[Blink] Blink, Desktop and Interfaces
ag at ag-projects.com
Mon Jun 14 10:36:50 CEST 2010
On Jun 10, 2010, at 6:29 PM, Andreas Mixich wrote:
> 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.
Thanks, we did not want to re-invent the existing phones.
> However, it is exactly this interface, that I feel could be a bit
> more polished.
> a) an Addressbook plugin, that allows dialing with Blink
A contribution for this feature would be welcome. Is easy to build
outside of Blink too, there are no dependencies.
> 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-
> 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.
This is by design not by accident.
> d) plugin interface for the APIs (mostly REST, afaik), that many of
> the VoIP providers (ie: sipgate, voxalot) offer.
Every SIP provider out there has its own API. Blink is for example
integrated with http://sip2sip.info SIP service which has its own API.
> 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.
Again contributions to the code are welcome. Many people simply ask
what they want but do not contribute.
> 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.
The previous icon had its own copyright and could not be used anymore,
the new one was build from scratch, has ben selected after a contest
and the criteria was more complex than suggesting communications alone.
> Besides that I enjoy using the fruits of your effort to get things
> technically right and robust. Very nice client. Thank you.
Thank you for the good words and feedback.
> Bye, Andreas
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