Wednesday, February 10, 2010

New version of GVMax coming soon

Have been working on a 'webservice' version of GVMax. This works a bit like GVMax-Lite used to in that users don't host an application on app engine. Instead they simply sign-up via a web interface.

Signing up is really easy, just enter your google voice email and password and gvmax does everything including creating gmail filters etc...

The Google Voice password is not a requirement. Users can choose not to use their Google Voice password but that means they will not be able to reply to SMS using IM or email. They can still get notifications via email, prowl, xmpp and httpPost (new).

Some of the new features include

HttpPost notifications
: A new notification method, where GVMax performs an HTTP post with all the information related to the SMS or Voicemail notification.

More Robust: This code is alot more robust than the current one. For example if you set to receive xmpp notifications and gvmax cannot send you a notification (if you are not logged in) it will attempt to fallback to other notification methods such as prowl. The user is also notified whenever an error occurs.

FREE: Since I will not be installing app engine applications and the whole setup has been automated, all features are completely free.

So what does this mean to existing GVMax users. For those that payed for GVMax-Pro they
can continue to use it as is. I will keep the current buddy server going for a little while, but will
eventually shut it down (for non GVMax-Pro customers). I will stop adding new features to
GVMax-Pro and only release essential bug fixes. It is simply too much work trying to maintain
so many copies of the program (where users don't always upgrade to the latest versions etc...).

Ideally everyone should switch to the webservice version.

This version will NOT be opened sourced since I use some proprietary code in it. The current code of course remains open source.

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