Presenter link QR codes

Nick Roberts

Nick Roberts

Head of development @ OctoCue

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Most OctoCue presenters use a smartphone to control their slides - it's easy, convenient, and leaves the laptop available for the inevitable Zoom/Teams call.

To help get presenters connected easily, we're improving the invite & link sharing process.

Today, the first part of this is live - presenter link QR codes.

You'll find these in the Show setup menu.

We've included an option to display the QR code full-screen - useful if you need to scan a code on your friend's computer while maintaining social distancing.

We'll be using QR codes in more places soon, including permalinks and the link builder spreadsheet - watch this space for further updates.

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The demo show shown in the image is using the high security 36-character show code option. This is available under the Regenerate code link.

OctoCue Receiver: v1.3.0 update

Nick Roberts

Nick Roberts

Head of development @ OctoCue

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OctoCue receiver v1.3.0 is now available for both Windows and macOS from our downloads page.

This update focuses on UI improvements, better network handling and reducing idle socket connections.

To update, first uninstall the old version using the standard Add or remove programs tool in Windows 10, or by deleting it from your Applications folder on macOS. Then download and install the new version.

Release notes#

  • PPT add-in data preview now available
  • Backend networking re-worked to reduce idle socket connections
  • Improved logging to help with remote system debugging
  • Reworked icon set
  • Better tray icon rendering on macOS - now responds to dark mode correctly
  • Various UI improvements

PPT add-in update

Nick Roberts

Nick Roberts

Head of development @ OctoCue

We've just released v1.1.0.0-beta of the OctoCue PowerPoint add-in.

This fixes an issue specific to .pptx files exported from Google Slides and opened in PowerPoint.

Head to the downloads page for a copy.

Presenter auto-mute options

Nick Roberts

Nick Roberts

Head of development @ OctoCue

Several of our users have recently requested the ability to have multiple presenters controlling slides at once. We've now added a new auto-mute feature to support this.

Auto-mute can be setup in the Show setup menu. Two options are available:

  • Auto-mute the old presenter. This will only ever allow you to have one presenter active at any one time - activating a new presenter will auto-mute the old one. This is the default setting, and the only option OctoCue has offered until now.
  • Allow multiple presenters to control slides simultaneously. When this setting is selected, OctoCue will not auto-mute old presenters and you can have an unlimited number of presenters controlling slides at once. All the active presenters can control the slide deck and see slide notes.

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We recommend leaving auto-mute enabled unless you really need to allow multiple presenter control.

Updated UI elements, notes text size control

Nick Roberts

Nick Roberts

Head of development @ OctoCue

Following a round of great feedback from OctoCue users running virtual events recently, we've updated the presenter clicker, show control & backend services of OctoCue:

Presenter clicker#

  • Introduced new wakelock system, replacing older screen timeout prompts
    This will prevent devices from sleeping while using OctoCue, but can be disabled using menu option. Supports Chrome (v84+) and Safari (iOS v10+).
  • Advanced link options updated and extended, including ability to set notes text size and default presenter view
  • Presenter link builder Google Sheet updated to match new link options - now at v2.2
  • Fixed issue on Safari where special characters in names caused cookie error

Show control#

  • Updated menu bar to show account email address instead of name
  • Subscriptions page now context-sensitive
  • Re-worked menu system for greater clarity

Backend services#

  • Upgraded logging and debug tools

Permalink system launch

Nick Roberts

Nick Roberts

Head of development @ OctoCue

We're excited to announce that we're just launched the new permalinks system.

This is one of our most-requested features, and allows event organisers to share links with presenters pre-event, while simultaneously controlling access to the OctoCue show.