If you’ve come across any mobile device usage stats lately, you’ll realise that user numbers are growing faster than Donald Trump’s toupee can flap in the wind, but the truth of the matter is that desktop and laptop computers will always play a big part in the day to day lives of many people. Graphic designers, web developers and architects are all examples of professionals who do the bulk of their work at a desk using specialised software (as opposed to on the iPad sprawled on the couch typing with two fingers like yours truly). This was one of the reasons that we developed the newest, shiniest version of Blrt, Blrt Web, which runs entirely on the web via the Google Chrome browser.
Blrt Web closes the feedback loop by drawing in every member of every team, giving them all the option of joining a project related conversation on whatever device they prefer to use. It’s full of all the features regular Blrt users have come to know and love via their tablets and smart phones.Now you can use @Blrt on your desktop or laptop! Check out #Blrt Web! #collaboration Click To Tweet
We’re so excited about it, we’re going to take you on a little tour. Ready to go?
The Blrt Web tour
The first time you fire up Blrt Web, you’ll go through a quick tutorial to get yourself orientated:
Your desktop view simultaneously shows you all the key parts of Blrt: the main menu, the inbox, and the conversation.
When you click on one of the Blrts in a conversation, they start to play, and the sections of the screen which aren’t that important at that moment neatly slide away, although they’re still in easy reach.
When you’ve picked the Blrt that you wanted to view in a Blrt conversation, you can go full screen on your Blrt by collapsing across the very last section and then tapping full screen in the bottom right hand corner. It’s just like with a video.
This is the full screen view:
When it comes to actually making a Blrt, the process is exactly like on the mobile version of Blrt. You just hop on back over to reveal the main menu and hit ‘New Blrt’ in the top left corner.
After hitting ‘New Blrt’, you get to choose which media you use. You can select a file, use one of the handy Blrt templates, or take a shot with your computer’s camera right then and there. You can even drag and drop.
Selecting your file works just like attaching a document to an email.
And this is what it looks like when you add a selfie!
Your files line up in front of you and you can rearrange them in any order by dragging and dropping them. The handy ‘group by file’ button at the top right helps you keep something like a multiple page pdf all together within the Blrt. All you do now is hit ‘create’.
All your tools work just the same as in the mobile app. You can simply point, or you can draw boxes, circles or freehand lines using a variety of colours. The first step is to hit ‘record’.
When you’re done drawing and talking, you can hit the stop button
You then have the option to play your Blrt back and check that you’ve got it right, start recording again if you want to add something, or save it if you’re happy with it. If you’re not happy with your Blrt, hit the ‘X’ in the top right hand corner and you’ll be able to start again.
You’ll then be able to see it at the top of your inbox. From there, you can choose to add people to the conversation by hitting the ‘Add’ button at the bottom of the screen.
You then hit ‘Add’ again to add someone by email, or you can copy or email the URL of the Blrt and invite them into the conversation that way. They will need to request access to the conversation.
You can also add a charming note to any email that you send.
And there they are, all added in. I do find myself wondering whether there is actually someone who owns the ‘[email protected]’ email account. I guess I’ll find out when they accept my Blrt request!
The full Blrt Web functionality is available to anyone who’s on a Blrt Premium account. And for people who are on Blrt basic, or who aren’t signed up to Blrt yet, Blrts can be viewed on Blrt Web in an unlimited way but they can only be created on the mobile app.
We’re really excited to unveil this version of Blrt – it’s the product of months of hard work by the Blrt team. We’d love your feedback on it and of course if you’ve any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via [email protected].
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Blrt helps you get your point across quickly by allowing you to talk, point and draw over images, documents and websites. The resulting video-like recording is called a Blrt.
Your Blrts require much less bandwidth than video and can be shared with anyone on mobile or desktop. This makes Blrt ideal for both collaboration and the creation and sharing of dynamic content, as public Blrts can be embedded into any webpage.
Once recorded, Blrts are stored in the cloud and are exchanged with others in a conversation-like fashion. A record is kept of the exchange, and new parties and media can be added at any time.
Blrt shifts time and place, allowing users in a conversation to participate in their own time. In an era where activity-based working and distributed teams are commonplace, Blrt is revolutionising the way people interact to get things done.