We’ve taken some big steps toward improving the experience of three-way pairing sessions on Tuple.
Observers can now control the remote machine (and more)!
The increasingly-inaccurately-named observers now have way more abilities:
- Remote control with keyboard and mouse!
- Drawing on the screen.
- Sending text to the host’s clipboard.
- Triggering the all-important celebration confetti.
There are still a few restrictions that differentiate an observer (the third person to join a call) from a guest (the second person to join), but those are next on the chopping block. Soon enough, we’ll remove those differences entirely, and a call will simply have a host and multiple equally-capable guests.
Dual/multi-cursors work with all pointing devices now
To support our new three-way pairing sessions, we needed a mouse mode that didn’t feel crazy with three participants.
We decided to expand our dual cursor mode into a multi-cursor mode, with one cursor for each participant.
As part of that refactoring, we rewrote the low-level code, fixing some long-standing bugs that prevented some mice/trackpads from using this nifty mode.
Everyone can see who is in a three-way call
All participants can open their Tuple popover and see everyone who’s on the call.
Hosts can kick an observer from the call
Just in case, you know?
- We removed the Highlight click mode. It’s been our least-used mode for a while, and with the new multi-cursor mode, it really felt like it wasn’t pulling its weight. If you really miss the old highlight circles, you can still trigger them by right-clicking when you don’t have cursor control in tag team mode.
- We eliminated some crashes that could occur when your audio device becomes unavailable.
- Mouse events are sent to your pair(s) more efficiently.
- The UI no longer blocks while the webcam starts up.