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WoW Launcher PLUS
Version: 0.3.1
by: Bl4ckSh33p [More]
Important Note: Many features like deleting cache files for rare mob scanner-addons or creating backups of your settings are still missing in the Battle.net Launcher. If you still like WoW Launcher PLUS and want an updated version for Warlords of Draenor let me know, please. Just write a comment.


WoW Launcher PLUS (WoWL+) is the successor of "WoW Manager". Its purpose is to replace the default WoW Launcher and give you some additional features.

Now supports 32- and 64-Bit Live- and PTR-Clients!

Current features:
- View the latest News from the original Launcher or use a custom Homepage
- Open your Guildpage with a single click
- Create backups of your important WoW related files
- Launch your favorite Voice Chat Application with a single click
- Check the Status of your favorite WoW Realms from five regions
- Delete cache files on startup (useful for addons which track rare mobs via cachefiles)
- Launch WoW immediately after launching WoWL+
Additional "Tools" in the Menu on top:
- Visit popular WoW Websites (more to come!)
- Launch the original Launcher and the Repair Tool

Installation:
Just download the .zip file and extract it into a new folder. To launch WoWL+ doubleclick on WoWL+.exe or create a new shortcut for it.
IMPORTANT NOTE: WoWL+ does not change any WoW Files. It is a separate application.

Updating from a previous version:
Just unzip the new file in the same folder and overwrite all files. All settings (stored in "Settings.ini") should be preserved.

Known Issues:
- None

Feedback, Suggestions and Bug Reports:
- WoWL+ on Facebook (get the latest news and updates here)
- Feedback Thread
- Suggest a new Feature
- Report a Bug
v0.3.1
* updated Launcher graphics
* fixed Custom Launcher Homepage not being saved properly
* updated official Launcher Homepage
* changed Launcher News size to 770x410 pixels
* Launcher Hompage Links are now opened in your default Webbrowser
* updated Donation popup
+ added feature to force a "FirstRun" after important program updates
+ added button to open Addons folder below Play button
+ added button to open WoW folder below Play button
- temporarily removed Launcher News for Chinese (CN) Region

v0.3
* updated Interface for Mists of Pandaria
+ added new Websites to the "Tools" menu on top
+ added Backup Manager (create backups of important files)
* fixed "Blizzard Launcher" and "WoW Repair Tool" shortcuts in the "Tools" menu
* improved detection of the folder where WoW is installed (fixed missing trailing \ in rare cases)
+ added possibility to donate via PayPal
+ added option to select the Language for Launcher News
* official WoW websites will be opened in your selected language now

v0.2.1
* changed "Update Realms" Button on the Settings page to automatically clear all entries and update the realm dropdown lists
+ added Tooltips for Server Status Icons (Online/Offline)
+ added new info (hover ?-Icon) for the Realm Status update interval regarding throttling and the Blilzzard API
* fixed PTR-Button - showed an error message (typo)
* fixed custom WoW, PTR and BETA Path - if missing, a trailing "\" will be added now

v0.2
+ added option to change the Homepage of WoWL+
+ added option to use the new 64-Bit WoW Client (Live and PTR)
+ added Change Log to About screen
+ added option to launch WoW immediately after starting WoWL+
+ added option to launch your Voice Chat app when launching WoW
+ added option to check the realm status of up to three realms (in five regions)
+ added two new buttons to launch the Public Testrealm (PTR) and BETA Client
+ added new items to the "Tools" menu on top (new websites, suggest a feature, report a bug/issue)
+ added option to manually select your WoW folder (if WoWL+ can't find it in your Registry)
+ added option to delete CreatureCache.wdb when launching WoW (useful if you use addons to find rare mobs which use cache files to detect them)

v0.1.1
- removed the autorun.inf file (needed for autorun if burned on CD)

v0.1
+ View the latest News from the original Launcher
+ Open your Guildpage with a single click
+ Launch your favorite Voice Chat Application with a single click
Additional "Tools" in the Menu on top:
+ Visit popular WoW Websites (more to come!)
+ Launch the original Launcher and the Repair Tool
Archived Files (4)
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0.3
13MB
Bl4ckSh33p
04-11-12 02:27 AM
0.2.1
10MB
Bl4ckSh33p
03-01-12 01:16 PM
0.2
10MB
Bl4ckSh33p
03-01-12 11:09 AM
0.1.1
10MB
Bl4ckSh33p
02-29-12 05:21 AM


