We just pushed out Build 86 (r29291) to all users with lots of bug fixes and enhancements. As always, you can read the entire list of enhancements on our Change Log. Notable changes include:
We have always worked hard to make Digsby the best IM client on the market while keeping Digsby free for all users. Part of that effort includes finding ways to accelerate our development process so we can continue making Digsby even better. Introducing advertisements as a revenue model can potentially help us expand our team so we can continue improving Digsby while also dedicating more resources to finally launching Digsby on other platforms like Mac, Linux, and mobile devices.
We’re testing the waters with advertising as a revenue model today by introducing a single display ad at the bottom of the IM window (example below). We feel strongly about keeping the buddy list ad-free. In debating how this implementation should work, we quickly decided that there needs to be a way to disable ads since some users really dislike them and are adamant about maintaining a minimalist user interface. The first idea was to do a “freemium” model under which there was a paid “Pro Version” of Digsby which comes without the ads. However, we have always strived to keep Digsby free for all users so we instead decided to try something unique. The ads in the IM window are completely optional for all users and they can be enabled/disabled via the top option in Preferences > Conversations. Essentially, every user gets the “Pro Version” for free if they find the ads too intrusive or annoying and wish to turn them off. Power to the users!
Since we are just starting to test ads as a revenue model, we would greatly appreciate it if you leave them turned on at first to try them out instead of going straight for the disable option. If you do decide to turn them off, let us know in the comments if you prefer to just pay for a pro version to support Digsby development.
There was a protocol change with Twitter which caused several adverse effects including repeating popups, tweets out of order, and missing tweets – all of which should now be fixed in this release.
If you run into any bugs please use “Help > Send Bug Report” in the main menu to submit a diagnostic log or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll keep pushing to make Digsby even better and greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word!