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Datawire 1.4 Released - Now on to other things...

Posted on December 24, 2011 at 2:20 PM

This post is actually several days late, seeing as I officially released Datawire 1.4 on the 20th.  Nonetheless, I feel it's about time I updated you.

In case you didn't notice, there is no voice chat in Datawire 1.4    :(

Sorry.  The code is actually in there, but I took out all GUI references to it, making it unreachable.  I just don't think it's ready to be implemented (will it ever be? uh...).

On the bright side, after temporarily abandoning voice chat, I focused my attention on the text chat.  It's fixed!  Not only is the formatting much cleaner and nice looking, it doesn't split words up any more!  And the auto-scrolling works!  It didn't take much time nor effort to improve it, so I'm not sure why I never bothered :D.

I also recorded a sound effect that plays if Datawire isn't the focused window and you get a chat message.  Unfortunately, I think I screwed up the Preferences code for it so it's disabled by default.  No worries though!  Just go to Tools --> Preferences and uncheck the box that says "Disable chat notification sound" and the chat alert will be enabled.  Try it!

I made several improvements to the GUI code, so it shouldn't act quite as screwy as it used to, especially for people with smaller monitors.  I also added a key listener to the connect screen so you can hit enter after typing/selecting the address to connect to and it will click the button for you.

Within an hour of publishing 1.4.0 I released 1.4.1 which just fixed an issue with connection timeout issues when creating the new socket for a file transfer.  I accidentally made the timout value WAY too short, so half the time it would just sit on "Preparing for file transfer..." indefinitely.

Unless I make any more small improvements to 1.4, that will be the last update for Datawire before 2.0 rolls out.

I'm now working on three things (primarily.. I digress):

1.  The game (I will talk about this in more detail later :D

2.  Datawire 2.0

3.  Finally finishing ModderPro

Small hint:  I'm completely redesigning the lobby for Datawire 2.0.  Oh and you will be able to queue transfers.

Back to work!



P.S.  Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays, and a VERY Happy New Year to all from me (Brian) here at WinBatch (.webs.com)!

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