We’ve recently released a new version of our OpenTok client for web – OpenTok.js 2.4. This release includes:
- Screen sharing support — You can now share your screen as the video source for a publisher in Chrome and Firefox, for online meetings, presentations and more. See more here.
- Control of cropping and letter-boxing of videos — You can now specify whether videos will be cropped or letter-boxed when the aspect ratio of the video does not match the aspect ratio of the DOM element.
- Disabling the audio-fallback feature — The audio-fallback feature, added in OpenTok.js 2.2.9, is available in sessions that use the OpenTok Media Router.
- OpenTok Plugin for Internet Explorer improvements:
- Audio Levels API support in Internet Explorer. This means your customers can benefit from OpenTok’s audio detection capabilities.
- The installation and update dialog boxes are now responsive, resizing appropriately based on the browser window’s dimensions.
- Multiple bug fixes and performance optimizations.
For more information please see the release notes.
We’ve recently released patches for our mobile SDKs: OpenTok Android SDK 2.3.1 and OpenTok iOS SDK 2.3.1.
OpenTok iOS SDK 2.3.1
This patch release resolves the crash occurring on iOS 6 in 2.3.0 version. Some of our partners are using iOS devices which cannot be updated to iOS 7 or iOS 8. iOS 6 is now two generations old but we continue to maintain backwards compatibility for the current generation of iOS clients. Please note we reserve the right to review this policy in the future. Download it here.
In April this year we introduced a Allow/Deny Flow into OpenTok.js. This default UI aimed to lower publisher failure rates caused by end-users not allowing camera and microphone access through Chrome and Firefox dialog boxes. The UI highlighted those dialog boxes to the end user if they hadn’t allowed camera and microphone access after a certain period of time, or to prompt them to re-enable access after disabling it.
The OpenTok Platform started out as a real-time video communications platform, built to take on the changing landscape of digital communications. Throughout the years, one thing has always been clear to us – every customer has their own unique set of needs. Occasionally that means that video isn’t the communications medium to lead with. Sometimes voice is the best option.
Whether on mobile devices or the web, voice-only experiences present their own unique technology and UI challenges. That’s why the OpenTok platform has a comprehensive voice offering with those use cases in mind.
Today we’re pleased to announce support for Internet Explorer versions 8 & 9 through our OpenTok Plugin. (The previous version of the plugin supported Internet Explorer 10 & 11.) Now you can leverage the same native WebRTC features enjoyed by Chrome and Firefox users in Internet Explorer versions 8 through 11.
Our release today means that your OpenTok powered applications will automatically start working with Internet Explorer 8 and 9. As always, we’re focused on bringing the best possible real time communications experiences to the endpoints you know and use. This is just one more step forward in our journey towards making the OpenTok platform endpoint agnostic.