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README

Psi 0.11-beta3
---------
Date: October 11th, 2006

Project Lead/Maintainer (2004-current):
  Kevin Smith
  kismith@psi-im.org
  http://www.kismith.co.uk/

Original Author (2001-2004):
  Justin Karneges
  justin@affinix.com
  http://psi-im.org/


  For installation or compiling instructions, see the INSTALL file.

  This program is licensed under the GNU General Public License.  See
  the COPYING file for more information.

Known Issues
------------
This is a beta (preview) version of Psi and is not intended to be release 
quality or used in production environments.  Particularly, the following 
issues are known (those issues which are believed to have originated in 
external libraries are marked with a *):
  - GnuPG is temporarily not supported.
  - Mouse actions on tabbed chat windows have been temporarily disabled.
  - Proxy support is broken in some, if not all, circumstances.
  - On Mac, the menubar is only populated when the roster is the current
      selected window. *
  - Roster tooltips are a little ugly currently, more whitespace will be 
      added again later.
  - When receiving multiline messages in a chat, sometimes some lines will
      not be visible until another message is received or sent. 
  - Clicking on Psi popups sometimes causes a crash.

Notes
-----
  - This beta release includes a patched version of QCA2. Although it is 
      possible to link against another self-patched QCA2, it is strongly 
      recommended to use the provided tree, which is now default when
      using ./configure on unices, or by default on Windows.

  - Upgrading to 0.11 --
    * The last used profile settings will not be transferred from 0.10 and
      previous Qt3-based builds to the 0.11-beta1 and newer Qt4 based builds.
      If Psi loads with a blank profile, cancel the account creation and use 
     "Choose profile" to reset your default profile.	
    * When you decide to switch to Psi 0.11 permanently, you can safely clear
      the 'affinix.com' keys from your registry.
    * The PEM format is now used for storing SSL certificates.
    * You must use the QCA-OpenSSL plugin for QCA2 to utilize SSL.
      The older 'QSSL' plugin and QCA1 plugin will not work.
    * Psi 0.11-beta2 does not yet have the GnuPG features restored.
      DO NOT install qca-gnupg ! This plugin is not finished yet, and will
      make Psi crash if any PGP operation is performed.
    * Users upgrading from pre-0.10 will not benefit from the new colour 
      scheme. If they want the new colours, they should quit Psi and edit 
      their config.xml file y hand. For details, please see the User Guide in 
      the Help menu. 

  - GnuPG tips --
    * Always use the latest version of GnuPG.
    * On Windows, use a native build instead of one based on cygwin, and make
      sure it is properly installed in the registry.
    * Ensure 'gpg' actually works, by testing it from the command-line.
    * You must have a public and secret keyring.  Psi cannot operate
      without them, and they must be there when you start it.
    * If you experience fatal GnuPG incompatibilities, you can pass
      the --no-gpg option to Psi and gpg will not be used.
    * If you have gpg-agent set up, but you don't want Psi to use it, then
      you can pass --no-gpg-agent to force the use of Psi's built-in prompt.


Changes
-------
  New in 0.11
  - Added new default Stellar3 iconset
  - Added support for JEP-138 (Stream Compression)
  - Added support for using JEP-33 (Extended Stanza Addressing) to multicast
    messages to multiple users. Use option.enable-multicasting to enable it.
  - Added 'Show status message' toggle. There is a hidden option to put 
    status messages under the nickname (at the cost of 2 extra pixels
	when no status message is shown)
  - Support for Bookmark Storage (JEP-0048), where bookmarked conferences are
    auto-joined. No UI is provided for creating bookmarks (yet).
  - Better error messages, including error condition mappings (JEP-0086)
  - Support dynamically changing priority
  - Improved PGP error messages
  - Hiding the deprecated protocol selector for service discovery by default.
    Use option.ui.show-deprecated.service-discovery.protocol-selector to
	re-enable it.
  - New options system (see options.xml)
  - Receiving support for vCard-Based Avatars (JEP-0153)
  - Support for Multi-User-Chat (JEP-0045)
  - Preliminary support for User Nickname (JEP-0172)
  - Preliminary support for Roster Item Exchange (JEP-0144)
  - Psi now uses the Qt4(>=4.2) and QCA2 libraries, replacing the Qt3 and QCA1 
    requirements.
  - "Privacy List" support in the account dialog.
  - Support for JEP-0050 (Ad-hoc commands)
  - Preliminary support for JEP-0163 (Personal Eventing Protocol)
  - Preliminary support for JEP-0146 (Remote Controlling Clients)
  - Large parts of the codebase have been restructured.
  - Fixed a chat room bug where subject/topic changes were not shown.
  - Mac OS X builds are now universal binaries, supporting the new Intel 
    based Macs.
  - Support for JEP-85 (Chat State Notifications).
  - Support for JEP-0115 (Entity Capabilities).
  - There is now a config.xml option to make some windows use the brushed
    metal theme on Mac OS X.
  - Window opacity support is now present for all three supported platforms.
  - Fixed Unicode URL opening bug #510
  - Auto-reconnect accounts on wakeup
  - Copy-pasting with emoticons now works
  - Fixed issue #263 where emoticons would disappear in a reply or quote
  - History index is rebuilt faster
  - Configure toolbars merged into main preferences dialog
  - Moving tooltips
  - MingW32 compiler support (Coupled with the open source Qt4 Windows library
    this now allows completely free building of Psi on Windows)

