Sunday, March 29, 2015

Minor updates of the IM client software

New versions of Bopup Messenger and Bopup Observer messaging clients have been released. These releases contain minor changes but include a few useful bug fixes.

What's new:

Added support to restrict changing contacts if they are locked on the IM server
Bopup Messenger client now prevents changing contacts and blocks a launch of the Organize Contact List Wizard from the interface if the contacts are locked on the IM server. A new option to lock users' Contacts List from modifications has been introduced in the recent version 4.3.13 of Bopup Communication Server.

Fixed duplicate incoming messages shown in conversations if the hidden option that limits an amount of displayed messages is used
The messenger client fixed issue with duplicate messages shown in conversation when the last was from invalid (News) account. We resolved that this bug appeared only if the IM client showed a limited amount of messages in conversations by enabling a hidden setting through the server console.

Fixed issues when message is going from offline user but only online contacts are shown
Another important fixes belong to functionality if the messenger displays only online users within Contact List. In that case the instant messaging client did not show blinking notifications in the contacts when a new offline message was received on a program startup and the sender was offline. It also fixed issues with displaying messages in conversations for recipients that have gone to offline mode but the messenger had unread messages from them.

Many minor fixes in Message History and File Transfer modules regarding support of AM/PM time format
Both Bopup Messenger and Bopup Observer applications improved support of 12-hour clock format with AM/PM indicators to show date/time correctly.

Download Bopup Messenger version 6.5.2 and Bopup Observer 5.5.2



Monday, March 23, 2015

Lock users' contacts from automated modifications and future changes

New version 4.3.13 of Bopup Communication Server product is available. This version added a new option in addition to the newly represented function to organize and build users' Contact Lists from the console. Now it is possible to lock contacts in order to prevent their possible changes and modifications.


Since the IM server offers the function to automatically re-build Contact Lists when new users are added, deleted or moved then organizing custom contacts needed to be occurred every time when Contact Lists have been globally rebuilt. The new check box called "Lock Contact List" on the "Contact List" tab of the user's properties dialog allows to keep the contacts unchanged regardless modification in the user structure on the communication server. Of course, deleted accounts will be removed from locked lists but they will not be fully rebuilt from a list of available contacts.



Monday, March 16, 2015

Build and change users' Contact Lists from the IM server

We are happy to inform that new version 4.3.12 of Bopup Communication Server has been released today. This version comes with a great function that allows to change and tune users' buddy lists from Management Console personally for each user. It is now possible to do from user's properties dialog.


The list of available users shown on the Contact List tab is based on user's Organizational Unit permissions, so it is possible to add/remove contacts that are only visible to the user. Please note that users with Administrator account type may see and select all users available of the IM system.

The new feature of the communication server would be useful when changing contacts are not permitted to users themselves from messaging clients through appropriate option on the Contact List tab in the options. In this case users can have custom buddy lists even they are all located in the same Organizational Unit and this would be a great addition to existing OU permissions functionality.



Friday, March 6, 2015

New versions of the messenger and observer clients

We released new updates of the in the past few days. These are not major updates because come with a little changes.

The most important change in Bopup Messenger is a new hidden option that allows to do no show group messages sent by a recipient when a personal conversation is opened with him. The option called "HideGroupMessagesInConversation" and can be set on initial setup of the software using Setup.ini file or via Setup.ini Configuration Tool available as a stand-alone tool in Downloads.

Since current version of the IM server software contain an older version of the configuration tool it is impossible to use the new option in the client. The only way is to update the setupcfg.exe file in the installation directory of Bopup Communication Server manually once you download the tool from the website.

Another change is about AM/PM time format that has been added in previous release of the instant messaging clients. The messenger fixes displaying of 12:00 time when 12:00AM shown instead of 12:00PM.

The messenger client also resolves the problem with a scroll bar in conversations. It could appear in a middle of the screen if conversation includes many messages.

Download Bopup Messenger version 6.5.1 and Bopup Observer version 5.5.1

Monday, February 23, 2015

Useful update of the communication server software

We released Bopup Communication Server version 4.3.11 that comes with useful improvements and updates. It also solves the issue explained in the recent post when Android app is unable to connect if Windows Authentication is used for the user account. See detailed information on changes in this version below.

What's new:

Added function to set a password for a user manually if Private login/password authentication is used
The server console added an option to set a password for the account if third-party authentication is used. That's too useful addition because our customers asked about this function for a long time. So now it is possible to change password for the account manually through account properties window and not only to reset it in order to force the user to create a new one by himself.

Added ability to use same IM account name on Android messenger app even if Windows Authentication is enabled
Another important change is about support of the messenger application for Android platform. Prior versions of the IM server required to have different accounts for the same user if the software works on Windows domain network. Or change the authentication for that user to Private login/password mode. The latest version of the server now supports using the same IM account on different devices, and use Windows Authentication on desktop messenger and Private login/password for Android app.

Fixed issues with checking new updates
We were reported that the console did not check for updates correctly and even brought a connection error message. That forced us to discover several issues and one was in our website since May 2014! Now everything works as it should and properly.

