A new version of the Android IRC client AndChat went live just yesterday, so lets have a look:
Version 1.2.9 brings a few feature additions, a fix for a crash bug on “selecting [a] name in user list screen” and various other small improvements.
Unspecified issues with orientation changes have been fixed and the code regarding the scrollback buffer has been worked on to prevent accidental loss of it on pressing the D-Pad. To indicate new messages that currently are not in view, AndChat now displays blue arrows and the scrollbars have been hidden to save some screen estate and only show up when the text-area is pressed longer.
The app now has a setting for the number of reconnect-attempts it should make and switching between servers is now possible by pressing the volume keys.
The complete changelog for version 1.2.9 can be viewed here and the download is available from here.
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:
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:
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.
AndChat (previously known as AndroidIRC), a free and powerful IRC client for the Android platform, has been updated and is now available at version 1.2.8.
The free – although not Open Source’d – client provides a great number of features such as multi-server and SSL support, highlights and notifications, timestamps, a scrollback buffer and nick-completion – and it reportedly works with all major bouncers.
AndChat Options Menu
The new version, available since today, has a few bugfixes and new features added:
* Various minor bug fixes
* Fixed not being able to join password protected chan after kick
* Fixed KICK command not being parsed correctly for some servers
* Fixed being unable to close a tab after being kick
* Thread issue fixed
+ Customizable notification tone added
+ Added option to disable auto-correction/auto-capitalization
+ When highlighted in channel out of view, arrow pops up to tell you
# New icons (Thanks Umair!)
# Tweaks to ensure service is killable when no servers connected
# Donate version now available!
(* = Fixed; + = Added new; # = Enhancement)
For new users of the client there is an extensive documentation available online which is pretty useful since some of the usual commands differ or have shortcuts available which helps when typing on small keyboards.
To download and install the application you should check the download page which has further instructions – Happy IRC’ing