• With #Lovejoy, #Movim is now #easier than before. Let's discover all the new #features bundled in this awesome #release.

    A new way to explore your contacts and Communities

    The Movim Contacts page has been entirely redesigned. It now gives you a direct access to your friend's publications and general information. The sidebar also allows you to discover more new publications and nice people.

    The Community page, introduced in the 0.11 version, has also been reorganized and now allows you to see what is happening on your #pod at a glance.

    Publish in a simple click

    You want to quickly send a picture to your friends? Share a feeling or a thought? The new Quick Publish widget allows you to do that easily.

    If you still want to do more advanced publications with formatting, you can press the plus button to access a full featured editor.

    Movim also automatically saves the draft of your publications so you can get back to your publication later.

    Organize and explore the publications

    Tagging articles in Movim has been greatly simplified. By simply putting #hashtags you can categorize your publications. Now you can also explore public articles having similar tags.

    NSFW content

    To protect the children browsing the articles we also added an automatic filter on adult content (enabled by default). When publishing "Not Safe For Work" content you can categorize the articles as so by adding the NSFW tag to it.

    If you want to have access to those content, you can enable them in the configuration.

    New look for the publications

    Lovejoy also comes with a new design for the articles cards. The embedded links are better integrated and you can now directly like an article while browsing!

    The redesign also simplifies the browsing and navigation on mobile devices.

    Movim ❤️ your mobile

    The UI of Movim has been redesigned for mobile devices.

    A new menu allows you to quickly switch between the four main pages. You can access the full menu by dragging the left side of your phone to the right.

    Chat and Chatrooms, new features and redesign

    A lot of love has been put in the chatroom features of Movim. They now have the same look and feel as the single chat ones. You can also now embed pictures in the discussions by uploading them or pasting links directly and you can auto-complete the nicknames by pressing Tab when writing a message in the chatrooms.

    Since Lovejoy you can start a private discussion with a chatroom member in one click and invite your contacts to join the chat-room by sending them a message, or an invite link.

    Thanks to the new autojoin feature, you can ask Movim to automatically join some of your favorite chatrooms when you log in.

    Chat markers

    Movim now implements the recent XMPP standard called Chat Markers, this allows you to know if a contact has seen your messages. This feature is also fully compatible with clients like Conversations or Dino.

    Stickers!

    Say hello to Miho, the new mascot of the Movim project. A new sticker pack created by Hey-Xander is available on Movim.

    History

    With the support of the XMPP standard Message Archive Management you can now resynchronize your history when logging back to Movim, for your private discussions but also in the chatrooms. Never loose any messages anymore between your devices!

    …and also

    Under the hood we continue to fix many issues, optimize and refactorize the Movim sourcecode to keep the Core engine clean and secure. This is also made possible by a continuous feedback from our community, via our official chat-room and our Github Page.

    As members of our community become more and more involved, new pods have been opened in Sweden, Japan, Germany and Russia. Thanks to the maintainers!

    Migration of our official XMPP server to ejabberd

    One of the biggest tasks of those past months has also been to migrate our official server from the deprecated Metronome server to ejabberd. This migration contains more than 11 thousands accounts, thousands of articles, messages and relations.

    Thanks to the ProcessOne team and especially Christophe Romain, Evgeny Khramtsov and Holger Weiß we greatly improved the script to migrate the data from one server to another and several features used by Movim after the migration.

    ejabberd is now officially recommended by the Movim team. To make Movim fit perfectly with your server, please follow our ejabberd configuration page on our Wiki.

    We are now close to having 300 simultaneously connected users on our official pods :)

    Help us!

    For 9 years now, the Movim team and community is working freely to develop the platform and the related projects. We are also hosting the official pods to allow our users to enjoy Movim daily.

    To continue to maintain and expand our infrastructure we are looking for your help. You can contribute by doing a one time donation on our Paypal account or on our official Patreon.

    You can also help us by writing feedbacks about your experience with Movim, translate the project or help us debugging and improving the platform :)

    You can find all the information on our official website.

    That’s all folks!

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  • Movim 0.12 – Lovejoy

    test – Tuesday, 26 September - 07:31 – 26 September

  • THIS IS A DRAFT

    With #Lovejoy, #Movim is now #easier than before. Let's discover all the new #features bundled in this awesome #release.

