Digsby promises IM performance fixes

I'll believe it when I see it, but Digsby promises a more responsive user interface and lower memory consumption with its next version.

Digsby said Monday that the next version of its multi-network instant-messaging software will be better. That's none too soon for those of us desperate for a better multi-protocol IM program.

I'm a very active IM user, and I've been trying Digsby as the latest possible solution to my problem of incompatible instant-messaging networks . However, a brief honeymoon period was quickly replaced by frustration as my computer began freezing up for literally 30 seconds on some occasions upon arrival of a message from a new chat buddy.

According to Digsby, though, a new version could make me happier.

The new version includes a "major reduction in RAM (memory) usage, fixes for most of the memory leaks, (and) a much more responsive user interface," according to Digsby's blog. "We have bunkered down to fully optimize our codebase."

Memory leaks occur when a program doesn't properly release memory it's no longer using, meaning that it gradually takes up more and more memory even though it's not doing any more work.

Now I wish they'd get copy and paste working better too...

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Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and covers browsers, Web development, digital photography and new technology. In the past he has been CNET's beat reporter for Google, Yahoo, Linux, open-source software, servers and supercomputers. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces.


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