Atto: Poodll Anywhere(Atto)

Maintained by Picture of Justin HuntJustin Hunt
Poodll Anywhere(Atto) allows the user to record audio and video or draw pictures, or snap pictures, directly into forum posts, assignment descriptions, page resource content, question descriptions, question responses and other areas.
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 Poodll Anywhere  for Atto allows the user to record audio and video or draw pictures, or snap pictures, directly into forum posts, assignment descriptions, page resource content, question descriptions, question responses and other areas.

The recorders available are:
i) audio
ii) video 
iii) whiteboard
iv) snapshot

They can be hidden or shown using the settings found at:
site admin -> plugins -> text editors -> Atto html editor -> poodll anywhere

In some cases the Moodle text editor may be set to not allow uploaded files. Notably the question response area when using an essay question type, or in forum posts where attachments may be restricted or forbidden. In that situation Poodll Anywhere tries to play nicely and will hide the Poodll Anywhere icons. Using the Moodle capabilities system it is also possible to hide and
show icons depending on the user's role.

The capabilities available to be set are:

Install Poodll anywhere by unzipping it and putting the "poodll" folder in
[moodle]/lib/editors/Atto/plugins then visit your site
administration -> notifications page and follow the prompts for Moodle to install it.

It will not appear on the Atto toolbar immediately and you will need to visit:
Site administration / Plugins / Text editors / Atto HTML editor / Atto toolbar settings
Right near the bottom of the page, beneath the list of plugins find the "Toolbar Config" textbox. There, probably on the "files" line add the word "poodll".
That line will then look something like this:

files = image, media, poodll

Watch this quick 1 minute video about the Poodll Anywhere for Atto plugin

* NOTE: Poodll Anywhere depends on the Poodll Filter also being installed, and will not install or work properly without it *
* NOTE: Poodll Anywhere for Atto is based on Poodll Anywhere for TinyMCE, which was funded by Birmingham City University. *


This plugin is part of set PoodLL.


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  • Picture of Lucas Michelini
    Mon, Aug 25, 2014, 10:41 PM
    I tried to record with the server and occured the same problem. I want to install this plugin in order to use in the company's corporative school. We have a lot of courses in our school, and this plugin would be great! It is a goverment company, maybe it's firewall is blocking que server or something like that.

    My moodle is not accessible from other machines on my network. It is a local instalation, in order to make some tests. We work with Moodle 1.9 and i installed the Moodle 2.7 in my machine to test some plugins. Oh, I forgot to tell that we use ubuntu 14.02.

    Could you help me (if it's not "asking too much") with the local installation of red5 + poodll?
  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Thu, Feb 19, 2015, 6:06 AM
    I am happy to let you know that this plugin just received the Featured Moodle Plugin award. Read more at
  • Picture of Mariapaola Cirelli
    Wed, Jun 3, 2015, 3:10 AM
    I am very interested in this plugin.
    I am currently using version 2.9. How would the plugin work if I installed it?
  • Picture of Justin Hunt
    Wed, Jun 3, 2015, 10:50 AM
    The documentation for installing it is on this page. ie
    Make sure you have the PoodLL filter installed too. I have not tested on Moodle 2.9 yet, but not expecting any problems.
  • Picture of Mariapaola Cirelli
    Wed, Jun 3, 2015, 7:05 PM
    Thank you!
  • Picture of Stephen Leonard
    Wed, Jul 29, 2015, 10:43 PM
    This is a fantastic plugin. I'm having some trouble with the audio recorder though. I've changed the settings around in a variety of ways but the longest I've managed to get it to record something is 20 seconds. Any suggestions? The video recorder seems to work perfectly and can record long clips with audio as well so it's a bit strange.

    Also, I can confirm that it works on 2.9.
  • Picture of Justin Hunt
    Wed, Jul 29, 2015, 10:56 PM
    Ah ... this sounds very much like you have "suhosin" running on the server. Suhosin is a PHP extension that for security reasons truncates long post submissions. The MP3 recorder, "posts" submissions to the server, and the other recorders do not. (Actually this will change soon ... good) . For now the best thing is to either disable suhosin, or configure it to allow bigger uploads. See this forum post:
  • Picture of 景東 王
    Sat, Oct 17, 2015, 7:42 PM
    Dear Justin,
    I had tested the module "poodll anywhere" ,it's very good for me.
    But I think it will be better if you add the function of screen snapshot (or screen recording).
    The screen snapshot maybe comprises full screen and selected portion.
    Could you add a new function for the module "poodll anywhere" ?
    Thank you very much for your selfless sharing.
  • Picture of April Cookson
    Fri, Nov 20, 2015, 2:22 AM
    Has anyone else had trouble using the audio on this plug-in with Moodle version 2.8.9 and Flash Player 19? It was working great until we did a minor Moodle upgrade. To be honest, I'm not sure if the problem was caused by the Moodle update or Flash Player update.
  • Picture of Eduardo Hm
    Thu, Jul 21, 2016, 7:35 PM
    Good afternoon,

    Since the plug NanoGong no longer supports versions of Moodle 3.0 and above, it has opted to use on platforms that administer the functionalities of Poodll plugin.

    I installed everything about this plugin:

    - Filter
    - Publishers TinyMCE and Atto
    - Assignments and feedback
    - dataField
    - Types of questions
    - Repository

    The installation has been successful. I set up a few things as I read in the documentation of possible problems with PoodLL

    He made some changes suggested in this documentation the most important problem facing me is as follows:

    When I create a actvidad like "tag" when editing the label and add content audio recording makes me correctly, but when playing it, I get the error "file not found".

    Any clue where to look why is this happening?

    All other options, video recording, drawing, take a picture function properly.

    Thanks in advance.
  • Picture of David Conrad
    Wed, Aug 3, 2016, 10:09 PM
    We're seeing an issue with "Record MP3" in the Flash player pop-up - we're unable to select Allow/Deny. This is tested in both Firefox version 48.0 and Chrome version 52.0.2743.82, on both Windows 7 and Mac OSX 10.11.

    When using the Video recorder, we're able to select Allow.

    There is a workaround in Firefox where you can right-click, then click "Global Settings", then "Camera and Mic" tab, then "Camera and Microphone Settings by Site" and add your url to the list.

    Specs: Moodle 3.0.3; atto_poodll 1.0.6 (2015121102); filter_poodll 2.8.5 (2015121106)

    Thanks again.
  • Picture of j s
    Sat, Apr 22, 2017, 12:25 AM
    I'm having trouble installing the plugin. I'm rather new but have admin rights- I'm not sure how to change the max-execution time as while installing it seems like it just times out. I followed some of the instrustions but failed. Pls help. Thank you
  • Picture of Rahul Kumar
    Wed, Nov 7, 2018, 5:11 PM
    poodll is supported by totara ?
  • Picture of Justin Hunt
    Thu, Nov 8, 2018, 9:20 AM
    Hi Rahul. Yes it does work with Totara. Get in touch via if you have more detailed questions. Or in the Poodll forum here on
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