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Kollaborate Server 2.6 - batch downloading, auto-advance, custom approval button labels and more

Last week we released Kollaborate Server 2.6, a major update to our self-hosted cloud workflow platform for video professionals.

This update contains some important new features but many of the best changes are the smaller ones. We really smoothed and polished a lot of things in this release and many tasks are faster and easier to accomplish than before.

Batch downloading

Select a group of files, then hit the download button next to one of them to download all of them at the same time. This works on the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox and Safari.

Auto-advance

Click the circle arrow to the left or right of the player to automatically advance to the next file in the folder after the current one finishes.

Download proxies

If the file has a lower-quality playable proxy, you will now be given the option of which file to download when clicking the download button in the player.

Custom approve/reject button labels

You can now give the Approve / Reject buttons in your workflows custom titles, allowing you to make it clearer what pressing a particular button will actually do.

Project thumbnails

Projects now show the icon of the most recent file that everyone can access. This only applies to files outside of departments.

Keep your place

If you click a file to view it and then press the Back button to go back to the Files page, Kollaborate now goes back to exactly where you were instead of going back to the top of the Files page. This is really useful if you were 20 pages deep.

Quick Look overhaul

We overhauled Quick Look to be more polished and responsive and increased the screen space it takes up so you can see your files better.

Improved image support

Large images are now displayed more prominently in the player and the image full-screen view has been redesigned and polished.

Additionally, we've improved support for animated GIFs, which now have frame rate, duration and hoverscrub thumbnails.

Security improvements

We've made a variety of security improvements. These will largely not be noticeable but one noticeable change is that you will need to re-login the first time after this update. After that the site will automatically log you in in future as normal.

Various uploading improvements

  • Videos and images now show thumbnail previews during upload if the file is a format your browser can read
  • Uploads now stay where you dragged them instead of scrolling you to the bottom of the page
  • Estimated time remaining is now shown during uploads
  • Lots of performance optimizations

Other changes

  • New filter - show only Favorites on the Files page
  • You can now favorite a file directly from the player
  • The next / previous buttons in the player now show a preview of the upcoming file
  • You can now separate version stacks by right-clicking them
  • Folders are now ordered before files in the list
  • Many UI tweaks
  • Many performance optimizations and bug fixes

Kollaborate is an essential cloud workflow platform that allows you to share files with clients and team members while integrating with Digital Rebellion apps and services. Kollaborate Server allows you to host the platform in-house on your own servers and storage. To find out more, see the Kollaborate Server overview or register for the free cloud trial (Server trials are available on request).

Posted by Jon Chappell on Sep 18 2017 to DR News, Front Page News, Kollaborate
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Kollaborate 2.6 - batch downloading, auto advance, custom button labels and more

Last week we released Kollaborate 2.6, a major update to our cloud workflow platform for video professionals.

This update contains some important new features but many of the best changes are the smaller ones. We really smoothed and polished a lot of things in this release and many tasks are faster and easier to accomplish than before.

Batch downloading

Select a group of files, then hit the download button next to one of them to download all of them at the same time. This works on the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox and Safari.

Auto-advance

Click the circle arrow to the left or right of the player to automatically advance to the next file in the folder after the current one finishes.

Download proxies

If the file has a lower-quality playable proxy, you will now be given the option of which file to download when clicking the download button in the player.

Custom approve/reject button labels

You can now give the Approve / Reject buttons in your workflows custom titles, allowing you to make it clearer what pressing a particular button will actually do.

Project thumbnails

Projects now show the icon of the most recent file that everyone can access. This only applies to files outside of departments.

Keep your place

If you click a file to view it and then press the Back button to go back to the Files page, Kollaborate now goes back to exactly where you were instead of going back to the top of the Files page. This is really useful if you were 20 pages deep.

Quick Look overhaul

We overhauled Quick Look to be more polished and responsive and increased the screen space it takes up so you can see your files better.

Improved image support

Large images are now displayed more prominently in the player and the image full-screen view has been redesigned and polished.

Additionally, we've improved support for animated GIFs, which now have frame rate, duration and hoverscrub thumbnails.

Security improvements

We've made a variety of security improvements. These will largely not be noticeable but one noticeable change is that you will need to re-login the first time after this update. After that the site will automatically log you in in future as normal.

