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Emoticon throwdown – HipChat sticker packs are here

Earlier this month, we unleashed emoticon anarchy when we made it possible for anyone to add a custom emoticon to their HipChat group. Thanks for keeping things SFW. Now we’re going to make your emoticon game even more awesome – HipChat now supports emoticon packs.

The packs are just zip files of images, so create your own, and then share them with the world.

Meet your first pack, brought to you by Major League Gaming

Our first pack comes from the incredible team at Major League Gaming – the global leader in eSports. They’ve graciously shared 13 of their custom HipChat emoticons with all of us.

HipChat's Major League Gaming emoticon pack

To get the MLG pack, just download this zip file, and add it to your group’s emoticon list.

On our team, we’ve had a good time using (letsgo) to get meetings started, and (jason) when an idea is about to get murdered. Share with us how you’ve used them in the comments, or link us to your packs so we can try them out.

Thanks to you, emoticon limit is raised to 500!

Just last month we gave emoticon-creating powers to everyone (not just admins), and it was the dawn of a new era:

HipChat custom emoticons

But there was one, big problem: the emoticon limit.

HipChat custom emoticons

So, we turned to you. On Twitter, we asked for your retweets in return for upping the emoticon limit.

HipChat custom emoticons

And man, did you come through. You raised the emoticon limit from 100 to a whopping 500! Mathematically, that’s 5 times the fun.

We’re stoked, and we hope you are, too. In the emoticon spirit, we pulled this oldie but goodie video out to give you a good laugh (or maybe an idea or two on how to use emoticons for…everything). Enjoy!

Ready to create your own emoticons? Learn more!

Android 3.1 gets better support for Wear, pretty faces, and GIFV

1 month ago Seth Gholson 0 Comments

HipChat for Android Wear

On the heels of its Material Design release earlier this summer, HipChat is rolling out another round of improvements to please die-hard Android fans.

HipChat is first to support Android Wear

First up, HipChat is bringing our leading team communication app to your wrist. Android 3.1 is tightly integrated with Android Wear. The latest update lets Wear users receive messages and reply with a dictated answer or quick-reply with common emoticons like or .

Visual refresh with Avatars

Beyond support for Android Wear, HipChat is also updating the Android experience with avatars. It’s a small design decision that personalizes communication even when you’re away from your desk.

HipChat Android avatars

Of course, some delight

When teams adopt HipChat as their primary communication platform something special happens. They become more productive and have more fun. As a result, technology can help build team culture. The culture piece is as important as the productivity piece. So we added support for GIFV files in Android 3.1.

Go ahead and share that link from imgur and gfycat. It will render properly in HipChat with minimal lag time and won’t burn through your data plan. We suggest prancing goat gifs to combat the mid-afternoon energy slump.

HipChat for Android

HipChat iOS 3.3 – Back from the mechanic

1 month ago Chris Gibbs 6 Comments

HipChat iOS app 3.3

HipChat for iOS version 3.3 is available in the App Store today – grab it while the bits are hot! We’ve been hard at work on some changes under the hood to keep everything running smoothly for you. This work lays the foundation for more awesome stuff to come in the next few months, and we’ve added a few new things we think you’ll like until then.

What’s new?

Upload your new avatar photo right from your iPhone! Avatars are coming to the chat view very soon, so get your selfie on and update that profile pic.

Speaking of images, you’ll notice a new upload progress indicator so you can count down the milliseconds before your teammates see your latest cat GIF. Oh, and there’s a cancel button, too. Just in case you chose the wrong image on accident…

HipChat iOS app 3.3

We’ve also built a new connection status bar into the app to let you know if the iOS app has trouble connecting. After all, sometimes the nation’s largest network is just no match for trains and elevators.

If you do find yourself HipChatting from a train or elevator, though, 3.3 includes an entirely new system for reconnecting after losing connection. We can’t guarantee you’ll always have a signal, but now HipChat will be much more reliable in reconnecting after it’s been lost. (Who designed elevators like Faraday cages anyways?)

