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Ideal Chat Lite (facebook style bottom chat/chatroom bar) v1.3.0
Mod Version: 1.3.0, by Ideal Web Tech (Coder) Ideal Web Tech is offline
Developer Last Online: Feb 2020 I like it Show Printable Version Email this Page

vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (19 votes - 4.47 average) Installs: 173
Released: 27 Jul 2011 Last Update: 30 Oct 2011 Downloads: 2323
Not Supported DB Changes Uses Plugins Additional Files  

This modification adds a bottom bar chat system to your board.

Features
  • Friend’s Online List (mutal or all friends)
  • Integration with vBulletin's ignore system so users can block messages from people they want
  • General Chat Room
  • User-to-User Chat
    • Chat with friends
  • Support for infinite number of open chats
  • Automatic Updating of chat messages
  • New message indicators
    • Indicator on Chat Tab for new messages
    • A sound plays for new messages
    • Page title flashes for new messages
    • Indicator for new messages on tabs out of view
  • Multiple window support
    • Supports users having your site open in multiple windows/tabs
    • Changes in one window automatically apply to other windows
  • Automatically disables chat bar for mobile browsers
    • Help save bandwidth for your mobile users
Settings
  • Admin Settings
    • Chat online
    • Ban individual users from chat
    • Update stream time limit
    • Update stream delay
    • Settings & Chat Room link Positions
      • Change where the links show at, or hide them all-together
  • Usergroup Settings
    • Can use chat
    • Can use chat room
  • User Settings
    • Hide Chat bar
    • New message notification method
Change Log
For a full list of changes, please visit: http://community.idealwebtech.com/in...ngelog&file=15

Installation/Upgrade
See included readme file.

Demo
You can see a demo here (You can can register a new account, or use the Login, "Ideal Chat Demo", and password, "chatdemo") This demo is of the pro version which can be found here!

Support
This modification is released for free, and as such we don't officially support it; however, as time permits we will try to offer support on it. We will NOT be monitoring this thread on a daily basis, your best bet for a fast reply would be to go post here.


Common Issues/Topics
Chat Bar Don't Show Up?
Have you configured the usergroup settings? This is the most common issue we see, and 99% of the time it is due to usergroup settings not being configured properly. So if your bar is not showing up, please verify your usergroup settings before reporting it as an issue.

Messages Don't Show Up?
We are aware of an issue causing messages to not show up for some people, and are looking into fixes.

Modification Has Conflict With Another Product
There is always a chance that two products will conflict with each other! We are aware of some, but please feel free to tell us about any products you find to conflict via our Bug Tracker on our site.

Chat Doesn't Support Certain Characters
The chat can only support the characters your board itself can support! If you would like to support certain characters, you must have your board using a charset that supports them. We have only ever once noticed a chat that didn't support every character the board did, and we are looking in it.

Chat Kills My Server
We have tested the chat extensively for server friendliness, and have found it to be very gentle on servers. We have seen the script run with hundreds of active users without putting hardly any load on the server. However, an improperly configured server may result in any reverse-AJAX/push-AJAX/Comet based chat script killing the server. If you find that your server slows down after installation, you may want to talk with your host about raising your MySQL and Apache Max Connection Limits to a more appropriate amount!

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Old 07 Aug 2011, 18:54
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Originally Posted by Ideal Web Tech View Post


Both of these suggestions are already planned. (We have a large list of planned features, and we will be building them into future versions as time permits.)
Would it be possible to publish this list? - so you dont keep getting repeat questions
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Old 07 Aug 2011, 19:22
alencete alencete is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Ideal Web Tech View Post
I'm not sure what you mean by no good with UTF-8 as we are currently running it with UTF-8 encoding on our demo site.

There was a bug in the avatars, but it was fixed in version 1.1.2. If you are still seeing the issue with 1.1.2, please let us know.

As for the time of the chat, we have not noticed any issues with it, nor have any been reported, so could you please be a little more specific.
I have updated and the problem of fixed avatars. Other problems remain.
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  #183  
Old 07 Aug 2011, 20:49
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Originally Posted by clubvr4 View Post
Would it be possible to publish this list? - so you dont keep getting repeat questions
We have thought about releasing it, but we don't want to release any info about features until we have confirmed that they are in place and coming with the next version!

We have found with other products, that if you say a feature is planned, people expect it in the next version, and then get mad if its not.

Originally Posted by alencete View Post
I have updated and the problem of fixed avatars. Other problems remain.
What encoding is your board using? The encoding that chat uses is the same as what your board is set to use. So if your board doesn't support those characters, then the chat won't either.

