Version History for versions 1.0.x

For a complete list of versions with release dates, view the version history page.

  • Items in black are changes to the client.
  • Items in green are changes to the server.
  • Items in purple are changes to both the client and server.

Changes in version 1.7.3

  • Added preference to automatically open the whiteboard when new content is drawn by the other party.
  • BitWise Routing server is notified when LAN IP address changes.
  • Windows: IP is automatically selected based on Windows' ordering of interface preference.
  • Windows: Allow disabling UPnP if world IP matches an IP address specified in Setup.
  • Windows Vista: Corner popups now close correctly when they reach minimum size.
  • Windows Vista: New message area on single conversation windows sizes properly when opened.
  • Windows/Linux: Error message when Routing Server cannot be contacted has been removed.
  • Linux: Crash fix when detecting the IP interface for a modem, if one is present in the system.
  • Pro/Security: User search is correctly removed when user search right is not set.

Changes in version 1.7.2

  • New sounds, including sounds for some events that did not have a unique sound before.
  • The steal focus preferences has been changed to default to off rather than on.
  • Do not run the STUN protocol for UDP punching when both users are connected to the same router.
  • Fixed whiteboard single line textbox placement when the whiteboard is scrolled.
  • Modified translation strings for times (hours, minutes, seconds) to be more translation-friendly.
  • Private key file updated when Store In File is already selected and you load new keys from files.
  • Better IP address handling converting between strings and integers help prevent some slight pauses.
  • Changed the "Cancel" button in the file transfer manager to "Stop."
  • Whiteboard text paragraph dialog properly takes focused when it is opened.
  • Removed duplicate/persistent first "Add <name>" on Actions menu in conversations.
  • Detached information window respects your conversation "steal focus" setting.
  • "Save All" in whiteboard is enabled even if the first page is blank.
  • The Add Contact window (specific contact) from a conversation properly takes focus when opened.
  • The Add Contact window (specific contact) from a conversation gives an error message when detached.
  • Improvements to wxWidgets socket peek/read improve socket reliability for longer server comminiques.
  • Fixed crash when clicking on the padlock icon in a conference window.
  • Fixed rare bug that might cause you to be alerted to update when there is no update available.
  • Linux: Scrollbars on whiteboard update as needed while drawing using the freehand tool.
  • Mac/Linux: Detect local IP addresses directly from the interfaces rathan than using /etc/hosts.
  • Mac: Improved handling of Enter/Return and Escape keys to control accepting or dismissing windows.

Changes in version 1.7.1

  • Voice chat ringing sound will now play every 8 seconds (like a phone rings repeatedly).
  • Tooltip on contact list groups show how many contacts are online in that group.
  • Allows simultaneous login into two different Professional Networks with the same username.
  • Fix auto-login for BitWise Professional users (any Network ID > 0).
  • Setup window and conference invitation window take keyboard focus when opened.
  • Don't process additional /me's after the first one.
  • Fix auto-receive when a directory already exists with the name of the file being received.
  • Various wording tweaks and modifications to make the interface more friendly and/or consistent.
  • Updated Speex to version 1.0.5 from version 1.0.4 on all platforms.
  • Updated Expat to version 2.0.0 from 1.95.8 on Windows and Mac (Linux uses system Expat).
  • Updated wxWidgets to version 2.6.3 from 2.6.2 on Windows and Linux, to version 2.7.x on Mac.
  • Windows: Fixed first letter typed in a new message window from being in the default Windows font.
  • Windows: The setting for BitWise to control a dial-up connection is now disabled by default.
  • Mac: First version to natively support both Intel and PPC processors with a universal binary.
  • Mac: Contact list can be opened using Command 1, or 2, 3, 4, etc with multiple logins.
  • Mac: Read-only single-line text controls can now be highlighted and can have text copied from them.
  • Mac: Message boxes now use OS X alert icons rather than the BitWise lightbulb.

Changes in version 1.7

  • Reduced lag during/between message transmission by 75%, very noticable on maxed out dial-up connections.
  • New voice protocol that does not require UDP forwarding or firewall setup by either party, in most cases.
  • When receiving voice data is delayed, catch up to real-time (i.e. drop old data) when data resumes.
  • BitWise can be used "without a trace" on removable drives (e.g. USB) using "with program" settings storage.
  • Message numbers in conversations will sync with your contact's number for easier message referencing.
  • Whiteboard status line informs you which pages have updated material that you have not seen.
  • Added Save to the Encryption Key display dialog (used for your own keys or contacts' new/matching keys).
  • Added option to "Conversation" menu allowing you to temporarily disable macro processing.
  • Conversations windows flash using "new message" setting when a file transfer is complete.
  • Setup window re-organized to group related items together in boxes with headings.
  • Buttons on file transfer manager correctly update when automatically resuming the selected file.
  • Alert sounds are automatically suppressed for users on your contact list that are blocked.
  • Removed pointless checkboxes on logging style headings (enable use specific types, not the heading).
  • Canceling a file while it is still connecting properly releases another queued file to begin.
  • Unified directory and file name storage to use / all the time for portability among platforms.
  • Font preferences stored with an OS appendix to prevent platform fights over fonts on mobile installations.
  • Store Helpers with an OS appendix so mobile installations of BitWise can maintain platform-specific helpers.
  • Names removed from login dropdown will be immediately removed without needing to re-open the login window.
  • Import loads encryption preferences from the exported file, including encryption keys (if any).
  • Contact List preferences under Server renamed to just Contacts to reduce confusion.
  • Log viewer loads files in one piece to prevent Unicode characters from being split and garbled.
  • Does not allow "Restore Original Name" to restore a name that would be a duplicate.
  • Fixed newline differences (Windows vs. Linux/Mac) from triggering Plus Key mismatch warnings.
  • Fixed UDP Alert window from continuing to show even after checking not to show the alert again.
  • Monolithic log options for text and XML actually work, rather than being both enabled or disabled.
  • Whitespace is consistently trimmed from both ends of messages for both the sender and receiver.
  • Windows: Prevent focus stealing when one window is already open and another is created in the background.
  • Windows: Switching between registry and file preferences storage no longer crashes with saved passwords.
  • Windows: Running BitWise with no one logged in and the login window closed will show the login window again.
  • Windows: Undo buffer for the new message text box is no longer deleted when the text box is cleared.
  • Win/Linux: Option on Helpers preferences for using a text editor rather than log viewer for text logs.
  • Mac: Changed default audio buffer to 50 ms from 25 ms to alleviate choppy audio problems.

