This article contains a short description of each new update for ThingLink. Check out the links to learn more!
Note that bug fixes & minor non-editor changes are not listed here.
Updates & Announcements
Closed captions & 3D model lighting optimizations
May 24, 2023
You can now upload closed captions to your base videos. If your video has a captions file, the viewers will see a CC button they can click to show or hide closed captions. See this article for more information.
This update also optimizes lighting and shadows in 3D models.
May 12, 2023
- Added the ability to give viewing access to a folder to all users in the organization. This option is available to organization admins only.
- Added the ability to add a special 'Accessibility mode' button to scene controls. Clicking the button will open the scene in the accessibility player. The button is not displayed by default but can be enabled via scene settings.
Navigation menu update
April 13, 2023
This update changes the look & feel of the main left-side navigation menu (1). In addition, the link to the 'Organization' menu (2) is now displayed at the top part of the page:
Minor editor update: videos loop inside tags
Released: March 27, 2023
Videos added to text & media tags now loop automatically.
LTI 1.3 integration for Brightspace D2L
Released: March 15, 2023
ThingLink's LTI 1.3 integration is now available for Brightspace D2L LMS. The integration simplifies embedding ThingLink content, allows your users to access ThingLink with their LMS account, and allows accepting points from ThingLink scenarios as Grades in Brightspace D2L. Learn more here: Using LTI 1.3 integration with D2L Brightspace.
Statistics update: analytics overlay
Released: March 07, 2023
This update allows you to view how your learners interacted with a scenario by enabling a visual data overlay that provides the main statistics & shows the most common learning paths at a glance:
Learn more here: Tracking learners' progress.
Minor update: two-factor authentication (2FA)
Released: February 01, 2023
You can now enable two-factor authentication (2FA) for your ThingLink account. When you turn on 2FA, you need to provide a one-time verification code in addition to your account password every time you want to sign in to your account. The verification code can be sent to your email or accessed via an authenticator app. See this article for more details: Two-factor authentication.
Mintor update: custom invitation messages
Released: December 20, 2022
When you share a scenario with someone, you can now add a custom message that will be sent to them via email. The custom message will replace the standard message. Simply check the 'Add message' button when adding users to a scenario via the "Manage access" menu, enter your message and click Done:
Scenarios update: sharing scenarios in different languages
December 12, 2022
You now have an option to change the language of the default user interface elements in your scenario (like the 'Proceed' button) when sharing scenarios. See this article for more information.
Editor updates: custom alt text and media captions
December 5, 2022
This update brings two new features for text & media tags:
- You can now add customizable alt text for images and 3D models inside text & media tags. See this article for more information.
- You can now add captions for each file in text & media tags. See this article for more information.
Scenarios update: accessibility player
November 23, 2022
This update adds a special viewing mode for all ThingLink scenarios designed to better meet WCAG web accessibility standards. See this article for more information.
ThingLink plugin for Unity
November 17, 2022
The plugin allows you to quickly export a scene from Unity as a 2D or 360° image to ThingLink, where you can add annotations, questions and comments, or export multiple 360° images and turn them into a lightweight virtual tour. See this article for more information.
Scenarios minor update: text formatting options for text blocks
October 17, 2022
This update added a number of text formatting options (bold, italics, inline links, lists) for text blocks in scenarios. See the 'Text blocks' section in this article for more information.
Editor update: floor plans
October 14, 2022
You can now add floor plans to your 360° tours. The floor plan is displayed as a mini-map in the upper-right corner, helping your viewer understand where they are and move between locations. See this article for more information and examples!
New feature: Presentation Mode
September 23, 2022
ThingLink Presentation Mode (currently in Beta) allows your ThingLink content to be viewed as a presentation that can be clicked through, similar to PowerPoint or Google Slides. Check out our example here, or see this link for more information on how to create content for the presentation mode.
Editor update: display 3D models & PDFs in tags!
August 30, 2022
You can now upload 3D models and PDF files directly into a text & media tag - just like you would upload images or videos! Learn more here.
Minor editor update: Grid feature
August 10, 2022.
The new grid feature allows you to place tags precisely in line with others. The grid will appear when you click & drag a tag icon.
New editor feature: Info Panel
July 11, 2022.
You can now add in instructions, explanations or just a little initial information for your viewers with the new optional ThingLink Information Panel. It is a small window of text, with web or social media links, which automatically appears when a viewer opens a scene or clicks on the Information icon thereafter. Learn more here!
Editor update: New text formatting options
June 28, 2022.
