As announced earlier, PoodLL 3 marks a new phase for PoodLL. We are developing a whole new set of features to modernize PoodLL and make it the complete multimedia tool for Education.
Features scheduled for development in 2016 include:
– Cloud hosted recorders
– Cloud based conversion to MP4 and MP3
– Off Moodle storage of recorded files
– A PoodLL mobile application
– An all HTML5 audio / video player solution
– Audio / video file hosting.
– Skinnable players and recorders
– Accessible players and recorders
In order to make this happen I made the decision to start charging for PoodLL. When I left teaching to work full time on Moodle projects, I was soon struck by the amount of time and attention to detail I was able to put into contract software development, and shocked at how shabby the deal was for PoodLL. PoodLL got close to no developer attention at all. And I have watched it getting older and older, feeling quite helpless as I had to commit my time to paid development work.
PoodLL is now stable on Moodle 3.0.x and that version will remain on Moodle.org indefinitely. There has been some confusion about this. The old version of PoodLL will not disappear or require payment. It could be considered the community edition. But no future development will take place there. PoodLL 3 however will be updated in lockstep with Moodle and in time for Moodle 3.1, the next long term service release (LTS) in mid May.
The features listed above will not all be available in mid May. User contributions will actually help fund that development. Off site storage and cloud based recording and conversion should however be available for release in May.
The annual cost of a license for an institution, will be $US379. For individual teachers the annual cost will be $US79. A license can be used on
2 sites 5 sites as long as they are sites owned by the license owner.
If you wish to use PoodLL 3 you should budget now for the cost of a PoodLL licence. Your support of PoodLL will help keep it up to date, and fund development of new features. Pre orders for institutions can be made at https://gum.co/poodllinst and for individual teachers at https://gum.co/poodllind.
Pre – orders are discounted and considered heroic!