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Battle.net Desktop app
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Battle.net Desktop app a new login UI and more
Developer(s)Blizzard Entertainment
Publisher(s)Blizzard Entertainment
Release date(s)last update 9-Jul-2014; Beta - 4-Dec-2013[1]
Version1.1.5.4826 (Release?)
PlatformsMS Windows, Mac OS
Genre(s)Application

In mid-June 2013, Blizzard announced testing of the Battle.net desktop app and it was released as a Beta in mid-August 2013.[2] It appears to be a unified version of Blizzard Launcher for all of their games. It has a UI that resembles the more minimalist design of the Battle.net web site as compared with the more textured UI of the game-specific launcher. This replaces the launcher for all Blizzard games, and works similar to the current launchers, with background updates, repair tool, and more.

The Battle.net EULA (End-User License Agreement) was updated around August 1, 2013 to go with this new app.

Around version 1.1.0, the term "Beta" was removed from the app and related web pages, but Blizzard never officially announce the Beta was ending or a release.

Unlike the game clients, patch notes are not regularly given out. So far patch notes have only been posted for v1.0.9.

Features Edit

  • Unified login
  • Cross-game friends list
    • A list of your BattleTag and RealID friends is now shown in a small window in the client.
  • Online/offline modes
  • Chat (added in Beta 1.1.0.4381)
    • Chat is now enabled and you are able to chat with your BattleTag and RealID friends without starting a game.
  • News (and info)
    • Tabs to view information on all Blizzard games, patch notes, and promotions, as well as news and blogs written by Blizzard CMs.
  • Shop - Basically Battle.net Shop in desktop app.
  • Forums (NYI) - ?
  • Profiles (NYI) - ?
  • Bnetapp-gear Settings
    • Many options for all games, including game installation, security options, game updates, Battle.net desktop app specifics, and network details.
  • Installing one of the three games when they are not installed yet. The installation can be queued, meaning that if you press the INSTALL button of two games after eachother, the games will be installed in that order
  • The app is not dismissed when launching a game. It will continue running;
  • It can be minimized to Windows' System tray. It can be resized and maximized.

1.1.5 known issues Edit

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1.1.5 known changes Edit

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1.1.4 known issues Edit

From "Known Issues 1.1.4 [Updated 06/10/14]" blue post[3]
Known Issues
  • In some rare cases the Desktop App may display a blinking cursor in a text entry field when it does not currently have focus.
  • When reconnecting to the Desktop App users may receive a large amount of Battle.net Friend toasts.
  • In some rare cases tool updates may not patch after the computer has been asleep for less than an hour.
  • In some rare cases the first attempt to log in to the Desktop App may fail even when correct credentials are entered.
Mac Specific
  • The Friend list window may not restore to the last displayed size and position.
  • In some rare cases, right clicking on a friend in the Now Playing widget may cause the context menu to not display correctly.

1.1.4 known changes Edit

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1.1.3 known issues Edit

From "Known Issues 1.1.3 [Updated 05/27/14]" blue post[4]
Known Issues
  • In some rare cases the App may display a blinking cursor in a text entry field when it does not currently have focus.
  • In some rare cases the App may not prompt the user to restart after a client patch has been downloaded.
  • When reconnecting to the App users may receive toasts for all online Battle.net friends.
  • Opening a chat window in the App between two users who have chat history may not open to the end of the conversation.
  • In some rare cases updates may not start after the computer has been asleep for less than an hour.
  • In some rare cases the first attempt to log in to the App may fail even when correct credentials are entered.
  • Users with custom window skins installed may find the App unresponsive.
Mac Specific
  • The install flow window may remain dim after closing the "Choose a Folder" dialog.
  • The Friend list window may not restore to the last displayed size and position.

