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Starting with Gather

Choosing a browser

To use Gather you will need to use an internet browser like Chrome, Firefox or Safari. Please note that at the moment Gather is primarily being developed for Google Chrome. Therefore, we recommend using Google Chrome to ensure you have the best user experience.

Logging in

You can start using Gather by navigating to this link: Here you can create a new account by filling in your email address. An email will then be send to you with further instructions to set up your account.

Alternatively, you can also use your Google account to log in. Please note that if you use your university account to do this, you will no longer be able to access your account when your time as student or employee of the university has come to its end, as this Google account will be terminated.

Entering a space

There are two ways to enter a space:

  1. The first is to use a direct link to the space. This link can be provided by the moderator of the space. This is the only way to enter a space you have never visited before. If you want to share the link of your space to someone else, simply copy the url that is shown in the address bar of your browser.

  2. The second method to enter a space is to select a recent space in the starting menu. When you log in to you will find a list of your recently visited spaces on the left side of your screen. Simply select your preferred space and then click on the green 'enter space' button on the bottom of the screen.

The menu

While visiting a room, you can see this menu on the left of your screen.

The gear: The gear is used to edit your preferences in Gather. Here you can edit your room in the map maker. You can also use the gear to give rights (owner, moderator and building rights) to other users.

The hammer: When you click on the hammer, you will be able to place items in the room or to delete them. You can also add your own custom items. These options will only appear if you have building rights.

When adding your own custom items, it is advisable to use images of 32x32 pixels. Larger images will take a long time to load and might lead to crashes.

The calendar: In the calander you can view and edit your events.
Talk bubble: When you click on these bubbles you open the chat screen. Here you can chat with a specific user, a people that are close to you or to all people in your space.

Your avatar

To edit the appearance of your avatar click on the small picture of your avatar on the bottom of your screen. This will open up a window where you can change your clothes and body type.

Availability settings

To change your availability settings, click on your name on the bottom of the screen. This will open up a window where you can change the following settings:

1. Add text status: Here you can see the status that will be displayed under your username. Try clicking it to edit your status!

2. User/video preferences: Here you can edit your audio and video settings.
3. Turn on quiet mode: By clicking this button you will turn on quiet mode. This means your video and audio will not be available to other users when you are viewing another tab in your browser. If people want to get your attention they can ring your bell. Turning on quiet mode will not affect any conversation you are already having.
4. Reset position: This button will teleport you to the entrance of the space.
5. Sign out: This will log you out of Gather.

Other functions

On the bottom of your screen there are three other available buttons:

1. The Minimap: This button will show you an overview of the entire room.

2. Screenshare: This button will allow you to broadcast your screen to those near to you. This can be helpful for sharing files like powerpoints.

3. Emoticons: This button allows you to share your feeling with the room in simple emoticons. Your chosen emoticon will appear in a talk bubble over your head.

Last modified: 2 December 03:08 PM
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