During the latest months, we were mainly focused on the stability updates, so you might have noticed that there weren’t any noticeable changes and new features. But that’s not the case anymore.

We are glad to announce several important updates for the coming months:

  1. Email notifications for application events like new messages or new participants.
  2. Annotations, which will mostly mimic normal chat messages except that they will also be visible as popup comments for the specified source code blocks.
  3. Improved integration with GitHub, including the support for viewing the whole commits and pull requests as sets of diff files.
  4. And finally, paid plans and private conferences.

SourceTalk team

This time we have mainly stability updates. We received a lot of bug reports since the latest major release, and tried to fix as many bugs as possible. Also we are glad to announce that the average performance of the service is significantly improved, so if you ever experienced major delays in the past, that shouldn’t be the case now.

Besides that, one notable change is that we have prolonged the lifetime of the public conferences up to 30 days of inactivity.

Stay tuned, new exciting features are coming soon!

SourceTalk team

Finally the completely reworked version of SourceTalk is released.

2 years after we started working on SourceTalk, and 2 months after the release date we previously announced. But that was worth it.

Take a look at some screenshots of the new version:

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Or even better: start using new SourceTalk right now!

Here is the list of the new features comparing to the previous version:

  • New UI. Yes, the old one was very poor, and we hope that you’ll like the updated SourceTalk interface.
  • Support for markdown and images. Chat now supports extended Markdown syntax: all URL-like text gets automatically converted to links, and URLs that end with image extensions show image previews.
  • User accounts. While it might not look like an improvement in itself, we had to add them to implement new features that are listed below. Note that participating in a public conference still doesn’t require registration.
  • Human-readable URLs and increased conference lifecycle. Now every conference has a readable URL, all your conferences are listed on your profile page, and the lifetime of the conferences is increased: public conferences get deleted after a week of inactivity.
  • GitHub integration. Probably the most important change: you can add files to your conferences directly from your GitHub repositories! Currently this works only for public repositories (see below).

A couple missing features that we are working on:

  • IDE plugins. Currently, only Sublime Text 2/3 plugin is working properly with our new API (you need to update it to version 2.0 though). Releasing the rest of them is a first-priority task.
  • Private conferences and paid plans. We understand the importance of privacy for the commercial projects. Private conferences (with access to private GitHub repositories) will be available as part of the upcoming paid subscription plans.

Oleg Kalistratov, co-founder

A month ago I have announced the release date: February 15, 2015. As it always happens, things went slower than we expected, and the release is delayed. Sorry.

Though not announcing any specific date anymore, we will try to release the new version in February.

Meanwhile you can still use the pre-release version of the app, which is now integrated with GitHub: you can add files to conferences directly from your GItHub repositories (at this point this is only possible for the public repos).

Stay tuned, we are almost there.

Oleg Kalistratov, co-founder

This finally happens: I can announce the release date of a totally reworked version of SourceTalk. The date is February 15, 2015.

New features that will be included in the release:

  • 100% new UI
  • full-fledged user accounts (guest access to conferences will still be an option)
  • GitHub integration
  • increased lifetime of the conferences (permanent conferences are matter of later updates)
  • human-readable URLs
  • Markdown support for chat messages
  • convenient way to copy code chunks into messages
  • a lot of minor updates and fixes

Here are the real screenshots of the WIP version:

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Even better: you can access this version right now! Here it is:

http://prerelease.sourcetalk.net

While some features are missing at the moment I write this post (most notably, GitHub integration is yet to be implemented), it is still way better than the current one.

You should note however that:

  • this version is a work in progress, it can miss features, work wrong, hang or even be unavailable, i.e. we give absolutely no warranty of any kind on it
  • you can’t use IDE plugins with this pre-release version

Though that is not guaranteed, we will do our best to move all your sensitive data from this pre-release to the release version.

Also, you can help SourceTalk become better by submitting bugs and issues into the public issue tracker I created specially for this pre-release:

https://github.com/malroc/sourcetalk-public/issues

There is no special process for that, just describe the issue and try to provide as many details as possible.

And finally: I will highly appreciate if you spread the word about the upcoming release. While SourceTalk was flying under the radar for a very long period, it is now time to become public. If you like this tool, it’s up to you to help it succeed!

Oleg Kalistratov, co-founder

It may look like our work on improving SourceTalk kind of stuck. In reality, the things are quite opposite: we work on an upcoming version harder than ever before.
SourceTalk is finally coming out of beta, and the release version will be radically reworked comparing to the one you use now. It will be much more functional, useful and friendly.
Having release app version in mind, I have also decided to change the format of this blog. During beta period, the content of the blog was mainly focused on the application updates. Once the stable version is released, the current format looses part of its significance.
After-release blog will not be so application-centric: I will tell about my experience building SourceTalk from scratch to the release, provide technical problems and solutions we used, write about the current state of remote development industry and its outlook. In other words, it will be a quite different blog in the same manner as the release version will be quite different from the current one. We already have a new design for the blog, and most probably it will be hosted on GitHub Pages and powered by Jekyll. Jekyll is a blog platform in Ruby; it is cool, static and geeky. I really love WordPress, but for several reasons find Jekyll a better approach.
So stay tuned, a lot of changes are coming very soon.

Oleg Kalistratov, co-founder

As we already said, we updated our API to version 1.2 that is incompatible with the previous one (1.1). At the same time, we released new versions of our IDE plugins to match the new API version and uploaded them to the respective package repositories.

Except Emacs plugin. Though its code was updated, we had technical problems updating it in Marmalade repo. Of course Emacs users still had an option to update the plugin version manually, but that isn’t a great option really. Finally, we are glad to announce that Emacs plugin 1.2 is available in Marmalade.

Emacs users, we are sorry for making you wait that long.

SourceTalk team

This month we have one but major update: SourceTalk conferences now support multiple files. You can add files to a conference by dragging and dropping it (this action now adds a new file instead of replacing the current one) and remove by clicking “x” on a file tab.

It is important to note that you have to upgrade your IDE/editor plugins to version 1.2 since the old version do not work anymore.

One issue here is that you won’t be able to upgrade Emacs plugin from Marmalade repository: at the moment of the update, it does not allow to upload new plugin versions (we hope that’s a temporary problem). You can still download and upgrade the plugin manually from this repository:

https://github.com/malroc/sourcetalk_emacs

SourceTalk team

As you might have already noticed, we have recently redesigned our website. Hope it looks much better now.
But that’s only the beginning: right now we are working on the new UX for our applications. Here are some mockups to get the feeling of what it will look like when it’s done:

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Stay tuned, there are a lot of updates to come!
Oleg Kalistratov, co-founder

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