So where are the promised iChat plugins?

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  1. joelovesapple macrumors 6502a

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    I recall reading in the Lion features page that there would be iChat plugins - where are they? Will they happen at all?

    I'd like to have a one-stop solution for all my IM needs because I hate having Skype for VOIP, Trillian for Windows Live (can't get Yahoo to work on that btw) and Facebook chat. I hate the trillian interface because it looks so bleak. Adium less so.

    Hope someone can shed some light. Thank you!
     
  2. ttttaylor macrumors regular

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    here's what i do:

    1. Windows Live / MSN - sign up for a Nimbuzz account, then add your Windows Live account to it. then add a Jabber account to iChat for the Nimbuzz account, yourusername(at)nimbuzz(dot)com. the buddy handles will show up kind of weird, like example%example.com(at)live(dot)nimbuzz(dot)com, but everything works just fine.

    2. Facebook Chat - just another Jabber account. if you have a custom url, facebook(dot)com/example, then just use example(at)chat(dot)facebook(dot)com as your account name, and your facebook password as the password. if you don't have a custom url, facebook.com/[numbers], then i'm not totally sure how it works.

    unfortunately, can't do much about Skype/VOIP. it sucks. i'm totally on the same page as you as far as wanting a one-stop solution with iChat. Adium looks cheap, Trillian looks bleak.


    hope this helps!
     
  3. joelovesapple thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks very much for your reply! I forgot to add that I do use the iChat Facebook jabber setup and it works wonderfully well! I just hate having 5 or 6 different chat apps - it's ridiculous. I had to install yahoo official client because it's only implemented on a very basic level in iChat so I believe.

    I might try nimbuzz but was hoping I wouldn't have to set up yet another chat account. I wish that there was something in between Adium and Trillian which was both functional, pretty and up to date. I HATE Adium, it's so 2003. When are they going to add video and voice to it? LAst I heard they wanted to get this ready for Leopard :confused: but it never happened.

    I'm aware that Trillian supports multiple networks, but it is horrendously ugly...

    Thanks again!
     
  4. ttttaylor macrumors regular

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    totally. i'm pretty particular about interfaces and whatnot, so not only do i want an app that supports all my services, but it's just gotta look good. iChat is perfect to me looks-wise. i used to use Adium and customized it to look close to iChat, but then i lost out on my audio/video capability, which ultimately made me switch back to iChat. and yeah they've been saying for years they're going to add video :rolleyes:. i've given up on that.

    i know creating MORE! NEW! ACCOUNTS! :D really sucks, but i made the nimbuzz account ages ago and it's worth it. you can still add MSN/Windows Live buddies to it straight from iChat. you really don't even need the client on your computer after you've set it up.
     
  5. joelovesapple thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Oh hey thanks for that - looks like you and I see eye to eye on this subject! I'll try that out as suggested :)
     
  6. joelovesapple thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You can't add from Nimbuzz, I can't see how you'd do that... wtf? :confused:
     
  7. joelovesapple thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Apologies for the triple post - I was dunce enough to have to look it up on Youtube but it's working perfectly now - finally ditched horrible Trillian! Kept Skype though, ;) .

    Thanks again you've been a huge help! Still keeping an eye out for those plugins though!
     

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