CNET Editors' review
One of the most popular and customizable third-party clients in the multiservice chat category for Mac continues to impress. It supports multiple services, including AIM, Yahoo, MSN, Facebook, Windows Live, and Google Chat. Part of what made the original Adium so attractive was the multitude of IM service options, and that still forms the core appeal of this client. The interface is smooth and lean, fitting in well with the Mac OS. The client supports tabbed browsing, encrypted messaging, and you can transfer files to your buddies, though it can be hit or miss depending on what service you're using.
Recent updates have improved cross-service support (both in terms of security and performance), and the app continues to offer extensive options for customization, with a wide range of sounds, themes, colors, and other tweaks--including support for Growl, if you want to keep up with chats when you're not in Adium. Under the hood, the program shares the same open-source core as multiplatform client Pidgin.
Overall, despite some file-sharing quirks, Adium X is a must-download for those looking to connect with multiple services. If you've been looking for a chat client that plays nice with other chat services, Adium is an excellent choice on the Mac.
From Adam Iser:
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.
What's new in this version:
- Fixed a security vulnerability related to file transfers.
- Fixed a crash when remote users have certain characters in their nicknames. (Discovered by Djego Ibanez) ( #p14341)
- MSN: Fixed direct file transfers, user icons, and receiving custom emoticons, while disabling multiple points of presence (MPOP). We determined that this was the better trade-off based on user feedback. (reverted to libpurple's MSNP15 support from MSNP16) (#15256)
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All versions:4.1 stars
out of 82 votes
Current version:5.0 stars
out of 2 votes
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"5 stars because it's UNIQUE but..."
Version: Adium 1.4.3
it's the only proper multichat app we have!
Light, not cluttering, complete, with many useful personal settings, alerts, behaviours!
The development is slow... our expectations waiting...and waiting:
- file transfer is not fully working
- still no voice
- still not Skype integrated
An absolute 'must have' (made by GENEROUS people) which should be ever open when we're online!
But... does they know that we are BEGGING for more, to not be 'forced' to open Yahoo to send files or MSN for nor Skype (both in black list being fallen in dirty hands)?
"It does what it says it will"
Version: Adium 1.4.3
It does what it say it will
It can't read my mind
It can't see into the future
It won't go to work for me and let me stay in bed
It doesn't predict winning lottery numbers at all - let alone accurately
I've been using it for years and they haven't screwed it up yet.
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