Various uploading improvements

  • Videos and images now show thumbnail previews during upload if the file is a format your browser can read
  • Uploads now stay where you dragged them instead of scrolling you to the bottom of the page
  • Estimated time remaining is now shown during uploads
  • Lots of performance optimizations

Other changes

  • New filter - show only Favorites on the Files page
  • You can now favorite a file directly from the player
  • The next / previous buttons in the player now show a preview of the upcoming file
  • You can now separate version stacks by right-clicking them
  • Folders are now ordered before files in the list
  • Many UI tweaks
  • Many performance optimizations and bug fixes

Kollaborate is an essential cloud workflow platform that allows you to share files with clients and team members while integrating with Digital Rebellion apps and services. To find out more, see the overview or register for the free trial.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Aug 9 2017 to DR News, Front Page News, Kollaborate
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Kollaborate Transfer 1.5 - accelerated uploads and faster batch encoding

We recently released an update to Kollaborate Transfer that should significantly improve the speed of batch processing.

Encoding behavior has been changed so that it will no longer wait for a file to finish uploading before encoding the next file in the list. Encoded files now enter a Waiting state and will start uploading immediately upon the previous upload finishing. This can reduce total queue time significantly for large batches or long videos.

Additionally, we have now switched over to the accelerated upload system we recently activated on the cloud. This boosts upload speeds for everyone but is most noticeable for customers outside of the US.

Other changes:

 

  • Reduced situations where the queue could hang
  • Fixed an issue that could cause some hoverscrub thumbnail frames to be black when processing large batches
  • Reduced memory usage
  • General bug fixes, tweaks and optimizations

Kollaborate is an essential cloud workflow platform that allows you to share files with clients and team members while integrating with Digital Rebellion apps and services. To find out more, see the overview or register for the free trial.

 

Posted by Jon Chappell on May 17 2017 to Kollaborate, Front Page News, DR News
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Kollaborate Server 2.5 - Workflows, File Requests, Subtitles, Color Coding and more

We've just released a major new update to our Kollaborate Server self-hosted workflow platform for video professionals, with a lot of new features and important changes. This follows on from the update we recently released on the cloud.

Workflows

Workflows are an extremely powerful new feature that tells Kollaborate to perform certain tasks on a file when it is assigned a specific workflow. The tasks can range from labelling or marking the file to moving it to a specific folder. It's an easy way of quickly sorting files so they are easier for your team to access.

They are also the new way of getting file approvals from other people on your team. This is considerably more powerful than before and allows you to target specific people or departments as being able to approve files, rather than everyone with approval rights. You can also specify that every single marked person must approve the file before it is considered approved, as opposed to the old system where it was approved simply by the first person to approve it.

Each approval workflow has options for running another workflow when it is approved or rejected, so you could for example run another workflow to automatically highlight approved files and move them to an Approved folder. It also means you can chain approvals together so that an approval on one workflow triggers another approval workflow, allowing a file to filter up to higher members of your team for a decision before it is finally approved.

Another way you could use this is to implement milestones. So Milestone 1 would move the file to a particular project or department, someone works on the file and they then assign it Milestone 2, which moves it onto someone else to work on. Then they assign it Milestone 3 which asks a manager to approve it and then if it is approved it is automatically assigned an Approved status which moves the file to an Approved Files folder.

That's just an example - you can set it up however you like and it's extremely flexible.

We have lots of plans for this in future and are keen to know how customers plan to incorporate this feature into their workflows.

Upload Requests

Need some files from a vendor but don't want to add the person to the project? Send them an upload link. Upload links work just like sharing links but show a file upload page instead of a video player.

Team overhaul

The Team page has been completely overhauled. Each department now has a text box at the bottom that allows you to type in an email address to invite a team member. This is a considerably quicker and simpler way of setting up your team than the previous version.

Positions have been replaced by Roles, which apply a set of default permissions to a user. In a future update you will be able to add your own roles.

Inviting new users to the service is easier than before. Rather than assigning the user a default password, they now receive an activation link. Upon clicking the link they will be asked to choose a password for their account. We feel this is a more user-friendly way of doing things that should result in fewer forgotten passwords. You can also choose to manually send a user the activation link rather than having Kollaborate send it if you want to add a personal message.

Another change is that departments are no longer required to have users inside them. This is useful if you just want a private storage area for Admins, as they are not required to be part of a department to see inside it.

Project muting

Don't want to receive alerts from a specific project but still receive alerts from others? You can now mute it. Hover over the project on the Projects page and click the bell icon next to its name.

