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Build 79 – Summer Luvin’

To kick off the summer, we just pushed out Build 79 (r27405 r27465) to all users which includes new features, bug fixes and a few key enhancements.  As always, you can read the entire list of enhancements on our Change Log. Notable changes include:

  • Spell Check: We expanded spell check to support over 50 languages instead of just English. The next phase of this project will include translating the actual Digsby client into different languages.
  • Facebook Chat: Our Facebook Chat implementation will now connect to a new set of Facebook XMPP servers that should be much more stable than the HTTP servers we currently connect to. These servers also report your entire buddy list instead of just online buddies.
  • Facebook Login: We switched Facebook Newsfeed and Facebook Chat login over to OAuth 2.0, which is a much more streamlined method for requesting permissions that Facebook announced at their last F8 conference.
  • Twitter Achievements: We added achievements to Twitter (previously only on Facebook and 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 Twitter account in Preferences.
  • Protocol Fixes: We fixed a major bug in Google Talk that caused it to constantly disconnect if you have an iTeleport user on your buddy list.  We also fixed a major bug that caused Yahoo Mail to fail to connect for some users due to a protocol change on their end.

We are currently wrapping up group chat support for all protocols and will have that pushed out to Alpha testers shortly.  We will also begin testing a new option in the installer soon which allows you to install a portable version of Digsby to a USB stick so you can always have your favorite green buddy by your side.

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 (6/16/2010 11:00am EST): We just pushed out a small patch to ALPHA testers (build 27449) which fixes a couple protocol issues. It ignores erroneous errors from the Twitter servers so you should see less “failed to connect” messages and it also adds log statements to help us hunt down a login issue with Facebook Chat.

Update 2 (6/17/2010 11:30am EST): Another patch just went out to ALPHA testers (build 27465) with a few more protocol fixes.  Incoming IMs from AIM buddies using meebo will no longer show HTML. Facebook Chat will no longer request buddy icons and status updates excessively. There was also a fix for Facebook chat which caused it to fail to connect for a tiny portion of users.

Update 3 (6/17/2010 4:00pm EST): We just pushed out the above two patches to all users bringing the public release number for this build to r27465.  Changes include:

  • Ignore erroneous errors from Twitter servers that were causing disconnects
  • Fixed a bug that caused Facebook to fail to connect for a small portion of users behind firewalls
  • Fixed a bug that caused incoming IMs from AIM buddies using meebo to show HTML
  • Fixed a bug that caused Facebook Chat to request buddy icons and status updates excessively

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Build 78 – Get Your Social On!

We just pushed a update (Build 78, r27087 r27150 r27209 r27225) which primarily includes fixes for bugs introduced in the last major release along with a fix for a protocol change in Twitter that took place yesterday.  As always, you can read the entire list of enhancements on our Change Log. Notable changes include:

  • Fixed a bug that caused Twitter login to fail due to protocol changes
  • Fixed a bug that caused newly added MySpace accounts to fail to log in

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 (4/9/2010): We just pushed out a small patch which includes fixes for a few protocol changes.  This brings the new release number to 27150:

  • Setting status on Facebook now sets your status again instead of just posting a story to your wall
  • Fixed a bug that caused Facebook login to fail with a cross-domain error for Facebook
  • Fixed a bug that caused Yahoo file transfer requests to not show when trying to send a file

Update 2 (4/16/2010): We just pushed a small patch to ALPHA testers which fixes a few more protocol changes.  Once we know that this release is stable, it will go out to all users.  The release number is 27186.

  • Fixed a bug that caused Facebook login to fail with an authentication error for some users
  • Fixed a bug that caused comments to show incorrectly for MySpace

Update 3 (4/21/2010): We just pushed another small patch to ALPHA testers which fixes one more protocol change with Facebook login that we’ve been seeing some bug reports about.  The release number is 27193.  If you are an alpha tester, please submit a bug report if you still get “Connection Failed” issues with Facebook after getting the update.

Update 4 (4/21/2010): A big thank you to our wonderful alpha testers.  The fixes introduced a small new bug with Facebook login that is now fixed in 27195.  Let us know if you still experience issues so we can get this out to all users if it’s solid.

Update 5 (4/22/2010): It seems that every social network we support decided to change their protocol this week.  We just pushed out a small patch to ALPHA testers fixing a bug that caused status updates on LinkedIn to not get set.  Please let us know if any new bugs were introduced so we can get these fixes out to all users.  The new release number is 27209.

Update 6 (4/23/2010): We just pushed 27209 to all users, which incorporates all of the above protocol fixes.

Update 7 (5/15/2010): We just pushed out a small patch (r27225) which fixes a login issue with Hotmail due to a protocol change.

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Build 77 – Taste the Rainbow!

