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Announcements, roadmap and promotions for GigaAI framework & ecosystem.

May 21, 2017

Giga AI V3 Roadmap

It has been 13 months since Facebook released Messenger Bot and 7 months since V2 released. We've added so many features and breaking changes. It's time to move forward, instead of release v2.4, we'll work harder to craft V3.

Planned Features & Breaking Changes:

  • Payment.
  • Message Template which you can build messages and import to nodes.
  • Skype & Telegram driver.
  • Wit.ai integration.
  • Import / Export.
  • Mailchimp Integration.
  • Reactive Webview (Maybe switch to React).
  • $bot->typing() method which mimic human typing.
  • $bot->understands() method which check if node defined or not.
  • $bot->cc() method which you can cc a message.
  • Better profile shortcode so we can fetch any fields included meta data. For example: [user field="shipping_date"].
  • Geo Parsing.
  • Requires PHP >= 5.6.
May 9, 2017

Giga Messenger v2.3.1 Released

V2.3.1 has some minor patch and fixed the migration bug which cause error during plugin installation. If you're subscriber, please login and download via Dashboard. Here is the full change logs:

  • Improvement: Only cache the payload if it's postback.
  • Improvement: Add Cancel button next to Save Changes in Bot Builder.
  • Improvement: Clear Messenger Profile cache after update.
  • Improvement: List can only add 1 last button.
  • Fix: Migration error in MySQL strict mode.
  • Fix: Quick replies doesn't show.
  • Fix: Plugin typos.
May 6, 2017

We need you back

Three days ago, our Paypal & Gumroad account has been locked due to some fraud payments. They don't provide much info, we don't know what payment is fraud so we need to refund to all subscribers recently and we'll need some days to wait them verify our account.

Of course, no one want to wait, so Gary contacted Paddle and FastSpring to provide payment service to replace Paypal and Gumroad. Now we'll have two payment vendors so when one down, we have another to replace.

We really sorry for all inconvenience when you all got refund, we hope you back, with all the kindness.

We've reduced the price (-$10 for each item) until May 20th.

Can't wait to see you back!

Giga AI

Apr 22, 2017

Moving Business away from CodeCanyon

Hi Guys,

We've moved our business to our website. It's a hard decision because setup things like Payment system, support and business campaign is touch. With CodeCanyon, we don't have to care much about finding customers, but it's on our part, the biggest reason is, we want to bring better experience for people who want to try our product, so we can get more customers, to be transparent, we'll let you know about them:

Simple, Faster Purchasing

  • When we sell item on CodeCanyon, customers who visit or website have to click on purchase button to redirect to CC, then if they don't have an account, they have to register one, setup billing info, purchase with extra +$2 for deposit if their account has no balance yet. We don't even know how many people quit after these steps because we have no tracking for it.

  • Now we use Gumroad to manage payment, you only need to fill your email address, password and select payment type you want, we do support Credit Cards and Paypal.

Product Updating

On CodeCanyon, if we want to push an update, we'll have to wait for their approval. This have both upsides and downsides, the good is they've tried to protect their customers, the bad is, when we have an urgent fix, we still have to wait.

Refunding

On CodeCanyon, when you want to get refund, you'll need to create a ticket and wait for approval from us and CC staff. Now you can go to your Gumroad account and just hit cancel.

Author & Buyer Protection

CC offer a good buyer protection via their rating system and author badges so you can find a good author. We want to do it better, we still offer a public, trusted rating via WordPress.org, our payment lets you cancel within 30 days without any reason, so you take the highest confident when buying from us.

One thing we really don't like about CC is author protection, when we run the the first product, someone (who doesn't buy our product) leaves an offense comment and reported us about license and said that we've stolen the code from a JS github example repo because he saw we both use the same sample image from Facebook. Envato staff immediately shutdown our item without looking into it. After 3 days with dozen emails, our product has back, but the horrible thing is, we've lost change to become weekly top product, when people searching our product, they'll see 404 page with our opponent products recommendation.

Our Own Marketing Campaign, Future Affiliate

On CodeCanyon, we can't setup the price, coupon code for a set of user, now we can. Their affiliate system doesn't good because they only pay for the first purchase. We've decided to run our own and create affiliate campaign on Q3. Contact us if you interested it.

What Happen With Your Envato Account?

If you've purchased our item via Envato, you'll still get update and support until the license expired, please go to Dashboard and verify as you're buyer via your license key within 30 days because we'll totally remove our product on CodeCanyon.

Best regards,

Gary

Apr 22, 2017

Giga Messenger Bots v2.3 Released

Giga Messenger Bots v2.3 (Frankfurt) is now available via Download page. If you're already member, please login to download.

Version 2.3 includes a variety of new features and improvements, a complete list of them can be found on Changelogs page, here is some highlight stuff:

Multiple Pages

This feature lets you manage unlimited Facebook pages at one place, you can also share across all pages. This helps you save time and effort.

New Messenger Profile

As Facebook Messenger Platform 1.4 introduces Messenger Profile to replace their Thread Settings, we've updated to fully compatibility with them.

