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Description: MSN client
Download: sabremsn.lha       (TIPS: Use the right click menu if your browser takes you back here all the time)
Size: 771kb
Version: 0.77
Date: 21 Apr 2012
Author: James Carroll
Submitter: James Carroll
Homepage: http://wookiechat.amigarevolution.com
Category: network/chat
Replaces: network/chat/sabreos4_20110422.lha
License: Freeware
Distribute: yes
Min OS Version: 4.0
FileID: 7059
Comments: 10
Snapshots: 3
Videos: 0
Downloads: 485  (Current version)
1666  (Accumulated)
Votes: 0 (0/0)  (30 days/7 days)

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Daniel Westerberg has now taken over development of Sabre. :)

SabreMSN is a MUI based MSN client for chatting on the MSN network.

You need to create your MSN account through the web I think (cant remember how),
if you havent already got an account. It cannot be done through SabreMSN.

AmigaOS 4.1 contains every file that is required for SabreMSN to work. AmigaOS
3.x users will need to download AmiSSL, codesets.library, MUI 3.8,
betterstring.mcc, nlist.mcc, thebar.mcc, JPG and PNG datatypes, WAV datatype,
and I dont know what else.. :/

- MSN display pictures
- popup's for incoming messages and when users come online (This feature works
with AmigaOS 4.1 Update #1)
- file transfer capability with Windows Live Messenger and other clients
- emoticons
- "user is typing" notifications
- nudges (they shake the window just like on Windows)
- logging/log reloading
- utf8 character conversion using codesets.library
- sound alerts
- editable usernames
- add/remove and rename users
- personal messages
- music messages, showing music person is listening to
- optional tabbed chat window
- ARexx interface (read the docs for more info)

Known problems (roughly)

- Sometimes messages arent sent to your contact until you double click his name
in the list again, or if he types the next message.. investigating
- Avatar downloading doesnt always work
- File transfers crash sometimes when aborting?


This version tries to introduce an Empathy or Emesene style contact list, with
scaled avatars
next to peoples names. Also, their personal message or music is now shown
underneath the persons
name, so those details are visible on skinnier windows.

The default "no avatar" image has been replaced with something better.

The Settings window has been redone with a tabbed style display. Saves screen
space. Especially
when you're not running 1920x1080 24" monitors like me. :P

The all in one style interface (with the contacts and chat windows combined) has
been removed, due
to not being able to test all 3 possible settings thoroughly.. and the hassle of
three seperate GUI modes. So now we have a tabbed mode, and a windowed mode.
Keeps things simple
I think.

Theres a few annoyances left in this release. The display pictures in already
opened chat
windows are not re-scaled when you change the scaling prefs (but they are
updated properly when
using chat tabs). And also, if you have a line of text, and the cursor is
positioned in the middle
of your text, when you hit enter, the program doesnt catch the Enter keypress
before the message
is sent and the message gets a newline inserted there (effectively getting split
into two lines).
I will correct these hopefully minor issues in the next release.. but this has
been getting
tweaked for too long, so I wanted to get something new out the door.

Thank you to the usual suspects for helping me out again. :)

2012-04-15: v0.77
- Fixed a number of memory leaks, especially one continuous leak.
- Added a status icon for oneself to make it easier to see what status I have.
- Made a setting to use or not the status icons for those who think they are
- Improved the auto-Idle timeout such that it only sets you idle if you are
truly idle and not using mouse or keyboard for 10 minutes. Also unidle
automatically when sending a message.
- Made the height of the chat input text box adjustable.
- Put the button bar into a virtualgroup to let you scale down the window.
- Made the Quit requester look a bit nicer and accept keys.

2011-04-22: v0.76
- Added sanity check to prevent a crash during the automatic downloading
 of avatars. Thank you all for the crashlogs, and to Damien Stuart in
 particular with his follow up testing. :)

2010-11-27: v0.75
- When chatting, pressing enter in the middle of a line of text will no longer
  insert a linebreak before sending the text
- A message will be displayed when you are disconnected due to your account
 logged into from another computer, and when the server goes down for
- Error message is displayed when you attempt to login with an incorrect
- Disconnection times are displayed next to Offline users in the Contacts List
- Sabre automatically spends a few minutes trying to grab everybodys avatars in
  contacts list once connected if they're not up to date.

2010-08-13: v0.74
- Re-added the status graphics next to peoples nicks.

2010-07-14: v0.73
- Contacts list has been redone, with scaled avatars beside peoples names
- Multiline chat field, control + Enter to do a line break without sending the
- Timestamped messages in the chat display telling you when someone has gone
- Tabs open in the background when you already have one open now
- Avatars can be scaled now
- New Settings window, with tabbed display. Takes up much less screen space

2010-05-20: Alpha 72
- The first message of a new switchboard session was not getting through
sometimes.. tinkered with
- Personal messages with a percentage sign character in them were cut off
- Fixed crash when receiving files from a person when the tab opens because of a
file transfer

2010-05-07: Alpha 71
- Problem with sending the CAL command to invite a person into the switchboard
wasnt incrementing
  the message ID and MAY have been causing weird problems.
- Problem with acknowledgements being sent to messages when they were 0 bytes
- Login was sending two commands too early, and was causing disconnections when
trying to login
  the first one or two times.
- Sabre quits the switchboard when the last person sends a BYE message, instead
of sitting there
  and inviting them back in all the time when you type something new.
- Clicking on the display name in the main window will allow you to edit your
name without going
  into the Settings window

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