For this release, the BeBop Desktop Client will require an auto-update, which is initiated when the software is next started up.
If the auto-update fails, please delete (on Mac) or uninstall (on Windows) the Client, download the new Client software from the MCP, and then re-install the software.
For more information on downloading and installing the client, please refer to this Solution article:
Downloading & Installing the BeBop Client
Additionally, this release includes an update to the Session Dashboard. The Session Dashboard will automatically update upon the first login into a BeBop workstation.
Release 2021.01 Overview
In this release we are excited to announce that we are greatly improving the way we manage user subscriptions and permissions. This will translate to more control and future self-service options for customers to manage their pool of users. We are also adding contextual help and links to Support documentation within the interface of the Session Dashboard and BeBop Client. Rev Notes is also getting a number of updates and improvements. Finally, we are adding functionality to allow customers to mount Flex volumes as “read-only,” in order to optimize this lower-cost storage for ideal use cases.
We are always hard at work to make sure that the BeBop platform is performing flawlessly on all of the clouds that we support. In addition to the improvements highlighted below, we are constantly maintaining and optimizing our underlying platform technologies to provide the best and most secure experience for our users.
Release version 2021.01 includes updates to the following BeBop platform components:
- BeBop Desktop Client
- Session Dashboard
- Sync Server
Subscription-based approach to defining user permissions in the MCP
- In order to support current and future subscriptions to the BeBop platform, we are creating a much more streamlined and flexible system for managing user permissions. This system is made up of Entitlements, which can be thought of as preset “templates” of user permissions, each of which are aligned to the different subscriptions that we offer.
- To provide further control of user permissions, users can be assigned to subsets of these permissions, called Permission Groups. This allows some users within an organization to have certain permissions (upload and download, for example), while others do not.
- With this change, per-user permissions will no longer be selectable from the “User Permissions” tab of the main navigation User interface. Now there is a main navigation “User Permissions” section of the MCP where users can be assigned to the Permissions Groups available within an organization’s subscription Entitlements. This view will be available only to Org Admins.
- This new system also allows for more flexibility for freelance BeBop users. As before, a single BeBop User can belong to multiple Orgs. But now the Entitlements and User Permissions associated with each Org are completely separated and set by the respective Orgs.
- For Phase One of the rollout of this new system, only BeBop System Admins will be able to make changes to Entitlements, Permissions Groups, and User Permissions.
UI/UX improvements to the BeBop Desktop Client
- Within the BeBop Desktop Client, we are adding contextual links to documentation in our Knowledge Base, in order to streamline access to support.
- We have visually updated the UI for a more user-friendly and polished feel throughout, with the addition of announcements, guidance, endpoint information, graphics, and new workstation icons and animations.
- The creation of Hot Folders is now far more user-friendly with a new “wizard”-style interface.
- The “BeBop Ingest,” “BeBop Download,” and “Hot Folder” tabs have been renamed to “Rocket Upload,” “Rocket Download,” and “Rocket Hot Folder” to be more consistent with our updated nomenclature.
- To improve inclusivity, we have reviewed the Desktop Client for any out-of-date terminology and replaced those instances with more updated terms.
- We have also added the ability to download the Teradici PCoIP client directly from inside the BeBop Desktop Client. This will more easily enable users to connect to workstations using the latest PCoIP software.
UI/UX improvements to the Session Dashboard
- Within the Session Dashboard, we are adding contextual links to documentation in our Knowledge Base, in order to streamline access to support.
- We are moving the OTS interface from front of the Session Dashboard into its own tab in order to be more consistent with our overall UI design as well as free up space for UI elements that require maximum visibility.
- We are renaming the “Cast” tab to “Rev Live” to be aligned with our nomenclature
- To improve inclusivity, we have reviewed the Session Dashboard for out-of-date terminology and replaced those instances with more updated terms.
UI/UX improvements to the MCP
- Within the MCP, we are adding contextual links to documentation in our Knowledge Base, in order to streamline access to support.
- We have visually updated the UI for a more user-friendly and polished feel throughout, with the addition of guidance, graphics, and a new logo.
- To improve inclusivity, we have reviewed the MCP for any out-of-date terminology and replaced those instances with more updated terms.
Ability to select storage server when creating a Project
- When users create a new Project within a Pod that has access to two or more storage infrastructure options, they now have the option to select the storage server on which to create the Project.
- This will be particularly useful for organizations that power their workflows with a combination of lower-cost Flex storage and high-performance BeBop storage.
Ability to mount Flex Projects as “read-only”
- Orgs can now define Flex Projects as “read-only” using the new Projects permissions functionality within the MCP.
- When users on a BeBop Workstation mount Flex Projects with the “read-only” permission, users will not be able to copy files to this Project. Nor can they upload files using the uploader within the BeBop Desktop Client.
- This is ideal for enabling use cases such as storing consistently-utilized (“evergreen”) image, video, and sound assets on this less expensive storage.
- Permissions can be set on a per-user basis, enabling maximum flexibility
Improvement to handling of small files when transferring files using Rocket
- Rocket’s handling of small files has been greatly improved. Users can now reliably transfer up to tens of thousands of files at a time.
Standard Users can now be elevated directly to the Org Admin role
- Previously, we required separate email addresses for the User and Org Admin roles. Now a User can simply be made into an Org Admin.
- Org Admins can also be set back to the standard User role if needed.
- As part of this improvement, Org Admins can now access BeBop Workstations, making this role more flexible than before.
Rev Notes improvements
- Annotations are now displayed only for a single frame
- The frame number and milliseconds are now displayed in the playback counter
- Users can now output a CSV file that includes the list of comments on a Rev Note link
- The user-specified name of the Rev Link is now displayed in the left info pane
- Comments can now be filtered by “@” mentions
- The “timecode” check-box that associates a specific time code with a comment is now on by default
- The “Save Video As” web browser option is now disabled in Rev Notes
- Users can now edit their comments
- Users can now export a PDF or a JPG of the current frame’s comments and annotations
None needed this release!