Adium: Sending MSN messages to offline contacts

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ICEBreaker, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. ICEBreaker macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2007
    Dear Adium users,

    I am surprised that I could not find any mention of this common problem on Google, Adium, or this forum. So perhaps I am missing something.

    In MSN, one is able to send and receive offline messages, i.e. sending a message to an offline contact, and receiving a message that was sent by a contact when one was offline.

    However, I am not able to do send offline messages with Adium. I keep getting the error that the message could not be sent as the contact is offline. This is very inconvenient if the contact lives in another time zone, or if the contact is invisible.

    My question is whether Adium really does not support sending offline messages. If so, does anyone know if other unified instant messengers support this.

    Thank you for your assistance.

  2. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Yes, Adium supports it and I haven't had any issues with doing so. When I try to send a message to an offline contact, it pops up and asks whether I want to send an offline message. If you're not getting this option then check your preferences and ensure that you're running a recent version.
  3. BlackThunder macrumors member

    Apr 17, 2008
    I haven't been able to connect to MSN Messenger through Adium in weeks... anybody know why?

  4. ICEBreaker thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2007
    Hi Nermal, thanks for reply. You are right, offline messaging seems to be supported. I also have three options, and I've noted that it specifically addresses the issue of invisible users. However, after choosing SEND NOW, I get the error message that it could not be sent because the user is offline. This implies no offline message is sent. Do you get this message?

    BlackThunder, I am not sure why that is so... I've not had any problems. Perhaps you should check your username and password? Sorry I cannot be of more help to you.
  5. killmoms macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2003
    Washington, DC
    You should click "Send Later." This will send your message as soon as the contact in question signs online.
  6. karenflower macrumors 6502a


    Dec 7, 2007
    I use offline messaging in Adium, however - the offline contact needs to initiate the conversation first, and you have about a minute after their response to reply. Every time. Otherwise you get the error message that you described.
  7. Osarkon macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2006
    That's exactly what my experience.

    To enhance a bit, it seems to work for a bit, but after a while it'll just stop working as soon as it thinks that contact is properly offline.

    Hopefully this'll be rectified soon, I'd also like to be able to see offline messages sent to me, which Adium doesn't support at the moment.
  8. ICEBreaker thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2007
    Hi guys, thanks a lot for your help. So I guess like I said, it's not really supported. It's not a difficult feature, not sure why they don't enhance this. Odd.
  9. jive turkey macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2008
    The problem is that Adium uses the core from the guys who do Pidgin, and none of them use MSN, so they could care less about it. I used Pidgin on my PC (and now Adium on Mac) and the offline message feature has been in the works for about 2 years. Supposedly they are really close to activating it, but that is the same line we were told in 2006.

    My solution (and I hated to do it) was to add my MSN buddies to my Yahoo! contacts, since the two services have interoperability. You can then use your Yahoo! account to send offline messages to your MSN friends, and ask them to send you messages at your Yahoo! account if you are offline when they have something to say.
  10. ICEBreaker thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2007
    Thanks for your advice! That's a clever solution. While on the subject of Yahoo! accounts, why doesn't Adium support Yahoo!?
  11. jive turkey macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2008
    I'm not sure I follow. Adium supports Yahoo fine on my computer :confused:
  12. ICEBreaker thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2007
    Sorry! Me being stupid, that's all. I have no Yahoo! account, so obviously the option to add Yahoo! contacts is not there. My bad.

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