Changes in version 1.0.6.5

  • Added connection attempt for NAT Punch that allows connecting through a router without forwarding or UPnP.
  • When replacing a login at another location, the original location detaches rather than logs out.
  • Close tab button added to grouped conversation view (send / close buttons must be enabled in prefs).
  • Icon added to status bar on contact list when you are detached from the server.
  • "Disable Popups" option for contact has been changed to "Disable Status Alerts."
  • Ensure that the selected contact in grouped conversation view is always visible when selected.
  • File transfer description is shown in open conversation windows with incoming file notifications.
  • Whiteboard uses a palette of colors rather than two color bars and using the color chooser frequently.
  • Whiteboard font is not tied to the text tool but is instead chosen from a new menu item.
  • You can draw a shape using swapped colors by drawing it using the right mouse button.
  • When drawing a new whiteboard shape, you can cancel/delete it by clicking the right mouse button.
  • When drawing a new whiteboard shape, you can move it while drawing by holding down the ALT key.
  • When drawing or moving a whiteboard shape, the mouse is captured for better off-window handling.
  • Whiteboard text and text paragraph tools use the current palette color rather than a separate color.
  • Color extraction tool allows you to drag rather than just click in case you "miss" the first time.
  • Paste tool added to the whiteboard toolbar for faster pasting of text or images to the whiteboard.
  • Copy to clipboard option added when you right-click on a whiteboard image or text block.
  • Fixed bug with text font when opening the text paragraph tool and not changing the font.
  • Fixed whiteboard bug where more objects would be deleted without moving the mouse (delete tool).
  • Log viewer no longer scrolls to the bottom when you are viewing logs with a search term entered.
  • Status / profile window removes the "Away Since" line if the user is not away.
  • Add Contact / Group window does not disable "Add Contact" button after adding a new group.
  • Positioning of Mass Message in File menu in conversation windows made consistent with contact list.
  • "Send Mass Message" renamed to "Mass Message" on the File menu of conversations and the contact list.
  • Contact list no longer becomes disabled while trying to reconnect when you are in detached mode.
  • Corrected alignment of the "To group:" label on the Add Contact / Group window (right-align it).
  • Grouped view: active conversation no longer moves to the top of conversation list on an incoming message.
  • Added small delay when resuming a file when a contact logs in to allow them time to finishing logging in.
  • Add Contact / Group window does not disable "Add Contact" button after adding a new group.
  • Fixed local time displays in status/profile and conversations (broken by updates in wxWidgets 2.6.2).
  • Removed the "Integrate" option on the grouped conversation view; it was illogical and impossible to use.
  • Pro: IP Address is displayed on the status / profile window.
  • Plus: Can now refresh a whiteboard (sync your whiteboard with your contacts' whiteboard).
  • Windows XP: UPnP results no longer displayed on the login window to remove delay while logging in.
  • Windows: Fixed new windows opening and stealing focus for split second, disrupting the active application.
  • Windows: Corner popups use system colors for their background and text colors.
  • Windows: Added option to away / idle preferences to go away when the screensaver activates.
  • Windows: Dial-up connection invalid structure size error no longer appears on Windows 2000.
  • Windows: Fixed conversation "bleed" where text from different conversations would randomly mingle.
  • Windows/Mac: Moving/selecting existing objects with non-primary colors now works in 16-bit color mode.
  • Windows/Mac: Corner popups no longer appear on top of the menu bar, taskbar, or global toolbars.
  • Linux: Correct handling of flashing window icons regardless of the steal focus setting.
  • Mac OS X 10.4: Native spell-checking capability added to multi-line text controls.
  • Mac OS X 10.4: Correct contact list getting a little taller with each consecutive login.
  • Mac: Faster switching between contacts in grouped conversation few, without the flicker.
  • Mac: Fixed whiteboard text font interoperability with Windows and Linux clients.
  • Mac: Improved detection of lost connections reset by the other party.