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Glad you like it.
I will consider this for the next big update. But I did not have much time to work on new features lately. I hope I can start to work on the next update soon.
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Ty for this launcher, makes my life easier when I don't have to remember to delete the creature cache files or login to see if realms are up or not. I do have one request; could you add on option delete the entire cache folder? Those files can cause issues with addons etc so I usually delete them manually everytime I play so it would be great to just get those files deleted automatically
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Thank you very much!
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Here is a .png of the current beta launcher with a transparent shadow and background.



I made this with a small program called Window Clippings.
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Originally Posted by Nihlo
Originally Posted by Bl4ckSh33p
- Link to the Mainchar-Events in the armory
As far as I know it is not possible to get the latest events from the ingame calender via the community API. It requires you to log in with your Battle.net account. I could try to add the WoW website in the WEB-object where the launcher news are displayed but it won't fit very well.
Ja sicher sind die Events an sich unter Verschluss, ich meinte eher einen Link zu der Eventseite des Mainchars (in den Settings deffiniert) in der Armory. Der Login muss dann ja eh über den Browser erfolgen.


- Noch eine Browsergeschichte
Die TopBox im Launcher (oben rechts über den Einzeiler-Links) öffnet im orginallauncher immer noch im IE statt im deffinierten Standardbrowser. Keine Ahnung warum man das das dort nie gefixt hat. Aber vllt griegst dus ja im Launcher+ gehooked.
Das mit den Events sollte machbar sein. Mit dem IE habe ich leider auch noch einige Probleme weil beim WEB Objekt der IE verwendet wird und Links die darin geöffnet werden landen bei WoWL+ derzeit leider auch dort. Alle anderen Links werden aber im Standardbrowser geöffnet. Ob und wann das geändert werden kann weiß ich leider noch nicht.
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Originally Posted by Bl4ckSh33p
- Link to the Mainchar-Events in the armory
As far as I know it is not possible to get the latest events from the ingame calender via the community API. It requires you to log in with your Battle.net account. I could try to add the WoW website in the WEB-object where the launcher news are displayed but it won't fit very well.
Ja sicher sind die Events an sich unter Verschluss, ich meinte eher einen Link zu der Eventseite des Mainchars (in den Settings deffiniert) in der Armory. Der Login muss dann ja eh über den Browser erfolgen.


- Noch eine Browsergeschichte
Die TopBox im Launcher (oben rechts über den Einzeiler-Links) öffnet im orginallauncher immer noch im IE statt im deffinierten Standardbrowser. Keine Ahnung warum man das das dort nie gefixt hat. Aber vllt griegst dus ja im Launcher+ gehooked.
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Glad you like it.

Bugs:
- if you open the Settings and close them, you aren't able to open them again without a Launcher-Restart, the button just doesn't work.
I tried to reproduce it but it works fine for me. Did anyone else have this problem?

- the right blizzard top-news box (roll of ressurection at the moment) is cut off a little bit (upper and bottom titles)
Already known but I can't fix it. It just displays the official launcher page from Blizzard.

- the left big blizzard box doesn't refresh ? (shows MoP instead of the new pet atm)
Not a bug. It shows the contents of the Pandaria Launcher and they did not update it to show the new pet. I try to fix it and display the Cataclysm launcher with the next update.

- Launcher-Sounds are missing
Launcher sound effects are planned for the next update.

- there are black frames round the whole launcher
The small black border comes from the shadow of the original image. I will try to improve it with one of the next updates.

Feature Requests:
- localisation: Maybe you could create a googlecode page or just a textfile with the strings you need to translate ? I'd provide a German local.
Thanks, but German is my native language so it is no problem to translate it when multiple language support will be implemented. But no ETA, yet.