Greeting Text

You can now set greeting text for different locales, you can also use their template to display visitor name in greeting text.

Persistent Menu

Persistent Menu now supports up to 3 nested levels, the first level can contains 3 items, the remaining can have up to 5 items. You can set different menu for each locales. You can also disable sending message for each locale (so visitor can only use persistent menu to interact with your bot).

Update Leads based on their sent data

Before 2.3, when you want to ask for people email and save it to DB, you'll have to use our API to write some piece of code, to simply this step, we have new feature for that.

Mar 21, 2017

Pricing and Website updates

As you can see, we've just updated some website elements. Currently, we sell Giga Messenger Bots on Envato CodeCanyon at $39 for Regular license and $99 for Extended license with 6 months update and support.

When purchasing our items on CodeCanyon, you'll have to create an account, verify your email address, pay with extra $2 for deposit with a complex form. That's too much.

As a buyer, we want a shortest step for buy the product, so we'll move the payment to our website and use Gumroad to manage our payment. From April 19th, to buy our product, just hit the Purchase button, enter your email, fill your payment info (we do support Credit Cards and Paypal), and done!

New Pricing

After April 19th, we'll have 3 different plans: Express, Personal and Business.

  • The Express edition is totally free and you can download directly on WordPress plugin repository.
  • The Personal edition ($39/year) have more premium features like Subscriptions & Notifications, Account Linking... and you can install it on 1 website.
  • The Business edition ($99/year) currently exactly same as Personal but you'll get high priority support, installation service and can install it on unlimited websites.

What happens with my Envato license?

You can continue use your Envato license, if you bought Regular license ($29), you'll be converted to Personal edition ($39), if you bought Extended license, you'll be converted to Business edition ($99).

We're still focusing to update our framework to compatibility with the latest Messenger Platform. Try to bring it to you soon.

Jan 22, 2017

Create Facebook Messenger Bot with free and powerful WordPress plugin

Facebook has introduced Messenger Bot about 10 months ago. At the time they released this platform, as the enthusiast PHP developers, we developed a messenger bot library called Facebook Messenger Bots for PHP and sell it on CodeCanyon.

At the first version, this library is only provide one feature: response people message automatically, with only one method: $bot->answer($ask, $answers);

After more than 8 months with many updates, we proud to become an ultimate marketing tool, not only Messenger Bot solution. You'll have a plugin with seamless experience, many marketing feature like CRM, Subscriptions & Notifications management, Account Linking, Intended Action, etc.

Today, we'd love to share this plugin to everyone, without any penny. Yes, we've pushed Express version on WordPress plugin repository.

Download for Free

What's different with pro version on Envato? This free Express edition won't have Account Linking, Subscription & Notifications management. They're use the same Messenger Bot Framework.

Jan 6, 2017

Giga Messenger Bots v2.2 - Chiba

Version 2.2 (Chiba) has landed, this version is focusing on Subscription & Notifications system, we also improved the UX, fixed some small UI bugs. We also introduce Node Stream, which makes our bot better than others.

About Subscriptions & Notifications

Prior to 2.2, you have to write code & hook into giga_pre_run in order to sending notification, it's also hard to setup notification routines, you have to setup cronjobs by yourself.

Since 2.2, things will be thousand times easier, we have a point and click GUI to do everything. In short, you have a seamless panel to manage subscribers, create subscription messages, managing routines... all without touching code.

What the heck is Node Stream?

By default, a bot can answers many times per lead message (many rows in messenger). Prior to 2.2, in Builder, we can only add answers, in order to do other jobs like saving lead data, we have to use Giga API, yep, it's powerful but need you touching code.

Since 2.2, Node Stream was born to help you put other action to your bot, not only answer lead. For example, when lead text "subscribe", you can let him becomes a subscriber and then send him a message.

Support German

Special thank to Thomas from M-Factory which helps us translate Giga Messenger Bots to German.

So Giga Messenger Bots is available in English and German now. We hope you can help us translate this plugin to your language. We'll extends +1 year subscription for you.

Change Logs

Here is the full change logs:

  • New: Subscription & Notifications Builder
  • New: Node Stream. You can update leads automatically via Bot Builder.
  • New: Session management
  • New: Support German. Credit: Thomas Sator https://m-factory.de
  • Improvement: Tweak the Bot Builder UI
  • Improvement: Use Session::flash() for better display messages.
  • Fix: Storage::set() method doesn't works with meta data.
  • Fix: Text matching wrong in some case
  • Fix: Thread Settings doesn't update when you don't save in that tab
Jan 6, 2017

New Website & Plan for Giga AI

2016 was a big year for Giga AI since the project was born. We've been focusing on the code base and created many awesomeness features, also wrote straightforward documentation so everyone can follow it easily.

Let's make 2017 be greater by doing something fun. We've improved UX for the website, added blog, changed the logo.

We'll keep adding cool features to Giga AI project in this year, keep it simple but still powerful. Since Artificial Intelligence is still in early age, Facebook Messenger Bot still quite new for everyone. This needs many effort and it can't be done without your support.

Thanks for supporting us, have an awesome new year with AI.