Messenger Plus! Live is an add-on for Windows Live Messenger which adds lots of features and extras that make your instant messenger easier, more useful or just tons more entertaining.
Brand new feature: Messenger skinning. Change the face of Messenger!
This new feature allows skins to be applied directly in the memory of
Messenger. No file is changed, several skins can be installed and each
of them is safe to use: no more installation or update problems caused
by hard-patched skins. No more need to patch DLL files, everything is
done in a single XML file.
Installation of new skins couldn't be easier: download a Skin Pack,
click on it and press Import. The same distribution method used for
scripts is used for skins.
The Messenger Plus! skinning engine is fully documented in more than
30 pages of documentation. Skin developers: all you have to do is read
the first sections of the documentation to get started! it is accessible
from the new Skins sections of the Preferences panel.
Messenger Plus! skins bring many new features previously unavailable
to skin developers: user modifiable options, multi-language support and
even a way to re-shape the windows of Messenger! all the advantages, for
both developers and users, are listed in the "What's a Skin in
Messenger Plus! ?" section of the documentation.
Messenger Plus! extracts all the pertinent resources of Messenger with
a single click, organizes the files in categories, decrypts most of the
RLE encrypted pictures, creates maps of which picture is used by which
window and rebuilds windows definitions and styles files to include most
of the de-referenced data directly inside the file (like color codes,
texts, ...). In less than a minute, you'll get everything you'll ever
need to customize anything you want in Messenger.
Messenger Plus! itself can now be skinned with this system.
A new skin database has been added to msgpluslive.net. If you create a
skin that you're proud of, submit it to us and show it to the world! be
among the firsts to provide new looks for Messenger to millions of users
all around the word.
Some sections of the Preferences panel have been reorganised, everything
is clearer now.
Compatible with the current Windows Live Messenger 9.0 Beta.
Unless you're an official tester of WLM9, registered on Connect, it is
highly recommended that you do not install this new version of Messenger
until Microsoft releases something more suitable for general public use.
Things like personal message links and custom sign-in sounds are already
available in Messenger Plus! anyway.
Keep in mind that compatibility with beta versions is never perfect.
For example, you won't be able to decrypt RLE files in WLM9 and you may
receive an error message about wlcomm.exe when installing Messenger
Plus! or restarting Messenger. This is all part of the joy of using beta
You can now insert a previously sent message in the text you're typing
instead of replacing everything: just keep the Control key pressed when
selecting the message in the Previous Messages panel.
The Contact List Clean-Up window now has two modes: one that displays
information about contacts who are in your list (like before) and another
one that shows every contact who have you in their lists, even if you don't
have them. From this mode you can add the contacts back in your list or
block/unblock them when needed.
Added a new "Display event notifications in information area"
feature. Enabled by default, this feature notifies you of your contact
events in the chat window themselves, in the area where "user is
typing" is generally displayed. This is mostly visible if you're using
Added a new "Additional Options" link in Messenger's contact
cards (Messenger 8.1 and above only).
Allows easy access to some of the Messenger Plus! features that
related to contacts.
This new way to access the features is also a good workarounds if you
or your contact specified different emails in the contact's information.
This causes most options to be greyed out in the right-click menu of the
contact list but every options will work fine in the contact card's
You can now record a password hint in your encrypted log files. This hint
will be visible to anybody trying to open the log and should be meaningful
only to yourself. The hints will be saved in newly created chat log files
(or re-encrypted ones) and because they are an integral part of the files,
you can count on them even after a computer reformat.
Added a new event notification choice for auto-accepted requests.
Some general purpose event notifications are now created by default for
every user (only when no notification already exists). Currently added:
auto-accept requests and contact signs-out when chat is opened.
One old-fashioned Quick Text (/slap) is now added by default for every
user (when no quick text already exists).
The uninstaller has been improved in many ways:
Every window is clearer, bigger, and displays more informative text.
Added a new "Repair Messenger" feature for maintenance.
People can now use this instead of uninstalling Messenger Plus! to do
some selective clean-up in case of a problem. The panel allows you to:
reset/disable scripts, remove any skin customization, and reset all the
Messenger Plus! user preferences. If missing or damaged, the loader is
also copied back into Messenger's directory. Note that most repairs only
apply to the current Windows user account, you'll need to log in your
other Windows accounts to repair Messenger accounts accessed from there.
