[Adium-devl] Adium iPhone
Ryan R. LaMothe
ryan.lamothe at quantumworx.com
Fri Jan 23 00:34:02 UTC 2009
I agree with your points. The Message View point will definitely be
interesting to research in the iPhone SDK.
Here a new client which I believe deserves some attention:
I've used BeeJive on both the iPhone and Blackberry and the interface
is nearly exactly what is needed. Not too much, not too little with
just about the right amount of features.
These are the clients which will be competing directly with Adium for
the iPhone. Off-hand, two immediate advantages to Adium over other
upcoming clients like BeeJive are that Adium is free in price and free
in source. A third distinct advantage is the large installed Adium/
Pidgin base on the desktop.
On Jan 22, 2009, at 7:23 PM, Peter Hosey wrote:
> On 2009-01-22, at 08:39, David Smith wrote:
>> What does Adium for the iPhone actually mean?
> Since we'll have to start clean anyway, I think we should start small:
> - A limited set of services. AIM, MSN, Yahoo!, the XMPP family, and
> ICQ. Bonjour would also be extremely handy on an iPhone.
> - No push or related functionality. If we start small, there's a
> chance that Apple's push API won't be available yet by the time we
> deploy, anyway.
> - Almost no Xtras. Status icons: Two sets (colors and B&W) and
> that's it. Maybe sound sets. Otherwise, WYSIAYG.
> - No WebKit Message View. Think back to the 0.50 days: We heavily
> debated pursuing WebKit because it was measurably slower than the
> Standard (Cocoa-drawn) Message View on the machines of the day. That
> includes my 450 MHz G4 Cube. The iPhone is about as fast as my Cube.
> - Transcription. We'd need to pass transcripts to desktop Adium at
> sync time. I have no idea whether that's possible. Users must be
> able to turn this off and burninate all transcripts, since not
> everyone uses desktop Adium.
> We can add more later—not just push (when it's ready and reliable),
> but also more services as we prove the reliability of the main ones.
> Facebook would be the first one to add; the above plan gives us time
> to pound on it on the desktop first.
> - Root view is a contact list.
> - Tapping a contact takes you to a chat with that contact.
> - Three filters (segmented control at the bottom of the CL): Chats
> Only, Online Contacts, All Contacts.
> - Completely eat any distinction between services. The only
> exception should be a segmented control (or other UI) at the top of
> the chat view for switching which service you're chatting with them
> Future features:
> - In the chat view, allow rotation to landscape. Some people prefer
> that orientation for typing.
> There won't be room in landscape to show the message view and
> inputline at the same time, so we'd need to either provide a way to
> switch between message view and inputline (perhaps a couple of
> finger-sized buttons at the right side of the inputline), or show
> the inputline only, along with a count of waiting messages.
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