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 Updated: MessPatch Light for MSN Messenger 7.0.X
Updated: MessPatch Light for MSN Messenger 7.0.X

dwergs says ( 14 Sep 2007 ):

 

The code for third generation Mess Patches turned out a bit too rusty, so Rolando updated MessPatch Light for MSN Messenger 7.0.0820 instead! Just click the button in the upper left part of this page to get access to the most basic tweaks. No download required, no plethora of advanced options!

Here's the complete changelog for this second beta of MessPatch Light:

- Added compatibility with MSN Messenger 7.0.x.
- Fixed Messenger directory detection.
- Added custom directory selection.
- Fixed missing files error.
- GUI fix: patch now appears uniform regardless of the user's DPI setting

Over six thousand Messers have already enjoyed the simplicity of MessPatch Light since it was launched a month ago, so give it a shot and share your experience in the new Mess Patch forum!



 LifeCam line extended, Photo Swap integrated
LifeCam line extended, Photo Swap integrated

dwergs says ( 14 Sep 2007 ):

 

At the beginning of the week, Microsoft announced two new webcams, the LifeCam VX-7000 for desktop users and the LifeCam NX-3000 for notebooks.

LifeCam VX-7000
windows live messenger lifecam nx-7000• Video (2.0 MP) and still photography (7.6 MP interpolated).
• Sleek design that blends seamlessly into the PC monitor.
• Built-in unidirectional microphone with acoustic noise cancellation.
• 71-degree, wide-angle lens fits more people at once.
• Automatic adjustments for low-light conditions.
• Glass element lens delivers clear video quality.
• Illuminated LED indicates the camera is in use.
• Price-tag: $99.95 (U.S.).

LifeCam NX-3000
windows live messenger lifecam nx-3000• Video (640x480 pixels) and still photography (1.3 MP).
• Built-in unidirectional microphone with acoustic noise cancellation.
• Automatic audio control provides enhanced sound clarity.
• Swivel lens allows users to adjust the camera angle.
• Illuminated LED indicates the camera is in use.
• Video Effects enable users to personalize video calls with fun visual elements such as snow, stars and flowers.
• Protective carrying case.
• Price-tag $59.95 (U.S.).

They're already available for pre-order through Amazon.com and will hit U.S. stores later this month.

The press release also adds that the entire LifeCam line (including last year's LifeCam VX-1000, VX-3000, VX-6000 and NX-6000 models) now offers quick access to Photo Swap, the Windows Live Messenger activity that allows you to show off your digital photos during a text, voice or video conversation. Pre-existent Windows Live integration include a Windows Live Call Button on top of each camera, the LifeCam Dashboard built into the Windows Live Messenger window, and the one-touch blogging feature which allows users to post pictures instantly to their Windows Live Spaces blog.



 Windows Live Messenger 8.5 Beta 2 has improved Video Calls
Windows Live Messenger 8.5 Beta 2 has improved Video Calls

dwergs says ( 14 Sep 2007 ):

 

There aren't that many obvious changes in last week's Windows Live Messenger 2008 (8.5.0816) release, so it's always nice to hear from the Messenger team itself about stuff that's been changed in the background. Aaron, Program Manager for Messenger Voice, Video and Sounds, mentioned that the Video Call feature has been improved a lot, especially on Windows Vista..

"If you've occasionally run into audio jitter or noise in a Video Call, our latest version should help. We also improved echo support and a small issue with the volume sliders."
We haven't heard any praise from users about this yet, but then again, we usually only hear the complaints :)



 May the forced upgrade be with you, or not
May the forced upgrade be with you, or not

dwergs says ( 14 Sep 2007 ):

 

The previously announced mandatory upgrade for older Messenger clients has yesterday gone into effect. One last time, here's the deal:

MSN Messenger x.x or Windows Live Messenger 8.0 on Windows XP/Vista => forced upgrade to Windows Live Messenger 8.1.0178.

MSN Messenger x.x on Windows 95, 98, ME or 2000 => forced upgrade to MSN Messenger 7.0.0820.

Unfortunately, the tough measure has caused some frustration among Messers here and there. Some of you have a hard time breaking with MSN Messenger altogether, some fell in love with this one skin that's been discontinued, others don't want to risk losing their precious custom content, and so on. Here are some tips how to deal with the letdown, sent in by helpful Messers:

1) Those on Windows XP who were forced to install Windows Live Messenger 8.1 can just as easily uninstall it and go with the just released MSN Messenger 7.0 instead. Now go to your MSN Messenger folder (usually under C:\Program Files) and right-click msnmsgr.exe. Then under Compatibility mode, select Windows 2000 from the dropdown menu. When you launch MSN Messenger, it'll go through a short repair process and everything will run like normal again. I know, it's a bit of a step back if you were on 7.5 before, but it's the easiest and safest solution. [Thanks to Vegetable, tn201 and coch for this tip]

2) The more advanced Messer can stick to whatever version or skin he or she is using thanks to some simple hex editing. Grab an hex editor like XVI32 and search and replace the 7 in all references to your current version number to an 8 (eg. "7.5.0324" becomes "8.5.0324"). Do this with the unicode checkbox both checked and unchecked. Just be forever careful not to accept webcam session invitations from those you don't know or trust, because in theory you're still vulnerable and you can't come complaining to us nor Microsoft when things go awol [Submitted by Transient].

3) I've read a few horror stories about people who lost their collection of display pictures, custom emoticons, and other content after upgrading. To reduce the risk, backup your content first with ConCon Retriever 2.1.1. Then if turns out stuff has gone missing, you can use version 2.2.3 to restore all of it in Windows Live Messenger. You can download this excellent freeware tool here.

Either way, good luck!



