New Kadu is a result of more than four months of KaduTeam's hard work. We focused on making history faster, improving Gadu-Gadu conferences support and network proxy configuration interface. A lot of attention was paid to fixing bugs and making small enhancements.
What has changed?
After changing format of history it is taking about half of its former size on hard drive. It also loads much faster. History is also loaded asynchronically - it is possible to make a conversation during loading old messages into chat window.
Network proxy configuration
Configuring proxy servers in Kadu 0.10.0 was not an easy task. Every account had its own proxy configuration that had to be changed every time network changed. In 0.11.0 proxy configurations can be shared between accounts and Kadu's SMS application. It is possible to configure multiple proxy servers and just choose one for each account or for every one at once. Also SOCK5 and HTTP POLLING support was added to XMPP/Jabber accounts.
Conference on roster
Gadu-Gadu conferences are used to talks with multiple people at once. Kadu always supported this kind of chat. In 0.11.0 using conferences is much more convienant than before. First - it is possible to add conferences as items to roster widget and assigning them to groups. Second - new window for starting conferences was added. Using complicated Ctrl+Left click mouse maneuwers is no longer required.
Stability and ease of use
During 0.11.0 release cycle we have spent a lot of time fixing lots of small improvements and bugs (about 100), including some crashes. KaduTeam wants to make Kadu the most reliable and nice tool for IM communication.
One of these improvements was changing behaviour of tray icon. Now it blinks every time a new message arrives - not only when new chat is created. It makes missing incoming messages a lot harder.
Part of changes in Kadu 0.11.0 is about look and feel. For example: we have added a small arrow on toolbar buttons that have menu, like history button in chat window. In Linux you can enable blur in main window (if you have transparency enabled, of course).
Kadu 0.11.0 has new Russian translation that is completed in 80%. We are hoping for more translations (and more completed) in 2012.
Everyone can help translate Kadu using Kadu's page at Transifex.