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.
- 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’re moving the OpenTok Platform to a new release cadence – less frequent with more punch. We’ve made a few significant decisions about how we’re going to release and support client updates in the OpenTok Platform, and, as these changes go live, we wanted to keep the OpenTok community properly updated.
Over the life of the OpenTok Platform, we’ve moved from weekly to bi-weekly to monthly releases. When the Platform only had web-based clients, it was possible for us and (some of) our partners to move this quickly.
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.
As an OpenTok customer, you know that in order to deliver a great call experience, network connectivity is king. You can spend hours developing your real-time communications app, only to encounter connectivity hurdles like corporate firewalls or blocked IP in a new network environment.
It’s important to know that your application will work where you need it to, whether you’re pitching an investor, selling to a client, or just showing off all your hard work. That’s why we’re excited to launch the first version of the OpenTok Connectivity Doctor.
The OpenTok Connectivity Doctor helps you diagnose problems with your network before or after you connect to an OpenTok session. This tool does not test for errors in your code.