NextShout 2.2 Released – Fast, Bandwidth-Efficient Shoutbox Add-On for vBulletin

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Omega Vortex Corporation today announced the immediate availability of version 2.2 of NextShout, a fast and bandwidth-efficient add-on for the vBulletin forum software. This is the first publicly available version of the software, and includes many features to enhance the experience for vBulletin forum administrators.

NextShout was originally designed to provide a fast and responsive shoutbox, with a good number of features and an emphasis on the reduction of bandwidth. Data is only fully loaded by a user's browser once, afterwards only loading what has changed. This massively reduces the amount of bandwidth required by the shoutbox, compared to other products which refresh all the data on each load.

Omega Vortex Corporation today released version 2.2 of its NextShout product, a fast and bandwidth-efficient shoutbox add-on for the vBulletin forum software. This public release includes features that make it easy for site owners to administrate and visitors to use.

NextShout was designed from the ground up to be the most bandwidth-efficient and easy to use shoutbox add-on on the market. NextShout combines technologies like Ajax and JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) for exceptional efficiency. NextShout only returns information based on what has updated since the last refresh, and it does so using JSON objects that are rendered on the client-side. This is faster and far more bandwidth-efficient than responses that send XML or HTML for rendering.

Steven Harris, Chief Technology Officer and the Software Architect for NextShout, gives an overview of the NextShout concept: "NextShout was originally designed to provide a fast and responsive shoutbox, with a good number of features and an emphasis on the reduction of bandwidth. Data is only fully loaded by a user's browser once, afterwards only loading what has changed. This massively reduces the amount of bandwidth required by the shoutbox, compared to other products which refresh all the data on each load."

"The most important design decision that was made for NextShout was limiting the bandwidth use as much as possible," says Jeremy Privett, Omega Vortex’s Chief Software Architect. "Other comparable solutions do things like passing full HTML responses across requests, or place the shoutbox within its own frame on the page and constantly refresh that frame. Both of these are extremely inefficient and the cost adds up, over time."

"As a forum owner myself, NextShout has been a wonderful breath of fresh air. We have tried other, similar products in the past and they have all used anywhere from three to four times as much bandwidth on my server than our current NextShout installation. This has saved me quite a lot of money in bandwidth costs that I have been able to use on things to improve my community," says Sean Hawkins, General Manager of Omega Vortex and Owner of the Anfiniti Network.

For a complete list of features included in version 2.2 of NextShout, please visit http://www.omegavortex.net/software/nextshout/features.php.

To purchase a NextShout license, visit http://www.omegavortex.net/software/nextshout/.

For further information about NextShout, please contact Jeremy Privett.

About Omega Vortex:
Incorporated in September of 2007, and bootstrapped through its consulting division, Omega Vortex has established its place as a leading provider of custom development and consulting services. With continued steady growth, Omega Vortex is starting to focus on its core business, changing the way people think about web applications.

For more information, visit the company’s website at http://www.omegavortex.net

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