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Software News   Software News : Major Epistula Update Available
   posted by Slash on 15-Aug-2006 22:15:35 (3664 reads)
Epistula v50.18
Quite a big update this time; I have been working hard on this for a while and have managed to complete all of the features I outlined in the last release.

Read more for all the details...


So, in this release the following changes have been made, and features implemented:

- Documentation is provided in PDF form.

- All imagery within Epistula is now user configurable. I've used PNG images as IFF won't display correctly on my machine. Note a word of warning though; don't try and use a PNG image with more than 256 colours as it will crash. I need to adapt my code to work with high colour images first.

- You can now add and remove contacts to and from your contact list, although this will also depend on that functionality being implemented fully in the plugin.

- Contacts can be moved (dragged and dropped) to and from any groups you have with your contact list. Note that I've found a nasty bug in the add group functionality, so it's disabled for now. A fix will be released VERY soon.

- Full logging is provided should you need it. If I'm missing anything which you'd like implemented and added to the logs, drop me a line and I'll see it's added for the next update.

- Docky icon implemented, although it doesn't do anything yet and looks err, dark. Best leave it off until I'm finished with it.

- Updated catalogs and missing translations from last version fixed. If you spot anything which isn't translated let me know so I can fix it. Note that you should remove any old epistula.catalogs.

- Nicely re-written plugin removal code which uses new features of dos.library to stop those awful crashes and 'Cannot quit plugin' messages.

- Your installed MUI Classes are checked to make sure they're the correct version or above

That's all I can think of right now, I'm sure there are lots of small fixed I've missed from that list so it'll be up to you lot to test everything for me.

TOC v50.0
TOC is a new plugin from myself which will allow you to connect to AOL's AIM service which amongst other things, allows you to add ICQ contacts to your buddy list.

I have tested this plugin with both official clients (AIM and ICQ) and I've had no problems so far.

The plugin is pretty much complete apart from two areas; your buddy list order will not be saved on exit, and file transfer isn't implemented.

Documentation is provided with the plugin should you need it, but please keep in mind that this is a first release and as such, should be expected to contain some teething problems. Please let me know of these ASAP so I can address them.

Plugin Development Kit
The plugin development kit is almost complete and will be released on my website by Friday 18th August, and will include the catalog translation files for interested parties.

As usual, all of these updates can be (or will be eventually) found on my homepage which is The Snakepit Projects.

Thanks for your patience, and enjoy! Although I've got that feeling that I've forgotten something really important

Daniel Allsopp
    

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Re: Major Epistula Available
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WOOHOO!

Thanks Slash!


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One thing I forgot to mention is that the old MSN plugin won't work with this version. So if you use Epistula for MSN, keep the old version for at least another week until I compile MSN for this new version.

Sorry about that


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That answers my next question!

Thanks for the clarification.

Last edited by mtreasure on 15-Aug-2006 at 10:37 PM.


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That looks like a propa nice update Daniel.

Nice work.

FuZion.

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Another bit of information before I nick off to bed... if you downloaded the TOC plugin before 12:10am BST please download it again as I'd accidently stripped the plugin which rendered it useless! Oops.

Oh, and can a moderator please include the word 'Update' in the title I knew I'd forgotten something!


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Re: Major Epistula Available
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ehi Daniel. Good work.. i'll try to restart to work to my plugine when i find some time...


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@afxgroup

What is your plugin for?


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C6 protocol. the problem is that no official documentation is available..


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C6? Sorry for asking a dumb question but what's that?


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Thanks for your patience, and enjoy! Although I've got that feeling that I've forgotten something really important

OS3.x version?


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Hmm update to locale?! I haven't got a email from you requesting a update
to the swedish translation yet. That I know of anyway.


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Excellent.

Thanks for the update Slash


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Off topic but how is Counterstrike coming along? I know a few weeks ago you said you'd be spending some time on it.

No pressure :)


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Sometimes there are softwares that I don't know anything about and I see an updatey news item and don't know what is being updated. What if we made it a sort of tradition that all update notices have a line somewhere reminding us what the software being updated does.

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Thanks for the update! Now I'm waiting for the MSN plugin to be finished

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C6? Sorry for asking a dumb question but what's that?

C6 is an italian chat


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Hi,

anyone to know, how to use the TOC plugin for ICQ? Seems the docs only state AIM. And the pluginprefs look like they where AIM-only?

CU,
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There are server settings in the docs (only checked the pdf file). I then used my number, password and alias as usual in that order in the plugin settings.

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You should only use the server and port as supplied with the TOC plugin, don't use any ICQ network etc.

This isn't an ICQ plugin, or an AIM plugin; it's simply a TOC plugin which will accept your AIM and ICQ accounts and password via the TOC protocol.

For clarification, use the following server: aimexpress.oscar.aol.com and port 5190 to connect to TOC.

Either supply the plugin with your AIM account, or your ICQ account.


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Don't forget to donate if you can. I've yet use any of Slash's software but seeing the button made me remember that there was a small amount sitting in my paypal account doing nothing. Now it's sat in Slash's account waiting for him to decide what to do with it instead.

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