Looking at the more recent additions to Google Doc Viewer I thought it would be worth sharing our article updating support for the viewer in Mibbit. I notice since we made that update additional formats including .zip archives have become available and so these can, and their files, be viewed alongside chats in Mibbit main client and embeddable widget.
Here’s a shot of the .zip archive viewer working;
All useful for getting stuff done whilst in the chat window.
Here’s the original article from the archives reproduced in full;
Google doc viewer support upgraded
We’ve supported Google’s awesome document viewer since last year when we introduced it alongside support for YouTube and image thumb-nailing. Now, Google have provided an upgrade so it reads a bunch of new file types, this is not just limited to rounding out Microsoft document support but adds Postscript, Adobe, Autocad and more, we’ve checked it out and added it into the client.
If you haven’t used the viewer before give it a try, it loads up in the extra pane on the right hand side of chat and can be popped out if needed. See the long list of file formats the viewer will load - it’s amazing it will read Adobe Illustrator, Psd, and all the latest Microsoft Office formats. Enjoy
Pleased to report all affected services are back up again, www.mibbit.com, miburl.com (shortener) and our pastebin (mibpaste.com – use from the main client)
Thanks for bearing with us
The pages at website www.mibbit.com, mibpaste.com and miburl.com are temporarily down as we move to new servers. Meanwhile Chat and the Widget remain fully operational at http://chat.mibbit.com and http://widget.mibbit.com
More info as we bring things over.
If you own an IRC server you can choose to setup webirc so people can access your network via Mibbit without issues. It’s easy to do.
If you already have a webirc config but it’s not been updated in a while it’s good practice to check the configuration has all four IPs in the CGI:IRC block. Without all four the connection may not be reliable. What you need to edit depends on the IRCd you have, for the most common ones like Inspired and Unreal – we have info which may help you here.
Once you’ve completed setup and we make the corresponding entry our end you’ll get all the benefits of receiving complete connection data for users to help avoid cloaking and manage things appropriately.
We’re currently experiencing disruption to routes used to connect to some WebIRC networks. If you receive “CGI:IRC no access” this may be the cause.
This is not the case for all IRC networks, most are working, but some with older configs are unavailable.
We will give updates as normal service becomes available, in the meantime networks can avoid this issue by updating any old webirc configs with all routes – here’s the guide to how.
If you use or plan to use Mibbit with mobile Safari browser on new iPhones or iPads or you’re planning to upgrade to IOS 6 some time soon you might want to look at it further before going ahead.
We noticed a couple of posts about changes to Mobile Safari browser which limits the number of connections it makes to a server to just one. This binary, on/off, approach will restrict how web applications including ours work making things like disconnects, timeouts and missing artifacts a common problem. Allowing only one connection prevents other requests from being sent to the server until the open one has finished. This basically breaks any website using comet as these guys at Real Software point out in their note, Mobile Safari users are going to get a reduced experience.
Bug reports have been filed with Apple, the TechCrunch site reports the issue has been seen with sites including Google+ and gmail mobile.
So this is a note to say Apple, if you didn’t hear already, please take a look at this.
** Update 25 Oct ** We’ve contacted Apple support and put up a post on the community pages.
Following a hardware issue yesterday services for login and search are working as normal, some maintenance is expected this weekend. Main client chat logs are currently not working and will become available again once maintenance is complete.
* Logs are working (12 Aug)
We’re currently investigating a hardware issue which may mean that you’re unable to log in at the moment.
Chat and Widgets are responding and IRC nicknames can still be identified to and registered.
For chat – if you’re unable to connect please use https://chat.mibbit.com/?server=irc.mibbit.net&channel=%23chat click ‘Go’ and join your channel(s) from there.
We’re working on the issue and will bring updates to you as we have them via this blog and @mibbitstatus.
Update: services working, login and search.mibbit operational, main client logs currently down for maintenance.
We’re experimenting with http:/bitlBee.org/ server.
BitlBee is an IRC to Instant Messaging gateway server which can connect you with your IM accounts on Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other services like Twitter. For people who communicate much of the time in IRC but miss having IM available from the same window this can be useful.
Connecting to bitlBee is easy because it looks like any other IRCd server. You can try it here. It’s a free service with several publicly available servers, at Mibbit we’ve installed one here for you to use.
Here’s how it looks in Mibbit – a new server tab and channel (&bitlbee):
If you’re interested in giving it a go here’s a handy guide: http://wiki.mibbit.com/index.php/Bitlbee
And don’t forget to see the folks at http://bitlbee.org where you can also setup a bitlBee server of your own.
If you used to use Meebo messenger or other clients you might find bitlBee a handy alternative. Some people have used bitlBee with Mibbit in the past very well but we’ve not had our own server before. We will keep it running and depending on how it gets used will think about whether to make it a more permanent feature for Mibbit.
The Mibbit Widget Manager, used for creating and managing Mibbit Widgets, has had a couple of updates recently:
- it defaults to using https://
- password recovery is updated to use a secure recovery token
- sticky config’d channel – your chosen channel now remains so you don’t have to re-enter it
As always you can choose from a standard free chat widget or opt for an upgraded premium widget from $9.99* with all adverts removed.
Setup your widget here.
* price per month, for full details see https://widgetmanager.mibbit.com/index.php?view=premium