The NEW mobile app from Blabbelon for iPhone and iPod Touch has virtually all the power and functionality of the desktop applications. Version 3 is a massive upgrade on our last release both in terms of mobile app functionality and the features now available on Blabbelon as a whole. The new iOS application is available from the Apple App Store for FREE, as are all Blabbelon Products, so you can stay in touch with your friends, fellow gamers and guilds at all time. You'll never miss anything or be out of touch ever again!

New features you'll find on Blabbelon v3 can be found here.

Of course, all existing Blabbelon accounts will work on version 3, but if you do still need to sign up for a FREE account, you can do so right from the app or visit blabbelontalk.com.


Available from the app store

Start Up

When the app has finished loading, you'll be presented login and sign up screen. On subsequent visits you'll be logged straight in automatically unless you logged out before closing the app.

Log in

If you already have an account simply log in to Blabbelon by entering your email address and password in the fields provided. If you have forgotten your password, touch 'Forgot your password?' and enter your email address in field that appears. We'll immediately email you a link to reset your password.


Sign Up

If you need to sign up for a FREE Blabbelon account, you can do so directly from the app. Enter a valid email address, press sign up and your in! We will send you an account verification email, but this does not have to be actioned immediately. We want you to get started asap. When you're next on your email you can click to verify your new account.

We'll need you to accept our terms and conditions to create an account on Blabbelon.



Main Menu

When you have logged on you'll be presented with the main menu. For your convenience, the main functions and navigation of Blabbelon can be accessed from here directly. You can return here at any time by selecting the first tab on the tab bar.

You can view and edit your profile by selecting Edit Profile

The functions on the main menu are:-

  1. Change User - Log in with a different Blabbelon account.
  2. Servers - View your server list. For reference, this is the second tab on the tab bar.
  3. Reconnect - A shortcut to quickly reconnect to the last connection you were on.
  4. Friends - View your firends list. For reference, this is the fourth tab on the tab bar.
  5. Information - Access to the online mobile support site for Blabbelon and access the Blabbelon forum.
  6. Settings - Access all the settings options for the app and customise to best suit your needs.
  7. Send Message - Open the message panel to send a text or voice message, invite someone to a chat, add a friend or invite someone to join Blabbelon.
  8. Directory Search - Open the Blabbelon directory an search for users and public servers.
  9. Messages - Open you account messaging inbox. You'll see how many unread messages you have indicated on the button. For reference, this is the last tab on the tab bar.



Your Servers

To use Blabbelon you'll need some servers to connect with other users on. For those of you who are new to Blabbelon, servers and their channels are like rooms, where people can gather to talk, text chat and share media. You can either configure your own servers, enter a key if you have one, search the directory for public servers, or be invited by other users. Blabbelon allows you to have an unlimited number of servers on your account.

A typical server list might look like the list shown here on the left. Each server is shown with it's channels listed below.

If you select 'Options' you can choose to show or hide the channels
or sort the list either;

  1. Alphabetically
  2. by the date it was configured
  3. by the number of times you have connected
  4. by the number of users currently connected


If a server is public it will show the Public Icon icon on the left and if private Private Icon will be shown.
A channels public status is determined by that of the server.



To start adding servers press the Private Icon button.

You'll be given three options for adding servers;

  1. Add a server using a key.
  2. Configure your own.
  3. Search the directory.
Using Keys

A connection key is a identifier code unique to each each server or channel, much like the urls used by other VoIP products. On Blabbelon, however, they can be changed at any time by the owner with one button press, so you don't have to worry about losing control of user access.

Simply paste a key into the key field and hit return. Once verified you can be connected instantly and the server will appear on your list if you didn't have it already.

Configure servers


You'll need to enter some information to configure a server;

  1. A name for your server (required).
  2. Enter a password for another level of security (optional).
  3. Choose whether you want the server to be public and listed in directory search results.
  4. Choose whether to be connected immediately.

