aMSN vs Fire vs Adium vs Mercury Messenger...

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by smwatson, Jun 29, 2006.

  1. smwatson macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2005
    London, England
    I need a replacement for MSN messenger on my Mac, and the ones i've listed in the topic title appear to be the best that i can find. I need to be able to:
    - View webcam
    - Send webcam (built in iSight)
    - Send/Recieve files
    - Chat with contacts

    Can anyone recommend one (or more) of these alternatives?
  2. Grasbak macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2006
    how about

    says it will support MSN soon aswell....

    not sure that it supports video chat though....

    (not a reccomendation though as I havent downloaded yet!)
  3. Greebazoid macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2006
    Cape Town

    this is a tough one - aMSN kinda sorta works, but doesnt really. Its not a universal binary, and is mind-numbingly slow. I've also not been able to get my isight camera to work - despite all my efforts.

    I use adium now - and just do the non-AV chat. Its such a slick app - its fast (very very), its UB, has nice features. And I would so not be surprised if there's AV options coming soon.
  4. FirePak macrumors regular

    May 5, 2006
    Mesa Arizona
  5. smwatson thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2005
    London, England
    erm its probably obvious, but can you explain what you mean by "AV options"? :confused:
  6. DerChef macrumors 6502


    Apr 29, 2005
    Northern Ireland
    Proteus for me :D

    Adium I found crashed my dock like an S.O.B. in an otherwise rock steady system.
  7. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    I use Mercury Messenger extensively. It's a bit sluggish at time but it supports a lot and in about a month, there will be a new version that's more compatible with recent versions of MSN Messenger. Since it's Java-based, it will run on Intel machines without change.

    I tried aMSN and while it was good, since I couldn't do Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, it was useless to me.

    The new Yahoo! beta supports video though I have yet to try it for that. It will most likely be the replacement for Microsoft Messenger. It's supposed to support voice in a future version. It works smoothly for the 1st beta.

    Fire and Adium are good but don't support video or audio, unless things have changed recently.
  8. smwatson thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2005
    London, England
    Does this Yahoo! beta support IM to people with MSN accounts? It looks good
  9. theBB macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    AV = Audio Video
  10. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    And means that Adium and Proteus (AFAIK) are non-options.

    I use Mercury also... I also had trouble with aMSN for whatever reason and gave up. Mercury is slow but usable, even on an iBook G4/800.... It's quite a bit peppier on my iMac G5/2.0. :)

    I do wish Yahoo all the best with integration...I hope they proceed with AIM integration as well.
  11. Danavc macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2009
    Mercury Messenger Problem

    Can you help me? I have a Mac with Mercury Messenger too, but it keeps logging me out every five minutes because there's no ping reply or something like that :confused: ... Do you know how I can solve this problem?


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