Looking for a professional new layout for your chat that’s slick and modern, and simple skins aren’t doing it for you anymore? Then this entry is for you. GChat Labs are pushing ahead with the second phase of Visichat development announced at the dawn of Visichat 3. You’ll be pleased to know the team has started work on what will become the next major release of Visichat that will include a brand new user interface. But that’s not all. The reason the team is gunning for a new look, is to take advantage of the wonderful recent developments that have occurred in the way Flash renders and supports its content. In short, the much anticipated ActionScript 3 support for Visichat is coming! It brings to the table not only a redesigned layout, but a slew of other handy features for customisers, DIY webmasters and ordinary chatters alike. Did we get your attention?
ActionScript 3 isn’t just a gimmicky word. It’s actually quite a significant improvement that makes Flash source codes easier to work with and extend. It takes full advantage of the latest Flash runtime, which features support for modern hardware like multi-core processors and swanky graphics cards which accelerate rendering of widgets and media. For the end user this means improved performance, greater responsiveness and stability. Overall the performance can jump up to 10%, and that’s without any major optimisations which GChat always does to get the most of its software on any platform. Moving up to the latest Flash runtime compatibility additionally brings the benefit of a much improved full-screen mode – excellent for animation, cool GUI effects and additional widget room; giving GChat developers much to innovate with.
Streaming features will definitely get a big boost. We are looking at real-time HD webcam, voice and video streaming – not just a slight compression tweak! With solid RTMPT protocol implementation newer Flash versions now enjoy, the development team thinks it would be a cinch to achieve flexible peer-to-peer connectivity, taking off the processing load from the server and sharing it evenly among chatters of an online community. Less load on the server means your community can support a greater number of streaming connections. More chatters, more stable links, more quality! All this while the interface sings beautifully along in the background, letting your community enjoy a truly responsive design.
The upgrade work to be done is considerable, although the team anticipates it will take less time than the groundbreaking server-side changes which took place in Visichat 3. Still the next major release will take longer than our more rapid minor updates. This is due to the sheer number of features to be added and the team desiring to give their usual top quality polish to the final product. It should be possible to implement the planned changes to the interface by the end of this year.
In the meantime, we will continue supporting the latest current version of Visichat with further minor updates and patches. We have more functionality to add to it, such as further admin panel tools and options, which we will carry over to the next version as well. Stay tuned and check back in the future for any upgrades. The new demo will be launched nearer the release date for you to beta test. Just don’t forget to keep your Flash plugin up to date!