vBShout

Add fully featured chatrooms to your site. Plus notifications for new threads & more.

DragonByte Technologies are proud to present vBShout v6: The most advanced, most feature-rich and most professional Shoutbox ever.

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DragonByte Technologies are proud to present vBShout v6: The most advanced, most feature-rich and most professional Shoutbox ever.

Uses
vBShout is the ideal way to keep members on your forum while they wait for replies to their posts. It can be used in many ways - as a chat room for members, for staff to discuss issues in realtime, as a live-update feed of new posts and threads, as a way to track member milestones... Best of all, you can have multiple boxes in use for multple purposes!

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Major Lite Features

Advanced Shout Control: You have the ability to post shouts, edit your shouts, PM shouts to other users, Ignore other users, insert /Me commands, insert smilies, Bbcode, change font, text colour etc.

Advanced Staff Control: Give your staff members customised permissions to allow them to do certain actions, on all or selected instances and chat rooms. Permissions include: Silencing users, banning users, editing user shouts, Creating/Editing "Sticky Notices", Pruning shouts and much more.

Resource Optimisation: vBShout implements an Advanced Optimisation Protocol to save your forum resources. Enabling this will further reduce the amount of resources consumed by the shoutbox. AOP was originally featured in Inferno vBShout, and DBTech vBShout takes it to the next level by ensuring that all your chats are always up-to-date without taking up needless amount of resources.

Customisable New Post / Thread Notifications: Allows you to make the shoutbox post when a new thread is created, or a new post is made. You can make this happen with all threads (Which will take user permissions into account) or only threads/posts from certain forums.

Shoutbox Tabs: New PM's or User Chat Rooms create Tabs. Tabs will highlight to let you know something new has happened, and you can even set them to make sounds to alert you.

Active Users Shout-bit: Shows the users active in the tab/instance you are, with the option to view everyone who can enter/exit the room at will (and thus see any shouts posted) in a pop-up to save resources. Perfect for seeing what's going on and who's around at a glance.

Context Menus: Many places now make use of context menus – less having to remember /commands, one click access to the most useful and commonly used functions, and the ability for users to access their shoutbox settings directly from the shoutbox itself.

Custom Chat Rooms: Your users can now set up their own Chat-Tabs, where they get to set who can come and chat. Perfect for clubs, guilds etc. Admins can also create permanent Chat rooms for specific usergroups etc. – perfect for a staff only chat room for instance, or to reward loyal members!

Custom Shoutbox Instances: Ever wanted a separate shoutbox just for your admin forum? Got a part of your board only for VIP members? Now you can set a shoutbox specific to those areas.

Shoutbox Sounds: You asked for it, we delivered. Customisable sounds now available on receiving shouts, Invites, PM's and more. (Requires QuickTime Plugin)

Archive: View all the shouts posted since the last pruning, Also shows you the top X shouters, a variety of interesting and useful shoutbox statistics, and allows you to search previous shouts.

Logging: Worried about staff members pruning the shoutbox to cover their tracks? Don't worry, with our advanced logging options, you can make sure a hard copy is kept of every action taken.

Revamped Thread / Reply Notices: Do you have a massive board with 100+ forums? With the revamped New Thread / Reply Notices page, you can edit exactly what forums show what notices in what instance all from one page.

Downloadable Shoutbox Archives: You and your shoutbox admins can download a complete dump of the Shoutbox' archive for all instances. With 3 supported formats (tab-delimited CSV, XML and TXT), there's something for everyone whether your purpose is review or programming.

Easy Shoutbox Notice Editing: You and usergroups with the "Can Set Sticky" permission can now edit the notice by double-clicking the Sticky in the shoutbox. Quickly fix typos or rapidly update with new turn of events, editing it is never more than two clicks away.

Shoutbox Report System: Members can now report offensive shouts by using the shout context menu. When a report has been submitted, those with the "Can Moderate Chat" permission will see how many reports need their attention via a new chat tab in the Shoutbox.

