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> Change Taskbar Icon When User Types A Message, Idea from the MsgPlus! forums
Keikonium
post May 13 2007, 05:15 PM
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As I was browsing the MsgPlus forums, I came across a thread about changing the taskbar icons when a user types a message. Here is the thread for credit purposes (as it was their idea): Click!.

Anyways, the main idea is that the icon would change to something else when a user is typing a message (like a glowing messenger buddy perhaps? (Example). Or some other icon located in the messenger .dll's tongue.gif). They have suggested that the icon only be changed when the protocol is receiving the message that the user is typing, and no other time.

Also, the tabbed chats would be handled like this:
1. If the convo that is in focus has a typing message, the icon is displayed like normal (meaning the special icon for this feature).
2. If a convo is being typed in that ISN'T in focus, a slightly different colored icon should be displayed.

However, I think a 3rd possibility should be covered, and that would be an in focus, and out of focus convo being both typed in. That would show both icons flashing back and fourth between each other... if possible.


I'm not one for grabbing ideas off other sites, but I thought this would be fairly easy for TB to do (or at least easier than the MsgPlus scripters have it) since there is already code IN SP3 to change the taskbar icon based on the users status.

What do you think of this idea? I thought it was a pretty good one smile.gif. But, possible?

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post May 13 2007, 05:35 PM
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Possible? Yes, probably.
But what if tabbed chats are enabled?


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post May 13 2007, 06:22 PM
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yes that's possible without no doubt... but the tabbed chats have the same problem of the display status icons of SP...


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post May 13 2007, 06:22 PM
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QUOTE(vikke @ May 13 2007, 01:35 PM) *

Possible? Yes, probably.
But what if tabbed chats are enabled?


QUOTE(Keikonium @ May 13 2007, 01:15 PM) *

Also, the tabbed chats would be handled like this:
1. If the convo that is in focus has a typing message, the icon is displayed like normal (meaning the special icon for this feature).
2. If a convo is being typed in that ISN'T in focus, a slightly different colored icon should be displayed.

However, I think a 3rd possibility should be covered, and that would be an in focus, and out of focus convo being both typed in. That would show both icons flashing back and fourth between each other... if possible.
I'm not one for grabbing ideas off other sites, but I thought this would be fairly easy for TB to do (or at least easier than the MsgPlus scripters have it) since there is already code IN SP3 to change the taskbar icon based on the users status.


Already covered in the MsgPlus fourms, and I added my thoughts in my post here smile.gif.

QUOTE(warmth @ May 13 2007, 02:22 PM) *

yes that's possible without no doubt... but the tabbed chats have the same problem of the display status icons of SP...


Oh I didn't know they had a problem! I never use tabbed chats, so I wasn't aware. Maybe this feature shouldn't be possible with tabbed chats then? Or just deal with the chat thats in focus, and ignore the other ones.

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post May 13 2007, 06:34 PM
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QUOTE(Keikonium @ May 13 2007, 02:22 PM) *
Oh I didn't know they had a problem! I never use tabbed chats, so I wasn't aware. Maybe this feature shouldn't be possible with tabbed chats then? Or just deal with the chat thats in focus, and ignore the other ones.
Yes I report it... but no body listen to me sad.gif !!! http://www.stuffplug.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=284

try it and you will see the problem...

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post May 13 2007, 06:40 PM
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QUOTE(Keikonium @ May 13 2007, 08:22 PM) *

Or just deal with the chat thats in focus, and ignore the other ones.

That would make the feature rather useless to me.
Here's how I want it to work:
If any contact is typing a message, change the icon. And if no contacts are typing, use the default icons.


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post May 14 2007, 07:58 AM
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Awsome idea! Special thx to linx05. Thank you.


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post May 14 2007, 09:09 AM
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Very nice idea, but if MsgPlus has this feature, and so does StuffPlug, and StuffPlug's version of the feature is better, that's not really "fair" on MsgPlus then, and that's downright stealing ideas for that plug-in and putting them into this one. But then again, there's no copyright on a forum is there, so ehh that's a bit iffy, otherwise I'm all for it.


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post May 14 2007, 09:58 PM
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Nice idea


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post May 14 2007, 11:46 PM
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QUOTE(Aardvark @ May 14 2007, 09:09 AM) *

Very nice idea, but if MsgPlus has this feature, and so does StuffPlug, and StuffPlug's version of the feature is better, that's not really "fair" on MsgPlus then, and that's downright stealing ideas for that plug-in and putting them into this one. But then again, there's no copyright on a forum is there, so ehh that's a bit iffy, otherwise I'm all for it.

Well, my take on this is to not copy features unless you can significantly improve them and the original author either can not or refuses to improve them.
There's some other variations, like don't copy unless you have a good reason, but in the end it all boils down to the same thing wink.gif

Anyway, back on topic, I feel it's a bit over the top to go change the icon and such on a new message in a messenger add-on. It's something that should be in the OS or some kind of shell extension, it's not something that should be done on a per-application basis.
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post May 15 2007, 01:39 AM
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Thanks for the post guys. Looks like I'll have to hope for a script of Plus! feature.
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post May 15 2007, 09:14 AM
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I don't know where this feature is gonna be developed... IN SP or IN MP!L scripts but I hope to see it soon working wink.gif !!!

Note: My 100th post!!! nice!!! cool.gif

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post May 18 2007, 03:56 PM
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QUOTE(warmth @ May 15 2007, 05:14 AM) *

I don't know where this feature is gonna be developed... IN SP or IN MP!L scripts but I hope to see it soon working wink.gif !!!

Note: My 100th post!!! nice!!! cool.gif


haha, i hope that everyone who will reach the 100th post in this forum will not do like you laugh.gif


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QUOTE(azn_pride @ May 18 2007, 11:56 AM) *


haha, i hope that everyone who will reach the 100th post in this forum will not do like you laugh.gif
why??? you don't like celebrations???


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post May 18 2007, 06:41 PM
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Probably because most people celebrate every thousand or so posts on most forum, not every hundred, as if everyone celebrated every 100 posts, the forum would just be filled with people celebrating it wink.gif

Anyways, back on topic please!

I kinda agree with TB about it being more a Windows thing and not a stuffplug thing, and I personally don't have a use for it... I'm happy to either wait for the message, or look at the bit at the bottom of the convo if I'm that bothered tongue.gif
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post May 18 2007, 07:08 PM
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Yer, what Kangie said.. :S. A contact who's typing a message doesn't bother me. I'm quite happy to wait for thier message


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