Download Bopup Communication Server version 4.3.11

Friday, February 20, 2015

Known issue: Android app does not support Windows Authentication

Here is an issue with authentication used by our IM client for mobile platform called Bopup Messenger for Android. It does not support Windows Authentication so the application cannot accept domain name, account and password to connect to communication server and brings an SSPI authorization error. The problem is in SSPI mechanism used by our IM server and which is not supported by Android platform because it's implementation is available for Windows system only. We will try to work out this issue in future versions of the software, stay updated. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Major updates both of the messenger and observer IM clients

In addition to the recent update of the communication server application new versions of Bopup Messenger and Bopup Observer are available for download. Version 6.5 of the messenger and version 5.5 of the observer client come with great additions and improvements, see changes below.

What's new

Added option to display time of messages in 12-hour clock format with AM/PM indicators
It is important to show currencies, time and other values in the applications according to user's current locale and settings. Since most of our customers are from US we added support to show time of messages and file transfer in 12-hour clock format with including AM/PM symbols. Now new option is available in IM client options and it can be also set from the communication server.

Added options that override default colors of sender and recipient titles in conversations
There is a great  news about colors in conversations. Now it is possible to customize them and set any other color for sender's and recipient's names shown in conversations. Default colors are blue and gray but the colors can be easily overridden using Setup.ini Configuration Tool on the IM server or via setup.ini file during initial install. These colors cannot be customized by users themselves from the IM client.

Added options that restrict changing text font, color and inserting smileys (emotions) to outgoing messages
Using client settings uploaded on the IM server is also possible to restrict other functions in the IM client such as changing font and color text for outgoing messages, inserting graphic emotions or using 'typing sound' feature. These options are also hidden and cannot be controlled directly from instant messaging applications.

Download Bopup Messenger version 6.5 and Bopup Observer version 5.5

Friday, February 13, 2015

Bopup Communication Server version 4.3.10

Today, 13th February we updated our instant messaging server applications and released version 4.3.10. New version of the IM server fixes possible issues with starting up of Management Console on Windows 2008 R2 edition. We also added an option to display time everywhere in the console in 12-hour clock format with AM/PM indicators. This would be a useful update for our US customers. Another addition is about displaying connection string used to connect to the SQL Server, that is now shown in the SQL database maintenance dialog. It's value can be requested by our technical support representer in some cases so it will not be necessary to open registry editor to retrieve that value in the future.

The new server package also includes the latest version of Setup.ini Configuration Tool that now lets set up custom colors for sender's/recipient's titles in conversation and block options in sending message dialog for users such as changing text font and color, inserting emotions and using the 'typing message' sound.

Download Bopup Communication Server version 4.3.10

Sunday, January 18, 2015

A long time coming release of the Android app

We are glad to inform that new release of our Bopup Messenger for Android platform has been released. The latest version 1.0.7 introduces many additions and improvements, it is much useful and better than all prior versions of the IM client because settings interface is provided too.

What's new:

Added localization to Spanish language
Now the app supports Spanish if the same localization is set on the Android device.

Added option to automatically launch the app on system startup
The main issue from app's first release was the absence of an option to start it automatically. Version 1.0.7 added Settings page and the option to launch app on a device startup is also provided.

Added option to automatically show incoming message (conversation) on it's reception
The settings page in the app also added option to automatically show new message within a conversation once it is received. If this option is checked then the messenger would select a message' sender in Contact List and display a conversation. If another chat conversation is opened then it will be switched to a new one.

Added sound alert and vibrate notification on a receipt of messages
Another important options belong also to receipt of incoming messages. Prior versions of the messenger app had no any alerts on this. Version 1.0.7 added vibrate alert and ringtone sound that can be turned through the options.

Bopup Messenger for Android also fixes many little bugs and added another minor improvements. We highly recommend to update existing applications running on Android platform. New version is also available on Google Market at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.blabs.bopup.messenger

Download Bopup Messenger for Android version 1.0.7

Monday, January 12, 2015

IM clients updates are available

New versions both of Bopup Messenger and Bopup Observer clients have been released. They fix important and annoying issues and also come with other little improvements.

Option "Reply to group" is enabled by default on an initial installation
We noticed that the option to reply to a messaging group instead of a message's sender is very important and useful. Using the option it is possible to organize a group chat between all assigned users to the group. But this settings was not enabled by default so many users asked us how to have a group conversation because reply option always sent a message to a sender account not to the group. Now Bopup Messenger enables by default on a first ("clear") installation on a computer.

Fixed issue with scrollbar in a conversation dialog when no messages are shown
Another annoying issue was an issue with a scrollbar in a conversation text box that moved up all previous sent and received messages. This could appear when a chat window was automatically opened on an incoming message.

Fixed error on messenger startup when history contains favorite messages
Due to unknown reason the messengers could bring an error on startup when favorite messages existed in the history. We rebuilt the Message History module to solve this error.

Improved pop up of the main window on reception of new messages
We missed function that allows to pop up the main window of the IM client when it is minimized to Task bar area on a receipt of  new message. This functionality is too important on Bopup Observer client.

Download Bopup Messenger version 6.4.4 and Bopup Observer 5.4.3

Friday, January 2, 2015

New reseller in Turkey: btburada.com

Meet our new reseller in Turkey, it is btburada.com. They became our first distributor on Turkish territory and we believe in our great partnership. Our IM software products have been listed on the reseller's website that is available at store.btburada.com