Prettification of Miranda
*Miranda is a mulitprotocol instant messenger*
This small tutorial is written for v 0.70. You can get it here. Well the first thing for this is to go and get the plugins you’ll be needing.
ieview – (unstable version) v22.214.171.124 You have to make sure you have this version if you are using IE7 or it will give you errors.
tabSRMM - v 126.96.36.199
And the modern clist which should be included with Miranda.
To install the plugins, it is pretty simple. You find your Miranda root folder and in there is another folder called plugins. Simply take both the .dll’s and drop them into that folder. If you already have Miranda running, close and restart it. Then go
Options->Plugins and there click tabsrmm, ieview and modern clist. Restart Miranda and the plugins are installed.
Your next step is to find some skins you like. Now, please note you skin Miranda (where your contacts are) and the message box (where you type your message at) separately. ieview will mod your message box and modern clist is used for modding your contact list.
So for ieview themes, go here.
For mordern clist themes, go here.
What I suggest doing is in your Miranda root folder is creating a folder called skins and one called ieviews. This is just to make life easier when you start amassing several different skins and want to quickly and easily browse and switch between them.
We will start with applying the contact list theme. Extract the theme to your skins directory (they are usually zipped). Next go into Miranda, Options -> Customize -> Skin and it may already have the skin listed. If not , browse for it. You will be looking for .msf files which are usually in the theme folder, but not always. You may see several of these files for each theme. Thats normal. They are just different color schemes, or a slightly different build. After you find the skin you want, apply and it you should notice the effects right away ^_^
Onto ieview skinning. This is just as easy basically. Extract your skin to your ieview directory and then go, Options -> Message Sessions -> IEView -> (tab) Message Log.
In the message log tab you will see several modes to select from. Choose the last one, use templates. Next browse to your ieview folder where you will be looking for .ivt files. Again there many be several for one theme. Different colors, slight mods, etc. Below you will see template options. Not all themes support all of the options, so try them out. Hit apply and ok, then try messaging someone. You should see the changes!
And one final note: If you like to have your messages pop open when someone messages you, this how you do it.
Options -> Message Sessions -> Message Windows -> (tab) Tabs and Layout -> Message tab and window creation options. There is an option “ALWAYS pop up and activate new message windows”. Check it and your good to go ^_^
I hope this helps ya make your Miranda pretty. If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask. I will try to answer them.