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  • Beejive Updated to 2.0 - Send and Receive Pics/Audio/More


    During Macworld Beejive released an update to their IM app which caught my attention. Until last week I have mostly avoided any IM applications on the iPhone -- I'm always recieveing files and pictures via IM and not being able to do that on the iPhone has always been annoying. The Beejive IM 2.0 update solved the problem by incorporating send/receive of various file types including pics and audio. It isn't MMS but if you and your friends are always on IM it's a very good alternative. You can even send and receive between iPhones that have Beejive IM installed!

    Playing around a bit revealed that the menus are intuitive for sending and and receiving files. To send just tap the top bar during a conversation once. After you have tapped a menu slides down with various options including buttons to send photos and voice notes. The photos option allows you to either take a picture or select one out of your photo library. Select the voice note feature and the phone automatically starts recording a voice note. You can stop and play back the voice note before you send.



    After you have selected and sent your picture / voice note it is quickly inserted in the conversation for whomever you are chatting with to view. The image/audio is neatly inserted directly in-line the conversation with a little thumbnail. If for some reason you want to check what you sent just tap the arrow next to it with in the conversation to view.



    The update also allows you to receive and view many files types on your iPhone including most image, audio, video files, PDFs, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and Powerpoint documents. They appear in-line and you just tap on them to open and view. What's better is that after you have received files you can forward on to to other people in you IM contact lists easily (why is there no forward of text messages in the iPhone SMS app? come on Apple hire Beejive to do things right or something).

    Of course Beejive IM 2.0 supports many IM protocols including AIM, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber, MSN/Live, Myspace IM, and Yahoo messenger just like the previous version. The sounds and menus are very macish and during testing all day today I have yet to make Beejive crash.

    If you want (in my opinion) the best IM client for the iPhone Beejives 2.0 update makes it the hands down winner. Price $15.99 via the AppStore.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Beejive Updated to 2.0 - Send and Receive Pics/Audio/More started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 39 Comments
    1. danextbanks's Avatar
      danextbanks -
      cool i gotta get the update to this then

      i have a question,do anybody know how to change the sounds within beejive? like everytime i receive an IM, i want the the sound to have the AOL chime to it, thanks
    1. kashfr's Avatar
      kashfr -
      Simply go through the settings from your home screen. Scroll down to the BeeJive program, once you are in the settings for the program scroll down to the sound options and change it to your liking (Default, Yahoo or AIM)...

      Quote Originally Posted by danextbanks View Post
      cool i gotta get the update to this then

      i have a question,do anybody know how to change the sounds within beejive? like everytime i receive an IM, i want the the sound to have the AOL chime to it, thanks
    1. danextbanks's Avatar
      danextbanks -
      im checking that and i dont see the sounds notifications for beejive..is this setting in the 2.0 version?
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by danextbanks View Post
      im checking that and i dont see the sounds notifications for beejive..is this setting in the 2.0 version?
      It's in the Settings app, not within Beejive itself (I think)
    1. hustlersjr's Avatar
      hustlersjr -
      Now you can even use it to send texts. Im gonna get rid of texting. SO i spent 16 on a one time fee instead of 15 a month. So worth it. Download now!!!
    1. reyza's Avatar
      reyza -
      A note too for those getting this...in iPhone settings --> BeeJiveIM, you can set how long you stay logged in for. It has options for up to 24hrs so you can close the app, reboot your phone, whatever, and you will still be online and people can send you messages. When you re-enter the app, those messages show up on your screen. Pretty close to multitasking as you can get without jailbreaking (Backgrounder app).
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      What's so great about BeeJive? I mean, I guess it's better than Palringo, but not for $16. I jailbroke my iPhone and Backgrounder keeps Palringo running in the background, so what more does BeeJive do?
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Beejive sends pics and audio, does palringo do that?
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Yes, Palringo does that (it actually did it even before Beejive had the update)

      The three main differences Beejive has over Palringo:
      1- Keeps you online for up to 24 hours (Palringo goes up to 3 only)
      2- Landscape typing. Actually the entire app/hi tilts and works in landscape (Palringo is rumored to have an update that will bring landscape testing)
      3- Beejive does direct file transfers and can receive and open files (not save though). Palringo can send picture and audio but it actually loads them up to their servers and your friend gets a link to it, it's not a direct transfer.
    1. drgopoos's Avatar
      drgopoos -
      WHen i sent pic through beejive, i still get the link
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      So basically BeeJive is only better in that it keeps you logged in longer (would be useful), lets you type in landscape mode (doesn't help me at all since I prefer portrait), and it allows direct file transfer (really not needed)?

