Something people have requested for a while has been to have wallpapers on chat. This will be in the 3.1 release. I am also updating the bubbles to contain delivery and time stamp info so you don’t have to worry about text visibility with your background.
I’ve been focusing some of my efforts as of late on things that make Monal feel more modern. There are parts of the app I haven’t touched in 5-6 years and expectations have changed in those years. The inline images in 3.0 was very well received and I am following that up with inline link previews. If you have used any other modern messaging client this will be very familiar to you. XMPP doesn’t need to feel like its form the 90s.
This is more of a question for other open source developers. I recognize there are payment structures in the Mac App Store that do not work for paid software. However, I’ve always wondered why other open source apps do not publish there.
My general experience publishing Monal there has only been positive. While I still push out beta clients on the web the App Store has been the primary way that users have discovered Monal. It also takes care of several things that are pain points for developers such as upgrades and hosting/bandwidth costs. I honestly think more people use XMPP because I have made the software readily available in a trusted location. The Mac App Store has a lot of good software but also a lot of junk. The ratio is a lot worse than on iOS and I think we should change that.
If the problem is the $99 developer fee, would you be more interested in publishing software there if it were to go away (or at least not be something you need to worry about)?
There was a push server outage on push.monal.im for a few hours this weekend. It was my mistake while upgrading components. I will be more careful in the future. Obviously no messaging traffic goes through this server so there was no data loss. Some people may not have reliably received new message notifications this weekend.
The new Mac beta for OSX should support dark mode. I am still tweaking it so there may be places where colors are less than ideal. This build also supports OMEMO.
I’ve seen a bug come in and some comments on reddit saying that Monal doesn’t work well on Mojave. I actually don’t have a machine that supports Mojave. My mini and old Macbook aren’t supported anymore, so this time I didn’t have a build out for the new OS around day 1. I am in the process of installing it on a VM and will test.
Feel free to let me know what you have noticed that may be broken in the comments below.
I have found the lack of a share sheet in iOS and OSX limits how much I use Monal. A lot of what I send in chats are links. I suspect that is the case for a lot of other people too. To address that, I’ve added a share sheet to the iOS client. This code should work on OSX too. Doesn’t quite work yet but when it’s done, will work the way you expect it to.
Just tried out the first beta for iOS 3.1. This is not the most exciting screen shot except for the fact that the messages are OMEMO messages from conversations.