Best Instant Messenger for 10.5?

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  1. rasmusschaal macrumors member

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    Hi, im trying to figure out what is the best messenger for mac.
    I've tried;
    Adium
    Messenger:mac
    aMSN

    I need one that is macish and supports webcam.
    Something that is not windows-like and doesnt crash every time i am trying to send a file.
     
  2. iEric007 macrumors regular

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    Try iChat. LOL! It's really the best one. Aside from that, Adium is he next best thing. It never crashes on me and doesn't have any other issues. You can make more "Mac" like with add-ons available on the AdiumX website.

    However, for webcamming...iChat is the best.

    Good riddens...
     
  3. rasmusschaal thread starter macrumors member

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    okay, is it possible to get a plugin for iChat so i can run my MSN account on it?
     
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    You mean apart from when none of your friends use it? :rolleyes:
     
  5. rasmusschaal thread starter macrumors member

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    yeah

    Guess he does. I would like MSN Messenger to be ate up by sharks. And be spitted out as iChat copies.
     
  6. nemex macrumors regular

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    Not exactly a plugin but you can have MSN in iChat using a jabber account, take a look here

    Just make sure to pick a jabber server that supports the MSN protocol, I use 12jabber. Be aware that you will have only basic chat features for MSN buddies, no Audio nor Video

    Hope this helps :apple:
     
  7. rasmusschaal thread starter macrumors member

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    Okay, thank you. Im just gonna stick to Adium and wait for MSN Messenger 7 to be released for mac.
    I heard that it will this year.
     
  8. byakuya macrumors 6502a

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    i use adium for chatting...

    if you are on the search for a chat app that suports av chats with the msn protocol i think mercury messenger is quite a popular alternative. it might be worth checking out.
     
  9. GregE macrumors 6502

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    Where did you set up an account to use iChat? I didn't really don't want to pay for a .mac account. Did you use an AIM account or are there other options?
     
  10. byakuya macrumors 6502a

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    if you are a gmail user you can even use googletalk...

    there are even tutorials on how to get ichat to work with the icq protocol (i haven't tried it myself but read how people use it all the time).
     
  11. M!K macrumors regular

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    I've used Mercury and i personally hate it. The interface is sooo not beautiful. Right now, i'm using both aMSN (when i need webcam) and Messenger:mac for all other purpose because i love its interface.
     
  12. M!K macrumors regular

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    Where did you see that? I just can't wait for a new version! Hopefully it's gonna include Video and Audio conversing.
     
  13. psychofreak Retired

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    MS have announced it...

    For now I use Adium, and Mercury when I need video :)
     
  14. JSchwage macrumors 6502a

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    I'd recommend Adium if you didn't care so much about video support, though the developers of Adium are hard at work on video support.
     
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  16. GregE macrumors 6502

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    Can I use iChat thru GoogleTalk? I'd like to be able to use my camera and screen share so I can help my sister on her iMac.
     
  17. cdcastillo macrumors 6502a

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    iChat first, Adium second

    Gotta agree with iEric, iChat is the best, and you can use it with several networks. I use it with .Mac-AOL, MSN, Yahoo, gTalk (these last three trough Jabber). However, Jabber does not support Videochats nor file transfers. So I can only videochat with people with AOL or .mac accounts (which, by the way, are free)

    I put adium second because altough it supports every network you can think of (including file transfers), it does not support videochat. And with growl as a free addition, it is really useful while integrating all of your contacts into a single list.

    Then, If what you want is videochat with every platform: Get Skype! :)
     
  18. cdcastillo macrumors 6502a

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    You don't need to pay for anything. When you open up iChat for the first time (or in .Mac Preference Pane, if you have opened iChat before) you click on "Create iChat Account" (or in "get a .mac account" on system preferences), then you follow the instructions to get a FREE .mac trial account. When it expires, you keep the screen name and you still can use it to chat on iChat.
     
  19. cdcastillo macrumors 6502a

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    Unfortunately, Screen sharing requires a full .Mac subscription
    :(
     
  20. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    no it doesnt
     
  21. byakuya macrumors 6502a

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    no,

    worked fine with my gmail account and googletalk.
     
  22. rasmusschaal thread starter macrumors member

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    IS THAT TRUE? :O :O :O
     
  23. byakuya macrumors 6502a

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    that's what I have heard also...

    btw. there is also trillian (currently closed alpha but hopefully the final version for mac will be released soon).
     
  24. rasmusschaal thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi i use Mercury now, and i just need to ask; where can i insert new emotion icons?
     
  25. mikeheenan macrumors 6502

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    I just downloaded Mercury and aMSN. Mercury will allow me to send my webcam to the person, but I cannot view theirs. aMSN will allow me to view the other persons webcam, but it wont allow me to send mine. Is there an easy way to configure either one?
     

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