At first glance, you might think this mod adds a feline companion to the game. But no, this isn’t a tabby cat mod. Instead, TabbyChat is designed to make it easier than ever to interact with other players. TabbyChat adds a tabbed chat feature into the game that can be used while playing on multiplayer servers.
TabbyChat intelligently manages its chat tabs in-game. It scans all of the incoming chat messages from multiplayer servers and decides which tabs to put them in. There is one tab for all the chat messages sent throughout the server, as well as server-side chat-channel plugin tabs for specific areas or other chat functions.
The interface is very easy to use. The bottom left chat window now includes a number of different tabs. Simply click on any of these tabs to reveal chats tagged with that tab code. Players don’t have to tab that chat themselves – TabbyChat will use server data to decide where chat messages should go. Most players will be happy to stay in the [g] tab, which displays global messages.
Players can close tabs by simply pressing Shift+Click on any tab. Unread chat messages appear in red, and players can configure global settings and server-specific settings in order to customize their setup as much as possible. When in single player mode, Tabbychat will be disabled.
So far, TabbyChat isn’t very complicated. It adds a simple but effective chat box to your Minecraft world. Other players aren’t required to use the mod in order for it to be accessed, so it’s worth a download if you think Minecraft’s default chat feature lacks some important features.
In the future, the creator of TabbyChat plans to add the following features to the game:
-Give players the ability to configure the size of the chat window
-Rename chat channels
-Filters that ignore certain chat channels
-Friends list/special chat interface for friends
Chat logs are all saved in the .minecraft folder under TabbyChatLogs.
How to install TabbyChat Mod for Minecraft 1.6.4/1.7.2/1.7.4/1.7.5
Step 1) Forge and ModLoader installation methods are not supported for TabbyChat (although both are generally compatible with the mod)
Step 2) Download the latest version of TabbyChat from its official forum thread
Step 3) Drag the contents of the downloaded .zip folder into your Minecraft.jar file
Step 4) Find a multiplayer server and test out your new tabbed chat system