Posted on Tuesday, April 12 2005 @ 19:27:17 CEST by LSDsmurf
Since Messenger Plus! version 1.00, the way the software attaches itself
to Messenger had not changed very much. Some people have always
experienced startup problems, caused by different kinds of programs
installed on the computer. These problems should now be solved thanks to a
new option added to Messenger Plus!. Read the following only if you're
interested in technical details :).
The Misc section of the preferences now offers 3 methods to control
the way Messenger Plus! hooks Messenger: Default Mode, Default Mode -
Forced, and Alternate Mode (only available in Windows 2000/XP).
Default Mode is the way Messenger Plus! has always used so far. Keep
it that way if you never experienced problems related to the Plus!
menu disappearing for no apparent reason. Default Mode - Forced is
equivalent to the previous "Enable Force Mode" option and is
just a trick applied over the same Default Mode to try to compensate
for poorly designed softwares when the system startups.
Alternate Mode is the new mode of interest. This mode sets a special
registry key in Windows (called AppInit_DLLs) to ask Windows to load
the MsgPlusLoader.dll directly when a new process is created. The end
result is the same as with the Default Mode, however, this technique
normally prevents other softwares from breaking the hook chain.
Alternate Mode is in theory better than Default Mode because once
it's activated, MsgPlus.exe does not need to be running for Plus! to
attach to Messenger. Note that MsgPlus.exe is still not automatically
removed from your computer startup when Alternate Mode is selected,
that's because MsgPlus.exe is responsible for doing some basic
installation diagnostic and displaying the Recovery Window. However,
if you remove the MessengerPlus3 value from the Run key, everything
will continue to work properly (see below).
More and more software now monitor registry changes to
"protect" users from unwanted programs. Depending on how
those software are configured, changed in the Run key may be prevented
automatically or by default, creating the now well known "I have
to reinstall Messenger Plus! every time I restart my computer"
problem. Messenger Plus! now checks for the existence of its value in
the Run key and if it can't find it, Alternate Mode is automatically
selected to repair the problem.
Note that the registry key used to activate Alternate Mode could
also be monitored by a software installed on your computer. Trying to
enable Alternate Mode and preventing the registry change to occur will
simply result in Messenger Plus! not working anymore. As any other
program, Messenger Plus! adds/changes registry settings to function
properly. Badly designed registry monitor programs cause much more
problem than they prevent, for any program.
The Recovery Window has been modified. When "Automatically
Repair" is selected, the software automatically switches from Default
Attach Mode to Alternate Attach Mode and back again from Alternate Mode to
Default Mode when needed.
The "HandleMessengerStart" registry setting has been
documented and now also controls how the new attach mode operates.
A /notif command has been added which opens the Notification
Configuration window for a given contact.
The /sendfile command has been fixed for the final version of Messenger
7, however, no parameter is allowed for this command anymore (remember
that you can use /dropfile too).
Sound Pack files (with a plp extension) are now associated to Messenger
Plus! in the Windows shell. This means that the sound packs now have a
nice Plus! icon attached to them and you can import a sound pack just by
double clicking on it. Note however that MSN Messenger or Windows
Messenger must be running for the import to succeed.
When sending a custom sound, if the server takes some time to respond
and you switch to another window, the focus is restored before the sound
is actually sent to your contact (that way, the sound is properly sent).
The custom emoticon problem for the Quick Icon panel and MSN Messenger 7
has been fixed.
In several windows of Messenger Plus! (like the event viewer and the
floating windows), the status icons now use the Messenger 7 style (in MSN
Messenger 7 only).
Fixed a bug that stopped handwriting to work when a contact sent a
message while drawing (this bug was only happening when custom names were
Wink messages are now properly logged and formatted in the chat window.
Added improvement in Messenger Plus! to let plugins like StuffPlug add
something before custom contact names (like timestamps).
Emoticons are showing properly in personal messages displayed in the
chat window when custom names are used.
The enhanced Plus! icon in the contact list is now more tolerant to
color variation (fixes problems when using a 16bits display).
Animated GIF now look better in the Quick Icons panels (their
transparent background is always properly removed).
A new little extra has been added to the software, find it :).
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