Easy User Infractions: The context menu also adds a quick link to infract users, for those who can access vBulletin's infraction system. This lets you quickly punish members who are overstepping your bounds.

Blog Integration: Give blogs a more prominent place on your forum by having the Shoutbox post notifications when someone posts a new blog or comments on a blog.


Professional Only benefits:

Personal User Shoutbox Options: Integrated with User CP, User gets to decide which things show on their shoutbox, PM's, notifications etc. Even what editor options show up for them. They also get to decide where their text input area goes for TOTAL customisation.

Ignore List: Allows users to keep track of who they are ignoring, and control this option via a list.

Custom Commands:
Lets you and your users create their own commands for use. For example, create pre-set warning comments – Staff member types /firstwarning, Text appears saying "This is your first warning for breaking the shoutbox rules. You can view these rules at [link] If you have a question about this warning, please PM myself. Thanks.

Extra Tab Options:
The ability to set separate tabs for system notifications and notices is available in the PRO version, fantastic for keeping your chat tab uncluttered.

Detach Shoutbox: Lets you and your users have the shoutbox open in a seperate browser window/tab for easier use etc.

Additional Moderation Commands: The ability to add/edit the sticky notice through the shoutbox.

Advanced Archive Searching: Ability to search by any combination of username, Last X Hours, Start/End date, as well as keyword. Filter searches, sort by criteria etc.

Extended Instance Options: Allows you to have separate notices per instance, set usergroup settings for individual instances, and even set unique staff permissions for each individual instance.

Expanded Context Menus:
Lets your member/staff use the context menu to add/update the sticky note, Ban and Unban users, Ignore/Unignore users and prune individual user shouts.

Extra User Chat Room Moderation: Shows a page displaying every use-created chat room, who made it, how many active members/total members it has etc, and options to close it etc.


Complete Feature List
Lite
  • Shoutbox
    • Post Shouts
    • Edit / Delete Shouts
    • Shouts played using HTML5 <audio> tags
    • PM other users
      • PM tabs for convo between two users
    • View Active Users
      • Separate context-aware block that shows the people active in your specific tab.
  • Smilies
    • Integrates with vBulletin smilie popup for easy overview of all available smilies.
  • Update text styles
    • Bold
    • Italic
    • Underline
    • Font
    • Colour
  • Slash commands
    • Built-in commands in a drop-down list
    • /banlist for a list of all users banned from the shoutbox
  • Context menu for available actions
    • View Profile
    • Send PM
  • Create chat room
    • Invite / Manage users that can access this chat room
    • Inviting an user sends them a pop-up asking them to join the room.
  • Tabs
    • Highlights when you're not viewing them but they have new messages.
    • Chat Rooms get tabs added as you join them.
  • Logging
    • Default logging logs all administrative slash commands.
  • Archive
    • View list of all Shouts in the system
    • Top X Shouters
    • Shoutbox Statistics
    • Search Archive
      • Search by
        • Phrase
  • AdminCP
    • Instance Manager
      • Different instances on different pages
    • Chat Room Manager
      • Assign usergroups to chat rooms
    • Edit Settings
      • Which commands to log
      • Log level
      • Shouts to display
      • Shouts to display (Archive)
      • Shoutbox Height
      • Shout display order
      • Shoutbox Refresh Rate
      • Smilies on / off
      • PMs on / off
      • Allowed BBCode controls
      • Enabled Editor Tools
      • Maximum [SIZE]
      • Max characters per shout
      • Max images per shout
      • Archive "Top X Shouters" count
      • Active Users block on/off
      • Auto-Delete Shouts
      • Max chat rooms per user
      • Global sound switch
      • Play sounds while idle
      • Per-Usergroup display of moderator actions (like pruning shouts)
      • Ability to disable the "Chat Access" list
      • Project Tools integration
      • Ability to disable Blog notifications
      • Alternating Shout Background Colours
      • Forum Milestones (replacing the simple "Post Markers")
        • Every X Posts
        • Every X Threads
        • Every X Members
    • Show command log
    • Show banned users
    • Show shout log
    • Maintenance
      • Reset all style customisations
    • Ban / Silence management in Edit User

