The Private Message system has been enhanced to provide an chat feature for instant messaging within the forum. This will allow users to participate in active chats using a new windowed interface. Messenger conversations can contain images, smilies/emoticons, attachments and rich-text. The forum software will automatically poll the server to see if new chat requests exist and to receive new messages in existing conversations. The end-user can open each conversation in a new window or browser tab. The Messenger is also mobile friendly. The system provides functionality for multiple users in a single chat.
When viewing member information in a post you will see a chat bubble.
(actually ... right now we're using this arrow thing )
Clicking the bubble (arrow) opens up a window that will allow you to send a message to the user, or, if the member is online, it will send a chat request. If the uses is not online or it they don't allow a chat session, they will simply see your communication as a regular message and can answer it in the normal fashion. If you choose this messaging option, the dialog automatically includes a reference to the thread from where you clicked the chat bubble (this can be deleted if not needed).
The navigation bar has been enhanced when viewed on smaller screens. All elements properly collapse into a drop down menu allowing for a cleaner display and less screen real estate being used. Further enhancements have been made to buttons to increase consistency across the board.
You'll also see that the message button now has a drop down to allow you to access recent messages.