Posted on Sunday, June 25 2006 @ 21:40:34 CEST by LSDsmurf
The previous versions required Windows XP SP1 minimum to run, this version
can run on an unpatched Windows XP machine.
Fixed another problem that caused Messenger Plus! Live to fail to load on
some computers for no apparent reason (bypassed an internal requirement that
is not valid anymore with Windows Live Messenger Final).
Messenger Plus! Live 4.00.234
Messenger Plus! has been re-created from scratch, from the ground-up. In
the past 8 months, 128,000 lines of codes have been written for Messenger
Plus! Live, making it the biggest project for me to realize so far. As
you'll see, every feature has been improved and re-thought for Windows Live
Messenger. Also, for the first time in Messenger Plus!'s history, backward
compatibility has been dropped. This means that this version only works with
Windows XP and above and requires at least Windows Live Messenger 8.00
(final public version). You may notice that some previous features from
Messenger Plus! 3 are missing. Some have simply been deprecated, others
(like the emoticon panel) will be added back in a future update.
Messenger Plus! is now compatible with 64bits version of Windows and is
Vista ready. It is compatible with Windows Live Messenger 8.00.787 and above
(it won't work with previous beta versions of Messenger).
Below is a list of some (but not all) changes compared to Messenger Plus!
3. The actual change log from the beta test period spawns on 15 pages so
you'll understand that what's listed below is really a small subset of the
whole new program.
General Messenger Features:
BBCode style format codes can now be used to add colors and text
formatting to your messages/name/psm. These tags are easier to use and
don't look as bad as the previous codes in the list of your contacts who
don't have Plus! installed.
No more need for a permanent running process (msgplus.exe) and no more
need for the Plus! loader DLL to be loaded everywhere in your system.
Messenger Plus! now sticks to Windows Live Messenger.
Messenger Lock (includes the former Boss Protection feature) has been
improved. You now have more options to hide Messenger including hiding
the tooltip and requiring a special keyboard shortcut to be pressed to
Plus! has built in polygamy (using messenger with several accounts
simultaneously) built-in. Note that the option in Messenger Plus! is
more "polished" than what you usually get from patches (not
because the patches are bad. By its nature, Plus! simply has more
flexibility in these matters). For example, you won't get two Messenger
clients opened at the same time when you restart your computer.
Contacts On Desktop. The floating windows have been redesigned and can
be customized a lot more. You now have the option to let the contact
window flash on new messages and to change transparency based on you
contacts' statuses. You also got more choices as to what's to be shown
there: contacts name, contacts e-mail, name and personal message, e-mail
and personal message. Emoticons are also shown in the floating windows
Event Logging. Events can now also be saved in an XML data file. You
can filter out contacts you do not wish to log events from. In the newly
redesigned Event Viewer you can choose what events to display and a
search box allows you to quickly find what you're searching for.
Improved: quick access to previously sent messages by using the key
combination Ctrl+Up / Ctrl+Down. Messages from older and other chats can
now be accessed from here.
New formatting panel in the toolbar for easy access to formatting
codes and colors.
Tabbed Chats. The feature has been redesigned to be more "user
friendly", however, this required some previous options to be
removed: the possibility to group/ungroup chats manually with a key
combination has been taken out. No more auto-switching to a chat with
unread messages either. Emoticons are now display in the contact's names
and the tabbed bar integrates better in the window.
Logging. Chat logs can now be saved in HTML format to keep the same
look&feel you get during your chat. All your color and emoticons are
kept in your logs. Extra options for HTML formatting are the possibility
to save images (ex: for winks) and to save your contacts' font. Of
course, you can still save in plain text format if that's what you
Messenger Plus! now comes with its own integrated Log Viewer for
easier browsing of your chat logs. For more advanced users, the log
viewer also provides command line parameters (type /? for more
information) to automate changing password, encrypting or decrypting
Logs Encryption has been improved a lot. You can now choose how
strongly you wish to encrypt your logs: low encryption for faster
opening of logs or stronger encryption for extra security, choices for
the asymmetrical key are 384, 640, 1024 or 2048 bits. Old encrypted logs
can still be opened with the log viewer but newly encrypted logs won't
mix with the old files.
Part of the old word filter feature is now integrated in the the
redesigned Quick Texts feature (for send text only, not received). The
new quick texts are much more flexible and are not subjects to the old
New: You can now show contacts Idle instead of Away when appropriate.
Another extra is to add a format button to the Messenger Options (yes,
formatting your nick is now possible through Messenger Option panel
Notifications. More choices there too, you can get notified about
virtually anything...sign in, sign out, name change, psm change, current
media change, started new chat, all the status changes separate or all
status changes. You can even assign a special message or a sound to it,
create special expiration conditions, etc... note that Event
Notifications also replace the previous signin/signout panel from
Messenger Plus! 3.
New: You can choose to not play sounds when your current media set, in
other words, when you use the "What I'm Listening To" feature
in WLM and you are playing a song (or other media recognized by this
You can now decide from the preferences panel whether or not to share
your Sound Library with all accounts.
The maximum allowed length for Emotion Sounds has been increased to 12
The old plugins interface from Plus! 3 has been replaced with a brand
new scripting interface. The scripting engine makes it easier for
everybody to write their own add-ons (providing you know JScript,
documentation is provided).
The new scripting interface is provided with a comprehensive
documentation, samples (scripts created by beta testers which are
already available in the online script's database) and gives you more
than 150 functions/properties/events to interact with Windows Live
Messenger, all without having to compile your project from anywhere but
Messenger Plus! itself. If you're a developer interested in creating
your own Messenger add-in, now is your chance to show off your skills!
Old plugins can't be loaded anymore but previous plugin developers are
encouraged to use the many new features of the scripting interface to
improve their previous add-on.
Contact List Clean Up:
The time counters have been improved.
You can now see if a contact has added you to his contact list or not.
It is now possible to save your current contact's display picture from
The window is much easier to use, including better access to events
recorded for a contact.
That's all for the change log but remember that this list only covers some
of the main changes you are likely to notice. Keep in mind that everything
has been redesigned, meaning that everything works better and smoother than
before (not even the smallest feature was re-created "as is"). I
hope this new version will mark the beginning of a whole new world of
possibilities for Messenger Plus! and that you will all enjoy using it :)
Program Information Category:
Tools and Utilities Type:
Free Version: 4.00.235 Size: 3MB Works on: Windows