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Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Colin0317, Apr 4, 2009.
Should I stick with Messenger if I only want to use MSN?
I love Adium. It has always been great for me, because I have almost every IM account possible.
MSN sucks. I only use it because Adium isn't my cup of tea. But I bet it would be for you, try it out.
That's what I've been using on PC for years.. is it different on Mac?
Yep , it's different , you won't have Audio or Video support (till the new version is out) or game support or all that "features" than Windows Live Messenger has.. and you won't get them at any Mac MSN application (except for A/V , you will see) , but you have alternatives:
Adium : The best IM application! It doesn't have msn specific features , but is nice and fully functional , totally recommended =)!
aMSN: mm it's full of features (A/V for example) but is one of the ugliest and crappy apps I've ever seen
Mercury: Sucks too , full of features but written in Java which makes it no so fast..
and finally Messenger for Mac ... haha nothing to say about it
PD: choose Adium =D
Adium looks so much better because you can change the appearance and settings. Messenger for Mac is just diabolical.
I don't see why people hate the standard Mac MSN client so much. It's fine if you just want to use MSN.
I don't use audio/video on the Windows version... I just want to use it to chat with my friends and share files.
Another vote for Adium. After using it, it becomes clear why everyone likes it.
If all your doing is writing texts and transferring files, then just get Mac Messenger
The only different between that and adium is tabbed conversations, which you didn't have on the p.c anyway so it will make no odds to you.
If you want to tweak a lot of options, and the ability to be able to use other chat systems, then yes Adium is the way to go. However if you are only using the basic features of MSN, and only want to use MSN then that will be just fine for you. Don't let people's anti Microsoft bias steer you. However, I would say give both a try yourself.
I use adium, its really fast and easy.
The only problem i have with it is you cant see peoples display pictures very well, and there is no webcam.
When microsoft bring out their version of messenger for mac with audio video i shall be going back to that unfortunately.
Adium will always be there though
sorry, but that aint totaly true. msn plus can add a bunch off features to msn , including tabbed conversations.
for windows msn that is.
Adium. Hands, feet and face down.
They've said this about the last G-d knows how many versions.
I don't think it will ever support video at this rate.
And with the huge number of people signing over to Skype, they don't really have a reason too.
Personally, I'd get Adium
Then visit Adium Xtras and download the 'iChat' skin and it will theme Adium to look exactly like iChat - fitting in lovely with the Mac environment.
Do this straight away, because if you download Adium and open it straight away - it is fugly as hell.
Messenger:Mac is what I use.
I like the interface.. just wish it had A/V support.
The beta version 8 does. I've been using it for a month with no crashes.
Have you tried that? It is an awful excuse for a "webcam" feature. Good luck getting it to work. It is a pathetic attempt at most, and plus that article is from 2007.
Hmmm, reports of stability haven't been too good.
There was a thread about it a few weeks ago. I was very surprised, some people complaining it crashes every 10 minutes, and then others, like me, who have gone for months without a crash.
I tried Adium for a bit, but I ultimately went back to the web-based gChat. I wasn't able to figure out how to stop Adium from replacing my gChat status message and picture. Before I went all "Hulk Smash" on Adium, I decided it was best to discontinue use.
If they could figure a way to have Adium draw the picture and status message directly from gMail, I would be back into that in a heart beat.