Chat in a Flash!

January 15, 2007 10:27 am

Chat in a Flash!

...Or is that Flash in a Chat? Ahh...nevermind...We now have FlashChat! Yes, that's right. We now have a new and improved chat experience for everyone!

One of the popular requests on our annual Community Survey has been for an updated Chat area. Over the past few weeks we have been trying out several different chat programs and found one that we think will provide a lot more functionality and fun for all of us. Thanks to community feedback we are pleased to open the doors to our latest new feature...FlashChat!

Here's how it works: 

From the chat link, you will get the login screen, where you will have to provide your username and password. But, the best part is that you can check to see who's in chat first!




And here we go....



There are also plenty of options for a great chat experience:



You can further customize sounds:



And, of course, there are plenty of emoticons!




Greetings, greetings, one and all!
2007 doesn't start with a crawl
"No way!", you may say,
but don't take our word for it,
try FlashChat today!


January 15, 2007

Article Comments

vlaaitje ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 16 January 2007

it looks cool to me, but I have some PC problems that drives me really nuts !!

SndCastie ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 16 January 2007

Wow this is cool

PaganArtist ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 16 January 2007

I'm scared to chat.People might be mean like they are in the forums...Bwhahahahahahah!!! Looks pretty darn cool to me I might have to try it out. It may make me into a chat room person since I've never really been drawn to chat rooms before.

vikinglady ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 16 January 2007

:) cool

kimariehere ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 16 January 2007

very cool!! love the idea!! will have to check it out!

Miss Nancy ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 16 January 2007

I like the "who's in chat" function and the ability to add rooms. let the fun begin :lol:

BBarbs ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 16 January 2007

Great idea !!!

Hyria ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 16 January 2007

Very Veery coolo :)

ARTWITHIN ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 16 January 2007

Super, I tried it out and I like it. However, it seems a little bit like jumping the gun. There is no "How To" or FAQ. The ? or Help on the Chat screen seems more for programming and I wonder if it should even be there. Maybe I'm dumb, but I think is is for programming. I couldn't really understand it very well. I have questions, but no answers. 1. Are copies of public and private logs maintained and where, on user's computer HD, at RR? 2. Can one hide their presence? It would be nice not to make others feel bad if they are not able to contact someone who appears in the chat room, even if listed as busy. 3. Can one select which sounds are heard? It is confusing hearing all the sounds. 4. I looks like there is voice chat and video capabilities. Are these functional on the RR chat system? 5. Can more rooms be added for groups with different special interests, ie. different forums? 6. How do you invite someone to a private chat? Other than on the main screen. Please add a user friendly Help! Some of us are not as fast, sharp or experienced as others, not to mention we have different languages that require some additional time. Thanks you, Suzanne

DarkStarBurning ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 16 January 2007

mischievous grin :D

Valerie-Ducom ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 17 January 2007

good idea :)

TheWarlock ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 17 January 2007

Awesome, am assuming you would use Flash Communication Server for it? If I may recommend can we change the color scheme of the application please?

Dinhi ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 18 January 2007

Took a peek, love it--will be fun to chat in real time as apposed to using the site mail. I see the question is posted above and I would like to ask it as well, will there be more "spaces" than the few you have listed? For myself, having a Fractal area and chatting with the many artists as they post would be fantastic!

Ladonna ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 18 January 2007

Okay, for me it do not work. Cant log in. do i need a special software???

rimer ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 18 January 2007

I'm also having problems, I dont know if its my PC, Internet connection or the actual chat program.

coolcatcom ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 20 January 2007

I've tried this else where and it just eats up my ram in no time. You would think that 2 gigs is enough not with is Flash thing. I type a reply and RAM goes to nil. Get rid of it ! It's a no go !

BigRedKane ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 24 January 2007

Well...I don't think much of the flash chat, it don't even work. All I get is the blue background. :-/

VbSparky ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 24 January 2007

same here , dont work. Loading settings ... OK Loading ???? ..... OK starting chat ...... 55% blue background and nothing IE 6.0.2800.1106 Spk1 , Q823358 , Q833989

drawbridgep ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 25 January 2007

Yeah, it has some teething troubles. but it's still pretty new. It's a step in the right direction though. But using a java front end on an IRC channel would have been really cool.

Stan57 ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 27 January 2007

Wont load just like VbSparkys problem. They should have done beta testing or more beta testing

Azharryo ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 31 January 2007

Guess I got a better computer than most, after install , worked perfect, I have 2 gig of ram, 2 gig cpu, everything worked fine,No ram problem, Like to see video chat in private rooms... one on one...

Indoda ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 01 February 2007

Cannot log in.

drawbridgep ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 09 February 2007

If there of you who want to be able to chat all the time, but not run the chat in your browser, there is a 3rd party solution that's available for free. The main advantage of it (to me) is that it takes less resources than a browser, it sits in the system tray all the time for when you need it and I'm less likely to click the wrong thing and close it down. You can check out their website here the ZIP file includes pretty easy instructions (I got up and running in a few minutes). I'm guessing it's only a Windows version.

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