A short time after Instantbird 0.2 was released the js-proto branch was
merged into the main development tree. This was the branch where the
backend of Instantbird was prepared to support protocol plugins written
contributor of the project, started working on an implementation of the
Now he has written a long and detailed posting on his blog about the
hows and whys, as well as the current status of his work. It’s spiced
with lots of references to both Instantbird and specifications of the
protocol. So if you’re interested in the technical aspects of
Instantbird and how to extend Instantbird with a protocol plugin written
in JS then you definitely should go and read it at his
It’s been three weeks now since the last status update and
here’s a short summary of things that have been done in the meantime.
Some contributors are getting more closely involved with the project
lately. Subsequently some tasks, such as posting status updates, will
occasionally be performed by people besides Florian, in fact this entry
was written by Benedikt P.
Making the buddy list ready for the future: the buddy list backend
mentioned in the last update has been finished, debugged and finally
two weeks ago.
The Mozilla framework has supported CSS transitions for a while now
and we decided to ditch our old animation code in favour of this
state-of-the-art technology. Changing the display- and
hide-animations on the buddy list is part of bug
with the change to the buddy list backend it greatly increased the
speed when switching on the display of offline buddies. There should
no longer be any noticeable delay, even when there are many buddies
on the list.
If you ever tried to *emphasize* words in a plain text chat, be
happy: we are displaying plain text formatting now, such as *bold*,
/italics/, underline and |code| (bug
We made conversation tabs look more native on Mac, taking advantage
of a suggestion from Markus Stange:
The old flat look:
Now with a nice gradient in the title bar:
If you have any other ideas how to make Instantbird more awesome,
feel free to contact us or
to file an enhancement request on our
Stuff for devs, stuff that matters: we’re using
now and were able to reduce the number of lines used to get XPCOM
services by 2/3.
Brainstorming: some brainstorming about
nicknames (among other things) happened on our IRC channel,
summarized results and ideas can be found in the
- We’re planning to release Instantbird 0.2.0.1, which will include
security and stability fixes for our current stable release.
Additionally it will be available in a few additional locales that
were finished soon after 0.2 was released.
- We’re planning to release a 0.3 alpha 1 version, which will include
the changes mentioned above and some more visible changes.
- Carrying on the task of getting a new Mac build machine and switch
Mac build from PPC/i386 to i386/x64.
- Setup a nonprofit organization to make money matters related to the
project transparent and to be able to accept donations.