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JoshWho Chat uses the XMPP protocol to act as a Great communication tool and collaboration tool as well.

To use our service you will have to download a XMPP messenger Chat client. Any will work as long as it can do XMPP.

We prefer to use SPARK because we have video chat that works with it.

Spark 2.9.5

Cross-platform real-time collaboration client optimized for business and organizations.

Choose your platform:

Windows:

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icon winspark_2_9_5-20210108.exe Online installation, does not include Java JRE 2021-01-07 22:18 54M
Because this is not a mainstream product Microsoft tries to scare you from using it but I assure you the file is safe and can be tested by any antivirus your self to see. You will see a screen like this: screen1
Simply click More Info and then click Install or Run.
Linux:
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spark_2_9_5-20210108.rpm RPM for Red Hat Linux and variants 2021-01-07 22:18 55M
icon debianspark_2_9_5-20210108.deb Debian package, no Java JRE 2021-01-07 22:18 55M
MAC:
spark_2_9_5-20210108-with-jre.dmg Requires OSX 10.6.7 or higher (includes Java JRE) 2021-01-07 22:17 102M
spark_2_9_5-20210108.dmg Requires OSX 10.6.7 or higher 2021-01-07 22:18 54M

Once you have that downloaded you need to make a chat id. Go to https://www.joshwhochat.com/ and click Signup to make a chat account.

Open up the Spark messenger and in the field that says Domain add: chat.joshwho.net                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also remember, logins are case sensitive to lowercase so no matter what your name is log in using all lowercase letters or it will say it is wrong.

 

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Now once you have created your name go ahead and login in. Should be good to go.
Search for other users in the bottom by name.
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If you are unable to make a chat name just send me an email to [email protected] and tell me what you want your chat ID to be and I will email you back.
Also remember, logins are case sensitive to lowercase so no matter what your name is log in using all lowercase letters or it will say it is wrong.

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After double clicking the new chat.joshwho.net service you will see a room list appear

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Note: Spark offers several special features not described in this short guide (like Fastpath and additional plugins).

Getting started

  1. Start Spark.
  2. Enter your login information, then click Login.
  3. Also remember, logins are case sensitive to lowercase so no matter what your name is log in using all lowercase letters or it will say it is wrong.

If your server supports it, you can create a new account by clicking Accounts button and entering the information for your new account.

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Note: as of 2.8.1 version Server field has been renamed to Domain.

Main window

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Main window (also called Roster or Contacts window) shows a menu on top, which allows to access Preferences, edit your profile and do various actions like adding contacts, customizing view. Bookmarks menu will also show up in there when a user will add bookmarks. Below the menu Spark shows an avatar selected by a user, his name and his current status. In the middle there is a section showing user’s contacts. Green bubble represent Online users (gray are for Offline users, Away users are yellow and DND are red). At the bottom of the window there is a search field to find new contacts (not to search among the already added ones). A little lock icon shows if your Spark is logged in using a secure encrypted connection (lock means SSL\TLS).

Filling out your profile

You can fill out your personal information (Name, Occupation, Phone numbers) by going into menu File and selecting Edit my profile… entry. You can also set your avatar there in the Avatar tab.

Adding contacts

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  1. Select Contacts menu and the Add contact item.

 

  1. Enter your contact’s information. In the Add Contact dialog, enter the contact’s username. This will look like an email address. That’s how XMPP user names work.
  2. Select or enter the name of the group you want to add the contact to, then click Add.

If you decide you’d rather have a contact in another group, simply right-click their name, point to Move to, then click the name of the group you want to move them to. You can create groups in the same manner. Note that in some setups shared groups may be set by a server’s administrator so contacts are populated automatically and a user doesn’t have to add them manually (usually in a corporate environment).

Changing your status

To change your status press the expand icon near the Online status just below your name and select one available or create and apply a custom one. Note that in some cases your status will change automatically (e.g. Away after a set time of being idle).

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Sending messages

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Spark is using tabs to present separate one to one chats or group chats. In the top left corner of a window you can see your contact’s avatar (if he has set one), name, occupation, email address. On the right there is a toolbar letting you check contact’s profile, start a group chat automatically inviting that user, send files, send screenshot, view complete chat history. This toolbar can also show additional buttons enabled by plugins. Like OTR button in the above example. In the middle of a window you can see the old (before the line) and current history. Usually it shows 20 last messages, but this can be disabled in the Preferences. At the bottom there is a field to put your message in (pressing Enter will send your message). Above the input field there is an emoticon picker, spellchecker button and a ‘buzz’ (or ‘nudge’) button, which allows to draw an attention of your contact by shaking his/her window. On the right there is a little button with a red cross, which allows setting the chat window to show always on top of other windows.

Sending broadcast messages

You can broadcast a message to everyone on your contact list by going into menu Actions and selecting the Broadcast message option. In there you can select whole Roster, individual users or groups, enter you message and send it to selected users. Alternatively you can select a subset of people you want to broadcast to by holding the CTRL key and clicking on their names in the contacts list (on the Macintosh, hold the Command key), then right-clicking and selecting Send broadcast to selected users… You can also right-click the group’s name and select Broadcast message to group.

Sending files

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Files can be sent from the chat window by using the Send file button on the toolbar or just dragging files into a chat window. One can also right-click a contact in the list and select Send a file option. When a user gets a request to receive a file, he has to accept it. After the file has been received a user can press Open or Open folder to access that file.

Using group conferences

Using group chat can be an alternative to scheduling a meeting. To start a group chat click the Actions menu, then click Start a conference option. You can set a name for a temporary group chat room, select users to invite and start a conference. To join an existing room go to Actions menu and select the Join conference room entry. In the room browser you will be able to browse existing rooms, bookmark and join them.

Tip: You can also start a conference by selecting the names of people in your contact list, right-clicking one of them, then clicking Start a conference.

Using Voice Chat

We have a new Voice Video Chat addon that compares to Zoom and allows you to share screens and Videos and also Live stream to YouTube Directly.

  1. Just go to the Bookmarks tab and Click Video Conferencing Web Client 122. Create a room name and sign in using your username and password you created for chat.

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3. Now share the link to the chat with other members on the messenger for them to join.

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Also you can Click the P button in the message and that will also launch a conference window.

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Useful tips

Press Ctrl+F (while in the contacts or chat window) and start filling the name. It will automatically filter out from all of your contacts. This is a fast way to find a contact in a huge roster.

Press Ctrl+T (only works in a roster window) – it will show frequent contacts, the people you chat most with.

Press Ctrl+E (only works in a roster window) – it will show a list of users you had conversations with recently. A quick way to find whom you were talking with recently, if you can’t remember the name.

Pressing Ctrl+Space after you enter a few characters of someone’s name in the group chat will complete the name automatically.

If a contact you want to talk to is Away (or even Offline) and you want to know right away when he is available. Right-click such contact and select Alert when user is available. Spark will open a chat windows with that contact once he gets Online. Note: Spark will remember this task only until it is turned off.