    A new way to explore your contacts and Communities

    The Movim Contacts page has been entirely redesigned. It now gives you a direct access to your friend's publications and general information. The sidebar also allows you to discover more new publications and nice people.

    The Community page, introduced in the 0.11 version, has also been reorganized and now allows you to see what is happening on your #pod at a glance.

    Publish in a simple click

    You want to quickly send a picture to your friends? Share a feeling or a thought? The new Quick Publish widget allows you to do that easily.

    If you still want to do more advanced publications with formatting, you can press the button to access a full featured editor.

    Movim also automatically saves the draft of your publications so you can get back to your publication later.

    Organize and explore the publications

    Tagging articles in Movim has been greatly simplified. By simply putting #hashtags you can categorize your publications. Now you can also explore public articles having similar tags.

    NSFW content

    To protect the children browsing the articles we also added an automatic filter on adult content (enabled by default). When publishing "Not Safe For Work" content you can categorize the articles as so by adding the NSFW tag to it.

    If you want to have access to those content, you can enable them in the configuration.

    New look for the publications

    Lovejoy also comes with a new design for the articles cards. The embedded links are better integrated and you can now directly like an article while browsing!

    The redesign also simplifies the browsing and navigation on mobile devices.

    Movim ❤️ your mobile

    The UI of Movim has been redesigned for mobile devices.

    A new menu allows you to quickly switch between the four main pages. You can access the full menu by dragging the left side of your phone to the right.

    Chat and Chatrooms, new features and redesign

    A lot of love has been put in the chatroom features of Movim. They now have the same look and feel as the single chat ones. You can also now embed pictures in the discussions by uploading them or pasting links directly and you can auto-complete the nicknames by pressing Tab when writing a message in the chatrooms.

    Since Lovejoy you can start a private discussion with a chatroom member in one click and invite your contacts to join the chat-room by sending them a message, or an invite link.

    Thanks to the new autojoin feature, you can ask Movim to automatically join some of your favorite chatrooms when you log in.

    Chat markers

    Movim now implements the recent XMPP standard called Chat Markers, this allows you to know if a contact has seen your messages. This feature is also fully compatible with clients like Conversations or Dino.

    Stickers!

    Say hello to Miho, the official mascot of the Movim project. A new sticker pack created by Hey-Xander is available on Movim.

    History

    With the support of the XMPP standard Message Archive Management you can now resynchronize your history when logging back to Movim, for your private discussions but also in the chatrooms. Never loose any messages anymore between your devices!

    …and also

    Under the hood we continue to fix many issues, optimize and refactorize the Movim sourcecode to keep the Core engine clean and secure. This is also made possible by a continuous feedback from our community, via our official chat-room and our Github Page.

    As members of our community become more and more involved, new pods have been opened in Sweden, Japan, Germany and Russia. Thanks to the maintainers!

    Migration of our official XMPP server to ejabberd

    One of the biggest tasks of those past months has also been to migrate our official server from the deprecated Metronome server to ejabberd. This migration contains more than 11 thousands accounts, thousands of articles, messages and relations.

    Thanks to the ProcessOne team and especially Christophe Romain, Evgeny Khramtsov and Holger Weiß we greatly improved the script to migrate the data from one server to another and several features used by Movim after the migration.

    ejabberd is now officially recommended by the Movim team. To make Movim fit perfectly with your server, please follow our ejabberd configuration page on our Wiki.

    We are now close to having 300 simultaneously connected users on our official pods :)

    Help us!

    For 9 years now, the Movim team and community is working freely to develop the platform and the related projects. We are also hosting the official pods to allow our users to enjoy Movim daily.

    To continue to maintain and expand our infrastructure we are looking for your help. You can contribute by doing a one time donation on our Paypal account or on our official Patreon.

    You can also help us by writing feedbacks about your experience with Movim, translate the project or help us debugging and improving the platform :)

    You can find all the information on our official website.

    That’s all folks!

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  • Movim 0.12 – LoveJoy

    test – Monday, 25 September - 11:02 – 25 September

  • With #Lovejoy, #Movim is now #easier than before. Let's discover all the new #features bundled in this awesome #release.

