Will AOL ever update AIM for Intel machines?


unfaded

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I believe AOL stopped development of AIM for mac due to iChat's inclussion with the operating system.

It doesn't matter, since AIM for Mac is horrid, and there is no point.
 

aristobrat

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unfaded said:
I believe AOL stopped development of AIM for mac due to iChat's inclussion with the operating system.
That makes sense. Since iChat does AIM so well, it really doesn't make sense for AOL to bother, unless iChat is missing something I'm not aware of. :)
 

MattDell

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Flexibility with away messages and profiles is one key area I miss. Changing background colors and fonts specifically.


-Matt
 

Steven1621

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Unfortunately, so many novice mac users go for the AOL version. I know so many students at school that use it because they don't know better.
 

MattDell

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Well I'm hardly a novice user. It worked great for 3 years on my Powerbook. Now I have a MacBook Pro and it runs like crap.


I definitely prefer AIM to iChat. Now if it would just work on my new purchase.

-Matt
 

dpaanlka

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iChat and Adium are both, seriously, like 20 times better than any official AIM client for Mac OS ever was. I'm talking like since version 1.0.
 

mdntcallr

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Well, to be honest, I also want a new version of AIM.

to be more inclusive of all of the AOL's functionality.

but, it isnt too do or die. a way around this could be for apple to include in ichat profiles, and abilility to cross function that with aol.

i am a longtime aol user also, so it is vip to me as well.

well.... i am phasing out aol. basically just keeping the aol email. and using very infrequently. except when i travel, it comes in handy then
 

pianoman

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since you're looking for a new version of AIM for Intel Macs and there isn't going to be one, you might as well try Adium. it is very good.

if you don't like iChat, don't use it. i use it only for video chats.
 

MattDell

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dpaanlka said:
If you guys are saying you want AIM Triton on your Macintosh... you're all insane.
Considering you're the first person to bring up Triton, It's safe to say that none of us want it. Just regular ol' AIM, please.

-Matt
 

ZoomZoomZoom

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aristobrat said:
That makes sense. Since iChat does AIM so well, it really doesn't make sense for AOL to bother, unless iChat is missing something I'm not aware of. :)
Not sure if AIM has this, but I know Adium does and it's really lacking in iChat - a chat log organizer. In Adium, I can search logs via user and then search content, etc. With iChat, I get a finder window to heckle with.
 

bousozoku

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With their new libraries, it seems as though the AIM development staff is waiting for someone else to create a new AIM client for Mac OS X. AOL claimed to be interested in development for Macs but even for their paid software, the claims fell short.

MattDell said:
Flexibility with away messages and profiles is one key area I miss. Changing background colors and fonts specifically.


-Matt
I always thought it was a pain to use away messages with AIM and it seems so much better with iChat since you can actually remain "away" while you're doing some work and you don't have that floating dialog in your way.

Changing the colours and fonts was always the worst part of the experience with AIM. Half the time, someone would send an IM and I'd have to change colours to match or not be able to read anything. If AIM automatically matched colours, it wouldn't have been so bad but they didn't think about doing that, did they?

MattDell said:
How is iChat 20x better when I can't even click on a link in my friend's profile?


-Matt
I'm not sure but maybe you should practice. It works for me. :)
 

MattDell

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bousozoku said:
I'm not sure but maybe you should practice. It works for me. :)
Must be something with links and small fonts. There's a specific user's profile that has a link I use a lot and I can't click on it. She uses really tiny fonts, though, so perhaps that's the deal.

Interesting point about the libraries. That makes a lot of sense.

-Matt
 

Counterfit

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ZoomZoomZoom said:
Not sure if AIM has this, but I know Adium does and it's really lacking in iChat - a chat log organizer. In Adium, I can search logs via user and then search content, etc. With iChat, I get a finder window to heckle with.
Chax (free) brings that and other new features (tabs, animated buddy icons, and more). It doesn't do content searching though.