Changes in version 1.0.6

  • Use and re-use your own RSA key pair in BitWise Professional or BitWise Plus.
  • Updated icons for direct connection status and contact notifications in the conversation status bar.
  • File sharing list now allows selecting and requesting multiple files at once (not backwards compat.).
  • Corner popups stack on top of each other (up to 4 at a time) and shift automatically to fill gaps.
  • Add Contact / Group window reorganized to be clearer and easier to use (popup for new groups).
  • Ctrl-W can be used to close a tab in grouped conversation view, Ctrl-Shift-W closes the window.
  • Popup alerts can be disabled on a per-contact or per-group basis using the contact list.
  • Added an icon to the status bar on the contact list showing your invisibility or chatty status.
  • Buzz feature added to audibly request another user's attention, also with an optional popup.
  • Whiteboard eraser allows you to click and drag to delete many objects at once.
  • When using the image tool on the whiteboard, the image is placed without having to click.
  • Whiteboard remembers selected colors, line width and font between whiteboard sessions.
  • When approving a file share request, you can pick and choose which files to approve from the request.
  • When using the grouped conversation window, a red background is used instead of the message bubble.
  • A "New Conversation Started" message is inserted in the logs when a new conversation starts.
  • Closing the away information window only hides it rather then destroys it.
  • The file transfer manager does not show when you auto-receive a file while away and suppressing alerts.
  • "Open Folder" in file transfer manager is enabled without a selection and opens default receive folder.
  • The log viewer displays the bottom of the logs (most recent conversation) after loading.
  • You can view a user's status/profile when viewing directory information from a user search.
  • User search window allows you to sort the results by clicking any column header.
  • The contact search on the contact list can be displayed without logging off and back in.
  • If a user is chatty, the chatty status is included in the contact list tooltip.
  • When a user is marked invisible on your contact list, the name appears in italics.
  • Contacts will receive your updated contact icon if you replace your existing icon file.
  • Menu item to open contact icon preferences added to contact icon right-click menu.
  • Shared file request dialog now saves its size and position from one instance to the next.
  • Added item in Status->Away menu to show the away information window if it has been closed.
  • Detached information and direct connect information windows can be closed using Escape.
  • Whiteboard change message in conversation includes instructions how to open the whiteboard.
  • Whiteboard change message is not shown when the other user only deletes objects.
  • Directory browser is immediately opened after saying Yes to choosing a directory when one is needed.
  • Renamed "Clean List" to "Clean Up" in the file transfer manager and separated it from the other buttons.
  • "Resume" changes to "Start" when selecting a file in the transfer manager that hasn't yet started.
  • Confirmation dialog added when requesting to not display a contact's icon again.
  • Option added to contact icon right-click menu to go directly to the contact icon preferences.
  • Mass message window properly sends to usernames that are subsets of other usernames ("Chris" vs. "Chris S").
  • User display window properly saves/restores its own size, rather than sharing a size with the URL history.
  • Voice calls and file transfers are "declined" rather than "rejected."
  • Setting a user's file sharing permission to "Enabled / Auto Allow" allows them to retrieve your file list.
  • Better error handling / messages when using the Send button to send messages in usual circumstances.
  • Corrected saving / loading of splitter position in log viewer, especially when maximized.
  • Whiteboard pages resize correctly if the window size has changed while you were viewing another page.
  • Mass message window logs messages that you send as coming from you, rather than the recipient.
  • The log viewer no longer scrolls at odd times while resizing or maximizing.
  • Detached is no longer grouped with Chatty and Invisible (they are not all related).
  • Fix zlib buffer overflow vulnerability (removes possibility of attack through PNG images).
  • Updated Crypto++ library to version 5.2.1 from version 5.1 on all platforms except OS X 10.2.
  • Web Services link on the contact list is always available, even in BitWise Personal.
  • Updated to wxWidgets 2.6.2 on all platforms for all releases.
  • Plus: Image restriction on conference whiteboards removed.
  • Plus: Mass messaging enabled.
  • Windows XP: UPnP support added so BitWise can auto-configure UPnP-capable routers.
  • Windows: Windows remember their position even across multiple monitors.
  • Windows: idletrac.dll doesn't malfunction if you deny keyboard and mouse monitoring using ZoneAlarm 6.
  • Windows: Thin titlebar added to the corner popups, including a close button.
  • Windows: Active window doesn't momentarily lose focus if a file share request is auto-approved.
  • Windows: Contact list now scrolls when dragging a contact above/below the contact list.
  • Windows: Fixed strange focus/scroll problem after loading a log and clicking into the log viewer.
  • Windows: Tooltips display again on statusbar icons (broken in 1.0.5).
  • Windows: Some dialogs no longer have unexplained extra "whitespace" at the bottom.
  • Windows 98/Me: XML logging capability works again (UTF / ASCII conversion issues).
