Adium

Version: 1.5.7 || Release Date: 2013-07-02 || License: GPL Developer: Adium Team | App Owner: the_tick

Adium is a fast and free instant messaging client which supports AIM, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk, Yahoo! Japan, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Novell Groupwise, and Lotus Sametime. Adium supports beautiful WebKit message display, tabbed messaging, encrypted chat, file transfer, and more. Give it a try; you won't look back.

Adium is currently translated into Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Swedish, and Traditional Chinese.

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83 Opinions

This is a must have. It is one of the applications that reminds why you switched to the Mac.

Apple should ditch iChat and include this with Leopard. Fantastic looking, feature packed app without going down the horribly over-complicated style that Trillian had on Windows.

I don't know what "Personal messages" are, but Adium supports custom emoticons from MSN/Live Messenger.

Adium is the best in-developement instant messaging client for Mac. It has numerous good features and great customization options. The support for multiple protocols is great, allows me to use only one client for everything.

However the majority of my friends "still" use Live Messenger Service for their instant messaging, and the lack of support for things like Personal messages and custom smileys are still keeping me with using Microsoft Messenger daily.

It is a pitty that there is no integrated birthday reminder like in ICQs original software i. e..

Absolutely love it. I've ditched iChat completely. Having tried quite a few multi-protocol chat programs on multiple OSes, I have to say this is my favorite by a fairly large margin.
To top it all off, it's insanely easy to install plugins, and I've been hooked on customizing it to my preferences (GO LLAMA MENUBAR ICON!!!).

mfrank1006, there's a way to make it not animate the dock icon even if you still have the default, but it's buried: an "animate the dock icon" checkbox in the "messages" section of the "advanced" prefs pane.

Me, I use a custom icon I made (adiumxtras.com, search for 'wub') without any 'flapping' type states.

domo-kun icon rocks!

The Adium homepage has some issiues lately, eg the 1.0 Beta page cannot be reached. If you want to download the latest beta, it's here: http://adiumx.cachefly.net/Adium_1.0b14.dmg

Keep in mind that it's not considered stable and regular users are advised to use 0.89.1, but IMHO this 1.0 Beta is way better.

It allows multiple logins on multiple services, which is useful. It has the most horrifying default dock icon known to man--an animated duck that flaps its wings when a message arrives--which makes the app virtually unusable until it is replaced. Fortunately, there are many icon sets available and one can replace the dock icon with a non-animated version.

Adium will do until a native gaim port turns up. It would be much improved if there were an easier way to turn off the dock animation.

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