 Shout, shout, let it all out in the Mess Patch forum
Shout, shout, let it all out in the Mess Patch forum

dwergs says ( 13 Sep 2007 ):

 

With last month's launch of MessPatch Light and the ever-growing success of Mess Patch, it was about time we added a subforum dedicated to one of Mess.be's most popular downloads. Feel free to use it for suggestions, comments, or bug reports related to Mess Patch or MessPatch Light!

Messers Domsy and Cartox already made good use of it, which resulted in a fix of the "Featured content" bug. The corrected version of Mess Patch has been available for download since a few days. I've seen someone else asking for the MSN Messenger 7.0.0820 update, all I can say is just hang in there a teeny bit longer...

>> Head over to the Mess Patch forum.

>> Download Mess Patch for Windows Live Messenger 8.5 Beta 2.

>> Download Mess Patch for Windows Live Messenger 8.1.



 Updated: MSN Messenger 7.0.0820 (BTW: Yes, we're still 2007)
Updated: MSN Messenger 7.0.0820 (BTW: Yes, we're still 2007)

dwergs says ( 12 Sep 2007 ):

 

It feels rather retro to post this, but after more than two years there's really a new version of MSN Messenger 7.0 which, like announced yesterday, deals with the potential webcam exploit.

msn messenger 7.0At the time of writing, build 7.0.0820 wasn't yet forced upon those using MSN Messenger 7.0.0816 and older clients.

Since this will be the client of choice for Messers on Windows versions other than XP and Vista, Rolando will be dusting off some antique Mess Patch code. No ETA for that one yet, but keep watching this space.

>> Download MSN Messenger 7.0.0820 (available in 26 languages).



 Forced, XP-only Windows Live Messenger 8.1 update
Forced, XP-only Windows Live Messenger 8.1 update

dwergs says ( 11 Sep 2007 ):

 

In order to address the reported webcam vulnerability present in MSN Messenger 6.2, 7.0 (minus 7.0.0820), 7.5 and Windows Live Messenger 8.0, Microsoft will today force users of these outdated clients to install Windows Live Messenger 8.1 as part of this month's "Patch Tuesday".

Because older Windows versions aren't supported by 8.1, the compulsory update affects only those on Windows XP. Other users will soon, at an indefinite date, be forced to update to a fixed version of MSN Messenger 7.0 (UPDATE: Thanks to Betty for reminding me that 7.5 was already XP-only).

Seems like MSN Messenger has not been written off yet!



 Meebo adds file sending
Meebo adds file sending

dwergs says ( 11 Sep 2007 ):

 

The latest release of our favourite web-based IM aggregator, Meebo, fulfills one of its userbase's biggest feature requests: file transfers. By clicking the new "Send File" button in the conversation window, users can now send as much files as they want to any of their contacts, on any IM service. The method differs from usual peer-to-peer file transfers: files will first be uploaded to an intermediate storage server and then the other contact will receive a meebo.com-based download URL.

There doesn't seem to be a restriction on filesize (it accepted an 800mb file but I didn't wait for it to completely upload) and Meebo hasn't yet told us how long exactly files are stored. The only downside is Meebo still isn't able to accept file transfers coming from other clients, like Windows Live Messenger.

UPDATE (via Wired): Currently files expire after 4 hours and are limited to 10 MB with a 30 MB/month cap. These restrictions are susceptible to change depending on user feedback, and support for Safari is yet to be added.

>> Read more on the meeblog.



 Toast Messaging, limited features but good-smelling
Toast Messaging, limited features but good-smelling

dwergs says ( 11 Sep 2007 ):

 

You may or may not know, but toasts are a great medium for getting a message across. And I'm not referring to those little notification windows -also known as "toasts"- popping up at the bottom-right of your desktop when somebody initiates a Messenger conversation. I'm really talking about sliced bread browned on both sides by exposure to radiant heat.

toast messengerSo far, toasts have only been used by the divine for the occasional "message from above" (okay, and by some pranksters). But Sasha Tseng intends to change all that with his Note Toaster. The prototype design suggests how easily anyone can jot down a note on the toaster with the included stylus, which the next family member who inserts a slice of bread will then find burned into his or her toast. While features are scarce, it does support custom emoticons: just draw whatever crazy smiley comes to mind!

More effective than "fridge messaging" and far more original than yellow post-it notes, we'd recommend this hi-tech kitchen appliance to everyone who wants to start IM'ing early in the morning. Let's hope it goes into production one day...

>> Visit Sasha Tseng's portfolio.

>> Via Yanko Design (check for more images).



 Windows Live Messenger as a games platform
Windows Live Messenger as a games platform

dwergs says ( 10 Sep 2007 ):

 

Kim Pallister, Microsoft's game platform strategist, recently outlined the company’s casual game platforms and business models at the Austin Game Developers Conference, and he shared some interesting facts about games for Windows Live Messenger.

Microsoft will be taking steps to increase awareness of Windows Live Messenger as a games platform. Developers interested in releasing their game for MSN Network or Windows Live Messenger platforms need to make arrangements with Oberon Media or RealNetworks, as Microsoft doesn’t normally deal directly with developers. There are also numerous prerequisites for game approval, including quality and portfolio fit, content requirements, and technical requirements which vary by platform.

Microsoft projects 300 million Windows Live Messenger users by the end of fiscal 2007. The bulk of the audience is between the ages of 13 and 34, split almost equally between men and women. Windows Live Messenger games are more popular in Europe than in the US or Asia, with its biggest support coming from gamers in France.

Finally, the Top 10 most popular Windows Live Messenger games consist of UNO, Checkers, Tic-Tac-Toe, Minesweeper Flags, Bejeweled, Rock Paper Scissors, Solitaire, Jigsaw Too, 7 Hand Poker, and Sudoku Too.

>> Launch Messenger Games.

[Source: GamesIndustry.biz]



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