Another new feature we’ve been working on for the upcoming Owl release is a new way to view images within Owl. The goal of this feature is to make sure that all images are clickable and that when clicked they show up in a transparent overlay. We have made a lot of progress with this feature in the past couple days and here is what it looks like:
You can see here that the image take up the entire app window. Future versions will have “Copy Image Url” and “Save Image As” options in this window.
Here is a screenshot of Owl showing user avatars. This is another feature that will be in the next release.
One of the several things we’ve been working on is getting Owl to work on Linux.After some effort we finally have a working build for CentOS. The UI still needs to be tweaked and updated but the fact that it’s building and running is a significant milestone as we are now able to target all three major desktop platforms!
What is interesting about this is that the UI looks very similar to how the UI looks on Windows. I can see that some of the issues faced on Windows will also need to be addressed on CentOS. For example the dramatically different font sizes in the thread and post panes.
The thread list has been completely refactored.
The post list is next!
There is still some work to be done on 0.7.6 before it’s ready for release. We completely refactored the HTTP call system to use CURL instead of Qt’s network libraries. This has proven to be significantly faster and also fit in better to the overall architecture of Owl’s design.
We have also release part of the code as an open source project as part of OwlConsole, a terminal program that offers the same functionality as Owl. The source code is viewable here: https://github.com/lulzapps/OwlConsole
We hope to have the new version of Owl released before the end of the year and we appreciate your patience!
As we announced last week, we at working on a command like interface for Owl. Here is a small preview of it in action.
With the new version of Owl we will be referring to it as “OwlReader” and we are also working on a new application, OwlConsole. This app is a console application that will enable users to navigate message boards through the command line.
This screenshot shows some basic functionality such as logging into a board, listing the forums and listing the threads in a forum.
We hope to release OwlReader 0.7.6 and OwlConsole 0.1.0 at the same time. Look for a late September release.
The refactoring of our network code has been mostly finished. We have a few minor enhancements and bug fixes top make but the majority of the work is done!
We are also planning to do a significant refactor of our configuration system (Issue #163). We hope to have all of this work wrapped up in July and release a new version!
Today we hit a milestone of 2,000 commits into our code repository system. Woo!
The next version of Owl will include significant refactoring not just of the networking subsystem but also of the memory management. Most of these changes should be transparent to the user except for a significant increase in performance.
We are confident in saying that the next version will be released some time in July. Stay tuned for an exact date!
As mentioned, we have set out to do a significant refactor in this upcoming version of Owl. Instead of using the Qt libraries networking libraries, we are switching over to libcurl. So far we are seeing a significant increase in network performance. We are still early in the process but the results so far are promising.
If we don’t encounter any significant road blocks, we may be able to get this version out some time in July and move on to other features for future releases.