- Switch between the three different Launcher-Styles in the Settings (live, ptr, mop)
Good idea, added to ToDo-List (but I have to find a solution for the different window size first)

- a button to the Addons-Folder or the WoW Folder in the Launcher bottom bar
Will be added with next update.

- provide a link to the 64Bit exes in the Settings (http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/3881708285 for ptr and http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/3988300405 for live)
Coming with next update!

- convert it to a Blizzard-Launcher ! would be great to have one Launcher to start WoW, Diablo3 and Starcraft2. Would save a lot of Desktop-Icons^^
Already on my ToDo-List but it will take a while to get the graphics.

- Link to the Mainchar-Events in the armory
As far as I know it is not possible to get the latest events from the ingame calender via the community API. It requires you to log in with your Battle.net account. I could try to add the WoW website in the WEB-object where the launcher news are displayed but it won't fit very well.

- button to refresh the Launcher-News
Already implemented. Just click on the "Home" or "Custom Home" button to reload it.

- add the orginal launcher-buttons with their functions
I added a few things from the original launcher like Tech Support link to my ToDo-List but some features can't be added (WoWL+ does not change game files or patch them).

- a warning if game or the the orignal launcher needs an update and switch to it via a button
Don't know if this is really necessary. If you launch WoW (with or without original Launcher) new patches will be downloaded automatically.

Thank you very much for your suggestions and bug reports.
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Love your Launcher, a few suggestions:

Bugfix:
- if you open the Settings and close them, you aren't able to open them again without a Launcher-Restart, the button just doesn't work.

- the right blizzard top-news box (roll of ressurection at the moment) is cut off a little bit (upper and bottom titles)

- the left big blizzard box doesn't refresh ? (shows MoP instead of the new pet atm)

- Launcher-Sounds are missing

- there are black frames round the whole launcher


Feature Request:
- localisation: Maybe you could create a googlecode page or just a textfile with the strings you need to translate ? I'd provide a German local.

- Switch between the three different Launcher-Styles in the Settings (live, ptr, mop)

- a button to the Addons-Folder or the WoW Folder in the Launcher bottom bar

- provide a link to the 64Bit exes in the Settings (http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/3881708285 for ptr and http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/3988300405 for live)

- convert it to a Blizzard-Launcher ! would be great to have one Launcher to start WoW, Diablo3 and Starcraft2. Would save a lot of Desktop-Icons^^

- Link to the Mainchar-Events in the armory

- button to refresh the Launcher-News

- add the orginal launcher-buttons with their functions

- a warning if game or the the orignal launcher needs an update and switch to it via a button
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Originally Posted by zuster
The Launcher does not have these Realms
http://eu.battle.net/wow/ru/status#locale=русский
When I change the language in the lower right I can see some Russian realms and all of them should be included.
http://eu.battle.net/wow/de/status

Can you be more specific please? What is the name of the missing Realm(s)?
When the Battle.net API is busy or offline some realms could be missing, too. You can try to refresh the server list via Settings > Realm Status > Update Realms.
http://imgur.com/xBKkc
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Just thought I would post that my US realms are now working.

After reading the blizzard forums it appears you were correct about some API problems yesterday.
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The Launcher does not have these Realms
http://eu.battle.net/wow/ru/status#locale=русский
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Russion Realms in EU Region

Originally Posted by zuster
Russian Realms supports?
Hi. All Russian Realms like Ashenvale, Azuregos, Borean Tundra and so on should be listed in the "EU" Region.
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Re: Amazing

Originally Posted by sajocolo
Hi and Tx for this beautiful addon great job.

I delete old version and instal new one only thing so far US realms not showing.
I had the same issue yesterday. But I tried it a few minutes ago and could download all US realms. It seems the Battle.net API had some issues. Please try to re-download all Realms.
Just click on Settings > Realm Status > Update Realms.
http://imgur.com/xBKkc

This should fix it.
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Amazing

Hi and Tx for this beautiful addon great job.

I delete old version and instal new one only thing so far US realms not showing.
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