Subtitle support

You can now view SRT subtitles in the video player. Here's how to do it:

  1. Upload both the video and SRT caption file to your project.
  2. Right-click on the video file on the Files page and click Relationship Editor or go to Actions > Related Files > Relationship Editor.
  3. Click New Relationship.
  4. Browse to the SRT file and choose Subtitles as the relationship type.
  5. Save and go back to the video. You'll now see a green icon at the bottom of the player that will allow you to toggle the captions on and off.

We plan to support additional caption formats in future.

Admin Dashboard

The Admin Dashboard shows you statistics about your installation including software versions and configuration information. It can also alert you to problems that have occurred.

A full list of changes is available here after logging in.

Kollaborate is an essential cloud workflow platform that allows you to share files with clients and team members while integrating with Digital Rebellion apps and services. Kollaborate Server allows you to host the platform in-house on your own servers and storage. To find out more, see the Kollaborate Server overview or register for the free cloud trial (Server trials are available on request).

Posted by Jon Chappell on Mar 23 2017 to Kollaborate, DR News, Front Page News
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Kollaborate 2.5 - Workflows, File Requests, Subtitles, Color Coding and more

We've just released a major new update to our Kollaborate cloud workflow platform for video professionals, with a lot of new features and important changes.

Workflows

Workflows are an extremely powerful new feature that tells Kollaborate to perform certain tasks on a file when it is assigned a specific workflow. The tasks can range from labelling or marking the file to moving it to a specific folder. It's an easy way of quickly sorting files so they are easier for your team to access.

They are also the new way of getting file approvals from other people on your team. This is considerably more powerful than before and allows you to target specific people or departments as being able to approve files, rather than everyone with approval rights. You can also specify that every single marked person must approve the file before it is considered approved, as opposed to the old system where it was approved simply by the first person to approve it.

Each approval workflow has options for running another workflow when it is approved or rejected, so you could for example run another workflow to automatically highlight approved files and move them to an Approved folder. It also means you can chain approvals together so that an approval on one workflow triggers another approval workflow, allowing a file to filter up to higher members of your team for a decision before it is finally approved.

Another way you could use this is to implement milestones. So Milestone 1 would move the file to a particular project or department, someone works on the file and they then assign it Milestone 2, which moves it onto someone else to work on. Then they assign it Milestone 3 which asks a manager to approve it and then if it is approved it is automatically assigned an Approved status which moves the file to an Approved Files folder.

That's just an example - you can set it up however you like and it's extremely flexible.

We have lots of plans for this in future and are keen to know how customers plan to incorporate this feature into their workflows.

Upload Requests

Need some files from a vendor but don't want to add the person to the project? Send them an upload link. Upload links work just like sharing links but show a file upload page instead of a video player.

Team overhaul

The Team page has been completely overhauled. Each department now has a text box at the bottom that allows you to type in an email address to invite a team member. This is a considerably quicker and simpler way of setting up your team than the previous version.

Positions have been replaced by Roles, which apply a set of default permissions to a user. In a future update you will be able to add your own roles.

Inviting new users to the service is easier than before. Rather than assigning the user a default password, they now receive an activation link. Upon clicking the link they will be asked to choose a password for their account. We feel this is a more user-friendly way of doing things that should result in fewer forgotten passwords. You can also choose to manually send a user the activation link rather than having our system send it if you want to add a personal message.

Another change is that departments are no longer required to have users inside them. This is useful if you just want a private storage area for Admins, as they are not required to be part of a department to see inside it.

Project muting

Don't want to receive alerts from a specific project but still receive alerts from others? You can now mute it. Hover over the project on the Projects page and click the bell icon next to its name.

Subtitle support

You can now view SRT subtitles in the video player. Here's how to do it:

  1. Upload both the video and SRT caption file to your project.
  2. Right-click on the video file on the Files page and click Relationship Editor or go to Actions > Related Files > Relationship Editor.
  3. Click New Relationship.
  4. Browse to the SRT file and choose Subtitles as the relationship type.
  5. Save and go back to the video. You'll now see a green icon at the bottom of the player that will allow you to toggle the captions on and off.

We plan to support additional caption formats in future.

