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MSN MESSENGER PLUS! 3 ENHANCEMENT
The Messenger Plus!
extension by Patchou was not only one of the
first add-ons for MSN Messenger - it's also one of the most professional
and let's not forget: USEFUL extensions out there.
MESSENGER PLUS! 3 PREVIEW
Plus! 3 on March 2nd with authentic Plus!3 screenies
showing just a few of the new features you can expect:
- The completely restyled
preferences panel is now officially more exciting than Red
- Microsoft got
rid of word censorship in MSN Messenger by disabling
the nickname filter, Patchou is the man who brings it back!
Word filtering works in both ways: sending & receiving.
- The Enhanced Plus!
menu catches your attention immediately with a cool fading-in
icon appearing next to a contact's name when you hover over
it in the contact list. Another Enhanced Plus! menu is
available in the conversation window.
- No offense, Patchou,
but the Quick Icons panel only just got useful. Forget the hassle
with the one available in your current Plus! version. This one
displays all your custom emoticons automatically upon pressing "(". - Forget Shakespeare, Sigmund Freud and Socrates!
Quote your famous ego (that's you!) from now on with the Quote
Sender. It remembers all your oneliners when Alzheimer
kicks in again.
- Start defragging your
brain because you can forget all Plus! shortcuts. Typing "/" in
the conversation window brings up a complete command list along
with tooltips and additional help when selected. No need
for guesses anymore.
- POP3 integration
got better thanks to the added port option and up to five
configurable e-mail accounts. You'll never live a quiet 5 minutes
without receiving an e-mail again!
- Not everybody on your
contact list should be aware of the fact that you're "Busy" bird-watching,
so you'll be glad to hear you can now decided who receives your
Personalised Status message and who doesn't. You can bet your
life more screenshots of the upcoming Messenger Plus! 3
-without a doubt THE BEST MSN Messenger addon in this solar system-
will be added soon! IMPORTANT NOTE: Webmasters and news
posters, please upload these images to your own webspace! Thank
MESSENGER PLUS! 3 FEATURES
So far for the preview
+ screenshots. But here's a more extensive list of new features
and changes in the third version of this popular MSN Messenger
the windows in Messenger Plus! have been redesigned and their look has been improved.
most important part of the software, the preferences
panel, has been entirely recreated.
new preferences panel is way more attractive visually,
and its graphics are using alpha-bending effects so that
the graphics look good in any Windows theme.
main sections are now displayed in the list on the left,
sub-sections are available using a new menu at the top
of each section. Every section has been reworked, options
have been removed, options have been added, options have
been moved from one section to another, etc... it's just
way better that way, clearer, more professional.
the preferences of Messenger Plus! can now be locked with
an administrator password (Privacy Protection section).
You can use this feature to do some parental control.
has been added in the Miscellaneous section to go on the
Registry Setting page of msgplus.net.
page could be written about the new preferences alone.
For some more details, see below, and more importantly,
explore by yourself!
Messages now have an expire option.
You can set the date and time you want the message to expire.
If your contact signs-in after the specified date, the message
is not sent and silently deleted. In addition, a new /backmsg
command can be used in a chat after a contact signed out.
feature added: word filtering.
feature can be used two ways. You can filter text you
send, and you can filter text you receive.
text you send can be used for creating all sorts of aliases
and replace abbreviations by their full meaning.
text you receive can be used to filter swearing or other
kind of words you don't like to see.
can add a star at the beginning or at the end of a filter.
For example, "uni*" will filter "uni",
filters can be created in the Instant Message section
of the preferences panel.
option has been added in the Import/Export wizard for
word filters. This allows you to share your filters with
option is available if you desire to apply the filters
in the names of your contacts (will not filter the names
in the contact list, only in chats. Also, filters are
not applied to custom names).
can use the new "WordFilterCaseSensitive" registry
setting if you want your filters to be case sensitive.
Quick Icons panel has been improved
you keep the Ctrl key pressed when you select an emoticon,
the panel stays opened and the border is displayed with
dots. This allows you to quickly select several emoticons
at the same time.
