Userplane (www.userplane.com), a leader in community software, today announced new updates to its multi-user Webchat and Webmessenger applications.
Userplane Webchat Version 1.8.7 features streaming audio and video (through Flash MX), mini-profiles, a user photo, and an overall usable and flexible Flash interface. The new version allows for full support of unlimited user video streams, integrated chat history display, advanced user and administrative block and ban functions, and site-administered room alerts. New chat archiving in conjunction with an also new hidden-rooms feature will facilitate seamless live chat for large audiences and large online events.
In addition, Userplane has significantly improved security functions along with increased spam and malicious-user protection. Through the recent, rousing success of its free, ad-supported Webchat, Userplane will soon offer advertising revenue-sharing to clients ? dramatically changing the value added to a site community.
Userplane has also released new capabilities for Webmessenger 1.8.11, including a much-requested skinning feature allowing full color and icon customization, advanced notification of accepted and rejected IMs, and a resizable interface. This Flash instant messaging tool provides live text and audio/video instant messaging to myriad online communities, supporting millions of conversations each month. Expanding the user experience, Webmessenger now includes an AJAX component for incoming IM and presence alerts as well as pre-set responses for text input.
?Our software reach has grown substantially over the last 12 months, we are excited to continue to enhance and support our partner communities with both the features they need and the stability they require,? said Michael Jones, co-founder and CEO of Userplane. ?The recent growth and interest in live A/V events has pushed us to scale our network infrastructure to allow for large audiences to enjoy concerts, conferences, and classes ? all online.
?There is a lot more to come ? 2006 will be an exciting year for us,? Jones said. ?Look for a range of new partnerships and developments that will enable us to expand our features, to drive exciting user experiences and additional revenue for our users and partners.?
Userplane?s expanded capabilities are the outgrowth of extensive customer interactions from leading online dating and social networking sites, such as Date.com and Friendster. Userplane has incorporated feedback from corporate clients and millions of users who use the technology for everything from online collaboration to e-learning.
Unlike traditional Java- and HTML-based chat solutions, Userplane offers cross-platform functionality, performing with ease on virtually all operating systems. Unlike Java chat rooms ? which frequently create customer support challenges because of platform inconsistencies -- Flash comes pre-installed on Windows XP, and works seamlessly on both Macintosh and Linux platforms. Current studies show that Flash is installed on more than 98 percent of Internet browsers.
As with all Userplane software, Webchat and Webmessenger provide full site administrative control, integration via XML with a (members-based) site's user database, and customization for each deployment to match the site?s business model and branding.
Based in Los Angeles, Userplane is the premier provider of enterprise social software for online communities. Userplane Apps are easy to use, rapidly deployed Flash web applications that support live text and A/V communication. Each Userplane App adds core, must-have features to thriving community websites. Deployed internationally on sites ranging from online dating to social networks to intranets, Userplane Apps reach millions of users in more than fifteen countries. Userplane dramatically increases online interaction and improves guest-to-member conversion. Recent clients include: Date.com, Friendster, Honda, and Red Bull.