Loudtalks Cloud graduates from beta

By Alexey Gavrilov on February 23, 2010

A little more than a year after public beta launch, a dozen of releases, and a hundred of fixed bugs later Loudtalks Cloud is now officially out of beta.

What it means for you?

  1. The service is considered stable and suitable for the use in production environment
  2. Core features set is complete but we have some new exciting plans in the roadmap (more on this later in this post)
  3. If you use a Basic service plan (up to 10 users), you can continue using it
  4. If you use a beta version of a premium service plan, you need to switch to a paid version before your beta expires to assure the uninterrupted use of the service.

Switching to a paid service plan

  1. Check out Loudtalks Cloud pricing and available service plans
  2. Log-in to your Loudtalks Cloud admin console, go to Account page and switch to the selected service plan
  3. If you decided to use a free service plan you may need to remove the users and radio gateways to fit into the service plan limits first
  4. If you are switching to a premium service plan, proceed to Account > Payment to complete the payment and activate your service plan.
  5. Beta service plans are set to expire on March 15, 2010. Please switch to appropriate paid (or free) service plan before that date.

What’s next?

Here are a few things we want to focus on in the near future:

  1. Extend and improve the SDK to allow developers better leverage our platform
  2. Support more mobile platforms. iPhone, Blackberry and Android are in the short list.

The latter goal is quite ambitious but we strongly feel it’s very important. If you agree and want to help us making it happen earlier, go ahead and sign up for a premium Loudtalks Cloud service plan!

One more thing

If you have tested Loudtalks Cloud and planning to continue to use it, send us your feedback or suggestions on how we can improve the service, and we’ll credit your network account with $100, which you could use to pay for the premium service.

Loudtalks Lite 0.9.0.64

By Alexey Gavrilov on January 14, 2010

Release notes:

Windows

– Added animated status while connecting a call (only applicable if you use Clear to send)

– Improved sound capture

– Updated Romanian and Swedish translations

Windows Mobile

– Added animated status while connecting a call

– Fixed audio recording problems on some devices (particularly Samsung SGH-i627, Samsung SCH-i770, Intermec CN50)

– Correctly handle screen orientation changes

– Updated Romanian and Swedish translations

The update will be delivered through automatic updates today or you can download it manually now:

Download Loudtalks Lite for Windows

Download Loudtalks Lite for Windows Mobile

Loudtalks Lite 0.9.0.63

By Alexey Gavrilov on November 23, 2009

Loudtalks Lite 0.9.0.63 is here. Most of the changes are around mobile version again.

Release notes:

Windows

– Added connection quality indicator rating your current connectivity in 1..5 bars scale. If you have 5 bars, your connection is excellent and you will enjoy the best Loudtalks experience. 1 or 2 bars means you have some serious connectivity trouble and may experience dropped voice or longer than 1 sec delay. It might be your ISP, our server or your BitTorrent client working to its limits. Finally if Loudtalks client is currently re-connecting an alert icon is shown instead of the indicator there.

– When you submit a report about the problem a copy of it is saved to ‘My Documents’ folder

Windows Mobile

– Fixed sound capture on some HTC-made devices (particularly Hermes)

– Added connection quality indicator

– When you submit a report about the problem a copy of it is saved to ‘My Documents’ folder

– Added option to bring the app to the foreground, when transmitting a message (useful when using a global hotkey)

– Added option to bring the app to the foreground, when receiving a message

– Added more audio-related information to diagnostic log

The update will be delivered through automatic updates today or you can download it manually now:

Download Loudtalks Lite for Windows

Download Loudtalks Lite for Windows Mobile

This update includes some serious changes to the sound capture code so if it stopped working on your device, please let us know!

Loudtalks 0.9.0.56

By Alexey Gavrilov on July 7, 2009

A minor Loudtalks Lite update is published today.

Release notes

Windows

  1. [new] Automatic updates configuration. You can select one of three modes — Download automatically (default), Notify only and Disable
  2. [new] Recording and playback level adjustment. Use this option if Loudtalks volume is too low or too loud. This control should be used with caution because if you set volume too high, it’ll cause sound “clipping” and bad artifacts.

Windows Mobile

  1. [new] Automatic updates support
  2. [new] Recording and playback level adjustment.
  3. [fix] Distorted graphics and icons in 320×320 and 320×240 modes
  4. [new] Automatic scrolling when the UI form doesn’t fit into device screen

Loudtalks for Windows
Loudtalks for Windows Mobile

Known issues

  1. The current Windows Mobile build doesn’t display correctly on VGA and higher-resolution screens. The issue will be addressed in the next release. In the interim users with hi-res screens may use Loudtalks 0.9.0.54 (download .cab)
  2. AT&T Tilt users are not able to assign device’s PTT button as a hotkey in Loudtalks. If you have this device and want to help fixing this issue please contact us at support@loudtalks.com
  3. Some users report that Loudtalks can’t capture sound on their HTC-made Windows Mobile phone (HTC Touch and other models). We weren’t able to reproduce or isolate this issue yet. If you experience it, please contact us.
  4. When running Loudtalks under Linux on WINE, you must disable notification sounds, otherwise it crashes on the incoming message.

