[Blink] Blink, Desktop and Interfaces

Andreas Mixich a.m.i.x at web.de
Thu Jun 10 18:29:42 CEST 2010


first, allow me to congratulate on Blink. It's really a very nice implementation of the VoIP ideal. It was good to leave the dial-pad away and realize, that computers come with a different interface, rather than trying to rebuild grampas old-school telephone.

However, it is exactly this interface, that I feel could be a bit more polished.

a) an Addressbook plugin, that allows dialing with Blink

b) no icon in the dock. A program like Blink is usually always running, which means, that it occupies a whole icon in the dock. This gets annyoing for power-users, who already have lots of stuff there, stuff, that is more important than a background task. It may be nice to put it into the menu-bar or alow for complete invisibility, so it can be brought up by the task-switcher or a hot-key.

c) I don't know how it happened, but I have gotten a seperate entry for each phone number a contact has, meaning, that I have a lot of duplicate contact, which differ only by the phone number.

d) plugin interface for the APIs (mostly REST, afaik), that many of the VoIP providers (ie: sipgate, voxalot) offer.
e) OSAscript

Latter ones could be combined, and, if abstracted enough could make it easier to implement scripting on other platforms (KDE-Kross, etc.) 

f) it would be nice if any of Blink's native data, that exists on the user-level (call-logs, chat-logs, etc.) could be tagged with OpenMeta. This would allow to associate any action with other files (contacts, emails, invoices, documents, etc), that get tagged with OpenMeta. It would allow to associate a chat-transcript with a contact in addressbook, or a project and so on.

Is there a place where I could go and get the previous icon? I find the current being rather unimaginative. It doesn't suggest communication in any way.

Besides that I enjoy using the fruits of your effort to get things technically right and robust. Very nice client. Thank you.

Bye, Andreas

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