What does this mean for you? More chatting, less waiting.

We’ve also added some big performance boosts. When resuming the app from the background messages will appear on screen faster after HipChat connects, and searching through active chats is now a much smoother experience – even with large organizations with tons of rooms and people.

If the HipChat iOS app were a car, we basically gave it a new engine and transmission.

And one more thing… PDFs are now fully searchable! Quickly jump to the important sections in that 100 page PDF from HR and save yourself a lot of reading and scrolling.

HipChat iOS app with PDF search

The iOS app is back from the mechanic and ready to get some awesome new features over the coming months, so keep an eye out. Until then, grab version 3.3 on the App Store today!

Customizable room notifications now in beta (boom)

2 months ago Mark Lozano 19 Comments

HipChat per-room notifications

We think choice is a great thing. Like choosing breakfast for dinner, rocking a sweat suit at work, or even…(drumroll)…notifications in the HipChat rooms you want.

Today we’re releasing a beta version of per-room notifications in the HipChat web app. Turn down the volume in rooms that aren’t critical to you so you only get mentions. Or go nuts and turn up the volume in another room to get notifications for every message.

HipChat Per-Room Notifications

Now you can choose between loud (get notifications for every message), normal (get notifications for @all, @here, and @yourname), and quiet (just @yourname).

Not interested in customizing each of your rooms? Good news: These three options now exist at a global level too in your Settings, giving you more control than you had before. You can now prioritize the notifications that are the most important to you.

So go try it out! Log into our website with your HipChat credentials. Launch the web app, go to the room you want to adjust notifications for and click on the bell.

Customize to your heart’s content. All we ask is that you let us know what you think of the beta – especially any issues you run into.

Let us know in the comments below or through the web app (click the question mark in the top right corner > click Provide Feedback). Once it’s polished up, we’ll make sure it gets to the other apps.

Here’s to more effective team communication! And to letting you concentrate on what’s most important.

P.S. Speaking of customizing HipChat, have you checked out the new appearance customization options?

Customize HipChat to fit all your moods

2 months ago Evan Michner 12 Comments

Feeling emo? Go dark. Feeling chipper? Brighten it up. Love seeing your teammates’ pearly whites? Bring on the avatars. Can’t stand another look? Enter into our faceless world.

The point? We’ve made HipChat appearance customizable so you can feel right at home in your HipChat app. We’re giving you the controls to set your theme, adjust text density, add or remove avatars, and show either names or mentions. Ah, the freedom!

We’re testing this out in our new web app as a beta so we can gather your feedback. Let us know in the comments below or through the web app (click the question mark in the top right corner > click Provide Feedback).

To check it out, open the HipChat web app and go to your Settings tab. Then, let your mood take you away.

HipChat Customize Appearance

We all have two sides to us. So, go ahead, choose between a dark or light background.

HipChat customize appearance

HipChat customize appearance
We’ve also allowed you to change your chat view through density, avatars, and names. See how different experiences can look:

HipChat Customize Appearance

Customize Appearance on HipChat

Now we want to know, what do you think? If you’re digging what we’re giving, let us know, and we’ll make it a permanent fixture!

 

Windows & Linux Release 2.2.1388 Release

2 months ago Evan Michner 20 Comments

Hey Windows and Linux users, we’ve got some updates for you (and some cool news at the end, so hang around).

Stuff we fixed:

  • Room topic changes weren’t appearing properly. Now they are.
  • Editing settings on Linux would cause it to crash. Now it won’t.
  • Sometimes large images would cause it to crash. Now they won’t.
  • When you changed a room’s privacy, that wasn’t reflected immediately. Now it is.
  • Sad folks got even more sad when they realized : ( popped up the emoticon autocomplete menu. We fixed that too.

Plus a few other smaller issues that should hopefully turn that frown upside down.

And now for something completely different….Windows users: We could use your help! We’ve been working on a brand new Windows 4.0 app. Want to be one of the first to test out the beta? Sign up to get early access!

