So what's so good about Adium anyway?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by daneoni, Mar 15, 2007.

  1. daneoni macrumors G4

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    Im getting tired of the random disconnections of both MSN and Yahoo messengers and i'm now tempted to try something else. I tried Adium back on 04 but found it weird to use and didn't offer enough privacy options.

    I like my Yahoo and MSN contacts to be private from each other i.e. set away, offline, invincibility for individual accounts, blocking (some stalkers and bots), file transfers. Hence the reason i have both clients

    Strong connections and non sluggish performance is now a must

    Webcam support would be great but not absolute

    Any of you guys using Adium, if so, how is it?

    Wonder why iChat doesn't offer Hotmail and Yahoo options...seems like a no brainer to me.
     
  2. ezzie macrumors 68020

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    i use adium all day, 5 days a week, and i have never had connection issues or any other problems. i love it!

    it works for me because i've got all 3 of my screennames signed on at the same time in the same window and i can still have my away messages...they even have the "invisible" option i loved so much back in my ICQ days!

    i only wish my non-adium friends could see my custom smilies! :p
     
  3. panoz7 macrumors 6502a

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    Adium is probably my favorite mac only app. I use it primarily for AIM but it seems to work well with yahoo on the rare occasion that I need to use it.

    File transfers seem to be much improved with the newest version. You can individually change the status and properties for each account. There still isn't any webcam support though.

    It doesn't seem to be sluggish at all and I've found that it's better at holding a connection then iChat.

    I prefer adium to iChat primarily because it's look can be customized (I have my contact list taking up a very small part of my screen) and because it seems to handle chat logs very well.
     
  4. gloss macrumors 601

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    I quite like Adium. Its customization options are varied, it's the only chat client I've seen that handles Google Talk (the PC doesn't even have a program that handles GTalk, other than GTalk itself), it allows me to set seperate away levels for my different screennames, it's got handy visual cues for people going on/offline, and it's pleasantly minimal.
     
  5. quigleybc macrumors 68030

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    the only thing I find appealing about Adium is that you can sit and tinker with the way it looks....:rolleyes:


    but no iSight support and retardedly slow file transfers make it totally useless for me.....
     
  6. oober_freak macrumors regular

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    Gaim, Trillian, PSI and other Jabber IM clients.
     
  7. daneoni thread starter macrumors G4

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    Just installed it and overall it seems useable. Dunno why it has to install Growl though. Will run it for a week and see how it goes. In the meantime, trying to uninstall Growl.....
     
  8. reubs macrumors 68000

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    I used Adium as something different to iChat and I fell in love with it. Once I put the Adiumy Marvin icon in my dock I was sold. I love the integration w/ Google Chat, and I only have AIM since that was all that was around when I started using the Internet.

    So for me, I use Adium because of it's simplicity and good looks. I don't care about A/V chats right now, but maybe when we have children who want to see grandparents I'll switch back to iChat. Until then, though, it's Adium for me.
     
  9. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    if i could use iChat, I would, but Adium works for me. MSN crashes way too often for me, and the user interface is, IMO, shocking.
     
  10. quigleybc macrumors 68030

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    Growl is great, I love it.
     
  11. Allotriophagy macrumors 6502a

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    • One program for the three networks I use.

    • Tabbed chats.

    • Customisable UI, which means I can adjust it to take up very little screen space.

    • Lets me see and also disable custom emoticons.

    • Chat logs are easy to search.

    • I can change the display names of the gimmers who insist on having huge names.

    • Lots of handy plugin schemes and icon sets.

    • Has never crashed on me. I previously used Fire and liked it a lot, but it was too unstable.

    • The contact list will snap to the window side.

    Generally, I find it to be very useful. I don't much care about voice/video chat - I have Skype for that.

    The file transfers being slow are a pain but I don't send huge files over MSN anyway - I use my web server. For sending the odd photo it is fine enough.
     
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  13. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    It is wonderful for all the reasons people mentioned above. It is extraordinarily customizable, and is very pretty. It works well, and never disconnects me.

    For audio/video chats, I always use Skype, so the lack of audio/video in Adium doesn't bother me. Skype is way better than any of the other IM services for those purposes.
     
  14. gloss macrumors 601

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    When was the last time you used the program? Since they updated to 1.0 my file transfers have gone as quickly as my connection will allow, at least over the AIM network. iSight is pretty minor for me, since I use Skype for my video chat.

    Eh, I Googled for clients that would support GTalk specifically, and nothing came up, which peeved me. I'll look into Gaim's Jabber support again, since I'm already running that.
     
  15. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    Google's own Help pages for GTalk explain exactly how to set up GTalk in GAIM and all the other clients.
     
  16. neyoung macrumors member

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    I love adium. Being able to talk to all my friends on different IM networks all at once with one program is amazing! Allotriophagy pretty much hit the nail on the head as far os good features go.
     
  17. Nuks macrumors 6502a

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    I don't like how you can't see the second line of a username in MSN.

    ie
    Andrew
    Gone to work

    or whatever.. it just shows up as Andrew. other than that I love it.
     
  18. amd4me macrumors 6502

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    Do people even use ICQ any more?
     
  19. Dunepilot macrumors 6502a

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    I don't have any contacts on anything other than msn messenger, but the file transfers are dog slow. Other than that it's a good programme
     
  20. apfhex macrumors 68030

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    I think if Adium (libgaim) can't establish a regular connection it uses a slower but more reliable method (for MSN only). I've had slow transfers over MSN too.

    I love Adium because of the great customizable UI, something I really miss when I have to use anything else, especially in Windows (OMG, do Windows developers not know anything about interface design?!). I love the soundsets and message styles and status icons and everything else available to customize. Some users have made some really great stuff.

    Also it has little touches that I really enjoy that I haven't seen in any other IM software, like "Last seen online" or "Online since" in the tooltips, those are really helpful.

    Oh, and the Dock icon too, provides some nice useful visual feedback.

    If you haven't used Adium in a while give it a try. The 1.0 version is a huge huge huge step up from all the others.
     
  21. ezzie macrumors 68020

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    i'm not sure....but i miss it so.

    "uh-oh!!!' :p

    i reluctantly gave up ICQ for AIM 8 years ago...all my friends were using AIM, and the only person left on my ICQ list was my ex.
     
  22. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    I disagree, even if the customization is part of what I love about Adium. Otherwise, Allotriophagy pretty much got all the points I would have mentioned. :eek:

    And yes, I definitely prefer Skype to iChat. :D
     
  23. evands macrumors member

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    The default notifications set uses Growl for visual notifications. This can be easily changed via the Events Preferences.

    When Growl is first used by Adium or any other application which bundles the Growl installer, you're prompted to install it. You can certainly tell it 'no' if you want to, and there's an option "Don't ask me again".
     
  24. BoyBach macrumors 68040

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    Reading through this thread I've learnt that Adium supports a multitude of different chat clients. But can I use it to chat to my brother when I'm using a .Mac account and he uses MSN? Or do I have to have a MSN account to chat with another MSN user?
     
  25. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    You must use an MSN account to chat with an MSN user.
     

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