Saturday, January 23, 2016

Upcoming beta 1.3.0 & Website SSL

Now since the beta 1.2.0 was released, it is time to move on and aim for the next milestone.
Since the first release Voptop became very stable and there is just one more big task on the list. This last task is the own implementation of ICE/STUN/TURN and replacing the ugly libnice, like I already mentioned here in the blog.
With this last and to be honest big task, the Voptop beta phase will end. With other words the beta 1.3.0 will be the last minor beta before switching to the R(elease)C(anditate) phase and publishing the source code of the Voptop client.

And there are more good news, from now the Voptop website is just delivered encrypted over HTTPS utilizing "Let’s Encrypt" certificates.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

New Voptop Beta 1.2.0 release

Today a new Voptop beta version is released.  The new release contains

  • HTTP proxy/tunneling support. 
  • Auto idle mode (sets client to away after 5 minutes and can be configured to any duration or turned off)
  • Menubar is now working for all platforms the same way (no bugs anymore in KDE, Unity etc.)
  • Tray icon beautified, now with icons
  • A lot of bug fixes which caused crashes

You can download Voptop on the official website, or go directly to the download area

If you find bugs or Voptop crashes, please fill a bug ticket in the Voptop bug tracker

Friday, January 15, 2016

Tray icon beautified

One of the latest and last doings for beta release 1.2.0 was the beautifying of the tray icon context menu. I added svg icons to all menu entries which looks nice :-). Last doing for the next beta release is testing!

That is how it looks now:

Tray icon with svg icons

That is how it looks before:

try icon without svg icons

Monday, January 11, 2016

Voptop does HTTP Proxy tunneling now

Today I got the HTTP proxy support done, including HTTP authentication on the proxy. Just the settings-window need to be upgraded, so that a HTTP proxy can be configured on a user-friendly way.
So far I have just tested it on my Linux develop machine and I am not sure if HTTP proxy support will have the same problems on windows like SOCKS5 proxy support.

HTTP proxy support will be included in the next beta release (1.2.0), which is very close now.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Voptop joins "Let’s Encrypt"

From now on the Voptop website (for all domains) is encrypted with an SSL certificate generated by "Let’s Encrypt". Currently you can choose by your self if you want to visit the website encrypted or not. Just our bug tracker ( forces an SSL encryption and redirects you to HTTPS, so far.
In near future, we will redirect all HTTP traffic to HTTPS.

Thanks to the "Let's Encrypt" project for there great work!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

KDE and Unity menu bar work-a-round

Some user reported a strange bug with KDE and Unity desktop environments. The top menu bar in Voptop seems not to appear in this two desktop environments. It's not a big surprise when it comes to Unity, because of there well known menu bar behavior similar to the Mac OS X menu bar behavior.

Screenshot KDE with bug

Anyway, I was able to reproduce the bug and fixed it with programming "my own menu bar". Now it should work the same way for all desktop environments.

Screenshot KDE with bug fix

The bug fix will be included in the next beta release (1.2.0).

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy new Year 2016!

I wish all followers and Voptop users a happy new year 2016. I hope you had great Christmas days with you families and friends!
Voptop will be back again soon, with a third beta release (1.2.0) containing bug fixes and some smaller new features. I think 2016 will be a big year for Voptop :-)

And by the way. While Christmas I implemented an auto idle detection, so Voptop will switch from "Online" to "Away" after a few minutes (5 min by default) of idling.