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Yaaic Android IRC client 0.3 is available

Yaaic developer pocmo just announced that he released version 0.3 of his Android IRC client which comes with quite a few enhancements and bugfixes – so lets have a look.

The first thing that immediately grabs the attention – for those that don’t follow the projects Twitter feed – is the addition of the new logo:

Yaaic Logo

Yaaic Logo

But there have been many under-the-hood improvements as well: You can now choose the encoding on a per-server basis and are not bound to the default UTF-8 as in the previous version. This version is also the first to support SSL encrypted connections but pocmo warns that the TrustManager currently will accept every certificate, valid or not.

Furthermore, this version is now able to connect to networks that run InspIRCd with the module m_antibear loaded which sends a numeric certain clients can’t handle – up to now, this also prevented Yaaic from connecting to them.

New features and commands that have been added in this release are /away, /whois and /help, which only gives an overview of all available commands at the moment, a facility to get a more detailed help on individual commands is planned for a future release.

The overall behaviour of the client has been improved – Highlights, connects and disconnects are now shown as notifications in the notification bar and in the event of a disconnect you’re asked if you want to reconnect, provided the app is running in the foreground. Speaking of running in the foreground: you may now suspend the app and it will keep running and stay connected in the background until you return to it.

The announcement also provides us with a short teaser video which i don’t want to withhold from you:

You can find the complete changelog for Yaaic 0.3 here and the download can be grabbed from here.

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irssi 0.8.15 has been released

The irssi project just released version 0.8.15 of their commandline IRC client.

This updated version fixes two security issues: a “hard to exploit” remote crash bug and one where the client didn’t check the hostname on SSL connections, so this release is a recommended update.

irssi 0.8.15 Channel View

irssi 0.8.15 Channel View

But besides quite a few bugfixes there are feature additions too: Among others, irssi now shows why a SSL certificate failed validation, paste detection has been improved and quiet-bans (+q) of Charybdis-based IRCds are now displayed in the channel window.

The full changelog can be viewed here and downloads for various Linux distributions as well as sources and links to the SVN repos can be found here.

Thanks for the tip go to Brad!

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lightIRC 0.9.9 released

The free Flash IRC client lightIRC has been released on April 1st and that totally wasn’t an April Fools joke.

lightIRC 0.9.9 Channel View

lightIRC 0.9.9 Channel View

The webchat client adds new translations for Greek, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan and Bulgarian and is now available in a whopping total of 20 languages.

The need to access an authentication-file on lightirc.com has been removed and therefore it can now run on a LAN without any kind of Internet-access.

lightIRC 0.9.9 Channel Central

lightIRC 0.9.9 Channel Central

There have been a few miscellaneous fixes and a little code cleanup according to author valentin and the changelog also mentions a feature removal – The proxy feature has been dropped since it wasn’t “running good enough for production environments”.

The download of version 0.9.9 as well as the complete changelog can be found here.

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Yaaic Android IRC client 0.2 released

The Yaaic project brings us yet another release of their IRC client for the Android platform and is now available for download as version 0.2.

This new version – released just one week after v0.1 – has a few bugs fixed, features added as well as a few cosmetic touch-ups.

Developer pocmo writes in his announcement that he, despite the fact that he dropped the “Beta” from its name, still considers Yaaic to be in the Beta stage which it will most likely remain “as long as there’s a 0 at the beginning of the version number”.

57 commits have been made and a few nasty bugs have been squashed – One particularly nasty bug “causing some messages to appear in the wrong channels / queries” has been fixed which makes this new release a recommended upgrade.

UTF-8 is now the default encoding and according to pocmo there will be an option to choose one in a future release.

The download for version 0.2 can be found here and the complete changelog is located here.

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IRC client Nettalk 6.7.4 released

Nettalk, a free and opensource’d IRC client for the Windows platform has released an update and is now available as version 6.7.4.

The multi-language client, whose interface is available in no less than seven languages, has had a few glitches fixed of which some would only be noticeable on Windows 7.

Nettalk Channelview

Nettalk Channelview

A bug with DCC resuming that possibly could have corrupted files has been fixed and there’s also a new feature in this release:

You can now search for commands by the description of what they do by entering /? on the input-line.

Confused? Then take a look at the following screenshot:

Nettalk Commandsearch

Nettalk Commandsearch

That looks useful and should mostly help new users getting used to the client or help veterans to remember commands that one only uses once every thousand years.

You can get the client from here – current Nettalk users can update by just executing /update.

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