This started as a simple addon someone requested on the forums just to darken the chat background. I only did it because it was simple & quick. I got a few requests for small things & squeezed in time to do it when I could. But, I keep getting more. I'm glad you guys like it & I will keep it alive, but I don't have much time to add features to this.
(3.1) Added Clear Buffer Slash Command -- You can now use /reloadclear to clear the buffers. This clears all chat buffers.
(3.0) Added Chat Buffers -- Chat is now buffered, up to 100 messages. You can choose to have previous chat automatically reloaded for you when you reload the ui and login. This way you wont miss any conversations when your reloading your UI.
(3.0) New SlashCommands -- /reloadchat, /reloadparty, /reloadwhisper, /reloadguild, /reloadofficer. These commands will reload ALL chat in their respective chat buffers.
(3.0) Optional Slash Command Parameter -- You can add a time parameter to the slashcommands and it will only display messages that are less than that many minutes old. For example:
/reloadwhispers 20 would reload all whipsers from the last 20 minutes into the chat window.
NOTE: The chat buffers are capped at 100 messages. Once a buffer is full it will remove the oldest message each time it saves a new one. So just because you can type /reloadchat 99999 Its probably not going to have messages that old in the buffer.
(2.9) pChat Compatibility -- Made some changes to be more compatible with pChat. Now if you run pChat the timestamps in ChatIt will automatically be disabled. Even if you turn them on they wont do anything, you'll have to use the timestamps in pChat (this is only if your running both addons). This is to provide compatibility and prevent the two addons from fighting over the games chat handler.
Multiple Chat Windows: You can now open multiple chat windows.
Chat Timestamps & Time Played: You can toggle ON/OFF chat timestamps or time played so you can see how long you've been playing or how late its getting.
Secondary Chat Backdrop: Toggle ON/OFF a secondary backdrop behind the chat window to darken it.
Secondary Chat Backdrop Alpha: You can adjust the alpha of the secondary backdrop so you can make the chat window just a little darker or a lot.
Toggle ON/OFF background fading: Can be used to prevent the background from fading.
Text Fade Delay: You can adjust the delay time before the chat text starts to fade away. You can also prevent the chat text from ever fading by setting this value to 0 (in the settings menu)
Text Fade Duration: You can adjust the amount of time it takes for the text to fade away after the delay time has passed.
Version 4.2 --
API Update No changes, just an API update
Version 4.1 --
LAM2 Missing Entry Message Fixed a minor problem causing a LAM2 error message to display in chat about a missing entry.
Version 4.0 --
Reloaded Text Time Stamps Updated the reloaded text time stamps to use the same precision as the clock (set in the settings menu under Time Stamps: 12 hr / 24 hr). For reloaded text, changes to the precision will only apply to time stamps on messages received AFTER changing the precision.
Version 3.9 --
Library Update Updated the LibAddonMenu & LibStub library
Version 3.8 -- Added Request Feature
Larger Chat Windows Increased the maximum dimensions of the chat windows to allow you to resize them larger than the games default size.
Version 3.7 --
Multiple Chat Windows Feature Is Back I managed to track down several new bugs in the game code & fix them. Multiple chat windows should be working now.
Code Checks Improved code checks to prevent the phantom window problem users encountered after the update. This was due strictly to bugs in ZOS code. I have squashed all the bugs.
Setting Changes Your settings for "Show Default Background" & "Show Extra Background" may have changed. You may need to reset them in the settings menu. All other settings should remain intact.
Auto-Dock/Transfer All Chat Container Tabs Added the ability to dock/transfer/move all chat tabs from one chat window into another chat window (all tabs at once) by dragging the 1st chat tab & dropping it into another windows tab drop area (just like you were dragging a single tab).
Transferring all chat tabs out of the primary chat container is not allowed for your safety. You must be dragging the 1st tab of a window other than the primary chat window for auto-docking to work.
Version 3.6 --
BUG FIX Due to code changes in the update the Multiple Chat window feature is not working properly. It is being temporarily removed.
If you are getting errors and/or have strange chat windows on your screen:
Install this new version
Reload the ui & it should fix the problem (but you'll still see the error),
Then reload the ui again and the errors should stop.
You can reload the ui by typing: /reloadui in the chat window.
Version 3.5 --
API # Update
Version 3.3 --
Show/Hide Default Background Added the ability to hide the default background on the chat windows. This is for those who find both background together to dark, but would like the extra border provided by the extra background.
Version 3.2 --
Bug Fix Fixed a minor bug that would cause an error if you received a chat msg before the addon finished loading.
Bug Fix Fixed a bug that caused an error when attempting to reload chat from an empty buffer.
pChat Compatibility Fix for Buffered Chat Fixed an issue causing the "buffered chat" that was reloaded to break when used with pChat.
Correct Windows The reloaded chat should now reload into the appropriate windows/tabs. This include multiple window support now.
Reload Chat Message Dividers Added an option to print divider messages
****** Reloading Chat: WHISPERS ******
To make it easier to see what chat was reloaded & what is new/old chat
****** Chat Reloaded ******
Fixed TimeStamps to work with pChat NOTE: THIS ONLY APPLIES TO THOSE USING PCHAT AND CHATIT
I do not like how this works at the moment....but at least it works. I had to pass the reloaded chat messages to the games chat system to allow it to filter & put msgs in the correct window/tabs as well as grab the correct chat category colors. But pChat is reformatting them, So at the moment with pChat (and its timestamps on) it comes out like this [19:23:05] username: [TIME_MESSAGE_WAS_RECEIVED] Chat Message
Having the double timeStamps is confusing...and the pChat timeStamp that shows will be the time the message was reloaded, not the time it was received. This is confusing, but I don't think there is anything I can do about that since its a part of pChat & libChat.
I also attempted to color TIME_MESSAGE_WAS_RECEIVED red, to make it stand out & easier to see the correct times for the reloaded chat....but pChat removes the color.
Version 3.0 --
Added Chat Buffers Chat is now temporarily logged (up to 100 msgs) and can be automatically reloaded when you log in or reload the ui. You can choose to have ALL chat msgs reloaded or choose from: party, whispers, guild, officer chats. You can set a time interval to decide how far back it will reload msgs from 1 to 10 minutes.
You can also use slash commands to go back further than 10 minutes or to display all msgs in the chat buffers. Examples & more details are in the settings menu.
Version 2.9 --
pChat Compatability If you want to use ChatIt & pChat at the same time you should now be able to do so.
If you have both addons running the timestamp feature in ChatIt WILL BE DISABLED, even if you turn it on it wont do anything.
This is to prevent the two addons from fighting over the chat handler & to provide compability between the two. pChat has a timestamp feature built in so you can use it if your using both addons.
Version 2.8 --
Updated the API Version Number
Version 2.7 --
Updated the API Version Number
Version 2.5 -- Added a Requested Feature
Background Keybind Added a keybind for the background so you can quickly toggle it on & off.
Version 2.5 --
Fixed Windows Dissappearing on Relog I changed the code that was automatically destroying windows when you reloaded your ui or relogged. Instead, in case you get phantom windows, I have added a button to the settings menu that will destroy all of your extra chat windows to fix the problem...although it really shouldn't happen, its just a precaution.
Version 2.0 --
Added Requested features for Multiple Chat Windows Turn it on then you can drag tabs off of the main window or drag them back onto the main chat windows chat tab to reanchor it.
Version 1.1 --
Added Requested features for Chat Timestamps: And I threw in time played as well, thought that might be useful to someone.