Since last week it's possible to edit streams metadata!
This feature should allow to fix stream information easily or add new metadata fields easily
Dabdab streams provide a natural place to store observations with optional metadata that can be used to render graphs or serve other purposes. This sounds like a great fit for any projects where you would like to record the data automatically, however right till this moment there was no api to use to integration.
From today dabdab has api! It's not global and works per stream on top of share concept and what's better it's zero configuration - no need to mess with api keys, you can copy an example from the share page and start pushing data right away!
Dabdab has received a major update on the stream sharing functionality. Not only you can create multiple share links, you can also control the functionality of the link:
Possible link types are:
The names are pretty self-explanatory, compared to the previous state it's now possible to give write access if you like! You may wonder why anyone would need a write-only link? One of the use cases is when you want to collect information from other people while keeping the collected information private. Dabdab has a contact form now which is pretty much just a shared stream with a write only access.
At the moment you will not get email updates on any messages posted this way, but another share type might be helpful. If you choose RSS a special private rss link will be created that you can use with your RSS reader or any other workflow to keep track of updates.
To make sure the functionality is not abused too much, there is a requirement for anonymous users to complete the captcha.
As part of the support form implementation the following changes have also been made:
Stay tuned for the updates about API!
Here is another demo of the service!
Most of the features I've showcased are from the earlier update:
Image upload support has not been announced previously but it's there and you can add images in any way you like - copy/paste, drag'n'drop or click on the photo icon in the tool bar. In any way the picture will be uploaded to the service and added as a link to the message content.
Today is a day of bigger updates!
Last but not least, dabdab supports stream shares from now on! If you have a private stream that you want to share with your friends you can share it. I've decided to experiment with share mechanics and now on dabdab you can create multiple share links for the same stream. In future users would be able to assign different capabilities to them and also revoke them individually. Imagine you have a wish list that you want to share with your friends once in a while but want to be able to close it down for parts of the group from time to time
A minor update: new message input now has a set of buttons to help out with formatting! Nothing fancy like preview, however buttons should make it even easier to do messages on the go from mobile
One more small step forward, the registration is now open! The pricing information will come with more users on the platform
Small update: clicking on a lock item next to the stream name will toggle stream visibility with an obligatory confirm prompt
Hi! I've recorded the first demo of the service in order to show case basic features there, please check it out!
Features, mentioned in the video:
Dabdab has a waiting list from now on! That's a shame that no one will see this announcement since product updates feed is not yet linked from the index page
Time is a central feature to the streams. One of ideas behind dabdab was that it might be very useful to not only have streams but also see how they interact with each other in time. The initial support for timelines has been just shipped. It doesn't allow to see much, but will hopefully act as an initial push to develop the whole idea later.
You can see timeline both on the controls index and on the stream page in case it has substreams.
Dabdab was designed to allow to keep notes in a simplest way possible, which also means as little formatting as possible. Markdown does a good job there, but there are cases that still need some additional help from the service side to make them effortless, one of them is media links.
From now on you can simply mention a youtube link and it will appear right next to the paragraph it was mentioned.
If a paragraph contains just one link, it will be totally replaced with the video player.
Dabdab will make it's best to avoid being intrusive and still be helpful when possible. Stay tuned!
Dabdab supports different field types from now one. Currently it's only two - text and number, but in the future more will be added. What's the reason to have types?
Different types allow to interpret fields in interesting ways. Together with field types a new feature was rolled out to test out this concept - If a stream had number fields, on the steam page you will find a new "Visuals" tab in which the the field values will be plotted against time. Let's try it out and check if it's useful at all!
The service still does not support videos or images which makes these announces less compelling, however they will hopefully be added quite soon
RSS support has been updated to handle substreams properly. Like everything in product development any new feature brings a lot of questions that need to be answered in order to integrate the feature into the current system.
Current logic is pretty simple - RSS is available only for public streams, substreams are not available. One may argue that both points could be different. That's true! However any branching brings initial complexity and rather then solving all of it before moving on to other features, the plan is to implement other essential features before starting iterating on them.
Now, what features am I talking about?
All features will be implemented at some point, stay tuned.
Initial support for rss feeds has been deployed!