Features of Mercury
- Support for multiple operating systems, you can run the same Mercury version on Mac OS X, FreeBSD, Linux and Windows.
Extended MSN Functions
- Be online with several MSN addresses at the same time (without starting a new program for every account)
- Login with your status on ‘Invisible’ or any other status you want.
- Have a different MSN name in every conversation (Personal name)
- Send screen shots to your contacts
- Add more then 12 users in one conversation (MSN messenger limit)
- Special codes in your name.
- Nick scroller, change your name every 30 seconds into something complety different (allows the usage of the special codes)
- Avatar scroller, automaticly change your avatar every 5 minutes
- Background image scroller, automaticly change backgrounds every x minutes
- Send larger avatars then normal
- Override someones avatar
- Enter notes while in a conversation you might need later (date of birth, last name, phone numbers)
- Use and create your own plugins
- Custom games:
- you can also create them yourself
- See when someone starts a conversation with you before he says something (this has been removed from MSN7, Mercury will now show when someone starts typing, this is the closest I could get to the old function)
- See when someone closes the chat conversation window.
- See who added you into a conversation with multiple people
- See when someone deletes you from their contact list.
- See what MSN client version someone is using (or emulating, Mercury currently emulates 7.5)
- See if someone in your list is using Mercury
- See if someone in your list has a webcam (if he/she allows you to see it)
- See your fake, faked and ghost friends
- Specific triggers for each person (trigger = action after event)
- Supported actions for a trigger include sound, a popup window, a windows balloon (balloon=Windows only), shaking a window
- Support for Growl
Access to Resources
- All avatars downloaded are stored on your computer
- All webcam streams are stored on your computer, you can convert them to a Quicktime movie if you want or watch them internally using the webcam stream player
- All personal emoticons downloaded are stored on your computer
Extended IM Functions
- Text recall.
- Auto log chat conversations, always log your chats so you can read back everything that is said between you and your contacts.
- Auto login multiple accounts on startup.
- Auto away, change your status to away (or anything else) after x seconds of idle time (Windows and Linux only)
- Auto update when a new version is available (Mercury asks if you wish to update when new version is available)
- XML and text based chat logs
- Customize all menu bars.
- Customize your contact list:
- Hide offline contacts
- Show emoticons in the list
- Sort contacts by group, status or both
- Show contacts by email, MSN name, alias or a combination of the above, supports multiple lines (List view)
- Change the status icons
- See the difference between contacts using Mercury, contacts having a webcam, fake friends and more
- Show display pictures in the list
- Customize your conversation area: (1710 Beta and up)
- By using HTML you can make your conversation looking the way you want it to
- By downloading views other people made, you can find the view you like the most without making it yourself
- Show contacts in the program by email, MSN name, alias or a combination of the above (General view)
- Add new status icons
- Mercury has 10 custom skins and 3 java skins
- XML based setting files.
Downsides of Mercury
- It requires a pretty fast computer if you want to take full advantage of all it’s functions. Since I am using Swing to display the user interface almost no native widgets are used. This can slow things down on older computers.
- Not sure if you can call this a downside, but Mercury was not made to be exactly like MSN Messenger. It might take you a few seconds longer to find an option you need. I’m not trying to make a MSN Messenger clone so the user interface is different…