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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple and functional chat client"

    September 29, 2008  |   By myles taylor

    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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