When you're ready, press 'Create' and we'll configure the server. This process doesn't take long and you'll see the progress clearly displayed on screen.

If you own a server, or are an admin of one, you can create channels.
Click here to find out how.

Search the directory

We've set Blabbelon up to make it as easy as possible to hook up with other users to either just chat or join PUGs.

Enter all or part of a server name into the field and press 'Search'.

You'll see information shown for each result listed.

  1. Name
  2. Who owns it
  3. User stats
  4. or if a password is required.
  5. For information on requesting passwords click here.

To add one of the servers displayed, select it and confirm your selection. The server will added to your list and you'll be able to connect immediately.


Another way to gain access to a server is to be invited by another user. See the Messaging on iOS and Blabbelon section for more details.




Your Friends

The friends list shows all of your contacts on Blabbelon and their current online presence, with active users at the top and offline or pending friend requests below. By selecting a user you can view their profiles from which you can message and manage the user on your account.

At the bottom of the list you'll find any friend groups you have created. Click here for more information on grouping friends and the benefits of doing so.


Presence

  1. - Online
  2. - Not Available
  3. - Offline
  4. - Friend request pending

You can change your own presence setting by accessing your own profile.


If a friend is on a server you have on your list, the server or channel name will be shown below their name. This way you'll be able to find them quickly.



If you press the Private Icon button on the friends list you'll get two options.

Search the directory for users

We've set Blabbelon up to make it as easy as possible to find other users so you can create a network of friends.

Enter all or part of a user's alias, name or email address into the field and press 'Search'.

You'll see basic profile information and avatar shown for each result listed.

To add one of the users displayed, select them, view and confirm you want to send them a request. You can also add your own message.

The user will added to your list immediately, but remain in a friendship pending state until they action your request.



User Profiles

A user's profile will display any information about themselves that they have chosen to share with other users. At the very least it will show their alias, the only thing on Blabbelon that cannot be private. They may have included other personal information such as their name, location, website URL etc or have uploaded their own avatar to make themselves easily identifiable.



From a user's profile, you can;

  1. Delete them as a friend .
  2. Send them a message .
  3. Add them to a friend group.

If you have access to their current server or channel, this will also be displayed on the profile. Touching the connection name will connect you immediately.



Creating Friend Groups

Press the Private Icon button on the friends list and select 'Create a group'.

Enter a name for your new group into the field and press 'Add'.

Your new group will appear at the bottom of your friends list, ready for use.



Using Friend Groups

At the bottom of your friends list you'll find the friend groups you have created. User's can be added to groups via their profiles.

After selecting a group you can view member profiles, message all group members at once and delete the group .


1) From the friends list, select a group to view it's members.

2) Here you can manage and message the group.

3) Select 'Edit' or swipe a row to remove friends from the group.

4) Confirm your selection and press 'Done'.



Connecting to a Server or Channel.

Select any connection in the list and the screen will change to show you more details about it. You will see a list of current users and, if it is a server, the channels available. With Blabbelon, you are, in effect, connected to all your servers at once and can therefore see what's happening in all of them at any time. What we call a server is what you may know from other similar services, as the server's 'lobby'. This means that you can connect to channels on different servers with ease and without having to connect to the server first, freeing you up to move around your network.


In the example on the left, we see that we are looking at the server 'Ice Tracker', which has no users connected at present and it's 5 channels listed.

  1. Most importantly, we can connect by pressing the button!

  2. Send chat invitations .
  3. View even more information, such as usage stats and membership.*
  4. Destroy the server .**


*If the connection is passworded, you will not be permitted to see the stats here.
**If you don't own a server, you will just remove it from your list.
**If the connection in view is a channel and you are not the owner, you will not be able to delete it.

Passworded Connections

If a connection is password protected you'll be required to enter a password to enable you to connect. The app will, by default, save the password and automatically complete the field for future visits. This behaviour can be changed in the app settings.





