Hey! It’s been a long time, buddy!
What have we been up to these last months? What’s the future of Ludus? It’s time for an update.
Let’s speak frankly, we know that during the past few months we have been much more silent than we used to be. Nothing terrible happened to us, it’s just that we have been working hard and we have been learning from our mistakes. Almost two years ago we released the live collaboration feature to let people work together on the same presentation, with a simple technical approach in mind. It’s working well enough but it has two critical limitations:
- You can’t work together on the same slide, which was okayish at the time for small teams, but it turned out to be a real pain for bigger teams.
- You can’t undo if someone else is in the presentation, which is a deal-breaker for all of us. We thought we’d find a way to fix that without getting into a technical trap, but we mostly failed.
These limitations also caused awkward bugs we had to fix along the way. At some point, we spent more time fixing those bugs than working on a long term solution.
As we are getting more and more teams in Ludus we know we have no choice but to fix it. With a very solid approach. For several months, we’ve been working hard on a technical refactoring of everything touching live collaboration (which is basically everything in the Ludus editor). We decided to stop spending energy on getting more teams onboarded as long as that issue is not fixed. It would have been like filling a holey bucket. That’s why you heard less from us.
This new technical approach will also bring new features on the table (user and group permissions, versioning, smarter Smart Blocks, etc.) It’s coming, as fast as possible, but also (and mainly) as good as we can.
As we are talking about the future of Ludus, we can tell you about two features coming soon… 👀
Google Drive integration
Many of our users are loving the G Suite (we must admit we do as well), but we want you to create presentations with Ludus, and not anymore with that outdated tool called Google Slides. Soon, you’ll be able to create a Ludus presentation right from Google Drive, and the other way around, synchronize your presentations with Drive directly from within Ludus. The Ludus presentations will also be listed directly inside your Drive (but only the ones you choose to synchronize of course).
A new viewer
The viewer is a crucial part of a presentation tool. We changed it many times: we added social features such as comments, likes, views, etc. Some users were unhappy with these social features, so we added a way to hide them, then we also proposed a minimal mode to get back to an experience similar to the very first Ludus viewer. But at the same time, new great features were added such as Speaker View and Ludus Vox. It started to feel crowded and quite complex, with too many settings.
We now want to propose a viewer that truly sticks to our vision. A beautiful and extremely simple one, yet with all the necessary features.
We are so excited about it we want to show it already now that we are polishing it.