Alternative to Adium

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by CodeBreaker, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. CodeBreaker macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2010
    Sea of Tranquility
    I want an IM client which supports Jabber and IRC. I don't like Adium, so are there alternatives? I am currently using iChat and LimeChat, but I want a single app.

    I am also trying out Proteus, but I cannot get it to work with IRC.
  2. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    I'm curious what you don't like about Adium. I've used it for years, and it works well for me.

    Regardless, have you tried Trillian for Mac?

  3. CodeBreaker thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2010
    Sea of Tranquility
    I don't know. I used it for a month, but it doesn't feel right. I works perfectly, but well, I just don't like it's style.

    Trillian doesn't do IRC (on Mac).
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Fire used to support both of those, but I don't think it's been updated in a long time. Pidgin does support both Jabber and IRC, but style isn't exactly a strong suit of Pidgin, traditionally (the Pidgin team themselves suggest Adium for a more Mac-centric experience).
  5. CodeBreaker thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2010
    Sea of Tranquility
    I tried InstantBird. I think it will be better after a few more updates. I will wait till then.
  6. macaaronb macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2009
    Adium is a piece of crap excuse for an application that crashes several times daily, won't add or approve MSN contacts, and won't transfer files to non-Adium contacts (that last thing has only appeared in recent builds). I keep it up to date. Are there really no decent chat apps for mac?
  7. meget, Dec 28, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2011

    meget macrumors member

    Dec 21, 2011
    Yeah I have to agree with Adium problems:

    1. In order to add a contact i have to ask the other user to add me as well, as otherwise it doesn't work.
    2. Some of my contacts are blocked automatically, i need to go to live messenger on mac to unblock them
    3. As of recently turns out that people write to me, but i don't receive the messages! :( I see the status of the people accounts but not even a single hint that they sent me a message.
    4. Some files cannot be sent to me or the other way around. Same goes especially for the pictures.
    5. Custom emoticons of other users are simply not displayed, or are displayed but rarely. Seems to be irregular.

    And thats just the major problems that Adium has. There is more. So Adium is not that good anymore and it goes without saying that i keep my stuff up to date. In fact it was more stable previously.

    P.S. I will give Trillian a try today. I don't remember for what reason I decided not to use it before.

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