Users with limited privileges who require elevation from a different
user with administrator privileges can now erase their Messenger Plus!
preferences through the maintenance wizard (complete uninstallation
would not erase the current user's preferences in that particular case
as the current user is technically the administrator performing the
Only some options now require elevation in Windows Vista. This means
that the uninstaller can be launched without a UAC prompt and if more
privileges are needed for some operations (like a complete
uninstallation), the system shield icon is added next to the appropriate
Some global options have been moved to the GlobalSettings registry key,
including the AlwaysReloadInterfaces and DisplayWizardFirstStart registry
settings. Check the updated online documentation for more details.
The setup is now faster in Windows Vista.
Added a "Name Filter" edit box in the Emotion Sound Export
wizard to find the sounds you want to export more easily.
Added a new option to prevent "User is typing" notifications to
be sent to your contacts.
Added an (!SVER) tag to list the scripts that are currently installed.
Added two new filters for the auto-accept feature: "send webcam"
and "view webcam". The preferences panel allows these filters to
be selected on their own, to combine filters, check the documentation of the
new AutoAcceptReq registry setting.
The options to add Plus! icons in the contact list and the chat windows
are now properly represented as global for every user. This will fix the
problems related to icons not showing when several users sign-in on the same
computer with different preferences.
Added 4 new registry settings to customize the buttons displayed by
Messenger Plus! in the Messenger windows: ScriptIconContactList,
FormatIconChatWnd, SoundIconChatWnd, ScriptIconChatWnd.
If some scripts are installed but a third party software is blocking
JScript or the scripting engine of Windows is damaged, a warning message is
displayed when opening the script preferences panel.
You can now disable personalized status auto-messages in specific chats
from the main window's Plus! menu. Note that auto-messages are automatically
re-enabled for every chat windows when a new personalised status is
Added an option to automatically separate the chat logs of different
accounts by creating a subdirectory with the user's email address.
Added an /exit command to close all the current chats and exit Messenger.
New random sounds can now be added directly from the Sound Library window.
Categories are picked at random in that case.
Internal material related to the 6th Anniversary Contest has been removed.
Emoticons inserted with Messenger's emoticon selector window (when
clicking on the emoticon button in the toolbar) are now properly handled by
various Messenger Plus! functions (thank you Matt :).
Optimizations were made in the way Messenger Plus! handles some of the
text sent and received during a chat (less memory and cpu used).
Floating windows do not lose their position when Messenger is disconnected
and reconnected while playing a DirectX game that changes the resolution of
Added a "AllowDirectXCheck" registry setting to fix errors
caused by invalid codecs installed on a system (causing error message boxes
to appear before notification popups are displayed, known to happen with
some versions of Real Player).
The destination folder for log files is automatically reset to its default
after a preferences import if the imported setting is not accessible.
The cursor does not scroll automatically to the end of the text anymore
when closing the "find text" window in a chat.
Automatic word wrap in plain text chat logs has been improved to prevent
words from being cut in half.
Many improvements made in the log viewer to get an overall better
experience with the software.
A default instruction page with the Plus! logo is displayed when the
log viewer is opened.
The log view box can be enlarged to cover the controls on the left
side for maximum visibility of the log files on screen.
When opening a chat log from Messenger Plus!, if a log viewer is
already showing the same log, it's activated and refreshed to prevent
multiple windows to display the same thing.
Added a "Print Preview" menu.
The viewer opens much faster on slower systems. Sub-directories are
now analyzed asynchronously after the main window has been displayed.
4 levels of directories are now supported. Special icons associated to
files or folders are also always properly displayed in the list.
You can now perform a file search to find what you're searching for
more rapidly. The search is done on plain text files, html log files,
xml files and also works with encrypted files (both old and new
systems). You can search in specific directories only and you can do
multiple searches on the same result subset for precise filtering.
Search is multithreaded so if you have an hyper-thread of multi-core
processor, results will be displayed faster (note that searching in lots
of encrypted files can take a very long time).
If a file cannot be accessed because of its security attributes, a
proper error is displayed instead of a blank or error page in the IE
Clicking on the same file to refresh its content re-actualizes the
log's sessions as well.
Event Log files use a new XSL translation file which displays events
from the oldest to the newest (older versions displayed newer events
first). Event Log files display much faster with the new XSLT and
display properly in every language (some additional text will always be
written in English when viewing the logs). Sessions are recognised
properly and are now displayed in the log viewer's session box instead.
Note: the new XSLT file is compatible with old event files and can be
copied in your old log directories ("current user" events
won't be formatted differently in the old logs though).
