New Features! New Installer! New Digsby! We just pushed out a new release (Build 65, r24143 r24208 r24214) to all users! We’ve made some big changes to Digsby making it better than ever! The release includes all changes from Builds 64 and 65 on our Change Log. Notable changes include:
In a recent blog post we asked for your feedback about our installer and revenue models. You let your voices be heard! Over 9,500 of you voted in our poll and left 650+ comments. We read every comment and went over each argument very carefully. Although the majority of you voted to keep things the same, several of you spelled out very convincing arguments for alternative revenue methods.
So, today we are changing things. We have switched to a new user-friendly installer that no longer shows ads for five bundled products. Instead, it will show one ad for the Digsby Ask Toolbar, which brings news, weather, sports, maps, and more right to you fingertips! We will work to improve the toolbar over time, adding some of the social network functionality you already love in Digsby.
The new installer also asks users explicitly during installation if they’d like to contribute their unused CPU power to sponsored grid computing projects. We also added a new tab to the preferences window with fine-grained options for the Research Module. Blasting ads all over our product is the last thing we want to do so we will keep experimenting with unique, non-intrusive models like these.
You can download the new installer here:
New Facebook Newsfeed
We are very excited to introduce a completely redesigned Facebook Newsfeed in Digsby. It now shows the exact same stream that you see on Facebook.com including comments, likes, and photos. It’s also completely interactive so you can post your status, comment on stories, ‘like’ items and even browse through entire photo albums right from the Facebook Infobox.
We are adding MySpaceIM to the arsenal of protocols we support in Digsby. Fitting nicely with our recently redesigned MySpace Activity Stream, you can now chat with all your MySpace friends right from Digsby. Just add it as an IM account in Preferences > Accounts.
We are introducing a new feature that lets you share the milestones you hit in Digsby with your friends. In the future we may award points for these that you can redeem for prizes but for now the milestone are just shared with your friends via the Facebook newsfeed just like achievements in other Facebook apps you use. You will be asked if you would like to enable or disable this functionality and you can turn it on/off by editing your Facebook account in Preferences. There is more info about this feature on our FAQ.
We will be at the DEMO Conference next week launching a brand new Twitter implementation in Digsby that will blow you away! Digsby will become the world’s first full-featured Twitter client that is designed for the average user. Our core competency has always been usability and we take it to the next level with this highly-intuitive and functional release! (how many buzz words can you squeeze into one paragraph)
There are a lot of new features and enhancements in this release which means we’re one step closer to Mac/Linux. We will keep pushing to make Digsby even better and greatly appreciate all your support! We made a massive mistake by not being more dilligent in making sure that all users are aware of how Digsby is monetized. We are truly sorry and this will never happen again. We realize it wasn’t the best first impression of Digsby for your friends. From now on, we will prominently show you all the ways you can support Digsby.
Let us know what you think of the New Installer and new features. Leave a comment below, mention us on Twitter, or become a fan on Facebook and mention @Digsby in your status update. We hope you enjoy the new Digsby!
Update 1 (9/18/2009 2:30pm EST): A big thank you to everyone who submitted bug reports related to this release. We just pushed out a patch release fixing the issues reported. The new release number is r24208 and fixes include:
- Fixed a bug that caused Hotmail actions such as Delete and Mark as Read to not work
- Fixed a bug that caused Yahoo to process incoming unicode IMs incorrectly
- Fixed a bug that caused Facebook to get stuck in “Connecting” state when it should have gone to “Failed to Connect” due to network error
- If you don’t give Digsby Facebook permissions, a popup will now show when the account disables
- Fixed unicode status messages in MySpaceIM
- MySpaceIM now obeys server and port options
- Facebook wall-to-wall items now include both names in the popup notification
- Fixed a bug that prevented clicking links in Facebook comments
Update 2 (9/18/2009 3:55pm EST): The last update had a case where MySpace IM could not connect. That issue is now fixed. The new release number is now r24214.
- Fixed an issue causing MySpace IM accounts to be stuck in connecting.