Macs now have link previews just like iOS. I will be rolling this out into the next beta today. The iOS app should be going into the App Store today. I will disable OMEMO and roll out an update to the Mac App Store as I continue to work on OMEMO, I don’t want to hold up the many security updates.
There were a couple of bugs filed on the latest release regarding SSL issues. In particular there is an issue where the domain/cert isn’t being validated properly. I am pushing out an update to resolve this. There are new Mac and iOS betas. Please test them and let me know if you have connectivity issues before I roll this out to everyone this week.
I realized recently that there was a need to send messages to people not in your roster list. I’m not sure why I never thought of this before. I have added a compose screen and placed the button on the right to match every other chat app. This is of course a work in progress. I hope to add the QR reader here and in the add contacts screen in the future.