Compatibility fixes in tabbed chats for people who use software like
Custom sections created for the Quick Icons panel can now be rearranged to
be displayed in the order of your choice.
The Personalized Status window now allows the selection of any status
(with the exception of Appear Offline). Some tooltips have also been added
to help users who are not familiar with this feature.
Internal improvements in the way chat windows are managed. Messenger Plus!
is now more resistant to future unknown Messenger versions as well as
patches that do important modifications to the layout of chat windows.
Added two previously registry-only options in the tabbed chats
preferences: "close button closes all tabbed chat windows" and
"display contact emails instead of names".
Added "disable sign-out confirmation when chats are opened"
option in the Customize section of the preferences.
A new SafeHook registry setting is now documented (moved from HKLM to
HKCU). It can be used to force Messenger Plus! to hook the functions it
needs, even if another software or driver is already hooking them in an
A new option has been added in the "Software Not Loaded" window.
If a program installed on your system causes incompatibilities with
Messenger Plus!, try enabling "Disable safe mode" and restart
Messenger (it will enable the SafeHook registry setting). Note that this
window is accessible from the main Plus! menu of your contact list only when
a loading error occurred (no Plus! icon is added in this case).
Events recorded in event log files can now be filtered by contacts as
well. The filter is different from the one used in the Event Viewer.
When a personalised status is set from the window that automatically
appears after changing one's status to away, the previous status is properly
restored after the specified timeout (if any).
Personalised statuses are now accessible from the systray menu.
Chat logs for anonymous Messenger users (when using the new Messenger web
applet) are all saved with the save file name.
The setup never restarts Messenger in Windows Vista anymore. This fixes
problems some people have when Messenger is launched with admin privileges
from the setup (like "current media" not working properly).
The Contact Information is now more useful.
The window can now be resized on both sides and maximized.
The information displayed in the window can be refreshed.
You are now notified if the contact doesn't have you in his list or if
you do not have him in your own list.
Various improvements to the internal Messenger Plus! interface sub-system
(the thing that displays all the Messenger Plus! window) :
Transition animations in Windows Vista now work properly everywhere
when a Messenger Plus! window is shown or hidden. This also fixes
similar but less visible graphical limitations in Windows XP.
Resizing operations are smoother.
The title bar of the window becomes visible when the window is
maximized (similar to Messenger's own behaviour).
Less problems caused by software that do global changes to every popup
window displayed in the system.
Windows are now centered more conveniently (on the screen that has the
mouse cursor) in multi-monitor configurations.
Pictures can now be re-colorized to blend more with the rest of the
background when needed (scripts can use this in their own windows as
Child windows are displayed transparently over their parent window.
The saturation, brightness and hue of the colors used in the windows
are computed more accurately. Variations on the base color can now be
done with powers as well as percentages.
Better RTL support for some controls so that windows look as good in
RTL than they look in LTR.
Added a TitleBarDefaultBackground option in interface files. It
allows people who want to create customized interfaces for Plus! (skins
or scripts) to prevent the drawing of the default gradient background in
Messenger Plus! windows.
And more... scripters: check the updated documentation and make sure
your interfaces are up to date (see below).
The following command line options can now be specified for msnmsgr.exe
/PlusSkin="name of skin". Launches Messenger with the
specified skin loaded
/PlusEnabled=0. Launches Messenger without loading Messenger Plus!
Fixed: corrupted encryption containers are not properly deleted causing
some systems to become unable to encrypt/decrypt files (I'd love to know who
at Microsoft got the wonderful idea to create a CRYPT_DELETE_KEYSET
definition that has a different value than CRYPT_DELETEKEYSET... fellow
developers: be careful with IntelliSense!).
Fixed: pressing the Control key when closing tabbed chats sometimes leaves
one of the chats opened. Also, now, pressing Ctrl+Shift when closing a
tabbed chat group closes all chats except the current one.
Fixed: sounds can't be sent from the Emotion Sound panel when commands are
Fixed: some special keys (such as Home or Delete) cannot be used to
register global shortcuts for features such as Messenger Lock.
Fixed: "Contact added you" windows still show when Messenger
Lock is enabled.
Fixed: in some rare occasions after signing-in or after experiencing
connection problems, the wrong status is displayed for some contacts in
windows such as desktop contacts and tabbed chats. This fix applies to
Windows Vista and above only.
