Upcoming in 0.7.6

The next version of Owl will be version 0.7.6. This version will include a major rewrite of the networking code that Owl uses to communicate. To the end user the next version of Owl will seem very similar to the existing version since most of the work being done is “under the hood”.

We have identified a few bugs with version 0.7.5, namely related to Tapatalk and the OS clipboard. Issues such as these will be resolved in the next release.

We hope to have the next version released some time in August!

Owl 0.7.5 on App Store

A new version of Owl is available on the Mac App Store.

Next release coming soon

Many of the tasks we slated for the next version of Owl have been complete. The one remaining issue we have for this version is Bug #181 which affects only some boards that use Tapatalk. We anticipate that this issue will be resolved tomorrow and hope to have Owl v0.7.5 submitted to the Apple store tomorrow afternoon!

We are already looking ahead to the next version, in which we hope to add support for user avatars in order to improve the visual appeal of the application. We are also exploring other features such as a way to filter and easily search through forums, threads and posts that are displayed, as well as Reddit support.

 

Tapatalk Logout Bug

The Tapatalk issue that saw the connection in Owl timeout after a certain amount of time has finally been resolved. This was tracked as Bug #117 and ended up being rather easy to fix, once the fix was known.

In case you’re curious, it so happens that Tapatalk issues login requests every 15 minutes. For some reason the sessions will not last longer than 15 minutes and this seems to be true with multiple message board software (we tested vBulletin 3.x, vbulletin 4.x, XenForo 1.x) and for the Tapatalk Android and iPad clients. While this seems like an odd design decision it was one that was easy to implement. The next version of Owl will duplicate this behavior so the sessions should, in theory, last indefinitely.

We are still working on Bug #168 and Bug #150, both which we hope to have resolved before releasing version 0.7.5 in early June.

Tapatalk quoting bug & 0.7.5 update

We have known about the Tapatalk quoting issue for some time. Today we implemented a fix that uses the same mechanism the Tapatalk app uses. This will definitely be in version 0.7.5.

XenForo support for 0.7.5 is almost done. There are still a few tasks to finish up but once that is fixed and Bug #117 is resolved, we will release 0.7.5.

Quick update about 0.7.5

We are planning one major feature addiction for Owl 0.7.5 and one minor feature addition. The major feature is native support for XenForo 1.x boards, and the minor addition is displaying a visual notification of locked threads. There are several other minor enhancements we hope to get into the next version of Owl.

Right now we anticipate a release date of late-June to early-July.

As always, your feedback and suggestions are welcome!

Owl 0.7.4 on Mac App Store

A new version of Owl is available on the Mac App Store.

Update on 0.7.4

One the goals for this next version of Owl was to have better error reporting when things went wrong after submitting a post of a thread. For example, one problem discovered during testing was that if the user created a post whose text length did not meet the minimum text length requirement of the board, the error would get captured and the user’s post would never get posted. Our objective is display these errors to the user in the individual Thread/Post Composition windows such as:

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While investigating the work involved with this, it was discovered that the level of effort for this feature is much higher than originally anticipated. There is a significant refactoring effort involved. Hopefully this feature and the associated work will be completed by May.

This feature is being tracked on our bug system here: http://www.owlclient.com/bugs/view.php?id=166

We will keep you up to date!

Progress on 0.7.4

Progress continues on the next version of Owl.

The spellchecker has been implemented and functions properly. The next version of Owl will only support “American English” and “UK English”.

The remaining issues we want to fix before the next release are:

* Tapatalk parser will timeout
* Multiple forum structure changed notification locks UI
* Submitting Post/Thread should not close the dialog

We hope to release the next version around the end of March.

Roadmap to 0.7.4

The next version of Owl is already under development. It will be version 0.7.4. As with all of our pre-1.0 versions, each version will include just one additional major feature.

The feature presented with version 0.7.4 is spell-checking in the Post Text Editor. This is a common feature available in any text editor today and we believe it is an essential feature for an application like Owl.

In addition, some of the bugs we’ve noticed in 0.7.3 will be fixed in 0.7.4. These include:

[ ] Tapatalk parser will timeout
[ ] Large images do not resize
[ ] Submitting Post/Thread should not close the dialog
[ ] UserAgent option in settings should have a dropdown with more options
[ ] Rearranging board order in Preferences/Settings can be slow at times
[ ] Support for HTTP authentication
[ ] Importing board file with bad XML silently fails
[ ] Multiple forum structure changed notification locks UI

We anticipate the new version to be ready by the end of March! Please check this blog periodically for updates! Or follow us on Twitter!