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Current link:  https://hangouts.google.com/call/Hwz4WUYKYFldBfSVRHbYAAEE (Updated 12/5/17, OneBoot)

 

If you are on an Android phone and get redirected to the Hangout app in the Google Play store instead of to the actual hangout, do the following to fix it:

 

1) Tap the hangout link, which will open the Google play store (for some reason)

2) Tap the three dots icon in the top right corner of the screen

3) Tap "Desktop site"

4) Ta-da! The hangout will open up in a browser window so you can actually use it.

 

Chatter / "I'm here" thread: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/69075-google-hangouts-chatter-thread/
 


 
We've had a few ad-hoc Google Hangouts set up the last few days and they've been popular. To make it easier for people to find the links (and avoid blowing up the Randomness thread even worse than it already is) a suggestion was made to create a dedicated thread. Here it is! ::D:
 
Here are my suggestions for rules for the thread:

  • Posts in this thread should be only to share a link to a Hangout (or similar online chat option)
  • No off-topic chatter! We have a randomness thread for that. ::P:

 

To answer a few questions:

  • Are these hangouts sponsored by Reaper?
    • Reaper doesn't support or sponsor these hangouts! They're entirely set up and run by forumites on an informal basis.
  • What is a google hangout? And how do I set one up?
    • https://hangouts.google.com/
    • Short answer: They're a group video/audio/text chat option, available for free. See the link for more information.
    • NomadZeke's explanation: "Basically Skype through a Google link. Can do voice or video. Works just fine on a smart phone or computer, platform independent"
  • Why would I want to join one?
    • Mostly just to be social ::):
    • Gives you a chance to chat with people while painting
    • Also gives you a chance to ask for immediate feedback as you're working (if you have a decent webcam or camera phone)
    • Some of us have found it really helps motivate us to paint more
  • Sounds great. What do I need?
    • If you're looking to set one up, check the link above.
    • To participate, all you need is a computer with a microphone and speakers. If you want to send out video (e.g. show off a mini you're working on) you'll need a webcam. Many external webcams seem to include microphones internally as well.
    • You can also participate from a smartphone or tablet! On Android and iOS, there's a Hangouts app available.
  • How do I join one of these?
    • Go to your computer or smartphone or tablet or other device that has a microphone and/or camera, and click the link posted at the top. It should take you to either the Hangouts app or to a webpage; either way, you should be given the option to join the Hangout.
  • Anything else I should know?
    • Look for options to turn off your video feed (in case you don't want to send out a live stream of what you look like) and especially for the microphone mute button. That way, if you're having a conversation with someone in real life, or yelling at kittens that are trying to eat figures, or whatever else, you won't have everyone on the Hangout listening in. ::): It's also courteous to the folks on the Hangout - it generally doesn't work to have more than one person talking at a time, and if you're flooding the Hangout with the sound of you yelling at your kitten, it means no-one else can ask for help with their colour selection or whatever else they might need.
    • Since Reaper doesn't endorse, sponsor, or otherwise support the hangouts, the Reaper Forum rules aren't necessarily applied. This may mean that you hear inappropriate language. If someone's painting a mini with impractical clothing, you may see bits that aren't normally allowed to be shown directly on the forum. Etc. We try to keep the atmosphere welcoming and friendly but it's possible people will slip, especially if they don't realise someone new has jumped in.
    • Although forum rules aren't necessarily applied, it's probably wise to pretend that you're still on the forums for the most part - try to avoid swearing, try to avoid politics & religion, etc. The forums are incredibly friendly and welcoming, it'd be nice to keep the same atmosphere when we're on a hangout. ::):
    • NEWBIES ARE WELCOME. Don't be afraid to hop on and introduce yourself!

(Mods, feel free to modify/remove/move/otherwise alter this post as appropriate!  (Edit by TS: Will do.))

 

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People have commented on the quality of the picture of my web-cam, so I looked it up and here it is....

    Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910

Also, it has a microphone built into it, so headset or standing mike not needed.

seems kind of expensive, but mine was a gift....

 

 

george

 

 

Edit---> it seems that the mike may be overly sensitive, as I am being blamed for feed back issues....

(I have since switched to an old boom mike, and the problem seems to have gone away....

Are the feed back issues happening when I am not on? curious to know,,,)

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I've trimmed the thread so as to make information easier to find.  In the future, let's use this thread for announcements of new hangouts and technical discussion.  

