DuckClient 5.0 has been released to the Chrome Web Store. Standalone versions are available from the downloads directory; they should still be considered beta quality, and lack support for settings sync. (You can, however, use the Backup/Restore functionality to copy your settings from the Chrome version.)
New in this release:
- The text-formatting code has been given a major overhaul:
- Regexp-pattern triggers can optionally style only the matched text, instead of the whole line. (This is not available for wildcard patterns, because wildcard patterns either match the entire line or don't match at all.)
- ANSI styles now carry over from line to line, unless explicitly cleared.
- Styling for local echo text can now be adjusted in the Edit, Preferences menu.
- URLs will no longer have zero-width spaces added. This made line breaks a bit more elegant, but turned out to cause problems with cut-and-paste.
- URL detection can now be switched on and off via the "URLs" checkbox in the icon bar.
- A new world-specific setting replaces Unicode with with ASCII equivalents where possible, before sending text. This is handy when cutting-and-pasting from websites or word processor documents that use "smart quotes" and other fancy formatting. Thanks to BJ Yackley (who also did the DuckClient icon) for help with the translation table.
- Bugs fixed:
- The master password dialog will not appear until the client has fully initialized and is responsive. Loading CA certificates added just enough of a delay here to be awkward, and made it obvious the loading indicator was appearing behind the dialog instead of in front of it.
- Errors in telnet negotiation were causing garbage characters and disconnections on some MUD servers that supported MCCP2. These have been fixed.
- Log filename now truncates when the window is too narrow, instead of pushing the URL detection and Auto-\ checkboxes downward.
- Works on any Chrome OS™ device.
- Standalone, with no external proxies or dependencies. Makes a direct telnet connection to the MU* server.
- All your settings, login details, and triggers can follow you from device to device via Google Sync™.
This plus everything you'd expect in a full-fledged MUCK client:
- Triggers based on wildcard or regular expression matching. Triggers can highlight text, gag it, or pop it out into a separate window.
- Highly reliable URL detection, with optional preview images.
- ANSI color support, including 256-color mode.
- UTF-8 and IBM Codepage 437 character set support.
- TLS encryption, including auto-negotiated TLS for sites that support it.
- Command recall.
- Telnet keepalives to help hold idle connections open.
- MUD Client Compression Protocol (MCCP2) support.
- Auto-backslash mode for MUSH and MUX worlds, to protect special characters from the parser.
DuckClient is intended for conversational style worlds running on platforms such as Fuzzball, TinyMUSH, PennMUSH, and LambdaMOO. It has been successfully used on some MUDs, but there are likely to be rough edges, since I don't have the opportunity to test against many MUD servers.
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