TinyMCE: PoodLL Anywhere

Maintained by Picture of Justin Hunt Justin Hunt
PoodLL Anywhere for TinyMCE 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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The PoodLL Anywhere plugin for TinyMCE 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. Development was funded by the Birmingham City University.

The recorders available are:
i) audio (red5)
ii) audio (mp3)
iii) video (red5)
iv) whiteboard
v) snapshot

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

They can also be hidden or shown based on the users role using the folllowing capabilities.

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

* NOTE: PoodLL Anywhere depends on the PoodLL Filter also being installed, and will not install or work properly without it *
* It does not work on TinyMCE fullscreen mode *


This plugin is part of set PoodLL.


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  • Picture of sonia sonia
    Thu, 11 Jun 2015, 6:27 PM
    Hi, one question...I installed socialwall format course and in the other course formats I can see and use the poodll recorder, but in this case I can't see the buttons of poodll into html's editor of the post course,...some help? thanks in advance!
  • Picture of Justin Hunt
    Fri, 12 Jun 2015, 10:06 AM
    Hi Sonia. PoodLL will hide itself if it notes that the html area does not accept file attachments. I know that it is confusing when you don't see it there. But it was a decision on my part to prevents hapless students and hipster teachers seeing their recordings disappear without knowing why. Why this should be more so in the social wall format, I am not sure. Is it possible to open the Moodle image dialog and choose /upload an image into the same area? If so, something is wrong. If not, then PoodLL is behaving correctly.
  • Picture of Phuong Hoang
    Sat, 4 Jul 2015, 10:35 AM
    Hi there,
    It's a nice plugin. I wonder whether I can use URL from other websites or audio files from my PC.
    Thanks in advance,
    Have a nice weekend
  • Picture of Mārtiņš Ķīsis
    Fri, 30 Oct 2015, 5:39 PM
    I have problem with poodLL icons - they doesent show on any text editor. I allready instaled, enabled the filter, still no sucsess.
    Tried it on Moodle 2.8 and 2.9 both the same problem.
  • Picture of Justin Hunt
    Sun, 1 Nov 2015, 3:32 PM
    There are two PoodLL Anywheres. One for TinyMCE and one for Atto. Possibly you are using Atto but did not install PoodLL Anywhere for Atto? See here: https://moodle.org/plugins/view/atto_poodll
  • Picture of Alexander Adadurov
    Thu, 17 Mar 2016, 10:07 PM
    Hi Justin! Great plugin, thank you for sharing it! My comment is again about uploading files to comment forms, where plugin normally hides itself. Do you know if there is a possibility to make some hacks on Moodle to get your plugin work in such forms? I think for many teacher it is vitally important to have it there, as they want to make a quick voice answers/comments to their students.
  • Picture of Justin Hunt
    Fri, 18 Mar 2016, 4:53 AM
    The option to do this is on the way. The issue is where the Moodle text area does not have an associated file area to store uploads. When PoodLL records and stores files successfully in the "cloud" (probably Amazon S3) then a Moodle file area will not be necessary to store recordings.
  • Picture of kathy hooper
    Fri, 25 Mar 2016, 6:37 AM
    I am running this plugin on Moodle 3.3. It works well except for the sound recording where the controls at the bottom don't show. The record etc buttons show and work but not the insert and the other buttons at the bottom. We are using tinymce. Any suggestions?
  • Picture of Justin Hunt
    Fri, 25 Mar 2016, 8:38 AM
    Hi Kathy, I have heard this before so it sounds like a problem that I will have to look into. But i have not yet seen it.
    If switching to Atto is not an option, you might have to wait till I can get into it. I can not promise that will be this week.
  • Picture of kathy hooper
    Fri, 25 Mar 2016, 11:48 AM
    Thanks Justin, I will wait. Teaching new users an new editor is too much to contemplate!
    Fantastic plugin - thanks.
  • Picture of Craig Ferguson
    Tue, 12 Apr 2016, 4:27 AM
    Hi Justin,

    I'm having a problem similar to Kathy that is preventing people from being able to inset their recorded audio when using TinyMCE - the insert button is either non-existent or unclickable. It works fine when we use Atto, but we'd definitely prefer TinyMCE. I'll stay tuned.
  • Picture of Andrew Earley
    Thu, 2 Jun 2016, 10:46 PM
    Hi Justin,
    The plugin looks great so far.
    When watching your video on the plugin I couldn't help but notice the Whiteboard (The main reason for me trying this) is different.
    Which default whiteboard were you using for that, I would like the line tool which was available in your video.
    I am guessing it is most likely the 'Literally Canvas(js)' however when I try to use that it does not appear, nothing appears. I am running Moodle 2.7 so it should work?
  • Picture of susan wilson
    Thu, 7 Jul 2016, 7:22 AM
    Hi Justin,
    We're also seeing the same problem Craig and Kathy reported with audio recordings on the TinyMCE, on Moodle 3.04. The insert and other bottom buttons appear for a flash at the top of the recording window for a half-second, then disappear. We've been using these plugins for a couple of years and If I backup/restore a course from an older version of Moodle with a recording from TinyMCE, for example in a label, it's there and plays with no problem. Just can't create any new ones. I hope that helps.
  • Picture of Edmund Evangelista
    Tue, 9 Aug 2016, 4:17 PM
    Will this plugin work in Moodle 3.1? I have tried installing everything and followed the recommended configuration, but the icons for recording does not seem to appear. I installed both in Tiny MCE and Atto text editors.
  • Picture of Justin Hunt
    Tue, 9 Aug 2016, 5:17 PM
    It works in 3.1 on Atto and TinyMCE (but there are phantom issues with disappearing "insert" buttons on TinyMCE).
    Where are you trying to record, and did you look at the settings for the TinyMCE and Atto toolbars. You need to add PoodLL to those for the editor to know where to display the icons.
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