We’re excited to announce the introduction of a new default mode for displaying PlayThru. Rather than displaying the game embedded within your form, your users will see the game appear in a lightbox after they submit the form.
Here’s how it works. When using the previous mode, Embedded, PlayThru appears inline in your form like this:
With the new Lightbox mode, PlayThru appears once the form has been submitted:
Form before submission
Form after submission, with the PlayThru lightbox
You can see a live example of Lightbox mode in action on our signup page.
We have done lots of testing and found that this method is more clear for users, and can boost your form submission rates by 40% as compared to CAPTCHA.
We highly recommend that you choose Lightbox mode for PlayThru, but Embedded mode is still available if you prefer. You can switch between the styles by logging into your account in the Portal, selecting “Edit Site Options” for your site, and selecting “Lightbox” or “Embedded” from the “Game Style” dropdown menu.
If you have any questions or concerns, we’re always there to help in our support forum. Thanks for helping us fight the bots!
This is one of the most common questions we get about PlayThru. The short answer is yes, PlayThru absolutely supports HTML5 / Canvas. We have supported it the entire life of Are You a Human.
When a site makes a request for a PlayThru, we do a check to see what technology the user’s browser supports. Our first choice is to serve an HTML5 game. If unsupported, we then default to Flash.
We prioritize HTML5 for a few reasons:
1) It is one of our most requested features.
2) It supports most mobile platforms.
3) It is rapidly growing in popularity.
Now, we definitely still support Flash and appreciate it’s characteristics. It has an extremely high penetration rate (99% in June of 2011). It works virtually the same across multiple browsers, immensely simplifying testing. And while the basic canvas element is supported by the majority of browsers, they support them to varying degrees with about 20% of the browser not supporting it natively.
Even though Flash lost the battle for mobile, we feel very comfortable developing for both HTML5 and Flash at the same time. Using both allows Are You a Human to serve a larger group of sites and expand our reach, and that helps us fight more bots with fun.