We've expanded the number of text formatting options and made them easier to use! You can now use italic, bold, inline links, ordered lists (1, 2, 3, ...) and unordered lists (bullet points). Learn more here!
Editor update: Mobile responsiveness and icon scaling
June 23, 2022.
ThingLink icons now scale to your content - meaning better legibility and accessibility on smaller screens. Learn more here.
Editor update: Simplified scene translations
March 25, 2022.
You can now upload translations for any ThingLink scene you create instead of creating multiple versions of each scene. See this article for more information.
New feature: Accessibility player
March 24, 2022.
All images and 360° images can be opened in accessibility player - a new special viewing mode that was designed to improve the accessibility of all ThingLink content. You can get a link to the accessibility player by opening the Share menu and checking the 'Include web accessibility link' box. See this post for more information.
ThingLink's WCAG 2.1 accessibility statement can be found here.
New feature: Organizational statistics
March 1, 2022.
The organizational statistics page provides main insights into how your organization (be it a content team or a school) is using ThingLink. Learn more here.
New feature: Archiving
January 27, 2022.
Whenever you are about to delete a user account, you'll see an option to transfer their content to a different user in your organization. This update is aimed to help organizations that rotate their staff but need to preserve all content. Learn more here.
New feature: embed ThingLinks in PowerPoint
January 26, 2022.
You can now embed ThingLinks in Microsoft PowerPoint presentations using ThingLink Add-In. Please see this article for more details!
New feature: Trash bin
January 20, 2022.
Any file, folder, or user you remove from your account will be moved to a trash bin. This is done to reduce the number of accidental deletions and give you a chance to recover deleted content. Learn more here.
Editor update: Tag anchors & Unsplash integration update
This update adds two new features to the editor:
- You can now add an anchor - a simple line connecting your icon with any other point of the image. This can be useful if the icon would otherwise obstruct an important part of the background image. You can learn more about this feature here.
- You can now add images to text & media tags via Unsplash instead of uploading them from your device.
Major update: ThingLink introduces Scenario Editor
November 2, 2021
ThingLink’s new Scenario Builder offers a radically simple interface for building linear or non-linear immersive online experiences using interactive visual elements; images, videos, 360 media, 3D models as well as “options” that introduces the viewer a choice or a question that they need to respond to continue their journey.
Check out this post to learn more.
Editor update: New icon designs and tag layouts
October 20, 2021
This update adds more than 1000 new icon designs & color variations as well as 10 new layouts for text & media tags. You can learn more about new layouts here.
Minor update: In-editor zoom
September 28, 2021
This minor update adds a new button that lets you fit the image to screen width in editor mode. This essentially allows you to zoom in when editing 'tall' infographics and photos.
Poll tag & ability to export your user list
September 20, 2021
This update adds two minor features:
- Poll tags are a new tag type that allows you to collect anonymous feedback or viewers' opinions using single-choice questions. See this article for more information.
- Organization & school admins can now export the list of all users connected to their ThingLink license via Organization > Users > Export users.
Mobile app rework
The September 2021 update for ThingLink mobile apps aims to make sure that you get the full ThingLink experience no matter what device you are using. Please see this article for an FAQ and more information.
Major update: you can now annotate 3D models with ThingLink
July 22, 2021
We are proud to present a brand new editor that allows you to tag 3D models. Please see this post for use cases and more information.
New integration: Create & modify your ThingLink designs via Canva
April 13, 2021
ThingLink's newest integration with Canva allows you to create the base images for your interactive content without leaving ThingLink. Learn more here.
New integration: use Unsplash images with ThingLink
February 25, 2021
We've partnered with image library Unsplash to give you instant easy access to over a million searchable, free images for use in all your ThingLinks. See this page for more details.
New feature: 360° image library
February 9, 2021
ThingLink’s 360 Image Library is a curated collection of professional 360 images from culturally relevant natural and historic sites. You can use the images to build immersive learning experiences and to travel virtually across the world. See this page for more details.
Major update: new user interface
ThingLink is happy to present the new interface version called Saimaa. The update aims to make the interface easier to navigate & brings a number of functional improvements. Please see this article for an FAQ and more information.
Tour tag update: conditional transitions
November 17, 2020
We've released an update that allows you to add simple questions to your tour tags. The viewer has to answer the question before they can proceed. See this article for more information.
Video controls update
October 27, 2020
All videos uploaded into text & media tags now support video controls - see this post for more info.