  • Linux: Updated compatibility for GTK 2.8 (pango library not pulled in by 2.8).
  • Linux: Replaced png for desktop shortcut with a smaller, more compatible file.
  • Linux: Fixed crash when logging off while away with hidden conversation windows.
  • Linux: Fixed rare crash when connections are closed unexpectedly with data still queued.
  • Linux/Mac: UI Wizard dialog shows appropriate OS screenshots for Grouped and Single view.
  • Mac OS X 10.4: Native toolbars; line width on whiteboard moved to a menu.
  • Mac: Small close button added to the corner popups.
  • Mac: Ctrl-A works in single-line text controls.
  • Mac: Modified right-click dismissal of corner popups to work on Tiger.
  • Mac: Right-click context menu added on text controls.
  • Mac OS X 10.2: Fixed focus problem when switching conversations using the keyboard.
  • Notifications of being added to another user's list are shown immediately (not in < 60 seconds).
  • Chatty users sorted by login time, most recent at the top.
  • Improved searching by interests to separate interests rather than use them as a string literal.

Changes in version 1.0.5.1

  • Incoming file transfers use directory of previous received file for default location.
  • The log viewer allows you to select text to copy to the clipboard.
  • Fixed Unicode logging on Unicode-capable systems; loaded logs should display correctly.
  • Description of the audio buffer on the audio preferences page corrected.
  • Meeting Place forum added to the Contacts menu (BitWise IM Personal only).
  • Reload on the theme preferences reloads the currently selected theme rather than the theme list.
  • File transfer manager and event log update their icons immediately when applying a theme.
  • Fixed rare crash that could occur if a message wasn't transmitted correctly.
  • Windows/Linux: When selecting a new theme, conversation windows update their window icons.
  • Mac: Corner popups display correctly in Tiger.

Changes in version 1.0.5

  • Completely new icons throughout the program give BitWise a more modern look.
  • Corner popups redesigned to use the contact icon, or the BitWise bulb if no icon is available.
  • The whiteboard circle tool is now an ellipse tool; use shift when starting drawing for a circle.
  • Pasting text onto the whiteboard is now supported (in addition to pasting images).
  • When pasting an image or text onto the whiteboard, the select/move tool is automatically selected.
  • When redrawing portions of the whiteboard, such as while moving an object, all flicker has been removed.
  • Whiteboard scrollbar and redraw logic simplified and improved, especially when the whiteboard is shrinking.
  • Whiteboards have their own alert that can flash the whiteboard or play a sound after a change.
  • You can right-click any "static" URL and copy the target URL to the clipboard.
  • Login window has been reorganized for more logical layout and better tab ordering.
  • "Check for Update" menu option added to the File menu of the contact list.
  • Pressing delete in the list of users in consolidated view always closes that conversation.
  • Conference toolbar rearranged to more logically group the icons based on conference features.
  • The default conversation timestamp now uses a 12-hour click with am/pm instead of a 24-hour clock.
  • When contact icon caching is on, but the cache is deleted or moved, contact icons will be re-retrieved.
  • A file transfer canceled by the sender will no longer try to resume the next time the recipient logs in.
  • Really long phrases in the preferences split into two lines to prevent translations from making wide windows.
  • Themes folder on the Themes preferences page aligns properly with the caption and button.
  • The consolidated conversation window explanation (from the Help menu) was reorganized to be easier to read.
  • A few voice chat statuses were incorrectly marked not translatable have been marked translatable.
  • Pro: Corrected reading of pre-1.0.4 BitWiseConfig.ini Network IDs.
  • Pro: Mass Message window saves its size and position between times it is opened.
  • Windows: System fonts are respected on standard controls (e.g. static text).
  • Windows: Corner popups can display Unicode characters (showed boxes before).
  • Windows: Flicker substantially reduced (eliminated?) when resizing or redrawing windows.
  • Windows: URL History can store URLs with Unicode characters.
  • Windows: Pasting onto the whiteboard no longer "wraps" the rightmost few pixels to the left.
  • Windows: Log searching using the log viewer is faster on Windows XP/2000.
  • Windows: Text controls use the system color for the text color.
  • Windows Installer: Automatically copies msvcp60.dll if it isn't available.
  • Windows/Linux: You can right-click a URL in any text window to copy it to the clipboard.
  • Linux: 24 x 24 tray icons used rather than 16 x 16 icons. (disable with --disable-large-systray)
  • Linux: Corners popups use a different GTK window type that should avoid focus-stealing problems.
  • Linux: Auto-copy to clipboard works again with non-GTK tools like Klipper.
  • Linux: Error message is shown when trying to open a 2nd blank page on the whiteboard.
  • Linux: If a file connection is lost while choosing where to save the file, BitWise no longer crashes.
  • Linux: Closing log viewer while loading a log is forbidden to prevent BitWise from crashing.
  • Mac: Double-clicking on the contact list when another window has focus selects the correct user.
  • Mac: Gray border around contact icons removed (border fits tightly around the icon).
  • Mac: Added a graphic to the disk image for a more attractive package.
  • Fixed rare glitch where offline messages would fail to download until you logged out and back in.