Fixed: some complex combinations of text formatting and color tags are not
properly written in XHTML chat logs. Some optimizations have also been made
to minimize the quantity of html code written for each tag and improve xhtml
Fixed: sometimes, contacts added to a chat are not properly detected by
Fixed: when "Show custom emoticons" is unchecked in the
Messenger preferences, the option can be re-enabled automatically when some
special messages are sent, such as emotion sounds. Note that custom
emoticons will still be re-enabled automatically in the current chat if
normal emoticons are displayed (until the chat window is closed). This is
caused by a bug (or rather, a limitation) in Messenger itself.
Fixed: the rounded borders of Messenger Plus! windows may be altered after
moving a window.
Fixed: the text displayed in desktop contact windows may sometimes
Fixed: some events may be recorded by mistake in chat logs when signing-in
with opened chat windows or offline messages (the information reported was
accurate except for the fact that this was not an event generated at this
Fixed: script/sound import windows don't properly get the focus when the
import is performed from the shell.
Fixed: the automatic reset delay is not properly applied when a
personalised status is activated from the status menu or with a keyboard
Fixed: the last character of ANSI coded script files is ignored when
loaded in the script editor.
Fixed: auto-accept floods the chat with errors if a file is sent in a
multi-contact chat. In this case, auto-accept is disabled for the file.
Fixed: script commands are not properly executed in the current window
when combined with /all.
Fixed: imported emotion sounds don't keep their originally assigned
Scripts: the built-in editor is now much more professional with lots of
Better overall editing experience.
Files load much faster than before and the current position in the
editor is remembered when switching from one file to the other.
New option to display debug information right in the editor window
(you don't need to display the Script Debugging window if you don't want
New "Show Line Numbers" option to display line numbers in
the left margin.
New Outlining feature, give it a try! note than when enabled, an
Outlining submenu is also accessible from the right-click menu of the
edit control for more options.
Errors displayed in the Script Editor window provide a link to quickly
highlight the line where the error occurred.
New Replace Text feature accessible from the Options menu and with
New Go To Line feature (shortcut: Ctrl+G).
For those of you editing scripts with multiple files, remember that
you can use Ctrl+Tab and Ctrl+Shift+Tab to switch from one file to the
Ctrl+S can be used to save all the files and restart the script
New rudimentary IntelliSense feature. A window automatically pop-ups
to help you find global function and property names (no helper is
displayed for non-static objects such as Contact or ChatWnd).
Scripts: all the functions that take enumerated values as parameter can
now use name enumerations directly in the code. For example, you can use
STATUS_BUSY instead of 4. All the enumerations are accessible with
InteliSense and the documentation has been updated accordingly.
Scripts: added MsgPlus.LoadScriptFile to dynamically add new JScript code
in the global scope of your script.
Scripts: the included HTML documentation of the Interface Windows schema
file has been updated with the latest version of the schema. Attributes are
now fully documented as well.
Scripts: the description of each script is now displayed in the
preferences panel, in tooltips.
Scripts: added PlusWnd::Browser_GetInterface() to interact with browser
controls placed inside your interface windows (change the current page, go
back, etc...). This means that your scripts can now display web pages
integrated in their windows for whatever reason you may need.
Scripts: added ChatWnd::DisplayInfoMessage() and
ChatWnd::ResetInfoMessage() to allow scripts to display their own event
notifications in the "information area" of chat windows. Check the
documentation for more details.
Scripts: ComboBox controls can now display images along with their text
Scripts: this version of Messenger Plus! got a serious face lift. Full
compatibility with previous interface files is guaranteed, however, your
windows may need to be rearranged a little to look better in this version
and future ones:
When using colors based on the background color of Messenger, make
sure the results still looks good on the new background (the
hue/brightness/saturation formulas have been improved internally, you'll
most probably have to change your adjustements).
It is highly recommended to use the new ClientWidth and ClientArea
attributes to specify the size of your windows. This will shield your
windows from possible future updates made to the frame created by
Messenger Plus!. To keep backward compatibility with older versions of
Plus!, you can specify both Width/Height and ClientWidth/ClientHeight.
Old versions will only read the former and new versions will prioritize
If you were referencing pictures from the Messenger Plus! resources,
make sure they are still present in this version (most are, they were
updated and kept the same name).
Scripts: fixed a problem causing singleton windows to be mixed up with
Messenger Plus! windows or other scripts' windows that use the same window
Scripts. Added Debug.ClearDebuggingWindow().
Scripts: fixed messages being overwritten with their original version when
OnEvent_ChatWndReceiveMessage is called and processed by multiple scripts.
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