Software update: Riot 1.0.1

Feb

21

2019

Matrix is an open specification for safe and decentralized communication. To use this network you can use the application Riot . It allows you to chat, exchange files, make audio and video calls, set up notifications and bring bots to life to set up integrations with other applications. The developers have released the 1.0.1 version of Riot with the following announcement:

The Big 1.0.

Gather round people: we’ve got a brand new design, we’ve got dramatically improved encryption UX, we’ve got new login, new settings, new room list and we’ve got dozens and dozens of stability and performance enhancements! That’s right: it’s fillets, it’s chops, it’s dices, slices! We’re out of beta: it’s Riot 1.0.

Lookin ‘good
Since we previewed the redesign back in May last year we’ve been working on Riot UX. We’ve been restyled and reworked almost every bit of the interface; here are just a few of the highlights:

Login
Riot Web 1.0 welcomes you to the app with a beautiful new login page. It’s not just a pretty face, that is: bothability and stability has improved across both login and registration. And with .well-known support, users with accounts on homeserver other than matrix.org can log in just by typing their full Matrix ID.

Refresh
The app has a much cleaner and more contemporary feel throughout with a more modern color palette (all optimized for readability). We’ve made improvements in the area of ​​the board, including resizing, restyling search, and read marker behavior. And before you ask, yes there is a dark theme.

User settings and room settings
We build Riot to give our users the power to customize their experience of the application. However, as the saying goes, with great power comes a great number of unwieldy configuration options. In Riot 1.0 we’ve taken giant steps towards taming settings. It’s (mostly) the same great options, but they’ve had a lick of paint, bone grouped into logical tabs and (a small but powerful detail) bone rephrased in the affirmative (meaning no more grammatical cognitive gymnastics deciding whether you do or don It is not necessary to send notifications to disabled).

The room list
The room list has had a dramatic overhaul! Big changes are:
Resizable panels replace sticky headers so that you can always see activity in each subsection
Room pinning by default
More discoverable room / chat creation (+) next to the room list section title
All your rooms are all right on the room.
Snappier filtering so you can find specific rooms much more quickly
Communities have unread message notification badges so you can quickly see which group needs your attention
The eagle-eyed among you might also have spotted a new feature that is sneaked into this screenshot, too – room breadcrumbs run along the top of the room list, tracking the most recent rooms you’ve visited, making it so much easier to maintain active conversations in multiple rooms.

End-to-end encryption
Riot’s end-to-end encryption represents the cutting edge of secure multi-device persistent-history communication. But encryption is valuable only when it’s used – that’s why we’re spending so much time on Riot’s encryption implementation. Released in Riot 1.0 are two huge enhancements in this area: key backup and emoji device verification.

Automatic Key Backup
Riot helps keep your encrypted messages private by deleting the keys from your device when you log out. We are always encouraged to keep a backup of their keys, but it was too easy to make a mistake, losing access to your encrypted messages for good. With Riot 1.0 we’ve provided a simple solution to this problem: automatic key backup. Once enabled, your device will maintain a secure copy of its keys on your server. You can only access it on your own device with a passphrase and upload it to your server. It is important to understand that your keys will never be touched unencrypted. NB we think this is a great feature, but it is optional – if you choose, you can leave the feature disabled and maintain your own backups manually.

Emoji Device Verification
Remember the old device verification flow? Easy peasy lemon squeasy, call your buddy and check their 43 character string exactly matches yours? Well, alongside that … questionable UX there was a promise … and nothing says ‘sophisticated’ like … emoji. That’s right: verifying devices is now as simple as reading seven emoji! Security and millennial whimsy: combined! Let’s say it together: banana penguin key robot smiley train smiley! What’s more, finally works in both directions – at the end of our emoji verification dance, my device trusts yours and yours trusts mine! Once you’ve verified all of a user’s devices, the green padlock or trust will replace the red padlock or shame in the memberinfo panel. Trust all of the users in a room, and that same green padlock will appear next to the room title. Verifying every device is, alas, still time-consuming – we’re working very hard on a solution to this. Watch this space for developments!

What’s the news on Riot Mobile?
Big changes are landing for Riot Android and iOS, too – we’ve got Key Backup support and a brand new color scheme landing in the next few days. Keep your eyes peeled!

Thanks for your support!
Thanks to everyone who has contributed code, offered a suggestion, filed a bug or just used the app – your ongoing enthusiasm and support means everything 😀 If you like, then spread the word: tell your family, tell your friends, tell your enemies. And most important of all: keep that feedback coming (#riot: matrix.org/github)! Finally, as always you can check out the full Riot / Web and matrix-react-sdk changelogs for all the detailed details.
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Version number 1.0.1
Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 7, Android, Linux, macOS, iOS, Windows 8, Windows 10
Website
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Download
https://about.riot.im/downloads/
License type Conditions (GNU / BSD / etc.)

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