Month: December 2012

Present from the North Pole: Instagram Support Now Live!

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Just in time for the holidays, we’ve snuck a feature in as a big thank you!  That’s right, just a few moments ago we launched support for Instagram within a Blyve live event.  Simply grab an Instagram URL, paste it into your Blyve event, and voila, and beautiful little Instagram preview.

Instagram Support

Happy holidays from the team at Blyve.  Hope you can all have a restful end of year and welcome 2013 with a bang!

New Features for the End of… 2012

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As we near the end of 2012, we wanted to let everyone know that we’ve been hard at work on enhancing the Blyve platform with a bunch of new features.  Our goal over the past few months has been to add new levels of interactivity as well as templating/customization options.  So what are the changes?  Oh me, oh my…are you ready?

Updated Design for our Embedded Widget Welcome Screen:

We thought it was time to update the look and feel of our embedded widget.  So for basic and premium users alike, you’ll see a much more attractive and engaging design.  For those who would like to customize this screen, continue reading…

New Templating Options for Even Greater Customization:

Premium Users:

  • Display preview messages: you can now fill that empty white space (now black) with a preview of the messages your viewers will see when they enter the event.  These messages are refreshed every minute or so (and not updated in real-time) in order to help with performance.  As soon as viewers enter your event, everything will be in real-time.
  • Welcome screen: added ability to customize the color of the text and lines in addition to the background color that was already there.  You now have the ability to customize every element of the embedded widget.

Screenshot of new Premium Templating Settings:

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Basic Users (don’t think we forgot about you!):

  • Timestamps:  different options to customize the timestamp color for moderators and viewers separately
  • Username: customize the color of the username (in the embedded widget)
  • Poll Text: customize the color of the text within your polls
  • Links: change the colors of all hyperlinks within your embedded widget

Screenshot of new Basic Templating Settings:

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Note: We did remove the “all others” color as it was no longer needed based on the new options available

Custom CSS:

OK, so now you say…Blyve, listen, I’m an advanced CSS guruizard (that’s a word) and I’d like to hack and slash my way through my own CSS for even greater customization goodness.  Can I do that?  YES!  Quitely launched a few weeks ago, Premium users can now add their own custom css to their templates.  We’ve even provided a nifty way to preview your CSS wizardry as you go.

Other Goodies (Password Protection and Performance):

  • Do you have sensitive data in your events that you need to protect?  Another feature launched is the ability to require your users to enter a password.  To set a password, create your event, open up event settings, and set a password.  Pretty easy.

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  • Of course, the other good piece of news is that we worked quite a bit on performance during this release.  We’ve made our embedded widget both faster and more scalable.  For those of you with your stopwatches ready, give it a try…we think you’ll like what you see.

Thanks for tuning in.  As always, do send us your ideas and requests.  We truly do our best to get to them in a timely manner.  Remember, this is your product – at least, that’s how we see it.  It’s this mindset that keeps us pressing towards and even better, more engaging product.

-The Blyve Team