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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 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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Design Our Twitter Page Contest!

We noticed our Twitter background page was getting kind of stale and we wanted to add some personality to it.  So, we thought we’d give our fans the chance to show their love for Digsby and win something in return. We’re excited to launch the Digsby Twitter Background Contest!  Everyone is encouraged to participate in the contest and submit their entries.  Here are the details:

When can I start?

  • You can start submitting today! The contest will start from November 2nd, 2009 and will end on November 23rd, 2009.

Where do I go to submit?

  • We’re using Twitter Background Gallery to make it easy to vote and view everyone’s submissions. Head on over and start start submitting!
  • Please Note: After submitting your design please keep your original files safe and secure. The winners will need to send the original files to Digsby for use. We will contact the winners with details.

Who gets to choose the winner?

  • Winner will be chosen by the Digsby team (with strong emphasis given to votes)

Prizes:
1st Place.) $100 Amazon Gift Card, Digsby T-Shirt, Stickers, Digsby USB Drive
2nd Place.) $50 Amazon Gift Card, Digsby T-Shirt, Stickers, Digsby USB Drive
3rd Place.) $25 Amazon Gift Card, Digsby T-Shirt, Stickers, Digsby USB Drive

What do I win?

  • 1st Place: $100 Amazon Gift Card, Digsby T-Shirt, Stickers, Digsby USB Drive
  • 2nd Place: $50 Amazon Gift Card, Digsby T-Shirt, Stickers, Digsby USB Drive
  • 3rd Place: $25 Amazon Gift Card, Digsby T-Shirt, Stickers, Digsby USB Drive

Official Rules:

  • To win you must be following @Digsby on Twitter (so we can let you know you’ve won)
  • Submit as many entries as you want
  • All artwork must be original
  • You may use our logo found at the Digsby site  http://www.digsby.com/contact/
  • Digsby team chooses winners (with strong emphasis given to votes)
  • By submitting your design, you release your rights and give Digsby full use of the design
  • We reserve the right to make changes at any time
  • We will contact winners for their original file
  • All entries will be viewable by the public

Things to Keep in Mind:

  • People will be viewing our page in a variety of screen resolutions so having something that fits well across multiple resolutions is a plus.
  • Must be upload-able to Twitter so test it on your twitter profile first.
  • We’ll feature good designs throughout the competition by tweeting them from @digsby.

Help Us Spread the Word!

The more the merrier! Tell your friends, retweet it, post on walls, sing it on the rooftops.  Just make sure to submit.  We’re very excited to show off what our fans can came up with!

Digsby Twitter Background Contest


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