Plus! now automatically finds the correct tag associated
for each custom emoticon. You can still specify several
tags to display more than one icon at the same time.
to 5 panels can now be displayed. Each panel is configured
separately with its own options and custom emoticons.
second panel is configured by default to automatically
display all your custom emoticons without you having to
enter them manually in the config panel.
more than one panel is configured, numbered buttons are
displayed in the lower left corner of the Quick Icons
panel. Click on each button to go from one panel to the
to F5 keys can be used to quickly switch panels.
bug where the "Customized" link would be displayed
on top of some emoticons.
emoticon panel now only works with MSN Messenger 6 and
Custom Emoticons configuration window had
been done too hastily in the previous version. It has been
interface has been recreated to be more visually appealing.
emoticons are displayed at the same time in the selection
screen to make things easier when you are searching for
control has been added to allow the configuration of each
of the 5 panels. All the other options of the configuration
window are linked to the panel number currently selected
(this includes the option to display the original emoticons
of Messenger in each panel).
status window has been completely redesigned to offer
clearer options. The window is now also displayed
even when the auto-message edit box cannot be created.
again, you've been requesting this feature for years (literally),
it was time for me to add it: you can now select what
contacts will receive your Personalised Status message.
the Personalised Status window, a new line has been added
under the time box. It specifies if the message will be
seen by all your contacts or only a few of them.
on the Change button in the Personalised Status window
brings a new configuration panel allowing you to easily
specify what contacts you want on your "allow list".
The "allowed list" is cleared every time you go
out of Personalised Status mode. The reason is quite simple:
this feature is designed to help you target specific contacts,
for specific reasons, at a given moment. If you want some
people to never receive any of your messages, you probably
should block them or remove them from your list :).
(example: the answering machine of Personalised Statuses)
now accept commands.
experience regular problems with your internet connection,
you will certainly like this new improvement: if Messenger
signs-out by itself and signs back in within a minute, your
Personalised Status is entirely restored
and your status tag is not removed from your name.
user interface feature: enhanced Plus! menus
(MSN Messenger 6 and above only).
of these menus are available. One in the contact list,
one in chat windows. Both of them can be disabled in the
the contact list, the menu icon is displayed when the
mouse cursor is left over a contact name.
chat windows, the menu icon is displayed in the toolbar,
when no other icon are present at its location.
menus are designed to bring some of the Plus! features,
nicely, to any user. Text in those menu is very descriptive,
many of you will probably notice older features they never
saw (or use) before :).
can change the show delay of the icon in the contact list
with the "IconShowDelay" registry setting (note:
there will always be a bigger delay for the first time
the icon is displayed).
Contact Manager has been renamed Contact List Clean-up
and its design has been improved.
are way more accurate, no more "unknown" time
for half of your list :).
on a contact displays the contact information window.
feature: Quote Sender
Quote Sender is available in instant message windows.
It allows you to quote something one of your contacts
said in the past 6 hours.
Quote sender lets you find a quote quickly by selecting
the contact name and a time filter. A search function
is also available.
Pressing "Send Quote" automatically sends the message
in your current chat, with default formatting including
color and timestamp.
feature can be customized with the "QuoteFormat" registry value.
/quote command can be used to display the Quote Sender
new feature has been added to help people use commands during
a chat: Command Helper windows:
you start a message with "/", a small panel
appears allowing you to select almost any command available
in Messenger Plus!. This works in chat windows as well
as in other Messenger Plus! windows requiring text to
be entered (like the Quick Text preferences panel).
command list includes Messenger Plus! native commands,
quick text aliases and even commands supported by installed
plugins. Each of the three groups is identified by a special
browsing the command list, a tooltip is automatically
displayed giving more information about the command.
Ctrl+X, where X is any letter, allows quick search of
the desired command.
a command has been entered (from the command list or manually
using the keyboard), additional help is provided, if the
command requires a parameter, when the space key is pressed.
If the parameter is a contact email, a list of your contacts
is displayed in a new window to let you chose one of your
contacts easily. If the parameter is anything else, a
tooltip is displayed giving information about the expected
for the Quick Icon panel, this new feature is designed
to be non-intrusive. If you don't care about it, you can
continue to type and it will disappear automatically.
If you find it annoying, it can be disabled in the Commands
uninstaller has been redesigned.
interface looks better and is more user friendly.
is now an option to uninstall every installed plugin.
This is to help people fix problems related to defective
plugins. VB plugins are not deleted but the entries in
the registry are removed, which produces the same result.
improvement to help Messenger Plus! do its
job when other applications which are using similar
hooking techniques are installed on the computer.
Texts have been improved.
Quick Icons preferences panel has been redesigned to be
more clear and gives more information.
an alias for a Quick Text automatically creates a special
tag to use in a chat or any other area of Messenger Plus!
(like personalised status messages). Quick Text tags replace
native Messenger Plus! tags if the same name is used.
global option to disable Alt+X shortcuts. People who use
ASCII character codes will appreciate :).
the crash that could occur when very long quick texts
to the increasing use of the Quick Text feature, the maximum
has been increased to 50, that's 20 more than in the previous
Icon panel works correctly in the Quick Icon preferences
panel in Windows 95/98/Me (this fix also applies for other
preferences window using edit boxes).
improvements in the Messenger Plus! notification
toast looks better when displayed in Windows 2000 or Windows
Added "PlusToastFlash" registry setting. It allows
you to deactivate the systray icon flashing.
