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Fleep quarterly review: Q1 and plans for Q2

Fleep quarterly

It’s Springtime! Which for us at Fleep means the beginning of a new quarter. To continue our tradition, we’d like to share our Fleep quarterly product plans with you.

But first, here’s a review of the first quarter of 2017:

  • Trello integration – use this long-awaited integration to send updates from Trello cards and lists to a Fleep conversation. The updates are posted as messages to the conversation. Read more: Introducing the Trello integration in Fleep!
  • appear.in integration – we’ve built an integration with appear.in so you could create and join audio-video calls directly from Fleep conversations. Read more: Voice and video calling in Fleep now with appear.in.
  • Team labels 2.0 – we’ve made some changes to how team labels work. Since the launch of Fleep Teams, every team created is accompanied by a team label that is automatically added to all team conversations. Now, the team label is also added to all 1:1 conversations between team members and you can add it to any other conversations as well. Your conversations, your rules.
  • Left pane rewrite – we have been busy working on the left pane data and storage sync for the web app. The main difference you will notice, besides improved performance, is how the left pane is now a bit wider.
  • Other – we re-hauled our sign-up flow, which now works with code based verification, continued working on Fleep for Business, and also started work on message reactions.

What’s coming up next? Here are our plans for Q2 of 2017:

  • Left pane search – we’re continuing work on the left pane in the web UI, including bringing message search to the left pane. As a part of this, we will sunset the All Conversations view in the web app.
  • Tasks 2.0 – we are making lots of improvements to Fleep Tasks behind the scenes, to make the conversation Taskboards snappier, and we will start working on the long-awaited My Taskboard feature.
  • Mobile label management – while we’ve had labels for a while, we will now also bring the functionality that lets you add and remove members to Fleep mobile apps.
  • Reactions – as we’ve already started work on Reactions, we will of course finish it by polishing and bringing message reactions to you :)
  • Fleep for Business - we’ve made lots of progress on our upcoming paid subscription with admin controls, and there’s some more work to be done. Stay tuned!
  • Multiple VMs -  we’re also continuing work on scaling our server infrastructure to better serve increasing server load.

We hope you like the direction we are moving in. As always, don’t hesitate to give us feedback at support@fleep.io. Let’s also stay in touch on social media! You can find Fleep on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn, and Instagram.

Voice and video calling in Fleep with appear.in

video calling in Fleep

Today, we’re launching voice and video calling in Fleep with our brand new appear.in integration!

While Fleep is great for text-based communication as your project messenger or for your team chat, sometimes you just need to talk face-to-face. That’s where the appear.in integration comes in. Use it to talk face-to-face (or voice-to-voice, if that’s your thing) to whoever you’re working with in Fleep.

How video calling in Fleep works

video calling in FleepIt couldn’t be easier to use appear.in for voice and video calling in Fleep. Simply type and send “/call” or choose Start a video call from the message box actions menu on the desktop version of Fleep.

This will create the call and launch it in a browser window for you. A system message is posted into the conversation where you start the call, saying that you have started a video call.

Everyone who wants to join can just click on the JOIN link at the end of the system message – and the call will be launched for them.

video calling in Fleep

Note that currently video calls can only be started from the desktop version of Fleep (Mac, Windows apps and web browser). However, anyone using the Fleep mobile apps can easily join the call by clicking on the JOIN link.

Why we love appear.in for video calling in Fleep

In short, appear.in is a simple product that just works! The longer version, if you’d like to read…

  • You can have group video conversations with up to 8 people at once.
  • No registration or download necessary. Simply join the call in your web browser. At most, you may have to allow popups for Fleep in your web browser, and then allow appear.in to use your camera and mic. That’s it.
  • Easy to use screensharing.
  • Join the call from any device. (App required on iOS. Get it here.)
  • Excellent video quality. Enough said!
  • Fun auto-generated URLs. https://appear.in/dynamic-shrimp. https://appear.in/delirious-chicken. We approve.
  • Stickers! A little fun never hurt nobody. Also, they’re practical. You can use them to show approval without unmuting yourself, for example.
appear.in

Find out more about appear.in on their website or browse their FAQ.

