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Counterparty Update, April 24: CoinDaddy Hosting Counterwallet, Foundation Community Directors Elected, New Product Versions & More

From the Foundation The blockchain-based election for three Counterparty Foundation community director seats ended last week with the community choosing Robert Ross, Devon Weller and Chris Derose as their representatives. In the following weeks the board will hold meetings and discussions and agree on the next steps for the foundation. Meeting minutes will be made publicly available and all decisions explained in the upcoming foundation’s blog posts.

From the CommunityCoinDaddy, the crypto 2.0 services company behind the CounterpartyChain blockchain explorer announced the release of public Counterwallet servers for Mainnet (https://counterwallet.coindaddy.io)  and Testnet (https://counterwallet-testnet.coindaddy.io) which will be kept up to date with the latest versions of Counterwallet, Counterparty and Counterblock. In addition to hosting the wallets, the CoinDaddy team has set up public servers for developers to interact with Counterparty and Counterblock without the need to set up their own counterparty server. Development servers are available at https://coindaddy.io/public-development-servers,  and like the wallets support both mainnet and testnet and will be kept up to date with the latest versions of Counterparty and Counterblock. Community director Chris DeRose released a new version of his counterparty-ruby gem, v1.1. The new release no longer requires a counterparty server and uses vennd.io servers by default. Here are all changes included in v1.1:

  1. Minor Updates to support changes in counterpartyd 1.1

  2. Removed support for relaying transactions through counterparty

  3. Implemented bitcoin-ruby based transaction signing

  4. Added a blockr.io library for relaying signed transactions via http

  5. save() syntax now requires that a private key be provided to persist transactions

  6. Default test and production counterparty servers were changed to the vennd.io public servers Robert Ross and the FoldingCoin team published two new videos explaining how to use dividend and broadcast features in Counterwallet. You can access the videos here.

Development Updates This week the Counterparty development team released new versions of counterparty-lib, v9.51.1, counterparty-cli, v1.1.1 and Counterwallet, v1.6.3. counterparty-lib is an incremental upgrade with bug fixes and performance optimizations, while the new version of counterparty-cli includes fixed broadcast command, cleaner default config files and support for new configuration parameters: no-check-asset-conservation, rpc-batch-size, requests-timeout. Besides bug fixes, the new version of Counterwallet includes using OP_RETURN and removed chat. The decision to remove the chat from Counterwallet was based on that fact it wasn’t regularly monitored so most of the issues reported would go unnoticed (unresolved). A better alternative is to use the support channel for any issues and the forum for discussions. That concludes our update for this week. If you have any questions you can contact us via our support channel, gitter, forum or github. Don’t forget to follow us on social media and subscribe to our newsletter to receive weekly updates via email.

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