Other Changes

  • File color coding
  • Batch metadata editing
  • New filters on the Files page - show unviewed, with comments, without comments, with revisions and since my last visit
  • Metadata tags are now matched when searching from the Files page (previously you could only do this from the Advanced Search page)
  • Previously if you wanted to see detailed viewing statistics about a link, you would need to send it via the site so it could match the stats to the user's email address. Now in cases where the link is emailed manually and Kollaborate doesn't know who clicked it, the site will show viewing statistics by IP address instead.
  • If you're not viewing a playable file, the comment box is now selected by default to make note-taking easier
  • Many UI changes plus an overhaul of the email skin

The site has also had a complete architecture overhaul where every single page was modified and optimized. We're also running on faster servers and cache data more aggressively which should result in the site being faster than before.

Kollaborate is an essential cloud workflow platform that allows you to share files with clients and team members while integrating with Digital Rebellion apps and services. To find out more, see the overview or register for the free trial.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Feb 15 2017 to DR News, Front Page News, Kollaborate
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Kollaborate Folder Watcher 1.2 - Finder progress bars and improved network drive support

Kollaborate Folder Watcher 1.2 is a significant update to our automatic file uploader for our Kollaborate cloud platform.

Finder progress bars

Based on your feedback, encoding and uploading now displays progress bars directly in Finder, allowing you to see at a glance the progress of any file.

Improved network drive support

Kollaborate Folder Watcher works by listening for messages from macOS that tell it when changes to a folder have occurred. These messages do not get sent on network drives so before now the app didn't work with such drives. Now it manually scans for changes too so it will detect changes on these drives, albeit with a delay compared to a local drive.

Kollaborate is an essential cloud workflow platform that allows you to share files with clients and team members while integrating with Digital Rebellion apps and services. To find out more, see the overview or register for the free trial.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Jan 17 2017 to DR News, Front Page News, Kollaborate
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Massive storage boost for Kollaborate subscribers

We've given Kollaborate subscribers a massive free storage space boost. Kollaborate was already one of the best-value review platforms on the market due to the fact you get 5 team members and all features on the base plan, in addition to free access to several of our products, and this increases the value even more.

Additionally, our higher-level plans now come with unlimited team members.

Plan Old Storage New Storage
Freelance 25 GB 30 GB
Small Business 50 GB 60 GB
Business 75 GB 100 GB
Production 140 GB 200 GB
Studio 225 GB 250 GB
Studio Plus 400 GB 500 GB
Network 1 TB 1.5 TB
Network Plus 2 TB 3 TB

You can view the full list of package benefits, including pricing, here.

Kollaborate is an essential cloud workflow platform that allows you to share files with clients and team members while integrating with Digital Rebellion apps and services. To find out more, see the overview or register for the free trial.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Jan 10 2017 to DR News, Front Page News, Kollaborate
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Kollaborate Server 2.0.3 released with PHP 7 support

Earlier this week we released Kollaborate Server 2.0.3, a minor update to our in-house version of our Kollaborate cloud workflow platform. These fixes have already been rolled out to users of the cloud version.

Kollaborate Server can now be run on PHP 7, as well as PHP 5.6. You will need to make sure you have the very latest version of the Ioncube Loader to do this. Even if you are not using PHP 7 you may still need to update the loader if you are using a very old version.

Other changes

  • When emailing out a link through the site, the user's name is populated from their email address so they no longer need to enter it before commenting
  • Users can hold down Shift to prevent the comment overlay showing in full screen
  • Uploads from the FCPX plugin are now matched for revisions based on their title, not filename
  • Black thumbnails are now shown instead of the "unknown document" icon if a video thumbnail is pending
  • Prevented comments on archived projects
  • The comments box is now sized proportionally to the height of your browser
  • Added a popup alert to ask the user if they want to reset their password if they get it wrong too many times
  • API - Shared links generated by apps now take the file's title instead of appearing as Untitled
  • Forward and back slashes are now stripped from file titles
  • Extended OAuth token expiration dates to prevent infrequent users from constantly having to reauthorize
  • Improved the browser compatibility of annotation drawing
  • Fixed an issue where admins could not email a link created by another user
  • Fixed an issue on OS X where multiple link reminder emails may be sent
  • Fixed an issue where admins could not add Approval permissions to other users
  • Fixed an issue where revision uploads could fail if the parent folder contained invalid characters
  • Fixed an issue where aliases may not be playable
  • API: Fixed an issue where the server could choose the original file instead of the proxy when playing an alias
  • Fixed an error that could occur when trying to move thumbnails for a file type that does not intrinsically support thumbnails
  • Fixed an issue where comments may not show when a task with Japanese characters in the title is attached to it
  • Fixed an issue where invisible users could exist and not be able to be removed from a project
  • Fixed an issue where encoding jobs may not be distributed evenly across encoding servers
  • Security improvements
  • UI tweaks
  • Various other minor bug fixes and improvements

Kollaborate is an essential cloud workflow platform that allows you to share files with clients and team members while integrating with Digital Rebellion apps and services. Kollaborate Server allows you to host the platform in-house on your own servers and storage. To find out more, see the Kollaborate Server overview or register for the free cloud trial (Server trials are available on request).