Added "PlusToastAnimate" registry setting. Use it
to disable the animation when the toast is displayed or
is displayed in grey at the bottom of schedule notifications
to notify the user that he has to click if he doesn't
want to be notified again.
Added an "auto-fix" watch dog in Messenger
Plus!. In some rare occasions, the chat can get messed-up.
Many improvements have been done to avoid this problem as
much as possible and the current version is almost perfect
in that matter, however, some specific things can still trigger
the bug and Messenger Plus! can't do anything about it (like
using multi-format color tags and using numeric codes for
custom emoticons at the same time, next to the Ctrl+K control
character). When this problem occurs, it messes-up the whole
chat and the only way to get rid was to close the window and
reopen it, well, that was until now. Messenger Plus! now analyzes
what's going on and, if it detects that the chat is being
messed-up, it attempts to fix it. The fix is generally efficient
after 2 new messages have been exchanged between you and your
contact. Those of you who already experienced this kind of
problems in the past will surely appreciate this "feature" :).
sound commands have been added!
/snoexcuse sound has been replaced by something more known
new sound commands are /sapplause, /swoow and /syawn (the
last one is from my favourite anime character)
POP3 e-mail feature has been improved
count of emails displayed when using POP3 mail accounts
includes the count of Hotmail emails (can be disabled
with the "POPAddHotmail" registry setting).
POP3 Mail section of the preferences now offers a "port" option and a fifth e-mail account to configure.
you're using Windows XP or above, Messenger Plus! updates
the welcome screen of Windows with the count of unread
emails in your accounts. For this feature to work, you
have to specify the email address associated with the
account in the preferences. The "UpdateWindowsEmailCount" registry setting can be used to disable that feature.
Added "AlwaysNotifyPopEmail" registry value. If you
set it to 1, notifications for POP3 email will always
be displayed, even if the count of unread emails didn't
change since last notification. If you use this setting,
it is suggested that you increase the checking delay to
at least 10 minutes to avoid being flooded with notifications.
now quickly format your messages by selecting
some text and pressing one of the multi-format shortcuts (like
Ctrl+B). Doing so will enclose the text between two tags.
security warning" feature is totally obsolete
and has been removed from the preferences.
The feature is now off by default but you can still enable
it in the registry (can be useful if you're still using an
older version of Messenger).
Boss Protect feature has been improved
default icon has been changed. It is now a network icon
from Shell32. Thanks to this change, the icon is assured
to completely blend in your Windows.
resource files are now accepted in the preferences. This
mean that you can quickly change the icon used in Boss
Protect just be randomly changing the number that you'll
see next to "Shell32.dll". Of course, you can
select any other DLL to get your resource from.
First Time window has been redesigned.
Messenger has not been signed-in at least once, instead
of doing nothing, pressing the shortcut combination minimizes
all the Messenger windows (that way, no bad surprise).
Plus! now requires Windows 98 or higher (it
won't work on Windows 95 or Windows NT 4).
Color panel (the window that is displayed
when you press Ctrl+K) has been improved
panel has been redesigned (not by GFD but by Fraisie herself
:). It replaces the ugly panel from the old version and
tooltips are used to display color numbers.
original 16 colors came from mIRC. 52 new colors have
been added to the panel to make a total of 68 pre-defined
color. This is very useful to quickly pick a nice color
during a chat. Of course, the custom color picker is still
available (your contacts need Messenger Plus! 3 to see
the new colors).
Added "DockingKeepsWidth" registry setting. You can use it if you won't want the width
of the contact list window to be modified when you dock it.
sound can now be associated per contact
in the Notification Configuration panel.
multi-format helper panel has been added
panel can be displayed from the Plus! toolbar menu in
instant message windows and by pressing Ctrl+R.
panel lets you choose between bold, italic, underlined
and struck-out format. The corresponding control character
is automatically added in your message.
panel informs you of the current formatting of the text
based on every other control codes placed in your message.
This is very useful when you use formatting characters
a lot and want to be sure of the final result.
option has been added to automatically accept any
kind of requests asking your authorisation.
feature will accept for you file transfers, webcam chats,
games, and any other requests asking to click on "Accept".
preferences panel allows you to select specific contacts
by default, for security reasons.
option can be individually turned on/off in each chat.
Find Text feature has been added to the chat
windows (only in MSN Messenger 6 and above). It's not a big
feature but it's useful and it will stay there as long as
Microsoft doesn't include one in Messenger :).
search window can be displayed from the Plus! menu or
by pressing Ctrl+F.
can restrict the search to match the case and to search
for whole word only. By default, the search is down from
bottom to top, of course, an option is there to search
from top to bottom if you want.
the text found is displayed behind the search window,
the window is moved a little :).
special tag. Use it to display the list of plugins that are
installed and enabled.
names and other Plus! text-formatting
features now work better when your contacts send you files
or hand written messages.
