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Envolve Chat Integration Module
Mod Version: 2.01, by andrew.lee (Member) andrew.lee is offline
Developer Last Online: Nov 2011 I like it Show Printable Version Email this Page

vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (16 votes - 4.69 average) Installs: 83
Released: 17 Dec 2010 Last Update: 13 Jul 2011 Downloads: 665
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About the Envolve Chat Plugin
This module will connect your vBulletin forum to Envolve chat. Envolve is a chat toolbar similar to Facebook's chat bar that allows your users to have group and one-on-one chats with each other while browsing your forums.

This mod requires an API key from Envolve in order to function. Visit http://www.envolve.com to get one. A free version is available that provides a full feature set for up to 25 concurrent users. Higher numbers of chatters require a paid account.

This mod integrates your forum's account system with Envolve so that when users are logged into your vBulletin site it also logs them into the chat. In addition, it integrates your profile pictures / avatars and profile information. With the 2.0 release of the mod, other users can now view your profile information and get a link to your profile simply by placing their mouse over your name.

The Envolve chat system is a rich solution for community chat. Some of its features include group chat (both public and private), one-on-one chat, the ability to pop chats out into their own windows, moderation controls (boot / block / ban / timed ban), chat message translation, resizable chat windows, chat sharing, and drag-and-drop chat invitations. As a hosted solution, all chat traffic is handled by Envolve's servers and will not place any additional load on your server.

Installation:
Detailed installation instructions can be found here:
https://www.envolve.com/docs/vbulletin-chat-plugin.html. They are also provided in the Readme.txt file.
You can see and try out the chat at http://www.envolve.com.

This version of the mod will work for both vBulletin 4.x and vBulletin 3.8.x.

Screenshots:
Here the "People List" can be seen open in the lower right hand corner of the page. This shows all users who are currently viewing the forum. This site owner has chosen to only allow logged-in users to chat.


Here a public group chat has been opened, and the user has moused-over another user to see his profile information.


Here a user is creating a new group chat that will be shown to the other users on the site. He has also "popped-out" the "General" chat into its own window.

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Old 10 Feb 2014, 22:24
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Still no support for emoticons?
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Old 03 Jun 2014, 13:24
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Lately Envolve has been having a lot of technical problems. The chat will freeze for long periods of time, unexpectedly. My members have started to complain about this.

Based on what's happening (or not happening) on the Envolve website, it looks like there is little to no innovation with this project, and that the creators have largely moved on to something else.
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Old 15 Jul 2014, 15:51
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Originally Posted by del Drago View Post
Lately Envolve has been having a lot of technical problems. The chat will freeze for long periods of time, unexpectedly. My members have started to complain about this.

Based on what's happening (or not happening) on the Envolve website, it looks like there is little to no innovation with this project, and that the creators have largely moved on to something else.
It sucks because my site's members and I really like this chat system but it does freeze a lot and I see no updated files or anything to fix this ..
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Old 15 Sep 2014, 21:28
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just a quick note, while I love envolve chat, their webpage now says they aren't accepting new users, and their facebook page hasn't been updated since 2013.
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Old 16 Sep 2014, 04:21
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Originally Posted by visageiii View Post
just a quick note, while I love envolve chat, their webpage now says they aren't accepting new users, and their facebook page hasn't been updated since 2013.
Yes, very disappointing because the last few months it has really gotten bad, their servers are always going down and there is no support at all ...
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Old 16 Sep 2014, 08:49
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I got this email from them this morning:

Dear Envolve Customer -

I'm writing to inform you that the Envolve chat service will be shutting down on September 30th. Read on for details and what replacements for Envolve are available.

We’ve chosen to sunset Envolve in order to focus entirely on Firebase, our developer platform. Over the last 3 years, Firebase has grown tremendously and is now the focus of our engineering team and business. As a result, we haven't been able to give enough attention and maintainance to Envolve.

After some careful deliberation, we reached the conclusion that our Envolve customers will be better served by switching to another chat service. This was a difficult decision for us, but we believe it is the best outcome for everyone. Other chat services are now more full-featured, are better maintained, and have support on more platforms.

Therefore, on September 30th, 2014, all Envolve services will be discontinued. The chat widget will no longer load, and you will no longer be able to log in to the Envolve.com website. To ensure your continued privacy, we will be deleting all account information and chat histories at this time as well.
If you've been happy with Envolve and want to continue with a drop-in chat solution for your site, we recommend switching to ChatCat (Live Demo). ChatCat is a new service designed to replace Envolve. It's currently in beta and you can sign up immediately on the ChatCat website. Email [email protected] for detailed instructions on how to get started. The beta will be opening to the public on September 22nd.
We think you'll find ChatCat a great replacement that provides the same easy installation and a similar interface to Envolve. Note that ChatCat is operated independently and is not affiliated with our company.

If you’re a software engineer and would prefer a fully custom chat solution, we recommend trying FireChat, our Firebase-powered open-source chat module, or using Firebase directly to build your own chat solution.

If you're a paying customer, you should have already received another email from us at the end of August notifying you that your subscription was canceled and your credit card would not be charged again.

Thank you for being a loyal user! We sincerely appreciate your support and feedback over the last 4 years. We want to make this transition as smooth as possible, so please email us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Happy chatting,

Andrew, James and the Envolve Team
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Old 16 Sep 2014, 15:28
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I got it too Dave lol ... sucks ..oh well ...
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Old 16 Sep 2014, 15:31
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Old 20 Sep 2014, 12:08
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ChatCat is also available for vbulletin 4?
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ChatCat is also available for vbulletin 4?
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Old 16 Dec 2014, 22:32
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I prefer to use ArrowChat, it works well for what we use it for.
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Old 10 Feb 2015, 12:29
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Originally Posted by Kesha View Post
I prefer to use ArrowChat, it works well for what we use it for.
Is there a Vbulletin plug in and does it integrate well? We need Vbulletin user integration, a chatbox in the footer and usergroup tie in.
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