Signing up with Blabbelon

The first step is to register for a free Blabbelon account. All you need to do is create an account by entering a valid email address. This can be done from any Blabbelon client you chose. We'll send you an email to authorise your account, though you don't have to do this straight away. Next time you're on email is fine. The client will log you straight in, so you can start adding servers, contacts and talking immediately! The email will also contain a username and password, both of which you can change within the settings options of the Blabbelon clients.

The Clients

Blabbelon is free to all users and available for Windows OS Windows (XP SP2+), Mac OS X Mac OS X (10.5+), iPad (iOS 4.2+), iPhone and iPod Touch (iOS 4.2+) and any Java enabled web browser, so you can even use the service without downloading and installing any software, if you prefer. Remember, you are not restricted to any one client. You can log into any client at any time with your account.

Your Server List

Your server list shows all servers you have access to. Channels to a server are listed below it along with information on who is currently using each connection. Double click a server or channel to connect or right click for options.

Adding servers

By default, your new Blabbelon account will have one server pre-configured for you when you first log in. This will provide a connection for you to experiment with if you are not familiar with how Blabbelon works.

The Blabbelon Directory Search Directory

User Directory - Find and add friends by entering their alias, name or email address into the search field. If there are already a user, just click 'add' and a request will be sent to them which they will be asked to accept or decline. If you have entered an email address that is not registered with us and the therefore the person you are looking for does not have an account you can email directly from your account. They'll just need to click a link and they'll be signed up and added as a friend.

Server Directory - If you have heard about a cool server to hang out on or are looking for pick up games you can search the Blabbelon directory. You can find and add public servers by entering all or part of the name. If a public server is password protected you will need to obtain the password to connect to the lobby or it's channels. While you can message the owner yourself, we have a simple request password feature. Click the connection as if you are joining and select 'Request Password'. This will send a standard message to the owner who will chose to grant or decline the request. You can add a message of your own if you need to remind them who you are or ask for permission personally.

Manage Users

If you own a server, or channel on a server, you have the option to manage the users that currently have access. You can promote or demote users, ban and unban users or revoke a user's access completely!

Your Friends List

The top of your friends list shows all of your friends on Blabbelon and their current online presence, with active users at the top down to pending friend requests at the bottom. From here you can view their profile, invite and message, mute them as well as delete them and add them to a group.

Groups

All clients allows you to create friend groups. Here you can easily manage a selection of friends to suit your needs or send message to multiple users at once.

Messaging

The Blabbelon network messaging protocol offers a number of different message types to make your experience easier and more enjoyable. You can send Chat invitations, Friend Requests, Text Messages, Voice Messages, Password Requests and email invitations to people who have not yet seen the light! You can create a new message by selecting the button, invite by selecting the button or selecting a right click option.

1) Chat Invitations (aka connection invitations) are pretty much self explanatory. You'll need to select a user and choose a connection to invite them to. You also have the option of adding your own message. If you open the invite contextually from a user they will be pre-selected as the recipient and, likewise, if you are currently connected this connection will be selected by default. Both of these, however, can be changed. The recipient will see the message on their message list instantly and have the option to accept or decline.

2) Friend Requests are as you would expect. After choosing to add a user from the directory search results, you can enter your own message before sending the request. The recipient will see the message on their message list instantly and have the option to accept or decline. The user will be shown in your list immediately, but be in a pending state until they action the request.

3) Text messages are what we are all used to these days. Chose a friend to message if the pre-selected user is not who you are looking to contact, enter your message and hit send.

4) Voice messaging is new in version 3 and again, probably no explanation required. Chose a friend to message if the pre-selected user is not who you are looking to contact, record your message, preview and re-record if necessary and hit send.

5) Request Password messages are an easy method of contact the owner of a server or channel. If you have a connection on your list but don't know the password, chose to request it, maybe you'll need to add a message of your own in the field provided, and hit send. The owner will be asked to grant or deny you access. If the grant you access, we'll message you with the password.

6) Email invites enable you to email someone who is not yet registered with Blabbelon. Complete the form as an invitation an we'll email them for you. The email they receive will have your message included and include a link to get the started.

Active Connection

When connected to a server or channel the list of active users will be show, along with their online presence. When a user is talking it will be indicated on the list or their alias is displayed at the top, depending on which client you are using. Select any user in the list and you will be presented with options, such as perform admin functions, if you have permission, message and invite or add them as a friend is they are not already.

All clients clear display the name of your current chat at the top of the display.

IM Chat

Any connection you are on offers IM chat. This is standard IM chat and everyone connected will see any messages you post. The chat window will recognise links, screenshots, email addresses and video media links which will open in the Blabbelon media viewer. You can set the desktop client screenshot function to post screen shots to the chat immediately to the chat. The clients also allow you to upload images from your computer.

Hotkey Options

Push to Talk: this is they key you will press to activate your microphone to talk. The Desktop App let's you choose virtually any key you like, with same rare exceptions (the F1 key on some computers defaults to system Help no matter what you do). At long last fans, you can use the tilde key! On the web browser version of Blabbelon, we can only offer the option of using the modifier keys.

Push to Talk (Admin): If you plan to set up ranks on your servers, this is a great feature to take advantage of. Pressing the admin-level push-to-talk means that only people of higher rank on the connection will be able to hear you. This is ideal for 'Officer Chat' in certain multiplayer games.

Quick-mute current user: At any time, you can mute a user (eg. if they are annoying you or have loud background sounds). If you set a hotkey for this, you can do so while they are talking, in an instant. This is ideal if you are using the transparent overlay view. Also see, volume control for each user on the desk top clients. This is a slightly more subtle way of handle these situations and you won't miss a beat.

Switch to Transparent Interface: Blabbelon let's you switch to an overlay view, where the app will 'hover' as a tiny transparent palette over any other software you are running. When others talk, their names will appear. Setting a hotkey here will let you toggle between views very quickly. See overlay mode for more information.

Screenshot: A the touch of a button you can take a screen shot and even have it automatically posted to the chat. This can be controlled from the settings panel as you may only want to save it locally. See screen shots for more details.

Screenshot Area: At the touch of a button you can make the screenshot area marquee pop up. This allows you to define the area of your screen you wish to take images of on the fly. See screen shots for more details.


*Hotkeys are available on desktop clients only.

Your Profile

Your profile allows you to personalize and specify information about yourself. At your discretion, you can enter as much or as little information about yourself as you like, and set your privacy settings to share or hide it from others. Once you're done, click the Save/Done button to commit the changes to your account. Within your profile you can also chose whether we can send you information on the status of your account, such as pending invitations or messages, as well as news about Blabbelon and forthcoming updates, competitions and offers.

We take privacy very seriously, and put control into the user's hands by letting them specify which info fields are private or public at the most basic data point level. Blabbelon will never forward your personal information to third parties or spam or other solicitations.

Settings

Each of the Blabbelon clients has a settings or preferences section. Here you can change the behaviour of that client to best suit your needs. From Hotkeys (bindings) to the client's appearance or where you save media. Most of these will be self explanatory, but if you need further assistance visit the support page for that client for more information.

Twitter

You can link your Blabbelon and Twitter accounts allowing you to easily tweet from your current chats, share keys and screenshots as well as let people know about raids and PUGs. From within Blabbelon you can authorize us to link with your Twitter account. Click the link button and you'll be taken to a Twitter page, where you'll be asked for your account details. Accounts can be unlinked at any time by simply clicking the 'Unlink Account' button. To tweet, click the twitter button from you current connection or the media viewer to post shared media links.