Release notes

15.02.2024
Version 9.9.0

Available via the Beta update channel


  • Mini Window
    • The floating Mini Window allows you to maintain visual contact with participants when accessing other desktop applications or sharing the screen.
  • Video in the webclient
    • We improved the quality and performance of the Webclient's videos.
09.02.2024
Version 9.8.2
  • We fixed an issue where microphone transmission could break, especially (but not limited to) when using a Bluetooth headset and noise suppression.
09.01.2024
Version 9.8.1
  • Hand-raising feature
    • Moderators will now be informed with a visual notification and an auditory signal when a person raises their hand.
  • Improved voice activation level settings
    • Revamped with a more intuitive, user-friendly interface featuring visual indicators, this new design simplifies the process of adjusting the sensitivity of microphone activation.
    • Detailed instructions for setting the microphone activation level and updates the terminology from ‘voice activation level’ to ‘microphone optimization’ for better user guidance.
    • Optimization Assistant: This assistant supports users in configuring their settings via a speech sample, enabling automated tuning of the voice activation level and identifying any setup problems.
  • Audio device-specific settings
    • alfaview now remembers your preferred audio input and output settings for each individual device. This feature includes echo cancellation, noise cancellation, voice activation level and speaker volume.
  • Disabled echo cancellation for headsets
    • The echo Cancellation feature is now disabled by default for headsets to improve voice clarity.
  • Improvements and fixes
    • We resolved a compatibility issue that prevented users from installing alfaview on Windows 11 for Arm architecture.
    • We resolved an issue that was preventing alfaview from resetting application settings.
30.11.2023
Version 9.7.0
  • Enhanced communication devices selection feature to avoid unexpected combinations.
08.11.2023
Version 9.6.0
  • We are introducing a redesigned, user-friendly and inclusive setup experience.
  • Our new audio device selection feature for communication devices makes it easier to select your headset or a custom combination of a microphone and speaker/headphones.
  • Get instant visual feedback from your camera and microphone to easily ensure that your devices work as expected.
  • Intuitively choose whether you want to share your camera or microphone before joining a room.
  • Conveniently access the settings sidebar from anywhere in the app, now also on mobile devices.
  • We have optimized the setting of audio and video devices to your last preference.
26.10.2023
Version 9.5.0
  • Browser-App: The settings panel received a new option to enable debug logs and also a new button to download all available log files.
  • macOS-App feature preview: Sharing of screens and screen regions with sound on macOS 13+.
16.10.2023
Version 9.4.0
  • All platforms: Improved performance, usability, and stability of the application.
29.09.2023
Version 9.3.0
  • Android: alfaview now requires at least Android 6. This was done in order to comply with Google Play Store requirements.
  • macOS: alfaview will now warn if microphone access permissions have been denied.
  • All platforms: Improved performance, usability, and stability of the application.
26.09.2023
alfaview
Administration
  • You can now secure your account with a second factor.
    • The two-factor authentication can be enabled in the advanced profile section of the administration web page.
    • You need the alfaview Client Version 9.2.0 or higher to login if two-factor authentication is enabled for your account.
12.09.2023
Version 9.2.0
  • Improved performance, usability, and stability of the application.
30.08.2023
Version 9.1.0
  • Resolved an issue where it was not possible to open the context dialog for scheduled meetings in the home screen.
  • Resolved an issue in the home screen where meetings information was only partially visible mainly in narrow screens.
  • Resolved an issue where chat notifications could erroneously be heard when leaving the room.
  • Resolved an issue where HD camera resolution was not set correctly when it was selected for second camera sharing.
  • Browser-App: Resolved an issue with Firefox 116+ where audio output would not be heard.
  • Browser-App: Resolved an issue with Firefox where a very small window size would cause camera capturing to stop working.
  • Windows-App: When sharing Windows Explorer, alfaview no longer automatically shares application sound to avoid sharing unwanted sounds from other applications.
31.07.2023
Version 9.0.3
  • New features & improvements:
    With alfaview 9, we’re fully committed to accessibility, inclusion, and providing support for screen readers. We’ve introduced a host of new features and improvements in alfaview 9 with the aim of fulfilling our promise to you: a video conferencing platform that is accessible to everyone and fosters an inclusive environment for all. Our goal is to eliminate barriers and provide a comprehensive user experience.
    • Support for screen readers: To ensure accessibility, we’ve incorporated robust support for screen reader applications into our desktop and mobile apps. If you rely on screen readers, you can now easily navigate through alfaview, participate in meetings, and receive voice notifications about events during the meeting.
    • Keyboard navigation: We’ve made extensive provisions for keyboard navigation in alfaview. With keyboard navigation, you can swiftly move around in alfaview using just a keyboard, making alfaview even more accessible for those who cannot (or prefer not) to use a mouse.
    • Improved contrast & universal design: We’ve made key optimizations to our light and dark display variants and introduced a high-contrast design to enhance text readability and control recognition. We’ve also adjusted the font size scaling, so you can resize the text according to your preference.
    • Keyboard shortcuts: We’ve integrated user-friendly keyboard shortcuts to speed up your interactions with alfaview. These shortcuts speed-up navigation and give quick access to controls. Comprehensive documentation is also available right in the alfaview desktop application.
    • Welcome screen: We’ve designed a new welcome screen to make onboarding easier for new users. You can now familiarize yourself with alfaview and configure accessibility settings even before entering an alfaview room.
    • Performance improvements and bug fixes: We’ve implemented a series of improvements to reduce alfaview’s resource consumption. We’ve also fixed minor bugs and issues to ensure you have the best user experience.
    • And more: We’ve revamped the design of the alfaview user interface, improved the screen content sharing menu and secondary camera support, added full support for tooltips, and optimized the design of the waiting room.
  • Sneak peek at upcoming features:
    In addition to these updates, we are excited to offer a first look at some features that are currently in an early stage of development and can be tested through the feature preview.
    • Screen sharing with sound for macOS: You can also broadcast the sound output of the selected application. (macOS 13+)
    • Miniature representation of alfaview: When the alfaview window is minimized, the speaker, participants and some basic functions are displayed in a small window.
    • Smart window management: alfaview will be automatically minimized during screen sharing if you are sharing the screen which alfaview is running on. This makes window management easier when working with only one screen.
    • Confetti effects: Confetti effects can be used by moderators to give gamified reactions during the meeting. To see and control reactions, this feature must be enabled.
    • Highlight microphone when speaking: The microphone icon pulses when the microphone detects noise or speech, providing cues about any background noise.
    • Color coding of users: When using the search function, participants in alfaview are randomly color-coded for easier recognition.
    • Show me first in the speaker view: In the speaker view, you see your own video image in the first position of the participant videos.
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