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Messenger Plus! Live 4.00.235

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 unlock.
    • 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 as well.
    • 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.
  • Conversation Windows:
    • 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 prefer :).
    • 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 files.
    • 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 limits.
  • Customizations:
    • 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 itself).
    • 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.
  • Sounds:
    • 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 feature).
    • 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 seconds.
  • Plugins/Scripts:
    • 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.
  • Contact Information:
    • It is now possible to save your current contact's display picture from here.
    • 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 :)

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