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    AOL Instant Messenger Plug-in ... in development

    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?

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    Add a direct Connect button!!!!!!!!
    My friends and I always direct connect and send images and sounds. I had started some skins on mp3car if you look for aim you might find my varios threads on this.

    thanks
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    Anyone still working on this?

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    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.

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    Sweet!

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    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):

    Top bar
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    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

    Main Area
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    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

    Side Bar
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    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

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    Let me know what you guys think.


    Now for the screenshot:
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    Wheres the direct connect button otherwise it looks good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbkowns View Post
    Wheres the direct connect button otherwise it looks good!
    Good point ... I will be adding this as well.... however, since I am doing this at an API level (not just skinning AIM itself) this will be the most complex feature to add ... since I will need to handle each sound and image ... then display each in CF.

    I decided I wanted to integrate at a low-level for three reasons...

    1. Speed.
    2. Clean interface that's entirely touch-screen friendly.
    3. Thought it would be a good base project to then tackle other plugin ideas.

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    Sounds good so get aim chatting then add other cool features liek direct connect.
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    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:

    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...570#post936570

    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.

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