New Invite Process and UI Improvements

We've been working very hard over the last three months on a number of new features. These include a new invitation process for both public and private desktops, new security features to protect your data and privacy, and improved UI to make accessing and using the features of your desktop more intuitive.

INVITES

A big effort was made on our new and improved workflow for inviting others to become a follower or a contributor to desktops. Because security and privacy is our highest concern, this has been done with a dedicated focus to ensuring only those you want to give access are those who get access to your desktop.

To invite a person to your public or private desktop, simply tap the INVITE button found in the bottom left corner of your desktop or tap the INVITE button found in the FOLLOWERS button on your desktop control panel. Invites can only be sent by the owner of a desktop.

PUBLIC DESKTOP INVITES

Since public desktops are by their nature accessible to everyone, we don't require a stringent validation system. You can send an email to the person you'd like to view your desktop from the invite tool or simply share the URL of your desktop. The person can then open your desktop, and if they choose, tap the heart button to start following this desktop. Anyone can view a public desktop, even if they do not have an account with middlespot.

PRIVATE DESKTOP INVITES

A private desktop requires a more robust validation system to ensure that only the people you invite are able to access your desktop. Any invitee to a private desktop will require a middlespot account. This is so we can validate their permissions to access and possibly contribute to your desktop.

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As the owner, you can send an invite to any email address. The invitee has the possibility of getting one of two messages: A request to sign up to view your desktop if the email address is not a recognized middlespot account, a request to open the desktop if they are an existing middlespot account.

If the email you send to isn't a google account, the invitee will be asked to use their google account to sign in. You will also be required to provide a challenge question that only you and the invitee will know. This ensures that any emails that are intercepted can't be used to gain access to your desktop.

We will automatically associate the email you sent to the invitee with their google email address. You will be notified of the new email address the person used and will need to approve their access. We'll notify you in email when approvals are pending on your desktop.

FOLLOWERS

Anyone who can follow a desktop can also see who else follows, contributes and owns the desktop. They do not see email addresses, only the public name of the person as represented in their Google account they used to sign in.

PROTECTING DATA

Your data is your own. We take this very seriously around people's desktops. It's the reason we chose to use Google accounts as your only way to access your desktop. Even we cannot view the contents of a private desktop without the owner's inviting us. We only ask for permissions from you that Google requires to access their services. We have staggered the request process so we only ask for what is absolutely necessary to use the features you require on middlespot.

UI IMPROVEMENTS

We've made a number of improvements to make middlespot more accessible and intuitive. These improvements include:

  • Cleaned up the desktop name and url displays in the top left corner of your desktop.
  • Moved the desktop/google drive sync button into the desktop name display.
  • Added the search button to my desktops menu.
  • Improved the help screens to make them more accurate to what you are currently viewing on the desktop.
  • Improved the onboarding screens to explain middlespot a bit more clearly and give you an obvious next step to take.
  • Improved the notes and to do list notebook in the bottom right corner of your desktop.
  • Reduced the number of buttons on the mainscreen.
  • Moved the custom background into the desktop settings menu.
  • Moved the new desktop button into the my desktops menu.

We continue to improve middlespot and are excited for the release of some new, upcoming features which include:

  • New screen capture options for weblinks that are behind firewalls.
  • New tool to place a desktop on an existing desktop and have it open in a new slide out modal and in a new window.
  • Breadcrumb tool to navigate back to other desktops you opened earlier.
  • Passwords for public desktops.
  • New stickers and icons to add to your desktop.

As always, please let us know what features you'd like to see and how we could keep making middlespot useful for accessing your most important resources everyday.

Thanks, Scott