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Build 90 – Spring Cleaning!

We just pushed out a small update (Build 90, r30044) which includes fixes for a few recent bugs. As always, you can read the entire list of enhancements on our Change Log.

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 bugs@digsby.com. We’ll keep pushing to make Digsby even better and greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word!

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Build 88 – I Seek You!

We just pushed out a small update (Build 88, r29967) which includes a fix for a protocol change in ICQ that caused login to fail. Thank you to everyone who reported the issue to us! As always, you can read the entire list of enhancements on our Change Log.

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 bugs@digsby.com. We’ll keep pushing to make Digsby even better and greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word!

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Build 87 – Winter Wonderland!

We just pushed out Build 87 (r29817) 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:

  • Facebook Notifications: We’ve added support for Facebook Notifications including popup alerts for new notifications and the ability to view the full list of notifications within the Facebook newsfeed
  • New Ad Options: You can now change the placement of the ads inside the IM window (top/bottom/left/right) and you can also disable Flash ads if they cause performance issues or the animation is bothersome (Preferences > Conversations)
  • New Load Balancers: We redesigned the server load balancers to better distribute logins during mass reconnects so we can scale more efficiently for our growing user base
  • Crash Fixes: We took some time to hunt down and fix some of the most common crash causing bugs

You’ve nominated us in three categories of the About.com 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards. Thank you! Please show your support by voting for Digsby in each category here:

We are currently wrapping up a major protocol upgrade for Windows Live Messenger (MSN) accounts and it will go live within the next 1-2 releases. The MSN servers we connect to have been flaky for the past few weeks. We are working on upgrading the version of the MSN protocol we use to connect to a new set of servers they have, which should be much more stable. This upgrade will fix most of the commonly reported issues with login, buddy list management, message delivery, and file transfers.

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 bugs@digsby.com. We’ll keep pushing to make Digsby even better and greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word!

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Build 86 – Holiday Hoopla!

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:

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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.

Twitter Fixes

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 bugs@digsby.com. We’ll keep pushing to make Digsby even better and greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word!

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Build 85 – Turkey Shmurkey!

We’re excited to release Build 85 (r29036 r29086) to all users which includes lots of major usability improvements, new features, bug fixes, and enhancements.  As always, you can read the entire list of enhancements on our Change Log. Notable changes include:

  • Auto-Update System: We have a brand new auto-update system in Digsby. Updates are now downloaded *after* you log in rather than before. They are then applied next time you restart Digsby so downloading updates never gets in your way. You can also choose whether to automatically download new updates in “Preferences > General & Profile”. Lastly, clicking “Help > About” will check to see if your Digsby is up to date or if new updates are available for download.
  • Accounts Section: We redesigned the Accounts section in Preferences from the ground up to reflect Services you use with features that you can enable and disable for each service. This is much more intuitive than having three separate lists of IM, email, and social network accounts. For example, you don’t need to add your Gtalk and Gmail accounts or your Facebook Chat and Facebook Newsfeed accounts separately any more.
  • Email/Social Panels: The email and social network panels on the buddy list got a makeover. They now say the service name instead of the login username when you only have one of each service. If you have more than one of any service, they fall back to the login username as before. You can also rename them manually via the right click menu. Lastly, they can now be rearrange via drag and drop (although you can’t intermix email and social accounts as each one is a separate list).
  • Sorting/Grouping: We changed how grouping and sorting options work in “Preferences > Buddy List”. The new set of options is more intuitive by letting you choose the grouping mechanism first and then choosing how to sort those groups. It also allows for an extra level of sorting as a result.
  • RTL Support: We added RTL support to all of the IM window conversation themes. They determine how to align the messages based on the first character of each IM. The input box in newly created IM windows also automatically sets the RTL option based on your current keyboard setting.
  • ICQ Spam Blocker: We added an option in the Privacy settings for ICQ accounts to automatically block friend requests with URLs in them. This option is ON by default and should help cut down on ICQ spam significantly.
  • Stability: We fixed several memory leaks related to account disconnects along with several of the most common crash causing bugs to improve Digsby stability and performance.

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 bugs@digsby.com.  We’ll keep pushing to make Digsby even better and greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word!

