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

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.

Conversation Sorting Via the API, Pricing for New Customers & Bug Fixes

Added: You can now order conversations and users by createdAt and lastActivity via the API when using the API version 2021-02-09.

Added: New pricing model for customers signed up after March 24 2021. If you have signed up before this, then you can remain on the pricing plan you signed up with. View new pricing.

Added: New SDK event for when a user clicks on a desktop notification generated by TalkJS. Docs.

Fix: Link colors in email notifications now inherit their text color.

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

Search feature & Bug fixes - 10th Feb, 2020

  • Added: Users can now search for text within a conversation, available on the premium plan and above
  • Added: Improved the styling of the scroll bar for webkit specific browsers e.g. Chrome
  • Changed: Separated the role editor to a separate page to help reduce the bloat in the dashboard. Roles can now be edited by pressing the 'Roles' link found in the top left of the TalkJS Dashboard
  • Fixed: Improved the performance of listing the conversations a user is part of
  • Fixed: Under certain circumstances the scroll bar would't scroll to the bottom of the chat UI for the initial render