    A new way to explore your contacts and Communities

    The Movim contact page has been entirely redesigned. Now you can easily focus on their publications and general information. The sidebar allows you to discover more of them.

    The Community page, introduced in the 0.11 version, has also been reorganized and now allow you to see what is happening on your #pod in a glance.

    Publish in a simple click

    You want to quickly send a picture to your friends? Share a feeling or a though? The new Quick Publish widget allows you to do that easily.

    If you still want to do more advanced publications with formating, you can press the button to access to the complete form.

    Movim also automatically saves the draft of your publications so you can continue their redaction later.

    Organize and explore the publications

    Tagging articles in Movim has been greatly simplified. By simply putting #hashtags you can categorize your publications. Now you can also explore public articles having similar tags.

    NSFW content

    To protect the children browsing the articles we also added an automatic filter on adult content (enabled by default). When publishing "Not Safe For Work" content you can categorize the article as so by adding the NSFW tag to it.

    If you want to have access to those content, you can enable them in the configuration.

    New look for the publications

    Lovejoy also comes with a new design for the articles cards. The embedded links are better integrated and you can now directly like an article when browsing!

    The redesign also simplify the browsing and navigation on mobile devices.

    Movim ❤️ your mobile

    The UI of Movim has been redesigned for mobile devices.

    A new menu allows you to quickly switch between the four main pages. You can have access to the full menu by drag & dropping it from the left.

    Chat and Chatrooms, new features and redesign

    A lot of love has been put in the chat-room features of Movim. The conversations now have a unified look with the single chat ones. You can also now embed pictures in the discussions by uploading them or pasting links directly and you can auto-complete the nicknames by pressing Tab when writing a message in the chat-rooms.

    Since Lovejoy you can also now start a discussion with a chat-room member in one click and invite your contacts to join the chat-room by sending them a message, or an invite link.

    With the new autojoin feature you can ask Movim to automatically join some of your favorites chat-rooms when you login.

    Chat markers

    Movim now implement the recent XMPP standard called Chat Markers, this allow you to know if a contact has seen your messages. This feature is also fully compatible with clients like Conversations or Dino.

    Stickers!

    Say hello to Miho, the official mascot of the Movim project. A new sticker pack created by Xey-Xander is available on Movim.

    History

    With the support of the XMPP standard Message Archive Management you can now resynchronize your history when login back to Movim, for your private discussions but also in the chat-rooms. Never loose any messages anymore between your devices!

    …and also

    Under the hood we continue to fix many issues, optimize and refactorize the Movim sourcecode to keep the Core engine clean and secure. This is also made possible with the continuous feedbacks of our community, on our official chat-room and our Github Page.

    Thanks to members of our community we also opened new pods in Sweden, Japan, Germany and Russia. Thanks to them!

    Migration of our official XMPP server to ejabberd

    One of the biggest task of those past months was also to migrate our official server from the deprecated Metronome server to ejabberd. This migration contains more than 11 thousands accounts, thousands of articles, messages and relations.

    Thanks to the ProcessOne team and especially Christophe Romain, Evgeny Khramtsov and Holger Weiß we greatly improved the script to migrate the data from one server to another and several features used by Movim after the migration.

    ejabberd is now officially recommended by the Movim team. To make Movim fits perfectly with your server, please follow our ejabberd configuration page on our Wiki.

    We are now having close than 300 simultaneously connected users on our official pods :)

    Help us!

    For 9 years now, the Movim team and community is working freely to develop the platform and the related projects. We are also hosting the officials pods to allow our users to use Movim daily.

    To continue to maintain and expand our infrastructure we are looking for your help. You can contribute by doing a one time donation on our Paypal account or on our official Patreon.

    You can also help us by writing feedbacks about your experience with Movim, translate the project or help us debugging and improving the platform :)

    You can find all those information on our official website.

    That’s all folks!

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    Federated XMPP chat (and more) with Movim: A success story

    pubsub.movim.eu / Movim – Thursday, 10 November, 2016 - 08:10 – 12 April, 2017

  • A nice and accurate article about Movim, its architecture and main features.

    • Federated XMPP chat (and more) with Movim: A success story

      There are many reasons to be unhappy with current social media sites and chat applications. For a long time, there was no viable alternative, especially not, if you wanted usability and integration. Now there is hope, with Movim. The downsides of OSNs Online Social Networks, such as Facebook or Go

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  • After one year and three months of waiting, here is (at last) the new version of Movim. Before going into details, here are some reminders about the project.

