XChat 2.8.7 released [change-log/screenshots]

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XChat 2.8.7 released

Postby peterz » 20 Mar 2008 01:25

XChat 2.8.7 for Windows is out. Here are some screenshots of selected new features. The full change-log follows.

http://xchat.org/files/binary/win32/xchat-2.8.7b.exe (latest)
http://xchat.org/files/binary/win32/xchat-2.8.7a.exe
http://xchat.org/files/binary/win32/xchat-2.8.7.exe

Friendlier channel management:
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The nick-name right-click menu now has icons and can automatically
download and display /WHOIS information, including a person's
away-reason:
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Settings on a per-channel basis:
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Colors and attributes are now shown in the Channel List window:
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Colors and attributes in the topic and input-bar:
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Icon added for WHOIS output (if you choose the Eye Candy Theme):
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Postby peterz » 20 Mar 2008 01:30

News for 2.8.7 (20/Mar/2008)

• The lag-o-meter now has a full-scale of 1.0 seconds and turns different colours (green, yellow, red).
• The /timer plugin is now loaded before other plugins/scripts so they can make use of it.
• The tray icon now responds to mouse-release events instead of mouse-press to avoid a bug on Vista [forum post].
• The Drag&Drop files to userlist feature has been enabled again.
• Changing the time-stamp format now applies the new setting instantly (in 2.8.5e it wouldn't fit in the margin until a restart).
• If you have an SSL cert/key, it can now be loaded from C:\Program Files\XChat\client.pem or <XChatDir>\<Network>.pem (requires OpenSSL).
• The Alerts settings now accept wildcards, instead of partitial string match [1807563]. This avoids the problem of people with very short nicks getting too many highlights.
• Changing away status during reconnect/disconnect will now remember it.
• You can now change your Away/Back status (all networks) in the tray menu.
• Favorite Channels / Auto-Join-List management:
o Network List window now has a "..." button to edit the auto-join-list in a more friendly way.
o Channel(text area), Tree/Tab and Channel-List right-click menus now have a Add/Remove function.
o Previous limit of 300 bytes has been overcome. Now up to 2 KB worth of channels/keys can be joined and it will be automatically split into multiple lines, if necessary.
o Per-Channel settings now save to disk, including Logging and Scrollback settings.
o /ChanOpt has been re-worked to be more like /Set.
• 'hostname:port' syntax is now accepted, if it's not an IPv6 address. This should avoid confusion.
• The Notify List has been renamed to Friends List, so it's more obvious what it is.
• The Userlist right-click menu now has icons and an option to add to friends list. If you've edited this menu before you'll still get the old one. To get the new one delete XChatDir\popup.conf while XChat isn't running.
• When there's missing information in the Userlist right-click menu, it'll issue a silent /WHOIS and fill it in. This includes retrieving a person's away-reason.
• A few GUI, menu and tray icons have been improved.
• <XChatDir>\startup.txt is now loaded on launch (like /LOAD -e). It's a text file full of commands to execute when XChat starts (optional).
• The /Menu command's -i parameter can now be a file relative to <XChatDir>\Icons.
• The tree/tab right-click menu has been reorganized.
• The Channel List window now shows bold, underline, italic and mIRC colors.
• Added support for QuakeNet's /AUTH for nick password, when numeric 005 NETWORK=QuakeNet is detected.
• You can now copy with IRC attributes and mIRC colors if CTRL key is down when a selection is finished (on mouse release). This replaces the old "Color paste" feature.
• The input box and topic bar support editing with attributes (bold, underline etc) and mIRC colors.
• Added a 'compact' flag to gui_tweaks. This'll make the userlist and tree spacing smaller. E.g. type /set -or gui_tweaks 32 and restart to turn it on.
• Improved the reconnect logic. If a network is already open but disconnected, it'll now get re-used if you use the Network List and connect to that same network.
• text_stripcolor can now be set to different values 0-Off 1-Strip Messages 2-Strip Topic 3-Strip Both.
• The /Clear command takes a number as paramater (how many lines to clear).
• With the input-box in focus, CTRL-ALT-o will now open xchat's data folder.
• Fixed a bug that could cause a crash when joining a channel you've been in before. Caused by a bug in re-loading the scrollback (Thanks to Warpath).
• Plugin API: Fixed a bug where not all 32 elements were available in word[] and word_eol[].
• Plugin API: xchat_emit_print will now trigger Sound, Blink, Icon etc type events, depending on user's settings.
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Postby bassgoonist » 20 Mar 2008 06:26