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A Whole New HipChat for Android

3 months ago Seth Gholson 6 Comments

HipChat is all about connecting teams in the office, but we also have you covered when you’re on the go. We have a new  update for serious Android fans (and for not so serious fans). On the surface, you’ll notice we’ve pulled in material design. But we didn’t just slap on a new coat of paint, we re-architected the whole darn thing to be entirely native, and while we were at it, added stream compression (because we’re going for extra credit on this assignment).

Good-bye Web View, Hello Native

Being native provides benefits that you are going to notice right away. The app is now a lot smarter about your messages. We can let you know if your message failed and inform you if you’re still connecting. You’ll know if you’re looking at the latest set of messages or if some more need to load. Added bonus, the app respects your system preferences for fonts.

It also makes HipChat faster than ever. Your messages load with great haste and switching between rooms is nice and smooth. Back when we used webview the app spent time loading the initial HTML/javascript/CSS, then building javascript calls, and then executing them on the main thread. We’re not doing that anymore so we can get you chatting faster. If you want to geek out about testing, well, we improved that too. This means squashed bugs will stay squashed, we’ll have better edge case handling and be able to speed up our delivery of new features that you want to use. That feels good.

HipChat Android Material Design

 

Now about that Material design

Of course, you’ll notice the bright colors, animations, and transitions you’ve come to expect from material design. We’ve moved a few things around to make it quicker and easier to get chatting. When you open the app, the new homescreen lists all your active rooms and 1-1 conversations. Notice the green button in the lower right? Tap that to easily find rooms or start new conversations with your teammates. If you’re done with a room or a chat, all you have to do is swipe it away to close it. The left drawer now contains your beautiful face (or your avatar of choice), account info and access to your preferences. Once you’re in a chat, the redesigned chat view now makes your files, links, and messages easier to read and more consistent. What else? Thanks to Lollipop’s heads-up notifications, it’s now easier to see when someone mentions you in a room or you have an incoming call.

HipChat Android Material Design 2

Save that data for a rainy day

We’ve added two features that will help us play nice with your data plan. First, we will stop loading all images in the entire chat log. Phew. Second, we rolled out XEP-0138: Stream Compression support on our XMPP servers (that’s our fav flavor of compression). The new Android app takes full advantage of this new server feature. In our experiments, we’ve seen compression ratios from 3:1 to over 9:1 (awyeah). Keep an eye on your data usage from HipChat; we’d love to know if you see a reduction after this update.

We’re proud of our new Android upgrades, and this is only the beginning. We’ve got lots more planned for the rest of the year. Stay tuned.

Ready for it? Get the latest app here

And in Windows & Linux news….

Rejoice Windows & Linux users – we’ve got an update to share.

We’ve read your comments and heard your suggestions. The production team is burning both ends of the candle to give you the best HipChat experience possible.

Hint hint: this update includes emoticon autocomplete.

Time for (allthethings)

 

Episode One: The Phantom Win/Lin Update:

What’s fixed?

  • Long URLs render without problems.
  • No more broken links and emoticons when a find/replace is performed. (yey)
  • Replace text emoticon with images setting now works. You pick your look.
  • The end user couldn’t edit settings if an admin installed HipChat. Now access can be granted to anyone.
    Remember what Uncle Ben said: With great power comes great responsibility.
  • Create a room with an existing name and the system will not swallow itself like a black hole. If you change your room’s name to something taken, we’ll send an alert. Sorry about that. All naming issues have been fixed.

What we made better:

  • Need to hide coworkers’ distracting .gifs? Well, say goodbye to funny cats clogging up your workspace. You can now turn all .gifs off.
  • Have you been dying to add HipChat integrations? Check out that cool Gears of War lookin’ icon and open the tab. Super easy.
  • Emoticon autocomplete is finally here. Get chatting. All of your sarcastic friends are waiting for you.

Win_Lin

 

And yes, we’re actively working on the re-design. Wanna help? Come work for us.