Loudtalks Lite 0.9.0.52

By Alexey Gavrilov on April 26, 2009

Yesterday we’ve released a major Loudtalks update. It’s significant as it introduces major improvements to sound quality and the brand new voice-controlled hands-free operation mode. Here are the release notes:

Windows

  1. [new] VOX-controlled handsfree option (more on this in the next post)
  2. [new] Noise suppression
  3. [new] Reduced latency to ~300 ms (under perfect conditions i.e LAN, could be longer due to network delay but in any case you’ll notice that this version is MUCH faster)
  4. [new] Re-grouped settings to combine Hotkeys and Alerts on a single tab
  5. [new] Show an overlay icon in the contacts for the users, who connect from mobile device
  6. [fix] Crash when restoring from sleep / hibernate
  7. [fix] Tray icon sometimes disappears

 

Windows Mobile:

  1. [new] Noise suppression
  2. [new] Reduced latency to ~300 ms (under perfect conditions)
  3. [new] Added status line to the UI (shows your current online status)

Download the new release

Loudtalks Lite 0.9.0.49

By Alexey Gavrilov on March 20, 2009

This is unplanned follow-up release, which resolves crash issue we thought we’ve fixed in 0.9.0.48. It affected both desktop and mobile versions so if you experienced Loudtalks crashes be sure to update to this version.

Release notes

  1. Fixed random crash, and connection issues for the users, who connect over TCP
  2. Added “Use TCP connection only” option to Windows Mobile build

Download Loudtalks Lite 0.9.0.49 for Windows
Download Loudtalks Lite 0.9.0.49 for Windows Mobile

Loudtalks Lite 0.9.0.48 for Windows

By Alexey Gavrilov on March 17, 2009

Updated desktop version of Loudtalks is available for download.

Changes list

  1. Fixed random crash when connected over TCP
  2. Disable running multiple copies of Loudtalks simultaneously by default. Added new checkbox to the Options to enable it back if you need.
  3. Added Swedish localization, contributed by Leif Larsson. Not only he translated Loudtalks to Swedish but also helped refining English text both in the software and the site, and suggested many valuable improvements to the software (like the item above and some other things still in work). Tack, Leif!

Download Loudtalks Lite 0.9.0.48

Running Loudtalks with Wine

By Alexey Gavrilov on March 16, 2009

If you use Linux you can run Loudtalks using fantastic piece of software called WINE. Wine offers Windows compatibility layer on various platforms and generally works really well. There are a couple of issues that you should be aware of:

  1. Get the latest version of WINE (at least 1.1.16). Earlier releases might not work.
  2. Turn off alert sounds. To do that go to Tools > Options… Alerts tab and uncheck both checkboxes. If you don’t do that, then after the first message received Loudtalks becomes unstable and eventually crashes. We are working to have that fixed
  3. Global hotkeys (i.e F7 and Ctrl-F7) don’t work. We don’t know how to fix that yet so if you have a tip please let us know!
  4. Auto-away doesn’t work — triggers immediately.

Loudtalks Lite 0.9.0.48 for Windows Mobile

By Alexey Gavrilov on March 14, 2009

The new version of Loudtalks Lite for Windows Mobile is available for download.

Release notes

  1. Power saving mode (“Turn off screen” menu option). When you select this option device screen turns off, while Loudtalks keeps running so you can receive messages and respond to them using central navigation key.
  2. Vibrate option (if supported by device). It’s turned on by default so when you set your status to Away or Busy your device will vibrate on new messages. You can turn it off in Settings.
  3. Report a problem… menu option. If something doesn’t work you can send us a report right from the software. (Hint: even if everything works please use it to send your feedback or suggestions!)
  4. Activate contact list, when switching to Loudtalks from other applications. Now you can use push-to-talk without tapping contact list first.
  5. Automatically select the contact, when new conversation starts. That way when you hear “New conversation” alert, even if your screen is turned off, you can respond immediately by simply pressing PTT hardware button.
  6. Our website will automatically detect Windows Mobile device browser and display a mobile-optimized page so the easiest way to get the new Loudtalks is to visit loudtalks.com on your device
  7. Hope you’ll enjoy this new release. Please report back how it works and share your ideas on how could we make it better.

Loudtalks Lite 0.9.0.47 for Windows Mobile

By Alexey Gavrilov on February 22, 2009

Changes:

– Fixes playback performance on Windows Mobile 2003
– Reduced memory footprint

That’s all folks but if you use WM2003 it’s pretty valuable so we decided to push this update ASAP.

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