Changes in version 1.0.4

  • Splitter on conversation windows allows you to resize the new message and conversation areas.
  • New page of basic / quick preferences is the first preference page shown when opening the preferences.
  • Whiteboards now allow you to place a paragraph or paragraphs of text rather than just a single line.
  • You can now paste images onto the whiteboard from the clipboard, in addition to drag and drop.
  • Bandwidth usage slider on file transfer manager allows you to control the bandwidth used by file transfers.
  • New conversation preference to show a Send button on conversation and conference windows.
  • Conversation logs are placed in a username subdirectory to prevent different users' logs from mixing.
  • Hitting resume on an outgoing queued file not yet connected now properly initiates a connection.
  • A direct download link for the active OS version has been added to the new version reminder.
  • The file transfer manager does not bring itself to the top if it is already open when a file transfer starts.
  • File transfers no longer are compressed by default, compression must be enabled by the user.
  • Splitter position in the log viewer and shared file viewer is saved and restored each time the window opens.
  • Grouped conversation contact status icons change immediately when the theme is changed.
  • Contact icons are no longer needlessly re-sent when you are storing/caching icons.
  • New message window no longer has extra space on the left when contact icons are disabled.
  • No longer removes certain legal characters from conference log file names (such as , ; = [ ] +).
  • When specifying a new logging location, items in an existing URL history at that location will be loaded.
  • More logical behavior when loading whiteboard objects from a file (entire whiteboard no longer cleared first).
  • Whiteboard image resizing scales from original image regardless of previous resizing (prevents data loss).
  • Whiteboard objects duplicate by sending a duplicate command rather than another copy of the data.
  • Text and image tools are now [de]/[re]selected if you cancel before completing the font or image selection.
  • When sending multiple files at once using drag and drop, the recipient's name is shown in the confirmation.
  • Pressing escape to cancel editing a URL in the URL History no longer closes the entire window.
  • Conversation preferences for stealing focus and the system tray arranged vertically to allow for translations.
  • Corner popups can be set to stay displayed from 1 to 999 seconds using the Alert preferences.
  • Corner popups now close immediately when you click them to open a conversation, or right-click to close them.
  • Advanced Logging option for logging in Unicode removed, Unicode is used by default on Unicode-aware systems.
  • Log viewer font and font color preferences in advanced logging removed, now uses "from" font and color.
  • Removed preferences for which events to log, removed separate file sharing "show manager" preference.
  • Server-stored preference pages will alert you if you make changes but do not submit them to the server.
  • When using @ to open a new conversation in single view, "not found" messages are not shown while typing.
  • After checking "Disable this alert" on an alert popup, the sound (if any) for that alert is also disabled.
  • When auto-copy is disabled, the focus no longer jumps after highlighting in conferences or single view.
  • Passwords truncated at the maximum allowed 20 characters on the login box; fixes crash on too-long passwords.
  • Non-English characters are not allowed in passwords, now part of the error checking when changing a password.
  • Trying to send an empty message in a single conversation window no longer results in a blank line being added.
  • Will not update cached IP if IP query fails, which had caused the server to think you were already logged in.
  • Toggling search off (i.e. removing it) on the contact list no longer requires logging off and back in.
  • The client is less prone to cycle in and out of detached mode due to very short connection blips.
  • No longer displays error about the conference host being unconfirmed if you try to send an empty message.
  • Most file selectors change the working directory for next time a file selector is used.
  • Broadband is now the default, rather than dialup, for file and voice bandwidth.
  • Removed some unnecessary phrases from the translation dictionary.
  • Copy is now consistent, always copying any text colorization.
  • Event log name changed from ____.log to ____Events.txt.
  • Newer style bulb icon used for login window icon.
  • Chat rooms have been renamed to conferences.
  • Removed the contact-specific corner popup override menu.
  • Web site links updated for new www.bitwiseim.com domain name and site.
  • Donation menu item removed from the client, and removed from the web site too.
  • Detached login is no longer available, its usefulness was limited and its presence confusing.
  • Fixed crash when an incoming file was remotely canceled and you have incoming windows blink in the systray.
  • Fixed crash when right-clicking on a user in a conference and that user is not on your contact list.
  • Pro: Whiteboard refresh tool added for synchronizing the whiteboard for late arrivers in a conference.
  • Pro: Manual IP selection allows better connectivity on LANs and VPNs.
  • Pro: Optionally show Network ID on the login window to easily switch between Networks.
  • Pro: Conference whiteboard image size restriction changed to only a warning for images > 256 x 256.
  • Pro: Can now enable contact list add notifications (Contact List server preferences page visible).
  • Pro: Sign up and forgotten password links removed from the login window.
  • Pro: Added capability to suppress update notifications in the client.
  • Pro: Updated settings names in BitWiseConfig.ini (Group->Network).
  • Pro: Fixed mass message window not expanding vertically.
  • Pro: Security setting added for voice chat.
  • Windows/Mac: expat library updated to version 1.95.8.
  • Windows: Whiteboards now use virtually no GDI resources instead of consuming them like crazy.
  • Windows: When incoming windows do not steal focus, they consistantly flash in the taskbar.
  • Windows: Always on top capability for contact list, conversation windows and conferences.
  • Windows: Beep when opening a conversation by pressing enter on the contact list has been removed.
  • Windows/Linux: The TIFF image format is no longer supported for contact icons or images on the whiteboard.
  • Windows/Linux: The system tray tooltip by default shows the last contact list events.
  • Windows/Linux: Double-clicking on the contact list system tray icon will show/hide the contact list.
  • Windows/Linux: Login window can now be toggled from the system tray same as the contact list.
  • Windows/Linux: Illegal filename characters are removed from incoming file transfer's filenames.
  • Windows/Linux: Setup added to the File menu of the login window.
  • Linux: Dependnecy on libXxf86vm.so.1 removed (now statically included) for compatibility with older distros.
  • Linux: Dependency on libpng removed (now statically included) for compatibility with older distros.
  • Linux: The send to font is now used in the new message box when typing new messages.
  • Linux: Significant speedup of text tag handling especially as more text is added and/or cleared.
  • Linux: Current selection is cleared when conversation loses focus, prevents "disappearing" text (GTK 2.4+).
  • Linux: Absolute positioning used for corner popups to prevent drifting.
  • Linux: New conference window correctly receives focus when opened.
  • Linux: A .desktop file is included which can be easily modified to make a nice desktop shortcut.
  • Linux: Buttons now correctly size themselves using newer Gnome 2.8 themes.
  • Linux: Radio boxes no longer appear empty using certain Gnome 2.8 themes.
  • Linux/Mac: When receiving a file, * is used as the "All Files" filter instead of *.*.
  • Linux/Mac: Right-clicking will also select whatever contact is under the mouse.
  • Linux/Mac: Contact list now properly receives focus again after editing an alias.
  • Linux/Mac: Stale lock file message no longer displayed after client was not gracefully closed.
  • Mac: Voice chat now works on G5 processors (previously caused sound to fail system-wide).
  • Mac: Selecting font color in font or advanced logging preferences is now integrated with selecting the font.
  • Mac: Font dialog now uses OS X font dialog rather than wxWidgets generic font dialog (OS X 10.3 only).
  • Mac: Toolbars now use more stylish appearance of not having buttons around each item.
  • Mac: Files or directories with Unicode characters no longer results in "does not exists" message when selecting.
  • Mac: You can use the cursor keys to navigate user search results, URL history and the file transfer manager.
  • Mac: Disabling the timestamp no longer causes misplaced coloring in conversations.
  • Mac: Tabbing back to the username on the login window no longer clears the password.
  • Mac: Command-Tick for switching windows no longer gets blocked by the grouped conversation window.
  • Mac: Custom-selected conversation colors work for all colors, colors no longer change unexpectedly.
  • Mac: You can now drop files on the conversation window when "Integrate" is enabled in grouped view.
  • Mac: Closing a new window without activating it no longer causes a crash the next time you click on the dock.
  • Mac: Sufficient space is provided around the log viewer window for the text control border highlight.
  • Mac: Padlock icon on the file transfer manager is no longer partially covered by the resize grip.
  • Mac: Toolbar icons rendered correctly in full color (no more dithering or color loss).
  • Mac: Fixed byte-swapping problem that prevented correct display of some user's online status.
  • Mac: File menu appears before the Window menu when you close the login window and no one is logged in.
  • Mac: Help menu and other OS-generated menu items are now translated when using a translation file.
  • Mac 10.2: Unicode support added; text can now be sent and received with non-ASCII characters.
  • Mac 10.2: Text control highlights around single-line controls are no longer skewed or disappear.
  • Mac 10.2: Text caret is no longer added to text controls when they are created.
  • Mac 10.2: Closing individual conversations in consolidated view no longer leaves scrollbars behind.
  • Mac 10.2: No longer crashes when quitting from certain windows, such as the login window.
  • Server: Support for Professional "Mass Add" of contacts while a user is online.
  • Server: Extra enforcing of the 200 users on the contact list limit when adding a contact.
  • Support for Pro Groups "Mass Add" of contacts while a user is online.
  • Extra enforcing of the 200 users on the contact list limit when adding a contact.

