How to run the Bistri WebRTC Demo with Chrome 21
Google implementation in Chrome can be tested by anyone on Bistri. This is how to make it work :
1 - If you dont have it, download Google Chrome
if you have Chrome, check your version by typing “chrome://chrome/” in the address bar, it must be > 21.0.1180.89.
2 - Modify the Chrome Settings :
Now you are ready to test WebRTC
4 - Make a video call with anybody on Bistri, who would like to test WebRTC with you guys.
He/she will have to setup is computer the same way as you just did.
If you want to try the demo on your own, just open an incognito window :
Use the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+Shift+N (Windows, Linux and Chrome OS) and ⌘-Shift-N (Mac)
and copy/paste your Bistri Link to be reached in this incognito window. Your Bistri Link is displayed when your click on “Invite” on the right side of the header on Bistri.
5 - When you receive an incoming call, Chrome let you choose the Webcam and the micro you like to use on the top-right of the screen.
Then click on “Allow”
As the video call starts, don’t forget to click on “Autorize” on the top bar.
If everything is fine on your computer, you will see this desktop notification :
After a few seconds, tada !
You will see the WebRTC logo on the right.
If you click on “Video effects”, you will enjoy several HTML5 Live Video Effets :)
You can also enjoy the quality of the HTML5 Full Screen Mode, and make some snapshots :
Click on “Take snapshot” :
Ready? Make your best smile, 3-2-1
If you like your snapshot, click on “Save” :
Now you can share your snapshot on Facebook, Twitter, or just send the link via email / SMS…
and feel free to write a feedback : http://support.bistri.com
New release : Take a screenshot of your Biscall
New features are being released faster and faster on Bistri!
We are very excited to announce the launch of an important new functionality for Bistri : the possibility to take a screenshot of your conversation during your Biscall.
How can I take a screenshot on Bistri ?
During your biscall, you can simply click on the new “camera” icon :
Press the “Take snapshot” button to take a picture :
If you like the picture, you can click on “Save”! Otherwise, you can take another screenshot with the “Retry” button.
Don’t forget you can use the “video effects” button to make some funny screenshots!
Once the screenshot saved, a link will appear in your chat conversation, allowing you and your callee to open a new page with the 2 pictures.
A pop up will also appear so you can copy the link and share it on Facebook and Twitter.
Click here to see our screenshot : Here is our picture
What can I do with this picture ?
You can comment and share this picture with your Facebook account.
You can also share this link on your twitter account.
To download the picture on your computer, you can right-click on it with your mouse and simply click on “save as”, like any other file.
Try it now on Bistri.com !
Bistri Community Manager
New release : file sharing on Bistri
A new release means a new feature, and we are proud to deliver a new functionality that allows you to share files through Bistri.
How can I share a file ?
During a conversation on Bistri, you can simply click on the «send file» button at the bottom right of the chat and select a file on your computer.
A link will be automatically shared with your callee, allowing him to visualize the file you are sending in a new window in his browser.
What can I share ?
You can share any types of files on Bistri (images, documents…).
The only prerequisite is that the file can’t be larger than 10 Mb (for now…)
Send your file to anybody !
- copy/paste the link anywhere
- works with your social/IM contacts (Facebook, Yahoo Messenger, Live Messenger, XMPP, etc…)
Even if your contact is offline, he will be notified by email that you’ve tryed to reach him. As soon as he is back on Bistri, he can download your file (24h max after your upload it).
Bistri Community Manager
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New release : Chat with your friends on Facebook, Yahoo, and Jabber. Chat History
A few weeks ago, we launched the Bistri / Google Gateway, the first of a long list of course !
We are really proud to launch today the following gateways :
- Bistri / Facebook
- Bistri / Yahoo Messenger
- Bistri / XMPP (Jabber)
No need to import your friends to video call, or simply chat with them, just activate the services you need, where your friends are.
Facebook has the largest number of users, but some people still resist to Facebook, keep using other services like Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo messenger, or even the open protocol XMPP (Jabber).
The Internet has been invented to be able to communicate, even after a global disaster like a world war or a nuclear explosion… the specifications were clear, written by smart & philanthropic persons. Their documents used to become standards after a simple process, adopted by the ones who wanted to participate in building this new world. At this moment, no one could imagine create a service using non-standard protocols, nor put the user in a walled garden…
The users were free to jump from one site to another, just following links…
All these so successful “Big Gorillas” are offering amazing services, but they also try to keep the user stuck. As an example, impossible for a Facebook User to chat with a friend who prefer keep using Yahoo Messenger.
At Bistri, we believe in video chat interoperability !
Now, let’s try the new Facebook gateway :
1 - Click on “Settings”, on the top right. There is a new tab called “IM accounts”
2 - You are already done !
Your friends from Facebook are now visible in your friend list, with a specific icon
3 - Chat with them, as you talk to any Bistri user.
If you start a video call with a friend who is using Facebook Chat, he will receive your Bistri Link in his favorite instant messenger : one click from him, and you will enjoy the Bistri Video Chat, full of funny video effects :)
On the Bistri Mobile Web App, you will also chat with your Facebook, Google, Yahoo, and Jabber friends.
A simple click in the settings, and all your conversations are saved :
“Enable messages archiving”
Of course, if you don’t want to save the conversations you have with a particular contact, just unselect “allow archiving for this contact” on the chat window.
Simple for the user, but a true challenge to make it. More about it on the Bistri Engineering Blog.
As I am writing these lines, late in the night, this terrible news…
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” - Steve Jobs
Bistri LIVE User Map
Here is the map of the bisters, who test Bistri all around the World…
If you want to add your place on the map, just place a call on Bistri !
View in a larger size in a larger size
This map will be available here : http://blog.bistri.com/bistersmap
Bistri launches the Bistri Mobile Web App
Hi dear bisters !
We are really proud to announce the brand new Bistri Mobile Web Application ! After hours fighting with the beta version of jQuery Mobile, we managed to get a real nice chat experience on the main mobile platforms.
On the paper, jQuery Mobile looks perfect, the new Eldorado any mobile developer could dream of… something we’ve heard so many times… you know… “With our new language/framework/thing… Develop once, runs everywhere !…” Each time you believe it, each time you are disappointed… Of course, if your need fits exactly the demo, you are the King of the World, but truth is… it’s never the case in real life.
This time, the challenge was to get the user experience as close as possible from what we used to have on the so sexy iOS native apps. Thanks to the framework we choosed, the Bistri Mobile Web App should run on these platforms : iOS, Android, Symbian, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, webOS…
Here is the Mobile Graded Support Matrix :
Now, it’s time to test it dear bisters ! just type in your favorite mobile browser :
1 - Login form
2 - Your contact list
3 - you are chatting
4 - list of your current chats
If you notice any bug, feel free to use our the Bistri Support Web Site to let us know about your issue : http://support.bistri.com
This release contains also some other new features :
- Yahoo Contact Import
- Title Notifier (useful right ?)
- Merge Roster request
Bug fixing :
- the buddy image of your contact is displayed when his camera is off
Feature of the week: How to add SOMEONE to your Home Screen
How to add SOMEONE to your Home Screen ?
On your iPhone or iPad, you’ve just clicked on the Bistri Link of one of your friends sent to you by SMS, email, IM… Something like : http://bistri.me/a2b1C71
1 - Tap the Bookmark icon
2 - Tap on “Add to Home Screen”
3 - Tap on “add”
4 - You are done !