Shoutbox Sessions
  • Shoutbox activity is tracked separate from users' shouts
  • Only shows people who perform an action as active
  • "Active Indicator" on the toolbar shows whether the user is active in the SB or not
  • Doesn't flag users generating automatic notices as active


Anonym.To Integration
  • Ability to anonymise any URL entered in the Shoutbox per-instance with Anonym.to
  • Works with BBCode URLs
  • Displays regular URL while editing shouts


Disallow "ALL CAPS"
  • Ability to disallow all caps per-instance
  • Uses vBulletin's "Prevent SHOUTING" setting to de-caps the shout


New Slash Command: /resetshouts
  • Resets all users' "Lifetime Shouts" counter to how many shouts they currently have in the system
  • (Pro) /resetshouts user to reset an individual user's "Lifetime Shouts" counter
  • Great way to put spammers in their place


Context Menu Improvements
  • Dedicated context menu item for editing shouts (if user has permission to edit that shout)
  • Dedicated context menu item for deleting shouts (if user has permission to delete that shout)
  • JavaScript performance for menu closure operations has been improved


"Invisibility" Toggle
  • Click the activity status icon to toggle invisibility
  • Uses the status icon from your vBulletin skin
  • Hides the user from all activity displays in the entire instance
  • Great for surprising friends with shouts out of the blue!




Pro
  • Context Menu Options
  • Moderation actions
    • Add / Update Sticky Note
    • Ban / Unban users
    • Ignore / unignore users
    • Prune user's shouts
  • Slash commands
    • /silencelist for a list of all users silenced in the shoutbox
  • Separate tab for Notifications
    • Lets you hide them from the main view but still have them accessible.
  • Separate tab for System Messages
    • Lets you hide them from main view but still have them accessible.
  • Detach shoutbox
    • Shows a dedicated shoutbox browser window.
  • Shoutbox Options
    • Integration with UserCP
      • General Shoutbox Settings
        • Enable / Disable PMs
        • Enable / Disable Notifications
        • Enable / Disable System Messages
        • Override shout styles
        • Sounds on/off
          • Shout
          • Invite
          • PM
        • Hide alternating shoutbox background colours
        • Hide user avatars
      • Display Settings
        • Hide/Display individual Editor settings (Font, text colour etc)
        • Control shout area location
      • Tab Reordering
        • Re-order chat tabs
  • Custom Commands
    • Add / Edit custom commands
  • Ignore List
    • Add / Remove users
  • High-level logging logs everything
  • vBActivity & Awards integration (Award, Achievement, Promotion)
  • Filter archive shouts by chatroom
  • Create threads from archive shouts
  • Search Archive
    • Search by
      • Username
      • Last X Hours
      • Start Date
      • End Date
    • Sort order for search results
    • Shouts per page
  • Filter archive shouts
  • Edit/Delete shouts in archive
  • Separate Sticky notices per instance
  • Separate usergroup permissions per instance
  • Assign chat room to any / all instance(s)
  • Shoutbox Refresh Rate
    • While idle
  • PMs on / off
  • Archive "Top X Shouters" count
  • Play sounds while idle
  • Maintenance
    • Reset all style customisations
  • Ban / Silence management in Edit User
  • Forum Milestones (replacing the simple "Post Markers")
    • Every X Blogs
    • Every X Shouts
    • Every X [DBTech] Advanced Post Thanks / Like button clicks received
    • Every X [DBTech] Advanced User Tagging thread tags received
    • Every X [DBTech] Advanced User Tagging quotes received
    • Every X [DBTech] Advanced User Tagging mentions received
    • Every X [DBTech] vBQuiz quizzed created
    • Every X [DBTech] vBQuiz quizzed completed
  • Adjust time stamp format
  • Per-Usergroup "Can PM" permission

