Best IM software for OS X?

skp574

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Jan 16, 2005
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Ok, I've had my Macs now for all of a week and am using iChat AV. Oh and MSN Messenger!

Is there a good IM that can do the lot. I mainly use a .net passport to talk to friends but need access to AIM buddies.

Thanks!
 

bousozoku

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Fire and Proteus also exist to do the same thing. I've tried Fire and am okay with it but have not tried Proteus but I didn't like Adium. People keep telling me that it's getting better.
 

Mitthrawnuruodo

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I second Adium X.

Tried Adium long ago (before the 'X' version), and that was really bad. Gave Adium X a chance a couple of months ago and ditched Proteus in a second.
 

trainguy77

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Mercury has the ability in beta versions to receive video. The Linux and windows version can send and receive.
 

Littleodie914

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I'm gonna have to third (or fourth?) Adium X. It's easily my favorite IM client. If you need voice or audio capabilities, you are going to have to use iChat AV, but for anything other than that, stick with Adium. It looks great, and is one of the most customizable OS X Apps I've ever seen.
 

homerjward

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i tried adium but i still like ichat av. just so simple, and with iProfile (an add-on type thing to get a profile) it does everything i want it to.
 

skp574

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Thanks for all the advices guys.

I'm trying out Adium at the moment, but none of my friends are online at the moment! Billy no mates! :D

It's nice to be able to connect to two msn screen names at the same time!
 

Jason_Bryan

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I have just posted a question in general discussions about the lack of decent, or any that i can find, iChat rooms. I use ichat and iSight with my family, friends and for business. I'm not really wanting to use my iSight for video chats with other people, but the text chat with people on the forums would be great. All site listings I have found on the net seem to be geared towards adult entertainment and dating.
 

0098386

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ive heard loads of mac guys complaining that MSN messenger is crap but ive got no complaints with it so far. AND you can log in invisible, something PC users can't do (well theres no tick-box saying so) ;)

MSN for me! and Skype once i get a wireless network installed
 

_bnkr612

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x and all its awesome plug ins.

Transparent, borderless buddy list is my fave.

Oh-so-choice.
 

XnavxeMiyyep

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Definitely Adium. Life just wouldn't be the same without the Shakespearean insult generator plug-in, a buddy list with a transparent background, tabbed messages, an away message that responds with my friends' actual names, and the insanely space efficient message view style, Tül .
 

kidA

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i use adium x because it's free. fire is fine too. i really like proteus the best, but to me it doesn't have enough on adium to merit paying for it. msn messenger works fine and i use msn the most, but the msn software has ads on it that blink on your screen all the time, and that's really lame. i also like ichat, but i rarely use AIM.

i'd say try several and see what you like the best. my reasons for liking adium are totally subjective. the main reason is that i like the way it looks. so there's that.
 

Solafaa

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Mitthrawnuruodo said:
I second Adium X.

Tried Adium long ago (before the 'X' version), and that was really bad. Gave Adium X a chance a couple of months ago and ditched Proteus in a second.
I 3rd Adium, i just downloaded it and i love it. I have a lot of people on my msn and iChat and this is the best solution so far. Thanks for the info Raven VII.
 

Rubin421

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Adium is very handy and customizable. You can download styles for both the main window and the message windows, and therefore make it look exactly how you like.
And it does display the MSN 6 pictures.
I would say its only downside is the way it handles the file transfers: no percentage bar...
 

FredAkbar

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Another vote for Adium X.

To the previous poster (and anyone else): the next version of Adium X, 0.8, coming fairly soon I believe, will have several few features, including a file transfer status window (similar to download managers in web browsers).
 

skipperchong

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Feb 21, 2005
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skp574 said:
Ok, I've had my Macs now for all of a week and am using iChat AV. Oh and MSN Messenger!

Is there a good IM that can do the lot. I mainly use a .net passport to talk to friends but need access to AIM buddies.

Thanks!
I use Fire, works for me. which is all that counts. just need an IM program to login to multiple protocols. that's my $.02.
 

DJY

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Dec 20, 2003
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reh said:
Yahoo Messenger also has video in OS X.
Yes but not audio though is there?
I used it only once - for video with a mate on a PC...
found the colour to be terrible, and in comparison with iChat, well there was no comparison in quality!
Shame iChat isn't able to link into MSN users though.

I use Adium mostly, but iChat with other Mac users.
 

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