i'm suprised that aol is continuing to develop aim for mac... ichat is so much better (and it has no ads). i guess there are definitely a few things missing from ichat though... buddy icon in ichat definitely needs works, you can't even use one thats animated. I guess that has something to do with the fact that its integrated with the address book.
actually.. you can use aol's client to log on as .Mac...
my mac is in for repairs (my pbg4....).. so i cant really test it..
is it any more responsive? i find this to be the most freakin obnoxious part about aim's client is that it isnt very responsive -- the pc version and iChat are.. though they both have their disadvantages..
Why would AOL want to take away iChat's spotlight? They are in a very good relationship with Apple right now, much better than their relationship with Microsoft. This is probably a reason why AOL and Apple want to stick together.
I'm guessing this release was just to fix bugs for people who don't wish to switch to iChat.. Having choices is good.