Online help is a continuously updated section of the website.
In this first phase I will go to get the closed tickets on SourceForge and I will turn them into support sections.
If there were any special requests you can open a ticket on SourceForge (see below how to do it).
Any help is always welcome to make this guide a reference point for those who want to use BeeBEEP.
I'm sorry, but for lack of time, some of these resources are only in English.
Last updated on Jun 14th, 2019.
How to install BeeBEEP on your operating system.
BeeBEEP is released in multiple versions to meet the needs of as many operating systems as possible.
Installer (beebeep-setup-x.y.z.exe): BeeBEEP will be installed in the programs folder
and the rules in Windows Firewall will be created automatically at the end of the installation.
Portable (beebeep-x.y.z.zip): the portable version of BeeBEEP contains all the application
files in its compressed folder. You can unzip the folder in the place you prefer, for example in the Program Files folder,
in Documents or in your usb key to have it always with you.
For this type of version there are 2 packages, one for Windows XP and the other for the most recent versions
of the Microsoft operating system (Windows 10, 8 and 7).
Linux and Raspberry
BeeBEEP for Linux is released on this website in the 32 and 64 bit version with an installation
package in the .tar.gz format. To install the portable package follow the instructions below.
Download the right version for your Linux system (32 or 64 bits).
Uncompress the package in your favorite folder.
From a terminal add executable permission to the application: # chmod +x /beebeep-folder/beebeep
Check BeeBEEP dependencies and install packages if needed.
For Debian like distro as Ubuntu: # sudo apt-get install libqt4-dev libqt4-xml libxcb-screensaver0 libavahi-compat-libdnssd1 libphonon4 libhunspell-dev phonon-backend-gstreamer
Installation is very simple for MacOSX. Download the package from the download page and double-click on it.
The system will decompress the installation file and bring up the BeeBEEP icon.
Drag and drop the icon to the "Applications" folder.
To start BeeBEEP for the first time, remember to click on the icon with the CMD button pressed
to tell Apple that you are opening a program that you really want to start.
OS/2 and eComStation
BeeBEEP for OS/2 is distributed in two modes:
as compressed package that you have to download and manually install; if prerequisites are required, you will have to manually install them too;
as RPM package; you can install it using your favorite rpm package manager, that will take care to download and install both the software and its prerequisites.
You can find more information on the ECSoft/2 webpage thanks to Elbert Pol who maintains it.
Why is a security message shown when you launch BeeBEEP for the first time?
BeeBEEP is not a digitally signed application and operating systems like Windows or MacOSX
warn users against using software without a digital signature.
I fully understand their reasons but a digital certificate has a cost per year and you need
one for Microsoft and one for Apple. BeeBEEP is a free software and I wouldn't even have
to pay to distribute it.
So, be careful and download BeeBEEP from trusted sites.
For the rest, I'm sure you will understand my point of view and you won't mind doing one
or two more clicks to launch BeeBEEP the first time.
How to update BeeBEEP to the new version with compressed package (zip or similar).
BeeBEEP is a portable application. The installation package of each new version contains only the application files.
To update just unzip the files directly in the BeeBEEP folder by overwriting the old versions.
The files with preferences and messages will not be affected by the process.
In fact they are saved in separate files called beebeep.ini and beebeep.dat which will not be overwritten
during the update.
How to enable spell checking in BeeBEEP chats.
Starting with version 3.0.3, you can enable spell checking on BeeBEEP.
It is necessary to have a dictionary compatible with the Hunspell library (for example those distributed with LibreOffice).
You can follow these steps to install a dictionary in BeeBEEP: