DigiByte, DAI, and Speed, Oh My!

New assets, faster speeds, and optimized BTC fees. Let’s take a peek under the hood of Exodus version 1.49.0.

Josh W
Josh W
Apr 13, 2018 · 5 min read
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Friends, cypherpunks, cryptonauts, lend me your ears! It is with much fanfare (and admitted predictability) that I deliver to you the latest edition of Exodus’ extended release notes. Once every two weeks, our sleep-deprived and battle-hardened developers emerge from the bowels of our mountain lair with something special in tow:

A new Exodus release.

As much as we’d love to invite you all personally to the depths of Exodus HQ, we’re a little tight on space at the moment; our lair has been packed to the brim with server racks to accommodate some exciting future asset releases that I feel required to ambiguously tease here ;)

With Spring decidedly in the air here in the Northern Hemisphere, Exodus version 1.49.0 includes some obligatory “Spring cleaning” bug fixes — but that’s not all! We’ve also rolled out some user interface tweaks, support for some swell new assets, and a nifty reminder when restoring your wallet that should help keep assets held in Exodus safe and sound.

Let’s get to it, shall we?

DigiByte: The Fastest Block in the West, Now in Exodus

DigiByte aficionados, you’ve been asking and we’ve been listening. To that end, we’re thrilled to announce that DGB is now available in Exodus!

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Old hands of the cryptoverse will not be strangers to DigiByte — the asset has been kicking around since January of 2014 and has an incredibly active development team led by a founder who fears no interviewer.

While DGB has made a number of interesting technical implementations over the years, perhaps its greatest claim to fame is its blazing-fast 15 second block time.

As a coin tailor-made for speed and security, its multi-algo mining scheme and rapid SegWit adoption have also made DGB a coin to reckon with, and we’re happy to welcome it to the family of Exodus supported assets.

Why Tether When You Can Just DAI?

Fans of ERC20 tokens and stablecoins, we haven’t forgotten about you, either.

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The latest addition to our Ethereum Assets tab is Dai, the decentralized stablecoin from the MakerDAO team. DAI seeks to achieve stability via a USD peg, but unlike other assets attempting the same, DAI doesn’t accomplish this by keeping the underlying asset in reserve and introducing counterparty risk.

Rather, the MakerDAO team hopes to peg DAI to USD via a system of Collateralized Debt Positions and “governance tokens” known as MKR:

With loans and incentivization to earn interest at the core of the platform, DAI’s unique approach to long-term price stability is as novel as it is unproven, but we’re ecstatic about its potential.

ERC20 QTUM Gets a New Home

Back in October of 2017, the QTUM mainnet was unleashed upon the world, leaving its former ERC20 counterpart de-listed from exchanges and without utility. As the tokenized version of QTUM is no longer exchangeable within Exodus, we’ve moved it on over to the Ethereum Assets tab:

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For those still holding onto their ERC20 QTUM, this is where your tokens now reside — but if for some reason you’ve yet to swap them out for their fancy new QTUM Ignition doppelgangers, you may want to consider doing so.

BTG Gets a Makeover

It was but a few short weeks ago that we changed the color scheme of BCH from its former yellow-orange to a more distinct (from BTC) lime green palette. Well, we’ve gone and done it again, this time with Bitcoin Gold!

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This color change is quite subtle — so subtle, in fact, that it’s not even noted in our abbreviated release notes! Consider it our little secret, devoted Medium followers ;)

Sweeping up Some BTC Dust

With fees and transaction volume on the BTC blockchain being lower than any time in recent memory, we’ve optimized bitcoin fees even further to lower dust limits in Exodus.

So if you’ve got a few Satoshis sitting in your Exodus wallet that were previously un-sendable due to transaction fees, go ahead and try sending them out again after upgrading to our latest release. You may be surprised at the result!

Exodus: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (But Mostly Just Faster)

In addition to new assets and fee optimizations, Exodus 1.49.0 has also received some tangible performance boosts. Startup times should be noticeably quicker when firing up Exodus, especially for those portfolios holding a wide array of digital assets.

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For those hair-trigger day traders in our midst for whom every second counts, we hope this improvement is to your liking.

Alongside this speed increase comes another improvement to the Exodus user experience. Those with slower Internet connections may have noticed a banner alerting you to P2P connection issues — this was especially true of DASH:

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P2P network errors, begone!

We’re happy to tell you that this error message should no longer plague your Exodus wallet. Huzzah!

Need Better OPSEC? There’s a Feature for That.

Last but certainly not least, we turn our attention to safety and security. If you’re one of the unfortunate souls who’ve had to restore their wallet using their 12 word seed phrase in the past, you may recall that your revived Exodus wallet was devoid of password protection.

This, friends, is no bueno. A password-protected wallet is a more secure wallet, and with this in mind, we’ve added a friendly reminder when restoring from your 12 words to set a new password using the Backup tab:

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Next Release: April 26th, 2018

It is at this point, dear Exodus users, that I bid you ado. Please stay tuned to our releases page on the off-chance we add any patches to our latest release. Until two weeks from now, take care!

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Please reserve the Medium comments section for lively and honest discussion about the article! If you have technical issues with Exodus, our Community Support team will be happy to speedily assist you if you send a descriptive email to: support@exodus.io

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