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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

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:

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:



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

This has finally happened, much later than we announced, but still: we have released the plugins for Vim, Eclipse and NetBeans.

Vim plugin

It can be installed via VundlePathogen, or any similar package manager. You need to add webapi-vim and sourcetalk_vim to the list of your plugins.

To start a conference with your active source file, execute :SourcetalkStart

Eclipse plugin

It is available in Eclipse Marketplace.

To start a conference with your active source file, click sT (SourceTalk logo) in the toolbar.

NetBeans plugin

It is available on the NetBeans site.

To start a conference with your active source file, click sT (SourceTalk logo) in the toolbar.

Other plugins

The whole list of SourceTalk plugins with the instructions on how to install and use them can be found here.

At this moment we have plugins for 5 popular code editors and IDEs, and we are not planning to add more, at least for now. Instead we are going to work on improving the overall SourceTalk experience, as well as adding new features to the existing plugins.

Hope your favorite code editor is in the list. If you face problems installing or using the plugins, feel free to email us, we always read your feedback!

SourceTalk team

Below are some updates we made last month:

  • Chat direction changed. Now you see the latest messages at the bottom of the page, which is more usual for chats
  • Sound notifications. If you don’t see SourceTalk tab (or browser window), you will be notified when someone sends a message
  • Also, you will see the number of the unread messages in the page title

Hope these small changes will make you SourceTalk experience a bit better.

SourceTalk team