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Getting started guide for remote meeting participants and asynchronous collaborators
Getting started guide for remote meeting participants and asynchronous collaborators

A practical guide to getting up to speed before you attend your first remote meeting or collaborate asynchronously in NodesNow

Updated over a week ago

Joining a NodesNow meeting remotely? As a remote participant at a NodesNow meeting, your primary tool is the desktop web app. It mirrors the touchscreen and contains integrated video conferencing, enabling you to interact with your collaborators as if you were in the same room.

Using the web app, you can share content to spaces, work directly on the canvas, and communicate with Microsoft Teams. This guide will walk you through each of these functions to ensure your first NodesNow meeting is comfortable and smooth.
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Prerequisites

To follow along with this guide, you'll need to register for a NodesNow account using your email, or sign in with Google, Microsoft, or Apple. If you need help, see our sign-up tutorial.

To join a meeting, you'll need a space invitation. Typically, you'll get this in an email invite via NodesNow from the meeting facilitator. Or they will cut and paste the meeting details and share them with you. These include the space's IRL and PIN.

Note: If you already have a space invitation, you can skip ahead to step three.


1. Sign in and create a NodesNow space

Now that you have a NodesNow account, you're ready to start.

  1. Navigate to connect.nodesnow.com and sign in.

  2. Click Manage your spaces to go to your dashboard.

  3. On your dashboard, click CREATE > Create space to launch a new space.

  4. Double click the space to open it.

2. Use the canvas toolbox

Now that you've created a space, let's walk through the canvas toolbox.

To use the drawing tool:

  1. Click the drawing tool in the canvas's toolbox to open the drawing tool menu.

  2. Select a color from the color palette or use the default setting.

  3. Choose a line thickness or use the default setting.

  4. Click anywhere on the canvas to start drawing.

To move, duplicate, resize, and delete drawings and other items, use the selection tool:

  • Click the selection tool if it isn't already selected. Then follow the steps below depending on what you want to do.

Move

  1. Click and drag an item to your desired location.

  2. Release to place it.

  3. Click outside the item's bounding box to close the item's menu.

Duplicate

  1. Click an item to select it.

  2. In the item's menu, click the duplicate icon.

  3. Click and drag the duplicate item to your desired location.

  4. Release to place it.

  5. Click outside the item's bounding box to close the item's menu.

Resize

  1. Click an item to select it.

  2. Click and drag one of the corners of the item's bounding box to adjust the size.

  3. Click outside the item's bounding box to close the item's menu.

Delete

  1. Click an item to select it.

  2. Click the trash can icon to delete it.

Undo changes

To undo changes:

  • Click the undo icon in the lower left corner of the canvas.

To recover an action you've undone:

  • Click the redo icon in the lower left corner of the canvas.

Note: NodesNow provides support for up to 15 undo and redo actions.

To write a note:

  1. Select the note tool in the canvas's toolbox.

  2. Type something in the note.

  3. If desired, click the yellow circle above the note to change the note's color.

  4. Click anywhere on the canvas to set the note.

    After you finish a note, you can click it to open the note menu. From there, you can also move, duplicate, resize, and delete it. See the section on the selection tool above for more details.

To write on the canvas:

  1. Select the writing tool in the canvas's toolbox.

  2. Type something to replace the default text.

  3. Click anywhere on the canvas to set the text.

After you finish writing, you can click it to open the writing menu. From there, you can also move, duplicate, resize, and delete it. See the section on the selection tool above for more details.

To add a shape to the canvas:

  • Select the shapes tool in the canvas's toolbox to open the shapes menu.

  • Click on a shape to send a shape to the canvas.

To write on the shape:

  • Double click on a shape to open the shape's text field.

  • Type something.

After you place a shape, you can click it to open the shapes menu. From there, you can also move, duplicate, resize, and delete it. See the section on the selection tool above for more details.

To upload an image or video to a space's canvas:

  1. Click the upload tool in the canvas toolbar.

    This will open your file organizer.

  2. In your file organizer, choose the .jpg, .png, or .mp4 files you want to upload. The size limit is 1 MB per file.

    Your files will be placed on the space's canvas. From there, you can also move, duplicate, resize, and delete them. See the section on the selection tool above for more details.

3. Use the space inbox and move content to the canvas

The space inbox serves as a repository for content shared by participants in a space. From here, you can bring the content for presentation on the canvas.

1. Open the space inbox

To open the space inbox:

  • Tap the space inbox icon at the lower-right corner of the space.

The space inbox will display notes, media, and files that participants have sent to the space.

2. Move a note to the canvas

  1. In the space inbox, tap and hold the note you want on the canvas.

  2. Drag it to your desired location on the canvas.

  3. Release it to place it.

    From there, you can move or restyle the note (or media) as above in the section on the selection tool.

Note: Once moved to the canvas, content will disappear from the inbox.

4. Connect to the space's Microsoft Teams call

There are two ways to join a Microsoft Teams call: from within the NodesNow space or directly in Microsoft Teams. This guide shows how to join it within the NodesNow space. You can learn how to connect to the space directly in Microsoft Teams here.

  1. If you closed the space in the previous section of this guide, reopen it on your desktop browser.

  2. Select START TEAMS CALL on the top of the canvas.

    That's it. You're in. To exit the call, click END VIDEO CALL.

    If you'd like to see Teams in action in your space, click the + button to get a URL that people can use to join you.

5. End the session

When it's time to exit the space:

  • Tap BACK TO DASHBOARD.

Your space will be saved and you'll be taken to the NodesNow dashboard.


Congratulations! Now that you've learned all the ways to interact in NodesNow spaces as a remote meeting participant and asynchronous collaborator, you're ready to contribute to more engaging, productive meetings.

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