Features

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.

Introducing the Trello integration in Fleep

Trello Fleep integration

You asked for it, and we listened: the Trello integration is here! You can use it to see updates to Trello cards and lists in Fleep. The updates are sent through as notifications to your Fleep conversations.

For the uninitiated – Trello is a collaboration tool that is great for project management. Since Fleep is perfect for project communication, the integration with Trello helps everyone who needs a more advanced task management system than our own Fleep Tasks.

How it works

The Trello integration sends updates from any one board to the Fleep conversation where you set it up. The updates include any changes to the lists and cards on your board, and are sent as notifications to Fleep. You can configure one Trello board per integration, and you can use a different Trello account in different Fleep conversations, if you wish.

The Trello integration in Fleep will send notifications for the following events:

  • Board – updates to the name, background, settings; board closed or re-opened; members added or removed; power-ups enabled or disabled; added to or removed from organization
  • Label – created, updated, deleted
  • List – created, renamed, moved, archived or unarchived
  • Card – created, renamed, description changed, moved, deleted, due date set or removed, marked completed or uncompleted, archived or unarchived, card cover added or removed, copied, comment added/edited/copied/removed, attachment added or removed, members added or removed, labels added or removed, vote added or removed
  • Checklist – create, remove, items added/renamed/removed, items marked as completed or uncompleted, checklist item converted into a card
Getting started with the Trello integration

It could not be easier to set up the Trello integration. First, choose a conversation (or create a new one) that will have the feed of Trello updates flowing in. Find Integrations in the Conversation Settings, and click on “Add” below the Trello integration:

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A popup will appear – here, choose Connect with Trello to proceed:

Trello integrationNext, you will need to let Fleep use your Trello account (if you’re not logged in to your Trello account, you will be prompted to do that first). Click on “Allow” to continue:

Fleep TrelloNow, you can choose which Trello board you wish to receive notifications from. Then click “Create”:

Trello FleepAnd you’re done! You and all other members of the conversation will now be able to see the updates in the conversation:

Fleep TrelloDo you have any feedback or questions for us? Let us know at support@fleep.io. Let’s also stay in touch through social media – TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.

Fleep OneDrive integration

The Fleep OneDrive integration lets you post files from Microsoft OneDrive without leaving the Fleep interface. The setup is super easy as the integration is built right into Fleep.

To add files to a Fleep conversation from Microsoft OneDrive, just follow these steps:

  1. Click on the + button in the message box area and click on Choose from OneDrive:
    Fleep OneDrive
  2. If you’re using the Fleep OneDrive integration for the first time, a popup will appear, prompting you to choose or sign in to your Microsoft account:
    Fleep OneDrive integration
  3. Once you’ve signed in, a popup will appear requesting permission to let Fleep access files from your OneDrive (if it does not, make sure you have enabled pop-ups for https://fleep.io in your web browser). Click on Yes to proceed:
    Fleep OneDrive integration
  4. After giving Fleep access, you will see the insides of your OneDrive. Select the file you wish to share in the Fleep conversation, hit Open to load it and then send it in Fleep when ready:
    Fleep OneDrive
    And you’re done!

The files you select from OneDrive will also be added to the File Drawer of that Fleep conversation.

P.S. Please note that the Fleep OneDrive integration supports only files up to 1GB in size, and is only available in the desktop version of Fleep (web browser, Fleep Windows App 2.0.81 or later and Fleep Mac App 2.5 or later).

12 cool Fleep features you might not know about

Even if you use Fleep daily for team chat, project communication, for managing your emails, or all of the above, you probably don’t use all of its functionality. Which is fine – as long as it gets the job done, right?

Well, if you’re using Fleep a lot, you might as well try to make the most of it. Without further ado, here are 12 handy lesser-known and hidden features in Fleep to elevate your experience…

1. Set a conversation avatar with an emoji

One of my personal favorites, this little trick is a great way to customize any conversation. Just copy and paste an emoji to the beginning of the conversation’s topic, and it becomes the conversation’s avatar in your conversation list:

team chat

2. Use quick commands

Chat commands are a great way to quickly do actions that would otherwise require several clicks. For example, you can quickly create a task with /task, a pinned message with /pin, add someone with /add and so on. You can find the full list of quick commands here or just type a slash in the message box, and a popup menu with the commands will appear!

project communication

3. Use a hidden quick command to make it snow

This is a fun and completely impractical command — /snow. Just type and send it in the desktop version of Fleep, and it will start snowing in Fleep! (Click anywhere in the interface to make it stop.)