      Thanks, but I'll stick with Palringo.
    1. drgopoos's Avatar
      drgopoos -
      i would recommend palringo too....
      ITs free guys and has nearly all the features
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by drgopoos View Post
      WHen i sent pic through beejive, i still get the link
      You need to change the setting from link to direct transfer in the settings.

      Quote Originally Posted by €hR!$ View Post
      So basically BeeJive is only better in that it keeps you logged in longer (would be useful), lets you type in landscape mode (doesn't help me at all since I prefer portrait), and it allows direct file transfer (really not needed)?

      Thanks, but I'll stick with Palringo.
      It also doesn't require you to make an account with them like Palringo does That said, Palringo is a great free IM app.
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      It also doesn't require you to make an account with them like Palringo does That said, Palringo is a great free IM app.
      So? That was just a one time thing. You create a Palringo account and never have to mess with it again. I'm not about to pay $16 so I won't have to take a whole minute of my time to make a new IM account.

      I'm not trying to argue that Palringo is better than BeeJive, but I just [/s]don't[/s] can't see spending $16 for an app that's almost identical to a free app, other than keeping you logged in longer and direct file transfer.
    1. iChopPryde's Avatar
      iChopPryde -
      Quote Originally Posted by €hR!$ View Post
      So? That was just a one time thing. You create a Palringo account and never have to mess with it again. I'm not about to pay $16 so I won't have to take a whole minute of my time to make a new IM account.

      I'm not trying to argue that Palringo is better than BeeJive, but I just [/s]don't[/s] can't see spending $16 for an app that's almost identical to a free app, other than keeping you logged in longer and direct file transfer.
      I can almost agree with you, the biggest difference between the apps imo is the quality these apps offer I findd Palringo to be kind of heavy and just not as nice looking vs Beejive just looks beautiful and very fast it just seems light and clean with all the features you want it to have. Thats just my opinion I used to use both but Beejive just feels better to use then Palringo.
    1. wePhone's Avatar
      wePhone -
      I want Noodle Boy to explain how pirating an app - makes you an idiot. lol.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by wePhone View Post
      I want Noodle Boy to explain how pirating an app - makes you an idiot. lol.
      Because you're stealing, plain and simple. You can come up with whatever reasons you want, but in the end you're stealing from the hours developers put into their applications. If anyone chooses to charge for their product, that is entirely up to them and the least you can do is respect their decision. If you feel it's too expensive, don't buy it! No one is forcing you to pay for anything and, like discussed in detail so far in this thread, there's always a free alternative for you to use.

      I would almost understand you not wanting to pay for Photoshop or some other big expensive PC suite of software (and even then there's plenty of free alternatives like Gimp or Avia.ry) but in this particular case, we're talking about iPhone apps.

      Beejive is probably one of the highest costing mainstream apps on the store at $16. You could skip going to the movies one day (just ONE day) and save more money than that. You can skip going to a fast food 2-3 times and make yourself a sandwhich and you'll have enough money for it. You can save $.50 a day and in a month you can buy the app.

      So saying it's too expensive is a stupid excuse. It all comes down whether you want to pay the price set by the developer or not. If you don't, then that's all right. Again, no one if forcing you. But "too expensive" isn't an excuse when you spent a minimum of $200 for the phone that uses these apps and god knows how much more on the contract (unless you're unlocked and using a cheap-o plan and even THEN you have enough money to pay for Beejive).

      It's why I'm so easily angered by pirates. They simply have no respect for property (digital software IS property whether you like to think it or not). And at the rate pirating is increasing nowadays, it's only going to get worse for everyone in the long run.
    1. wePhone's Avatar
      wePhone -
      But that doesn't make you an IDIOT.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by wePhone View Post
      But that doesn't make you an IDIOT.
      I suppose it doesn't. Only people trying to justify it come off as idiots, that's about it.