Best IM software for OS X?

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  1. skp574 macrumors 6502

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    Ok, I've had my Macs now for all of a week and am using iChat AV. Oh and MSN Messenger!

    Is there a good IM that can do the lot. I mainly use a .net passport to talk to friends but need access to AIM buddies.

    Thanks!
     
  2. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Fire and Proteus also exist to do the same thing. I've tried Fire and am okay with it but have not tried Proteus but I didn't like Adium. People keep telling me that it's getting better.
     
  3. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    I second Adium X.

    Tried Adium long ago (before the 'X' version), and that was really bad. Gave Adium X a chance a couple of months ago and ditched Proteus in a second.
     
  4. skp574 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Just downloaded it and setting it up. First impressions: it does the job.

    Unfortunately, none of my contact are online at the moment. can it do audio/video chats too?
     
  5. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    Nope, no video. Not sure about voice.
     
  6. Darwin macrumors 65816

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    At the moment iChat AV is the only IM program that does Audio and Video
     
  7. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    Mercury has the ability in beta versions to receive video. The Linux and windows version can send and receive.
     
  8. Littleodie914 macrumors 68000

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    I'm gonna have to third (or fourth?) Adium X. It's easily my favorite IM client. If you need voice or audio capabilities, you are going to have to use iChat AV, but for anything other than that, stick with Adium. It looks great, and is one of the most customizable OS X Apps I've ever seen.
     
  9. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    i tried adium but i still like ichat av. just so simple, and with iProfile (an add-on type thing to get a profile) it does everything i want it to.
     
  10. skp574 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for all the advices guys.

    I'm trying out Adium at the moment, but none of my friends are online at the moment! Billy no mates! :D

    It's nice to be able to connect to two msn screen names at the same time!
     
  11. panphage macrumors 6502

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    I'm a Proteus guy. Wish it still did IRC though. I like all my chat in one box. :D
     
  12. Jason_Bryan macrumors regular

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    I have just posted a question in general discussions about the lack of decent, or any that i can find, iChat rooms. I use ichat and iSight with my family, friends and for business. I'm not really wanting to use my iSight for video chats with other people, but the text chat with people on the forums would be great. All site listings I have found on the net seem to be geared towards adult entertainment and dating.
     
  13. Dagless macrumors Core

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    ive heard loads of mac guys complaining that MSN messenger is crap but ive got no complaints with it so far. AND you can log in invisible, something PC users can't do (well theres no tick-box saying so) ;)

    MSN for me! and Skype once i get a wireless network installed
     
  14. _bnkr612 macrumors 6502a

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    x and all its awesome plug ins.

    Transparent, borderless buddy list is my fave.

    Oh-so-choice.
     
  15. XnavxeMiyyep macrumors 65816

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    Definitely Adium. Life just wouldn't be the same without the Shakespearean insult generator plug-in, a buddy list with a transparent background, tabbed messages, an away message that responds with my friends' actual names, and the insanely space efficient message view style, Tül .
     
  16. kidA macrumors regular

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    i use adium x because it's free. fire is fine too. i really like proteus the best, but to me it doesn't have enough on adium to merit paying for it. msn messenger works fine and i use msn the most, but the msn software has ads on it that blink on your screen all the time, and that's really lame. i also like ichat, but i rarely use AIM.

    i'd say try several and see what you like the best. my reasons for liking adium are totally subjective. the main reason is that i like the way it looks. so there's that.
     
  17. Solafaa macrumors 6502a

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    I 3rd Adium, i just downloaded it and i love it. I have a lot of people on my msn and iChat and this is the best solution so far. Thanks for the info Raven VII.
     
  18. Rubin421 macrumors member

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    Adium is very handy and customizable. You can download styles for both the main window and the message windows, and therefore make it look exactly how you like.
    And it does display the MSN 6 pictures.
    I would say its only downside is the way it handles the file transfers: no percentage bar...
     
  19. FredAkbar macrumors 6502a

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    Another vote for Adium X.

    To the previous poster (and anyone else): the next version of Adium X, 0.8, coming fairly soon I believe, will have several few features, including a file transfer status window (similar to download managers in web browsers).
     
  20. reh macrumors 6502a

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    Yahoo Messenger also has video in OS X.
     
  21. skipperchong macrumors newbie

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    I use Fire, works for me. which is all that counts. just need an IM program to login to multiple protocols. that's my $.02.
     
  22. DJY macrumors 6502a

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    Yes but not audio though is there?
    I used it only once - for video with a mate on a PC...
    found the colour to be terrible, and in comparison with iChat, well there was no comparison in quality!
    Shame iChat isn't able to link into MSN users though.

    I use Adium mostly, but iChat with other Mac users.
     
  23. reh macrumors 6502a

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    No, just video afaik.
     
  24. DJY macrumors 6502a

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    Pretty pointless then... as you still have to type to communicate.
     

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