MSN Messenger for mac sux

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by mikey.c, Jan 10, 2005.

  1. mikey.c macrumors member

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    The one thing I miss about my PC is the MSN Messanger,
    MSN messanger for MAC has no Webcam, WHY? , so we have to pay for a .MAC membership,
    I can't expect all my friends & family who arn't even MAC users to pay to join, just so we can have a video chat.

    Is there an alternative ? if so Please let me know.
     
  2. keithpetey macrumors member

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    use ichat av. it uses the aim network, but just be sure that you use a firewire camera because it was designed not to work with usb cameras. i heard of a program that lets you use usb cameras. just do a search on google for like usb camera ichat. and yes msn messenger for mac sucks. but it does look alot prettier than the alternatives.

    keith
     
  3. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    And you can just get an AIM account, free...
    Linkety shows you why MAC is not Mac, BTW.
     
  4. brap macrumors 68000

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    Because it's made by Microsoft. Join the dots, maybe there's a reason they might want to make the Macintosh version substandard?
     
  5. richie_davis macrumors newbie

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    good IM clients

    There are 2 good, free instant messenger clients that can access the MSN, as well as Yahoo and AOL networks:

    -- fire.sourceforge.net
    -- adium.sourceforge.net
     
  6. richie_davis macrumors newbie

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    Don't need iMac subscription for webcam

    You don't need to buy the iMac subscription for the iChat/webcam. All you need to do is get a free .mac address (which remains valid, whether or not you subscribe to iChat) at: http://www.mac.com/1/ichat.html

    Or, you can just get an AIM screen name, also free.
     
  7. rhpenguin macrumors 6502a

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    Fat lot of use that is when all your friends use MSN.
     
  9. haiggy macrumors 65816

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    There was a program, dMSN which is now Mercury Messenger like I have posted in another thread. They are developing webcam features right now for MSN on the mac. Just wait.
     
  10. keithpetey macrumors member

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    get new friends :)

     
  11. brap macrumors 68000

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    Dude... nobody outside America uses AIM... these would be some seriously distant mates.
     
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  13. PickledSquirrel macrumors regular

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    But what do you guys use instead?

    So far I've used mainly
    amsn (pops up chatwindows ramdomly)
    proteus (regular problems when transferring files)
    but also adium (quackediquack)
    and mercury (takes forever to open and seems to run in slowmotion occasionally)

    has anyone got the perfect app to recommend?

    -squirrel
     
  14. thequicksilver macrumors 6502a

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    If you don't like Adium's quacking, just change the sound scheme. I use the iChat sound scheme for Adoum and I love the app to bits.

    If you want good audio chats, get Skype. http://www.skype.com/
     
  15. giveup macrumors member

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    this type of pain has lasted so long, there are so perfect way to video chat with Win friends.(waiting for Tiger)
    iVisit is a cross platform video solution, but has limited time use till paid for it. The video is fine but audio is horrible.
    Skype is the best audio chat app I have ever used, maybe you can combine both program.
    BTW, you must courage your win friends to install this two app, I wish you good luck.
     
  16. milzay macrumors member

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    I use aMSN and find it really good, you can get the teme that looks like MSN Messenger 4, and it does a few cool things.
    The windows randomly popping up are becuase people have opened a chat window with you.
    You can see when people close the convo window
    Also lots of stuff is open in options.
     
  17. rickvanr macrumors 68040

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    proteusx.com is a shareware alternative.. its free to use, and there are no limitations to not buying it, except a small pop up at the beginning.. it's probably the most attractive looking of all the alternatives.

    EDIT: what problems are you having? file transfer works perfectly.. are you behind a firewall? or are the people you are sending files to behind a firewall?
     
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  19. mox358 macrumors 6502

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    Anybody else think this looks like MSN's crappy feature set grafted onto a crappy implementation of the iChat look ? The original iChat that is, before any multimedia feature set :(

    Just my 2 cents.
     
  20. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    After looking at the linked article, I see where you're coming from...but I don't see the resemblance to iChat for some reason.
     
  21. nargot macrumors regular

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    all IM clients are a big hype ICQ,MSN,AIM etc... easy solution, everyone should just go back to IRC and all the glam would be over, just text no fancy stuff to complain about :)
     
  22. AmigoMac macrumors 68020

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    I'm in Germany and use it a lot with a friend who lives here too...
     
  23. PickledSquirrel macrumors regular

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    Nope, no firewall. Just file transfer not starting, quitting mid-transfer, or transfer prompt not appearing on the screen of who ever I'm trying to transfer files to. Plus I occasionally have issues with text not reaching the "other end of the line" I have just updated proteus now, so lets see if it helps....

    -Squirrel
     
  24. maya macrumors 68040

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    Messenger 5 looks like crap. No surprise. :rolleyes:

    M$ will always cripple the Mac version, why do you think that might be? :rolleyes:

    AIM is mainly used in USA. :eek:

    MSN and Yahoo network mainly dominate outside USA. :p

    Get new friends, that is a thought, NOT. :rolleyes:

    Get a Life, now that is something, NEW. ;)

    Where is my audio support with the gaim network and how long before AdiumX supports it? This is taking way too long. Time for me to write an IM client. :)
     

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