*If you are the owner of the connection you will not be required to enter the password.


Connected to Servers and Channels
When connected to a server you can;

  1. Manage the connection key .*
  2. Make the server public or private .*
  3. Tweet directly from Blabbelon .
  4. View 'Options' for the connection.

*Some functionality is only available to admins or owners of the connection.


You are free to navigate around the whole app with out losing audio or disconnecting. You will remain connected until you press disconnect on the server list or shut down the app. You will, however, only be able to Push-To-Talk on those screens that feature the talk button. When on your connection view, press 'Servers' to navigate away.

Push-To-Talk

To join the conversation, simply press and speak!

When a user (including yourself) is talking their alias is displayed at the top of the screen.

*The iOS device cannot, as yet, support multitalk. In the situation that multiple users talk simultaneously, the app will only play the audio of the first user to speak. Similarly, we cannot yet offer the second audio channel for officers/admins as on the desktop client.


Admin Functions When Connected

Each user has their admin level displayed beside their name on the right.

If you are an admin or owner of the connection, their profile view will feature an 'Admin' button at the bottom. This will allow you to perform available admin functions on that user. If you are the connection owner you can also manage all the users, not just those currently connected, via the User Manager in the Connection Options menu.

Server List - Connected

When you're connected to a server or channel, it's entry in the server list will change to reflect this.

From here you will still be able to see who is talking and you'll be alerted when new IMs arrive.

Press 'Disconnect' to do so, or 'Show' to change back to the current connection view. There is no need to disconnect before connecting to another server or channel. You can simply select a different connection.

Text Chat

The app offers full text chat functionality and the chat history is saved for each connection separately. You can also view content and web links in the app's Media Viewer. This means you don't have to lose audio while viewing in Safari!

To upload media yourself, select 'Upload an image' in the connection options menu.


Connection Options
When connected to a server you can;

  1. Manage Users - Easily manage the access and admin level of all the users on the connection.
  2. Create a channel - Create a channel (if you are on a server).
  3. Change status - Change the server state to public or private. Public servers will feature in directory search results.
  4. Send an invitation - Invite someone to your current connection.
  5. IM Chat - Open the IM Chat window. If there are unread posts there, it will be shown here.
  6. Upload an image - Upload an image to the chat from your device's photo album or camera roll. We'll host the image and post a link to it in the chat.
  7. Enter a Blabbelon key - Open the key manager to enter a key, add a server add/or connect to it.
  8. Copy key to pasteboard - Copy the current key to the device clipboard.
  9. Change connection key - Generate a new key for the connection. The old one can no longer be used to add the server. User's with access already retain it.
  10. Set/Change password - Add additional security to the connection with a password.
  11. Audio Path - Change the current audio setting. You can use the speakers, receiver, headphones or headset.
  12. About the connection - Information and stats for the current connection.





*The option availabile will change depending on user admin level for the connection.

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 and signed up! You can create a new message by selecting any of the buttons around the app.

All Blabbelon messaging is contextual for your convenience. If you're creating the new message from a user's profile, for example, they will be pre-selected as the recipient and, likewise, if you are currently connected or are inviting from a connection's detail view, this connection will be selected by default for invitations. Both of these, however, can be changed. We find it makes the user experience much better, especially for mobile apps.

Hover over the image below for examples of messaging on Blabbelon for iPhone and iPod Touch.



Click the above for examples!
Sending Messages and Invitations

1) Chat Invitations are pretty much self explanatory!
If not completed as desired, select a user and connection to invite the user to join you on. You also have the option of adding your own message. The recipient will see the message on their message list instantly and have the option to accept or decline.

2) Friend Requests are, again, 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 have the option to accept or decline. The user will be shown in your list immediately, however, but be in a pending state until they action your request.

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

4) New to version 3 is voice messaging. Again, probably no explanation required.
Choose a friend to message , record your message, review it and rerecord if necessary. Then hit 'Send'.

