Adding Video to Popplet: Go Vimeo!

There is currently an issue with YouTube videos and Popplet: you can add them to, but they won’t play. This affects all YouTube videos added to popplets, past and present. The issue occurred after a recent API change by YouTube. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may be causing. We are laboring hard to resolve this matter and are confident of finding a solution soon. However, until we do, we have a couple of simple alternatives that will help when it comes to adding video to your Popplet work.

Choose Vimeo

YouTube is by far the world’s most popular video platform. That’s why, back in the day, we chose it as Popplet’s integrated platform for the sourcing and addition of online videos. Soon after, there were a lot of requests from the Popplet community for Vimeo, so we added that too. We are grateful we listened to you because Popplet has an entirely adequate (some might say better) alternative to YouTube.

When everything is in working order, it’s possible to choose to add videos from either YouTube or Vimeo to Popplet: to learn more, check out this quick tutorial. But for now, it’s Vimeo only!

Simply search for the video you want by keyword, and when you find it, drag it as a full popple into the popplet you’re working on. Alternatively, add the video’s URL.

We searched for “popplet” in the above example and scrolled down to view the results. If you are going to do a search, be sure to select the Vimeo tab in the bottom left-hand corner.

One of the main differences between YouTube and Vimeo is the number of users. YouTube has a lot more, is much more widely used and as such has a greater selection of videos. Vimeo has fewer users but is good in other ways. Just like YouTube, Vimeo has a free plan for those who prefer to upload their own work. Unlike YouTube, Vimeo’s free plan is completely ad-free. Since most Popplet users upload clips that they themselves create, it’s definitely a viable alternative. And, maybe more importantly, right at this moment, it works!

A Simple Workaround For YouTube Users

While recommending Vimeo at this time, we appreciate that there are many reasons why YouTube is the undisputed king of online video sharing. So we understand that many will want to continue to use YouTube. Fortunately, there is a way to make it work with Popplet. It’s not as elegant as the Vimeo solution, but it will allow you to add links to YouTube videos in your popplets. Here’s how it’s done:

  • Begin by locating the YouTube video that you want to add to your popplet, and click share to reveal the video’s URL:
  • Then, copy and paste the video’s URL into to a popple as text – you can learn more about this in our Adding URLs to Popplets Tutorial.
  • Next, return to your chosen YouTube video and take a suitable screenshot. We chose Harry Potter in our example, well, because it’s Harry Potter! But something that speaks to the subject of the video is best. Or, you could omit these two steps entirely and use only the link.
  • Finally, upload the screenshot to the popple that contains the URL. 
  • Click on the go to link window in the bottom right-hand corner of your popple to open the video – try it now in the popplet above.

Have you been experiencing any difficulties adding videos to Popplet? Have you come up with any solutions other than the ones suggested above? If you have, we would really like to hear about them. Share with us on Twitter and on our Facebook page. To sign up for an online Popplet account, with ten complimentary Popplet boards to get you started, visit the Popplet Homepage.

 

 

 

New Popplet Features Now Available Online!

Over the past month, Popplet has released a set of new features for our web-based Popplet community.

Now you have greater flexibility with how you present your popplet creations, can add new videos, and save presentations in high definition. We have more features to roll out soon, but here’s a quick summary of some of our new features that you may not have noticed… Continue reading

The Pitfalls of Sharing Content Publicly

Sharing content shares the love! But there are some pitfalls. This is how Popplet manages inappropriate content in our public boards…

Part of the amazing growth of Popplet that we didn’t quite predict is how well our visual thinking app can be used by learners of any age. Popplet has been designed with a minimal aesthetic in order to help you to keep the focus on your ideas and information. While other mind map and content collation apps offer you more bells and whistles, our minimal interface gives you a toolset that can get you started straight away. We let you focus on connecting ideas and organizing concepts rather than wasting several hours picking a font or choosing which type of end arrowhead to use (yes, we know what that’s like too!).

This design approach has meant that Popplet is accessible to anyone in any language, which has lead to a globalization of Popplet. The second impact our design style has had is the one we didn’t expect in such large numbers: that Popplet would be loved and used by learners, hobbyists and professionals of all ages. Alongside our many creative professionals and businesses using Popplet, we have also grown a large primary (elementary) school contingent of Popplet users. We are proud that Popplet has become a central resource, for example, amongst kinderchat classrooms around the globe.

With the launch of our new Public Popplets, it is exciting to see more examples of how Popplet is being used by all ages, but with this comes the responsibility to make sure that the content that is shared is age-appropriate to potential readers.

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Internet Explorer Not Friends With Popplet

Uh-oh! It’s a browser warning! Our programmers have discovered a problem with how Internet Explorer manages Popplet accounts.

To make sure all of your work is being saved, please use a browser alternative other than Internet Explorer until we update this blog post with further details or follow us on Twitter to stay up to date.

We have discovered that Internet Explorer (IE) has a tendency to randomly log Popplet users out of their accounts when using the Popplet web app. When this occurs, there is no warning message to the user that there account has been logged out.

As a result, it is possible to continue creating a Popplet on-screen but this is not being saved to our data servers. When you next log in to Popplet you discover your valuable work has not been saved.

PLEASE! Use Firefox, Chrome or Safari browsers until further notice.

At present, we are installing new alerts to let users know of this problem and we will be introducing error messages to the web app so that you know each step of the way whether your popplet creations are being saved.

If you have any problems with missing popplets, please email us with the following information:

  • The email address of the account you use when logging in to Popplet
  • The URL address of any popplets that you need to check
  • What browser you are using (preferably with details of which version of the browser).

Everyone from Team Popplet sends our apologies for this problem at present. We understand that many schools are only able to use Internet Explorer. We are proud that Popplet is regularly used as one of the most popular classroom apps but recommend that if your school insists on using Internet Explorer, then teachers should avoid lesson plans that rely on our web app for the bulk of classroom activities. We also suggest waiting to use Popplet in assessment tasks until we can resolve this problem. (In the meantime, we encourage you to share your other thoughts about using Popplet at school in our survey.)

We want you to rely on Popplet for your collaboration, education and creative projects and that means alerting you to any problems with our app as we discover them. Please use an alternative browser to Internet Explorer until this problem is resolved. We will update this blog post as soon as we know more.