(Pro) Global Custom Commands
  • Create custom commands that anyone can use via the AdminCP
  • Prevents users from creating commands with the same shortcut
  • Great for "canned responses"


(Pro) Per-User Shoutbox Toggle
  • New UserCP option to turn off the entire shoutbox
  • Hides it completely from all pages


(Pro) Per-Instance Activity Triggers
  • Choose what actions trigger new activity
    • Create Chat
    • Delete Shout
    • Fetch Sticky
    • Join Chat
    • Leave Chat
    • User Lookup
    • Save Sound Settings
    • Save Shout Styles
    • User Management
    • Chat Tab Switching
    • Un-idling
    • Toggle "Invisible Mode"
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  • v6.2.17 - 30th May 2016, 23:33
    New Features:

    Instance Options
    • (Pro) Time Format (Old): Separate time format for old shouts. Allows you to set a time format for shouts from a previous day that can include the day, to avoid confusion.


    Bug Fixes:
    • Rollup of hotfixes from previous version
  • v6.2.16 - 19th April 2016, 01:04
    Changed Features:
    • jQuery is now only loaded if an existing library is not found
    • JavaScript has been moved to the footer for improved page load speed and performance
  • 6.2.15 Patch Level 1 - 22nd March 2016, 00:56
    Bug Fixes:
    • Fixed an issue where creating a chatroom using the "Create Chat" popup would produce an incorrect chat room title
    • Multiple other issues regarding chatroom creation and chatroom invitation have been resolved
  • v6.2.15 - 28th February 2016, 22:37
    Hotfix to address issues with the Lite version in 6.2.14.
  • v6.2.14 - 12th January 2016, 05:09
    New Features:

    Desktop Notifications
    • Shoutbox PMs received can now be displayed as desktop notifications!
    • Works in Chrome, Firefox and Safari
    • Can be toggled by the user
  • 6.2.13 Patch Level 1 - 6th October 2015, 00:02
    Bug Fixes:
    • Fixed an issue where shouts that had been deleted or moved off the page would still remain in the HTML, but hidden
    • Fixed an issue where the input area would not show up in certain scenarios
  • v6.2.13 - 28th September 2015, 23:30
    New Features:

    Custom Fonts
    • It’s now possible to add new font faces by editing the new "dbtech_vbshout_editor_toolbar_fonts" template
    • Controlled via the Style Manager


    Changes to Existing Features:
    • Optimised a few templates to make porting the product to other platforms easier
  • 6.2.12 Patch Level 1 - 7th September 2015, 23:58
    Bug Fixes:
    • Fixed an issue where chat room titles could be displayed incorrectly in certain scenarios
  • v6.2.12 - 25th August 2015, 03:48
    Changes to Existing Features:
    • Greatly improved performance for the shout counter re-calculation ran after deleting an instance or a chatroom, or pruning a user’s shouts
  • 6.2.11 Patch Level 2 - 28th July 2015, 00:47
    Bug Fixes:
    • Fixed a regression from the recent changes that could cause the shoutbox not to load in certain scenarios
  • 6.2.11 Patch Level 1 - 14th July 2015, 02:00
    Bug Fixes:
    • In certain cases, the shoutbox could fail to load
  • v6.2.11 - 15th June 2015, 23:41
    New Features:

    Shoutbox Deployment
    • Shoutboxes can now be deployed regardless of the automatic deployment settings
    • Still works in any template
  • 6.2.10 Patch Level 1 - 1st June 2015, 21:23
    Bug Fixes:
    • Fixed an incompatibility issue with modifications that change jQuery’s default behaviour
  • v6.2.10 - 25th May 2015, 23:15
    New Features:

    Instance Permission: Can Toggle Invisible
    • Allow individual usergroups to toggle the invisible flag
    • Configured per-instance
    • Off by default
  • v6.2.9 - 27th April 2015, 21:43
    Changes To Existing Features:

