This document gives you an overview of BigBlueButton 2.6, the latest version of BigBlueButton now in development.
Note: This document is DRAFT and will be expanded upon as 2.6 development goes through alpha, beta, and release.
BigBlueButton 2.6 offers users improved usability, increased engagement, and more performance.
- Usability - making common functions (such as raise hand) easier
- Engagement - giving the instructor more ways to engage students
- Performance - increasing overall performance and scalability
Here’s a breakdown of what’s new in 2.6.
BigBlueButton supports dark theme. To enable it just navigate to the Settings.
Improved Echo Test dialog
The echo test modal has added a new audio stream volume indicator in place of the separate confirmation screen. This reduced the number of views and interactions required for audio confirmation.
Improved notification of recording start
The indicator for whether the recording is on has been made bigger. Additionally if you create your meeting with an optional parameter
notifyRecordingIsOn=true, you users will see the following dialog when the recording commenses and also when joining a session that is already actively being recorded. You can choose to either continue or leave the session.
Allow pinning of more than one webcam
The pinning feature prevents the webcams from being rotated out when audio floor switching is activated. This functionality is specially important for document and/or interpreter cameras. It has also been improved to support miltiple pinned cameras.
Upload your own webcam background
This new feature allows a user to upload virtual background image’s for their webcam. The user can upload and delete images at will.
Improved layouts manager selection
Layout selection can now be done via the updated layout selection modal located in the actions (+) button.
Live Automatic Closed Captions
Downloading presentation with whiteboard annotations included
Teachers can now export their slide decks with the annotations added during a lesson. Selecting “Send to chat” in the presentation upload modal sends a link in the public chat from which meeting participants can download the file.
Upload a presentation straight from NextCloud
Recording in MP4 format
Fully reimplemented whiteboard (tl;draw)
Exporting Shared notes to the whiteboard
Instructors can move the shared notes to the whiteboard presentation area for further collaborative work among students.
Exporting breakout rooms’ shared notes as a presentation to the main room
Exporting breakout rooms’ whiteboard annotations to the main room
Easier setup of polling (when prepared in advance)
Recording API improvements
Allows for quicker, more efficient search and retrieval of recording data.
For full details on what is new in BigBlueButton 2.6, see the release notes. Recent releases:
Other notable changes
We have retired the
bbb-demo API Demos development only package
We recommend using API MATE or Greenlight - see the development setup section for more information.
For information on developing in BigBlueButton, see setting up a development environment for 2.6.
The build scripts for packaging 2.6 (using fpm) are located in the GitHub repository here.
We welcome contributors to BigBlueButton 2.6! The best ways to contribute at the current time are: