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m33t 0.6.5

We have been quiet for a while, but as you might guess by the increment in the version number also quite busy ⌚

The experience so far has been invaluable and has given us a clear direction in which m33t should develop – large m33tings with hundreds of participants, easy sharing of content and many cool scenes to choose from. Unfortunately there were some technical limitations that did not allow us to make the transition smooth.

So we sat down and rewrote large parts of m33t.

One is content sharing 🖼️ You can now upload not only images, but also pdfs, even multi-page ones, as well as mp4 videos. More formats will come! We also added an additional layer of security – all your uploads are encrypted before upload and only people with you in the room will be able to decrypt them.

The networking intricacies are new, too. An immediate benefit is that m33t now works reliably on unstable internet connections, seamlessly reconnecting when you happen to have a problem 🌎 Also, m33t is not anymore fundamentally limited to 20 participants. We are working on a convenient system for arranging larger m33tings. For now you have to get in touch with us if you would like to host one.

Finally, you can enjoy a theme by Przemysław Scheller in the menu of m33t 🎶

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m33t 0.5.2

A small update for you 🚀 It brings a new scene: EventEdifice. We designed multiple spaces there, each to facilitate different types of interaction. We have a large auditorium, which works well for a single presenter and panel discussions. It is newly possible to display your slides and the video stream at the same time 🎥

Then we have two smaller rooms and a winter garden 🌳 In m33t the scene is part of the room name – add if after the @ character, like that: YourAwesomeRoomName@EventEdifice

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Besides, the microphones look much nicer now 🎤

We have also fixed issues with sharing your screen on macOS 💻

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m33t 0.5

Yay, new m33t! 🎉 Grab it on m33t.ch

Selfies 🤳! It is hard to underestimate the role they play in the social interaction. We listened and now you can shoot a selfie in m33t.

Sound model 🔊. Now m33t’s model of how you hear others, and others hear you, is more realistic. We found it greatly facilitates active listening.

User interface 🖱. Minimal icons that only show up when relevant reduce the distraction and help you to remain immersed.

Internet connection is not always stable. 💻 Now when you rejoin a room you have just left you will appear where you were.

Most of the work done was behind the scenes and will give m33t cool features very soon, so stay put! 😎

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m33t 0.4.0

Today we bring to you the new version of m33t – 0.4.0. It brings an update that shows the direction of m33t’s development: multiple scenes. Next to the scene which you know from the previous versions of m33t, now called VersatileValley, we have a more compact and serious ConferenceCentre. Type @ after the room name to set the scene for the room.The scene is part of the room’s name, so you can m33t, for example, in yourawesomeroom@ConferenceCentre.

A second new feature in m33t is screen sharing. In the ConferenceCentre scene, as well as in the conference hall in the VersatileValley’s castle, you can share your screen from the presenter’s podium. This is an alternative to uploading a presentation as images.

Finally, we have put microphones on the tables. Activating a microphone allows you to speak to everybody in the room.

We keep on working. Enjoy your m33tings!

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eMaze

eMaze is a virtual artistic installation in m33t by Przemysław Scheller, an award-winning contemporary music composer renown for his mastery of electronic music. In collaboration with a visual artist Ashley Pink he created the installation as answer to the cultural and social lockdown.

This immersive online installation is not only an authentic, artistic experience. Additionally, it takes up the challenge of maintaining the social nature of cultural events. It is intended to be visited together with others, everybody in his own home, yet sharing the experience and interacting before, during and after the visit.

The installation opens on January 28. at 20:00 UTC+01 in a special room “eMaze“. First an online vernissage will take place with the creators. After it the exhibition will stay open for everybody.

There is only a single eMaze room and it is always limited to 20 simultaneous visitors. This is intentional. Sometimes you may not be able to get in, but often you will m33t others during your visit!

In order to visit eMaze you will need a computer with headphones, a microphone and a camera. Make sure you have a quiet, distraction-free environment to fully experience the installation. Download m33t 0.4 and type eMaze as the room name. You will have to grant the program access to the camera and microphone so that others can see and hear you.

We encourage you to resist the urge to jump in immediately and to plan a visit with a group of friends!

Admission is free, sponsored by m33t. We also thank the Polish Society of Authors and Composers for support.

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m33t 0.3.1

Today we are releasing a minor update to m33t: 0.3.1. You can grab it from the homepage.

We have unified the way you can interact with the objects in the world: now it is always clicking or, equivalently, pressing E. We have also added boards that inform you when images are being uploaded or downloaded. And we have fixed some bugs for you 🙂

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The first official event

A contract signing event between Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli (Italy) and Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts (China) was held in m33t successfully today!

We are committed to develop the platform which gives online events life-like feeling.

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m33t 0.3

We are proud to present m33t 0.3. You can download it on the front page.

We added a big new functionality: sharing images. In the world there are screens which you can approach to upload one or more images. If you uploaded more, maybe for a presentation, you can switch between them. For now we only support png files, but support for other file types will come, too.

The second big addition is a new location: ruins of a medieval castle that have been adopted for a conference centre. In the castle you will find a conference hall, a space for poster sessions and rooms to spread out for networking and side discussions.

We also largely improved performance. We are devoted to making m33t laptop-friendly and as lightweight as possible.

Enjoy you m33tings!

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Conference Scene

We have been looking into designing a scene that would be more appropriate for serious applications of m33t. It features a lecture or conference hall and a space for casual discussions.

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m33t 0.2.0 release

Is is our pleasure to give you the next release of m33t. You can download it from the home page. As always, we focused on what makes m33ting a good and natural experience.

First: launching. Starting with this release m33t is signed for both macOS and Windows. Modern operating systems are very careful, and rightfully so, as users often are not, so you will still see a warning. MacOS will warn you, that you downloaded the app from the internet, rather than the App Store, but will also mention, that Apple has screened m33t and found no malicious software. This is the case for every app not distributed via the App Store. Windows on the other hand has a “Windows Defender SmartScreen” feature, which at the beginning always displays the warning informing you who digitally signed the software (the publisher). With time, as more and more people express their trust by clicking “More info” and “Run anyway”, Microsoft decides to stop displaying the warning.

Then we included a more cosy way to socialise. There is now a house in m33t! It is neatly furnished and, as promised, you can sit on the chairs, couches (and by the fire, too).

Finally, we have refined the m33t avatar. Specifically, the “head” indicates in which direction one is looking. Awareness of where the attention of others is directed is a crucial element in a deep social interaction – what m33t strives to give you.

We continue to work hard and there is still more to come!