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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 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:



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

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:

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 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:



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

Hi there, we have just released a new version of SourceTalk with a lot of minor improvements to the overall user experience:

  • Chat now supports multiline messages. Press <Enter> if you want to insert a line break, press <Ctrl + Enter> (or Send button) to send a message.
  • Source file synchronization mechanism is improved.
  • Several notable synchronization bugs are fixed.

But besides that, we are glad to announce some huge changes that you will see very soon. First of all, we are working on a better design for all our infrastructure: the app itself, our site, and this blog. Then, we are planning to move to WebSocket technology as the main transporting mechanism, which will strongly improve your chatting and synchronization experience: we understand that it is far from perfect right now. Last but not least, we are working to implement user accounts and planning to add paid plans later. Don’t worry, if you don’t want to pay, all the features you can use now will be always available for free: paid plans will add the features like private conferences, infinite chat history, and synchronization with GitHub, but if you don’t need these, nothing changes for you.

SourceTalk team

2013 was the year we created SourceTalk, driven by the vision of our officeless future where the developers from all over the world can effectively collaborate with each other.

At the moment I write this post, we are working on a large update, and I promise you’ll like it. Yes, that’s the one we announced this September, and planned to release this November. Sometimes thinks take more time that it was planned (after all, you are a developer too, right?).

Anyways, 2013 was a great year for our team, and I hope that 2014 will be even better: we have big plans for the coming year. May it also be a good year for you!

Happy New Year!

Oleg Kalistratov, co-founder

Here are some major updates we are planning to release very soon.

  1. New IDE plugins: NetBeans, Eclipse & Vim. These are currently under development and will be released shortly.
  2. New communication architecture based on WebRTC technology. This will strongly improve your communication/synchronization experience, we promise.
  3. Separating the app from the website. This will improve both application performance and your working experience.
  4. New UI. Yes, we are finally planning to improve it.

We’ll describe all the changes in detail once they are ready. Keep up with our news!

SourceTalk team