TraySpy lives in the system tray and uses as its tray icon the current number of players. For example, if the server had 7 active players, you might see something like this in your system tray:
Although TraySpy automatically minimizes itself to the system tray,
the main TraySpy window can be activated to provide detailed information
by double-clicking the tray icon, or selecting Show from the tray icon's
context menu. Here's what you see when you right-click the tray icon
and bring up the context menu:
The Refresh Interval field lets you fine-tune how often TraySpy polls the server, in seconds. You can set this as low as 5 seconds, but to keep your CPU utilization (and the remote server's) to a minimum, consider leaving it at the default of 30 seconds.
The Remote Console Password field can be used to activate TraySpy's remote server administration tools. To use this, you will of course need to be the administrator of the server in question, in which case you'll know the password. This topic is discussed more below.
The Buddy List lets you tell TraySpy who a few of your buddies are. For each buddy, fill in the name or a portion of the name (TraySpy will consider it a match if the string you enter for the name is a substring of a player name).
If you like, you can have TraySpy play a sound when a buddy first joins the game; to do that, enter in the pathname of the sound file, or you can browse for the filename by clicking the "Play Sound..." button.
TraySpy can also run a program in a similar fashion for the buddy. In addition, you can use some %cookies in the command line string. For example, the snapshot above shows that TraySpy was configured to run "C:\quake2\quake2.exe +connect %i" for a buddy. TraySpy would expand the %i to the address of the server before running the command line. This particular example tries to launch Quake2 the instant that buddy is detected, which in reality is not that useful, but illustrates the purpose. The cookie list is:
This screen shows when right-clicking the server:
This screen shows the per-player options:
If you need to do something that the built-in commands don't cover, you can bring up the Rconsole window and type the commands you want just like you would at the Quake2 console. (A Quake2 console command reference may be helpful to see what you can and cannot do.) To active the Rconsole, select the "Rconsole..." menu item from the tray icon context menu. Here's an example session:
Unfortunately, the Rconsole is unable to get the log messages that get sent to the regular console. So you won't see chat between players, or lines like "Playercurepain almost dodged Skyin's rocket.".
Most people will not want to download the source code, but for those that do, please be aware that the source code is still protected by copyright, so don't steal the code and pretend you wrote it. You are allowed to modify it for personal use, but you can't post modified versions or include portions of the source code in other programs without my consent.
Q. How do I get TraySpy to poll more than one server?
A. TraySpy was designed to allow multiple instances to run at the same time, so just run the trayspy.exe again (and again...) to get additional configuration sets. Each instance has its own server and buddy configuration.
Q. Do I have to pay for TraySpy?
A. No, it is free. Source code is available for download also.
Q. Who wrote it?
A. Mike Gleason of NcFTP Software.
Q. Is their official support for it?
Q. I'm running multiple TraySpys, but how can I tell which one is which on the system tray?
A. Linger your mouse pointer over the tray icon, which brings up the tooltip that tells you the server status.
Q. How can I get more than four buddies per server?
A. Really the limitation here is of the configuration dialog and I didn't want to put a lot of time into a complicated dialog. So while the configuration dialog limits you to 4, technically TraySpy supports up to 20 buddies. To do this, you'd have to add registry values to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\TraySpy\TraySpy00 if you're so inclined. Of course, whenever you mess around with the registry you risk hopelessly corrupting your system (I've done it, so yes, that really can happen!), so don't do that unless you're hellbent on putting all your pals in there and you know the possible consequences. However, if you're in a clan, you can just use your clan designation as the buddy name and that would match all the clan members.
Q.What platforms does it run on?
A.Windows NT 4.0, Windows 95, and Windows 98.
Q.Why aren't I seeing the context menus in the game status window?
A.They don't activate unless you have specified a Remote Console Password in the configuration dialog.
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