    Shout Character Limit
    • Now only checks message length before BBCode / custom commands are parsed
  • v6.2.8pl1 - 1st January 1970, 01:00
    Bug Fixes:
    • Fixed an issue where chatrooms the user had not been invited to could still be read by manually requesting the data
  • v6.2.8 - 2nd February 2015, 23:53
    Changes To Existing Features:

    Notifications
    • Added support for new notification types (used in Advanced User Tagging v3.2.3 & newer)


    Bug Fixes:
    • Thread Milestones will no longer trigger when submitting a new post is made
    • Banned users will no longer have their shouts shown in the front-end archive
  • 6.2.7 Patch Level 1 - 12th January 2015, 21:30
    Bug Fixes:
    • PM titles will no longer display to users that can't read them
  • v6.2.7 - 5th January 2015, 22:55
    Changes To Existing Features:

    Thread / Post Notifications
    • Others' Threads/Replies from forums that only allows users to see their own threads/replies will no longer show up
  • v6.2.6 - 25th November 2014, 00:00
    Changes To Existing Features:

    Thread / Post Notifications
    • Now also triggers for threads that are automatically generated
    • Now also triggers for posts that are automatically generated
  • v6.2.5 - 18th August 2014, 21:36
    Changes To Existing Features:

    URL Anonymiser
    • No longer triggers for links to the website's own content
    • Improves browsing speed when clicking links to the website's own content


    New Features:

    (Pro) Idle Exempt
    • Settable per-usergroup per-instance
    • Ensures certain usergroups never go idle
    • Allows staff to monitor the Shoutbox while saving resources for regular users
  • v6.2.4 - 30th June 2014, 23:21
    New Features:

    Disallow "Invisible"
    • Disable the "Invisible" feature per-instance
    • Makes users who chose to be invisible re-appear
    • Restores users' original preferences if Invisible is re-enabled
  • v6.2.3 - 28th April 2014, 19:14
    New Features

    (Pro) Minimum Posts Per Day
    • Shoutbox access can be limited to users with a certain "Posts Per Day" count
    • Works in conjunctions with "Minimum Posts" limitation
    • Calculates posts since first join date, as seen in member profiles


    Bug Fixes And Issue Fixes:
    • Is it no longer possible to bypass the Shoutbox permissions by accessing certain crafted URLs
  • v6.2.2 - 7th April 2014, 22:00
    Changes To Existing Features:
    • The CSS and JS files for the Shoutbox no longer load if no shoutbox instances are displayed
    • (Pro) Avatars now use thumbnails rather than the full-sized avatars before shrinking them for the Shoutbox


    Bug Fixes And Issue Fixes:
    • Links to Project Tools issues should now once again work as intended
    • The Shout Ping Interval setting can no longer be set to 1
  • v6.2.1 - 1st January 1970, 01:00
    "Invisibility" Toggle
    • Click the activity status icon to toggle invisibility
    • Uses the status icon from your vBulletin skin
    • Hides the user from all activity displays in the entire instance
    • Great for surprising friends with shouts out of the blue!


    (Pro) Per-Instance Activity Triggers
    • Choose what actions trigger new activity
      • Create Chat
      • Delete Shout
      • Fetch Sticky
      • Join Chat
      • Leave Chat
      • User Lookup
      • Save Sound Settings
      • Save Shout Styles
      • User Management
      • Chat Tab Switching
      • Un-idling
      • Toggle "Invisible Mode"
  • v6.2.0pl1 - 1st January 1970, 01:00
    Fix (Pro): Local-only XSS in Custom Commands
  • v6.2.0 - 1st January 1970, 01:00
    Shoutbox Sessions
    • Shoutbox activity is tracked separate from users' shouts
    • Only shows people who perform an action as active
    • "Active Indicator" on the toolbar shows whether the user is active in the SB or not
    • Doesn't flag users generating automatic notices as active


