I’ve been incredibly busy with real life as of late and that means I haven’t been able to work on Monal. I am scheduling some time in the coming days to fix a bunch of crashing issues and release an update with all the fixes to date.
To make matters worse, my time was wasted by a stupid wordpress hack on this site that I had to address immediately. Things will be coming back on line slowly.
I haven’t had much time to work on Monal lately. I am releasing Monal 2.6 with the bug fixes and some of the UI changes I was planning. This should resolve the issues that iOS7 user have had.
The recent earthquake in Nepal destroyed thousands of lives throughout Nepal. My brother and I are working to help rebuild our home district in Tanahun, which borders the district where the epicenter was. We have set up a fundraiser to do this. We need to act quickly because the monsoon will start soon and the devastation will only magnify. I make and maintain Monal as a free app and have never asked for anything in return before. Please consider donating. One dollar is about 100 Rupees and goes a long way, every little bit helps.
As many of you know, I am from Nepal. The release of Monal 2.6 is going to be delayed as I focus my efforts on the recovery effort from Saturday’s earthquake. I am currently working with www.nepalquake.org to map out damage with GPS.
Please let me know if the connection issues have not been fixed.
I have resolved and issue connecting to Prosody servers and have pushed Monal 2.5 out to Apple. Im going to add prosody to my regular unit testing suite so that I can catch these before release in the future. Apologies.
I’ve sent Monal 2.4 to Apple for review. This is a minor update that addresses some feedback from the Feb release.
– fixed resource priority bug
– fixed connection problems for gtalk
Monal 2.3 will be out soon and will work fine with any standard XMPP server. However there are a few things you can do prepare to get the best experience. The two new features in Monal are :
Carbons allow you to keep all of your conversations in sync. So if you send and receive messages on your desktop or phone it will show up on the other
Stream resumption allows the client to reconnect quickly if it is disconnected. This will drastically reduce bandwidth usage and save battery life.
- XEP-0280 Message carbons (should be possible with route.all-resources set to true)
- XEP-0198 Stream resumption (not currently available)
I believe jabberd and Tigase also support both but I haven’t tested yet.
On the client side, there are no native OS X clients that support carbons (other than the weird Monal build I did below). I believe pidgin supports it on linux and windows and using Macports or fink on OS X (https://www.pidgin.im/download/mac/)
After implementing message carbons I realized that there aren’t any native OS X clients that support it. So as a little weekend challenge I tried to see how much work it would be to port Monal to OS X. I was originally an OS X developer but UIkit is so much nicer than Appkit and I didn’t want to get into that again. I knew about a project called Chameleon that ported UIkit to OS X . Unfortunately it has long since been abandoned and isn’t a complete implementation. Some critical portions like UISwitch and UITabbar are missing. I tried it anyway and after about 5 hrs or minor code tweaks, I have Monal up and running on OSX. Its not pretty and clearly using UIkit like this isn’t a good idea from a UX perspective but for my purposes it works. Its useful to test carbons because the main point is to have a sync of messages between the desktop and mobile client. Using it a little bit I really miss having it all the time.
Interestingly enough, as I was doing this I started seeing rumblings of UXkit. Apparently for the new Photos app on OS X, Apple did exactly what I was trying to do and ported UIkit to OS X. I hope Apple releases it. This exercise was a reminder that working with a more modern API makes Mac developer’s lives a lot easier. In the mean time I am seriously considering s release of Monal for OS X that has a real OS X UI (probably something like Messages). The code will obviously run and we desperately need an actively maintained native XMPP client. Adium is wonderful and the inspiration for Monal back in 2008 but I think a pure xmpp client with more features would be useful. Maybe some day when have time.
And now without further ado, Monal for OS X (this will never ever be released). It’s so ugly you could be mistaken for thinking it were and android app ;).