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TS3 Client Tweaks Continue
by Karl Hessinger on Aug 6, 2009
Greetings TeamSpeak Community!

We know you're all waiting for new TS3 material so below is a screenshot of what the main window of the TeamSpeak 3 Client looks like as of today. Please note that all screenshots are only development screenshots and the look of the final product may change by the final release.

The toolbar on the left side (which includes Away, Mute mic, Mute headphones, etc.) can be moved virtually anywhere you want. For example, it can be placed on any side of the main window or, if you don't want it to be located within the main window at all, you can drag it completely off the client and have it free-floating on your desktop wherever your heart desires. The best part about this bar is that eventually you will also be able to completely customize its functionality to suit your needs by dragging buttons on to it. So everything can be right there at your finger tips as you see fit.

You may also be wondering what that eye-looking icon is on the toolbar. For starters, clicking this icon can come in handy if you join a public TeamSpeak server with lots of channels. Say you are looking for a friend on a large, public server but you aren't quite sure what channel he/she is in. Normally with a TeamSpeak 2 Server configured in Public server mode you might have to jump from channel to channel to locate them. However, in TeamSpeak 3 this icon instantly expands your view for all channels so you can find your friend more easily.

It doesn't quite stop there though. With TeamSpeak 3 you are now in complete control of channel views via an all new channel subscription feature. In TeamSpeak 2, the server decided how users would view channels. If it was set to Clan mode, you were able to see everyone in every channel at all times. This was a nightmare for large TeamSpeak servers because you'd constantly hear "new player" or "player left". So the TeamSpeak 2 Server also provided you with a Public server mode. This allowed users to see only the clients of the channel you were currently in. This no doubt made it easier on your ears but also included other limitations and disadvantages. Well, with TeamSpeak 3 you are now able to subscribe to any or all specific channels. You can for example subscribe to all channels (Clan mode), subscribe to none (Public mode), or pick and choose which channels you wish to subscribe to. All activity within unsubscribed channels is simply ignored and will not be shown on your channel list.

The last thing we'll show you is a URL catcher. This nifty, new tool captures all URLs from any of your text chat windows and stores them within the TeamSpeak 3 client. If you forget a link that someone provided you can simply look through your collected URLs to retrieve it.

So what else is going on in TeamSpeak 3 dev-land?
  • Aside from the usual bug fixes, we have implemented and improved Push-To-Talk features within the client.
  • Numerous improvements with regard to the permissions system have also surfaced, making it easier for users to understand and configure user permissions in general.
  • We are also in the process of implementing offline messages. We will have more details on that when it is fully functional.
In the near future we will update you with more features and breaking news. Until then, happy chatting!
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