    Anonym.To Integration
    • Ability to anonymise any URL entered in the Shoutbox per-instance with Anonym.to
    • Works with BBCode URLs
    • Displays regular URL while editing shouts


    Disallow "ALL CAPS"
    • Ability to disallow all caps per-instance
    • Uses vBulletin's "Prevent SHOUTING" setting to de-caps the shout


    New Slash Command: /resetshouts
    • Resets all users' "Lifetime Shouts" counter to how many shouts they currently have in the system
    • (Pro) /resetshouts user to reset an individual user's "Lifetime Shouts" counter
    • Great way to put spammers in their place


    Context Menu Improvements
    • Dedicated context menu item for editing shouts (if user has permission to edit that shout)
    • Dedicated context menu item for deleting shouts (if user has permission to delete that shout)
    • JavaScript performance for menu closure operations has been improved


    (Pro) Global Custom Commands
    • Create custom commands that anyone can use via the AdminCP
    • Prevents users from creating commands with the same shortcut
    • Great for "canned responses"


    (Pro) Per-User Shoutbox Toggle
    • New UserCP option to turn off the entire shoutbox
    • Hides it completely from all pages


    Bugfixes
    • In certain cases, the menu could fail to close properly
  • v6.1.1 - 29th March 2013, 20:49
    Feature: Improved logging details for Control Panel actions
  • 6.1.0b1 - 5th October 2012, 22:06
    vBShout v6.1.0 Beta 1

    DBTech Affiliate Link
    • Participants in the Affiliate Program can add your DBTech User ID to the vBShout Options
    • Adds your referral ID to the vBShout copyright footer links


    Improved Shout Templates
    • Shout templates (for Shouts, /me, PMs and System Messages) are loaded from the main Shoutbox template
    • Takes up less browser memory than old JS templates
    • Uses jQuery Templates to achieve the same functionality of the old rendered templates
    • Offers greater customisation options without worrying about breaking fragile JavaScript code


    Improved JavaScript Performance
    • Leverages more advanced jQuery usage to reduce the time it takes to perform JavaScript operations
    • Takes up less browser memory as less time is needed to search for the elements in question


    Improved Context Menu
    • Context Menu is always enabled for every user, offering the same quick links to member profiles and username auto-fill
    • Zero performance impact from using it - no longer increases bandwidth usage / data transferred with each AJAX request
    • Uses jQuery Templates to achieve the same functionality of the old rendered templates
    • Offers greater customisation options without worrying about breaking fragile JavaScript code


    (vB3) Modern Shoutbox Editor Controls
    • Colour Picker now uses the same "modern" look as the vB4 version of the mod
    • Font Face Picker now uses the same "modern" look as the vB4 version of the mod
    • Font Size Picker now uses the same "modern" look as the vB4 version of the mod
    • CSS-based editor controls rather than table-based


    (vB3) CSS Loader
    • File loader that outputs the 3 CSS files from templates
    • Browser cacheable
    • Improves crawlability


    General / Other
    • Fix: Display Order in the Instance Management screen was using the wrong input type.
    • Fix: Opening lots of context menus without reloading the page would add "infinite HTML" to the page over time, taking up unneeded memory
    • Change: Improved RTL support
    • Change: Removed the ability to turn off the Context Menu, to eliminate confusion
  • 6.0.8 Hotfix #1 - 7th September 2012, 16:50
    vBShout v6.0.8 Hotfix #1
    Fix: Potential XSS in the Archive

    vBShout v6.0.8
    Fix: Fixed UTF-8 issues some people were having in certain scenarios
    Fix: (Pro) Detached mode would not function correctly if multiple instances exists
    Change: The mod will now properly close its database connection when returning data
    Change: (Pro) Pro-only code will now run independent of the vBulletin hooks system, saving a tiny amount of resources

At a glance

Supports: vBulletin 3.8.x vBulletin 4.x.x

Version: v6.2.17
Release date: 30th May 2016

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