Also, there's a
new create world experiencethat can be triggered from either in world or from Dashboard.
🏷 New pricing plans
We're evolving our plans to be more user-focused, making the differences between each plan clearer, and simplifying the default plan capacity math.
Standard and Performance plans will be replaced by 2 new plans, Plus and Pro. Also, the features included in the Demo plan have been limited and now include 10 capacity.
Any world owners who have subscribed to a Standard, Performance, or Community plan previously will stay on the same plan with the same pricing. Also, moving forward, world owners who keep their Standard plan will receive all Plus features, and world owners who keep their Performance plan will receive all Pro features.
The full update is available to read here.
🌍 Create worlds from Dashboard
Create a world from
anypage in your Account Dashboard using the "Create World" button in the top-right corner. Say hello to quicker world creation, since you no longer have to enter a world to create one.
Manage billing from Dashboard
Billing management now happens in 1 place for all of your worlds: The "Billing" tab in your Account Dashboard. Take advantage of the breadcrumb dropdown to quickly switch between all of your worlds when using the new tab.
- Note:Billing is no longer managed from inside of a world.
📮 Capture emails during world entry
Turning on 'Capture Email' from the Authentication page in your World Settings adds a new email field and consent checkbox to the enter world landing page. There are 3 options: Sharing required, sharing optional, and off.
Choosing 'Sharing required' will require guests to fill out the email field and consent to sharing their email address with the owner of the world in order to enter the world. Choosing 'Sharing optional' will give guests the option to share their email address, but it won't be required to enter the world.
Responses will display in the 'Email' column on the associated world's Guests page in Account Dashboard.
Note:This feature is available for worlds on a Pro plan only.
🏃♀️ New confirmation experience for portals and teleports
Clicking a portal or teleport displays an on-canvas tooltip confirmation instead of a full-screen takeover. This update will better preserve guests sense of in-world immersion. when portaling and teleporting.
suchan amazing for release for you this week. Behold,
a simplified enter world experience on both desktop and mobile. You'll find less steps, fields, and clicks to enter a world, and a dancing Topi while the world is loading. Also, check out a historical list of guests who entered your world on the
new "Guests" analytics page in Account Dashboard. If you happen to go to a page that doesn't exist, our
refreshed "this page does not exist" contentwill help you get back to your Dashboard with ease.
🚪Simplified enter world experience
returning users, there's now a
single screen to review video and audio preferences, Sign In, and enter personal information prior to entering the world.
First-time userswill have the same entry experience, except
granting video and audio permissions happens after the world is entered. A tooltip displays next to the self video feed, which teaches new users know how to turn on video and audio for the first time.
simplified the mobile enter world experienceto
reduce the amount of scrolling.
Lastly, there's a
new world loading screenwith a larger world image and a dancing Topi. What's not to love?
👋 Guests page in Dashboard
Yes, a historical list of guests that entered your world is no longer lost to the sands of time⏳. Find it now on the new "Guests" page in your world's analytics. Once there, you'll see the display name of each guest that entered and how many times they visited during the date range you specify.
🤗 Refreshed "this page does not exist" content
If you get lost on Topia's site, don't worry. You're not alone (
enter: image of Topi on an island with a volleyball-like companion), and there's now a button to get you straight back to your Dashboard.
Hello, Topians! We're planning multiple releases this week. First up:
Redesigned world analytics. Say goodbye to switching to the old analytics system (Hub), and hello to filtering the current analytics by date range.
Redesigned world analytics
Analytics have moved to your new Account Dashboard: topia.io/t/dashboard/analytics, but with some new bells and whistles. For starters, you'll no longer have to go to Hub to view analytics. Secondly, you can filter by date range to see analytics
morethan 30 days in the past and across any date range you specify (first week of last month, 2 months ago, etc.). Lastly, you can quick-switch between different worlds' analytics by using the breadcrumb dropdown.
This is the second of multiple Account Dasboard updates that we'll be releasing in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more analytics to be added.
We have a
bonusrelease this week! 🎉🎉🎉 Say hello to your new
webhooks system,where you can add both world and asset-triggered webhooks. Also, we made private zones easier to use for small groups. When private zone capacity is set to 10 or less, guests will connect with one another, regardless of their distance from one another.
Webhooks system refresh
You may not recognize the new webhooks system, but that's a good thing! Instead being limited to adding a maximum of 2 webhooks, you now have a table in World Settings where you can add an infinite number and an additional type: User Waitlisted. Also, if you open up the modify asset menu, you'll see that you can add asset-triggered webhooks from the 'Integrations' page, such as zone entered, media viewed, or link clicked!
Private Zone auto-connect
Remember that time you wanted to create a cozy, private zone with cushiony seats, but you had to place them super close together so that guests could simultaneously sit in them and connect via video? Problem solved. Now, when the private zone capacity is set to 10 or less, guests will connect with one another, regardless of distance from one another.
👉 Unique Name moved to the modify asset drawer
Also, we removed the 'Details' Modify Asset menu option and replaced it with the new 'Integrations' page.