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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 85 – Private Alpha Release

We’re excited to release Build 85 (r28809 r28814 r28876 r28974 r28983 r29026 r29032 r29036) to ALPHA testers which includes lots of 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 Anti Spam: 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.

We’d like to get this build stabilized as quickly as possible so we can get it released to all users so 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!

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 (11/5/2010 12:40pm EST): We just pushed out a small patch fixing a bug in the auto-update system which caused some 32-bit operating systems to always think that there is a new update available. The new build is 28814.

Update 2 (11/9/2010 4:30pm EST): We just pushed out a patch fixing (almost) all the bugs you’ve reported thus far.  The build should be much more solid but please let us know if there are any remaining issues.  The new build number is 28876 and changes include:

  • No more Internet Explorer!  We’ve replaced all the IE windows we use for social network oAuth login screens with WebKit windows (same rendering engine we use for the IM window and news feeds)
  • Fixed a bug that caused scroll bars to disappear on older operating systems
  • Fixed a bug with scroll speed that caused scrolling to be slow with some mice
  • Fixed a bug that caused RTL detection to not work when chatting with someone who is logged in to Gmail chat
  • Fixed a bug with link alignment on saved statuses in Preferences
  • Fixed a bug that caused the preferences window to break if you open it before accounts finish loading
  • Fixed a bug that broke the file transfer window after Digsby checks for updates
  • Fixed a bug that caused two “update is ready” popups to show in some cases
  • Fixed a bug that caused words after non-breaking spaces to disappear in the IM window
  • Fixed a bug that caused accounts to not disappear in preferences after you delete them
  • Fixed a bug that caused MSN file transfers to fail in some cases
  • Fixed a bug that caused Facebook/MySpace alert and news feed filter options to not save on exit
  • Fixed a bug that caused an erroneous error popup to show when accepting a video chat invite

Update 3 (11/17/2010 12:30pm EST): We just pushed out another patch fixing the remaining bugs reported thus for for this release.  Let us know if there are any remaining issues so we can get this pushed out to all users.  The new build number is 28974 and changes include:

  • Input box in newly created IM windows now automatically sets RTL option based on the current keyboard setting
  • Fixed a bug that caused scrollbars to not show when Windows is set to “Classic” mode
  • Fixed a bug that caused the file transfer history dialog to show that an auto-update was cancelled after a check for updates is done
  • Fixed a bug that caused the new auto-updater to break any skins added by the user by deleting the skin.yaml file
  • Fixed a bug that caused failed auto-updates to prevent Digsby from checking for updates the next time it is run
  • Fixed a bug that caused Digsby to restart so it can apply an update even if you tell it not to exit because IM windows are open
  • Fixed a bug that caused the registration screen which comes up after a fresh install to not obey proxy settings
  • Fixed a bug that caused errors in cancelling in-progress MSN file transfers
  • Fixed a bug that caused the new auto-updater to try to apply a partially downloaded update in rare cases
  • Fixed a bug that caused links in the file transfer dialog to not disappear after a cancelled file transfer
  • Fixed a bug that made it possible for more than one instance of the auto-updater to launch
  • Fixed a bug that caused HTML looking nicknames in an IM window to get rendered
  • Fixed a bug that caused the installer to try installing Digsby even if it detects Digsby running in the background
  • Fixed a bug that caused Digsby to show a permissions error on exit for a small portion of users
  • Made the single instance checker more reliable so you can’t launch multiple copies of Digsby
  • Added a “Faster!” link for manually triggered auto-updates since minimizing system resource usage isn’t as important in those cases

Update 4 (11/17/2010 5:15pm EST): Another small patch brings the build number to 28983:

  • Fixed a bug that caused Twitter to not show anything in the History view if there’s a capital letter in your Twitter username
  • Fixed a small bug with the bug reporter

Update 5 (11/19/2010 1:45pm EST): We just pushed out a small patch fixing the last known bugs in this release.  We hope to push this out to all users early next week so please let us know if you run into any bugs. The new build number is 29024 and changes include:

  • Fixed a bug that caused a scrollbar to appear in the About dialog
  • Fixed a small memory leak in MySpace newsfeed
  • Fixed a bug with how comboboxes get rendered
  • Fixed a bug that caused Facebook newsfeed to get stuck in Connecting if no Internet connection is detected
  • Fixed a bug that caused the login screen to not come to the front after an auto-update
  • Fixed a bug that caused the input box to start very large if new conversations are set to start minimized

Update 6 (11/22/2010 11:45am EST): One final patch fixing a bug which caused the file transfer window to pop up when Digsby checks for updates brings the release number to 29032. We’ll be pushing this out to all users pending any new bug reports.

Update 7 (11/22/2010 1:00pm EST): Build number updated to 29036 and is being pushed out to all users.  Thanks for you all your help testing this release!

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