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



Saturday, December 20, 2014

Get 25% discount till December 31, 2014

Still decide to purchase the software or think about upgrading an existing license? We offer 25% discount on purchase of our IM software including the communication server, Bopup Messenger, Bopup Observer and product bundle packs! This offer is valid only till the end of the year, i.e. December 31, 2014.

Be quick to apply for the discount. Use CHRISTMAS2014 coupon code by purchasing our products online and by entering the code into appropriate field on order page.

IM Clients improved receiving files and folders

New versions of Bopup Messenger and Bopup Observer clients now properly recognize if receiving directory already contains files/folders with the same name that are being received and the File Transfer dialog shows appropriate message box and offers to select another directory to save the incoming data.

Download Bopup Messenger 6.4.3 and Bopup Observer 5.4.2

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Known issue: Receiving files fails if destination folder contains data with the same name

We need to inform our users that both Bopup Messenger and Bopup Observer clients have an issue with receiving files. Reception of files brings an error on decompression step if destination folder already contains files/directories with the same name. We will fix this problem in the nearest versions of the messaging clients. At this moment we advise to use settings in the IM clients that allow to create new subfolders in destination folder that include sender's name and/or current date.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Bopup IM Server fixes check for user's permissions to exchange instant messages and files

We released a new version of Bopup Communication Server that fixes an issue with user's permissions to send messages and files. Version 4.3.9 now verifies each time when a user sends an instant message that message's recipient is available according to user's Organizational Unit permissions. This works well when a user organizes his contacts and unavailable accounts aren't shown in the wizard and cannot be added into Contact List in the messenger client. But the issue occurred only when a message is received from unavailable user and he is added into Not In Contacts list. In this case the users gets the right to reply back to that the sender and the communication server does not check the permissions. Now this issues is resolved.

Download Bopup Communication Server version 4.3.9