Host events by dialing-in and ask to enable mic/cam

Host events by dialing-in

It has always been possible to attend Livestorm Events by calling a phone number.

We wanted to make it just as easy for hosts to use Livestorm without having to be connected to the internet. πŸš€

Starting now, as a team member or a guest speaker, you will be able to be a speaker in any event via a simple telephone call. πŸ™Œ ☎️

You will also be able to be connected simultaneously by phone and a browser. This means that you can use your phone to broadcast your voice while sharing your screen or uploading media. πŸ‘©β€πŸ«

Learn more in our help docs

Request to enable mic/cam

It used to be possible to enable someone else's webcam or unmute their microphone. We've removed this ability for obvious confidentiality reasons but some users relied on this feature a lot.

We're very happy to announce that starting today team members (both hosts and moderators) and guest speakers have the ability to ask people on stage to unmute their microphone or enable their camera thanks to the three little dots next to their name πŸ”₯

ask-enable-mic2x.jpg Learn more in our help docs

A better way to go on stage

We've revamped the way you go on stage for webinars and meetings. It is now easier to go on stage! ✨

From now on:

  • If you click on the "Join stage" button and you have previously joined the stage from the same browser or device, you'll join the stage directly. You will no longer be shown a preview of your video feed. If you still wish to see the preview, or if you want to update your device preferences before going on stage, you can click the gear icon. βš™οΈ
  • There is a new feature that allows you to join the stage with your microphone or camera off. πŸŽ™οΈ
  • Finally, when you enter the webinar room as a team member, you won't be prompted to go on stage upon entering. You will need to click on the "Join stage" button to take the stage. πŸš€

New events view

In your dashboard, the default view used to be called Webinars and listed all the webinar events that you created πŸ€“ We made some slight changes to that view in order to meet two main objectives:

  • optimize how the key metrics are computed, making them faster and more efficient πŸš€
  • shift to a new view that will be called Events instead of Webinars☝️

This involves the following changes:

For webinar users only πŸ‘‹

  1. The wording used is now Events instead of Webinars.

  2. There are some slight design changes: a new calendar icon for the tab and the small dot next to the name of the events has now one single color.

  3. There is a new metric called "average attendance duration" that measures the average amount of time spent by attendees within events.

  4. There is a new status called "Not scheduled" for events that are published but have no session.

For users who activated Scheduled Meetings (beta feature) πŸ‘‹

  1. Your events, whether they be webinars or scheduled meetings, are now all listed in the Events view.
  2. You can now switch from one Event type to another by using the new button group:

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  1. The side pane to create a new event has slightly changed to offer the choice between creating a webinar or a scheduled meeting

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If you want to know more about Scheduled Meetings, you can have a look at the following article. To give it a try, just submit your info here to join the waiting list. πŸ“©

Block a registrant from the dashboard

So far with Livestorm, when you want to remove a participant from your room because they are sending spam or inappropriate messages, you can do so by using the "Kick" button. The button is also useful for teachers who wanted to remove students who arrived late to class.

The "Kick" button removes participants from all events organized from by the workspace, indefinitely.

The old "Kick" button had some drawbacks. It wasn't possible to see within your dashboard who was blocked from your events after being kicked out, and there wasn't a way to unblock users who you wanted to grant access to again (like a tardy student, for example).

This is why we've come up with a new way to manage unwanted attendees.

First, we've renamed the "Kick" button. It is now called "Block". It works as it did before with some additional controls. You can now block and unblock registrants directly from the people tab inside of your dashboard.

In this tab, we will also highlight registrants who are blocked from all of your events.

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For more information on how to block or unblock a registrant from the dashboard, read this article from our help docs.

Redesign of the dashboard and the room πŸŽ‰

We are happy to announce a new redesign of the dashboard and room of the Livestorm app πŸŽ‰

Here are the main changes on the dashboard:

  • The background of the dashboard is fully white, more refined and we changed the main color of Webinar and Meet to use one single color 🎨

  • We moved the navigation bar from the top to the left of the dashboard and thus reshaped it vertically. Also, the account settings will be accessible on the bottom left of the dashboard πŸ”Ž vertical nav bar.png

  • The "New session" button is accessible everywhere on the event level no matter what tab you are in πŸ€“

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  • Last but not least, the dashboard is now fully responsive 🀳

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And for the room:

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  • Controls have changed place: find them directly fixed at the bottom of the screen instead of in the stream πŸ•Ή

  • Countdown / event duration and the publish / start / stop information are displayed at the bottom right of the screen ☝️

  • Host an event directly from your phone. We have worked on a full mobile experience. It's responsive and menus are easy to use πŸ“±

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Beta feature: Create a whiteboard

Many of you were asking for a whiteboard feature. It is now possible, thanks to Miro - a collaborative whiteboard platform - for making this possible.

πŸš€ Start a whiteboard session for any webinars

⚑️️ Quickly create whiteboards without any Miro account (or save your work later by creating a Miro account)

πŸ’ͺ Use powerful tools for mapping, diagramming, and much more. This feature is in beta and available for all users. Any and all feedback is welcome.

Notes:

  • To start a whiteboard session. Click the actions button then on Share a whiteboard (beta)
  • If you're using the recording option for your webinars, there's a Bring everyone to me feature that will bring all the users to focus on your work, including the recorder.

Improvements for the email statuses system

We used to display email statuses only for our five default emails sent to registrants. Now we have improved this feature in a few big ways:

πŸš€ All emails that you send will have a status, including your custom emails.

πŸ—£ We’ll also display email statuses for guest speakers, so you won’t miss anything!

✨ Finally, we’ve made a new way to check email statuses directly in a side pane.

Improved recordings

πŸ“Ό We've officially released the improved version of our recording system that was available in private beta for the last few months

Webinars and meetings will now be recorded in 1080p (it used to be 720p), will include the shared medias and will no longer have the 2 hours limitation πŸŽ‰

Sign in and sign up with Google

⚑️ Save time by connecting your Google account to Livestorm for a seamless login - much faster than using email and password. It will also work for creating Livestorm accounts in two clicks and without the need to confirm your email.

Up to 12 people on stage for Meet premium users

We are thrilled to announce an improvement many have been waiting for.

πŸ‘‚ We have listened to your feedback and thought that 8 people on stage was not enough. We’ve pushed the limit to allow up to 12 people on stage.

πŸ‘₯ Big teams will now be able to meet all together in a single meeting.

πŸ€‘ This improvement is available for all Meet premium users at no extra cost.