5) Request Password messages are an easy way of contacting the owner of a server or channel. If you have a connection on your list but don't know the password, you can choose to request it, you can 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 they grant you access, we'll contact 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. It may be best, however, to search their email first.



Message Notifications

When you installed the app, you will have been asked whether Blabbelon can push notifications to you. If you said 'yes' you'll get an alert whenever you receive a new message on Blabbelon. This setting can be changed in the device's 'General Settings' app.

The number of unread messages you have will be displayed on the app icon, on the device's home screen. You will also see the number of unread messages displayed on the main menu and on the far right of the tab bar. The app can also alert you whenever you are not on the messages tab and a message arrives. This behaviour can be changed in the app settings section.

To view your messages either press the 'Messages' button on the main menu or select the far right tab. Here you can manage you Blabbelon inbox where unread messages are displayed in bold.





Click the above for examples!
Receiving Messages and Invitations

1) If you receive a chat invitation, someone is asking to meet you on a server or channel. You will have the the option to accept or decline. If you accept the server will be added to your list if it is not already. If you already have it, you'll also have the option to connect right away.

2) Friend Requests are other Blabbelon users asking you to join their network. You have the option to accept or decline the gesture. If you accept, they will be added to your list and you can start interacting with them.

3) Text messages are what we are all used to these days.
You can reply and/or delete it when convenient.

4) New to version 3 is voice messaging. Again, probably no explanation required.
You can reply and/or delete it when convenient.

5) You'll receive password requests when someone wants access to a passworded connection you own.
You can either send the password or deny the request.



Your Profile

Your profile allows you to personalize and specify information about yourself to share with other Blabbelon users, such as name, location or your website URL. 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, with the exception of your alias which must be public. We take privacy very seriously, and give you full control over which information is private or public.
Blabbelon will never forward your personal information to any third parties for spam or other solicitations.


Editing your profile

Select any row on your profile and the screen will change to allow you to edit the information. Make sure the box is checked if you want other user's to know something about you.

In addition to your information you can also upload an avatar for yourself. This will be seen by user's in a number of places on Blabbelon. It is a good way for other user's to find you easily. Press 'Upload Image' to customise your image and choose from the device's photo album or camera roll.

Press 'Done' when finished.



Note: There are further account settings you can customise in the settings section.



Twitter

With your permission, we can sync Blabbelon with your Twitter account. Select 'Touch to sync' and enter your twitter account details on the Twitter authorization page. This is Twitter's own web page. They'll confirm everything securely and you'll be redirected back to the app. Your account can be unlinked at any time by pressing the button at the bottom of the screen.


Press 'Touch to sync'
and complete Twitter's
authorization page.



After your Blabbelon account is linked with your Twitter account, you can press the button at any time while connected to a server or channel. The Twitter window will open and you can tweet quickly and easily, without missing anything.

Select the 'Tweet current key' box and add the key to your current connection so others can join you immediately.

You can also tweet links from the app's Media Viewer, when viewing content posted in the IM chat of your current connection, by pressing the 'Tweet Link' button at the bottom of the screen.



App Settings



Click the above for examples!
App Preferences

The app and Blabbelon has functionality you can customize:-

  1. Audio Path - Change the default audio setting. You can use the speakers, receiver, headphones or headset. The app will look for this when it starts. If not available another path will be chosen
  2. Soundcheck - Test the device's input and output channels.
  3. Edit Profile - Edit your personal details to shared with other users.
  4. Change Password - Change your account password.
  5. Set Message Signature - Set or disable text standard text to appear on your messages.
  6. Notifications - Choose which notifications you would like to recieve.
  7. Connection Passwords - Manage the passwords for your servers and channels. The app can auto-complete password entry fields for your convenience.
  8. Send Feedback - We're always interested in ideas and comments Blabbelon user's have and appreciate reports of any issues, to help better the service.
  9. Version - Information on the version of the app you are using. Make sure you have the latest!