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64MB RAM, and Java Runtime Engine version 1.6 (or any other version higher
than 1.3). You can obtain JRE version 1.6.0_01 ready-included with the full
1-click install download option, or alternatively you can double-check
your own system and obtain separately as per full details further
Download (latest = version
2.8, 1st May, 2007)
requirements: READ THIS!
BuddySpace2 is implemented in Java in order to run
identically on modern Windows, Unix, Linux, and Mac OS X platforms. To
run BuddySpace2 you need the following installed first (already included
on many platforms, or downloadable as part of the full BuddySpace
- Java Runtime Engine (JRE) version 1.3 or greater
[we recommend JRE 1.6.0_01].
- Check if Java already installed!
- If not, you can [Get
JRE here] or choose the full 1-click install download option
- 64MB of RAM to run comfortably
- 2.8, May, 2007:
Adjusted to provide more complete support Wildfire Jabber server.
Default configuration options changed to msg.open.ac.uk server.
Fixed bug causing program to hang when reconnecting after connection break.
- 2.7, April, 2006:
FlashMeeting Button added to allow instant launch of video conference from one-to-one and
group chat windows.
- 2.6, November, 2005:
'Pro' label dropped, as all versions unified in one place.
BuddyFinder plugin added to support user searches based on personal
SimLink plugin added to allow yoked control of SimLink's
'hot-plugin' modules within groupchat.
- 2.5.2pro, July, 2004: groupchat made
MUC compatible after removal of jabber:iq:conference protocol pieces;
in message compose window and invitation into chatroom added option to choose
just on-line contacts as recipients; fixed problem with debug window.
- 2.5.1pro-r2, March, 2004: fixed a problem
with internal authentication
- 2.5.1pro, February, 2004: SSL support,
password encryption, correct interactions with newer Jabber2 servers,
made Jabber IDs non-case-sensitive, added all the "2.5.0pro"
features, such as server-published maps (previously available
only to Open University + research partners) to public release
- 2.5.0pro, December, 2003: server-published
maps [so you get informed when, say, your group map is updated, and
the new one can be auto-installed]; multiple presence: appear as 'do
not disturb' for the whole world, but 'away' for Group 1, and 'free
to chat' for Group 2; 'invisible' presence; plans: like the old unix
.plan files, specify a small bit of text saying what you're up to, so
users can click on it and see; service discovery: for advanced Jabber
capabilities which don't yet exist!;
- 2.5.0, December, 2003: ability to specify
own nickname in response to groupchat invite; test login - automatically
tries to create new account when login failed; reply
indicator - message events: displays 'Typing...'animation when your
buddy is composing a reply (works across Yahoo and MSN too); names for
cluster nodes in maps;
- 2.4, November, 2003: auto-away upon Windows
screensaver (option); remembers position and open windows, so next time
you connect you get your favourite layout; displays progress of fine-grained
login internal states; email-style messages can optionally appear in
chat windows instead; reply message sets subject line and quotes original
"re:subject" + "> original"; roster refresh fix;
app/webLoader fix for Win9x; delete button and better deleting in messages
window; shrink to system tray icon (Windows only);
- 2.3, October, 2003: multiple invitation
into groupchat room to bring in entire groups; full installer bundle
updated to contain a newer version of JRE (1.4.1_05); stability fix
- disconnecting is now more robust;
- 2.2, June, 2003: added Bookmarks capability;
clearer login screen; ability to send clickable URL's in chat; minor
- 2.1.1, late February, 2003: 1-click .exe
and .sit installers and launchers for Windows and Mac; 'Save values'
option on login screen; 'Create/join conference' renamed to 'Groupchat';
New groupchat 'wanna talk' and better voting indicators; optional text
'announce presence changes' in groupchat; optional 'chat-style alerts'
in groupchat; full emoticon set selectable in chat windows; Quick-toggle
compact/full view on toolbar; toolbar no longer tears off'; 'auto-popup
message' option only on preferences/alerts tab rather than also in View
menu; easier Yahoo/MSN/ICQ registration via 'Browse services' menu;
minor bug fixes;
- 22.214.171.124, 9th January, 2003: Auto-login,
auto-hide console window, audio alerts, power-user 'compact mode', BuddyBar
'radar' status lights, tear-off toolbar, multi-tabbed preferences window,
'browse Jabber services' capability, conference-room voting, 'attention'
slider, and countdown timer, new 'online but physically elsewhere' and
'low attention' presence indicatoraturs, group broadcast, map editor,
plus all most-requested features.
- 126.96.36.199, 16th October, 2002: Roster sorted
alphabetically; 'View... Scroll tabs' option greyed-out for JRE 1.3
users, as it is a JRE 1.4-specific feature; cluster dots rotated; custom
group roster icons; transparent GIF images; config file stored for general
- 188.8.131.52, 15th October 2002: totally reimplemented
cross-platform Java version, with numerous improvements to the original
(and now withdrawn) 'BuddySpace 0.95' Windows-only C implementation.
Improvements include: 100% Java, modular component architecture including
plugin and 'skins' capability, full roster and conference room capability,
foreign transports (e.g. MSN, Yahoo!, ICQ), file and map transfer between
clients, embeddable user maps including 'clusters' where you can 'drill
down' to see who is online.
Source code [developers only,