Changes in version 1.0.3

  • Receive timeout for receiving user search parameters increased to accomodate slower connections.
  • Processing of offline messages changed to better support newline styles on OS X.
  • Server: Receive timeout for receiving user search parameters increased to accomodate slower connections.
  • Server: Processing of offline messages changed to better support newline styles on OS X.
  • Voice conversation added for one-on-one voice conversations (group voice conferencing still to come).
  • Alert preferences allow selecting a sound and/or flashing on an incoming voice conversation.
  • Voice icons are now displayed in theme preferences and can be made part of any BitWise theme.
  • File transfers will now auto-resume on a timer or when the recipient logs back in.
  • Custom alerts (a popup window or a sound) can be used for individual contacts on your contact list.
  • Contact-specific file sharing option is available that automatically approves requests from a person.
  • Edit menu now available on the conversations window (single and consolidated) and on chat rooms.
  • New icons for client status; slightly more refined appearance and better system tray appearance.
  • Mass message window (Pro Groups only) now allows selecting groups and/or contacts, not just groups.
  • Whiteboard images can now be resized after placing them on the whiteboard (using the right-click context menu).
  • Whiteboard right-click menu now appears in the correct position even on objects scrolled into view.
  • Whiteboard hit-testing is now based not only on bounding rectangle but also on color.
  • Whiteboard color extracted from one whiteboard page stays as the current color on other pages.
  • Whiteboard no longer crashes after clearing with multiple text objects placed.
  • Whiteboard text entry boxes close if they are still active you select another whiteboard drawing tool.
  • Tabbing to another user while typing in consolidated view properly sends stopped typing notification.
  • Sending a file to yourself no longer causes random crashes or delays when logging off.
  • Send file window now shows the size of the file that you have selected to send.
  • File accept/receive window closes automatically if the file is cleared from the transfer manager.
  • File accept/receive window now saves its position and reappears in the same place next time.
  • Shared files with no extenstion no longer have a . added to the end in the shared file viewer.
  • Displays an error message when trying to send an entire folder (sending of a folder is not yet supported).
  • Passwords can now be the full 20 characters advertised instead of being limited to 15.
  • User interface selection window when first logging in to BitWise has updated screenshots.
  • Added "Received Files Folder..." menu item to system tray and contact list.
  • Whiteboard icon is now enabled when changing themes if you are directly connected (used to always disable).
  • Directory information's clickable web site now uses Helper preferences rather than BitWise defaults to open URL.
  • Message when failing to replace a login elsewhere no longer references the proxy server.
  • Better handling of rolling when receiving notifications from *BitWise* (since you can't respond to *BitWise*).
  • Old groups saved locally no longer get reloaded if they were deleted while logged in from another location.
  • Better handling of aborted connections during connection initiation prevents possible rare crashes.
  • Auto-copy of highlighted text in a conversation is now a preference from the conversation preferences.
  • Shared file list no longer reports that there are no files even when there are files.
  • Files shared from the root directory of a volume no longer have their first character removed.
  • Dropdowns should conform better to the size of the values in dropdowns with predefined choices.
  • Conquest-specific alert preferences integrated with alert preferences panel, separate window removed.
  • Conquest in-game send message to opponent removed (difficult to use, use regular conversation instead).
  • Non-standard message boxes have better wording than OK/Yes/No where buttons describe the action.
  • BitWise no longer temporarily freezes while loading long XML logs for display.
  • Help menu items are now consistent across all menubars and are on every menu.
  • About window is no longer modal (blocks all other input).
  • Pro Info link added to the Help menu.
  • Windows: The installer is available in multiple languages and downloads BitWise translation files automatically.
  • Windows: The installer now has an option for loading BitWise when your PC starts.
  • Windows: Option added to Setup window whether or not to show login window when BitWise is loaded.
  • Windows: Undo and redo behaviors are now correct.
  • Windows/Linux: Open menu of the system tray icon menu provides access to log viewer and received files folder.
  • Windows/Linux: Windows' saved size/position now includes whether or not the window was maximized.
  • Linux: System-tray gathering of incoming messages now available like on Windows (ICQ-style messaging).
  • Linux: Stock GTK2 buttons used where possible (OK, Cancel, Close, Save, etc) with text and an icon.
  • Linux: Scrolling to bottom of recent conversation works more reliably in single conversation view.
  • Linux: Better usage of GTK theme's fonts and backgrounds in more widgets.
  • Linux: Widgets update better on-the-fly when changing themes and/or fonts.
  • Linux: Right-alignment now works correctly in text controls, preference enabled in conversation preferences.
  • Mac: Unicode now fully supported (10.3 only).
  • Mac: When a window is created in the background, it can be activated by clicking anywhere on it (not just title).
  • Mac: "Zoom Lines" when a window opens or closes are no longer displayed, window opens or closes immediately.
  • Mac: Window menu now provides access to all open windows, as well as the contact list whether shown or not.
  • Mac: Tab no longer switches conversations from conversation window in consolidated conversation view.
  • Mac: Lines / visual artifacts when scrolling and typing in text controls no longer appear.
  • Mac: Command-W will now close the window with the focus regardless of the menubar state.
  • Mac: Metal appearance preferences now available on the "Themes" Preferences page (10.3 only).
  • Mac: BitWise no longer freezes while popups are being displayed.
  • Mac: Distortion/stretching on corner popups eliminated, especially on the watermark graphic.
  • Mac: New windows no longer self-iconize to avoid stealing focus, falling on Z-order instead.
  • Mac: Double-confirm of file replacement when receiving a file fixed, now asked only once.
  • Mac: You can now specify how long (in seconds) the dock icon will bounce for an alert.
  • Mac: Behavior of clicking dock icon conforms more to Apple's interface guidelines.
  • Mac: Command-W on the contact list now hides the contact list instead of logging off.
  • Mac: Option-Enter now works to insert a newline according to Apple's guidelines.
  • Mac: Username dropdown on login box no longer adds an empty string at the end.
  • Mac: Alt-S option to send a message (in the key prefences) has been removed.
  • Mac: Preferences and About are now available from everywhere.
  • Mac: Numeric keypad now works to make moves in Conquest.
  • Mac: Statusbar on conversations can now be toggled off.
  • Mac: Controls appear more native than previously.
  • Mac: Sounds are played using the Quicktime API.
  • Mac: Paste now available in password controls.