 

Highlights of various hangouts:

http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/69075-highlights-from-google-hangouts/

 

General "Who is on?" type discussion should go to the dedicated Hangouts Chatter Thread:

http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/69075-google-hangouts-chatter-thread/

 

This is subject to change as we better learn what works and what doesn't.

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Hopefully this counts as technical discussion:
 

 

Question the 8th of June: Have you participated in the painting Hangout? If so, how has it affected your productivity? If not, what are you waiting for?

I have not as yet. I fear the unknown when it comes to Hangouts. Also, I do so many things that I wouldn't be able to focus on it, and people would just keep hearing me crashing around my place.

You can mute your own microphone if your ambient noise levels are a worry. There is an on-screen, single click, toggle button for this.

So, it's possible to stop clattering around, unmute yourself, say something, and then go back to muted.

I used that a few times today when the air handler unit activated; it is easy to hear from the computer.
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Google hangouts has an old version and a new version. The new version is pure audio or/and video chat. The old version has a provision for text chat. The drop down menu that allows access to the old version is in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Returning to the new version from the old version is dicey. A menu or button for this has yet to be found. However, the browser's previous page button will do this, but trying it may cause a logout and login effect.

Text chat can be useful if a microphone will not activate.

No one has reported a way to do text chat in the new version. See next:

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I'm generally on (if I'm not playing Neverwinter Online with my friends) between 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm Reaper Standard Time (Central).

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Someday I will find you all online.  Someday.

I am on, barring weirdness, from 9pm 12pm Sun-Thurs every night

Fridays and Saturdays can be til dawn....

(Im EST)

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12 hours ago, knarthex said:

But this time, it's the Kaiju's fault....

So yeah, anytime I am the only person in the hangout, the link dies and apparently cannot be recovered.

 

I'm going to start using one of my alternate emails to log into hangouts to prevent this from being an issue.

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On 3/3/2017 at 5:01 PM, Guindyloo said:

To reiterate, in case anyone is looking to the last page for the current link, it is now:  https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts/_/khndtjilfjc6xjbppspg353whie

 

For those of you who are on your phones and being redirected to the Google Play store when using the link in the beginning of the thread, I found a work around. When I click on the link in Guindy's post (quoted above), I don't have that problem (for whatever bizarre reason; they're the same link).

 

I did a little research and discovered that this issue has been reported to Google only very recently, so hopefully it will be resolved soon.

 

Huzzah!        

--OneBoot :D

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Just as a reminder, folks: Try to keep the chatter in the chatter thread, and leave this one for updated links etc.

 

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On 3/15/2017 at 7:25 AM, canuckotter said:

Just as a reminder, folks: Try to keep the chatter in the chatter thread, and leave this one for updated links etc. http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/69075-google-hangouts-chatter-thread/

 

This is a good reminder.

 

Ladystorm and I have tidied up this thread a bit, and relocated chatter-type posts to the appropriate chatter thread: 

This thread is for technical issues and updated Hangout links only, please and thank you!

 

Huzzah!

--OneBoot :D

 

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I have edited the original post to include directions for how to make the hangout work on Android phones, since the app doesn't seem to function properly any more. I don't know whether this method works for iPhones.

 

Here's the directions again to make them easy to find:

 

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If you are on an Android phone and get redirected to the Hangout app in the Google Play store instead of to the actual hangout, do the following to fix it:

 

1) Tap the hangout link, which will open the Google play store (for some reason)

2) Tap the three dots icon in the top right corner of the screen

3) Tap "Request desktop mode"

4) Ta-da! The hangout will open up in a browser window so you can actually use it.

 

 

Huzzah!

--OneBoot :D

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So is this like a video chatroom for my phone? I could see this being really cool to learn what other hobbyists do!

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8 minutes ago, Kendal said:

So is this like a video chatroom for my phone? I could see this being really cool to learn what other hobbyists do!

 

Essentially, yes. People pop in and out as their schedules allow, and some people have video as well as voice. Note: even though the link is perpetually open, there might not be people there. Evenings are the busiest, and the best times to find people already there. 

 

If you pop in and there's nobody there, feel free to post in the Chatter thread to say you're there and would like to hang out with others. :) 

 

Huzzah!

--OneBoot :D

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On 10/14/2017 at 5:32 PM, OneBoot said:

I have edited the original post to include directions for how to make the hangout work on Android phones, since the app doesn't seem to function properly any more. I don't know whether this method works for iPhones.

 

iPhone did not show these dots, nor would it allow access without the app <_<

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