I’m excited to announce the release of Instantbird 0.3
beta, the first
localized preview of what we have been working on for months, available
in 10 locales (Czech, German, English, Spanish, French, Dutch, Polish,
Russian, Slovak and Ukrainian)!
In addition to the cool features already introduced in the previous two
alpha releases (among which the Twitter support, tags, contacts merging,
…), this beta brings significant appearance changes with user icons,
an updated tab style, the improved default message theme,
Aero glass effects on Windows and
more awesome new features!
As Instantbird 0.3
is almost finished and already localized, thanks to the great work of
our localizers who were eager to share Instantbird with people speaking
their language, this beta release is a great opportunity to give
Instantbird a try,
play with it, and report bugs!
Download Instantbird 0.3 beta
We look forward to receiving your feedback to help us make the final
Instantbird 0.3 release (planned for this month!) a piece of software
you will want to share with all your friends!
We are pleased to announce that Instantbird 0.3 alpha
2 has just been released.
This release contains the first visible changes on the road to making
Instantbird 0.3 awesome:
- Contacts: If you talk to the same person on multiple IM networks you
can now combine the buddies from each network into a single contact.
Just drag and drop one onto the other and they will be merged!
- Tags: Tags have replaced groups in the buddy list. Even though our
tag system isn’t fully implemented yet, there are already some new
features. For example, a tag can be hidden by clicking the “x” on the
right side of the buddy list, all buddies from this tag will then
show in an “Other Contacts” tag automatically, which is shown at the
bottom of the buddy list.
- Windows (and Linux) users will appreciate the minimize to system tray
feature, for which we borrowed some code from the popular MinTrayR
add-on. By default Instantbird will minimize to tray when the “x” is
clicked, to quit the application choose “Quit” from the File menu or
right click on the system tray icon and choose “Quit”. This behavior
can be changed from the preferences window.
- On Mac it’s now possible to close the Contacts window without
quitting the application. A click on the dock will reopen it.
This release also contains very significant invisible changes, including
Mozilla 2.0 platform (which Firefox 4.0 is based on). Add-on developers
will like this, especially because of the new ability to create
Download or learn more about Instantbird 0.3 alpha
Instantbird 0.3 alpha
1 has just been released.
This release contains very significant changes, including the ability to
platform. Most of the changes are not yet visible in the user interface,
so we would not advise current users of the 0.2 version to update.
However, it includes basic support for Twitter and is already quite
stable; so it will please early adopters and testers who don’t go as far
as to use nightly builds (which
update themselves everyday with the newest code). Add-on developers will
also be interested, especially because of the new ability to create