Hello is minimized (which
if you're multi-tasking, chances are it will be because it's so HUGE), you get
message and status alerts which appear, sliding in, from the right if your screen,
these alerts contain txt (up to 38 characters), a thumbnail of the picture sent
or notification of who has just logged on or off. The on / off status alerts
will disappear within a few seconds but the new message alerts hang round until
you either close it (via the
top right of the alert notification) or
until you click on the actual message itself, which then switches you back to
Hello and the conversation
you were having. The cool thing about the message alerts is that they update
with each message sent so that means you can finish what you're doing first
yet still stay up to speed with the general conversation so that when duck back
to Hello you pick up exactly
where you left off and can quickly read back through the full messages if required.
If your alerts are showing up in an annoying or inconvenient place simple click
and hold the gray side bar (anywhere just below the
) and drag it into a better position on the right hand side of your screen.
whether the message / status alert takes up the whole 38 characters or not the
alert box is the same size, and it's not exactly subtle if your chatting at
work and this massive box comes sliding in from the side of your screen, but
don't despair you can disable the alerts via Tools > Options. You can select
to have both message and status alerts enabled or just message alerts (with
status alerts off), there is no option for just status alerts though. If you're
also struggling with the size of the Hello
Smileys you can disable them in the same place, simply uncheck the box beside
"Show Flying Smileys". I wish there was an option to disable the way
it converts my text, specifically "brb".. I like "brb" and
it (still) really rattles my chain how Hello
converts this across to "be right back" or "be back in a minute"
and ditto for "k" which gets changed to "ok" or "okay"
but like I've said before I am a control freak *blush* so it could just be my
own personal quirk.
thing to take note of though, more so if you're using Hello
when you shouldn't, is that despite having alerts (Pop up Notifiers) disabled,
if you are downloading or saving (File > Save / Save As / Save Film Strip)
you will still get an alert about the status of each individual photo, some
it seems to miss but most it will pick up.
cool thing about Hello is
that it too has a typing indicator, a feature all IM users have grown very accustomed
to and it's almost a "must have" when it comes to chat etiquette so
it was really nice to see it included in Hello
as some IM's still don't offer this feature.
you're one who runs multiple conversations at the same time you'll appreciate
the tabs feature offered in Hello,
it's a real space and time saver. The different coloured tabs do have there
own meaning but it doesn't take long to get into the swing of the colour association.
Your "Friends" tab, which gives you access to BloggerBot and shows
your friends current status and history is constantly available and always sits
to the far left. Light
blue tabs (shown 1st and 2nd from the left) are other conversations/windows
that are available although these aren't necessarily ongoing conversations because
a user can log off (shown 2nd from the left) and the tab will remain available
until you close it or log off yourself. You'll only ever have one light gray
tab (shown 3rd from the left in the screenshot above), this is the one sitting
to the forefront and is your active conversation at the time. New sessions or
messages initiated by your friends will cause their tab to flash between orange/yellow
and blue, once you have replied to them the tab itself will revert to gray or
blue (depending on the focus of the window eg active to the forefront is gray,
or tucked behind not currently being used will be blue), the tab will only flash
if it doesn't have the main focus. One thing I do feel is missing from having
tabs is the ability to be able to move them to where we would like eg drag the
tabs to specific places, like putting all active user to the left and all idle
to the right or the most active to the far right for quick access but it seems
the order is based on when the tab was created, older tabs sit to the left and
the last created at the far right.
The coloured icons to the left of each tab also have a purpose and colour association.
When a user has just initiated a conversation and you're yet to reply or select
their tab they appear to display a blue icon ,
online and active users display a green ,
idle users yellow ,
and offline are gray .
The observant will notice a slight difference between the icons available based
on who had the last word or rather sent the last message, this seems to be available
for all icons apart from blue, which switches to green as soon as their tab
is selected. The differences being, if you're both currently active and you've
sent the last message the tab displays ,
if they sent the last message it displays ,
the slight difference being the additon of )) after the coloured icon. The same
applies to the others colours as well eg
indicates an offline user who sent the last message and
is for an idle user who sent the last message (chances are they might be waiting
for you to reply :p ).