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Build 76 – Private Alpha Release

It’s been almost two months since our last release so this one is jam packed with lots of goodness!  We just pushed an update to alpha testers (Build 76, r26081 r26136 r26183 r26272 r26307 r26321) which includes a large number of features, bug fixes and enhancements.  As always, you can read the entire list of enhancements on our Change Log. Notable changes include:

  • New Skins: The “Windows 7″ skin now has 8 new variants by @derekerdmann.  Access them via Preferences > Skins.
  • Windows 7 Support: Digsby takes advantage of jump lists for easy access to common tasks and top buddies (by log size).  We also use taskbar grouping to let you jump to conversations, see typing notifications and unread conversation counts.
  • Better Popups: Social networks will no longer show a separate popup for Alerts and the titles will no longer say “Facebook Newsfeed” with a generic Facebook icon.  Instead, you will see the friend’s picture and name with a small badge in the top right for each network. You can also comment/like Facebook items right from popups.
  • Trending News: We’ve partnered with the folks at OneRiot to bring the latest trending news stories to your social feeds.  You can enable/disable via Preferences > General & Profile.
  • Facebook Dislike: We’re amazed by how many people wanted to “Dislike” Facebook posts.  The Dislike Button Facebook page has over 3.2 million fans!  You asked for it, you got it.
  • MySpace Newsfeed: We’ve revamped the MySpace newsfeed to support their new APIs so it looks a lot more like the Facebook/Twitter feeds including the ability to comment on statuses.
  • MySpace Achievements: Back in September we introduced achievements for Facebook and the functionality is being ported over to MySpace.  You will be asked if you would like to enable or disable this functionality and you can turn it on/off by editing your MySpace account in Preferences.
  • Yahoo HTTP Support: Restrictive firewalls and proxies should no longer be an issue for Yahoo Messenger users.  Edit the account in preferences and set it to “Always use HTTP”

We’re excited to get this release solidified and pushed out to all users so if you experience any issues please use “Help > Send Bug Report” in the main menu to submit a diagnostic log or email us at bugs@digsby.com.

If you would like to become an alpha tester and get new releases before everyone else, download this file and place it in the main program folder. Keep in mind that as an alpha tester you may get a release with a few bugs every now and then.  We are looking for people who are proactive in reporting these issues so we can fix them before builds go out to all users.

Update 1 (2/1/2010 5:00pm EST): We just pushed out a patch fixing many of the issues you’ve been reporting.  The new release number is r26136.  We are still working to fix issues with the taskbar like it not obeying the don’t show preference and the phantom Digsby window.  We’ll push these out ASAP.  For now, here is what the new patch fixes.  Let us know if you run into new issues or continue to see these bugs:

  • Fixed a bug that caused the CPU to spike for some users
  • Fixed a bug that caused some Hotmail accounts to fail to connect
  • Fixed a bug that caused email actions to break for some Hotmail accounts
  • Fixed a bug that caused MySpace to show the login window instead of failing to connect when there are network issues
  • Fixed a bug that caused ICQ incoming messages to get cut off or lost in some cases
  • Fixed a few bugs that caused docking and auto-hide to break after double clicking the tray icon
  • Fixed a bug that caused MSN authentication request popups to show on login
  • Fixed a bug that caused IM unread counts to stick around if closing an IM window using the taskbar preview panels
  • Fixed a bug that caused Twitter to show an unread count even if all tweets were read
  • Ensure that at least the four main Facebook filters make it into the dropdown
  • Disabled the “top buddies” portion of the jump list for now while we optimize its performance

Update 2 (2/4/2010 12:00pm EST): We pushed out another build fixing most of the remaining issues in this alpha release.  The new release number is r26183.  MySpace login will still fail for some users and we’re working on that now along with final polish.  List of changes:

  • Fixed a bug that added a fake Digsby window to the taskbar previews
  • Fixed the “show in taskbar” preference on Windows 7
  • Fixed a bug that caused MSN authorization popups to show every time you log in
  • Brought back the top buddies position of the jump list
  • Improved performance for calculating log sizes so the jump list doesn’t slow Digsby down
  • Removed status icons from the jump list because once you pin a buddy we can no longer update the icon unfortunately
  • Fixed a bug that caused taskbar previews to show as black icons for some AIM buddies without a buddy icon
  • Fixed a bug that caused buddies to open in an IM window without a tab if you previously closed that tab using the taskbar previews
  • Fixed a bug that caused buddies to not show in the taskbar previews if you drag them out into their own window and then drag them back in
  • The folks at MySpace fixed a bug which prevented their set status API from working properly
  • The tab key now finishes a Twitter autocomplete (in addition to Enter)
  • Fixed a bug that caused Digsby to freeze when there’s an invalid JID on your Jabber buddy list

Update 3 (2/8/2010 6:30pm EST): This build patches up the rest of the known issues with this alpha release and introduces support for commenting on MySpace statuses.  MySpace login will still fail for some users but they should have this fixed by tomorrow.  Please let us know if any new issues were introduced or if any bugs remain which were new in this series of alphas.  List of changes:

