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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

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

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

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

Some changes this month:

  • another hang scenario fixed
  • we moved to Bootstrap 3, so you can notice that the overall UI has slightly changed
  • conference title element improved: now, file name is displayed even if the conference has title, and you can set/change the title at any time (not only when creating a conference)
  • a lot of minor updates and fixes

We are planning to do more updates this month, and share a Backbone.js plugin we developed for our product, so stay tuned.

SourceTalk team

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