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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.
Moodle 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9
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 Justin Hunt
    Thu, Feb 12, 2015, 7:37 PM
    It is because the html editor in the assignment essay type does not handle file submissions. Effectively this means PoodLL has nowhere to store the files.
  • Picture of Jmes Freeman
    Fri, Feb 13, 2015, 1:05 PM
    @Justin Hunt

    Oh I see. I cant even upload an image/video in the essay type quiz. Is there anything I can do? or this is dead end?

    Thanks for your response!!
  • Picture of Justin Hunt
    Fri, Feb 13, 2015, 8:14 PM
    Well, currently PoodLL only uploads to Moodle, not S3 or Dropbox or anything like that. So the essay response type won't work. But with Moodle you can have more than one assignment submission type. So you could have an essay submission type followed by a PoodLL whiteboard submission (for example).

    ... Also using YouTube anywhere for TinyMCE you could get vide submissions in the essay submission type.
  • Picture of Jmes Freeman
    Fri, Feb 20, 2015, 3:32 PM
    Ok thanks!

  • Picture of sonia sonia
    Thu, Jun 11, 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, Jun 12, 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, Jul 4, 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, Oct 30, 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, Nov 1, 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:
  • Picture of Alexander Adadurov
    Thu, Mar 17, 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, Mar 18, 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, Mar 25, 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, Mar 25, 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, Mar 25, 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, Apr 12, 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.
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