  • Added support for commenting on MySpace statuses!
  • Fixed a bug with the new Yahoo HTTP support that caused it to disconnect regularly
  • Fixed a bug that caused buddies with underscores in their username to be ignored when making jump lists
  • Fixed a bug that caused Facebook Chat buddies to be ignored when making jump lists
  • Fixed a bug that caused Facebook popup notifications to break when clicking “Like” in some cases
  • Another attempt to fix a bug that caused MSN to get stuck in “loading contact list”
  • Fixed a bug that caused the “typing” badge to show on the wrong taskbar icon in Windows 7 if your tabs are not combined
  • Fixed a bug that caused taskbar previews to show out of order if you drag a tab out into its own window and then dragged it back in
  • Fixed a bug that caused status to get set incorrectly when returning from invisible
  • Optimized diagnostic logging to improve overall Digsby performance
  • Twitter popups will show your timeline tweets before search results
  • When clicking the taskbar icon if the buddy list is hidden, slide it back into view

Update 4 (2/10/2010 11:15am EST): This build fixes a few more issues, and includes the fix for Facebook that was applied to the public beta earlier today. Other fixes include:

  • Several problems related to the infobox for Facebook and MySpace accounts are now fixed
  • A bug which caused AIM self-status messages to display as HTML

Update 5 (2/11/2010 12:00pm EST): One last patch as we get ready to release this to all users later today.  Final release number will be r26321.

* Fixed a bug that caused some Hotmail accounts to fail to connect
* Fixed a bug that caused email actions to break for some Hotmail accounts

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Build 75 – Private Alpha Release

We just pushed an update to alpha testers (Build 75, r25077 r25091 r25144 r25261) which includes a large number of bug fixes and enhancements.  As always, you can read the entire list of enhancements on our Change Log. Notable changes include:

  • Fixed several of the most common crash causing bugs
  • Fixed several issues with Twitter that caused Tweets to show in the wrong order on the timeline
  • Blocked buddies now show a “blocked” icon where their status icon would normally appear on the buddy list

We are close to pushing the release to all users so if you experience any issues please use “Help > Send Bug Report” in the main menu to submit a diagnostic log or email us at bugs@digsby.com.

If you would like to become an alpha tester and get new releases before everyone else, download this file and place it in the main program folder. Keep in mind that as an alpha tester you may get a release with a few bugs every now and then.  We are looking for people who are proactive in reporting these issues so we can fix them before builds go out to all users.

Update 1 (11/16/2009 2:50pm): We just pushed an update fixing an issue that caused sent IMs to ICQ users to show as HTML.  The new build number is now 25091.

Update 2 (11/17/2009 1:25pm): One more small patch just got pushed out.  This one fixes the HTML in IMs issue for Pidgin buddies, fixes a bug that broke blocking in AIM, and updates the icon for MSN buddies that you block right away instead of when you click away from them.  The new build number is 25144.

Update 3 (11/24/2009 11:00am): Another small patch that includes two fixes for Twitter: a bug linking URLs that included the “#” character and an improvement made to the way “new style” re-tweets are displayed. The new build number is 25261.

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Build 74 – Private Alpha Release

We just pushed out a small patch to alpha testers (Build 74, r24927) fixing buddy list retrieval for Facebook Chat.  If you experience any issues please use “Help > Send Bug Report” in the main menu to submit a diagnostic log or email us at bugs@digsby.com.

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Help Us Fix Crashes!

We still get crash reports from a small portion of users.  These are issues we aren’t able to reproduce here so we need your help to hunt down the buggers causing the crashes so we can squash them!

  • Does Digsby crash for you at least once a week?
  • Do you have Visual Studio installed?

If the answer to both questions is a yes, then you can help!

We created a debug version of Digsby that does a lot more diagnostic stuff under the hood.   If you can get it to crash, the diagnostic log it generates will be extremely helpful in figuring out the cause.  If you would like to help, here are the instructions:

  1. IMPORTANT: If you don’t have Visual Studio, the debug build won’t run.
  2. Download this file and put it in the Digsby folder. If you already have a “tag.yaml” file, edit it to change the tag from “alpha” to “debug”
  3. Restart Digsby so it can auto-update.
  4. Log in and click Help > About to make sure you now have build r24922 r24945 r24959 r24978.
  5. Next time Digsby crashes, if you get a dialog asking you to submit a crash report, submit one.
  6. Instead of telling Windows to close the program, choose to debug it in Visual Studio (prior experience would help)
  7. In the menu choose Debug > Save Dump As… and make a minidump of the current state of Digsby
  8. Email that minidump to bugs@digsby.com

Thanks for your help!

Update 1 (11/5/2009 5:45pm EST): We pushed out a patch fixing a crash related to viewing chat history in the log viewer. New release number is r24945.

Update 2 (11/6/2009 6:45pm EST): Another day, another crash fixed. New release number is 24959.