That covers it! Feel free to send us your feedback by Fleeping us at support@fleep.io or on social media – TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.

Fleep emoticons are back!

We have reintroduced Fleep emoticons! You can now choose to use them from your account Preferences.

Fleep

Why?

Since launching emoji in Fleep, we have received an overwhelming amount of feedback along the lines of “we miss the Fleep emoticons”. After some (read: a lot of) debates and discussions, we reached a solution that should please everyone. You can choose to use Fleep emoticons, or you can choose to use emoji.

How?

Prefer the blue, minimalistic Fleep emoticons? You can choose to use them from your account Preferences. Just click on your profile in the desktop version of Fleep, choose Preferences from the menu that appears, and then tick the box next to Show Fleep emoticons. (Note that it will reload Fleep, to apply the setting!)

If you’ve chosen to use Fleep emoticons setting, then you can type and send Fleep emoticons with emoticon markup. That is what you type to see an emoticon – :) for example – and all of the special Fleep emoticon markup that you can find in the blog post Emoticons: the good, the bad and the hidden.

Alternatively, you can pick and choose Fleep emoticons from the emoticon picker (Fleep emoticons are only visible to those who have applied the setting from their Preferences):

Fleep emoticons are back

The best part? Even if you choose to use Fleep emoticons, you can still always post any emoji! Just choose them from the emoji picker, or post the emoji code (in the form of :keyword: ). More info on how to use Fleep emojis in this blog post: Emoji in Fleep.

What about mobile apps?

If you choose to use Fleep emoticons, then you will see them on mobile apps, too. The setting applies to the message flow, and the emoticon pickers in the mobile apps also show Fleep emoticons.

What about the users who prefer emoji?

Nothing changes for the users who prefer emoji. However, do note that if you use and post Fleep emoticons, all users who have sticked with emoji will see the emoji equivalent of any Fleep emoticon you post. So for example, Casey’s Fleep emoticons posted in the example above will look like this for an emoji user:

Fleep emoticons

Anything else?

Yes! With this update, you can also configure whether or not emoji and Fleep emoticons are shown in larger size when a message contains only the emoticon / emoji:

Emoticons preferences

We hope you enjoy this update! Should you have any questions or feedback, don’t hesitate to contact us at support@fleep.io. Let’s also stay in touch through our social media channels. We’re on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.

Fleep speaks emoji now!

Emoji may not be a language per se, but it is an extremely popular way of expression. So popular in fact, that better support for emoji has been a frequent request from Fleep users.

Which is why we ‘re switching from Fleep emoticons to emoji! Well, it’s one of the reasons anyway.

Why?

Emoji is becoming the standard of emoticons across platforms. Emoji are getting better, there’s more and more of them, and they’re even becoming a part of the operation system’s offering. So, we’re more than happy to embrace them with complete support for emoji in Fleep across all platforms.

Even if we would maintain the Fleep emoticons, we could not stop our users from posting emoji – and you are doing that already anyway. And so, as of today, Fleep emoticons are a part of Fleep’s history – and your emoticon pickers on in Fleep show and post emoji!

How to use emoji in Fleep?

You can add emoji to your messages in two ways:

  • Select from the emoji menu

Click the smiley icon in the desktop version to launch the emoji menu:

Fleep emoji

There is an emoji menu available in the Fleep mobile apps too, under the + sign (iOS on the left, Android on the right):

Fleep emoji mobile

If you wish to be able to see all emoji, though, you can use the emoji keyboard on your iOS or Android device:Fleep emoji keyboard

  • Type and send the emoji code

We use the standard emoji codes - all you need to do is type in the code and send it. If you’re not sure of the emoji code, you can also browse them by typing a colon followed by a few letters:

emoji codeNote that emoji codes are not supported in the Fleep mobile apps.

But that’s not all! If your message contains only Emoji, they will be shown supersize:

emoji

Erm, we’d encourage caution with these in group conversations…

If you have any questions, ideas for new feature requests, or feedback don’t hesitate to contact us at support@fleep.io. Let’s also stay in touch through our social media channels. We’re on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.