We know many of you have invested in creating professional and unique experiences using OBS, Ecamm or similar, and this shift is designed to honor that creativity and effort. While we have a soft spot for the 4:3 format, embracing 16:9 is our way of ensuring everyone feels at home at Butter.
Looking forward to seeing some new magic tricks in Butter!
Let's pause for a buttery introduction to our fabulous new product announcement feature! It's now a breeze for us to sprinkle updates your way, seamlessly integrated into Butter.
We’ve also given a fresh churn to our public changelog! Glide on over and have a peek at the latest smooth moves Butter is making: https://updates.butter.us 🧈✨
ICYMI: There's a fresh video library brimming with How-To videos, designed to gracefully whisk you from a Butter beginner to a Pro Butter maestro! 🥇
Access the library straight from your dashboard or from our website: https://butter.us/how-to-butter
More videos coming soon! Let us know if you have any requests 🙏
Keep your eyes peeled: we'll be back, very soon, with some very powerful updates 👀
In the early days of summer, we launched a huge update to the Butter recaps, introducing transcripts, summaries and much more. This was a huge leap forward in making it super easy to both recap and share everything from your sessions. As long as you were speaking English…
Today is the day this changes! From today, you can transcribe and summarize your sessions in 25 languages!
You can set your default language on your account and change it in your sessions if needed. Easy!
We've revamped one of the most beloved features: The waiting room! It's your session's first impression, setting the mood and showcasing the quality of the upcoming session. Here's what's new:
💛 Sleek new design
▶️ Enhanced music player controls
⚠️ Improved troubleshooting and permission detection
🎤 Streamlined device selection
🤫 Activate noise cancellation
💬 Initiate closed captions
🎨 Custom color picker for backgrounds
Revamped effects menu: upload photos, choose avatars, and set virtual backgrounds
🎶 Add any playlist from the Butter library to the waiting room!
The new recaps make it simpler, slicker, and speedier to remember, find, and share all the juicy bits from your workshops, trainings, and meetings.It's your sessions wrapped, INSTANTLY! 🔥
Here's what's new:
🔎 Find what you need in a snap with the Recap overview
⚡️ Get up to speed in seconds with AI-generated summaries
📝 Have an interactive session playback with the Timeline
💬 See your Participant stats, Resources, Feedback, and more
🔗 Share full recaps and control access with one link
So strap in, enjoy, and share away - we're about to take things to the next level! 🚀
Butter is now whipped right into your favorite collaboration tool.
With Butter for Slack, you can:
🚀 Launch sessions instantly: Use/Butter startto launch sessions in a flash
🤝 Join sessions with a click: Join any session started from Slack with a click!
🏠 Access all your rooms: Use/Butter roomsto quickly access room setup or launch sessions from any room
📅 See today's upcoming sessions: Use/Butter calto see upcoming sessions including event names, times, and room links.
Here's how to get started:
A quick update on some of the many improvements we've shipped recently!
⚡️ New integrations page: See all available integrations right here in Butter.See it here.
💬 Talk time and connection: Directly available in session!
📺 Screensharing: No more empty black tile (finally) and the person screensharing now shows first in the grid and not on top of the shared screen.
⏺️ Recording improvements: Significant improvements to recordings reliability and processing!
⚙️ In-session settings: Updated and simplified with a new Preferences tab.
💊 New app window control bar: More space to see and interact with your content. See it next time you open Miro, Mural, Google Docs or share a presentation!
🔥 Room card menus: Set default room, add to projects, schedule, duplicate, favorite, archive and delete - nice!
🃏Flashcards: Increased character limits and use linebreaks to format your cards!
Getting feedback is incredibly important for understanding what you did well and where you can do better. But setting up surveys on other tools and making sure participants answer them can be a bit of a headache. 😬
With the new built-in participant feedback, this is as easy as flipping a switch (literally).
Here's how it works:
✅ Enable Session feedback in your room setup
🔥 When the session ends, your participants will be prompted to give you feedback
📬 All feedback will be automatically added to the recap from the session so everything's conveniently organized
No extra tools or platforms necessary. 💪
See it in action in the video, and try it out for your next session!
Struggling to prepare an agenda for your next project kickoff, workshop or meeting? 😅 We got you covered!
You can structure your agendas in much less time with our new AI agenda generator! 🔥
Just describe what type of session you need, then add in a time estimate — and our AI agenda planner comes through with a full outline of activities and agenda blocks tailored to fit your needs.We've even added example prompts that you can steal! Stay tuned for even more AI magic on Butter ✨
Ever dreamed of adding multiple agendas to your rooms? Now you can 😊
Set up as many reusable agendas you need in any room, then easily select the one you need in the session — still with the same Butter link for all the different sessions!
