Grapevine 3 features mootedBy Chris Williams. Published: 30th Jan 2006, 20:30:16 | Permalink | Printable
No Yahoo messenger support unless users flash their cashInstant messaging client Grapevine is set to include some long awaited enhancements to its MSN Messenger and ICQ support, all of which are expected to be released in the guise of version 3. Responding to feature requests from end users, the next major installment of the online chat software will likely support for attention grabbing 'nudges' and better handling of contacts lists for ICQ users.
Developer Alan Wrigley said earlier today, "The top priorities for Grapevine 3 will be to catch up on the MSN protocol front so that we can have nudges, display pictures, custom emoticons etc., and to improve the overall look and feel. Then comes ICQ contact handling which I've always known is far from perfect but the available documentation wasn't too helpful."
Describing the task of adding these new features as being "a fair bit of work", he continued: "After that I guess it will depend on how many upgrades R-Comp think they can sell. For instance, there's not much point in adding Yahoo Messenger support if only half a dozen people will want it."
Meanwhile version 2.10 of Grapevine is set to be released within the next few weeks and is generally seen as an effort to increase stability. The update is currently doing the rounds amongst privileged beta testers and is said to feature fixes for the MSN and IRC protocols plus four new sets of 'emoticons', which can also now be user-defined.
Grapevine 2.10 was hoped to be delivered to punters in time for Christmas, although the release date was later pushed back to 2006.
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