The KVIrc project just announced the final version in the new stable branch of their IRC client, KVIrc 4.0.0 “Insomnia”.
2 months after the latest release candidate and more than 500 bugfixes from the bugtracker alone this new version now depends on Qt4 of which the developers say is “a great framework to base KVIrc on, far better than Qt3″.
Noteable changes from the last stable, KVIrc 3.4.2, are added support for server extensions such as CAPs, SASL, STARTTLS and services packages. DCC support has been enhanced with UPnP which automatically opens ports in routers so you don’t need to worry about proper port-forwarding anymore.
Compatability with various operating systems such as Mac OS X, Windows 7 and KDE4 has been improved and the “totally rewritten” MDI subsystem allows for a clean integration with your OS, adapting to the look and feel you’re used to.
Scripters will find a plethora of changes and additions and a visual class editor has been added to ease the development of custom scripts. KVIrcs support for user avatars has been improved too – now you can have animated avatars and getting the avatar from one person doesn’t require to CTCP the whole channel anymore.
An interesting addition in 4.0.0 is the ability to have a video chat over DCC – but other nice-to-have improvements made it into this release too: A graphical addon-manager, an improved and rewritten bandwidth monitor and direct media playback using the Phonon library – just to name a few.