Link Previews, Custom Message Actions in the Flutter SDK, and More!

We just added Link Previews to TalkJS.

For most websites, the preview will show the title and a description of the page, but for media sites like YouTube, we'll embed the media right inside the message.

If you haven't made any changes to the UserMessage or SystemMessage component of the theme you use in TalkJS, they should start working automatically. If you did already change these templates, head over to our docs to learn how to add link previews to your theme.

Improvements to the Flutter SDK

The Flutter SDK also has some new goodies in store:

  • The Chatbox and ConversationList widget now accepts an onLoadingStateChanged parameter, which can notify you when the widget's content has fully loaded.
  • The Chatbox widget now takes an onCustomMessageAction handler, which you can use to respond when the user triggers custom message actions.
  • Fixed a scrolling issue when the Chatbox widget is placed in a bottom sheet.

Easily Set Up a Custom Domain for Emails 📧

For a long time now, TalkJS has let you use your own domain for sending emails, and handling email replies, but up until recently, this required contacting support. Now, you can easily do this yourself.

To add a custom email domain, click the account menu in the top right of the TalkJS dashboard, then click "Email domains". After adding the domain, click "details". You'll see some instructions on how to set up the necessary DNS records. Lastly, you'll want to go to the Settings page of your dashboard, and under Email Domain, select the domain you just added.

Bugfixes 🐞 

We've fixed several bugs since our last changelog entry, including:

  • Fixed an issue where flag emoji wouldn't show up on Windows in most browsers
  • Fixed an issue where in dark themes, the scroll bar wasn't visible.
  • Fixed an issue where we sometimes sent the same email notification multiple times

TalkJS for React Native v0.3.0

New Expo SDK

To properly support users of Expo's Managed Workflow, we have released a new package: @talkjs/expo. This package is identical to @talkjs/react-native except it has push notifications disabled. This is because the push notification libraries used have native code which make them incompatible with the Managed Workflow. 

If you need push notifications, you can send them from your own backend using our webhooks or you can use @talkjs/react-native and create a development build for your project using EAS Build or eject to the bare workflow.

The versioning for this new package will be identical to @talkjs/react-native

Better Notifications

We have changed the libraries we use for push notifications which has allowed us to greatly improve notifications, particularly on Android. Notifications are now shown as Conversations and grouped accordingly. Applies only to devices running Android 7.0 (API level 24) and up.

Image showing an two Android notifications representing two dummy conversations.

Images sent will also appear in the notifications. (Android only).

Image showing an Android notification that includes an image.

The function, registerPushNotificationHandlers, now allows for more configuration options when creating Android's Notification Channels. It also supports providing iOS notification related permissions you want your app to have.

As part of these changes you'll need to update your android/build.gradle file by adding the following block to the repositories section of allprojects:

maven {
url "$rootDir/../node_modules/@notifee/react-native/android/libs" }

Better Error Reporting

It should now be clearer what is wrong with your code. Should you encounter a scenario where an error has occurred but React Native's Logbox doesn't show, notify us via our livesupport.

Image showing an error in React Native from the TalkJS SDK

Other changes

  • Add support for Guest Access through the addition of asGuest prop in Chatbox.
  • Enable capturing of keyup events in Chatbox through the captureKeyboardEvents and onKeyup props.
  • Added the methods: getText and typeText to MessageField.
  • Changed oneOnOneId to also accept User Objects.
  • Changed showFeedHeader default to false.
  • Fix issue when user and/or conversation synchronization were disabled.
  • Deprecated the following props in ConversationList: feedConversationTitleMode, thirdParties, onBlur and onFocus.
  • Deprecated the following props in Chatbox: chatSubtitleMode, chatTitleMode, thirdParties, translateConversations, onBlur and onFocus.


React Native SDK

New We have some exciting news! We have shipped a React Native SDK 😄.

Prior to this release, getting TalkJS running in React Native applications required developers to perform multiple tasks like creating an HTML file for the webview, passing parameters from the app to the JavaScript running in the webview and sometimes even adding handlers so the code in the webview could call back to the app.

