BuddySpace Downloads

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Quick requirements

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 below...

Download (latest = version 2.8, 1st May, 2007)

for Windows/Unix/Linux/Mac
1st May 2007

***Download .EXE or .ZIP files!***
(free registration requested)

Detailed 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 download):

  • 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

Release/version notes

  • 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 profile information. 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 bug fixes;
  • 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;
  •, 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.
  •, 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 (non-OU) users.
  •, 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, not end-users!]