so is there anyway to get the eye candy theme but with the black background theme colors?
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Postby DjiXas » 20 Mar 2008 10:50

Wow, thanks a lot. Keep it up
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Postby peterz » 21 Mar 2008 03:13

bassgoonist wrote:so is there anyway to get the eye candy theme but with the black background theme colors?

Yeah, but no one's made one yet. It would be a matter of starting with the blacktheme's "pevents.conf" and adding some icons to it, and copying the eye-candy-theme's "icons.conf". You'd need a good/powerful text editor that can insert unicode chars like U+E000. I really don't feel like tackling it myself.
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Postby TRB-2 » 24 Mar 2008 18:14

Winamp announcer 1.51 crashes xchat now whenever it's loaded. Where can I find the solution to this?
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color paste options

Postby TommyG » 26 Mar 2008 05:32

this afternoon i updated to this new seemingly better version of xchat only to find out the right click option on each tab to enable color pasting has gone missing. what has happend to it as its not listed in the change log listed here as having been removed or moved?

and how can i enable this now?
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Postby nob0dy » 26 Mar 2008 22:27

TommyG

I was wondering about it for a while too.. Than I checked changelog once again :wink:

• You can now copy with IRC attributes and mIRC colors if CTRL key is down when a selection is finished (on mouse release). This replaces the old "Color paste" feature.
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Postby TommyG » 26 Mar 2008 22:54

must have overlooked that, will have to reread a couple more times to see if there was anything else i may have missed. Thanx for pointing that out :)
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Postby nob0dy » 27 Mar 2008 00:01

o Per-Channel settings now save to disk, including Logging and Scrollback settings.


When used (disabling 'Log to disk') on server tab (or server in tree view) after restart its back - enabled again.

Channel settings stays as set..

Is there a way how to make 'Log to Disk' disabled by default ? I would prefer that.

//edit//
If i disable logging in general preferences and then enable 'log to disk' on chosen channels it will create log file with
e.g. wrote:**** BEGIN LOGGING AT Thu Mar 27 15:04:39 2008
but wont write (log) anything else to it..
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Postby AllMassive » 28 Mar 2008 20:47

My Xchat just died a couple of times after trying to paste ~4100 chars as one messageline to a chan.
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Postby i » 28 Mar 2008 22:47

AllMassive wrote:My Xchat just died a couple of times after trying to paste ~4100 chars as one messageline to a chan.

I have same problem..
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Postby peterz » 29 Mar 2008 05:13

There are a couple of known bugs in 2.8.7, funny how no one notices while the alphas are being tested.

1) The input-box buffer limit is broken. Typing or pasting too much will crash it.

2) Logging problem Nobody reported. Globally logging OFF, setting it ON for just one channel will fail to log anything.

I'll wait a little longer to see if anything else important pop up before pushing out a 2.8.7a release.
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Postby i » 31 Mar 2008 00:31

There's another bug..
When moving any other window over Xchat's window, the elements of Xchat's interface become blank
The same happens when changing anything in settings and pressing "OK".
When minimizing Xchat's window and restoring it back, everything is being redrawed properly.

And more about logging bugs..
When the private/channel is not active and I'm trying to enable logging for it in it's menu, the logging is not working. It works only when the private/channel I'm trying to enable logging for is active. The checkbox is being set in both cases though.
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Postby AllMassive » 01 Apr 2008 23:12

It happend quite a few Times that i couldn't see my Cursor within some Bckground-Colors during editing a colored Topic.
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