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General settings

Click the gear icon in the sidebar to access the settings. The button Open advanced settings launches a separate window. Additional settings can be found in the article Settings.

The advanced settings are divided into the following sections:

Changes are automatically applied, saved and applied again upon next program start.

General

The 'General' tab in the alfaview room's settings is open.
Settings – General

Language

This selection menu allows you to change the language of the user interface. Currently English and German are available.

Update channel

For interested users we offer the opportunity to choose from different update channels or versions of alfaview.

  • Release: For regular updates (default setting).
  • Beta: Select the Beta channel to receive updates at an earlier stage.

After changing the update channel, alfaview must be restarted.

Notification sounds

alfaview’s notification sounds can be changed here.

  • Off: No notification sounds are used.
  • Discreet: Quieter notification sounds are used.
  • Normal: Normal notification sounds are used.

Enable experimental features

When activated you can select the additional option pixelate to blur the surroundings in the settings.

Launch alfaview on system startup

When activated, alfaview automatically starts when you start your computer.

Audio

The Audio tab allows you to set up your microphone and speakers.

The 'Audio' tab in the alfaview room's settings is open.
Settings – Audio

Newly connected devices are listed in the selection menu as soon as they are recognised by the operating system.

Microphone

Select the microphone you want to use from the drop-down menu.

Microphone optimization

We recommend that you use the automatic Noise cancellation function. This effectively adjusts the sensitivity of your microphone so that unwanted background noise is filtered out of your microphone transmission.

You can also optimize the microphone yourself. You can manually adjust the input level at which the microphone picks up your voice.

  • Speak into your microphone.
  • Now move the slider to adjust the microphone sensitivity. Make sure the indicator bar turns blue and moves beyond the slider to the right.
  • When you are not speaking, the indicator bar should be orange or invisible. This means that your voice is not being transmitted.

For the best transmission quality, we recommend that you maintain a constant distance from the microphone. You can also use the Optimization wizard in the Settings tab in the secondary menu. This will automatically adjust the level for you based on a short voice sample.

Speaker

Select the speaker you want to use from the drop-down list.

Speaker volume

You can adjust the volume of alfaview using the slider below the speaker selection. Move the slider to adjust the volume.

Enable Push-To-talk

The Push-to-talk feature allows you to activate the microphone manually by pressing a button. With this feature, your microphone only transmits sound when you press the CTRL key.

  • Activate the push-to-talk switch.
  • The microphone icon in the main menu is now displayed in orange.
  • To speak, press and hold the CTRL key on your keyboard.
  • Release the CTRL key as soon as you have finished speaking.
  • If you do not want to use the CTRL key for push to talk, you can define a custom key combination. To do this, click Edit next to the input field. Now press the key on your keyboard that you want to use to activate Push-To-Talk. Then click the red Save button.

Push-to-talk can be helpful in noisy environments or when no headset is available.

Activate microphone before entering an alfaview room

If you activate this function, your microphone is automatically switched on before you enter an alfaview room. You can deactivate the microphone at any time in the quick settings before entering a room.

Noise cancellation

Noise cancellation filters out unwanted background noise from your microphone feed, improving your audio transmission. Tick the box to enable it.

Show speaker status

When you activate the speaker status, a small speaker icon appears in the bottom left corner of the status menu in the conference rooms. You can mute alfaview by clicking the icon. If the icon is displayed in orange, alfaview is muted.

The settings are saved permanently and will be used again the next time you start alfaview.

Video

The 'Video' tab in the alfaview room's settings is open.
Settings – Video

Camera

Determine the desired camera in the respective selection menu.

  • The selected camera will be applied instantly and trasmitted to the conference room.
  • Newly connected devices are listed in the selection menu as soon as they have been detected by the operating system.

Screen share bandwidth usage

This selection menu allows to reduce the amount of bandwidth used for screen sharing. There are two options to choose from:

  • Normal: Screen share is transmitted in regular quality (default setting).
  • Reduced: Screen share is transmitted in reduced quality.

Second camera quality

This menu changes the video quality for the second camera.

Mirror my video locally

This setting is used to see your own video like in front of a mirror. The presentation of your video to other participants is not mirrored.

Improve video quality

Improves the appearance of all videos by adding a slight soft focus. Especially with skin tones this results in a smoother presentation.

Appearance

The 'Appearance' tab in the alfaview room's settings is open.
Settings – Appearance

Design

Choose between a light and a dark dark color scheme. The dark color scheme relieves the eyes in dark environments.

Show spectators in user list

This setting is used to display participants in the user list with the Spectator permission group. Spectators can only passively participate in a meeting because of their permission, so they are hidden by default in the user list.

Accessibility

The 'Accessibility' tab in the alfaview room's settings is open.
Settings – Accessibility

Interface font size

Changes the font size of the alfaview interface.

Chat font size

Changes the font size of chat messages.

Network

The 'Network' tab in the alfaview room's settings is open.
Settings – Network

If you connect to the Internet through a proxy server, you can configure it here. There are three configuration options to choose from:

  • Auto detect: Automatically detects the best configuration (default setting)
  • HTTP Proxy: Manually provide an HTTP proxy configuration
  • No Proxy: Disable proxy support completely

Additional informationen can be found in the Proxy configuration article, as well as under system requirements & netzwork settings.

Help

The 'Help' tab in the alfaview room's settings is open.
Settings – Help

Knowledge base

The knowledge base contains detailed articles on features and usage of the software.

Technical support

Enable Debug logging when requested by our staff as part of support requests. Click on Show log files to view the log files stored on your machine.

About alfaview

You can find general information about alfaview here.

Reset all settings

All settings can be reset to the default values with this feature.

Last updated on June 11th, 2024, 02:39 pm