We just pushed an update (Build 77,  r27050) to all users which includes tons of new features, bug fixes and enhancements.  As always, you can read the entire list of enhancements on our Change Log. Notable changes include:

  • Multiformatting: You can now change formatting options like bold, italics, underline and font on a per-character basis instead of just a per-message basis
  • Smarter To/From: If you have multiple accounts of the same protocol, the “From” dropdown in the IM window will not pre-select or fall back to accounts that don’t have that person on their buddy list
  • Status Tagging: We’ve made it easier to spread the word about Digsby by letting you add a Digsby link to the end of your status messages.  You will be notified about this on login with instructions on how to enable/disable it via Preferences > Status
  • Bit.ly: We’re transitioning our http://digs.by URL shortener to use bit.ly’s white label service.  Any digs.by URLs made from now on are interchangeable with bit.ly links that have the same ending

Now that multiformatting is live, group chat and mac/linux releases are the next major projects we’re going to tackle.  We are also going to be launching a brand new “communication product” in the near future (top secret!) so keep your ears perked for more news on that!  Let us know what you think of this release in the comments and feel free to speculate on what you think we’ll be launching.

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 76 – Fighting the Winter Blues!

We’re excited to introduce the first new release of 2010 and this one is jam packed with lots of goodness!  We just pushed an update to all users (Build 76, r26321 r26376) 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”

Up next is per-character formatting (so you can finally bold parts of an IM), group chat (long overdue), a greater focus on finishing up mac/linux releases (no ETA yet),  and a few other fun things we have up our sleeve for you.  Let us know what you think of this release in the comments.

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 (2/15/2010 5:30pm EST): We just pushed out a small patch fixing a few bugs in this release.  One of them caused auto-update to not work for some users and another caused Digsby to hit rate limits with the bit.ly service because of excessive URL shortening for trending news stories.  The new release number is 26376.  Enjoy!

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A Quick Facebook Fix

We just pushed out a small patch (r26306) fixing an issue with the Facebook news feed for non-alpha users. Alpha testers will get a new release later today with this and other fixes.

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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Build 75 – Holiday Hoopla!

We just pushed a new release (Build 75, r25261) to all users!  We’ve made some big changes to Digsby making it faster and better than ever!  This release includes all the features, bug fixes and enhancements in Builds 71,  72, and 75 on our Change Log.  Notable changes include:

  • Crash Fixes: Thanks to the help of our dedicated testers who have been running the DEBUG version, we fixed the most common crash causing bugs in Digsby.  Based on the volume of crash reports, we expect Digsby to crash for less than 0.1% of users on any given day.  Now that’s solid!
  • Memory Leaks: We took some time to hunt down and fix the most serious memory leaks in Digsby, many of which were introduced in the new Twitter implementation.  This will improve performance significantly when running Digsby for an extended period of time or on older machines.
  • Twitter: We fixed numerous issues with Twitter including tweets being show out of order, incorrect unread counts, connection issues, etc.  It is still a work in progress and we’ll continue to improve our Twitter implementation.
  • Block Indicator: Blocked buddies now show a “blocked” icon where their status icon would normally appear on the buddy list.
  • Win 7: We added support for aero snapping and fixed several windows 7 specific bugs.  We will release more Win 7 enhancements in the next build including jump lists and badges on the taskbar icon.
  • And More: Over 100 other bug fixes and enhancements!

We will keep pushing to make Digsby even better and want to thank all of you for your continued feedback and support.  If you want to tell the world about the Digsby, here are some ways you can help:

If you experience any bugs in this release, please use “Help > Send Bug Report” in the main menu to submit a diagnostic log or email us.

Update (12/9/2009 2:45pm EST): Facebook is having issues with their API servers, which is causing the newsfeed to fail to connect for some users.  This will fix itself when they resolve the problem on their end.

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Build 73 – Keepin’ it Social!

We just pushed out a small patch (Build 73, r24920) fixing buddy list retrieval for Facebook Chat for non-alpha users. Alpha testers will get a new release tomorrow with this and other fixes.

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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Build 70 – Tweaking Twitter!

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.

Wow, what a week it’s been since our Twitter launch at DEMOfall 09. We just pushed a new release (Build 70, r24502 r24505) to all non-alpha users that incorporates much of your feedback. With your help, we’ve made several Twitter enhancements and fixed several bugs.  As always, you can read the entire list of enhancements on our Change Log. Notable enhancements and fixes include:

  • You can right click on a button in the top bar of the Twitter window and mark all as read in that view
  • Directs and mentions now show up in the Infobox
  • A new setting for the Twitter timeline to be “always on top”
  • Clicking “Reply” or “Retweet” in a pop-up notification marks that tweet as read, along with clicking next or right clicking to dismiss
  • Digsby will now know your last sent tweet even if it was sent from another client
  • Fixed a bug that caused the “New Group” dialog in Twitter to not show everyone you follow
  • Fixed a bug that caused Facebook to get stuck on login when it should have gone to “Failed to Connect”
  • Possibly fixed a bug that caused AIM to disconnect a lot while sending IMs
  • A fix for some Hotmail accounts that were unable to connect

We realize that our Twitter implementation is a bit different than other clients. Our goal is to make it easy to follow and interact with your friends and contacts on Twitter without missing a loop. So now that you’ve had a chance to play with Twitter for a few days, we’d like to know your thoughts.