Update 3 (11/10/2009 5:10pm EST): Keep those reports coming and we will be crash-free in no time!  New release with one more crash fix is 24978.

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Build 72 – Private Alpha Release

We just pushed an update to alpha testers (Build 72, r24777) which introduces more bug fixes building on the last alpha release.  As always, you can read the entire list of enhancements on our Change Log.

If you experience any issues please use “Help > Send Bug Report” in the main menu to submit a diagnostic log or email us at bugs@digsby.com.

If you would like to become an alpha tester and get new releases before everyone else, download this file and place it in the main program folder. Keep in mind that as an alpha tester you may get a release with a few bugs every now and then.  We are looking for people who are proactive in reporting these issues so we can fix them before builds go out to all users.

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Build 71 – Private Alpha Release

After a summer of non-stop feature releases, we are taking a little time to clean up the bugs, enhance performance, and tweak the usability of new features.  Thanks for all the great feedback you are providing!

We just pushed an update to alpha testers (Build 71, r24743) which introduces lots of fixes and interface tweaks.  As always, you can read the entire list of enhancements on our Change Log. Notable changes include:

  • Fixed several of the most commonly reported crashes
  • Fixed several significant memory leaks introduced in the last release
  • Added diagnostic info to hunt down remaining crashes – please submit diagnostic logs if Digsby crashes

If you experience any issues please use “Help > Send Bug Report” in the main menu to submit a diagnostic log or email us at bugs@digsby.com.

If you would like to become an alpha tester and get new releases before everyone else, download this file and place it in the main program folder. Keep in mind that as an alpha tester you may get a release with a few bugs every now and then.  We are looking for people who are proactive in reporting these issues so we can fix them before builds go out to all users.

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Build 69 – Private Alpha Release

We just pushed an update to alpha testers (Build 69, r24489) which implements many of the usability enhancements and you have recommended over the past week along with a bunch of bug fixes. As always, you can read the entire list of enhancements on our Change Log. Notable changes include:

  • Numerous Twitter Enhancements
  • Possibly fixed a crash when returning from hibernate
  • Possibly fixed a bug that caused AIM to disconnect a lot while sending IMs

We are close to pushing the release to all users so if you experience any issues please use “Help > Send Bug Report” in the main menu to submit a diagnostic log or email us at bugs@digsby.com.

If you would like to become an alpha tester and get new releases before everyone else, download this file and place it in the main program folder. Keep in mind that as an alpha tester you may get a release with a few bugs every now and then.  We are looking for people who are proactive in reporting these issues so we can fix them before builds go out to all users.

Update 1 (9/29/2009 10:45am EST): Today we’ve got some fixes for the Twitter issues from last night’s release. The new build number is r24497.

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Build 68 – Private Alpha Release

We just pushed an update to alpha testers (Build 68, r24416) which has a few new log statements to help us hunt down a crash that a few people have been reporting.

Update 1 (9/25/2009 1:55pm PST): Thanks to some of the changes from the previous alpha, we have a potential fix for the crash that we’re hunting down. There’s also a few usability enhancements for Twitter and some Hotmail bug fixes that you can read about on our changelog. The new build number is r24440.

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Build 66 – Private Alpha Release

We just pushed an update to alpha testers (Build 66, r24212 r24269) which has a new input box that will be capable of handling multi-formatting.

It currently only does per-message formatting and not per-character formatting but we are adding per-character support right now.  If you experience any issues please use “Help > Send Bug Report” in the main menu to submit a diagnostic log or email us at bugs@digsby.com.

Update 1 (9/18/2009 3:25pm EST): Rolled this back for now – not ready for prime time.  Thank you for the bug reports and crash reports.

Update 2 (9/19/2009 1:00pm EST): Fixed the reported issues and taking another stab at it.  The new release is r24269.  Please let us know if you run into any bugs with the new input box.

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Build 65 – Private Alpha Release

We just pushed an update to alpha testers (Build 65, r24127 r24143) which is primarily focused on ironing out bugs and usability issues from the last alpha. As always, you can read the entire list of enhancements on our Change Log. Notable changes include:

  • Fixed a critical bug that caused social network accounts to disappear on login for some users
  • You can now flip through entire Facebook photo albums in the newsfeed instead of just the pictures you see
  • The Facebook newsfeed is now filtered to match the rules you set up on the Facebook website
  • The research module now has its own section in preferences with info and options

We are close to pushing the release to all users so if you experience any issues please use “Help > Send Bug Report” in the main menu to submit a diagnostic log or email us at bugs@digsby.com.

If you would like to become an alpha tester and get new releases before everyone else, download this file and place it in the main program folder. Keep in mind that as an alpha tester you may get a release with a few bugs every now and then.  We are looking for people who are proactive in reporting these issues so we can fix them before builds go out to all users.

Update (9/17/2009 10:30am EST): We just pushed out a small patch fixing a bug with incoming Yahoo unicode IMs showing incorrectly and a bug that caused Facebook to get stuck in the Authenticating state.  This brings the release number to 24143.

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