Release Notes for Avatour

Latest Release Highlights - Oct 17, 2021 

AVATOUR Web Client 

What's new -

  • Adding notes in a session or from the library
  • Display "You are muted" tooltip when the participant is speaking while muted.
  • Move "Join Session" button to the top to increase visibility (without having to scroll).
  • Single session type. 
    • We no longer make a distinction between live and pre-recorded during session creation.
      Any session can include a live stream or pre-recorded assets or both.
    • Assets are displayed in a pop-up when there is no live stream and participant has access rights.
    • Revisit the session at anytime to review snapshots and notes captured during the session.
    • Host can additionally access or download assets from the library.
  • Copy / share invitation link from within a session (under settings)
  • Added "other" section for comments or feedback at the end of the session
  • Revert displaying guest avatars for VR clients
  • Bug fixes

    Earlier Releases

    AVATOUR web experience

    Date: Sept 23, 2021

    • Japanese language support can be enabled from your account profile or in-session settings
    • Fixed bug where guest audio cannot be heard when they don't send video
    • Highlight active/ or dominant speaker 
    • Give host permissions to close assets shared by other guests 
    • Other bug fixes

    Date: Sept 5, 2021

    • Take snapshots of a secondary camera feed (make a digital copy of a document shared using a document camera or a detailed view shared using a smartphone camera)
    • Add notes to your snapshots. You can pin notes to specific locations in a 2D or 360 snapshot to capture audit findings or identify areas for further clarification.
    • Camera & Mic Source Settings. Users can now manually select between camera and mic sources from the settings menu during a session.  

    Date: Aug 7, 2021

    • Take 2D and 360 Snapshots during a session. Snapshots get saved as assets and can be accessed from the library.  Access to snapshots is available only if host allows the guests access to session assets. 
    • Resize or Fullscreen view of the asset window 
    • Display timestamps for chat messages

    Date: July 27, 2021

    • Drag, resize, maximize shared camera or desktop modal
    • Improve quality of secondary camera and screen share
    • Improved Guest POVs by adding display name, offscreen indicators, click to reset view to that of the guest
    • Full screen playback of assets in the library (Player is accessed from the Session Detail Modal)
    • Added session parameter 'Require live stream'. When disabled, participants can use AVATOUR without a live 360 stream (for document sharing or screen sharing, as an example)

        AVATOUR for Pilot One/ Era Release Notes

        Version: 0.5.28

        Date: Aug 30, 2021

        • Drop streaming bitrate when asset/ desktop / camera is is being shared to manage bandwidth requirements for guests 
        • Drop streaming bitrate when video is paused 

        Version: 0.5.22 

        Date: Jul 22, 2021

        • Bug fixes

        Version: 0.5.21

        Date: Jul 16, 2021

        • Bug fixes

        Version: 0.5.20

        Date: Jul 12, 2021

        • Updated the device registration hint

        Version: 0.5.19

        Date: Jul 9, 2021

        • Minor bugfixes and improvements

        Version: 0.5.17

        Date: Jun 30, 2021

        • Display host name for each session
        • Disable automatic shut off while running network tests
        • In session UI tweaks

        Version: 0.5.16

        Date: Jun 20, 2021

        • Fix occasional crashes when switching between access points or networks
        • Use CDN to serve assets

        Version: 0.5.12

        Date: May 19, 2021

        • Bug fixes and stability improvements

        Version: 0.5.11 

        Date: May 15, 2021, 12:58 PM

        • Bug fixes and stability improvements

        Version: 0.5.06

        Date: May 2, 2021, 3:36 PM

        • Bug fixes

        Version: 0.5.04

        Date: Apr 28, 2021

        • Fixed occasional stream not starting the second time after changing wifi networks 

        Version : 0.5.02

        Date : Apr 26, 2021

        • Show the current session code
        • Dynamic audio routing for USB-C headsets

        AVATOUR for Google Play Store Release Notes

        Version: 0.5.28

        Date: Aug 30, 2021

        • Drop streaming bitrate when asset/ desktop / camera is is being shared to manage bandwidth requirements for guests 
        • Drop streaming bitrate when video is paused 

        Version: 0.5.23

        Date: Jul 27, 2021 

        • Additional session settings (Require host)
        • Participant limit extended to 21 (including host)
        • Bug fixes

          Version: 0.5.16

          Date: Jun 20, 2021

          • Fix issues streaming over 5g (ipv6 only) networks
          • Fix occasional crashes when switching between access points or networks
          • Use CDN to serve assets

          Version: 0.5.11

          Date: May 14, 2021
          • Bug fixes and stability improvements

          Version: 0.5.02

          Date: Apr 26, 2021

          • Migrate to the new 2.0 delivery infrastructure. Reduces delay, and improves performance in low bandwidth conditions

          Version: 0.4.22

          Date: Mar 15, 2021

          • Update Android Sdk to API 30 (Android 11)
          • UX improvements

          Version: 0.4.21

          Date: Mar 14, 2021

          • In-session settings allow the host to change bitrate, frame rate without having to end session.

          Version: 0.4.18

          Date: Mar 3, 2021

          • Bug fixes

          Version: 0.4.15

          Date: Feb 24, 2021

          • Display full 360 preview
          • Session parameters allow a host to limit guest access to assets
          • Guests can login to the host app and start sessions that they are invited to
          • Bug fixes

          Version: 0.4.10

          Date: Jan 15, 2021

          • Improved status messages
          • Upload bandwidth reports at the end of the session

          Version: 0.4.6

          Date:  Jan 5, 2021

          • Updated application splash screen
          • Beta access to lower delay pipeline

          Version: 0.4.5

          Date:  Dec 20, 2020

          • OneX camera mic for Pixel 3/4
          • Apply Video mask to restricted field of view
          • Fix crash on some devices based on Exynos and Kirin chipset
          • Updated Insta SDK to v1.3.3

          Version: 0.2.75

          Date:  Dec 11, 2020

          • Support for Insta 360 One X2 and One R cameras
          • Bug fixes

          Version: 0.2.67

          Date: Nov 27, 2020

          • Bug fixes
          • Use port 443 instead of 19090-19093 for avatars and chat
          • Synchronized playback of session assets
          • Minor improvements to the connection diagnostic tool


          AVATOUR for Apple App Store Release Notes

          Version: 2.0.3

          Date: Aug 7, 2021

          • Fix bug where guest audio level is low

          Version: 2.0.2  

          Date: Jul 27, 2021

          • Support for 2.0 infrastructure (webrtc) that lowers delay and improves performance in low bandwidth
          • Display camera preview in the host app
          • Video mask settings to hide parts of the 360 degree video feed.
          • Enabled horizon stabilization and direction lock

          Version: 2.0

          Date: Apr 27, 2021
          • Platform updates that allow for up to 20 guests to attend an AVATOUR session

          Known Issues (as compared to Android)

          • iOS version does not support the 2.0 delivery infrastructure (webrtc) at this time. This implies that iOS version requires a consistent / stable Wi-Fi connection to work well. 
          • Connection diagnostics tools, Camera preview still missing from the iOS version. Please use Ookla's Speedtest utility to check if uplink bandwidth meets minimum requirements. 
          • No camera preview

          Version: 1.0

          Date: Dec 7, 2020

          • iOS version of the AVATOUR Host app that was previously only available on Android. 
          • iOS version does not include a connection diagnostics tool for testing connectivity, or camera preview at this time.