1.1.3 known changes Edit

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1.1.2 known issues Edit

From "Known Issues 1.1.2 [Updated 05/02/14]" blue post[5]
Known Issues
  • In some rare cases the online status for the Desktop App may not display correctly in some game clients.
  • When reconnecting to the Desktop App users may receive a large amount of Battle.net Friend toasts.
  • The Online status for users in the Desktop App may return from Away to Online automatically without user input.
  • The log in window may appear to not be centered on the desktop when initially launched.
  • Opening a chat window in the Desktop App between two users who have chat history may not open to the end of the conversation.
  • After restarting the Desktop App following a patch the game tab may change from the last game selected by the user.
  • In some rare cases repairs may not begin automatically after a scan has completed.
  • Users with custom window skins installed may find the Desktop App unresponsive.
Mac Specific
  • The Install Flow window may remain dim after closing the “Choose a Folder” dialog.
  • The Friend list window may not restore to the last displayed size and position.

1.1.2 known changes Edit

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1.1.1 known issues Edit

From "Known Issues 1.1.1 [Updated 04/10/14]" blue post[6]
  • In some rare cases Battle.net may change the selected game account in the drop down after a network interruption.
  • Some friends listed in the Now Playing Widget may not correctly display their in-game status.
  • In some rare cases Battle.net may use an excessive amount of memory.
  • The log in window may appear to not be centered on the desktop when initially launched.
  • In some rare cases tools patches may not begin when waking the computer from sleep of less than an hour.
  • After restarting Battle.net following a patch the game tab may change from the last game selected by the user.
  • In some rare cases repairs may not begin automatically after a scan has completed.
  • Some users may have their login credentials fail on the first login attempt even when proper credentials are present.
  • Users with custom Window themes installed may have the Desktop App become unresponsive.

1.1.1 known changes Edit

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1.1.0 known issues Edit

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1.1.0 known changes Edit

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  • Chat from app added as separate window.

1.0.10 known issues Edit

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1.0.10 known changes Edit

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Version 1.0.9 patch notes Edit

From "Battle.net Desktop App 1.0.9 Patch Notes" blue post[7]
General
  • General Battle.net app stability improvements have been made.
  • The Battle.net launcher has received a significant number of updates to increase stability.
  • The minimum resolution for Battle.net will now update dynamically based off of monitor resolution.
  • Events that would require a UAC prompt while running Windows should now be deferred until after a game finishes running.
  • General improvements have been made to patch notes and now support Beta and PTR versions.
  • You can now view the previous three released patch notes by going to Options > Patch Notes.
  • There is now an option to disable the 'Exit Battle.net' countdown from the settings dialog.
Web Updates
  • Patch Notes are now tailored based on the user's current/target versions.
  • The scrollbar style across all web content is now consistent with the rest of the Battle.net app.
  • The Breaking News widget has a new icon based on the current game.
  • Headlines on the News homepage are bigger.
Bug Fixes
  • The Battle.net app reconnect logic has been reworked to increase your chance of a successful connection after being disconnected for an extended period of time.
  • The Play button for Hearthstone should no longer become active for users who attempt to log in from Offline Mode without a Battle Tag.
  • Tooltips in the Now Playing widget should now correctly appear when hovering over them.
  • The login window should no longer appear truncated and out of position while logging in.
  • The Friends Playing list will now auto-update correctly and show an accurate count of friends that are online.
  • All widgets on the Play screen no longer prevent mouse-wheel scrolling unless the widget itself is scroll-able.

1.0.9 known issues Edit

From "Known Issues 1.0.9 [Updated 03/04/14]" blue post[8]
Known issues
  • Some users may have their login credentials fail on the first login attempt even when proper credentials are present.
  • Users with custom Window themes installed may have the Desktop App become unresponsive.
  • In some cases, users may become stuck at the "Battle.net agent went to sleep. Attempting to wake it up..." screen when logging in.
  • In some cases, the Play button for Hearthstone may become active while the game is still running.
  • In some rare cases, installations may become stuck on "Waiting for another install/update" or a game update may stall with no apparent update in progress for an extended period of time.
  • In some rare cases a game may not launch in the user indicated region after locating the build.
  • In some rare cases tools may not patch after waking from a short period of sleep.
  • In some rare cases, clicking links from YouTube videos may cause display issues.
  • In some rare cases, multiple instances of Agent.exe may open when patching tools.
Mac Specific Issues
  • Resizing a window while a popup menu is open may cause that popup menu to stay open until clicked.