This makes running multi-day trainings, workshops and cohort courses easier than ever!
Pro-tip: You can even add specific agendas to planned sessions when scheduling sessions from Butter 🧠
Have a great Friday 💛
As you might have already seen, our agenda planner has had a complete makeover, making it much easier to use. 🤩You can still timebox it, add all your tools and facilitator notes — and now, you cancolorcode sections, set grid layouts, and drag-and-drop the blockstoo!With our new agenda outline, you cankeep track of your activity scheduleand adjust it as needed. Color-coded sections help you get a better overview of how you'll be spending your time. ⏲️Learn more about how to set it uphere— and let us know what you think.Have a lovely week, errbody! 🧈
The new Agenda planner 2.0 truly is a Daft Punk masterpiece, doing everything harder, better, faster & stronger!
Here is a quick overview of the updates:
💁 Complete redesign of block setup. Much better and cleaner overview
Fresh clean design of the agenda overview
⚡️ Super lightweight and fast setup
📝 Facilitator notes right where you need them
🙈 Show or hide active agenda from participants as needed
🎹 Keyboard shortcuts for lightning fast planning.
🧈 Multi agendas. Set up multiple agendas in rooms.
📆 Attach agendas to sessions.🕑 Agenda outline. Quick overview of your session.
🪄 Magic agenda. Generate an agenda outline in seconds using AI.
Our Design Lead Kasper Andersen also put together a nice in-depth video with a great overview of all the new things 🙌
Lessen the hassle of window-juggling with our new smart chat suggestion feature - it recommends the best Butter tools to use for links shared in chat 💡
No more need to hunt through endless chat messages or folders for important resources that you covered in your Butter sessions!
Resources & links helps you:
🗂️ Consolidate all your session’s documents and tools in one place, making it easy for you to open them directly from your dashboard or copy the link
🔗 Easily capture all the links shared in chat
👀 See whether they are accessible for collaborators or all participants
Just head to your Recaps to check it out - and let us know how we can make it more valuable for you!
Projects are a way to organize your rooms and easily collaborate with other members in your workspace.You can for example use the Projects to collect all rooms related to a client you're working with, a course you facilitate or to collect all of your team rooms in one place.Adding members as collaborators to Projects will automatically add them as collaborators in all rooms in that project as well. Easy-peasy!
Got a friend, client or colleague who might find Butter just as useful for workshops, trainings or meetings?
Give 30% off your friends' first 3 months on a Butter subscription - and get up to $500 for each successful referral 🔥
Just pop into your Butter dashboard, click on the Referral Program, and start sharing your personal link. 🔗
Check out how it works here- and go ahead and share some Butter with your work buddies, neighbors, or even that long-lost pen pal!
Have an awesome week! ✨
Hope you're having a great start to the week! We're back with a little nifty update that we just shipped to Butter: Session Wallpapers!
With session wallpapers, you can add a background to set the right mood, showcase your personality or promote your brand!
Hope you enjoy this!
Share screenshots from your sessions - we'd love to see what you make of it 🙌
We're continuing the stream of updates shipped to Butter!
This time around we've got some great stuff for you:
🖼️ New Template Gallery: A full update to the template gallery with lots of new templates!Check it out here!
🔇 Disable unmute: Remove the ability for participants to unmute themselves. Control it from the participant list!
💬 Closed captions: Use closed captions in your sessions!
📆 Improved scheduling: Schedule directly from Butter, add links to sessions! Coming soon: create recurring sessions and availability overview!
Have a fantastic day 😚
We’ve made it easier than ever to set up your Butter sessions on Google Calendar with our new scheduling feature. 🥳
Just click on 'Connect calendar' on your dashboard to get started!
With it, you can:
💥 Add Butter links to your upcoming sessions: Simply click 'Add Butter link' and select which room you want to add. 🔥
🆕 Schedule new events directly from your Butter dashboard: Click on 'Plan Session,' select your room, invite participants, and fill in the details.
Watch Jakob’s video tour of this new update - and let us know what you think!
Flashcards are a great way to engage your participants and spark conversations.
And now we've made them even better:
🔥 Flip your flashcard: Ever wished that the flashcard had a backside? Now it does! Flip the card and add text on the back!
🔀 Randomise your deck: Enable to have your deck shuffled when using it in your session!See the flashcards in use here!
Ready, set, BREAK!
💅 Updated setup flows: Better overview and streamlined design!
🔐 Lock rooms:"Lock" your breakout rooms to keep participants in place.
⚡️ Observe mode:Improved visual cues and ability to disable observe mode!