Minor updates to tour navigation menu
July 21, 2020
- You can now search for specific scenes in the tour navigation menu
- Added a 'Home' button that takes the viewer to the first scene in the tour
Tour tag & LTI updates
June 11, 2020
- The tour tag now shows a preview of the destination scene and allows you to add a short text label
- The LTI app is now shown in the left-hand navigation menu in Canvas and other LMSes
Improvements to Microsoft SSO for Schools & eLearning organizations
May 27, 2020
Microsoft/Azure SSO integration now uses GraphAPI to automatically detect user roles, allowing you to sign up news users with a single click. See here for more information.
May 25, 2020
- You can now scroll through long texts in text & media tags
- You can now scroll through multiple images in text & media tags
- Bug fixes
See this article for most up-to-date information on our VR mode!
Minor VR updates
March 31, 2020
- Added support for videos uploaded into text & media tags
- Changed the player menu - added 'Exit VR' button and 'Back' button for tours
ThingLink editor is now available in French, Spanish, Russian and Arabic
March 5, 2020
The editor interface now comes in several languages - see here for more details. We plan to translate the whole interface in the future.
Minor update - custom thumbnails for videos & 360 videos
February 10, 2020
You can now upload a custom thumbnail for videos and 360 videos.
G Suite integration for simplified user registration
December 18, 2019
If you have a School account and use G Suite, you can now enable a special integration that will automatically add any new users from your G Suite tenant to your ThingLink School account. Check out the link above for more details!
Shared folders rework
October 31, 2019
Folders & Shared folders are now available for all account types. In addition to that, certain plans allow you to share a folder with select users rather than the whole organization - see this article for more information.
This update also enables collaborative editing for all paid educational accounts.
Voice recording & offline viewing for desktop
October 10, 2019
- You can now record your voice directly into the text & media tags. Use this to narrate your experience - or let the students use their voice!
- Certain plans allow you to download & view ThingLinks offline on your desktop - see this article for more details.
ThingLinks become interactive on Twitter
October 8, 2019
ThingLinks will stay interactive then you post them to Twitter! Simply paste the share URL into your tweet or check out this article to learn more.
Minor updates - LTI for all School account & autorotation for 360 media
September 26th, 2019
- All Schools can use the LTI integration (previously in beta)
- 360 images & videos rotate to prompt the viewer to look around
Minor updates - upload videos directly into text & media tags
September 11th, 2019
- You can upload videos from your hard drive directly into the text & media tags, just like you'd upload images
Minor updates - improved scene selector for tours & changes to default scene names
August 28th, 2019
- All image titles now default to the file name instead of 'My Interactive Image'
- We've improved scene selector UI for users with shared folders
Minor updates - tag animation & custom icons for all
August 26th, 2019
- Custom icons are now available to all users
- You can enable pulsing tag animation for all tags in a scene
Collaborative editing - early release for eLearning Professional & Business Premium Teams
August 21st, 2019
We've rolled out an early test of collaborative editing for all content from shared folders, available to all paid eLearning users and as well as Marketing & Editorial Premium Team subscribers. Now you can simultaneously edit any media with your colleagues. Read more & see a simple example by clicking the header link.
August, 12th 2019
Since August 2019 ThingLink is one of Embed.ly providers. This means that you can now embed ThingLink content into websites that use Embed.ly, such as Medium and others.
Keyboard accessibility update
July, 24th 2019
On July, 24th 2019 we've added basic keyboards accessibility for viewing content created in our new editor. The update is available for all content, including 360° images & videos. Click the link above for a short description of controls.
ThingLink 2019: A complete visual content creation solution for schools and workplaces
June 27, 2019
The post contains an overview of all major changes & updates received by ThingLink's products in the first 7 months of 2019 as well as a few examples of their implementation.ThingLink Announces Major Accessibility Update With Immersive Reader Integration
June 20, 2019
ThingLink has integrated Microsoft's Immersive Reader, which means all text descriptions, lessons, virtual tours, infographics, and videos created with ThingLink’s new editor now come with an integrated reading tool and automatic language translation capability.
7 Feature Updates to ThingLink Editor
June 20, 2019
The article contains an overview of recent changes to all ThingLink editors, including new & updated tag types, a radar feature for 360 content & more!
Introducing narrated VR images with sequential hotspots
April 25, 2019
'...The solution we came up with lets anyone record their introduction to a topic and save it in the background of a virtual tour. This also includes being able to define a sequence for informational hotspots that matches with the narration and guides viewers’ attention during a tour.'
See the full article for a how-to video, an inspiring example and more information.
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