    The architecture of Movim is unique in its own style. It's an XMPP client that's able to manage many simultaneous sessions, but also a web application that's deployable on a server and can be used in browsers and on mobiles.

    Movim logo

    Although it's defined as a social network, it may be better to see it as a new tool that mixes the social and Instant Message functionalities of XMPP, and is fully compliant with XMPP messaging standards.

    In fact, Movim isn't a network itself (unlike Facebook, Diaspora, WhatsApp). One of the project's goal is to show that it's perfectly possible to use a standard and unique protocol (which create a communication network by itself) and allow the users and administrators to have the choice of the tools (clients and servers) to interact with it.

    Even if the version number isn't a major one, version 0.9 of the project is a real step forward in the architecture; the interface, and the features. The core of the project is now mature and from now on, will allow contributors to build and complete the missing features.

    Movim chat interface

    A new visual identitiy

    This new version allowed us to totally rethink the User Interface of the project. The new UI is now strongly inspired by the Google Material Design graphical codes. We have worked on three main topics for this new release : simplicity, integration and lightness.

    This is a challenge we gave ourselves: how shall we integrate all these functionalities in a nice and unified interface, which scales to all screens sizes?

    First, we chose to use a three columns layout on (almost) all the pages of the project. We then based our approach on Material Design which orders information in the smartest way possible, while guaranteeing rapid access to functionalities. There's still a lot of possible improvements, but we're pretty satisfied with the result.

    The app is now divided in four pages :

    • News, which groups all publications made on feeds you subscribed to, or contacts you have in your list. Tabs allow to easily filter these publications. It is also on this page, that you can publish a message to your feed; edit it; delete it, and comment on other messages
    • Contacts, where you will find your contacts list, invite new ones, and explore profiles
    • Groups, which allows you to subscribe, create and publish public feeds with all the users who have an XMPP account
    • Chat, where you can chat privately with contacts, or in chat-rooms

    Important work was done on the interface to keep it lightweight and guarantee good performance. A major part of the interface is based on simple HTML5 and CSS3, only a few JavaScript libraries are used and the majority of data processing is done on the server-side. This is particularly enjoyable on smartphone where the app shows very good performance.

    A little daemon driving the machine

    Another major change in this version, is how data is processed in Movim. Older versions used BOSH and parallelized requests sent to the XMPP server. Version 0.9 comes with a daemon which directly connects to an XMPP server using a standard XMPP socket (with a TLS encryption layer). We don't need BOSH anymore!

    This daemon has a particular architecture, such that each user session is in an independent subprocess to avoid crashing the whole platform (in case a single session meets some difficulties or error).

    Related to this, the project's internal XML parser has been rewritten and now works in feed mode (tags are parsed when they come into the socket, avoiding having to wait the entire block reception before parsing it). This little change allowed to strongly enhance performance. Logging in to an account which has 400 contacts takes only a few seconds (approaching performance of native clients such as Pidgin or Gajim).

    The only drawback brought by this architecture is the particularly high memory consumption of the daemon (between 10 and 30 MB per user). A large amount of work has been done to fix memory leaks, and lower and stabilize memory consumption. This could rise to several hundreds of MB during development phases! A substantial amount of work will be done in the coming versions in order to minimize even more of this footprint (the goal of less than 10 MB per session has been set). So far, the first tests done with PHP7 are very encouraging.

    Full of features!

    Beyond these two big steps forward it is a set of new features that have been integrated into the project. Let's review the most important ones.

    New publishing interface

    The posting of articles has been completely reworked and incorporates several new features. The ability to upload an image or file attachment via the XEP-0363: HTTP File Upload; Automatic "cards" if you share a link (like this article for example), and adding tags to your post for easy searching.

    Creating an article on Movim it

    Now, you can also edit the articles you published.

    On the server side, Movim now generates a feed based on your posts, that conforms to the Atom standard.

    Your blog on Movim

    All the articles you publish can be made public and available outside Movim with a single click! Movim creates a public Atom feed which can be shared with anyone. It contains all of the public articles published on your profile or in Groups

    In the settings, you can provide an additional CSS stylesheet to customize the display of your blog (as in this blog). An Atom feed is also created for those who want to add your feed to their news aggregator. Check out the feed of the Official Movim group.

