The most popular IRC client for Windows got a new release! mIRC is a shareware IRC client for Windows. It is developed and copyrighted by Khaled Mardam-Bey. mIRC is a highly configurable IRC client with all the goodies other clients on UNIX, Macintosh and even on windows offer, combined with a *nice* and clean user interface. mIRC offers full color text lines, DCC File Send and Get capabilities, programmable aliases, a remote commands and events handler, place sensitive popup menu’s, a great Switchbar, World Wide Web and sound support, and… a lot more. mIRC is shareware but not crippled in any way…
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* Fixes, improvements and new features.
As always this new version of mIRC addresses many of the issues reported
since the last release. A lot of time was spent tweaking features and fixing
bugs. Khaled worked on the installer, logfile handling, script error
handling, as well as a handful of other things. Only a few new features and
functions have been added, making this mainly a bugfix release.
The mIRC installer has improved a lot! The installer now offers several
pre-defined modes that allow you to choose between an Upgrade, Full or
Custom install. It ensures that backups of old files are successful, reports
error and aborts the installation if it failed for some reason.
The IRC Servers dialog now uses a treeview to display the servers list. In
response to this change the format of the servers.ini file has changed to
accomodate for a larger amount of servers. The DNS routines have changed so
that on connect the retrieved pool of IP addresses is randomised to spread
the load across connections.
Preparing for a fully Vista (the new Windows) compliant version of mIRC
several changes have been made. These incluse minor cosmetic issues, icons,
a new help file in .chm format, etc. Also a command line option has been
created that makes mIRC avoid all use of the registry. If this switch is
used, mIRC stores registry information in the mirc.ini file in a [user]
section, and does not modify registry to support irc:// links etc. This
comes handy when you want to run mIRC from a memory stick or similar device.
A lot of changes have been made to the way mIRC names and stores logfiles.
This is mainly done to prevent file corruption and loss of data when you
open multiple server connections. mIRC tries to name and rename logfiles as
smart as possible. Also, when settings are changed in the logging dialog,
the logging state of windows and any open log filenames are now immediately
updated to reflect the new settings. In previous versions new settings were
only applied when a new window was created.
We hope to have smashed the confusing ‘flash’ and ‘beep’ options by adding a
“Default” menu item to System Menu Flash/Beep items, allowing
channel/query/chat windows to use the default settings as set in the
Options/Sounds dialog. And disabling sounds in the Sounds dialog now does
actually disable -all- sounds, even those using /splay or /beep. 😉
For experienced users and scripting enthousiasts this new version has heaps
of fixes, changes and other little thingies to play with. Some of the more
useful changes for scripters are: an extension to the /toolbar command that
allows you to customize your toolbar, it now has a new switch that makes
mIRC remember your current toolbar settings and reload them automatically
the next time you run mIRC; the /window -h behaviour has been fixed so that
you can hide Status windows from the switchbar; the on WAVEEND event now
triggers as it should; Regular expression support has been improved and
resolves gpf and speed issues in the previous version; script $error
handling should work better now; and /drawrot is now much faster. We
encourage you to explore the versions.txt file for all changes. Some changes
are obvious, some need getting used to – please take your time to play with
them and see how they work.
In total there have been over 80 changes in this version and although most
of them are bug fixes or small tweaks, we hope that they result in a more
useful and stable mIRC for you.