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What is Currently in Development

Bullet Point Item MSAgent Decompiler is a standalone application that decompiles Microsoft Agent data files, and contains an ACD file generator.

Bullet Point Item SourceView is a new product to be offered by Lebeau Software. It is a standalone source code viewer and basic editor. It has searching and syntax highlighting capabilities for many common file formats that are used by software developers. Lebeau Software designed this application for its internal use, but because it is being used on a daily basis for various tasks and has proven to be very useful to Lebeau Software, it has been decided that it should be released publically for other software developers to use.

Bullet Point Item Version 1.0.0.3 of the ICQ Chat Player is under private beta testing. This version adds support for multi-file chat sessions. These are ICQ .cht files that contain only a portion of a larger chat session, and as such do not contain information about the users that participate in the chat, or the duration of the chat. This new version of the player will be able to play back these files. The user list can be determined dynamically while the chat is playing. Unfortunately, the duration of the chat is not available in these files, so the player will instead display the overall percentage of the file that has been played.

Bullet Point Item The ICQ Chat file format documentation is being updated with new details that were discovered while updating the ICQ Chat Player.

Bullet Point Item Version 2.0 of the TMSAgent VCL component is under public beta testing. This is a major redesign over version 1.5. This version contains many enhancements and bug fixes.

Bullet Point Item Version 1.2 of Agent Clipboard Reader is under public beta testing. This new version now allows the user to choose their desired spoken Language and TTS engine. In addition, this version now allows users to choose MSAgent character files that are installed in folders other than the default "Windows\MSAgent\Chars" folder.

What is Planned for the Future

Bullet Point Item LSFinance for Blackberry is a new product to be offered by Lebeau Software. It is a personal finance program targetted exclusively at the Blackberry smartphone platform.

Bullet Point Item Using the knowledge gained by writing the Microsoft Agent Character file format documentation, Lebeau Software has been working on developing its own cross-platform library for processing and rendering MSAgent file data. This library is going to be the core processing unit for the below products. By developing its own processing library, these products will eventually be ported to non-Microsoft platforms (Linux, Mac, etc), allowing MSAgent-compatible characters to be designed, compiled, and used without relying on Microsoft applications and tools, thus opening MSAgent to new marketplaces that have been previously unexplored by this technology.

MSAgent Web Browser Plugin
Microsoft's implementation of MSAgent is an ActiveX-based technology. That limits its use in web browsers to Internet Explorer, or Netscape with a separate third-party ActiveX plugin installed. Lebeau Software will be reviving an old web browser plugin project that was started several years ago for supporting MSAgent in Netscape natively, without any other third-party plugins needed. This project was abandoned when another company released its own plugin first.

Lebeau Software will be updating its plugin to support the IE, Netscape, Opera and Firefox web browsers, using a generic interface so that a single plugin can cater to all of the browsers without requiring separate specialized versions for each one, or different scripting types for different browsers, etc.

MSAgent Character Editor Replacement
The Agent Character Editor (ACE) that is provided by Microsoft is currently the only software publically available for producing MSAgent-compatible files. Lebeau Software wishes to produce an application that will do everything that ACE can do, and more. ACE only supports 256-color bitmaps, icons, and WAV audio files. Lebeau Software's editor will also support importing of PNG and MP3 files, and maybe also importing and real-time rendering of common 3D file formats (3DS, 3DX, Lightwave, Wavefront, X3D, etc). Many MSAgent characters currently available have animations that are created with 3D rendering software (3D Studio Max, Hash Animation Master, Truespace, Xara 3D, etc), so it would be beneficial to authors to have an ACE-like editor that can render their 3D wireframes models in the same software that compiles the final MSAgent data files.


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