Event Log window has been improved.
click on a contact event allows you to start a chat with
wanted it, you have it: you can now sort events by clicking
on the column headers. Clicking several times on the Name
column even allows you to sort by contact email.
small visual improvements.
interface has been redesigned to be more informative (still
as simple as before though). As the Automatic/Custom installation
modes confused some people, they have been removed.
Messenger Plus! is installed for the first time, the installer
detects the language currently in use by Windows and select
the appropriate language for Messenger Plus!, if possible.
Windows XP, the setup is now capable of shutting down
Messengers that run in other user sessions. This helps
solving file-lock problems.
setup is now entirely multi-lingual and is capable of
displaying languages such as Chinese or Hebrew.
Setup" banner is displayed while the setup is extracting
the languages. A progress bar is also displayed while
Messenger Plus! is being installed.
DbgHelp.dll library is not distributed with Messenger
Plus! anymore. This change removed 325KB from the setup
setup is more "polygamy-patch friendly". If
you're using several Messenger clients at the same time
and you're upgrading your version of Messenger Plus!,
each Messenger client is closed properly before the setup
proceeds with the installation of the files (this means
that, for example, all your logs will be saved before
the update begins).
fixed: in some rare occasions, some complex languages
(like Chinese) were not displayed in the language list
under Windows 95/98/Me even though they were supported
by the operating system.
using the silent switches (/SilentInstall and /SilentInstallNoSponsor),
the confirmation web page is not displayed anymore.
A new switch
has been added to msgplus.exe. If you want to remove Messenger
Plus! from your system startup and want to run Messenger Plus!
automatically before you start Messenger, just launch "msgplus.exe
/AutoStart". Important: this procedure is not
supported and it brought to you only for your convenience.
feature for people who use shared-computers (school or work
primarily) and don't have administrator access on the computer.
Messenger Plus! can now be installed in almost
any Windows account!
setup automatically detects if you have administrator
privileges. If you don't, a warning message is displayed
and parameters are automatically adjusted, you don't need
to do anything but press Next :).
non-admin mode, a Messenger Plus! shortcut is installed
in your Start menu to let you launch Messenger with the
Messenger Plus! features. Another icon is there to uninstall
the program. Messenger Plus! won't start automatically
when the computer starts.
can force this installation mode with the /NotAdmin setup
mode is not guaranteed to work but will help most of you
use your favourite Messenger add-on in most public/restricted
computers you use :).
/assist command to trigger Request Remote Assistance.
of default Quick Texts are now created (only
when Messenger Plus! is installed for the first time). This
gives examples to first-time users and nice default commands
such as the famous IRC /slap :).
plugins API has been improved.
function is now available. It is accessible from the Plugins
menu and from the Preferences window.
DisplayToast function now works well in Windows 98/Me
with VB plugins.
documentation of the plugins API has been completely rewritten.
plugin must define Initialize() to be accepted by Messenger
security protections have been added. You may need to
update some of your old plugins for them to work properly
in Messenger Plus! 3.
new panel has been added in the preferences
your plugins are listed in this panel. Each one can be
enabled/disabled individually and the settings can be
different for each of your Messenger accounts.
installed but not enabled are identified differently.
plugin can display its own config panel with the new Configure
button (not all plugins support this function).
a plugin crashes at some point, Messenger Plus! automatically
Writing mode is detected and Messenger Plus! reacts
accordingly (by disabling some menus for example).
has been added to the auto-update url for
the current language, the version of Windows and the version
of Messenger Plus!. This will allow smaller updates to be
downloaded in the future. For those of you who monitor their
network communications, if you wonder about the "ra=" parameter, it is simply a random number put there to force
servers to go check on msgplus.net and not get the file from
font is used for non-MBCS languages in MBCS versions
of Windows 95/98/Me. This means that English will be displayed
properly in a Chinese Windows 98 for example.
Compatibility mode has been enhanced.
You will appreciate that next time MSN Messenger is upgraded
to a new version.
more problems when chatting with someone who has
an empty name.
more mess when using a Messenger version with a language
like Polish where the name of users in a chat are displayed
between two other words.
regarding emoticons in MSN Messenger 6.2 used with
Messenger Plus! features are solved.
support of RTL versions of Messenger. For example,
every floating panel now display at the left side of the cursor
while you chat.
many many other improvements and bug fixes are not listed
in this document, I don't want to write a book. Beta tests
have generated 5 more pages of updates but I won't include
them here. Let's just say that Messenger Plus! 3 is way better
and way cooler :).