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  • 5.0 stars

    "One app for multiple chat clients that works well."

    December 3, 2009  |   By bob_christenson

    Version: Adium 1.3.8

    Pros

    Love the interface into Skype. Other chat clients are well integrated as well.

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Consistently the best"

    October 17, 2009  |   By summerstormpictures

    Version: Adium 1.3.7

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    How the hard-working folks at Adium manage to year-in and year-out keep the bar raised so high on such a wonderful "all under one roof" application like this and for free is a real head-scratcher.

    Like so many Mac owners I know, iChat's video capabilities such as screen sharing and video chat are "consistently inconsistent" to the point of unreliability, that iChat is relegated to just a text chat utility anyway, so the video chat capability is not a feature missing from Adium. They're just wise not to jump in that pool yet.

    Also, for an Apple feature, iChat is surprisingly uninspired and uncustomizable and offers no solution for the various IM protocols other than Google, AOL/AIM and Bonjour. So many of my IM buddies are spread all over the spectrum of IM protocols (MSN, Google, AIM/AOL, Yahoo etc.) that to have a bunch of ad-ware laden individual chat utilities cluttering things up would be such a pain.

    Adium does all that and more. My own customization of Adium is even more clean as I have shrunk the buddy list down to just the images of my buddies--no text or surrounding box--just little square photos and I have them running down the right side of my screen beneath the Menu Bar--out of the way but enough of a visual cue who is online.

    I have a list of must-have Apple/Mac applications and utilites and now with Snow Leopard, Adium has moved up from #2 to #1 because AppleJack still hasn't been ported to Snow Leopard. Even if AppleJack, the best ever maintenance and troubleshooting utility for the Mac OS does finally get a Snow Leopard version out, I think I'll let Adium stay #1. It's richly deserved.

    Thank you to the folks at Adium for a consistently reliable, inspired, clean and customizable application and for supporting and developing it all these years since I've been using it (since Tiger).

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Still the best, period."

    June 22, 2009  |   By pfeester

    Version: Adium 1.3.5

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Adium has been my only daily use IM client for years now, and it has never let me down. Solid, reliable, and responsive developers...for a free product. Amazing. Adium is truly in the top 5 "must have" OSX apps.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best IM app for OS X"

    April 27, 2009  |   By re_alvz

    Version: Adium 1.3.3

    Pros

    Adium is just amazing, when I install Macs this is the very first application I install, without fail. Its hard to live without Adium.

    Cons

    Lacks Voice/Video chat features.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A pain to chat without it"

    March 21, 2009  |   By Guj19

    Version: Adium 1.3.3

    Pros

    - Most diverse grouping of chat service connection I've come across
    - Easy to set up and combine contacts across services
    - Attractive and customizable IM window

    Cons

    - No video chat feature
    - Sometimes has connection errors in regards to file transfers

    Summary

    Adium is a great program and only getting better the more it updates. It was alright when I first downloaded it, but I was particularly happy when the added the Facebook and Google Talk chat to go along with my Yahoo, MSN, and AIM mainstays. The only real down side is the lack of cam usage. Use something else if you are big into camming, but I'd bet they are in process of correcting this.

    With friends scattered across IM sevices, Adium is a must-have for the avid chatter.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Simple to use. Like it."

    October 16, 2008  |   By Lissa D

    Version: Adium 1.3.2

    Pros

    Simple, easy, announces connection of contacts. Does not inerfire with my work.

    Cons

    Nothing, for now.

    Summary

    Like very much how easy to work with.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple and functional chat client"

    September 29, 2008  |   By myles taylor

    Version: Adium 1.3.2

    Pros

    Easy to set up multiple accounts. Does everything it's supposed to do in an easy to understand way and doesn't have any unnecessary flash. Easy to combine contacts.

    Cons

    No voice or video chat. Very hard to incorporate, I understand, but still a con. Preferences can sometimes be confusing and hard to find. File transfers and direct connect are buggy.

    Summary

    I absolutely love Adium as my primary IM client. I use many different IM clients and it's so nice to just have one window for all of them. One of my favorite things is the ability to combine contacts over multiple IM clients. Also the Chat Transcripts viewer is handy and easy to use. The integration with Growl makes it a top-notch IM client. I do sometimes switch to iChat (for video and voice) and I often switch to the IM default client for file transfers simply because they are very buggy in Adium and often cause it to either crash or the transfer just fails. The reason seems to be different for each client so I wonder if it's not a problem with Adium at all, but it still bares mentioning. Overall, best IM client out there.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "1.3.1 highly unstable on my Intel MacBook (OS 10.4.11)"

    September 14, 2008  |  

    Version: Adium 1.3.2

    Pros

    1.3.0 worked (practically) flawlessly for ICQ, AIM, etc.

    Cons

    1.3.1 crashes consistently - sometimes within seconds of launching, but occasionally running until a menu item - any menu item - is selected.

    Summary

    Looks like the latest "fix" (1.3.0 --> 1.3.1) broke something.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "It's good, but...."

    September 9, 2008  |   By mdobbs1979

    Version: Adium 1.3.2

    Pros

    No multiple chat clients, you can link more AIM screen names than AIM will allow (AIM allows 7, Adium allows more)

    Cons

    logs me on and off repeatedly at times; frequently tells me my username has been logging on and off too often-even when I haven't been near my computer, crashes occasionally; often only shows part f my offline group list

    Summary

    Adium is about the only free option for Mac users who want a computer based (as opposed to internet based) multiple program IM client. It has its flaws, and a lot of them, but it's preferable to operating AIM and Yahoo messengers together.

    Frankly, I miss trillian and hope that they join the Mac world ASAP

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Hacker tool"

    August 23, 2008  |   By lee.chaplin

    Version: Adium 1.2.7

    Cons

    Takes your msn details and uses them to mess with your friend

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