Digsby's Dark Side Gets a Bit Lighter : Digsby Build 65 with New Installer, New Features
Article by George Norman
On 22 Sep 2009
The development team behind Digsby has released a new build of the multiprotocol IM app, mainly Digsby Build 65. This latest version comes with a new installer as well as some significant changes. For example, the Facebook Newsfeed has been completely redesigned; consequently the Newsfeed you see in Digsby looks just like the one you see on Facebook. The changes go beyond the visual aspect, they cover the functionality side as well. This means that you can interact with the Newsfeed and post your status, post comments, browse through photo albums and so on.

One other new feature that Digsby Build 65 brings to the table is MySpace support. Digsby already provides support for some of the most popular IM networks out here, like AIM, Yahoo, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber, and Facebook Chat. Now you can chat with your MySpace friends as well, all within Digsby.

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With Build 65 a new feature called Digsby Achievements has also been introduced. The Digsby team explains: “We are introducing a new feature that lets you share the milestones you hit in Digsby with your friends. In the future we may award points for these that you can redeem for prizes but for now the milestone are just shared with your friends via the Facebook Newsfeed just like achievements in other Facebook apps you use. You will be asked if you would like to enable or disable this functionality and you can turn it on/off by editing your Facebook account in Preferences.”

Last but not least, Digsby comes with a new installer, which removes some of the crapware that came bundled with the multiprotocol app. You might remember that back in August this caused quite a stir – just see here– which forced the Download.com editorial team to lower Digsby’s rating; it also forced the Digsby development team to release Build 62.

The installer in Build 65, as the Digsby team puts it is “user- friendly” and “no longer shows ads for five bundled products.” Instead it will display just one ad for the Digsby Ask Toolbar and it will explicitly ask the user if he would like to support Digsby by contributing unused CPU power to sponsored grid computing projects. Digsby informed the user of this in the past as well, just that the info was hidden away in the License Agreement and practically nobody bother s to read that.

The good thing is that Digsby is upfront about it using your CPU to make money. You get to opt into this, the option is no longer enabled by default. And if you do decide to opt in, Build 65 comes with a new Research Module tab in the Preferences panel that lets you select how much CPU power and bandwidth you want to contribute.

If you would like to get Digsby, a download location is available
here.




Tags: Digsby, IM, Instant Messaging, Build 65, MySpace, Facebook, Newsfeed, Digsby Achievements
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