Proteus vs. Adium

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by cycocelica, Feb 23, 2006.

  1. cycocelica macrumors 68000

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    So now that Proteus is free, is it any reason to switch to from Adium? What does one app have that other does not?
     
  2. Gary King macrumors 6502

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    Just read the MacUpdate and VersionTracker reviews for both. They will show you the pros and cons of each. Also, it appears that Adium has better ratings than Proteus.

    On Google, you may find some luck by searching for 'adium vs. proteus'.
     
  3. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    i didn't know that Proteus was free now... i wanted to go to Defaultware's homepage, but it won't load. so i cant tell you the differences between them just yet.
     
  4. Gary King macrumors 6502

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    Probably getting hammered.
     
  5. cwedl macrumors 65816

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    Same here, won't work, Well I think I will stick to AdiumX. am happy with it!
     
  6. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    i'm always willing to see what the competition has to offer. especially if they are both free... ;)
     
  7. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    Defaultware's website is apparently experiencing an abnormally high load toady. I visit it every couple days, and normally it's fast. It started getting slow this morning after the announcement was made, and now I can't access it at all. Give it some time and it'll be back.

    I can't really say exactly why, but I like Proteus much better than Adium. Enough better that I paid for Proteus a long time ago, and will continue to use it. I've used the newest releases of Adium, and I just don't like the interface as well. I'm glad that Proteus is free now, that way people can evaluate the two based on their merits rather than price.
     
  8. cycocelica thread starter macrumors 68000

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    yeah but I trust the people on this board more :D

    I asked too because as people have stated the website is not loading so I wanted to see if this is a great product. I am definitely going to try it out.
     
  9. 50thVert macrumors regular

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  10. chuchichan2524 macrumors regular

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    Do Adium and Proteus support video chat? Or do I have to still use iChat to do that?
     
  11. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    How's that post count coming?

    I've used Adium for awhile now, but I'd like to try Proteus just to see what its like. I'm not altogether happy with Adium's stability.
     
  12. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    Their site is still getting hammered. Can anybody mirror the install disk image or upload it to a place like yousendit.com and post the link for us to download?

    I got it... if anybody else is having the same problem, try downloading from here:
    http://s58.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=1V1XB5SHC1Q7O04KUMV82M246G
     
  13. stridey macrumors 65816

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    I can't load the site, but the download link on the Macupdate page for it worked.
     
  14. Aarow macrumors 6502a

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    ...Because?

    I've been using AdiumX for a while, a big fan of the tabbed IM windows, but sending files in AdiumX never seems to work.

    From the Proteus site it says:

    Proteus supports drag-and-drop file transfers for MSN, Yahoo, AIM, and Jabber. We are constantly working to make file transfers that much better in future versions.

    Which sounds promising. I'm downloading it right now :).
     
  15. stridey macrumors 65816

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    Well, I downloaded and tried it out, but decided against it. It's got some good polish elements to it, and in some ways feels more integrated than Adium, but I'll be sticking with Adium because:

    Tabbed chat window is necessary. A drawer just doesn't cut it.
    Very customizable, but not as customizable as Adium.
    I like OSS.

    It was a close call though, and maybe some day I'll end up using it.
     
  16. mrichmon macrumors 6502a

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    Why are you saying that Proteus is free? According to the defaultware site it is still shareware with a $15 registration fee.
     
  17. stridey macrumors 65816

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    Link
     
  18. DerChef macrumors 6502

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    ummm Might have a look at this Adium crashes the Dock on a regular basis with me.:cool:
     
  19. evands macrumors member

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    DerChef: Please contact us via the Support & Development tab on the Adium site about your crashes... I'm not aware of any way that Adium (or any other application not using mach_inject) can crash the Dock but will be happy to help determine the source of your problems.

    Re: file transfer: Note that Proteus 4.x uses the same protocol library, libgaim, that Adiuim 0.8x does (though its version of libgaim is out of date... and in my biased opinion has a degree of moral repugnancy since it is using GPL code within a closed-source application via an effective loophole in the GPL). Proteus 4.x's Yahoo and MSN file transfer is identical to Adium 0.8x's, and its AIM file transfer is worse because it does not contain updates to the code which Adium has had for several releases.
     
  20. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

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    Adium's file transfers works like a charm. I use Jabber, ICQ and MSN accounts
    and I use file transfers on a regular basis. And it never failed once.
    This worked for Adium-to-Adium, Adium-to-MSN Messenger (windows),
    Adium-to-ICQ official client (Windows), Adium-to-Gaim (GNU/Linux), Adium-
    to-kopete (GNU/linux) and finally Adium-to-Gtalk(Windows).
    AdiumX is a very solid piece of software, stable, increadibly cutomizable,
    and FAST.

    EDIT: it looks like evands (main AdiumX developer) himself is replying here :D
     
  21. adn rcd dly macrumors 6502

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    i love adium because of the ability to have multiple accounts. i know that proteus offers that as well, so i downloaded it and i am going to stick with Adium. maybe it is because i have used it so much and just love all of the "bells and whistles" that users create. I just wish that Adium had webcam support for MSN, AIM, and Y!IM.
    I am the only mac users out of all of my contacts that have webcam and would like to take advantage of video chat without having to use AIM...erm...iChat
     
  22. mcmillan macrumors 6502

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    There's 2 recent topics in both Adium and Proteus boards that compare both clients.

    Topic @ Adium
    Topic @ Proteus
     
  23. rickvanr macrumors 68040

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    I'm a proteus fan boy. I won't lie.

    To my eyes it looks much nicer - especially when you fiddle with the .nibs and make it unified, it's super sexy unified. It has a better a sound set, and better default emoticons set (yes, I know Adium's are changeable). Also, even though Proteus has far less extras, they have nicer looking ones then that are available on Adium, better message window themes and nicer looking status icons. Again this is all my opinion. Oh, and my number one reason for not liking Adium is the tabs, hate them. When you are taking to more then 5 people you don't know who is who in the tabs because they are scrunched tight. The drawer eliminates this problem, and you can easily have 10+ open at one time.

    [​IMG]

    One thing I do know however, is that Justin, the creator of Proteus, and the person responsible for how it looks today was hired by Apple to work on iChat, not Adium's devs.
     
  24. bense27 macrumors regular

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    I have learned to like iChat...didn't at first but you get used to it.
     
  25. evands macrumors member

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    As a general rule I don't respond directly to the Proteus v. Adium debates -- arguing for your own product is silly when the correct response is just to make it superior beyond argument. The tabs 'complaint' above, though, is probably not one that will ever be addressed within the program; enjoy your drawer if that's your thing, please. :)

    I will, however, respond to this. Justin applied to Apple. Adam Iser, the original Adium lead developer, is now with Amazon, because that's where he chose to be out of several great options. I'm in medical school 'cause that's where I want to be. Ad hominem is probably not the best way to take this sort of discussion.
     

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