✅ Better task lists:Easier to see when tasks are added and improved the overview itself.
Collaboration in Butter just got a huge level up with the new Shared Notes!
Shared notes let you:
🤝Collaborate: Take notes with everyone in session!
✍️Real-time: See what others are writing in real-time!
📁Recaps: Access and edit the shared notes in your recaps!We are already loving this and look forward to hearing what you think!
Polls in Butter just got a significant update!
⚡️Smooth new design: Everything has been tightened up and now fits beautifully with the rest of the platform!
🎆Use images and GIFs in polls: Add some flair to your polls by using images or GIFs!
🌥Beautiful word clouds: Choose to see answers to your open-ended polls as word clouds!
👀 WYSIWIG editor: See exactly what the poll will look like to your participants while setting it up.
Super handy.… together with a lot of other awesome improvements!
Using videos to make your sessions more dynamic is a great way to keep people engaged 🙋♀️
We've now made it even easier to show the videos you want! With the new Video tool in the toolbox, you can show videos from YouTube and Vimeo or upload your own mp4 directly.Videos are of course still synced for everyone to follow along!We hope you have fun with it 🎉
We've rebuilt the mobile app to make it much more performant 💪
⚡️Performance improvements: Significant improvements to audio and video, better battery consumption, quicker and more snappy in general.
🙋♀️Video grid and settings: Updated the video grid and added 'Hide self-view', select avatars and change display name in-app as well!
📊Polls & Flashcards: Both are now available for all participants joining via the mobile app!
Be sure to update to the latest version of the app to get all the goodness!
You can now bring your entire team into the same workspace!
Here are the most important things to know about Butter workspaces:
⚡️ Shared team library
👯♀️ Workspace roles and settings
🎧 Updated room setup with audio collaboration
🚦 Room-level roles
💳 Central billing & team management…and a host of other things!
We've updated theButter Handbook with all of the details! We also put together this walkthrough of the new team accounts!
Two improvements that makes working in Butter even smoother!
⚡️ Resize the app window: You can now resize most apps within Butter.Want to see more of the app? No problem! Want to see more participants? Done! Simply drag the handle to adjust the size to your preference.
🧠 Focus mode: It can work wonders to remove distractions. Enter Focus mode!
When Focus mode is activated, everything other than you, your participants, and your tool will be hidden. No reaction buttons, no agenda. Just the work to be done.
Annotations have finally made it to Butter! You can now draw on your screen while screensharing or presenting a PDF.
Here's some stuff to know about annotations:
✏️Magic erase: The annotations work like a pointer that disappears after five seconds after you stop drawing.
🤝Choose who can annotate: Only facilitators can annotate by default, but you can toggle on access for everybody to draw together!
🎨Choose your style: Change the stroke thickness and color to your liking.A highly requested feature that we hope you'll love!
Screensharing has been completely rebuilt from the ground up.
It's much smoother and makes it easier to:
✨Move the dock: The screensharing dock is now moveable, so it'll never block your content.
😍See more faces: Resize the video gallery to see up to 20 people at a time while you screenshare.
🍾Pop out the agenda: See and control the full agenda from its own window while you're screensharing. You can pop out the Chat and Notes too!
This smooth new experience is only available on desktop,so download Butter for Desktop if you haven't yet.
This is big! Huge actually!
Our community of expert facilitators have cooked up workshop agendas, icebreakers, flashcard decks, pump-up music playlists, brainstorming activities, and tons more.
Ever wanted to reuse an agenda or a tool in another room? Now you can 🤩
The new Butter library lets you:
💎Saveyour favorite tools, blocks, and agendas and access them whenever and wherever you need them.
⚡️Importyour items lightning fast when setting up a new room or directly in your sessions!
💛Shareyour items with everyone! So if you've built the ultimate Design Sprint agenda or created the best icebreaker flashcard deck? Share it!
Let Jakob take you on a short tour through some of the new stuff here:
Butter is now available on mobile 🔥
With the new Butter app you can join all Butter sessions directly on your phone. All you need to do is download the app. Still no registration required to join!
Read more about the Butter app here
Flashcards are a new way to engage your participants, run icebreakers, spark conversations and build stronger connections in Butter!
Flashcards are super customizable so that you can get really creative with them.
Read more about Flashcards and how to set them up here
We’re super happy (and very proud) to announce that you can now access and collaborate in MURAL directly on Butter! We’ve been looking forward to this - and we know you MURAL fans have been too. 😊
All you need to do is connect your MURAL account to Butter to launch it.