Posted by Jon Chappell on Nov 19 2016 to Kollaborate, DR News, Front Page News
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Kollaborate Server 2.0.2 - MXF, FLV and AVI recognition, various other tweaks

Kolloaborate Server 2.0.2 is now out, a minor update to our self-hosted in-house cloud workflow platform. (These changes have already made their way to the cloud version of the site.)

The biggest change in this release is that MXFs, FLVs and AVIs are recognized as video files so thumbnails will be generated for them and if you have Kollaborate Encoder these files will automatically be converted to MP4s for playback in the browser. This only applies to files uploaded from now on.

Other changes

  • When drawing over a video in full screen near to the right edge, hold down shift to prevent the comment overlay from appearing
  • Limited the screen area required to trigger the full screen comment overlay on larger monitors
  • Fixed an issue where annotations couldn't be submitted
  • If no other encoders are responding, send to the first available encoder even if the current file is longer than the encoder's maximum duration
  • Fixed an issue where deleting a file would result in it still being selected invisibly, producing an error if you tried to delete something else
  • Fixed an issue where clients would try to reconnect too often if the socket server was offline
  • Double quotes are now prohibited from file titles
  • Reduced logging when processing webhook events
  • Several fixes to thumbnail generation
  • Various other bug fixes and tweaks

This is a free update for all customers with valid maintenance and upgrade instructions are available in the installation guide included in the download shown after logging in.

Kollaborate is an essential cloud workflow platform that allows you to share files with clients and team members while integrating with Digital Rebellion apps and services. Kollaborate Server allows you to host the platform in-house on your own servers and storage. To find out more, see the Kollaborate Server overview or register for the free cloud trial (Server trials are available on request).

Posted by Jon Chappell on Aug 24 2016 to Kollaborate, DR News
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Kollaborate Server 2.0.1 and Kollaborate Encoder 1.1.2 released

Kollaborate Server 2.0.1 and Encoder 1.1.2 are now available for registered and trial customers of Kollaborate Server. This is intended as a bug fix release and the changes were already made available on the cloud version of the service.

Changes in Kollaborate Server 2.0.1

  • Various fixes for project / file subscriptions
  • Fixed an issue where hoverscrub thumbs may not appear
  • Fixed an issue where the Files view could appear empty
  • Fixed an issue where subfolders in shared folders could be inaccessible to shared links
  • Comment streams now show timecoded comments
  • Various UI improvements to comment streams
  • Improved reliability when disabling multi-factor authentication
  • Fixed an issue where file titles could appear blank in certain situations in the email digest
  • Improved support for importing comments with special characters into the Adobe Premiere panel
  • Fixed an issue where Synced Sessions could stall for clients
  • Fixed an issue where thumbnails may not be generated for videos shorter than 1 second
  • Fixed an issue where newlines may not appear in certain comments
  • Security improvements
  • Various other bug fixes, tweaks and optimizations

Changes in Kollaborate Encoder 1.1.2

  • If getting the queue fails on the first try, it retries up to 3 times. This is useful if loading at startup before the server has an internet connection.

Upgrade instructions

Full upgrade instructions are located in the Quick Start Guide but the basic workflow is as follows:

1. Download the new update (available after logging in).

2. Copy the contents of the Installation Files folder except the config folder to the root folder of your web server, overwriting any existing files.

3. Visit yoursite.com/upgrade in your web browser and click Upgrade.

4. Delete the "upgrade" and "install" folders from the root folder of your web server.

Kollaborate is an essential cloud workflow platform that allows you to share files with clients and team members while integrating with Digital Rebellion apps and services. Kollaborate Server allows you to host the platform in-house on your own servers and storage. To find out more, see the Kollaborate Server overview or register for the free cloud trial (Server trials are available on request).

Posted by Jon Chappell on Jul 14 2016 to DR News, Front Page News, Kollaborate
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