Update 1 (11/24/2010 8:30am EST): We just pushed out a small patch (r29075) to ALPHA testers which includes fixes for bugs reported in this release. It will go out to all users later today once we confirm that it’s bug free. Changes include:

  • Fixed a bug that caused the Facebook login page to show a “flow error”
  • Fixed a bug that caused the registration “done” page to open in default browser
  • Fixed a bug that caused timestamps for group chat logs to be off by one month
  • Fixed a bug that made it possible to try to log in without typing a password
  • Fixed a bug that caused the auto-updater to loop if you deny it UAC permissions
  • Fixed a bug that caused scrollbars to appear for each IM in a conversation
  • Fixed a bug that caused accounts not to load at all for a small portion of people
  • Make sure that system caching doesn’t interfere with auto-updates
  • Added compatibility for upcoming Twitter API changes

Update 2 (11/24/2010 1:45pm EST): One more small patch (r29081) to ALPHA testers fixing a few bugs with the Twitter updates from this morning. This build will go live to all users later today assuming no new bugs get reported.

Update 3 (11/24/2010 4:15pm EST): We just pushed the above fixes to all users! The new release number for this build is r29086. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Build 84 – Striving for Perfection!

We just pushed out Build 84 (r28550) to all users, which is a small update that includes fixes for a couple protocol issues. Changes include:

  • Fixed a bug that caused Hotmail to get stuck in “Authenticating” due to a protocol change
  • Fixed a bug that caused long tweets to fail due to an encoding issue

Please let us know if you run into any bugs by using “Help > Send Bug Report” in the main menu to submit a diagnostic log or email us at bugs@digsby.com.

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Build 83 – Twitter Twoubles!

We just pushed out Build 83 (r28139) to all users, which is a small update that includes a few fixes for Twitter. Changes include:

  • Twitter will now correctly use the server time if your local time, date, timezone, or daylight savings preference is incorrect (previously you would get an authentication error)
  • Fixed a bug that would cause Digsby to go into a spin trying to reconnect to Twitter if their servers return an unexpected error.
  • Fixed a bug that caused HTML entities (ie: < > ‘ &) to show incorrectly in Twitter

Please let us know if you run into any bugs by using “Help > Send Bug Report” in the main menu to submit a diagnostic log or email us at bugs@digsby.com.

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Build 82 – Patch Perfect!

We just pushed out Build 82 (r28094) to all users which includes fixes for a few recent protocol changes.  Notable changes:

  • Fixed a bug that caused Gmail actions like ‘Delete’ and ‘Archive’ to not work if you enabled their new multi-account login option
  • Fixed a bug in MySpaceIM that caused login to fail due to a protocol change
  • Fixed a bug in the Research Module that caused Java runtime errors
  • Switched to a different Hotmail login method to improve reliability
  • Rotate CitySearch local listings in with the OneRiot trending news stories (prominently labeled as ‘Featured’ when they appear)

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 bugs@digsby.com. We’ll keep pushing to make Digsby even better and greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word!

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Build 81 – The More the Merrier

We’re excited to release Build 81 (r27909) to all users which includes some highly coveted new features, bug fixes, and enhancements.  As always, you can read the entire list of enhancements on our Change Log. Notable changes include:

  • Group Chat: The long awaited group chat support is finally here! You can create or join chat rooms on AIM, ICQ, Yahoo, MSN, Google Talk, and Jabber. Just click the room list button on the top right corner of the IM window and invite others to the chat. You can also create rooms via the menu: Digsby > New Group Chat.
  • LinkedIn: We’re introducing a completely redesigned LinkedIn implementation powered by their new API. You can now do all the good stuff you already do with your other social networks like comment on posts, like/dislike items, etc.
  • MySpace Like/Dislike: We added Like + Dislike support to MySpace newsfeed items.  Since their API doesn’t currently support this capability, the link acts as a shortcut for posting a “Like!” or “Dislike!” comment on the thread.

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 bugs@digsby.com.  We’ll keep pushing to make Digsby even better and greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word!

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Build 80 – Hotmail Hotness

We just pushed out a small update (Build 80, r27822) which compensates for a protocol change in Hotmail (Windows Live Mail) which caused login to get stuck in the “Authenticating” state. As always, you can read the entire list of enhancements on our Change Log.

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 bugs@digsby.com.  We’ll keep pushing to make Digsby even better and greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word!

PS: Facebook Chat servers are having issues so login is broken until they fix the problem on their end.

Update 1 (7/28/2010 1:45pm EST): Facebook Chat servers seem to be back to normal now so login should work fine.  We are also looking into a possible LinkedIn protocol change.

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