Learn how to do it here
This is arguably one of our biggest improvements ever and we're excited to share it with you!Let Jakob take you through some of the updates here:
The release of the Session Planner includes:
⚡️Extreme agenda powerup: Plan and run your entire session!
🛠New and improved toolbox: All of the Butter tools you love in one place!
💅Completely redesigned Room setup: Decluttered, simple and intuitive layout with everything you need!
💁Updated layout in-session: Beautifully simplified with room for the new agenda and toolbox!
Read more here
One of our new years resolutions is to take Butter performance to a new level and today we shipped the first update!
This is one of those releases that we've been seriously excited about shipping!
With the Butter Music Player you can play music from both Youtube and Soundcloud! Simply paste in the link and you're good to go!
Oh and you can of course make playlists with all of your favourite music 😎
The music goodness doesn't stop there! We've now made it possible for you to upload mp3s to your waiting rooms and timers!
Time to make your waiting rooms and timers uniquely yours ✨
Scheduling your Butter sessions just got A LOT easier!
We're super excited to announce that we've released a Google Workspace app for Butter! Install the app and you will be able to easily select Butter (and your Butter room) directly when scheduling your session in Google Calendar ✨
Get the Butter Google Workspace app
We're super happy to let you know that virtual backgrounds are now also available in the desktop app!
We're super excited to announce the Butter Referral System!
"Butter referrals?! What does that mean?"
That means that you can now earn free credits for Butter by sharing your personal referral link with friends, family, colleagues, basically anyone you think could benefit from using Butter!
Pssst… There are no limits to how many credits you can earn!
"Hold on, let me just share my screen"
We've completely updated the screensharing experience. Screensharing now works as an overlay that gives you access to all of the most important Butter features while sharing your screen! No more jumping back and forth!
This means that you can now:
These updates are only available in the Butter desktop app. Be sure to download it here
Today is a huge day here at Butter as we are releasing our new and improved Breakouts 🎉
Let Thomas take you through all the new stuff:
Updates include:🛠 Assign tools (e.g. Miro boards or Google Docs) to breakouts and they will open automatically
✅ Add tasks for breakout groups to complete during the session
✋ Allow participants to easily request help when they need it during sessions
💛 Observe how work is progressing in the groups without entering (all participants in the group will be able to see when observed!)
😱 Edit breakout settings while the session is running
🔀 Reshuffle participant while a session is running📢 Easily broadcast messages to all groups or chat to individual rooms
👀 A much better overview of the session for facilitators
✨ Updated design to match the new Butter UITry everything out now or dive into the details here:https://help.butter.us/breakouts
For the past couple of months we've been working on a fresh new design for Butter and are excited to start rolling it out 🤩
To begin with, we've updated most of the in-app experience as well as our waiting rooms!Some of the things you'll see:… and a lot of other really nice little details!We really love it and hope you will too 💛
We have a couple of new features that we know you'll love!
We're launching our premium plans today!
🎉We’re so excited about what the future holds for Butter - from growing our team with more talented people to developing Butter even further so that it becomes the best workshop tool there is.
💫We will always have a free version of Butter available for anyone to use, but some of our features will only be available in our premium plans in order to help us along our journey. 🚀
Ahoy Butter mateys!
We hope you've gotten a great start to the week 🤗 We're off to a flying start and are here to bring you the latest and greatest from the land of Butter.
We're super happy to be introducing virtual backgrounds to Butter!
Find your new favourite background in the Settings / Background menu the next time you are in a session 😎
Apart from the backgrounds we've implemented a couple of quality of life features to make Butter feel just a little more smooth.
Additionally we've squashed a whole swath of bugs that had made it's way into the platform. They are no more (🦟 = 🪦).Have a terrific day - we'll be back soon 👋
What's cooking good looking? We've pushed a lot of updates out on Butter today!
⚡️ Performance updatesWe've pushed out new video grid layouts! The new layouts have a significant impact on performance (and network usage) and should make for a lot more smoother sessions! The new layouts use a locked aspect ratio to better utilise the capture from traditional webcams without needing to crop anything away.
⏱ Redesigned timersThe Butter Timers have been updated! Changes include: completely new design, ability to minimise timer, colour customisation, add minutes while timers are running as well as adjusting volume locally.
Finally, you can now decide whether you want to have the "I'm done" indicator there or not. Schmooooth!
🛠 Smaller changesThat's all for now!
Remember to get up, take a walk/do some stretches and drink lots of water!
The recent update to Chrome 92 caused a number of bugs in Butter. Most critical you may have witnessed that the videos would black out during your sessions.This was a bit of hairy one that Google decided to throw at us, however, we're happy to announce that we've finally fixed it 🙌Have a great day!