Instant Messaging Pros/Cons for different clients

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by aslauga, Mar 25, 2004.

  1. aslauga macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2004
    I wrote this up because I was trying to decide which client to use, between Proteus, Adium and Fire. Then I figured I couldn't be the only user to have this dilemma. So here is my list. (I use MSN, Yahoo and ICQ)


    Didn't lose my entire MSN contact list grrrrrrrrr
    Nicer interface
    Nicer alerts
    No annoying quack
    Tells you which service your users are using
    All messages tabbed on one window with cool little drawer feature
    Yahoo works
    Doesn't do weird things with the groups.
    Can see when the other person is typing

    MSN - half my contacts missing although they appear if they come online, but it does mean i can't edit my preferences for them until they do
    Doesn't sync automatically with address book im field
    Annoying registration nag thing when it's not quite non-buggy enough to justify registering
    When I delete someone from my contact list they stay there
    Icon quite ugly
    Blocking someone doesn't really work
    No scope for file transfers


    OK so the duck is quite sweet and looks cute on the dock...
    Syncs with address book automatically
    Is free
    Ok interface/alerts
    All messages tabbed on one window - convenient esp. for exposé

    Still an Alpha version so have to keep downloading a new version everyday, makes it buggy and unpredictable and I lost my contact list after the last download.
    Can't figure out Yahoo at the moment.


    Can have metal!
    Everything seems to work really well - ie. non buggy
    Shows which account everyone's in.
    Heavily customisable
    All accounts seem to work fine
    Icon can show things like no. of contacts online
    Blocking works
    Shows when contact is typing

    Hate the 'Buddy' terminology. But thats a personal preference
    No sync with address book
    Not sure about interface
    Weird thing with groups
    Ugly icon
    Haven't sussed out the display names yet
    File transfers look as if they might work occasionally, but don't. At least there is scope for them though.
    Less sophisticated message view

    Anything to add? To be honest, I still can't decide!
  2. thinkofthestars macrumors member

    Feb 17, 2004
    Las Vegas, NV
    Wow, I've been having a problem deciding too, but this just cinched it. I don't know why you list this as a con, since this feature alone makes me want to use this client over the other. The synching bugged the hell out of me. I mean, my entire address book consists of only first names, because I don't want iChat listing first and last names and there's no way to give them an alias. I'm glad a program exists that doesn't sync.

    Thanks for the list though, it helped a lot. I used Proteus for a very short time and didn't like it too much. Now that I see that it doesn't block properly, I'm definitely not using it. I block everyone who isn't on my buddy list and I would hate for that to not work.
  3. aslauga thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2004
    As I said - it started out as a personal thing - personally I love the fact that people's pictures pop up when they log on. But I'm glad you found it useful!

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