Few days ago the awesome team behind the (still-)new Instant Messaging suite for KDE Workspaces released fifth major version of the communication suite, codenamed "D'oh". Our release cycle was considerably shorter than usual because we wanted to get distributions to include us in their autumn releases, but still we managed to get in lots of good work.
Probably the biggest and most visible change is in the chatting application, which is now able to display images from sent/received image links inline, right in the window. This is done using plugin architecture, which was done as this year's GSoC project by Lasath Fernando. There are more plugins on the way, like embedding a YouTube videos, displaying a LaTeX formulas for all you geeks out there and reading messages out loud for you. We'll also have a plugin which lets you format text like in GTalk, for example if you send message *like this*, it will be seen like this. Thanks to the plugin architecture we can do all kinds of magic with the messages (not that we plan to).
KRunner fans will also be pleased to hear that you can now control your presence via KRunner as well. Simply type "im away" and you're away. Type "im busy Watching movie" and all your contacts know you're watching a movie. Press the KRunner's "?" button to discover more KTp shortcuts (we have quite a few ;).
Several people requested to have even tinier contact list. And so we did as they asked. With 0.5, there's a new list style, called "Minimalistic", which takes your smallest font set in your style (can be changed in System Settings) and uses that as the base for computing the sizes of the rest. We also improved the accessibility of our contact list buttons, which now has more sensible and clearer tooltips. Pressing the Wrench button you'll also discover a "Make a Call...", which allows you to dial an arbitrary number with SIP accounts.
Many many improvements were done in the log viewer, which was taken over by my fellow Czech developer Dan Vratil. He really did take the log viewer into a whole new level and the fixes and improvements are still coming.
The plasmoids didn't receive many new features. But heavy amount of work on the Quick chat plasmoid was done by Aleix Pol. We hit some bumps in Plasma and that slowed the development down a bit. For now, the plasmoids (except the Presence plasmoid) all remain in alpha stage, so please treat it as such (and do report any and all bugs you'll find!).
For users having trouble connecting etc. we now provide a basic Telepathy debugger, which you can run with "ktp-debugger". This gathers all logs from Telepathy components and allows you to easily paste them and send them to us. No more killing stuff and running from console ;)
Lastly, during a discussion at Akademy, we decided to drop IRC support from KDE Telepathy. It's simply because there are lots of high quality KDE/Qt IRC clients and we don't have enough manpower to develop and maintain support for IRC, so we decided to drop it completely. We plan to revise this decision at next Akademy though.
And to end with some good news - I was offered a sponsorship for my work on KDE Telepathy by the great Blue Systems and I gladly accepted it. So now I'll have more time to spend on this great project :)
Sources are available at the usual place - http://download.kde.org/unstable/kde-telepathy/0.5.0/src/. Your distribution may have packages (or will have soon; there are no packages for Kubuntu Precise yet, but will be soon, Fedora should have packages ready for all supported releases, Arch should have it already, no idea about others, sorry).
All help is always welcomed, so if you would like to get involved, just email our mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll take care of you. Promise.