chat clients - which one should i use?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Heart Break Kid, Apr 8, 2003.

  1. Heart Break Kid macrumors 6502a

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    ok so i know my mac comes with iCHAT but the thing is i dont have AIM nor do i like AOL. im using MSN right now but i dont wanna run MSN YAHOO and ICQ. so how bout one that does it all?
     
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  3. losfp macrumors regular

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    I like proteus. I used fire for a while, but proteus can do multiple chats with different people in the one window (selectable via the drawer). if fire can do that, I didn't find it.
     
  4. Heart Break Kid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ill give proteus a shot

    just tried using yahoo for mac and theres no chat option - like chat rooms
     
  5. MrMacMan macrumors 604

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    All of them is Proteus, but for your only AIM needs Adium all the way.
     
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  7. bombensington macrumors regular

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    i use multiple clients, and i really like proteus the best. i prefer it much more than fire.

    i like, how losfp mentioned, that you can have just one window instead of a bunch littering up your screen.

    i also like the configurability of it...that is a big plus, too.
     
  8. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    I've never understood why the need to run multiple chat clients. :confused:

    I feel one is plenty, and running around on 2 or more just gets confusing and makes u scattered.

    I'm running only AIM because iChat is flakey and does not allow for animated avatars. ;)
     
  9. AlphaTech macrumors 601

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    I use both Fire and iChat. Fire for Yahoo and one AIM identity and iChat for the other AIM identity. I could use Fire for my ICQ id, but I use it so infrequently that it's just as easy to launch the ICQ app when I feel like it.

    I prefer to have one chat window per person. THAT way, I know when someone wants to converse, or leaves, without having to sift through drawers. Also, since I'm on the 15.2" TiBook, there is plenty of screen space for several windows, if I choose.

    Fire, also, has provisions for ALL the chat types, so you can use it for everything if you want to. There was a version or two that had issues when ICQ updated/changed some of their server side stuff, but that was resolved with an update and the issue hasn't returned.
     
  10. pdham macrumors member

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    I just downloaded proteus but it wont let me add contacts... i click on "add contacts" and nothing happens... hmmm
     
  11. bombensington macrumors regular

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    have you added accounts? you have to do that first before you can add contacts.

    i agree, i would prefer to use only one...but some of my friends are die-hard yahoo chatters, so i'm stuck using it. it's actually not too bad with proteus, the layout is really nice so it's not confusing.
     
  12. redAPPLE macrumors 68030

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    are these chat clients also cross-plattform?

    know what... AIM should be cross-plattform, right? just need a cross-plattform, with voice chat capability chat client.
     

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