|| ||Sjors Gielen <sjors-AT-kmess.org> |
|| ||kmess-announce-AT-lists.sourceforge.net, kde-announce-apps-AT-kde.org |
|| ||KMess team announces the release of KMess 2.0 |
|| ||Sat, 25 Jul 2009 01:56:22 +0200|
|| ||Article, Thread
July 24 2009, the INTERNETS -- The KMess team announces today the
immediate availability of KMess 2.0. This is the first stable release of
the KMess 2 series, in development since January 2008, one and a half
years ago. KMess 2.0 is our newest, best, most fresh release yet, and
everybody is encouraged to upgrade to it.
The most obvious difference between our last stable release, KMess
1.5.2, and this release is the transition to KDE 4. Other than that,
these things have changed:
- added ability to re-use previously opened chat windows after
- added a dark chat style suitable for use with dark KDE color themes.
- added a DBus remote control interface, to enable interaction with
KMess from other applications.
- added application-wide settings dialog, which includes an account
- added a contact search box in the contact list.
- added automatic reconnection after unwanted disconnections, keeping
the previous status.
- added connecting over HTTP, to deal with corporate firewalls which
only allow connections to browse the web.
- added contact emoticon blacklist, to block annoying custom emoticons
- added a contact list exporting dialog.
- added options to copy a contact's email, name, message, listened
music and links present in the name/message.
- added detection of network connection availability, using Solid.
- added fading effect for long text labels and the contact list.
- added fast-retype of previous sentences using Ctrl+Up/Ctrl+Down.
- added full MSN Plus text-formatting support in chat and in the
- added group selection box to the "add contact" dialog.
- added IRC like command handling in the chat window (/away, etc..)
- added KWallet support to store account passwords in a secure way.
- added Likeback support to collect user feedback, ported from Basket
of KDE 3.
- added chat logs history dialog.
- added full offline messaging support.
- added option to choose a directory where to put all received files.
- added option to choose a previously set display picture for the account.
- added option to choose the browser and e-mail client used to open Web
- added option to choose the dimensions of the pictures in the contact
- added option to choose the interval of ports used for fast file
- added option to disable displaying received winks.
- added option to display all offline contacts in a single group
("mixed" group mode).
- added option to hide currently empty groups.
- added support to configure the application's tool bars and menus.
- added support to send and receive handwritten messages (still doesn't
work with some Messengers).
- added optional tabbed chatting support.
- added a contact properties dialog.
- added KDE proxy support.
- fixed appearance when using right-to-Left languages, like Arabic.
- fixed bug preventing temporary accounts to be correctly cleaned up.
- fixed chat window focus issues.
- fixed disconnections after many hours of use.
- fixed displaying duplicated status messages.
- improved appearance of the contact list when antialiasing is enabled.
- improved chat logging support, now allowing saving chats as files in
text or HTML format.
- improved chat notifications to be compatible with the new Plasma
notifications of KDE 4.2.
- improved client name detection of contacts.
- improved chat window appearance with movable panels.
- improved protocol support, upgraded the server core protocol to MSNP15.
- improved reporting of error messages, using notifications for warnings.
- improved the file transfer messages within the chat.
- fixed a lot of other bugs and made numerous other improvements.
The screenshots page at kmess.org, <http://kmess.org/screenshots/>,
provides a detailed overview of the larger changes in KMess 2.0, as
opposed to KMess 1.5.2.
You can find the source code at our website,
<http://kmess.org/download/>, and binary packages for various
distributions will start flooding in soon.
Thanks to 44 volunteer translators, KMess is available in 14 languages.
Other people, without whom this release would not be what it is today,
as well as the current members of the KMess team, are listed on our
People page at <http://kmess.org/people/>.
Any remarks, notes, declarations of love as well as bug reports can be
posted at our forums, at <http://kmess.org/board/>. You can also send us
messages using the LikeBack client built into KMess, accessible via Help
-> Send a Comment to the Developers. We wish you a lot of fun and
chatting with our best release of KMess ever!
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