mIRC 6.14 has been released! (March 3rd 2004)
A fresh new version of mIRC released today! With this new release we think to address the most important comments, requests and remarks we received after the release of version 6.12. The new version fixes lots of the small but nevertheless annoying buggies found in the previous version. Among them the much discussed tooltip gpf bug and a daylight savings time offset bug.
While we tried to focus on fixing things, of course some new features and functions have been added. Although some of these new things, like the SSL support, might have to mature a bit over the next versions, we think it is fun to play with them already! A few items I'd like to mention as useful changes:
Lots of work has been done on the support of multi-byte character encodings and the sjis-jis support. Khaled has added a "Multibyte editbox" option to the Messages dialog, which makes mIRC use a richedit editbox in all mIRC Windows for entering text. mIRC was using the standard Windows editbox before. The richedit editbox displays complex scripts properly. The Sjis/Jis and Multibyte options are now automatically enabled if mIRC detects a Multibyte version of Windows the first time mIRC is run. Khaled also fixed various multi-byte display/mark/copy bugs and improved sjis-jis support.
An option to 'reload' logs has been added to the /IRC/Logging/ dialog. It will make mIRC load the tail of a logfile into your channel and chat windows. Seems to work fine. However, various line attributes, such as color, are not (yet) saved in the log files, so the reloaded log is displayed in the normal text color.
Support for SSL has been added. You'll have to download some DLL's of OpenSSL 0.9.7c separately from mIRC and place them in the mIRC folder for this to work. mIRC will load the dll's automatically if it finds them, after which you can initiate a secure connection to an SSL capable IRC server. SSL settings can be found in the Connect/Options dialog, and are visible only when openssl dlls are loaded. Read more on http://www.mirc.co.uk/ssl.html.
A Sort dialog has been added to the Window Menu. It allows you to specify the sort order of Switchbar buttons and Window types. Buttons are always sorted into groups. With the /View/Options/Display/ sort option turned off, Switchbar buttons are sorted according to creation time within groups as opposed to alphabetical sorting.
By popular request Query/Chat windows now remember their individual font settings. We also
- moved the port range options, which now applies to all connections, to a /Connect/Advanced/ dialog,
- added a /cnick -sN switch, sorts item into Nth position,
- made the switchbar to allow up to eight lines in height and displays scroll buttons when it is vertical,
- fixed $com() dispatch pointers bug,
- added an :error goto point, by which script errors can be caught, and
- improved the find dialog in the script editor a lot.
As you see there are heaps of changes and improvements. Lots of little and larger changes to smoothen your IRC experience. You'll have to dig through the help file in mIRC and the whatsnew.txt to learn about the complete list of changes and their impact. Some are obvious, some need getting used to - please take your time to play with them and see how it works. If you have questions, may we invite you to the Message Board on this website? The board offers great help with everything related to mIRC!