With the React Native SDK you can get TalkJS running in your React Native application with a few lines of code:

<TalkRn.Session appId='YOUR_APP_ID' me={me}>
  <TalkRn.Chatbox conversationBuilder={conversationBuilder} />
</TalkRn.Session>

The new SDK makes it easier to use TalkJS in React Native applications by providing React Native Components that will feel natural to anyone using React Native.

Developers will now write significantly less code, save time and also make their code less error-prone. Additionally by using the SDK developers are guaranteed of backwards compatibility, meaning their code will always run even as TalkJS evolves.

So go ahead and check out our React Native Getting Started Guide.

We can't wait to see the cool stuff you are building!

 

New Conversation List Item theme component, Push notification improvements, message.deleted add to webhooks, added idempotency keys


Added

Conversation List Item component: Theme your inbox list items with the new component.

Idempotency keys: Ensure exactly-once delivery of messages - Read more.

Webhooks: message.deleted added to the webhooks list in the dashboard.

API: Fully delete participants when leaving a conversation - Read more.

Push notification tester: You can now test your push notifications via the dashboard UI.

Improved

Android Push Notifications: Priority changed to high, which helps apps that aren't running in the background.

Emojis 😲: Updated to include newer emojis.

Dashboard Settings: Improved layout to give saving settings more visible.

Improved UX for autoscrolling new messages.

Security and performance improvements.

Fixed

System messages suppressed in emails: Fixed a bug where system messages containing contact information were incorrectly being suppressed.

Faster, better, more secure

Added: You can now run TalkJS on a custom subdomain (eg chat.yourcompany.com). This way, no network requests go to talkjs.com at all. (Enterprise plan only - get in touch if you're interested).

Improved

  • The Chat UI got much faster 🚀. It's snappier and uses less battery than before.
  • Made it possible to run TalkJS with a stricter Content-Security-Policy (docs)
  • "Send message" REST API endpoint now returns message IDs in the response payload
  • Made dashboard "Role editor" navigation clearer and easier to use

Fixed:

  • Sending a large message would not always scroll the message list down to the bottom correctly.
  • Inbox Feed Filters would sometimes not show sufficient data in the conversation list, or the "load more" button would be unavailable
  • showChatHeader: false was ignored in some cases, making it impossible to hide the header.
  • In the enlarged shared image view, the close button would display as "⨯" and not as "X" (on sites/apps that did not use UTF-8 encoding)
  • Email attachment file sizes were sometimes incorrectly reported in the Chat UI
  • CSS syntax errors in the Theme Editor could break the Chat UI without an actionable error. Now, it shows a useful error in the devtools console.

View Current MAU & Various Bug Fixes

Added: the current amount of Monthly Active Users to the billing page.

Fixed: Issue with headers not expanding when the Panel style has higher padding than the default.

Fixed: Issue where the inbox would show no conversations when a feed filter was applied, even when there were conversations that match the filter.

Several other bug fixes.

Webhook improvements

Added: Webhook event filters

It is now possible to toggle which webhook events you want to subscribe to, allowing you to only listen for events that are useful to your use case.

Feature release - 11th November, 2020


  • Added: Analytics to the Standard plan and above

  • Added: Ability to delete conversations via the REST API
  • Improved: App-wide performance
  • Improved: REST API documentation
  • Improved: Inbound email deliverability
  • Improved: FeedFilters ability to filter for users with lots of conversations
  • Fixed: Video preview is now viewable full screen in Chrome and Safari
  • Fixed: The chat UI from not scrolling to the bottom when a message is received and the user has scrolled up beyond a certain point
  • Fixed: Search icon contrast for dark themes

Feature release - 7th July 2020


  • Added: ability to cancel subscription via TalkJS Dashboard.
  • Fixed: ability to show long welcome messages.
  • Improved video preview.
  • Performance and stability improvements of the Application.
  • Improved performance of the Activity Page in the TalkJS Dashboard.
  • Added: a tool tip with date, when you hover over a message timestamp.


Minor changes & Bug fixes - 14th Feb, 2020

  • Fixed: Sometimes email links were rendered incorrectly in the chat window
  • Fixed: Occasionally the the file drag-and-drop feature would trigger unexpectedly
  • Fixed: From time to time the chat's message field would have the incorrect height
  • Changed: Minor changes to the dashboard to make using it a little bit nicer

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