I made true on my threat to create my own installer for Miranda IM that comes with some plugins I consider important pre-installed. If you want to give it a shot, you can get it here. Immodest as I am, I called it Miranda IM Plus (and also to reduce confusion with the official release).

This is what you get:

  1. ICQ, MSN, Google Talk, Jabber, AIM and Yahoo supported (and the installer lets you select which ones you really want).
  2. A choice of icon sets for either 32 bit or 16 bit icons, depending on whether you run Windows XP or not.
  3. OpenSSL libraries are installed for the protocols that can make use of them.
  4. Your profile is created in your profile directory (%APPDATA%), not in “Program Files”.
  5. KeepStatus, a plugin that automatically reconnects you when you lose contact to the servers (ICQ users rejoice).
  6. History++, a plugin that makes the chat history significantly more useful.
  7. SmileyAdd, a plugin that adds smileys to your chat window

All of those features are chosen by a simple process: If I have use for them and would recommend them, then they are included. This is why there is no fancy themed contact list, no IRC protocol and no sound schemes. Actually, I do use a sound scheme, but I’ve yet to find another person that likes it, so I am not including it :-).

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