Friday, January 16, 2009

Happy New Year?

We've just hit 2009. We thought we would bring you up to speed on where Yakkle goes this year.

We continue to have a very steady number of downloads and users....like clockwork. We appreciate the continued support. We know that our Twitter integration has certainly helped expose Yakkle to a wider community.

What are you doing with Yakkle? Are you using it for Instant Messaging? Twitter? or for our Webex like functions of Desktop Sharing and VOIP? Drop us a note and let us know. info@yakkle.com

There are some exciting changes in the works for Yakkle. When we first built it, several years ago, we did not have the funds to build out a large server farm to host meetings, hence Yakkle as it stands now is a peer to peer limited participant meeting application. So how can we get our hands on a server farm that would give us low cost, on demand access, and the scaling we need to allow 100's of participants in a meeting? How could we compete with other collaboration tools and offer very very low cost models? How could a self funded startup on a limited budget compete with the "big guys?".

We hope to have the answer soon.... for now, let's just look up to the clouds.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Yakkle outage reconciled

Due to overwhelming connections, downloads, logins or a combination of all of these, we experienced a brief outage with our backend server. If you attempted to download or run Yakkle on or about November 18, 2008, you may have seen failures. We have taken measures to rectify this situation and our server is back up and running fine. We had no problems with our server for six months and fully expect not to see this issue again, but we wanted to make it clear that we saw this happen and we've fixed it.

While Yakkle is not a centrally served application, there are authentication connections made to our server that were failing for this short period of time.

If you ever have any problems downloading or running Yakkle, please contact us immediately at support@yakkle.com.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Yakkle Adds Summize

Yakkle version (v0.6.5) was recently released. Those users currently using Yakkle will be notified of the new release the next time they run and will be able to do a one click download and upgrade in a matter of seconds.

What's new in this release? If you are using the Twitter features inside Yakkle, and you have your own Twitter account, you undoubtedly know how popular this service has become. There are literally millions of "Tweets" being generated each week. So how do you look for interesting people to follow or find out about interesting topics being discussed? Summize is the answer. Twitter has their own search service called Summize. It weeds through the tweets and finds the ones that you are interested in. Yakkle has already integrated with Tweetscan and now we are fully integrated with Summize. Just select the search icon and you'll see this:




Searches that you did recently are listed for easy selection. Popular searches that are happening in the Twitter community are also listed. It's a kind of a "trend" listing. If you want to search with advanced functions, press the Advanced button to see these options:




Once you have performed a search, Yakkle will continue to search for you and find new Tweets as they are generated and will let you know that there are more for your viewing. By default, Yakkle looks for new Tweets every 30 seconds. You can change that by selecting the Twitter & Yakkle Options button and by changing the Summize Update Interval value.




What else is new? Have you been using Yakkle all day, chatting with friends, viewing your Twitter timeline? Then you exit Yakkle and start it back up the next day. Now you see a whole bunch of Tweets in your Twitter view, but which ones did I miss while I was away? Yakkle now has built in coloring to show you the "new" tweets versus the ones you have already viewed. Very cool! If you follow a lot of people and have an active Twitter account, this coloring feature is tremendous. The green tweets are new, the blue tweets are the ones you have already viewed.




Lastly, we've had a bunch of Windows Vista users downloading Yakkle and some of them had some issues selecting their speakers and microphones so they could start up a Yakkle conference meeting. We took a look at what might be going on here and we've resolved this issue. So all you Vista users should have a much better Yakkle experience!




If you have other suggestions for the Yakkle please drop us a note at support@yakkle.com or reply to us on Twitter (@yakkle)





Saturday, September 27, 2008

Yakkle adds more Twitter and Desktop Sharing Features

Yakkle version (v0.6.4) was recently released. Those users currently using Yakkle will be notified of the new release the next time they run and will be able to do a one click download and upgrade in a matter of seconds.


What's new in this release? Well, we've been continuing to refine our Twitter client and we have benefited from the increased performance of the Twitter server. In previous releases, we saw slowness of the Twitter API to respond thereby making it appear as though Yakkle was slow. That has been resolved - thanks Twitter guys - and now we are getting lots of good feedback from those using Yakkle as their Twitter client. Twitter imposes rate limits from time to time if their servers get unusually busy. For those wanting to see what their current limit is, just select the Twitter Server Rate Limits icon in the Yakkle/Twitter toolbar and you will see the following information:





You can follow Yakkle too on Twitter; send us a tweet, ask a question, request a new feature, tell us about any issues.

Have you ever seen a tweet on Twitter that is just a bit too long to view? You are reading the 140 characters and then it just stops, clipped, cut off by the viewer? With the Yakkle Twitter client, if we see that a tweet is clipped, we'll add a "..." link to the end. Click this link and jump directly to the full tweet so you won't miss a word.

In addition to continuing to improve our Twitter client we've also done some work on our Desktop Sharing feature of Yakkle. You can now control the size of Yakkle during Desktop Sharing so that you can easily view your Twitter tweets, Send Instant Messages and Share Desktops all at the same time:




If you have other suggestions for the Yakkle please drop us a note at support@yakkle.com or reply to us on Twitter (@yakkle).