Filters ‘command’

Filters are the part of your Mibbit preferences which give you control over how text is shown or removed in chat.  This useful feature can help remove unwanted spam and keywords that come up, replacing them with something else or removing the offending word(s) completely.  It can also be handy for creating short-hand text replacement for what you type yourself – e.g.  ’brb’  ==  ’Be right back’

Filters has now been extended for Main clients so that Mibbit commands can be executed too.  Take a look in your preferences to see how this is configured:

More configuration information is available at http://wiki.mibbit.com/index.php/Filters Filters also work in Premium widgets, we’ll look at implementing the ‘command’ option going forward.

Adding a ‘command’ can be handy if you want to do something like play a sound when a phrase is mentioned in chat (see /splay for that)

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Sound support extended

Sounds can be set to play whenever events happen in your chat – new PM, your-nick-mentioned and so on – you can choose what these are in prefs. Of course, supporting sound in all browsers has sometimes been tricky but now, depending on your browser capability, Mibbit plays .ogg and .m4a sounds in addition to Wav and Mp3.

To use your own sounds pick an audio file in the right format for your browser and upload it to the web. Next, enter the reference to the file into Prefs replacing the standard Mibbit one.  Save and Close and you’re done, the new sound will be played each time the event happens.

For Widgets, where visitors have many different browser types, you might wish to upload several different audio formats of the same sound.   If you do this and remove the reference in Prefs to the file extension we will detect local browser sound playback ability automatically.  This is done in the following order:  .ogg > .mp3 > .m4a

We’ve found Chrome plays most things, Firefox is fine and IE will play mp3 unless you’ve upgraded to IE9 which supports more.

And if you need it you can play sounds from the command line using ‘/splay <url>’  This kind of thing is useful for putting into aliases or even with the onJoin command. :)

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 :)

Channel name spam

If you’ve ever noticed people posting #channel names into chat you’ll know they’re clickable.  This is a great feature for sharing content but it can be a pain if too much of it gets in the way of chat.  For this reason we’ve listened to operators and networks and decided to implement changes which will remove some of the spam, particularly where people are only pasting channel names so they themselves can click on them.

From today, when a channel name is sent with nothing else on the line it will not appear in chat if the user clicks on it themselves (timeout applies). Users who send and click will get a message informing them the line of chat was not sent:

^^ This line didn’t get sent ‘#<name>’ because you clicked it quickly, to join a channel use ‘/join’ command (http://wiki.mibbit.com/index.php/Join)

All channel names sent with other text on the line will appear as usual, all the word-filters continue to operate as before too.

We hope this is useful for operators and networks alike to help reduce the level of unnecessary channel name chat.

If you’re new to the filters functionality see here for a helpful guide to what’s possible for preventing unwanted stuff in your channel(s).  These work on the Main Client and the Premium Widget, and if you need to kick or ban an individual use the standard  IRC commands for this to remove them from your channel.

We appreciate the feedback on this issue, as always if you’ve any comments or suggestions for how to improve this further we’d love to hear them.

Search within channel name

Search results now include part matches on channel names to make it more relevant to your query. So for example a search for ‘radio’ now shows results with matches in the topic as before but also where a part of the channel name matches the search.

e.g. http://search.mibbit.com/search/radio

More information on search in the previous blog entries, Introducing Search,  and Server Tabs.

Search within server tabs.

Search is now available inside server tabs!

Any keywords you enter get matched against the name and topic of channels on the IRC network that the server is a part of, so a search for ‘Javascript’ would return anything with ‘Javascript’ in the topic or channel name at the time of last indexing (usually each hour).

Multiple keywords are allowed too so a search for ‘Java Javascript’ will return results for items matching either word.

Searching this way is helpful if you know you’re looking for channels on the network(s) you’re connected to, just switch between server tabs to change network (in green), if you want to broaden your search you can use http://search.mibbit.com to find channels across all the networks at once.  Simples :)

Resizable Channel listings!

After the search announcement earlier this week we thought it would be helpful to point out how Channel Listings work in the server tabs. Using tabs to show channels is a quick alternative to http://search.mibbit.com because it shows you the listings right there rather than popping out a new browser window.

Click on a server tab (i.e. Mibbit >>) to see a channel list displayed on the right hand side:

Resizing is done by dragging the vertical bar to make a bigger window, whatever width you set is remembered for your session, make it bigger and you’ll see more channels together:

When you see a channel of interest click ‘join’,  a new tab connected to that channel will be opened up for you.

The channel list is done using the extra content pane which is very useful for many other things such as viewing documents, videos and so on. See previous post for cool Mibbit commands or view a longer set here.

Enjoy :)

Introducing search.

We’re very happy to introduce an enhancement designed to make it easier to find the right places to chat. Search.mibbit.com is available immediately helping people to find IRC networks and channels to match their interests.

The Main client and Widget are enormously popular in that they run completely in the cloud and connect to thousands of IRC networks with potentially millions of channels across them, but up until now the ability to navigate, search and discover this broad range of chat channels has been limited to the /list command and a casual scroll through an abreviated IRC list on the home tab.

Now that situation has changed.  With the introduction of search.mibbit.com, users can;

  • search over 100,000 networks and channels
  • find results for any combination of keywords contained in a channel name, topic and network name
  • browse a complete list of Mibbit connected IRC networks and their channels, both by usage and by name
  • lookup channel usage patterns and statistics over time

Find places to chat:

To use it just head to http://search.mibbit.com or click on a Server tab to see channels in the extra-pane.  This can be a life saver for those who need to find a channel but can’t remember its name or for newcomers who want to discover what’s out there.  The Server tab is easy to use with the channels displayed on the right hand side (see pic).  The list can be sorted and includes the last-updated info too so you know you won’t be getting out-of-date channels.  Once you’ve located a channel click “Connect” to be connected.

As always, we’d be glad to hear your comments on our new feature – suggestions for improvements, bugs (please include your browser info) or anything else you have to say about the Mibbit network. We’re all ears!

How do you say ‘frog’ in your language?

For many people a frog is just a frog, on Mibbit it’s mostly just that especially for our very own Kenneth.  In other languages it’s ‘rana’ or ‘zaba’ and now, with our new translation of the UI into Italian we’re happy to say ‘ranocchio’ bringing our language total to 13 including French, German, Spanish and even Russian.

To use the Italian UI for your Mibbit app or Widget go to Prefs, General and select from the list.

That’s in addition to the translation feature :)

Enjoy!