It is all over the place now. The new Chat Hub User Interface (CHUI) is now part of Linden Lab’s® Beta Viewer. That happen more quickly than I expected. Just the other day it hit the Development Viewer. So, if there are not a lot of JIRA’s filed I expect it to arrive in the main viewer quickly too.
Torley has a video out, without the friendly greetings, and the Lindens have made a blog post.
Torley does nice videos. Thanks Torley. This one is very handy. But, check out the Linden post for more details and to discuss the changes.
Ciaran Laval has an article up that explains a bit about the CHUI. See: Chui Hits Beta, LL Equip Their Flak Jackets. He is expecting them to get some blow back on the new user interface. That is a pretty safe bet that has nothing to do with the CHUI. It is a change and that draw flak.
Some people in the SL Forum think this User Interface (UI) is more like the old V1 user interface. Some reflexively hate it… expected. Others like it, me for instance. But, most are complaining about the space it takes up.
Using it I tried different ways to shrink it down. It is possible but in the Development Viewer it was buggy. Sometimes I could shrink the size and other times I could not. I did find that when I could not drag the lower right corner to make it smaller, I could click and drag the divide pane and then dragging the right side or lower right corner would work. Play with it.
In general I could get the new CHUI to a size that worked for me. It was not as easy as I would like and it seemed to have some problems remembering the sizes. Also, tearing off chat windows seems a bit buggy.
There is a CHUI Project in the JIRA. You can file and find items using CHUIBUG. If you have not filed a JIRA report before read the instructions before trying to file one. Do it right and you’ll likely see it fixed… don’t expect a notification when it is fixed or for it to happen quickly.
There is: BUG-1820 – Focusing undocked window switches to “dead space” in CHUI dock. To see the problem: Undock “Nearby chat” from CHUI dock, IM other avatar or group to have an active IM window in the CHUI dock. Click in the “Nearby chat” window to type there.