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New Year, New Look!

Dear friends!

We have published the new, refined design of SmartBots webpage on the last day of 2018.  You can see it both on public (docs, blog) and restricted (accounts) pages.

This is not a face-lifting design,  this is a complete rework of the layouts we use.  This work was necessary to make SmartBots 100% mobile-friendly.  This has been a year long task as the website and accounts are supported by 4 different engines and backend, Smartbots is big!

We are proud that all 4 engines are now unified and the mobile layouts are almost complete.  We will release the mobile-friendly version very soon so you can access your bots and groups from any device, with comfort.

Happy New Year to you all, we wish for you, your ventures, your friends, family and all of the Second Life Community, happiness and prosperity as we watch Second Life continue to flourish and grow.

From all of us here at SmartBots

We are thankful, for you!

The festive season is upon us and in the United States this begins with Thanksgiving Day which has been celebrated by many since 1621, traditionally celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year.

Today we wish to join in this festive celebration, to show our gratitude and appreciation for our customers.  Without you all, SmartBots would not be possible.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to you with our thanksgiving gift.

Use CYBER18OFF20 coupon to get 20% discount on all Store purchases!

It is with your continued support, creativity and feedback, that we are able to work with you and improve for you! We are so thankful to you all and appreciate you being part of SmartBots.

With much thanks
The SmartBots Team

New AI autoresponder instead of Pandora

Google API.AI chatbots for Second Life botsAs you may know, SmartBots was using AI chatbots made by Pandorabots.

Pandorabots was a free service at the beginning, but then they switched to a paid model (quite expensive as you may see). However, for several years the old-good free Pandorabot API was working along with a paid version, and our bots were using it. Today, it seems that free features of Pandorabot have gone completely – the old address is not responding anymore.

Meet Google’s API.AI

Thus, we’ve examined the AI chatbots market and decided to switch to Google’s API.AI (https://api.ai/). This is an awesome AI chatbot service which has a single disadvantage compared to Pandorabots: the default chatbot setup is rather dumb and requires training. Well, we will.

Some of SmartBots bots already respond using API.AI, while some are still trying to reach Pandora. This will be solved within a next rolling restart.

Custom AI

As you may know, previously you were able to setup your own AI chatbot with Pandorabots. API.AI also allows using custom chatbots, so you are welcome to create account at https://api.ai/, create your own AI chatbot and train it. Once you are done, please contact us to connect your AI chatbot with SmartBots (this is not an automatic procedure yet but it will).

We are launching the DevPortal

DevPortal - for Second Life developersWe are launching a new SmartBots DevPortal: the blog and forum for SL developers!

DevPortal is the place to discuss scripting, programming and development – mostly related to Second Life and SmartBots, indeed. It is a future heart of SmartBots’ knowledge base for in-world developers.

The very first DevPortal article explains our goals and plans – have a pleasant reading!

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