If you run into any trouble, use “Help > Send Bug Report” to submit a diagnostic log or email us at bugs@digsby.com.

Let us know what you think in the comments and spread the word!

Update 1 (9/29/2009 3:56pm EST)You can now log into Twitter via your email address! The new build number is r24505.

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Build 67 – Twitter! Twitter! Twitter!

When we first launched Digsby, Twitter was not nearly as dynamic as it is today.  It has grown to become more than just a place for you to say what you’re doing.  When you reply to a tweet, you aren’t just commenting on an isolated newsfeed item – you’re participating in an ongoing global conversation.  We feel that most other Twitter clients don’t reflect this in their design.

Today, we are embracing this shift with a completely redesigned Twitter implementation in Digsby that is unlike any Twitter client you’ve seen.  Our goal is to make Twitter feel less like a timeline and more like a conversation.  Highlights include:

  • Single column user interface that doesn’t take up your whole screen
  • Tweets are shown in chronological order so you read the conversation as it happens instead of seeing the tail end first and reading it backwards
  • Digsby keeps track of unread counts but you never have to mark tweets as read. Digsby does it for you automatically
  • Whenever you open the Twitter window, Digsby brings you right where you left off so you can continue reading the conversation without missing a tweet
  • Conquer information overload by filtering groups of users out of the main timeline so it is the most useful view and not the most cluttered
  • Snapshot view of recent tweets is still available in the Infobox along with the added ability to reply and retweet right inline
  • Reply and Retweet right from popup notifications so you can stay on task and stay in the loop
  • Automatic URL shortening when you paste links and automatic photo uploading when you paste pictures or screenshots

We will be showing off the new functionality at DEMOfall09 later today.  You can watch the live demo at 9:50AM PST / 12:50PM EST – http://demo.com/

The rules of DEMO state that we need to make our public debut at the conference.  That means we couldn’t alpha test the Twitter implementation as much as we usually test releases so expect a few bugs. We’ll work diligently over the next couple weeks to iron out all the bumps and make it into the solid product you’ve come to expect!

If you run into any trouble, use Help > Send Bug Report to submit a diagnostic log and include steps on how to consistently reproduce the bug whenever possible.

Let us know what you think in the comments and spread the word!

Update 1 (9/22/2009 9:30pm PST): We are working on fixing a crash that happens on older AMD and Pentium 3 processors.  We’ll push out an auto-update as soon as it is fixed.  Also,  thank you all for the wonderful feedback about usability.  We want to make Digsby the best Twitter client in the world and we’ll start making iterations to tweak the things we got wrong and build on the things we got right!  Keep the feedback coming and please let us know how it feels after using it for a day or so.

Update 2 (9/23/2009 8:30am PST): We are working fixing two login issues.  First, if you are trying to log in with your email address instead of your username that will fail.  If you change it to log in with your username this will bypass the issue.  Second, if you have special characters in your password, it will fail.  Changing your password temporarily while we fix this will bypass the issue.

Update 3 (9/23/2009 2:55pm PST): Thank you to everyone for the wonderful feedback.  We just push the first update to the new Twitter implementation with the following changes:

  • Fixed an issue that caused Digsby to crash for people running old AMD and Pentium 3 processors
  • Fixed a bug that caused users to get “Failed to Connect” when logging in with their email address in stead of their username
  • Fixed a bug that caused users to get “Failed to Connect” if they had special characters in their passwords
  • Brought back some old functionality to the infobox like seeing your most recent tweet and the ability to tweet from it
  • Added ability to hide unread counts in infobox and tray icon so if you don’t use the full featured “IM Window Style” interface, they don’t get in your way (Click “Hide” in the infobox next to the Alerts section)
  • As you scroll down in the infobox it will add more tweets to the end so you can see your entire timeline instead of just 20 items
  • Added “Mark All As Read” and “New Tweet” menu items to the right click menu
  • “Ctrl + C” now works in the “IM Window Style” view
  • Added some contrast to the bottom of the “IM Window Style” interface so the input area where you tweet from becomes more prominent

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Build 65 – New Installer Experience!

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:

New Installer

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.

MySpaceIM Support

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.

Digsby Achievements

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.

Teaser!!!

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.

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