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