Now, we just need to make it work for the outdoors as well…

4. Change the gif that /giphy posts

We’ve received some feedback that the gifs the /giphy command posts are sometimes NSFW. So yes, we do recommend using it with caution… And remember you can always delete the gif that was posted. Even more, you can actually change the gif!

Pay attention now, as this is a true power feature. Here’s how you do it:

1. Post a gif with /giphy

giphy

2. Realize the gif that was posted is not safe for work/ funny/ relevant

giphy

Happens to everyone…

3. Click in the message box and hit the Up arrow on your keyboard to activate message edit for the /giphy message

edit giphy 1

4. Hover over the attached file and click on the Remove button that appears, to remove the gif

edit giphy 2

5. Hit ‘Save’ and the gif will be automagically replaced with a new one!

giphy_2

Well… There’s never any guarantee the new one will be more relevant to your conversation.

Read more about the Giphy integration in this blog post.

5. Choose to use Fleep emoticons

If you’re anything like the creator of emoticons and think the yellow-faced emoji are ugly, you might want to try out using Fleep emoticons. All you need to do is open your account Preferences and configure the setting for Fleep emoticons. Now, you’ll be able to see and use the minimalist blue Fleep emoticons!

Fleep emoticons

Read more about the Fleep emoticons in this blog post.

6. Get a daily weather forecast in a Fleep conversation

There’s a super simple IFTTT applet for this — you can either send today’s weather forecast to Fleep or send tomorrow’s forecast to Fleep. I use it to receive the weather forecast in a dedicated chat every day at 7am.

10 cool Fleep team chat features you might not know about

Just remember to change your location in the Weather applet on IFTTT if you’re traveling!

Read more in the Fleep-IFTTT integration blog post.

7. Set yourself  a reminder

This is another handy thing you can do with the IFTTT integration — set a reminder that recurs on certain days at a certain time of the day. In our team, for example, we have configured one to remind everyone when our weekly meeting is about to start:

IFTTT integration

8. Talk to yourself

Yes, you can have a conversation with yourself in Fleep. Use it for personal notes, as a personal tasklist, to save links or files, or for anything else you wish!  After all, only you will be able to see it.

To create a monologue, just start a new conversation and do not add anyone else to the conversation. The conversation will be named “Monologue with myself”, but you can rename it to be anything.

monologue

9. Organize your conversations however you wish

You can use conversation labels to organize your conversations. Want to group all 1:1 conversations together? Yes, you can.

organize your conversations

Wish to see all of your team’s conversations grouped together? Sure, just enable the team’s label.

team_label

Would prefer to see emails grouped separately from Fleep-Fleep conversations? No problemo.

Fleep conversations

Want to see them grouped in a different order? Reorder them.

Fleep

… you get the point.

Read more about conversation labels in this blog post: Manage your Fleep conversations with labels.

10. Edit your messages

You may already know this one. But just in case you don’t, it’s really, really useful. Hitting the Up key (when the message box is active) will automatically let you edit your last message — or you can choose Edit from the message actions menu. So, you made a typo? No problem. Edit away! You can also delete messages from the message actions — in case, say, you accidentally typed and sent message meant for another conversation.

11. Format your messages

Like the previous one, this may not be news for you. Here’s a few ways in which you can format your messages: putting *asterisks* around something will make it bold. Putting _underscores_ around it make it italic.

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See all Fleep text formatting options here.

12. Create and manage email lists

This may not be cool as other features highlighted in this post, but it is definitely a power feature. You create and manage electronic mailing lists that any participant can also post (email) messages to. All you need to do is create a conversation, add the email addresses (and Fleep users), and make sure the Email list behavior has been enabled in the conversation settings. And voilà, you can send emails to the list!

email list behavior fleep

The email lists have been put to good use in Fleep for different communities — e.g. Startup Estonia Community has a conversation with 173 people in Fleep that works as an email list for all email members. It’s almost like a community notice board that everyone can post to!

Read more here: Introducing email list behavior in Fleep!

 

Do you have any feedback or questions for us? Let us know at support@fleep.io. Let’s also stay in touch through our social media channels. We’re on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.

 

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