A few months ago there was a request for a AOL Instant Messenger plug-in. I have begun development on this and have most of the backend code completed.
I am looking for suggestions on the following:
1. What features would you like to see in the plug-in?
Currently I am implementing the following:
- Displaying Connection Status. With sign-on / sign-off options.
- Displaying buddy list with refresh option
- Send and receive instant messages
- Set away messages
2. I am new to skinning and am learning as I go. Could those more experienced reccomend a good layout? Screenshots prehaps?
Anyone still working on this?
I am still working on it. Depending on how much time I have, I would like to have a alpha release out next week sometime. I will post screenshots this weekend hopefully.
As promised, I wanted to post a screenshot of the current look/feel of this plugin. I am looking to get feedback since this is the first plugin/skin that I am writing. Once I finalize the skin I will post a working screenshot with an alpha release shortly afterwards.
Here is a brief description of what I plan to add into the plugin by it's offical 1.0 release. (I will be releasing builds before that time):
Empty left area - Display current status of connection to AIM server
Disk icon - Save current messages to file (XML Format?)
Eye icon - Set Away Status
Circular arrow icon - Initiate a file transfer with the buddy you are chatting with in the current conversation
Default Centrafuse Full Screen Icon
Default Centrafuse Close Application Icon
Thin bar - Current buddy you are chatting with
Big box - Message text
Left/Right Arrows - Scroll through current conversations
Up/Down Arrows - Scroll through messages for current conversation
Black Square - Display buddy icon for the buddy you are chatting with in the current conversation
Keyboard icon - Send message within current conversation
AIM buddy icon - Display buddy list and provide button to start new conversation
Sunburst icon - Connect/disconnect from AIM service
Let me know what you guys think.
Now for the screenshot:
sound and image ... then display each in CF.
I decided I wanted to integrate at a low-level for three reasons...
2. Clean interface that's entirely touch-screen friendly.
3. Thought it would be a good base project to then tackle other plugin ideas.
Just wanted to give a quick update.
I am almost ready to release the first version of the plug-in. I am working on figuring out one last issue, prehaps someone could help me with. For detail on the issue see my post here:
Once I get that working and finish some things on the skin, I post the plug-in. Shouldn't be to much longer now.
One other question for those who have skinned plug-ins, what is the best approach to easily create the different versions of a skin? For instance, I have created the plug-in based off of Onyx WS Night. I also want to make the Day and Blue skins as well.