  New in 0.10
  - Psi will now sign out before Windows or Mac OS X machines go to 'sleep'
  - The default text input line in the chat dialogs starts at one line tall, and grows as necessary.
  - The Roster can now be automatically resized to fit all contacts.
  - The Roster now has a menu bar available on Windows and Linux
  - Chat windows can be collected together using tabs
  - On Windows and Mac OS X, selected text may be automatically copied to the clipboard.
  - Mac OS X builds now enjoy Growl(.info) support
  - Photos are now available in the VCard dialog
  - New default colour scheme
  - New default iconsets
  - Roster and chat dialog opacity is now configurable on Windows and Mac OS X
  - The colour scheme is now slightly more configurable
  - Assorted minor feature additions and bug fixes

  New in 0.9.3
  - Notification when a user is typing
  - Advanced Data Forms capability (x:data)
  - Mac version uses the menu bar and also has a new color scheme
  - Slightly improved new user dialog
  - Drag and drop File Transfer
  - Ability to specify a status messages when going offline
  - The tray icon under X11 should now be more beautiful
  - Show self-contact is now a toolbar button instead of a normal option
  - There is now an option for all chat windows to be compact by default
  - Bugfix: file transfer sometimes wouldn't send the whole file
  - Fixed many other small bugs

  New in 0.9.2
  - File transfer
  - Event queue is saved to disk at all times for fault protection
  - Enable/disable accounts
  - Groupchat nickname tab-completion
  - Groupchat trackbar to mark last read text when unfocused
  - *bold*, /italic/, _underline_
  - Fixed bug where the roster window could get lost on Windows
  - 'Compact' mode for chat window
  - Tip of the day
  - Hidden roster group
  - Ability to export history as readable text
  - Event queue sorting by type
  - Type-ahead search in the roster
  - External programs can now have parameters
  - Toolbar configuration is now accessed from the right-click menu
  - Show dates in local format
  - Use the gnome-open utility for opening URLs with GNOME2
  - Fixed "broken pipe" crash when receiving GnuPG errors

  New in 0.9.1
  - Service Discovery browser (JEP-0030)
  - Popup notifications
  - Redesigned Iconset & Emoticons system, based on JEP-0038
  - Now possible to use service/transport icons for individual contacts
  - Ability to use custom roster icons for contacts via RegExps
  - Emoticon popup menu in chat window, for quick access
  - Reorganized Options window
  - Toolbar Editor
  - GnuPG 1.2.3 compatibility
  - New XMPP/Jabber engine (partially complete, XMPP 1.0 support deferred)
  - SOCKS5 proxy support
  - HTTP polling proxy support (JEP-0025)
  - Roster groups open/closed state saved
  - 'Free for Chat' status
  - Character counter
  - Selectable colors for roster 'blink' animation
  - Copy Location in URL attachment context menu
  - X11: WindowMaker docklet
  - Windows: fixed idle detection on Windows 9x
  - Mac: ability to hide/restore main window
  - Option: ignore messages from addresses not in your roster
  - Option: enter key sends chat messages
  - Option: raise chat window on receiving new messages
  - Option: auto-authorize contacts
  - Option: 'small' group headings
  - Option: treat incoming chats as messages unless chatting
  - Option: show/hide subject line
  - Option: enable/disable vCard check during login
  - Account dialogs ensure the JID is a valid user-JID before accepting
  - Bugfix: crash after using the Jabber browser
  - Bugfix: crash when resolving DNS
  - Bugfix: busy indicator sometimes stopped when it should still be running
  - Fixed many other bugs


Description
-----------

  Psi is a capable Jabber client aimed at experienced users.  Its design
  goals are simplicity and stability.  Psi is highly portable and runs on
  Windows, Unix/X11, and Mac OS X.

  The interface is very ICQ-like.  Alerts appear in the contact list when
  events are received, and things like subscriptions requests appear as
  "system messages" (ICQ users know these well).  Even "Chats" are
  queued in the contact list.  Also, chats are "remembered" by default,
  so that you don't have to keep a bunch of windows open for each person.
  Just close the chat window.  If you open it again it will all be there.

  Psi is minimal but powerful.  There are keybindings for just about
  everything, Unicode is supported throughout, and contacts are cached
  offline.  Security is also a major consideration, and Psi provides it for
  both client-to-server (SSL) and client-to-client (GnuPG).

  Plans for v1.0:
   - Multi-User Chat (JEP-0045)
   - Plugin system
   - Other misc stuff
   - Bugfixes


How you can help
----------------

  Comments
  --------
  We like comments, even (especially) if they are a simple thanks.

  Bug reports
  -----------
  If you want to help us out, please file a bug report on our forum at 
  http://forum.psi-im.org/forum/2 for release versions, or email us  a bug 
  report to the development mailing list for development builds, details at:
  http://lists.affinix.com/listinfo.cgi/psi-devel-affinix.com
  Please be as descriptive as possible and tell us what exactly you were doing 
  at the time something went wrong.  If possible, send us a stack backtrace.

  Wishes
  ------
  We can't possibly know what everyone wants, so we appreciate all feature
  requests. These can be submitted to http://forum.psi-im.org/forum/4

  Porting
  -------
  Psi should be very portable.  Please e-mail us first if you want to
  port Psi to another platform.

  Graphics
  --------
  There are many ways to contribute to the Psi project, if you think you can 
  do a better job with any of the Psi graphics, then go right ahead!

  Sound
  -----
  Same goes for sound.  Start mixing!

  Programming
  -----------
  Patches are welcome.  External tools would be useful as well, like Licq
  conversion utilities (iconsets, message history, etc).  Get to work!

  Packaging
  ---------
  Want to make an RPM or something?

  Financial
  ---------
  You can send a paypal gift if you'd like, to justin@affinix.com


Have fun,
-The Psi team

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