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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 79 – Private Alpha Release

To kick off the summer, we just pushed an update to alpha testers (Build 79, r27316 r27320 r27332 r27338 r27405) which includes a several significant changes along with some lingering bug fixes and 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.
  • Gtalk disconnect: We fixed a major bug in Google Talk that caused it to constantly disconnect if you have an iTeleport user on your buddy list.

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 (6/2/2010 4:30pm EST): We just pushed out a small patch fixing a Hotmail bug bringing the build number to 27320.

Update 2 (6/2/2010 6:00pm EST): One more patch fixing a loop in the auto-update sequence and typos in a few spell check language names. The new build number is 27332.

Update 4 (6/3/2010 4:00pm EST): The fix for Gtalk disconnects didn’t fix the issue.  This patch should do the trick.  The new build number is 27338.

Update 5 (6/10/2010 1:15pm EST): We pushed out a patch fixing the remaining known issues with this alpha.  Please let us know if there are any other bugs so we can push this release live to all users.  The new build number is 27405.  Changes include:

  • Fixed a bug that caused some Yahoo Mail accounts to fail to log in due to a protocol change on their end
  • Ignore Facebook invite alerts that are erroneous by checking to see if the event actually exists
  • Twitter now authenticates using xAuth
  • Fixed a bug with Facebook Chat that caused all buddies to appear offline if you try logging in as invisible
  • Fixed a bug that caused Facebook Chat to get stuck in “Connecting…” instead of failing if your network connection dies while logged in
  • Fixed a bug that caused Facebook Chat to fail to connect if the first port attempted failed but the second one worked
  • If the Facebook Chat servers can’t be reached, go to a “Failed to Connect” state instead of popping up the login page
  • If windows does not PATH set, fall back to a default so Digsby can launch
  • Minor Yahoo Protocol upgrades

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