Matt Hodges

News for Mac and iOS users. Big news.

By Matt Hodges | 1 year ago | 32 Comments

Earlier this year we made a commitment to build native desktop apps for Mac, Windows, and Linux. Secretly, we also wanted to build better native mobile apps. Today, we’re proud to announce HipChat for Mac 2.0 AND HipChat for iOS 2.0. They’re leaner, faster, and, most importantly – they’re native.

HipChat for Mac 2.0: Less AIR, more Mac

Our native Mac app has come a long way since its initial beta release. Thirty-six releases later and it’s ready for prime time. If you’ve been holding out for the 2.0 release, here’s what you’ll find in the new native app for Mac OS X:

  • Improved performance: Everything is faster – signing in, loading conversations, sending messages, scrolling, and even typing.
  • Horizontal Vertical tabs: Open chats are now stacked vertically in a new left-sidebar so you can keep more than 3x as many chats open at once.
  • Native OS X features: Chat in full-screen and stay up-to-date with Mountain Lion’s notification center. Did we mention support for Retina displays too?

HipChat for Mac

If you’re using HipChat on Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) or above, there’s never been a better time to make the switch and start using our new native Mac app.

Download HipChat for Mac

But, what about video?

We’re heads down working on a better solution for video chat than what was available in the legacy AIR app. Hang tight, we’ll get there.

HipChat for iOS 2.0: Redesigned and reengineered

The HipChat experience on iOS just got a whole lot better. Like, a thousand times better. This is more than just a fresh coat of paint. We rebuilt the app for speed and consistency in user experience between our new desktop apps. Highlights include:

  • New look: See for yourself (smile)
  • Quick switching: A new left-sidebar (just like our desktop app) displays your open open rooms, making it faster to switch between chats.
  • File, link, and chat history: A new right-sidebar in rooms provides quick access to view members, browse shared files and links, and search chat history.
  • Swipe gestures: Just swipe left or right to access the left and right sidebars.
  • In-app notifications: Never miss a new chat or @mention while you’re chatting in another room.
  • Faster picture sharing: Sharing the last photo taken on your iPhone or iPad is just a tap away.

HipChat for iOS 2.0

If you are using HipChat on your iPhone or iPad and haven’t updated yet, go ahead and do it now. Do it.

Get HipChat for iOS

There’s more to come

We’re not slowing down. Our team has grown from four to 15 since joining Atlassian just over 12 months ago. And there’s even bigger news on the horizon… Stay tuned.

And thanks to all our beta testers! You’re awesome.

P.S. Our native Windows app is coming will be in public beta soon. Sign up for more information (if you haven’t already).

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  • Matt W

    Thanks for all your great work! We’ve been beta testing the Mac app and it’s much better than the AIR version. I can’t wait to try the new iPhone app as well.

  • Dan

    iPad Design Sidebar reminds me Facebook iOS app.
    Btw, awesome update, dudes.

  • Jason Dainter

    Feel like christmas! what would be the icing on the cake is if you allowed users to @ mention groups of people eg @devteam to go to multiple people. This is a big pain point as @all is not and appropriate mass shout-out tool most normal businesses that are split up into departments. Other than that.. keep up the super work :-)

  • http://www.asianefficiency.com/ Thanh Pham

    I just installed the new Mac and iOS version. The Mac works great but the iOS app doesn’t. It doesn’t seem to load the list of People (chat rooms work fine).

  • http://www.asianefficiency.com/ Thanh Pham

    To add to that: I’m getting lots of null errors on the iPhone and iPad as chats come in from individuals but I can’t see anything.

    For those who use HipChat on iOS – I’d hold off until this is fixed.

  • Doug Keen

    Fixed (as of a couple hours ago)! Sign out and sign back in if you’re still seeing the issue.

  • Ulrich

    Thanks, When will #tagging be supported? Have a look at Flowdock. They do an awesome job. Cheers Ulrich

  • http://webbynode.com/ Felipe Coury

    I really miss having fixed fonts for multiple line text. Is there any chance you bring that back?

  • Edward

    Yey! back to macApp now :)

  • Michal Simek

    /code

  • http://andypiper.co.uk/ Andy Piper

    Congratulations team! we are huge HipChat fans :-)

  • http://www.asianefficiency.com/ Thanh Pham

    Thanks! It’s working now :)

  • http://www.thinkgardner.com/ Daniel Gardner

    This is excellent! Trying to introduce it to the team I work with.

  • doug s

    Biggest feature for me, which you didn’t mention, is that HipChat no longer forces the dedicated GPU on Macbook Pro’s. *thank you so much*.

  • Tim Rault-Smith

    Not for me. :( Updated last night and using for the first time on iPad today, have tried logging out/in and restarting app, but to no avail.

  • Janos Csikos

    Gimme back the monoscape multi-line message!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • John E

    Great work! Sooo much nicer than Air app. The only thing I miss is up arrow to edit previous message like Skype.

  • mseibert

    Awesome.

  • http://joel.is/ Joel Gascoigne

    We would love the ability to @mention groups at Buffer, too :-)

    We’d have @hackers for our Engineers, @crafters for our Content Crafters and @heroes for our Happiness Heroes who do amazing customer support.

    I really can’t think of anything else apart from this, you guys have nailed team chat!

  • Joshua Chaitin-Pollak

    This is great news. I do miss the Audio and Video call abilities of the old AIR version though.

  • http://practiceparadox.com.au/ Michael ‘MC’ Carter

    Same here. People list in iOS app doesn’t load for me, and I see no available update. I’m sure a bug fix is not far away. I agree with @joelgascoigne:disqus above, you guys have nailed team chat.

  • http://davidchartier.com/ David Chartier

    This updates are fantastic so far, really enjoying the experience. I have a question though: how is the switch from Mac to iOS handled? Is there a preferred workflow? For example: can I just leave my iPhone logged in all the time so notifications go there, but if I open my Mac and login with your official app, will it take precedent for notifications? Or should both devices get pinged?

    Thanks!

  • Matthew Sparks

    Can we please have the option to sort alphabetically in the left column on the Mac app? Long lists there make it very hard to find someone.

  • Lane Lillquist

    Thanks a bunch!

  • Michael

    Doesn’t work on Snow Leopard?

  • Matt Hodges

    Hi Michael, HipChat for Mac 2.0 is compatible with Mac OS X Lion (10.7) and above.

  • Matt Hodges

    We have something in the works. Hang tight!

  • rotts

    y u no have video (yuno)

  • mrjcleaver

    I finally jettison’d my Air copy of Hipchat. Why did I wait so long to use the native one? I didn’t – I need two sessions open, to different hip chat servers.

    http://heliom.ca/blog/posts/run-multiple-hipchat-apps is a simple solution for anyone wanting multiple sessions.

  • pål

    Any updates on video for Mac client?

  • Jason Dainter

    @matthodges:disqus Any updates on this one? Keep seeing features rolled out and lots of gimmicky emoticon related stuff but 8 months later still no group mentions which seems a more serious and needed feature to me. Others seem to agree (clearly indicated by the fact this was a much votes on comment here!). Any thoughts on this?

    PS – @joelgascoigne:disqus I just started using buffer, awesome service, good work!

  • Jeffrey

    I prefer using QuickBlox, in particular because you can use it to add a video-chat to your app – http://quickblox.com/developers/SimpleSample-videochat-ios – which is of great use nowadays.