Changes in version 1.0.2

  • Searches now use AND instead of OR between fields and sort by last login for increased relevance.
  • Alerts preferences page created, and the other four popups and sounds preferences pages were removed.
  • Logging preferences reorganized, consolidated and simplified (event and URL History subpages removed altogether).
  • Idle time for setting an idle away message is now the idle time of the PC, not just idle time on BitWise.
  • New ICQ-style tray-flashing option for incoming messages, file transfers and invitations (Windows only).
  • Searching through logs for a phrase is about four times faster than before (what took 4 seconds now takes 1).
  • Log viewer behavior has been improved and made more intuitive when performing multiple successive searches.
  • Added BitWiseConfig.ini file option for distributing default settings (mostly for use with Pro Groups).
  • Conversation preferences simplified, reworded, and now are home of the "load recent conversation" options.
  • Contact notifications in conversations moved to status bar icon next to direct connect status.
  • Help dialog for status bar icons added to both single and grouped conversation windows.
  • File transfers now will auto-resume an incoming file that was disconnected, without prompting for location.
  • Incoming shared files can now be resumed from the file transfer manager if they are disconnected.
  • Once a file share request has been approved, subsequent requests for the same file are automatically granted.
  • Whiteboard text is now "click-and-type" rather than requiring pre-typing in the toolbar.
  • Whiteboard text color is now separate from the general border/line color.
  • Whiteboard colors can be selected by clicking the color you wish to change, the toolbar buttons were removed.
  • Whiteboard background color no longer a toolbar item, now is a menu item.
  • Whiteboard left toolbar has been consolidated into the top toolbar (only one toolbar now).
  • Whiteboard lines and borders can now be up to 20 pixels wide (no reason to stop at 10, eh?).
  • Whiteboard now warns you when trying to add a very large image because they can take a long time to transmit.
  • Rolling in grouped conversation view now works correctly even when Enter is configured to insert a newline.
  • Typing and viewing notifications split into two preferences in the conversation preferences.
  • Better memory of contact icon acceptance / rejection, doesn't ask again on an icon that has not changed.
  • File transfer preferences cleaned up by removing "recent paths" which didn't need to be separately updated.
  • When resuming a file that was paused, it correctly says "Transferring" again instead of "Connecting."
  • Shared file name column now resizes automatically if the tree/list splitter is moved.
  • Chat rooms can now be logged in both plaintext and XML formats from the logging formats preferences page.
  • Server event logging now available that logs when you are connected and disconnected from the server.
  • When saving an individual conversation, any recent conversation loaded from logs will not be saved again.
  • Flashing icons / bouncing dockbar is now more customizable for specific events using the alerts preferences.
  • When the server cannot be reached when first logging in, a window is displayed with some basic information.
  • Status/Profile now includes information about how long user has been idle (if the other user allows it).
  • Added option to disable direct connect with a user if holding a direct connect is proving difficult.
  • Logging formats now have predefined directories, no longer have subdirectory options (subdirs make the most sense).
  • XML logs now displayed in plain font due to inefficiencies in text controls (coloring can be re-enabled in prefs).
  • Directory info. now has clickable website entry, URLs in interests are highlighted, account type is static text.
  • Added button to directly reset the search / log file tree after performing a search.
  • Toolbar on conversation windows removed from preferences and added as checkable menu item on Conversation menu.
  • Ability to play a sound upon becoming detached was added (on the alerts preferences page).
  • Toolbar on conversations is now togglable from the conversation menu, just like the status bar.
  • Better login in the status/profile will now retrieving profile regardless of status, if directly connected.
  • Last used away message no longer sometimes used instead of idle away message when you are idle.
  • Windows that become offscreen between being opened (e.g. resolution change) will not be moved offscreen.
  • Alt-S added as an option for sending a message (for those used to ICQ).
  • To/from colors in log viewer are not longer reversed when viewing XML logs.
  • Added delete key to key preferences, with same options as the escape key.
  • Idling out when detached now properly updates client to have away status.
  • Outgoing queued files no longer begin transferring when logging off.
  • Removed tree lines from contact list and preference
  • Log searches can now be interrupted while in progress.
  • Contact icon preferences simplified and reorganized.
  • Login window now saves its position between logins.
  • Log viewer properly searches all log files when changing username search.
  • Renaming a contact but only changing the capitalization will now be accepted (used to be rejected).
  • Chat rooms with a quote in the name will now work correctly (previously no one could join such a chat).
  • Saying no to session replacement when coming out of detached mode will stop future reconnection attempts.
  • When selecting where to receive a file, a file with no extension will have a *.* filter on the dialog.
  • Whiteboards are not created until actually needed rather than being created at the start of each conversation.
  • A single whiteboard page saved as objects set itself as page 1 (otherwise, loading could make many blank pages).
  • Doesn't send away message if contact has incorrect status (not on his/her list and have returned from away).
  • When you are already logged in and try to log in again, your contact list is now brought forward.
  • Integrate and Roll settings in grouped conversation view are stored with conversation prefs (for import/export).
  • Chat room view log toolbar button now shows the chat room's log rather than the selected contact's log.
  • Customized file sharing, popups and auto-receive settings no longer reset to group default after logoff.
  • Removed spaces at the end of strings, making it much easier for translators (and more accurate).
  • Log viewer window is now correctly disabled while searching the logs (rather than contact list).
  • About window no longer has row of links, they are all on the Help menu of the contact list now.
  • Windows: Setup now allows saving preferences and locally stored information in a file rather than registry.
  • Windows: Context menus in consolidated conversation view chat chat rooms now popup in the correct location.
  • Windows: Ctrl-Backspace (whole word delete) no longer closes conversations when deleting all text.
  • Windows: Autocompletion of username on login box no longer auto-completes when specifically selecting a name.
  • Windows: Clicking systray icon when contact list is already shown will hide it.
  • Windows XP: Changing system tray icon show/hide property will now properly save.
  • Windows 98/ME: Shared file column headers correctly refresh when changing size.
  • Linux: Now compatible with 2.6 kernel (no longer frequently locks up establishing connections).
  • Linux: System tray icon is now available if your window manager supports the freedesktop.org tray protocol.
  • Linux: Option to not display contact list in the taskbar now available (only if systray icon works, however).
  • Linux: URLs are now clickable in all the same places as in the Windows version.
  • Linux: Tree controls now have GTK appearance with triangular expand/hide buttons.
  • Linux: Contact list now auto-scrolls up and down while dragging a contact to move them on your list.
  • Linux: Alert sounds are now correctly autodetected and used by default.
  • Linux: Color behind fonts is now properly changed to selected font background color (not sometimes white).
  • Linux: Native GTK2 color selection dialog used when color selections needed (fonts, whiteboard colors).
  • Linux: Ctrl-V now correctly pastes in conversations and other multiline text controls.
  • Linux: Added option to attempt same-window, new-tab browsers for clicked links (Mozilla / Firefox).
  • Linux: Login is now threaded like on Windows/Mac, so that the program is not frozen while connecting.
  • Linux: Message dialogs now have GTK2 theme icons rather than wxWidgets-supplied icons.
  • Linux: Tooltips on toolbars now have correct GTK2 theme colors and text style.
  • Linux: Font dialogs now show previously selected font when opening.
  • Linux: Far fewer mysterious random crashes due to SIGPIPEs on sockets, which are now ignored.
  • Linux: Outgoing file transfers canceled by the recipient no longer cause an infrequent crash.
  • Linux: Incoming file automatically received no longer cause an X sync error (and crash).
  • Linux/Mac: Contact list and preferences now have better default sizes when first opened.
  • Linux/Mac: Log viewer correctly announces no items found when there are 0 results rather than 1.
  • Linux/Mac: Preferences tree no longer has pointless "BitWise" root parent.
  • Linux/Mac: Contact list no longer has arrow group icon (looks better without duplicate group header).