    The writing of articles uses the Markdown format, which makes it possible to use advanced layouts and to include links and images.

    New contact list

    The contact list has been rewritten and now runs on Angular (thank you to Christine Ho for this great work!). Be aware that slowdowns may be experienced by users who possess a rather large contact list (In the hundreds range). Improving this specific performance issue, will be addressed in future releases.

    New chat interface

    Chats now have a dedicated page, and lots of small features were added. For example, we added support for Emoji; the first basic implementation of XEP-0313: Message Archive Management which will be improved in future releases, and the ability to send attachments directly from the interface (as long as your XMPP server supports it). You can also change the subject of your chat room with just a couple of clicks.

    Support for Ad-Hoc Commands

    The support of the Ad-Hoc commands (XEP-0050: Ad-Hoc Commands) is specifically for administrators who wish to manipulate their XMPP server directly from within Movim. You can find it in the action tab of the configuration page.

    XMPP account management

    From the Configuration page, you can now manage your subscriptions to gateways offered by your XMPP server. You can also change your password or permanently delete your account.

    Share web pages on Movim

    One click is all it takes to share all the pages you want to Movim. A Universal Share button is available on the home page of your favorite Pod once you have logged in. This button takes the form of a bookmarklet that you can slip in your browser. Whenever you want to share a page, just click it and Movim does the rest! All you have to do is make a quick comment; add a title, then publish!

    But also…

    The Administration Panel has also been redesigned and streamlined to make life easier for administrators. The generation of the XML parsing process has also been reviewed, to minimize the possibility of malicious code injection.

    Around the project

    Movim v0.9 is not just great news about the code and architecture, but is full of small updates!

    Landing on mobile and desktop applications for the first time

    Movim is available on both Firefox OS and Android! You can download Movim from the Google Play Store; via F-Droid (Android 5.0 minimum), or the Firefox OS Marketplace.

    The mobile chat interface

    Work is also underway to package the project with Electron and deploy a desktop Movim client. The first packages for Debian and Ubuntu are expected in the coming weeks. If you want to give us a hand and help package Movim for your Operating System, please have a look at the GitHub project.

    YunoHost package

    Thanks to the wonderful work of Src386 a Yunohost package is also available for the project. Thanks for your hard work!

    New web site and move to GitHub

    To improve access to the project, we've decided to move it on GitHub where we now have our organization. The official Wiki has also been moved on this platform and is available here.

    Finally, the official website was reworked to better represent the project. Don't hesitate to take a quick look, for a good overview of the current status of the project.

    But It's not over…

    Here is a little preview of what awaits you in version 0.9 of the Movim project. We don't want to rest on our laurels, and good things are being prepared for future releases.

    The version cycle will be considerably reduced. The current version is an exception, due to the fact that the work was particularly difficult. This should explain the long months leading up to its release. The coming versions of the project will be lighter in features and focus on a particular theme.

    To give you a little insight into the next version (which will certainly be a 0.9.1), it will focus on the chat part of the project with the integration of lots of small features and improved user experience.

    The purpose of Movim is not only to provide a new social media client. The main motivation of the project is to integrate seemlessly into our daily lives. To do this we continually reflect on how best to deal with topics such as User Experience; the integration of Industry Standards (at all levels); respect for personal information, and integration of the platform in the users environment and XMPP network.

    The idea behind Movim is choice. Not only letting you choose where you put your information, but also choosing the client (and server) that you use to access it.

    We don't want to lock customers into Movim, but to show how the use of a communication standard (even though it has defects that we're trying to fix) is paramount. To access the network behind Movim (XMPP) there's no API but simple libraries already available in all languages.

    Thanks to everyone for the growing community support of Movim, and to all the people involved :) To help us with building Movim, you can come and help translate the project; you can submit a bug report on GitHub, or come talk to us. We also accept donations via PayPal or Flattr to help us cover our costs (infrastructure; travel; promotional, etc.), you will find links on the official Movim website.

    That’s all folks!

    Thanks to Stroggle, Nÿco, Christine Ho, Alex and TheThinker for the French to English translation. Originally published in French on LinuxFr.org.

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