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

Skype support would be great (esp for the IMchat side of this voip prog).
other than taht, this is an excellent app and is highly configurable/skinnable.

Very cool; also works with Gizmo (VOIP app)

Fire is a good alternative to Adium, and IMHO a better app. It took has file transfer and a/v issues, but I find the interface far less confusing.

If only it could connect to my built-in iSight...

It's awesome. I just hope it improves in stability when it gets to version 1.0, because on occasion it will randomly crash.

Very nice app. I use it almost constantly at home. Unfortunately, being "just" a wrapper around libgaim makes it a bit difficult to add new features (read, audio and/or iSight/webcam support).

Been using this since its beginnings. The simplicity is what made me try it, its elegance is why it's still on my desktop.

Great concept with a very nice default interface and many customizations. Supports the popular IM protocols.

It's very buggy in all .8x versions and seems like 1.x still needs some work. Some of the most problem areas:

dropped connections
loses passwords (keychain items just vanish)
file transfers don't always work
automatic encryption enabling flaky (sometimes it does sometimes it doesn't)
meta contacts sometimes put through a connection on the wrong protocol
deleted contacts sometimes re-appear all by themselves

Still the most usable IM program for Mac OS because of its feature list, interface and ability to support so many protocols.

The 1.0 beta is awesome. It drops my MSN connection when coming back from sleeping, but other than that is bug free. If Skype / Video chat was added somehow I would be in heaven. I'm not holding my breath for this...

@enigmaticjester :

iChat doe snot require users to use either .Mac or ichat. When adding a buddy (or setting up your own account) make sure that you have AIM selected, instead of Bonjour or .Mac. I would still recommend adium over ichat (save the av, and stability advantages)

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