Nextcloud Talk in Hub 4 – next level video chat

Over the last years Nextcloud Talk has developed in a fantastic productivity tool, enabling teams across the globe to communicate and collaborate in chat rooms, video meetings and webinars. As part of Hub 4, This release introduces some key features for remote learning and use in enterprises, with breakout rooms and call recording. But many other improvements were made, so read on to find out what’s new!

Related resources of Files & Deck in Talk

Screencast of some of the features

Smart Picker

Last year Nextcloud Talk introduced nicely rendered links to other content, like tickets in issue trackers like github, gitlab or Zammad, pages on other websites like wikipedia to internal resources like tasks from Deck, Files or documentation pages from Collectives. With Hub 4, Talk introduces support for the Smart Picker to make it easier to find and insert content. For example, you can install the TheMovieDatabase and Giphy pickers, and debate your ideas about movie actors.

Example of Movies, series and people (by The Movie Database)

You can invite people for a party, letting ChatGPT generate a proposal for an invitation for you, then include a link to the location on open street map (where the users will be able to pan and zoom), and include a folder from Nextcloud where the participants can upload pictures to afterward. Be sure to also link to a documentation page from Collectives where everyone can put notes and tips. Finally, track the attendees using Tables. The Smart Picker helps you along the way, making all these things easier than ever before.

We also included AI image generators Dall-E (online!) and the on-premises stablediffusion and many more cool Smart Pickers. Check the Integrations section of the built in App store in Nextcloud, and hit that slash to try them out!

Example of using AI image generation (by OpenAI’s Dall-E 2 and StableDiffusion) in Nextcloud Talk

Last but not least, in Smart Picker news – we welcome you to build your own! Our team created a great Smart Picker tutorial, which you can find on our developer portal. Stay tuned for more news and blogs about that!

Desktop client

Many users have asked for: easier, better integration of Talk with the desktop. We worked on that, and with this release of Talk we make available a beta version of a desktop client! It is not finished yet, but we would love to get your feedback.

You can download the preview here.

Jump start conversations in breakout rooms

Breakout rooms are excellent for splitting up large meetings and in virtual learning environments. They allow you to distribute the members of a conversation over multiple smaller conversations, with or without video. The implementation in Talk allows administrators to manage this process, moving people between the rooms or moving between the rooms themselves. See some screenshots below.

Breakout rooms can be set up in different ways. You can choose who goes in what room, let Talk distribute the members evenly, or allow members to choose by themselves. After the rooms are created, the moderators can move between them, send messages, and move members between rooms.

Call recording

This release brings a recording option with a timer to video calls in Nextcloud Talk. Easily keep track of time in a call with the time watcher and never be out of the loop with session recording. After the call, simply send the recording in a chat and it will pop-up for all participants to see and view.

Nextcloud Talk reduced loading times, server load and notification delays by up to 99%.

More in Nextcloud Talk

🎮 Several administrator features to control permissions

🔊 Conversation ownership transfer

📱 A dedicated iPad interface

💡 AI component: Use the Smart Picker in Nextcloud Talk for Nextcloud Dictate (speech-to-text), Nextcloud Translate (with DeepL or on-prem), Dall-E (image generation), ChatGPT text generation and much more!

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