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MacBytes
Dec 18, 2006, 08:07 PM
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Link: AOL releases beta of new Mac interface (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20061218210754)
Description:: AOL has released a beta version of its new Mac client, known as "Cheshire". It is designed, AOL says, to make it easy for users to read and write email, surf the web, listen to AOL Radio and dial up to the Internet. Cheshire includes AOL's Parental Controls and works seamlessly with Apple's built-in applications like iChat and iPhoto. The interface is nice and plain, and its email client looks a lot like Apple Mail.

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ppc_michael
Dec 18, 2006, 10:13 PM
So... they copied interfaces and still managed to make it look like crap. I'm so glad I switched away from AOL in 1996.

Also, I wonder, if they're doing all this, if this could mean finally a new version of the Mac AIM client? I use Adium so I don't care anyway, and I seem to remember that AOL is not going to release another version of AIM Mac because it would have to release more of its protocol to the public or something, but um, I'm still curious. ;)

Warbrain
Dec 18, 2006, 10:35 PM
I tried out the new beta...

When it can't even connect to the network past the first time, it's definitely not worth my time.

04440
Dec 18, 2006, 10:46 PM
I've been skeptical to install AOL on my mac partition... But.. I think I might finally break down and download this sucker.. Hopefully it'll do me well! :D

Lixivial
Dec 18, 2006, 11:23 PM
How does this relate to the Windows-only free OpenRide (http://free.aol.com/thenewaol/openride/), and why aren't they shifting to that metaphor so as to unify their platforms? Guess they don't want to put those cross-platform properties to work for them... (Netscape's use of Gecko).

Not that OpenRide is any better than this garbage.

04440
Dec 18, 2006, 11:29 PM
How does this relate to the Windows-only free OpenRide (http://free.aol.com/thenewaol/openride/), and why aren't they shifting to that metaphor so as to unify their platforms? Guess they don't want to put those cross-platform properties to work for them... (Netscape's use of Gecko).

Not that OpenRide is any better than this garbage.

I love how people hate AOL... When about 90 % of us all have used AOL.. I feel it's like hating your grandparents.. It's what I was grown up with and I can't deny the perfect use for it. One button goes to everything I need to do.

Lixivial
Dec 18, 2006, 11:45 PM
[off-topic]You're right, I used AOL way back in 1994/1995 on my Macintosh. I lived through the consistent bottlenecks, hang ups and busy numbers. My parents also experienced the harassment cycle of their sales reps, though not to the fullest degree outlined in this audio file/transcript (http://insignificantthoughts.com/2006/06/13/cancelling-aol/). I'm quite certain you answered your own enquiry. Since 90% of us have supposedly used AOL, that's why 90% of us hate AOL. ;)

I am only posting to clarify that my beef is not with the users, but rather the company. Their tactics of mailing out CDs to every household in America; ignoring consumer needs; and pulling a bait/switch on users who try the 30-day trial are where my problem lies. The latter becomes more pronounced when they're in bed with the PC hardware OEMs who preload the garbage all over the place. That's irrelevant to the point at hand, though.[/off-topic]

To put this on topic, if this new interface helps you be more efficient with your service, I am quite happy for you. I'm still of the mind that AOL is garbage, but to each their own and I have no judgment on you or any other AOL user. I will say that this interface probably is a step up, but again -- to me -- that's not saying much. At least OpenRide has some ideas of its own.

solvs
Dec 19, 2006, 08:25 AM
My Parents have AOL, they get it for free via my StepDad's work on top of their DSL. I set up Mail for use with AOL, not bad, but not great. They prefer to use the webclient now, although Mail wasn't as bad as the AOL client on their PC, which bogged the whole thing down. I'm debating installing this for them for their Mac if it's going to suck. They'll just blame the Mac, even though it sucked on their PC too. :rolleyes:

So what do you think, should I bother? Is it worth it? Maybe wait for it to come out of beta?

millar876
Dec 19, 2006, 08:31 AM
WOW, after all the cancelation horror stories i was dubious when i called to cancel my AOL, BUT it only took about 5 mins. A little bit of pressure to keep AOL at 1/2 price (14.99 p/m) but i just told them that i was canceling with them because i could get 8Meg broadband, VOIP-landline, and no usage limits for 5 per month.

back to topic at least its an update as far as i was aware there hasn't been a new version of AOL for OSX scince OS 10.2 was new

Swarmlord
Dec 19, 2006, 08:40 AM
I didn't know that AOL was still around. Haven't received a stack of CDs from them in years. The old ones have been working as high tech coasters for quite a while now.

solvs
Dec 19, 2006, 09:24 AM
I just downloaded it and tried to log in. Fails every time. I can do it online, but not through this new client. The radio thing doesn't work for me either. But the pictures thing does.

Same old AOL.

bigandy
Dec 19, 2006, 12:31 PM
it looks like a vastly improved user interface, however, there's still no getting away from the fact it's AOL.

my experiences with that company ended up with me wanting to "go postal" on them.. :rolleyes:

liv2wrshp
Dec 19, 2006, 04:43 PM
I'm still looking for an aol software for mac that lets me talk to my friends in chat rooms and not bog down my computer. Why is this too much to ask? Aim uses more resources than final cut pro!

SkyBell
Dec 19, 2006, 04:50 PM
I use AIM 4.3 for OS 8.6.

Pretty cool log on and log off noises.