Commit e99bea2d authored by Daniel Brötzmann's avatar Daniel Brötzmann

Beta post: Improve text after some feedback

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**It has been almost a year since the [release of Gajim 1.1.3](https://gajim.org/post/2019-04-23-gajim-1.1.3-released/). A year of developing new features, cleaning up old code, and bug fixing. This month it is finally the time for a first beta release of Gajim 1.2. Highlights are (amongst others): improved group chat system, completely rewritten network code, and a new account creation assistant. To finalize the release, we would appreciate your feedback.**
**It has been almost a year since the [release of Gajim 1.1.3](https://gajim.org/post/2019-04-23-gajim-1.1.3-released/). A year of developing new features, cleaning up old code, and bug fixing. This month it is finally the time for a first beta release of Gajim 1.2. Highlights are (amongst others): improved group chat system, completely rewritten network code, and a new account creation assistant. But there is much more to discover. If you have suggestions on how this Beta can be improved, please let us know. Your feedback is welcome.**
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## Group Chats
Let’s start with a vital part of many instant messengers: group chats. Until now, group chat related actions, such as changing your nickname or inviting people were shown in separate dialogs. In Gajim 1.2, all of these dialogs have been reorganized into group chat 'pages' overlaying the chat. In addition to that, it is now also possible to view an info page for each group chat, containing the chat’s settings, description, topic, and so on (see [November’s Development News](https://gajim.org/post/2019-11-25-development-news-november/)). Inviting people has become a lot easier with the new invite page, where you can search and filter your contacts. It is now also possible to invite someone from your contact list by drag and drop. Furthermore, each group chat window now features an updated participants list (see [October’s Development News](https://gajim.org/post/2019-11-06-development-news-october/)). In case of an error (chat closed, service gone), Gajim will now offer to remove a faulty group chat permanently.
Let’s start with a vital part of many instant messengers: group chats. Until now, group chat related actions, such as changing your nickname or inviting people were shown in separate dialogs. In Gajim 1.2, all of these dialogs have been reorganized into group chat 'pages' overlaying the chat. In addition to that, it is now also possible to view an info page for each group chat, containing the chat’s settings, description, topic, and so on (see [November’s Development News](https://gajim.org/post/2019-11-25-development-news-november/)). Inviting people has become a lot easier with the new invite page, where you can search and filter your contacts. It is now also possible to invite someone from your contact list by drag and drop. Furthermore, each group chat window now features an updated participants list, which fixes some nasty display bugs from the past. In case of an error (chat destroyed, service gone), Gajim will now offer to remove a faulty group chat permanently.
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## Network Connection
Rewriting the network connection code of Gajim has been a major task for the past few months. These changes enable Gajim to establish connections faster (especially when running under Windows) and also to recover from network connection loss or other connection related problems. Proxy handling has been improved and WebSocket ([RFC 7395](https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc7395)) is now supported as well. Gajim’s Plugin Installer and URL Image Preview will soon be able to honor the proxy settings your specified for your account. This proxy will also be used for file transfers via HTTP File Upload. [March’s Development News](https://gajim.org/post/2020-03-30-development-news-march/) cover most of the changes.
Rewriting the network connection code of Gajim has been a major task for the past few months. These changes enable Gajim to establish connections faster (especially when running under Windows) and also to recover from network connection loss or other connection related problems. Proxy handling has been improved and WebSocket ([RFC 7395](https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc7395) as a replacement for [BOSH](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BOSH_(protocol))) is now supported as well. In the near future (probably with the release of 1.2), Gajim’s Plugin Installer and URL Image Preview will also be able to honor the proxy settings your specified for your account. This proxy will also be used for file transfers via HTTP File Upload. [March’s Development News](https://gajim.org/post/2020-03-30-development-news-march/) cover most of the changes.
To get an insight into connection details, the Server Info window now lists transport protocol, transport security, and connection proxy. If needed, you can also inspect the server’s certificate. Contact addresses published by the server (e.g. for troubleshooting) are listed as well.
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## More Changes
* Many bug fixes and improvements for Gajim’s Flatpak version
* Default avatars are now generated for every contact using Consistent Color Generation ([XEP-0392](https://xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0392.html) and the contact’s initial letter
* Default avatars are now generated for every contact using Consistent Color Generation ([XEP-0392](https://xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0392.html)) and the contact’s initial letter
* It is now possible to paste an image from the clipboard to send it
* File transfers via HTTP File Upload will now display filename, upload speed and remaining time
* Maximum allowed file size for HTTP File Uploads is shown in the Server Info window
* File transfers via [HTTP File Upload](https://xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0363.html) will now display filename, upload speed and remaining time
* Maximum allowed file size for [HTTP File Upload](https://xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0363.html) is shown in the Server Info window
* It is now possible to drop a file on a contact to start a file transfer
* In addition to viewing an OMEMO encrypted file, it is now also possible to open the folder containing it
* Improved Theme Manager
* Contrast and color improvements for both light and dark themes
* Better delivery receipt icon
* Better icon for [Message Delivery Receipts](https://xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0184.html)
* Delivery errors are now shown in the tooltip of the corresponding message icon
* Gajim’s logs database (which stores chat history amongst others) received some performance tweaks
* Improved Audio/Video source selection in preferences (plus video preview)
* Contact list tooltip cleanup
* Many text strings have been revised
* Many text strings [have been revised](https://dev.gajim.org/gajim/gajim/-/merge_requests/384) (e.g. consistent use of terms like 'Group Chat', easier language)
* Keyboard shortcuts for moving tabs have been added
* New XML console features (filter XML stream by account, search within stream)
* Global menu (appmenu) has been moved back to the menubar (GNOME)
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