Changes in version 1.0.1

  • New log viewer allows comprehensive display and search of your BitWise logs.
  • Many new logging types allow catering BitWise's logging to your particular needs.
  • Shared file window now provides a tree and a list view for easier navigation of shared files.
  • Number of files in the shared file list now displayed as list loads to provide feedback of progress.
  • Toolbar now available for conversations and chat rooms providing quick access to common functions.
  • Whiteboard now allows you to save objects as objects in addition to saving as a regular image.
  • %cd macro now allows you to specify a countdown to a date, and BitWise will calculate the days left.
  • LAN IP address can now be (re)selected from the Setup window prior to logging in.
  • Setup window now allows removal of users from the login window dropdown without manual reg/config file editing.
  • Added a donate / web services link (depending on whether using free or Pro BitWise) to the about box.
  • Contact list notifications messages can now be translated into other languages.
  • Drag and drop multiple files (up to 10) to send them all to a contact. Will prompt if you wish to enter descriptions.
  • IP Selection dialog now correctly returns IP when using "Use Selected IP" button (double-click always worked).
  • Escape key is now consistent in closing the current window (works on many windows where it didn't before).
  • Event log theme icon renamed to simply "logs" icon, and is used now also used for the log viewer.
  • URL History is now re-saved each time a URL is added or changed, preventing data loss in the event of a crash.
  • File share list now checks if couldn't connect immediately and displays unavailable if so.
  • Macro replacements for name and alias are now processed prior to sending a message rather than by the recipient.
  • Inviting groups from the chat room invite window is now case-insensitive.
  • Inviting groups from the chat room invite window no longer tries to invite offline users.
  • If the server is being updated when logging in, no longer allows unchecking "show next time" box.
  • Saving logs with unicode characters forced to off when using non-unicode capable operating system.
  • Fixed broken link to the detached mode information, and updated link to be a simple redirect.
  • Buddy icon renamed to contact icon to be more consistent with contact terminology.
  • When exporting preferences, changes made on the current preference page are saved before the export.
  • Macro preferences page no longer allows customization of macro behavior, default behavior was most logical anyway.
  • Macros %al and %na now work correctly when viewing an extended away message from the server.
  • When using an empty timestamp, a space no longer appears before each name in each message.
  • Changed the order of the directory information fields in the user search / chatty user display.
  • Special case invalid characters 0x02 and 0x03 to be transmitted as < and > rather than cause a disconnect.
  • Updated download link when downloading from the Free BitWise.
  • Fixed condition where "user has returned" messages would be generated when their connection bounced.
  • Fixed two crash bugs that resulted when cancelling a file transfer while it was still connecting (forward or reverse).
  • After cancelling a file transfer while still connecting, the buttons properly update to show Remove and Resume.
  • Windows: Reduced flicker on contact list when list is being rapidly updated (e.g. loading contact list when detached).
  • Windows: Fixed problem under Win98 where message font would be lost when selecting "empty text" in new message box.
  • Windows: Away message window can now be hidden via the X and will re-show intact when clicking on the systray icon.
  • Windows: After copying text from a conversation, conversation window no longer scrolls to bottom on next message.
  • Windows: Switched from using DDE to using ShellExecute to open files from transfer manager (long story).
  • Linux/Mac: 15 character usernames can now properly log in (immediate timeout before).
  • Linux/Mac: Crash occuring on strange high-range ASCII characters when logging no longer occurs.
  • Linux: Recent conversation display better scrolls to bottom in consolidated view on first open conversation.
  • Linux: Disabled login username autocomplete (caused cursor position to jump unexpectedly, unable to fix).

Changes in version 1.0.0

  • Windows XP themes are now fully supported.
  • Translation support now allows seamless presentation of BitWise in any language.
  • New icons for the program itself and the contact list / system tray / dockbar.
  • New toolbar on the contact list gives easy access to most common menu items (toolbar can be disabled).
  • Can now right-click on an individual image on the whiteboard and save it to disk.
  • Added checkboxes to setup window for group and routing server for convenient enable/disable.
  • Helper prefernces overhauled to provide selection between OS default and override.
  • Helper preferences removed from Mac OS X version, on Mac OS X they do not make sense.
  • Deleting an empty group no longer shows confirmation window asking where to move contacts.
  • Added menu item in file menu to open logging folder (if logging enabled).
  • Open menu consolidated with the File menu for better menu organization.
  • Help menu added to the contact list, with a link to online support (link also added to login help menu).
  • Window informing of new minor version can now be disabled to not remind again.
  • Added key preferences to be able to use escape to close just one conversation in grouped view.
  • Terminology and menu locations for logging off and exiting improved.
  • Proxy is no longer an configurable option, it is now automatic and transparent.
  • Local time no longer defaults to GMT when adding a contact that is offline at the time.
  • If the BitWise server textbox is cleared, it will revert back to the default.
  • Login window has been reorganized to better allow for translations.
  • Several more instances where "buddy" needed to be changed to "contact."
  • No longer allows changing window colors from within BitWise, only icons can be changed.
  • Skins renamed to themes because of transition to OS-managed window decorations.
  • No longer allows theming the offline icon--how can it be themed prior to loading a theme?
  • When specifying URL history location, any existing URL history is preserved from that location.
  • When a whiteboard object is added by another user, the scrollbars are always properly updated.
  • Titlebar now changes to reflect if you are set to away.
  • The contact search on the contact list can be removed via the contact list preferences (defaults disabled).
  • Added detection for default sound files upon first login (looks for files in /Sounds directory).
  • Open folder button on file transfers properly disabled when there is no folder to open.
  • Auto-expanding macros now operate correctly when editing an away message in the preferences.
  • Setting extended away message now disables when there is no away message or adding message from prefs.
  • Writing text on the whiteboard is much easier, no longer requiring clicking the text tool icon first.
  • If logging is enabled but no log directory is specified, a warning will be shown when closing the prefs.
  • Radio buttons on the key preferences are now properly separated for the ~ key and escape.
  • Pressing ` or ~ with the key preferences set to "nothing" now actually types the respective key as text.
  • If offline message retrieval fails, client immediately detached to prevent further errors.
  • Better error handling if an offline message were to be unexpectly garbled or contain unexpected characters.
  • Directions for Conquest no longer modal; prevents crash if opponents denies while reading instructions.
  • Configurable, higher encryption added for Professional Groups.
  • Directory information is now optionally viewable online via the website.
  • Windows: Fixed problem under Windows 2000/XP where new message font would randomly revert back to default.
  • Windows: suppression of dynamic library error if rasapi.dll is not present on your system.
  • Linux/Mac: Lock file changed from bitwiselock to .bitwiselock to be a hidden file.
  • Linux/Mac: Because dial-up management and load on boot are not available, options are removed from Setup.
  • Linux/Mac: Text now scrolls to the bottom on resize (on Mac, always, on linux, only if at bottom, like Windows).
  • Linux: Fixed conversation windows appearing extremely small by default.
  • Linux: Focus properly sets to the new message box when returning to the conversation window.
  • Linux: When loading old logs into conversation, text scrolls to the bottom correctly.
  • Linux: Hyperlinks embedded in dialogs are now shown in the proper blue color (such as in the About box).
  • Linux: Connect automatically now functions correctly.

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