1.0.9 known changes Edit

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1.0.8 known issues Edit

Known issues[9]
  • Some users may have their login credentials fail on the first login attempt even when proper credentials are present.
  • Users with custom Window themes installed may have the Desktop App become unresponsive.
  • In some cases, users may become stuck at the "Battle.net agent went to sleep. Attempting to wake it up..." screen when logging in.
  • In some cases, the Play button for Hearthstone may become active while the game is still running.
  • At extremely low resolutions, the settings window may appear with the bottom of the window off the screen, making it difficult to access some options.
  • In some cases, installations may become stuck on “Updating Battle.net Agent…” with a poor network connection.
  • In some cases, users may have to manually reconnect to Battle.net when returning from Sleep mode.
  • In some cases during initial login, the login window might appear positioned incorrectly.
  • The Now Playing Widget may not display the correct number and online status of all friends currently online.
  • In some cases, StarCraft 2 may fail to automatically sign the user in, appearing to hang at the “Authenticating…” step.
Mac Specific Issues
  • Some older versions of Battle.net might not clean themselves up properly, leaving unused old copies that will take up extra disk space. These will be cleaned up automatically in a future update.
  • Resizing a window while a popup menu is open may cause that popup menu to stay open until clicked.

1.0.8 known changes Edit

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1.0.7 known issues Edit

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1.0.7 known changes Edit

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  • Mac OS style title bar appears on main window.

Version 1.0.6 patch notes Edit

From "Battle.net Desktop App 1.0.6 Patch Notes" blue post[10]
General
  • Battle.net account information should now load in much faster.
  • Several issues related to games not appearing properly or displaying incorrectly as "Starter Edition" should now be resolved.
  • Battle.net will now display an error message when launched if there is already another Battle.net client running in either another operating system or another user account.
  • Clicking links that log the user into their account in an external browser now have a timeout. If the request is not processed in a reasonable amount of time, the browser will open the link without the automatic login.
  • Qt version has been updated to 4.8.5
  • An option has been added to minimize the client to the system tray when launching a game (Windows).
  • Changes were made to how Battle.net stores your last login region and language preferences. As a result, these may change after the patch is applied.
    You can change your language under Settings - General - Battle.net Language
    You can change your login region from the login window
Bug Fixes
  • Battle.net will no longer display that a game is running if the game has not yet started.
  • Battle.net will no longer display that account information is loading each time the user logs in.
  • Battle.net will no longer report that a video card is unsupported when the video driver is updated while the Desktop App is running.
  • Crabby will try harder to display game content when changing game tabs.
  • Fixed an issue during disk installation that caused an error message to display when prompting the user to insert the next disk.
  • Fixed some typos in the settings menu.
  • Pressing the Enter key while installing a game will now default to selecting the Next button.
  • Fixed a graphical issue that occurred when a progress bar was paused during installation.
  • Many error messages were improved to be more descriptive.
  • Multiple other bugs were fixed.
News
  • The background images for each game have been updated

Version 1.0.6 known issues Edit

From "Known Issues 1.0.6 [Updated 12/04/13]" blue post[1]
  • If a user logs in without a battle tag, and battle tag creation dialog fails to load, the Offline Mode dialog will appear without any indication as to why.
  • In some cases, a full hard drive may cause an installation to retry indefinitely, or until paused.
  • In some cases, Battle.net may not run properly on Windows 8.1 if permission to read/write to c:\ProgramData are lost. (Does not apply to Mac)
  • Users may run Scan & Repair on multiple games at the same time. There will be no indication that one task is queued behind the other.
  • In some cases, game installations with bad data may display an unclear or incorrect error message.
  • In some cases, StarCraft II game reconfigurations may become stuck in a loop.
  • In some cases, users may become stuck at the "loading account information" screen when logging in.
  • If a game is launched outside of Battle.net and a patch becomes available, a game may attempt to perform an update, giving the user a repeating errors.
  • Only the locales available in the user’s region may be available when attempting to install games.
  • Closing the “Locate the Game” window while the Desktop App displays “Loading Account Information” may result in a crash.
  • Some files may be left behind when uninstalling games or the Desktop App.
  • In some cases, logging out while an error dialog is displayed may cause that error message to not display again later.
  • The title for the Hearthstone Patch Notes may appear labeled incorrectly.
  • Some links from the Desktop App may not resolve properly, or might lead to a "Page not found" error.
Mac Specific Issues
  • Old beta versions of the Desktop App may not be cleared out, leaving old versions of Battle.net behind.

