I thought the blog site would be a good forum to keep existing OfficeTalk customers up to date with OfficeTalk developments taking place at Softalk. It would be fair to say that OfficeTalk has suffered from a few years of neglect, but now that we're back in control of the product direction, we're hoping to reverse that trend and breath new life into it over the next few months and years.
Our plan is to release two new versions over the next few months. The first one, version 4.5 is planned for the end of November. The next version, 4.6, is planned for the first half of 2006.
Version 4.5 will fix a few of the more irritating bugs (particularly surrounding email) that customers have reported and will also give OfficeTalk a much needed facelift. The facelift is a result of a study performed on new potential customers, whose first impression of the product was that it looked dated and as a result made them lose confidence in it. Some screen shots of what the new version looks like are shown below.
We've swapped the old top mode bar for the newer more familiar Office XP/Outlook shortcut bar, such that mode specific toolbars now default to the top of the screen. This toolbar can be dragged to wherever you like. It can even float. The blue theme and other colors are optional and you can change them in the profile. Let us know what you think. Feedback to this blog. We've nearly completed the facelift and we're about to tackle email related bugs, where OfficeTalk sometimes struggles to decode certain messages and in other cases crashes. If you've got some really annoying bugs that you really want to see fixed in 4.5, feedback the details to this blog and we'll see what we can do.
Version 4.6 will address many more of the issues that you have reported in your feedback to us.
We've also been busy training our support staff to handle OfficeTalk support. We're nearly there and hope to be able to offer support contracts very soon. We'll let you know as soon as we're ready.