As for the date one, that is very interesting. We will look into that some more!
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Old 07 Aug 2011, 20:56
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Just an update on my issue - asked customer service what happened and all I got back was "we don't support java on our shared servers" ... extremely helpful, I know. I'm looking at alternative hosting at the moment because that seems like BS to me.
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Old 07 Aug 2011, 21:15
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Originally Posted by sapphiremagus View Post
Just an update on my issue - asked customer service what happened and all I got back was "we don't support java on our shared servers" ... extremely helpful, I know. I'm looking at alternative hosting at the moment because that seems like BS to me.
That is a very bad response considering nothing in this product uses Java.
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Old 07 Aug 2011, 21:54
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Originally Posted by Ideal Web Tech View Post
That is a very bad response considering nothing in this product uses Java.
Agreed, which really just nailed the coffin shut on staying with them as host. In any event, hopefully you can garner some information from the relatively ambiguous log information I provided. If the problem shows up again after I change hosts I'll let you know, and hopefully have a better description of the issue.
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Old 07 Aug 2011, 22:32
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Originally Posted by sapphiremagus View Post
Agreed, which really just nailed the coffin shut on staying with them as host. In any event, hopefully you can garner some information from the relatively ambiguous log information I provided. If the problem shows up again after I change hosts I'll let you know, and hopefully have a better description of the issue.
If you need a good host, you might want to look at Liquid Web. We use them currently, and they have always been very quick to respond if we ever do have any issue.

As for keeping us updated, please do, the more information we have, the quicker we can stomp out the bugs!
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  #188  
Old 08 Aug 2011, 03:29
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I've installed this on a couple of VB forums running 4.1.5 and I'm having the same issue danhaga was having. I can type in a message but it's not showing up until the page is refreshed or I kill the chat session and reopen the box.

http://www.austinareastangs.com/forums/forum.php

I'll send you a login and password via pm.
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Old 08 Aug 2011, 03:53
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Originally Posted by leave it to bea View Post
I've installed this on a couple of VB forums running 4.1.5 and I'm having the same issue danhaga was having. I can type in a message but it's not showing up until the page is refreshed or I kill the chat session and reopen the box.

http://www.austinareastangs.com/forums/forum.php

I'll send you a login and password via pm.
We have noticed this issue on a couple of boards now, and we are looking into a fix for it.
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Old 08 Aug 2011, 11:50
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Originally Posted by alencete View Post
I have updated and the problem of fixed avatars. Other problems remain.
i have the same problem, TIME and characters "Ń"
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  #191  
Old 08 Aug 2011, 16:41
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i don't like how this mod show the time & date of the messages.
so i change it to show it like my "Log Date Format" option in ACP.

if you want to do so too just edit ideal_chat_update_stream.php file and search for:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

replace with:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

please add it to your next version
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  #192  
Old 09 Aug 2011, 01:54
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Very nice mod =)

Only problems are the latin characters not showing properly and the fact that if I enable it to all users the server is taken down due to hundreds of stream connections (mysql) and an apache full of "Sending Reply" connections =(
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Old 09 Aug 2011, 03:59
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this mod effect some other mod as 8WR Media Library and PhotoPlog which is disable very important navigation links

I though the new version would solve it but...Q_Q

I'd appreciated any help to solve this.
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Old 09 Aug 2011, 04:32
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Originally Posted by kingMOB View Post
Very nice mod =)

Only problems are the latin characters not showing properly and the fact that if I enable it to all users the server is taken down due to hundreds of stream connections (mysql) and an apache full of "Sending Reply" connections =(
Apache should be able to handle over 1k active connections without much trouble on even moderate server hardware. Mysql will hold more connections open currently (1 per user active in the chat), but with some tuning the extra connections shouldn't be a big deal. We are looking into options to try and see about avoiding having to maintain a mysql connection open for each stream but thats a bit tricky and has all kinds of other complications we are looking into solving. Ideally we can come up with a fix for this without stressing the filesystem, and without requiring memcache.

The character issue for now we can't do a whole lot about it right the second, but we will look into options as we have time after the next major update.
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Old 09 Aug 2011, 14:31
danhaga danhaga is offline
 
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Just installed the latest version and I am still having the same issues.

-When I click on a friend online and send a message it doesn't show up for myself or them unless I refresh the page. Does not show up real time.

-Chatroom does the same thing.

-Getting lots of Error: Reload messages

I am also now getting DB errors on my email:
Database error in vBulletin :
mysql_connect() [<a href='function.mysql-connect'>function.mysql-connect</a>]: Lost connection to MySQL server at 'reading initial communication packet', system error: 111
/data/13/1/81/81/1244407/user/1326992/htdocs/portal/includes/class_core.php on line 314


MySQL Error :
Error Number :
Request Date : Tuesday, August 9th 2011 @ 09:28:38 AM
Error Date : Tuesday, August 9th 2011 @ 09:28:38 AM
Script : xxxx/ideal_chat_update_stream.php
Referrer : xxxx/forum.php
IP Address :xxxxx
Username :
Classname : vB_Database
MySQL Version :

And just an FYI. Problems are the same in FF, IE and Chrome.
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