Connect Tiles, Rooms, or Spaces with Portal Tiles

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Portal Tiles allow you to transport people from one tile, room, or space to another, which can be useful as your office expands. For example, you could portal from:

  • Your main office room into the dedicated All Hands room
  • A tile at the back of your office to a tile in the front lobby
  • Your everyday office space into a seasonal holiday party space

This guide will teach you how to use Portal Tiles to connect tiles, rooms, and spaces.

You need to have Mapmaker access in order to place Portal Tiles. You can review User Roles and Permissions here. 

Overview

  1. Open the Mapmaker, select Tile Effects at the top, and choose Portal. 
  2. Select where you want to portal to: A tile in a different Room, a tile in the same Room, or a tile in a different Space. 
  3. Place the Portal Tile on your Map and set the location it'll portal to. 
  4. Add objects on top of the Portal Tiles. (Recommended)

Portals only go one direction. If you want people to be able to move back and forth, you'll need to add a second set of Portal Tiles going the opposite direction. 

Step by Step Tutorial

1. Open the Mapmaker and select the Portal Tile

To open the Mapmaker, click the Customize Panel (hammer icon) from the bottom navigation bar. In the upper right of that window, you'll see the option to Open Mapmaker

In the Mapmaker, select the Tile Effects tab at the top. This will open a new panel of Tile Effects on the right. Select Portal.

2. Select the type of Portal you want to create

There are three types of locations you can portal to: 

  1. Portal to different room: Used for transporting to a different Room within the same space
  2. Portal to same room: Used for transporting to a different tile within the same Room (for example, a speedy way to get from one side of the office to another!) 
  3. Portal to different space: Used for transporting to an entirely different space.

3. Place the Portals

To place the Portal Tiles on your map, make sure you have the Stamp tool selected on the left. 

  • Click on the map to place the entrance to your Portal and choose the Room you want it to connect to. That Room will then open in the Mapmaker so you can place the exit of your Portal. 

  • Click on the map to place the entrance to your Portal and choose the Room you want it to connect to. That Room will then open in the Mapmaker so you can place the exit of your Portal. 

  • Click on the map to place the entrance to your Portal and enter the URL of the Space you want it to connect to. This type of portal will send you to the default spawn point in that space if it's your first time there. If you've been in that space before, you'll return to the last tile you were standing on when you left.  

    When someone walks onto a Portal Tile to a different space, a pop-up notification will appear to confirm they want to go before automatically sending them to that space. 

4. Add objects (if needed) 

To help people know where the portals are in your office, we recommend placing objects on top of them like Doors, Portals, or Elevators.

To do this, open the Object Picker while you're in the Mapmaker. Find the object you want to represent your portal and place it on top of the Portal Tile(s) you placed. 

Portal Best Practices

  1. Use Objects to help people naturally know where Portals are in the space. We recommend the Door, Portal, and Elevator objects. 
  2. If you have a doorway that is two tiles wide, place two Portal tiles side by side so people can use the entire width of the doorway. 
  3. Think about the experience of walking through the portal. For example, if you walk through the portal entrance on the right side of Room A, we recommend placing the portal exit on the left side of Room B so it really feels like you're walking through a doorway. 
  4. If you're connecting multiple spaces, make sure each space has its own subscription or reservation to support the maximum number of concurrent users. Read our pricing overview here. 
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