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Build 78 – Private Alpha Release

We just pushed a small update to alpha testers (Build 78, r27076 r27087) which primarily includes fixes for bugs introduced in the last major release.  As always, you can read the entire list of enhancements on our Change Log.

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.

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: We just pushed out a patch fixing a login issue with Twitter that was caused by a small protocol change on their end.  Please let us know if the fix works and if there are any new bugs in the alpha release so we can push this out to all users.  Click Help > About to make sure you have r27087 when testing Twitter.

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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 77 – Private Alpha Release

We just pushed an update to alpha testers (Build 77, r26907 r26910 r26921 r27035 r27050) which includes lots of 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 asked on login if you want to enable or disable this feature and you can change it in 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

Facebook Chat via XMPP (Jabber)

Facebook recently announced that you can now access Chat via the Jabber protocol, which is much more stable than our current implementation.  We switched Digsby over to use Jabber but haven’t pushed this out yet because it only works on the standard Jabber port which is 5222.  Many offices have firewalls that block all ports besides HTTP (port 80) and HTTPS (port 443).  Every other service we support including the current Facebook implementation has the ability to work on one of those two ports.

We hear they’re currently working on adding support for 443 or 80 but a little encouragement couldn’t hurt.  If you’ll be affected by this, please take a minute to send them a suggestion using this form and say something along the lines of:

I can’t access Facebook Chat via Jabber in Digsby unless you open port 443 or 80.  My office firewall blocks port 5222 and other ports.

Become an Alpha Tester

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.

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 (3/11/2010 5:50pm EST): We just pushed out a small patch fixing a bug that caused MySpace login to fail when adding a new account.  This takes the build number to r26910.

Update 2 (3/11/2010 7:50pm EST): We just pushed out another a small patch fixing a bug that caused messages to not send on Facebook Chat and an error loading user settings from the Digsby server.  This takes the build number to r26921.

Update 3 (3/19 2010 2:30pm EST): We pushed out a patch fixing all the known bugs in this alpha release.  Please let us know if there are any new issues so we can iron them out before pushing this build live to all users.  The new build number is r27035 and it includes the following changes:

  • Potentially fixed the black box input bug – please submit a bug report of it keeps happening
  • Potentially fixed a bug that caused Twitter to get stuck in the “Connecting” state
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Chinese, Japanese and a few other languages from showing correctly with the new multiformatting
  • Fixed several other small bugs with multiformatting
  • Fixed a bug that caused Digsby to not auto-respond when away if you had that option enabled
  • Fixed a bug that prevented you from adding people to your Yahoo buddy list
  • Fixed a bug that caused MySpace comments not to load
  • Added lazy loading to Facebook comments for improved performance
  • Replaced the picture host with imgur since pic.im seems to have fallen off the map
  • Fixed a bug that may have caused your AIM profile to disappear in preferences
  • Fixed a bug that may have caused your buddy list nicknames/metacontacts/ordering information to not load
  • Fixed a bug with Yahoo file transfers
  • Fixed typing notifications on MSN
  • Fixed a bug with ICQ that caused items to get added to the wrong privacy list
  • Fixed a bug that caused incoming IMs from iChat to show as HTML
  • Fixed a bug that caused Minibubble2 to show formatted text incorrectly in some cases
  • Reverted the scrolling fix for intellimice because it was causing scrolling issues for other mice

Update 4 (3/24/2010 1:30pm EST): We pushed out a patch fixing the last of the alpha bugs that came in over the weekend.  As long as there are no new reports this will go live to all users later this week so please let us know if we broke anything.  The new release number is r27050 and changes include:

  • Potentially fixed a bug that caused font formatting to clear – please let us know if this keeps happening
  • Fixed a bug that caused “auto-response” to show twice in the IM window
  • Fixed a bug that caused ICQ block and invisible lists to get mixed up
  • Fixed a bug that caused the “Comments” link to disappear for some Facebook news items
  • Removed “Top Buddies” from jumplist as we optimize its performance

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