Public channels in Loudtalks Lite

By Alexey Gavrilov on April 19, 2010

The most recent update of Loudtalks Lite introduces new important feature — public talk channels. Public channels are open conversations between Loudtalks users, where as many as 100 people can participate at once. The concept is somewhat similar to Skypecasts, which were offered by Skype until discontinued in 2008.

Public channels are useful to:

  1. Meet the new people from around the world
  2. Discuss a topic with like minded strangers
  3. Share and receive updates on important time-sensitive information (traffic situation in your area, stocks market etc)
  4. Broadcast your status updates to interested followers (yes, like twitter)
  5. Learn a new language

Connecting to existing channels

1. Use menu Tools > Add a channel…

2. Enter channel name or the keywords (you can try ‘lobby’ or ‘support’) and press Next

3. It’ll show the list of the channels found. Click on the desired channel name to select it and click Next

4. After confirmation screen the channel will appear in your contacts.

5. To talk to the channel, select it in the contacts and use PTT key as usual. Please note that some channels may be “read-only”.

6. Use right-click on the channel name to Connect or Disconnect the channel or setup Auto-connect, when you log in.

7. If you want to delete the channel from your contacts you can use Tools > Delete selected contact(s) menu command.

When receiving a message from a channel both user name and channel name are displayed. In Loudtalks history you can use context menu on the incoming message to add the user who sent it to your contacts with one click. We are building the directory of the channels available to make the discovery easier.

Creating and managing your own channel

Have something interesting to share with the world? You can create one or more channels yourself!

1. Use Tools > Create a channel… menu command.

2. Name your channel, add description, select the channel type and click Next.

It’s very important to write a good and detailed description — the keywords it includes can be used by others to find your channel. Include the language of your channel, and its location (for location-sensitive information) into description. You can either allow anyone to talk on the channel or make it broadcast-only so you can talk uninterrupted. In the later case you may want to create another channel specifically for comments and mention it in the main channel description.

3. If the channel name is available, it’ll be created, added to your contacts and available for others to join.

4. The person who created the channel becomes channel administrator and have additional functions available in the context menu on incoming message in the history.

To fight abuse the channel admin can block any user from accessing the channel (or unblock the user previously blocked).

Hope you’ll enjoy the new feature! It’s still an early version of it so please share your suggestions and feedback — either in comments here or via ‘support’ channel in Loudtalks Lite.

Update (May 12, 2010): Now you can browse the public channels online.

Loudtalks Lite 0.9.0.67

By Alexey Gavrilov on April 15, 2010

Loudtalks Lite just got a major update. 0.9.0.67 is an early release featuring public talk channels and only available for desktop platform for now. The next post will discuss public channels feature in details. Here is the complete list of changes in the new version:

All platforms

  1. [new] Italian translation, contributed by Giacomo Girotto
  2. [new] Chinese translation, contributed by 施宗杰 (JieJie)
  3. [update] Updated Swedish, Romanian and Czech translations (kudos to Leif Larsson, Alexandru Bogdan Munteanu, and Ondřej Verzich)
  4. [fix] Handling of concurrent incoming messages
  5. [fix] Fixed playback of new message / new conversation notifications

Windows

  1. [new] Public talk channels
  2. [new] Added View > History… menu command to show the messages history for all contacts
  3. [fix] Random crash in VOX mode

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Loudtalks SDK update

By Alexey Gavrilov on April 12, 2010

The new version of Loudtalks SDK, is available for download.

Release notes:

  1. Codebase is updated to the version 0.9.0.67
  2. Added support for VB6 applications and VB6 sample code
  3. Extended ActiveX interface to support channels and groups status
  4. Unique IDs are assigned to all contact list elements
  5. ContactListChanged event fires when any change in contact list occurs

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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:

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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:

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

Loudtalks Lite 0.9.0.59

By Alexey Gavrilov on September 26, 2009

We just released the new version of Loudtalks Lite.

Release notes:

Windows

– Added back “Noise suppression” option — in the most cases you’ll want this on, however if you are using a noise cancelling microphone or USB Speakerphone like Polycom C100 turning it off may improve sound quality

Windows Mobile

– Unattended mode support. Now if you have Loudtalks running and press Power button the device doesn’t go to sleep but goes into unattended mode, with minimal power requirements yet allowing you to stay online and receive incoming transmissions.

– Fixed “Microphone error” bug, which showed on some devices after sending the first message

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

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What lightweight means

By Alexey Gavrilov on August 6, 2009

We say that Loudtalks is lightweight, but what does it actually mean?

Here is a little test.

1. Take a 5 years old laptop with 1.7 GHz CPU

2. Launch 21 (yes, that’s twenty one) copies of Loudtalks Mesh client on it

3. Launch  Loudtalks Mesh server on the same laptop (!) under VMWare

4. Test one to many messaging from the first client to 20 others

Here is how that looks:

The cpu load fluctuates in the 50..85% range and everything works nicely.

The same codebase is used on mobile devices, which allows Loudtalks enabling push-to-talk on the old Windows Mobile communicators with 200 MHz cpu and consume less power on the modern ones.

Loudtalks Lite 0.9.0.57 for Windows Mobile

By Alexey Gavrilov on July 20, 2009

This is a maintainance release, which includes the following changes:

  1. [fix] Support for VGA+ devices
  2. [new] Improved soft buttons use — moved menu to the right button, reserving the left one for context-dependent actions (“PTT” on contacts screen, “Play” — on history)
  3. [fix] History was hard to use on devices without touch screen

This is also the first mobile release to be distributed using automatic updates feature. Please report if automatic update didn’t work as expected.

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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 SDK update

By Alexey Gavrilov on June 12, 2009

We’ve released a long awaited update for Loudtalks SDK, which allows to integrate push-to-talk function into your application.

New in this version:

  1. Codebase is updated to match the most recent release of Loudtalks
  2. Extended API to enable fully-custom GUI
  3. Support for Windows Mobile
  4. Added two new samples

To compile the samples included in the SDK you’ll need a Visual Studio 2008.

Learn more or download Loudtalks push-to-talk SDK.

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