Dear Community,

 

after some more weeks of testing, debugging and developing, we would like to ask for your support and publish the first beta of Spark 2.7.0. Ultimately, we would like to move Spark to Java 7, but that is currently not implemented via the installers. This will change in January after an update to the lastest version von Install4j provided by ej-Technologies.

 

You can find the nightly build for Windows here:  http://bamboo.igniterealtime.org/browse/SPARK-INSTALL4J-543/artifact/JOB1/Instal l4j

 

About Java 7: Spark 2.7.0 will run with Java 7. Please interchange the bundled JRE (located at Spark-install-folder\JRE) against a Java 7 JRE or use the installer named spark_2_6_3_12555_online.exe and install Java 7 as default on Windows. Using Java 7 will stop Spark from stealing the focus, when a new message is received.

 

Important Note: Oracle has introduced a bug in Java 1.6.0 u 25-27 that prevents Spark from closing automatically during the log-off on the Windows plattform. This is not Spark related. This affects all users that install the Spark version without an included JRE.

 

About file transfer: Spark 2.7.0 beta 1 is fixing an big bug with file transfer. Spark 2.6.x has an programmatic error that was making IBB file transfer very unstable. Tim Jentz deserves a big credit for finding this after weeks of debugging. Great job Tim!!!

Spark 2.7.0 will also move to a standard implementation for IBB file transfer. As a result of moving to the standard IBB implementation, you may have issues with transfer between Spark 2.7.0 and Spark 2.5.8 on IBB. This is an unavoidable result of obeying the standard. IBB is the fall back implementation, if Bytestream is not an option. Hence IBB is not the regular transfer method as it is much slower than Bytestream.

 

About plugins: There were large scale changes in the way Spark is dealing internally with plugins/extensions. All Plugin developers are kindly ask to review, if their plugins are still working. This applies also to Fastpath. Feedback regarding issues with this are highly appreciated.

 

About GUI: The Spark developers are only supporting JTattoo Luna. There are several reports that other skins are not working properly. This applies especially to Substance. If you are experiencing any GUI bug, please check if JTattoo Luna is also having this issue and report it.

As a general statement, I would urge all professional users to use the customizing options of Spark to get rid of Substance in corporate environments. The dev team may ultimately decide to remove Substance for 2.7x in a future release.

 

About Mac and Windows7 64 bit: The next Mac release is NOT secured. We are looking for a developer who can provide a Mac beta release. The integration to Windows7 64 bit is ok, but the flashing notification in the tray may or may not work. A tester and developer (MS C++ Code)  for this is also needed.

 

The change log for this beta is:

 

SPARK-1465     Checkboxes appear bigger then normal since the jtattoo update

SPARK-1464     When user accepts group chat invitation, status is always online

SPARK-1460     No group context menu on a right click

SPARK-1459     Update to the latest JTattoo version (Nov 2011)

SPARK-1452     If conferences tab is hidden, then Fastpath tab is hidden also

SPARK-1451     Vcard popup is not always showing up on mouse hover

SPARK-1450     When network connection is lost, chat window cannot be closed

SPARK-1449     UNC Path does not link to folder

SPARK-1445     Selecting 'Start a chat' in a group chat room opens an incomplete chat window

SPARK-1444     Subscription dialog shows the id value instead of the nickname

SPARK-1443     Privacy plugins cannot be accessed if we log into Spark through the IP address of the server

SPARK-1465     Checkboxes appear bigger then normal since the jtattoo update

SPARK-1464     When user accepts group chat invitation, status is always online

SPARK-1460     No group context menu on a right click

SPARK-1459     Update to the latest JTattoo version (Nov 2011)

SPARK-1452     If conferences tab is hidden, then Fastpath tab is hidden also

SPARK-1451     Vcard popup is not always showing up on mouse hover

SPARK-1450     When network connection is lost, chat window cannot be closed

SPARK-1449     UNC Path does not link to folder

SPARK-1445     Selecting 'Start a chat' in a group chat room opens an incomplete chat window

SPARK-1444     Subscription dialog shows the id value instead of the nickname

SPARK-1443     Privacy plugins cannot be accessed if we log into Spark through the IP address of the server

SPARK-1442     JabberVersion.java uses hardcoded value "Spark IM Client" for version name

SPARK-1441     ContactItem in shared group - right click popup menu performs copy when move is selected

SPARK-1440     Bug in ConferenceUtils.java that can break smack communication

SPARK-1439     Plugins are loaded in random order - plugins with no dependency has to be loaded first

SPARK-1438     Avatars are not scaled in user login/logout notification dialog

SPARK-1437     Bug in PrivacyManager that can break smack communication

SPARK-1429     Update French translation

SPARK-1427     Default Appearance/Colors cannot be overwritten through plugin;Group-Chat colors are hard-coded

SPARK-1423     typo error in LayoutSettings.java

SPARK-1422     persist vcard may throw file not found exception when jid is empty

SPARK-1421     Application version and application name are hardcoded

SPARK-1420     The messages in the set status message window is not getting deleted

SPARK-1419     Chat room configuration shows wrong roles for which presence is broadcast

SPARK-1418     Update simplified Chinese translation

SPARK-1414     Chat window is not flashing when receiving new message on Windows 7 64 bit

SPARK-1413     Update build.xml to check for Java 7

SPARK-1411     Sometimes file transfer indication is not updated on the receiving side

SPARK-1408     Remove "#" character next to Accounts button on the login screen

SPARK-1405     Improved last activity recognition

SPARK-1403     Enhance ability to extend core classes like ContactItem, ContactGroup, etc through plugin

SPARK-1400     Update to latest version Exe4J

SPARK-1381     Group Chat - Actions/Start a conference menu: propose bookmarked room (if any) instead of adhoc (random) room name

SPARK-1379     Support for XEP-0147

SPARK-1326     Make tabs position optional: TOP or BOTTOM; make search input appearance optional

SPARK-1324     SparkToaster showing avatars in real size

SPARK-1313     Enhance ability to overwrite spark properties values through plugin

SPARK-1215     Log out doesn't log out, it shuts down spark

SPARK-891       Typing notifications would be easier to see if also displayed near typing area

 

The beta release also includes a new Smack library that is based on Smack 3.2.1 plus the following bugfixes:

 

SMACK-362      smack throw NoSuchElementException if the muc#roominfo_subject has no values

SMACK-354      Provide milliseconds in timestamp colum debugwindow

SMACK-353      Thread leak in the FaultTolerantNegotiator

SMACK-350      Bytestream is not working in Spark 2.6.3 from XP to W7

SMACK-349      Smack's IBB sends too much data in a packet

SMACK-348      Documentation error - broken link

SMACK-346      Bug in return code for rejection handling in FileTransferManager

SMACK-343      Make Smack jar an OSGi bundle.

SMACK-338      IBB filetransfer doesn't work as expected

SMACK-336      There is an empty element in a SASL response

SMACK-335      Need to set file size and name for outgoing file transfer from input stream

SMACK-324      Investigate SASL issue with jabberd2 servers

SMACK-322      NPE in XMPPConnection

SMACK-263      Set file info in all send* methods

 

Expect a second beta in the first quarter 2012 that will include the latest final release of Smack

 

Please report issues in the Developer Forum