Versions Edit

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PC Edit

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Mac Edit

  • 1.1.5.4826 - 9-Jul-2014 update.
  • 1.1.4.4767 - 25-Jun-2014 update.
  • 1.1.4.4710 - 10-Jun-2014 update.
  • 1.1.3.4656 - 29-May-2014 update.
  • 1.1.3.4638 - 23-May-2014 update.
  • 1.1.2.4511 - 1-May-2014 update.
  • 1.1.1.4403 - 10-Apr-2014 update.
  • 1.1.0.4397 - 4-Apr-2014 update.
  • 1.1.0.4381 - 3-Apr-2014 update (adds chat).
  • 1.0.10.4336 - 21-Mar-2014 update.
  • 1.0.9.4269 - 6-Mar-2014 update.
  • 1.0.8.4217 - 11-Feb-2014 update.
  • 1.0.7.4124 - 17-Jan-2014 update.
  • 1.0.6.4047 - 19-Dec-2013 update.
  • 1.0.6.3968 - 3-Dec-2013 update.
  • 1.0.5.3891 - 13?-Nov-2013 update.
  • 1.0.4.3823 - 15-Oct-2013 update.
  • 1.0.3.3688 - 16-Sep-2013 update.
  • 1.0.1.3618 - 3-Sep-2013? update.
  • 1.0.1.3599 - 29-Aug-2013 update.
  • 1.0.0.3563 - 14-Aug-2013 first open Beta.

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Images Edit

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Initial UI
General UI
World of Warcraft
PTR
Diablo III
StarCraft II
Errors and problems

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ a b Blizz Exeliran 2013-12-04. Known Issues 1.0.6 [Updated 12/04/13]. Official Battle.net Desktop App > Bug Report forum (US).
  2. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2013-08-14. Launcher Update: Get the Desktop App for Battle.net® Now. World of Warcraft Official Game Site (US).
       Blizzard Entertainment 2013-08-14. Launcher Update: Get the Desktop App for Battle.net® Now. World of Warcraft Official Game Site (EU).
  3. ^ Blizz Exeliran 2014-06-16. Known Issues 1.1.4 [Updated 06/10/14]. Official Battle.net Desktop App > Bug Report forum (US).
  4. ^ Blizz Exeliran 2014-05-27. Known Issues 1.1.3 [Updated 05/27/14]. Official Battle.net Desktop App > Bug Report forum (US).
  5. ^ Blizz Exeliran 2014-05-02. Known Issues 1.1.2 [Updated 05/02/14]. Official Battle.net Desktop App > Bug Report forum (US).
  6. ^ Blizz Exeliran 2014-04-11. Known Issues 1.1.1 [Updated 04/10/14]. Official Battle.net Desktop App > Bug Report forum (US).
  7. ^ Blizz Keganbe 2014-03-05. Battle.net Desktop App 1.0.9 Patch Notes. Official Battle.net Desktop App > Feedback Discussion forum (US).
  8. ^ Blizz Exeliran 2014-03-05. Known Issues 1.0.9 [Updated 03/04/14]. Official Battle.net Desktop App > Bug Report forum (US).
  9. ^ Blizz Exeliran 2014-02-12. Known Issues 1.0.8 [Updated 02/11/14]. Official Battle.net Desktop App > Bug Report forum (US).
  10. ^ Blizz Keganbe 2013-12-07. Battle.net Desktop App 1.0.6 Patch Notes. Official Battle.net Desktop App > Feedback Discussion forum (US).

External links Edit

Testing FAQ and forums
Beta app download
News


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