Go for a test drive
FeaturesThe idea itself is fairly simple: a messaging system that can work in not-real time; basically, an asynchronous IM client in your browser.
- Open source (duh)
- Custom Names for each team member
- Timestamps each message
- Auto-turns urls into links
- Ability to add links to files in the Dropbox
- Themes via CSS
- Separate themes for each person!
- Can be pulled up on your mobile browser! (If placed in the "Public" folder.)
- Can be set to auto-check for new messages
First off, this script will ask you for several permissions, mostly to write and "upload" files to your local hard drive. Secondly, it should display the messages in pretty much any browser out there, but you can only write a message in Firefox at this point, and possibly IE.
The reasoning behind this is that Mozilla provides a way for you to write files to the hard drive, as long as you've asked the user and IE uses ActiveX. But when it comes to Chrome or other browsers, I can find nothing about reliably writing to a file without having a "Save As" dialog pop up every time and having the user navigate to the correct file and folder.
Other limitations are:
- Can only attach 1 file to a message right now
- Some of the CSS is still a little wonky
- No mobile formatted CSS (yet!)
- The file-drop only works in Firefox
- The auto-check only works in Firefox
I got a few things worked out in the demo, notably the ability to switch skins. I think the Linux skin is pretty tight, but I'm pretty new to CSS.
I've fixed up the themes and made them mobile-compatible, though I'm decently sure that the static HTML sample I've supplied is not supported on mobile, so you'll have to download it and try it yourself. I also realized that the font I picked for the "Linux" theme was only on my machine, so I tried to pick another that looked Linux-y.
I also found a way to be able to read them on your phone, even if it's in a private folder.
- Install the Dropbox app
- Mark "Message.html", "messages.js", and every individual file in the "resources" file as a "Favorite" (so the app will auto-sync them with your phone)
- Open "Message.html" with "DB HTML Viewer".
...Also, I fixed an issue where it would not save on Windows. Sorry, I've been developing it in Linux, and the Microsoft method of "\"s in the path didn't occur to me until just now. In any case, it should work now.